Council step up car parking review in towns

Ellon Market Street car park.
Ellon Market Street car park.

A car parking review by council bosses in Aberdeenshire will seek the views of motorists.

The council is stepping up its attempts to ease restrictions and generate more business for local traders.

Meetings have already been held with community councils and business groups throughout the area and now the local authority wants input from car park users in Ellon, Oldmeldrum and Turriff.

Initial proposals for Ellon include a 30-minute free period in all of the town’s pay-and-display car parks to encourage short visits.

Also under consideration is the introduction of pay-and-display in the Station Road car park.

Ellon Community Council will discuss the proposals at their meeting later this month.

Chairman Sandy McDougall said: “We are looking for proposals that free up parking spaces for a short time.

“We plan to discuss the proposals at our meeting on September 23rd and will give our response.”

Mr McDougall said the community council had representatives at a local authority-organised forum on parking issues in Ellon earlier in the summer.

In Oldmeldrum it is proposed to bring in limited waiting of 45 minutes in the Square and Cowgate car parks to encourage more short stays and visits to the town centre.

Meanwhile in Turriff, initial proposals include removing parking charges altogether from the High Street pay-and-display car park and having a 30-minute free period in the car park to encourage more short visits.

The council’s transportation service is keen to hear from as many users of the car parks in each town as possible.

A council spokesman said any comments, proposals or suggestions will be used to further develop the proposals for parking in each location.

As well as looking at charging within car parks, the ongoing review is looking at making parking easier and more efficient by considering unique problems faced within individual communities.

Council officials are also reviewing other aspects of parking in the area, including formalising the use of public car parks for commercial activities and events, excess charge notices, residents permits, parking charges in country parks, parking enforcement, the machine replacement programme and cashless parking.