Per­mits on the way af­ter up­roar over re­stric­tions

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Res­i­dents’park­ing per­mits are set to be in­tro­duced across North La­nark­shire early next year to as­sist those af­fected by new time lim­its near their homes.

Coun­cil­lors on the au­thor­ity’s in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee were up­dated on the pro­ject at their meet­ing this week – in re­sponse to a 45-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion from a group of Coat­bridge res­i­dents re­quest­ing“res­i­dent park­ing bays or per­mits to al­low them to park in the lim­ited wait­ing ar­eas in St John Street and Church Street”.

Now work is un­der­way on de­vel­op­ing the scheme, which will re­quire mo­torists to buy the per­mits, cur­rently in­tended to be in­tro­duced in April.

In­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee mem­bers were told this week:“Plans are be­ing pro­gressed to de­velop a res­i­dents’park­ing per­mit scheme across the coun­cil.

“A fully in­te­grated dig­i­tal plat­form will take some time to de­velop, and an in­terim process will be in­tro­duced un­til the dig­i­tal process can be es­tab­lished.

“Im­ple­men­ta­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion of a res­i­dents’ park­ing scheme comes with ad­di­tional costs, and in or­der to en­sure that the park­ing ac­count re­mains bal­anced, there will be a cost to the res­i­dents for per­mits.”

Coun­cil­lors were also told in a re­port:“Park­ing re­stric­tions have been in place in Coat­bridge since the 1930s; the po­lice is­sued park­ing tick­ets in this area through the traf­fic war­den ser­vice un­til Au­gust 2011, when po­lice with­drew the ser­vice.

“The coun­cil in­tro­duced park­ing at­ten­dants in Septem­ber to im­prove con­di­tions and en­cour­age driv­ers to park more safely; the en­force­ment of re­stric­tions is fo­cused on re­duc­ing con­ges­tion and mak­ing our town cen­tres more at­trac­tive places to visit and shop.”

A spokesper­son for the lo­cal au­thor­ity told the Ad­ver­tiser this week:“The coun­cil is cur­rently work­ing on the de­tails of how the res­i­dents’ park­ing scheme will op­er­ate; we an­tic­i­pate it will come into ef­fect at the start of the 2019-2020 fi­nan­cial year.”

The idea of per­mits to as­sist res­i­dents was raised at last month’s coun­cil meet­ing by Coat­bridge North rep­re­sen­ta­tive Al­lan Stubbs, whose ward in­cludes the town cen­tre.

He gained sup­port for his call, and for en­force­ment of “keep clear”yel­low zig-zags out­side schools in the same way as dou­ble yel­low lines.

Coun­cil­lor Stubbs told the Ad­ver­tiser:“I along with other coun­cil­lors and Ful­ton Mac­Gre­gor MSP had been con­tacted by res­i­dents from St John Street and Church Street in the build-up to en­force­ment be­gin­ning.

“They have time-lim­ited bays or dou­ble yel­low lines out­side their homes and it seemed sen­si­ble to push for res­i­dent per­mits as they have in most other ar­eas, so we’re get­ting that rolled out now.

“Some of them have had tick­ets for park­ing or are hav­ing to cir­cle and cir­cle to find spa­ces – it’s about mak­ing it as easy as pos­si­ble for peo­ple who live in town cen­tres while mak­ing sure there’s en­force­ment of park­ing.”

Un­suit­able The area where the coun­cil say res­i­dents can park, which they say is far from their homes and badly lit

Re­stric­tions Mo­torists are al­lowed to park for a max­i­mum of 30 min­utes on South Bridge Street from 8am to 6pm

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