Public views sought on car parking charges

CLLRS STEPHEN SMITH (L) AND ALAN GARDINER IN PETERHEAD TOWN CENTRE.(RAE/BROWN)
CLLRS STEPHEN SMITH (L) AND ALAN GARDINER IN PETERHEAD TOWN CENTRE.(RAE/BROWN)

Peterhead residents’ views on car parking in the town centre are being welcomed as part of an ongoing review into car parking in Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeenshire Council is reviewing car parking charges to ensure they help create turnover of spaces, encourage visitors and boost economic vitality.

Four initial proposals for Peterhead are: free parking in all Pay and Display car parks after 3pm, a one-hour free period in all Pay and Display car parks to encourage short visits, the removal of Pay and Display from Broad Street car park to encourage people into the town centre and the installation of barriers in the Threadneedle Street and Princes Street car parks.

Comments on the proposals should be submitted to: Strategy Manager, Transportation, Aberdeenshire Council, Woodhill House, Aberdeen, AB16 5GB, or e-mail: carparks@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

The proposals were discussed at the Buchan Area Committee on Tuesday, August 27.

A three week information gathering exercise will take place from Friday, August 30 to Friday, September 20.

At the committee meeting, councillor Alan Gardiner said: “It has to be made clear that this is not a tick list, the public can’t just choose one or the other.”

Peterhead South and Cruden councillor Stephen Smith, who campaigned on the issue during the council elections, said:“I’m pleased that among the proposals are plans to introduce a period of free parking in the town centre.

“I think the case for supporting businesses through the introduction of a free parking period is overwhelming.

“This is just a small step towards regenerating the town centre but it is a start.”

Feedback and a finalised set of proposals will be presented to the Buchan Area Committee on October 8.