Find out about parking proposals in East Dunbartonshire

Bearsden town hall car park
Bearsden town hall car park

Worried about the council’s plans to charge for parking in the area? Want to find out more about what’s happening?

People are being invited to go along to information sessions about the proposed parking charges in council-owned town centre car parks.

Strathclyde Police withdrew traffic wardens locally in 2011 and elected members agreed the authority should take on parking control duties.

The sessions aim to raise awareness of the latest phase of the Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) scheme after East Dunbartonshire Council took on responsibility for enforcing parking restrictions on April 2 this year.

They claim there has been a marked decrease in the amount of irresponsible and dangerous parking in local town centres as a result.

The Scottish Government approved the council’s application to transfer enforcement powers - but only if the scheme meets the Government’s requirements to become self-financing within three years.

Costs will be partly offset by fines issued, but there will be a shortfall which must be addressed by parking charges - to be introduced from April 2015.

Charges will be made in a limited number of town centre car parks - with the first two hours free to encourage turnover of traffic, following discussions with local businesses.

The information events will provide details of the new parking charges and further changes to on-road parking restrictions to address potential parking issues in nearby streets.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “Officers will be available to answer questions and there will be a chance to give your views. A great deal of work has already taken place with local

businesses and stakeholders.

“It is important to bear in mind that the first two hours parking will be free - with a sliding scale of charges thereafter. That will ensure turnover of traffic - making it easier to park in our town centres and encouraging people to shop locally.

“DPE is a matter of public safety, not generating revenue. We were required by the Scottish Government to show the DPE scheme will become self-financing - that was a prerequisite.

“Discussions with local businesses highlighted that a higher turnover of parking in the town centres would be good for business. There will remain a number of car parks in which charging will not apply.”

The meetings wil be held:

* Kirkintilloch Canal Festival - Sunday, August 24 from noon-4pm

* The Fraser Centre, Milngavie - Tuesday, August 26 from 3pm-7pm

* Bishopbriggs Library - Thursday, August 28 from 4pm-8pm

* Bearsden Burgh Hall - Saturday, August 30 from noon-4pm