A park­ing prob­lem

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

Park­ing has be­come a big is­sue on the is­land. Since the in­tro­duc­tion of RET fares, the num­ber of cars, mo­torhomes and other ve­hi­cles com­ing to the is­land has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally.

But they all need some­where to park. There is no doubt a lot of driv­ers come to Ar­ran and throw the High­way Code and a good deal of com­mon sense out the win­dow when they drive off the ferry. They ap­pear to think the laws of the road some­how don’t ap­ply on Ar­ran.

The sit­u­a­tion has been com­pounded in Brod­ick by the clo­sure of the car park at the ferry to al­low con­struc­tion of the new ter­mi­nal. This has seen cars us­ing and abus­ing Mar­ket Road as well as other car parks near the ferry ter­mi­nal never de­signed for ferry traf­fic. And it’s not just visi­tors who are caus­ing prob­lems but lo­cal res­i­dents too.

The Ban­ner also re­cently high­lighted the prob­lems in Lam­lash so it is not sur­pris­ing that the po­lice on Ar­ran have been tak­ing ac­tion to try and al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem. That has up­set some peo­ple but it is our view that any ac­tion that can be taken to make the roads and car parks safer should be ap­plauded.

Ev­ery North Ayr­shire car park has a list of the re­stric­tions which ap­ply, so there is no ex­cuse for any driv­ers caught where and when they shouldn’t be. But the po­lice can only do so much. It is up to ev­ery­one to show some con­sid­er­a­tion to other road users to make driv­ing on the is­land a more plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

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