#AskFabiani – Car Parking charges in East Kilbride Village

Question:

The car parking charges at the co-operative car park in the village have just increased from 10p for the first 3 hours to 70p for 3 hours, what will the SNP do about this?

Answer:

South Lanarkshire Council has a reputation for introducing changes without proper consultation.

The Labour-led council has done the same in respect of gardening charges for elderly owners, which have jumped from zero to £350 in one go – more than the annual rise in the pension. This is the kind of ill-thought out policy for which Labour is becoming well known.

Under Labour direction, the council seems to have a hidden agenda in relation to East Kilbride Village. This includes operating very different parking charges in different parts of the Village, which must discourage daytime visitors concerned at being hit with an unexpected parking fine.

The council has also granted a number of applications that are seeing the village turn into an evening leisure area, much to the concern of large numbers of residents.

SNP councillors forced a review of the parking charges scheme, which impacts on East Kilbride much more heavily than other part of South Lanarkshire Council area.

I will certainly highlight this issue and other concerns about the parking arrangements in the Village for their attention.

On the wider issue of the future of the Village, we need more transparency in the planning process on why changes are being made so soon after a local plan has been approved.

Linda Fabiani
April 2011

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