Park­ing charges in An­gus de­layed

New date of Novem­ber 1 an­nounced by coun­cil

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - GRA­HAM BROWN

Coun­cil chiefs have de­layed the rein­tro­duc­tion of park­ing charges in An­gus.

Af­ter an ab­sence of more than 20 years, me­ters had been due to re­turn to the county’s off-street car parks at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber.

How­ever, just weeks away from the sched­uled start for charges, it has now emerged that a new start date of Novem­ber 1 has been set.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “There were changes to the project as a re­sult of a 28-day pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in the sum­mer, which re­quired fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion by elected mem­bers.

“To en­sure smooth de­liv­ery of the pro­cure­ment process, man­u­fac­ture and in­stal­la­tion, as well as staff train­ing, the ex­pected im­ple­men­ta­tion date is now Novem­ber 1.”

The charges will see driv­ers asked to pay £1 an hour, up to a max­i­mum of £4, for off-street park­ing.

Plans for the in­tro­duc­tion of charges for off-street park­ing are at an ad­vanced stage. COUN­CIL SPOKESPER­SON

The con­tro­ver­sial rein­tro­duc­tion of charges in An­gus car parks has been de­layed.

Af­ter an ab­sence of more than 20 years, park­ing me­ters had been due to re­turn to the county’s off-street car parks at the be­gin­ning of next month.

It fol­lowed a de­ci­sion by coun­cil­lors ear­lier this year to bring back charges in a move set to gen­er­ate £700,000 a year for the author­ity.

The charges will see driv­ers asked to pay £1 an hour, up to a max­i­mum of £4, for off-street park­ing.

On-street charg­ing had been con­sid­ered by the coun­cil, but pro­voked a pub­lic back­lash which led to a U-turn that will see 30-min­utes of free park­ing re­main.

The author­ity came un­der fire from lo­cal busi­ness own­ers in a num­ber of burghs over fears that the move would cre­ate “tum­ble­weed towns”.

A pe­ti­tion set up to op­pose the re­moval of the ex­ist­ing free half hour – in­tro­duced with the pre­vi­ous re­turn of de­crim­i­nalised park­ing in re­sponse to what had been branded a free for all on An­gus streets – gath­ered thou­sands of sig­na­tures.

Fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion on the fi­nal scheme in June, an­other pe­ti­tion was launched protest­ing the £260 cost of an an­nual per­mit, which crit­ics said was more than that paid by res­i­dents in Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea.

The new scheme will see the in­stal­la­tion of so­lar-pow­ered me­ters in car parks af­ter of­fi­cers said the equip­ment was the most ef­fi­cient and cost-ef­fec­tive op­tion.

All pay­ments will be cash­less, by card, chip-and-pin or phone app.

How­ever, just weeks away from the sched­uled start for charges, coun­cil chiefs have said a new start date of Novem­ber 1 had been set.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “Plans for the in­tro­duc­tion of charges for off­street park­ing are at an ad­vanced stage.

“There were changes to the project as a re­sult of a 28-day pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in the sum­mer, which re­quired fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion by elected mem­bers.

“To en­sure smooth de­liv­ery of the pro­cure­ment process, man­u­fac­ture and in­stal­la­tion, as well as staff train­ing, the ex­pected im­ple­men­ta­tion date is now Novem­ber 1.

“Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the in­tro­duc­tion of off-street park­ing charges in An­gus will be is­sued shortly.”

The author­ity was not able to pro­vide de­tails on the num­ber of half-year or yearly park­ing per­mits which have been re­quested.

Pic­ture: Paul Reid.

Just weeks away from the sched­uled in­tro­duc­tion of charges for off-street park­ing, An­gus Coun­cil chiefs have said a new start date of Novem­ber 1 has been set.

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