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GLASGOW CITY CENTRE WEST PARKING PROPOSALS PETITION AGAINST

To: The Chief Executives Department, Glasgow City Council

The proposals for introducing parking controls are in response to requests from residents and businesses in the City Centre West area, who currently experience difficulties in finding a parking space (Glasgow City Council public statement).

Glasgow City Council is exhibiting a complete lack of sensitivity and understanding regarding the issues that will affect these same businesses it claims the controls are aimed at helping.

This is a petition against the proposals which clearly discriminate against businesses and employees working in the affected areas.

Given all these factors we believe that the proposals need to be completely revised. Proposals need to reflect the current needs of businesses and employees rather than adopt a long outmoded and clearly inadequate approach to parking control. The restrictions being suggested are draconian. Many employees and employers travel to the said area using private vehicles as there is no adequate alternative public transport. The area also has no off-street parking for workers in the area and no new supply is planned to become available before the charges and controls are put into place.

At the very least the proposals need to take account of and reflect the following:


1) The City Centre West area does not benefit from the direct rail and comprehensive underground and bus services which service the City Centre area.

2) Businesses located in the area should be entitled to a number of parking permits for their employees providing rights appropriate to business needs.

3) Any charges that are imposed upon employees/employers who are required to pay for parking should be significantly more modest that the suggested 10 pence per 10 minutes.

4) It is unrealistic to expect employees to be disrupted and to leave their place of employment every 3 hours to drive around and find another parking space. The maximum stay time of 3 hours should be abolished as this is completely unworkable for businesses.

5) The restraints until 10pm at night are not needed if the aim is to control City Centre users abuse of the City Centre West area. The City Centre itself is only controlled until 6pm.


We believe that unless a contemporary and appropriate approach is taken by the City Council to imposing parking controls in the City Centre West area, then the economic viability of businesses in the area will be adversely affected. Furthermore the quality of life for those who work in such businesses is likely to be diminished to the extent that they will consider alternative employment opportunities and locations in which to work. In tandem employers will in such circumstances be forced to consider relocation of their businesses outside the City. These factors run contrary to the understood Councils desire to create a vibrant and sustainable local economy.

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Todd PetersenBy:
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