Less than 20 people turned out for a meeting convened by Aberdeenshire Council on Tuesday night for a consultation on parking in Ellon.
But while the attendance was a poor one, it was compensated by lively debate among the participants, led by Formartine Area Manager Keith Newton.
The meeting opened with Mark Skilling, Aberdeenshire strategy, who gave an overview of parking in the region before pulling together the review of Ellon, including a range of options to consider by the group who were comprised of mainly traders and community leaders.
Mr Skilling also outlined the schedule for the review which should result in the proposals being finalised in July and circulated before going to the area committee on September 3, followed by the infrastructure services committee in October.
There would be a period of statutory, public consultation through October, November and December. Implementation would be in April,
The meeting reached the consensus view that pay areas should continue in the town, but welcomed the idea of a free period to facilitate free flow among motorists.
It was agreed that charges should be extended to all council car parks. There was also general agreement that on street parking could be considered by the council.