Ellon car parking under the spotlight

Ellon's Market Street pay and display parking area.
Ellon's Market Street pay and display parking area.

A council review of car parking in Aberdeenshire is to include a meeting of community groups in Ellon later this month.

The assessment, which has been conducted in towns throughout the region, has been looking at how car parking provision and pay-and-display charges are working.

It has also been examining how they can be tailored to best meet the economic and community needs of each location.

Ellon and District Councillor Gillian Owen welcomed the review, and in particular the meeting to which local community groups will be invited on June 18 in the town.

She said: ““The issue of parking is regularly raised with me by the people of Ellon.

“It is good that they are now going to get their say at this long overdue meeting.”

An invitation has been sent to local community groups, including community councils, the Ellon Business Initiative and Ellon Traders.

Last week local traders called for more free parking to be available in order to meet the needs of local and visiting shoppers.

Businesses were welcoming plans by the discount chain Aldi to open a new store in the town.

One trader described it as “frustrating” not to have access to a large parking area, while another called on the council to be “more helpful and imaginative” and offer short-stay free parking to attract additional business.

Formartine Area Manager Keith Newton, who called the meeting, said: “Survey information on parking both on-street and off-street has been collated and analysed.

“The next step is hold a meeting with interested parties who have a who have a good local knowledge and who represent different parts of the local community.”

The review meeting will be held in Ellon Primary School on Tuesday, June 18, at 7.30pm.