Glasgow City Council postpones extending evening parking charges to 10pm

After listening to concerns of businesses, Glasgow City Council have decided to postpone extending parking charges in the city.
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Glasgow City Council have made the decision to postpone extended parking charges to 10pm.

Proposals had been put forward to extend parking charges across areas of Glasgow to 10pm in the council's recent three-year budget which was passed in February.

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Many business in the city centre had expressed concerns about extending parking charges which would not have been immediately introduced.

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: "The proposed changes to pay and display hours in parking zones require public consultation and will take time to implement “No changes on pay and display hours will take effect until 2025 at the earliest.

“But we have taken on board initial feedback from the city centre hospitality sector and we will review the proposal for the city centre. The longstanding approach on parking controls has been to prioritise parking for residents in the city’s 22 parking zones.

“Pay and display parking until 10pm is already in place in a number of parking zones and we want to ensure the best possible protection for residential parking. Our city centre plans are focused on creating a positive environment for visitors and a growing residential population. “A significant majority of people already use sustainable transport to access the city centre and this is something we want to build upon. But we want to get the balance right for those who rely on private vehicles to come into the city centre and also the promotion of Glasgow’s evening economy as we work to support city centre regeneration and recovery."

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A spokesperson from the Night Time Industries Association Scotland said: "The Night Time Industries Association Scotland welcomes Glasgow City Council's decision to postpone the evening parking charges policy that would significantly burden our night time economy. This move comes as a huge relief to our sector, which is already facing an immensely challenging trading environment. 

"We are hopeful that the reversal of this policy marks a first step towards Glasgow Council becoming more responsive to the concerns of businesses, consumers and workers as well as supporting the vitality of our night time economy and culture.

"We extend our sincere appreciation to the Council for their reconsideration and swift action. This decision marks a positive step forward, and we look forward to continued collaboration to address the significant additional obstacles that recent policy decisions have created, and to work together in rebuilding a vibrant night time economy in Glasgow."

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