An Ellon and District Councillor has said that a new parking regime set for the town centre will come into effect much later than residents had previously expected.
Pay and display car parks across Ellon will benefit from 30 minutes free parking but the councillor has revealed that various setbacks have meant that the new regime will not come into action until much later on in the year.
Councillor Gillian Owen said: “I just want to update everyone that it is anticipated that the new parking regime will come into force on October 1 2014.
“Most of you will know that this is later than expected and the reason for the delay is due to significant changes to the software and subsequent changes to the specifications for the cashless parking procedures and machines and other associated equipment.”
The new regime, which is also expected to be introduced in Inverurie, stops cars from returning for two hours after the end of the parking.
The council hope that the new regime will prevent drivers parking for more than the free period by repeatedly displaying tickets as well as help ensure turnover within busy car parks.
Periods of free parking as well as changes to charges were proposed for Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Oldmeldrum and Inverurie.
Pay and Display parking currently costs 60p for 0-1 hours but the council plan to change that to a charge of £1.20 for 0-2 hours.
Under the new plans, the council also intended to remove pay and display machines within their four country on a trial basis and instal a voluntary system instead.
The new system would allow the public to provide a donation- helping with general upkeep costs of the parks and possibly leading to increased use of the facilities.