Parking permits for residents

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Town centre residents will be able to buy street permits to avoid £5-a-day charges to park in car parks in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs.

East Dunbartonshire Council says the new permit scheme – for town centre households without allocated parking – will be brought in before parking charges are introduced this summer.

The council took over responsibility for enforcing parking restrictions last April.

The scheme has to be self-financing, however, fines from errant drivers won’t be enough to cover costs, so charging is being introduced at some council-owned parking spaces.

The council says feedback from local people is shaping plans, which has delayed the introduction of charging until the summer.

In paid for car parks shoppers and visitors will be able to park for the first two hours for free, then a sliding charge of up to £5 a day will be introduced, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm.

Eligible households will be entitled to apply for a single permit for street parking zones.

In the first phase businesses will not be able to apply, and the council has confirmed that its employees will not be given permits.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The introduction of Decriminalised Parking Enforcement and the active enforcement of the existing town centre on-street parking restrictions has led to an improvement in driver behaviour – reducing inconsiderate parking, improving safety for all road users and encouraging turnover.

“It has been made clear from the outset that parking charges would require to be introduced for certain council-owned car parks in order to satisfy the business case.

“Officers are now progressing the parking permit scheme, subject to the traffic regulation process – helping to ensure that town centre residents are not disadvantaged.”

She added:“It’s important to note that the permit is not a guarantee of a specific parking space being available for use, but it does exclude the permit holder from time restrictions and/or charges within that area.”

The council will liaise with the business community to monitor the situation and provide support.