WISHART IN CAR PARKING CHARGE CHANGE CALL
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Speaking following the meeting Pete Wishart said.
“I have spent the past few weeks speaking to local city centre businesses about the issues that most concern them and almost invariably the issue of parking comes out as the number one concern. Our parking arrangements are crucial in driving city centre trade and allowing access to our many city centre attractions.
“We now need a review of how we provide for our visitors in terms of our parking arrangements. What frustrates me most are signs in our car parks which say that visitors can stay for a ‘maximum’ of three hours. What we need is incentives to stay in our city for a ‘minimum’ of three hours.
“We want visitors to enjoy a full day experience in our city shopping in our many fine independent shops then enjoying the fare in the many first class restaurants without constantly looking at their watch. The solution must be in more payment on exit and an end to time-limited parking.
“I know the Council are looking at their arrangements and I want to support them in their endeavours. I know that there is to be trial of payment on departure in some Council car parks and I hope in time this can be rolled out across more council car parks.
“I will now be campaigning hard to try and secure a new look at how we provide for our visitors in the city and will be working closely with businesses and the Council to achieve these better parking arrangements.”