Parking permits for residents planned in shake-up of Helensburgh parking

Residents in Helensburgh town centre would have to spend £40 a year to park outside their homes under proposals announced today.

A public consultation on parking in Helensburgh has been launched by Argyll and Bute Council.

The proposals include:

On street: Town centre free for one hour when parking in a marked bay within a ‘restricted parking zone’ where parking is only allowed in marked bays ‘to reduce clutter caused by yellow lines and multiple signs’.

Outer zone free for two hours. Residents in both town centre zones will be able to purchase permits, at a proposed cost of £40 per annum.

Car parks (Sinclair Street, Maitland Street and the charging area of the pier): 15 minutes – 20p; 30 mins – 40p; 45 mis – 60p; 60 mins – 80p.

Maximum stay four hours. Three month permit £113, six months £210, nine months £302, annual permit £392

Chair of the Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee, Gary Mulvaney, said: ‘’We now have had two separate workshops with our officers which enabled many difficult and contentious issues around parking to be raised by local members.

“As a next step we are now eager to hear people’s views on parking arrangements for the town.

‘’Our overall aim is to get parking turnover in the centre of town, supporting both local businesses and consumers, making sure that there is adequate short-stay provision for people to go about their daily business.”

Drop-in events will be held at the Victoria Halls on Tuesday March 24, from 2-4pm and 6.30-7.30pm, with an online consultation from March 23 to April 3.

Cllr Mulvaney added: ‘’We will be considering all views on the matter and using them to inform the plans, which will be going through the area committee in due course.

“Following this, if there are suggestions to change parking charges in our car parks, say for example by introducing a two-hour free period, that matter will need to go through the council.

“After that, we are likely to have a statutory consultation period as we seek to amend road traffic orders to implement the changes.

‘’Please either come along to the events or participate in the online consultation. We want the finalised proposals to reflect, as far as possible, what the people of Helensburgh want.’’

In Lochgilphead, where the council is based, there have never been any charges for parking in streets or on car parks.

A council spokesperson said: “The council is currently developing parking proposals for our other areas, to be taken forward to the public.”

To download a PDF of the proposals click here: Parking in Helensburgh Leaflet – Print Ready Revised 10.03.2015

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