A new free parking scheme in Oldmeldrum’s town centre began earlier this week in order to free up parking spaces and boost visitor numbers.
Aberdeenshire Council introduced the new scheme which applies to the car parks in Cowgate and the Square on Tuesday, December 1.
Parking within these areas is now limited to a maximum of two hours and a penalty notice will be issued if this is not observed.
Motorists are also required to display a re-usable parking disc that shows their time of arrival.
The discs are available from Meldrum Café, Meldrum Pharmacy, Key Store, Berry’s, Envy Hair, the Paper Shoppe, Stewart and Watson, JG Ross, Presley & Co Butcher and Daisy Roots.
Chairperson of the Formartine Area Committee, Councillor Rob Merson, said: “The new system of parking for Oldmeldrum’s town centre is tailored to the needs of the town.
“While permanent metres can issue tickets for free periods of parking, the local community was keen to try the re-usable discs as they involve local businesses.”
Councillor Merson added: “Furthermore the Square is a protected conservation area and so the installation of metres would have required special planning permission.”
Aberdeenshire Council worked closely with Meldrum, Bourtie and Daviot Community Council and the local business association to create the scheme which aims to allow more visitors to use shops and services within the town.
Parking in Baker Street and Commercial Road car parks remains unchanged.
Councillor Paul Johnston, vice-chairperson of the Formartine Area Committee, said: “The enclosed nature of Oldmeldrum town square will suit the disc system very well, this is not a parking system that would necessarily work in all types of town.
“The system is easy to monitor, low cost and addresses the community’s needs.”