Calls for better parking to boost town centre trade

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PARK smarter - that’s the plea from a frustrated town centre trader to workers in a bid to solve parking problems and attract customers.

George Crawford, who owns the Dance Apparel shop in Kirky Arcade, Cowgate, described the standard of parking by some as “atrocious”.

Mr Crawford believes something needs to be done so that there are spaces for customers to park.

He said: “In David Donnely Place there are no road markings on the road therefore people are taking up two spaces for one small car.

“This is not helping anyone or any business which rely on customers having somewhere to park.

“If you are needing somewhere to park your car and you work in the town then it should be recommended that you park in a local car park which is five minutes walk from the town centre.

East Dunbartonshire Council is planning to employ its own traffic wardens and introduce car parking charges in the autumn of this year if it’s given the go-ahead.

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration, said: “As part of the introduction of DPE and the associated parking strategy all council owned car parks will be upgraded and this will include relining parking bays if necessary.

“In terms of parking availability within the town centre, this will be improved with the introduction of DPE.”

George Crawford is pictured in David Donnely Place

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