Stirling Observer

New parking machines are installed at beauty spot

Pay-by-mobile option and more spaces

- KAIYA MARJORIBAN­KS

New pay and display parking machines at Balmaha car park will go live on Monday.

The new ticket machines at the popular tourist spot will assist with the management of parking in the local area and will be coupled with an increase in the total number of parking spaces and new relining work on parking bays.

Stirling Council has invested in these infrastruc­ture improvemen­ts following engagement with the local community and other key stakeholde­rs, including Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park (LLTNP).

The machines will go live at the same time as the council launches RingGo mobile parking payments at all councilope­rated spaces, meaning users at Balmaha will have both a cash and mobile phone option to pay for parking from September 6.

Environmen­t and housing convener Councillor Jim Thomson said: “Balmaha is one of Stirling’s most popular beauty spots and illegal parking in the area has caused significan­t problems for visitors and residents.

“Introducin­g pay and display and a pay-by-mobile option at the car park, along with the other improvemen­ts, will ensure the facility is used more efficientl­y, deter abuse of the car park and allow more motorists to get a parking space.

“I would, however, reiterate our message to visitors coming to Balamha and our other rural areas to play their part by acting responsibl­y. It’s down to you to plan ahead, avoid over-crowded places and dispose of litter correctly.”

An hour of free parking will be permitted but a ticket will need to be displayed. This provision will be closely monitored and penalties will be issued if drivers overstay the hour.

Parking charges for the car park will be active between 8.45am and 5.30pm (Monday to Sunday) and will be in line with the council’s other rural car parks: up to one hour – free; up to two hours - £2.10; up to four hours - £2.60; add day - £3.20.

Vice convener Councillor Danny Gibson said: “Tourism is vitally important for supporting the local economy, particular­ly as we recover from the pandemic, but we need to make sure it doesn’t negatively impact on local people and the environmen­t.

“The new parking machines along with the option of paying by mobile at Balmaha will allow our enforcemen­t officers to focus on managing parking in the surroundin­g area.”

The council is continuing to work in partnershi­p with the LLTNP, Police Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland and other partners to support responsibl­e tourism and visitor management in rural Stirling.

More informatio­n on using RingGo can be found on the Stirling Council website. The RingGo app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Introducin­g pay and display at the car park... will ensure the facility is used more efficientl­y Cllr Jim Thomson

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Tickets New pay and display parking machines at Balmaha car park will go live on Monday
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Tourist spot Balmaha car park

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