Town cen­tre park­ing re­stric­tions

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A new re­stricted park­ing zone in He­lens­burgh town cen­tre comes into op­er­a­tion from Mon­day, May 11.

This means that, within the zone, mo­torists can only park in marked bays. Park­ing any­where else is a vi­o­la­tion of the reg­u­la­tions. On-street park­ing re­mains free of charge but is limited to one hour.

There will still be des­ig­nated dis­abled and load­ing bays which will be iden­ti­fied by signs nearby. There will be no yel­low lines in the zone. From Mon­day, any ve­hi­cle caught park­ing out­side marked bays will be is­sued with a penalty charge no­tice.

Head of roads and amenity ser­vices Jim Smith said:“We’ve made a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment on trans­for­ma­tional public realm works in He­lens­burgh, cre­at­ing a fab­u­lous new town cen­tre, and we don’t want to spoil that with un­sightly yel­low lines.

“No one wants to see yel­low lines blot­ting the town cen­tre when there is a much cleaner al­ter­na­tive.

“Re­stricted park­ing zones need only a small num­ber of signs to tell mo­torists where they can and can­not park and be­tween what times, and are far less in­tru­sive than yel­low lines.

“The zone is very straight­for­ward and it should be easy to get used to. Only park in a marked bay. It may take some time for peo­ple to get used to which is why we’ll have a light touch ap­proach up to May 11, but af­ter that we’ll be en­forc­ing it fully.

“This is all part of our drive to cre­ate park­ing turnover in our town cen­tres, en­sur­ing that on-street spa­ces are kept for peo­ple go­ing about their daily busi­ness in the town cen­tre and not abused by ir­re­spon­si­ble driv­ers.”

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