Work is being carried out to ensure that town centre residents are not disadvantaged when charges are brought in for some car parks.
East Dunbartonshire Council took on responsibility for enforcing parking restrictions in April 2014, with the Scottish Government requiring that the Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) scheme be self-financing.
Parking enforcement fines would not be enough to cover costs and - as a result - charging for some council-owned parking spaces will be needed in town centres.
However, it will only affect a limited number of car parks and - crucially - parking will remain free for the first two hours in every council parking space across East Dunbartonshire - - with a sliding scale of charges thereafter. Charges will only apply in certain areas - Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5.30pm and parking will be free in the evening and at weekends.
This aims to encourage turnover of parking spaces - supporting local traders.
Members of the council’s Development and Regeneration Committee met on Tuesday, October 6 and approved parking permit zones for Bearsden, Milngavie and Kirkintilloch.
Residents were consulted on the proposed extent and location of permit areas in June 2015. Feedback showed a need for permit spaces within some car parks where there was a lack of on-street availability and plans were amended accordingly for Kirkintilloch and Milngavie.
This led to a delay in the advertising of off-street Traffic Regulation Orders, however, that is now getting underway.
Residents living in domestic properties with no allocated parking within town centres - who are considered to be detrimentally affected by the introduction of charging - will be eligible to apply.
This will be limited at the moment to one per property and there will be a charge to cover administrative costs.
It is not intended to provide separate permits for town centre businesses in the first phase of delivery.
There are assigned areas of long-term parking within each town centre - available to business users on a first-come, first-served basis. Officers will continue to liaise with the business community to monitor the situation and provide support.
No additional arrangements have been made for council employees based within town centre locations and these employees will not receive parking permits. An Employee Travel Plan will be prepared to support a change in
travel behaviour and businesses.