RESIDENTS and visitors to Inverurie could enjoy 30 minutes of free parking in the town’s car parks, if recommendations made by members of the Garioch Area Committee are approved.
Local councillors agreed at their recent meeting on Tuesday (January 14) to recommend the proposal for approval by Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee.
The move comes after an extensive public consultation exercise on parking in Inverurie was carried out recently.
Originally a 15 minute free period was suggested but councillors decided that 30 minutes would be a preferable option.
The committee was informed that the parking situation in Inverurie was a “special case” due the large numbers parking in town to commute using the rail and bus network.
A usage survey of the Burn Lane Car Park which has a mix of free and pay-and-display spaces found that the free spaces were full by 10am, while the pay-and-display section has at least 10 free spaces at all times.
A scheme used in Maidstone is described as the “best-fit” for Inverurie, where commuters buy a four hour pay-and-display ticket, and following purchase of a rail ticket, text the ticket number to a dedicated line allowing all day parking at no extra cost.
The recommendations made by the Garioch Area Committee will be passed to the council’s Infrastructure Service Committee.