Council abandons plans for new car park

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn a much-loved village greenspace into a car park have been scrapped.

North Lanarkshire Council lodged a planning application to build a new 46-space car park in Eredine Place, in Stepps, in May.

However, the application caused uproar amongst residents, who argued the proposals would destroy the popular site which is used as a play area by youngsters.

After writing to councillors to ask if they shared residents’ views, the local authority has now decided to withdraw its application.

It is believed the car park aimed to provide more parking for Stepps train station.

Rob Stuart, spokesperson for Stepps Community Council, said: “We’re pleased that the council has seen sense.

“We felt that the car park was completely unnecessary because there is no lack of parking for the station, the problem is that people just don’t park where they should.

“We’re delighted that the council has listened to the community.”

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