Parking crackdown welcomed in Lenzie

Queen's building, Lenzie. 30.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Queen's building, Lenzie. 30.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A REVAMP of short-term parking on a busy road has been welcomed by retailers.

East Dunbartonshire Council says it will erect short term parking signs at a lay-by in Garngaber Avenue, Lenzie, in a bid to help traders in Queen’s Building.

It follows a petition from retailers who say they are losing trade because the bays are being used all day by rail passengers struggling to get parked at Lenzie Station.

Colin Frame, manager of Avril Haffron Hair and Beauty, said: “I think short term parking would definitely help, it’s something everyone has been asking about for a while.

“The parking situation affects everyone. It’s the main complaint I get from clients and it has got worse since the parking wardens left.”

Craig Thorburn, owner of Memory Lane Flowers, said: “This would help retailers because customers are struggling to get parked.”

Another retailer, who did not wish to be named, said: “This would help enormously. We all struggle to get customers in because of the parking problems. Short term parking is needed for the shops.”

Lenzie has been plagued by parking and traffic problems around the station for years.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie says she is now hopeful the signs will be in place before Christmas.

She told the Herald: “For these shops it is a real struggle, because there is so little parking in the area.

“If we can put the signs up it would be a step in the right direction.

“Some people are parking their cars in this lay-by all day, every day.

“The signs will hopefully help traders deal with the serious difficulty they are facing.”

Councillor Geekie added: “This will have to go before the full council to be ratified, but Councillor Anne Jarvis and I are hoping that the signs will go up this side of Christmas.”