Residents really Cross over dozy parkers

Bishopbriggs Cross where drivers are complaining that more cars are jumping through the red lights 12.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Bishopbriggs Cross where drivers are complaining that more cars are jumping through the red lights 12.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

SELFISH drivers are clogging up a busy cross and driving local to distraction.

Home-owners in and around the Bishopbriggs Cross area say they are sick and tired of commuters parking their cars outside their houses all day, Monday to Friday, while they head off to work on the train.

The long-running issue has been raised time and again by frustrated homeowners - but to no avail.

Mum Jacqueline Meehan, who lives in Brackenbrae Avenue, said: “I’ve had to call the police twice recently.

“A car was parked over my driveway and I couldn’t get the pram on the pavement.

She added: “The problem’s getting worse. You tell the council and they say it’s a police problem, you tell the police and they say it’s the council’s responsibility.”

The lack of a suitable ‘park-and-ride’ facility for Bishopbriggs train station has been a problem for decades in the town.

When the Herald visited the area last week, residential roads, including Brackenbrae Avenue, were packed with commuters’ cars parked bumper-to-bumper and up on pavements.

There’s a free council car park available at the end of Kenmure Drive, a five minute walk from the train station, but Jacqueline Meehan believes motorists like the security of parking outside people’s houses - meaning residential roads like Brackenbrae Avenue will continue to be their number one choice.

She added: “They should have more parking restrictions in place here. Perhaps something along the lines of a 30 minute restriction between 8am and 10am. That would stop people leaving cars here all day.”

The Brackenbrae Avenue resident believes plans to charge for parking in East Dunbartonshire Council car parks will only exacerbate the problem, as motorists trying to avoid the charges will park in residential streets.”

Thomas Glen, head of development and enterprise at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Any ongoing issues of illegal or dangerous parking remain the responsibility of Strathclyde Police and such instances should be addressed directly to them.

“In the longer term, the council is considering options to take on responsibility for parking enforcement throughout East Dunbartonshire following a decision by Strathclyde Police to withdraw the current traffic warden service.”

Mr Glen said a working group was in place to progress the technical and legal requirements associated with securing the necessary powers to operate decriminalised parking enforcement.”