Council might change route on Falkirk car park

The car park at Falkirk Municiapl Buildings has been deserted since charges came into force this month

The car park at Falkirk Municiapl Buildings has been deserted since charges came into force this month

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Council leaders have admitted they may rethink town hall parking rules which have left the facility deserted.

Since the start of the month, visitors to the municipal building and town hall have had to pay to park, with two hours costing £2 and the maximum stay of four hours £3.80.

As a result the car park, which was previously popular with town centre workers and shoppers, has been very quiet. SNP councillors have called on the local authority to have a rethink.

Local party leader Cecil Meiklejohn said: “It is clear that the gamble of making these pay car parks has not come off. It is unlikely they will meet the price of the meters never mind bring in the £90,000 half year profit they envisage.

“The leaders of the council should now be big enough to put their hands up and admit their mistake and do what they should have done earlier and join with the town centre business community in developing a car parking policy that benefits the local economy.”

Council leader Craig Martin admitted they may have a rethink over the specifics of the parking changes but said a pay and display scheme was needed.

He said: “This wasn’t done purely to bring in finances but also because we were inundated with complaints about the car park. People were parking inconsiderately, blocking people in and as it was not a pay and display, we could only issue warning letters.

“This allows us to better police the site but we will be reviewing it in January and consider bringing the price in line with Meeks Road, which is £1.50 all day to park.

“It has only been in place a few weeks so this is something we need to let run.”

The car park will be free from December 8 to January 5 as part of the council’s scheme to encourage Christmas shoppers to the town.