Council responds to Ellon car parking criticism

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Council officials have responded to criticism of car parking in Ellon by a local mother.

Anouk Kahanov, from Ythanbank, has written to Aberdeenshire Council to complain that staff are occupying town centre car parks during office hours.

Mrs Kahanov claims they are choosing to ignore the car park at Caroline’s Well Wood, which is aimed at accommodating parking for local office workers

She says that she realises there are other office users and shop employees than the council using the car parks, but believes the local authority employs many of the users of the three free car parks.

In her letter she asks council employees to be more thoughtful and helpful to Ellon shopkeepers and their customers. The council says it is aware of parking problems in the town. Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Transportation, Ewan Wallace, said: “We are aware of issues regarding parking in Ellon and the town is included in a review of parking provision taking place in a number of Aberdeenshire’s main settlements, in line with the roll-out of our Local Transport Strategy. We do also try to encourage the use of public and sustainable transport where possible, including a car share scheme, while the council’s Worksmart programme enables our staff to work flexibly, reducing business and commuting mileage.”