Green light is shining for public parking consultation

Bellfield carpark Banchory
Bellfield carpark Banchory

Measures to ease car congestion in Banchory, improving parking facilities within the town, have been heard by the Marr area committee.

Councillors agreed to the recommendations of a report compiled on the parking issue and will now begin gathering opinion from the public.

Recommendations included: more enforcement needed from Police Scotland against the abuse of parking on double yellow lines, consideration of a 45-minute free period in the pay and display car parks, making Bridge Street car park pay and display and at the same time increase the number of free spaces in Bellfield Car Park.’

Cllr Jill Webster said: “We must make it as easy as possible for people to come into the town centre to support our local shops and ease of parking is fundamental towards achieving this aim.

‘‘I support a 45-minute free period on street and in the car parks and the distribution of these time-limited free spaces at both ends of Banchory which should help in this respect.”

Cllr Karen Clark said: “I am pleased that the council are addressing the problem, with valuable input from interested groups such as the Banchory Business Association, Banchory District Initiative and the community council.

“What is clear is that there needs to be better enforcement by police or council traffic wardens against the abuse of parking for too long in 45-minute spaces and also for those who park illegally on double yellow lines.”