Councillors reject short stay plan

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THE CAR park at Marketgate/Ladybridge Street will not become a short stay facility after councillors voted against the proposals.

At a meeting of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee yesterday (Thursday) councillors were being recommended to approve the plans to limit the parking time to two hours.

It was said the move would free up more spaces, increasing turnover and would in turn attract more tourists and shoppers to the town.

However as reported in today’s (Friday’s) Herald, around 40 local firms objected to the plans saying the time limit could affect business.

Heinz Voigt, of the Voigt Partnership which is near to the car park said he was to speak at yesterday’s meeting on behalf of local businesses in the area.

Before the meeting he told the Herald he thought the move would be a backwards step towards assisting businesses in the town.

And it seems elected members took his comments on board, as they voted against the short stay plan meaning the status of the car park will remain unchanged.

It was also recommended that £121,000 be spent on the car park to upgrade the facility and improve its appearance.

But this too was thrown out by councillors.

Pick up next Friday’s Arbroath Herald to get full reaction from councillors, businesses and local residents on the decision.