North Lanarkshire Council puts parking charge proposal out to consultation

Cllr James Coyle.
Cllr James Coyle.

A PUBLIC consultation on the potential introduction of controversial car parking charges throughout North Lanarkshire is being launched.

If passed, the plans would see drivers pay to use all of the car parks owned by North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Croy and beyond.

Cumbernauld/Kilsyth official opening of Croy Station car Park.

Cumbernauld/Kilsyth official opening of Croy Station car Park.

Those affected are park and rides at Cumbernauld Station, Greenfaulds Station and the NLC controlled portion of Croy Station, which amounts to 67 per cent.

Kilsyth car parks on Airdrie Road, Kings Street and Kingsway (behind the council offices) are also included.

The council has already agreed the level at which they will charge for parking - £1 for a half day in a short stay car park and also £1 for a full day in a long-stay car park or a park-and-ride.

Officials say the tariffs are being introduced to help save millions of pounds and expect the measure ‘‘to boost the local economies of town centres.’’

Councillor James Coyle, planning and transportation convener, said: “The council must deliver £55 million of savings over two years to address the reduction in public spending and ensure we can continue to deliver vital local services.

“Maintenance of our car parks already costs around £800,000 a year.

“We have tried to keep the charges to a minimum and we believe that £1 per day for commuters or those working in town centres and the same for people spending half a day shopping is reasonable.

“We have reviewed the provision of car parks across North Lanarkshire and assessed where it is most appropriate to create short or long stay car parks.

“This reflects the location of car parks near shopping areas, business premises and public transport, and is designed to encourage people into our town centres to shop and use the facilities, while at the same time providing plenty spaces for commuters and people working in our towns.”

The proposals include a total of 63 car parks with more than 4,000 parking spaces in all the main towns in North Lanarkshire.

Details are being advertised in the local press and on the council’s website, with the public invited to give their views by June 22.

Full details are available in all North Lanarkshire libraries, council offices and Fleming House in Tryst Road, Cumbernauld.

You can also get details by calling 01698 274260.

Comments should be sent to: Executive Director of Corporate Services, North Lanarkshire Council, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, ML1 1AB by June 22.

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