Where will we park our cars?

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PEOPLE who reside in the area around the Marketgate car park are concerned about plans to make it a short stay facility.

As with all car parks in Angus, users can park for free and at present there is no time limit for drivers parking in Marketgate/Ladybridge Street.

However, the local authority plans to allow motorists to leave their cars in the car park for a short time in a bid to increase the turnover of spaces.

But residents living in the surrounding areas such as Marketgate and Commerce Street are concerned they will be left without anywhere safe to leave their cars if the proposal goes ahead.

One resident of Commerce Street, Martin Bates, told the Herald: “My concern is that I own a vehicle and I currently park in this car park and was wondering what on earth I’m going to do if the new two-hour maximum stay parking regulation sets in.

“I have five children and Marketgate is the only nearest car park that I use, and I think it is also absurd and simply stupid to have to come out of my home every two hours to move my vehicle.

“Is there any where near Commerce Street where I can park as a permanent location? as Commerce Street is double yellow lines and I can’t park there.”

It was at a meeting of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee in October where it was agreed to convert the car park to short stay.

The theory is that as it is the first car park drivers pass on the way to the town centre, there should always be spaces available to attract shoppers on to the High Street.

By imposing a parking limit, it is hoped it will increase the turnover of spaces making them more freely available.

The local authority also plan to spend around £121,000 on the car park by installing pedestrian walkways, trees, railings and new tourist information signage.

Plans for the car park are currently on show at Arbroath ACCESS office and at Angus House in Forfar. Any letters of objection should reach Angus Council by March 2.