More than 4,000 people have signed a petition calling for free parking in Helensburgh.
Businesses in the town say that there should be a two-hour free stay on car parks and one hour on the streets – but Argyll and Bute Council wants to introduce a new system which would keep carp park charges and introduce permits for residents.
Kathleen Owen, of Helensburgh Pet Shop on Sinclair Street, said a total of 4,099 people signed the petition, while another 294 had completed questionnaires about parking in the town.
“There is overwhelming support in favour of our Free2Shop Campaign,” she said.
“It is clear from the responses on our questionnaires that people want to shop locally and support their local businesses.
“I hope the council will listen and make it easier for people to shop locally by supporting Free2Shop.”
The council’s website estimates Helensburgh’s population as 13,660, meaning the equivalent of nearly one in three of that number have taken action in support of the campaign.