Petition for free parking signed by 1,500 people

A total of 1,500 people have now signed a petition calling for free parking in Helensburgh town centre.

Argyll and Bute Council is consulting on its plans for a new charging regime including permits for residents, but traders say there is clear support for the alternative put forward by Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce.

Kathleen Owen, of Helensburgh Pet Shop on Sinclair Street, said 250 people had also completed questionnaires asking about their parking habits and what they would like to happen in the future.

Questionnaire results show that 98% support two hours free on charge on the council-run car parks, while 865 had shopped in the town more frequently when parking was free during the CHORD project and the most popular car park is the Co-op’s, which is free for three hours.

“We decided to do this because we believed it was important to engage directly with the people who are parking and shopping in the town,” said Kathleen.

“The support has been overwhelming in favour of free parking.”

The petition is available in shops and online here – about 10% of the town’s population have already signed it, but organisers are appealing for as many people as possible to show their support by signing the petition, filling in the questionnaire and emailing councillors with their views on any parking issues they have encountered in the town.

The petition reads: “We the undersigned petition Argyll and Bute Council to introduce TWO hours free parking in all the council operated car parks in Helensburgh. We also require on-street parking to be standardized within the town centre to ONE hour free.”