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Increased regulations at car parks recommended

Penalty charges set to be introduced for inconsiderate parking

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Stronger regulations could be introduced in car parks throughout East Renfrewshire following the completion of a public consultation.

Councillors are recommending new rules are put in place which will allow issues such as inconsiderate parking to be dealt with more effectively by issuing penalty charges where appropriate.

The parking of mobile homes, carrying out vehicle repairs within council owned car parks or any other nuisance, such as such as parking out with bays, are also covered in the new regulations.

As part of the consultation the council was also asking residents about setting charges for some car parks. However, following feedback from our residents these plans will not be taken forward.

We are a listening council and received strong feedback that the proposed parking charges tariffs in our car parks needed to be considered further. One of the main points raised was the potential issue of commuter cars which may be displaced to other residential streets if charges are introduced. Therefore we have recommended to Council that we impose more stringent controls on all our car parks at the moment and our officers will now consider alternative options which will help to increase the turnover of spaces within our town centres. Any alternative options brought forward in future would of course be subject to public consultation. Council Leader Jim Fletcher

It remains the case that East Renfrewshire is one of the few places in the greater Glasgow area which does not charge for off-street parking. This means that our car parks are often full with commuters, many from out with the authority, which makes it difficult for residents to get a space for short visits to our town centres. We will look again at how we can address this issue and come up with options which take account the feedback received. Councillor Tony Buchanan, Convener for Infrastructure and Growth

The increased car parking regulations were agreed by councillors on East Renfrewshire Council's Cabinet, and the decision will now go before the next full council meeting in February for final approval.

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