Ban on parking will give drivers a walk

The junction in question
The junction in question

Residents have been told not to park outside their front doors, but in the car park of a new supermarket.

Parking restrictions are to be introduced on a stretch of Glasgow Road in Camelon to stop congestion when discount store Aldi opens later this year.

Falkirk Council has approved the traffic order to ease congestion at the junction with Redbrae Road where lights and a pedestrian crossing will be installed.

Members of the planning committee were told that car owners who lived on the 
affected stretch of road would be allocated a parking space in the car park.

A report stated the furthest distance anyone would have to walk to their vehicle was 100 metres. However, it conceded the arrangement will ‘not be ideal”.

Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said: “Residents will be restricted from parking in Glasgow Road but there will be dedicated parking spaces in the Aldi car park.

“It will be regulated to 
ensure there is no indiscriminate parking and there will be CCTV coverage which makes it more secure than on Glasgow Road.”

Councillors heard there had been 14 letters of objections lodged by locals during the consultation period. These raised concerns about the inconvenience for elderly residents forced to walk to the new car park, while others were looking for details of how the parking spaces would be managed.

They also heard that the existing pedestrian crossing and signals on Glasgow Road, just east of Hamilton Street, are to be retained.

Councillor Colin Chalmers asked if there would be impact for motorists with another set of lights on this stretch of road following the installation of signals at the neighbouring Tesco store when it opened last year.

However, he was given an assurance that a traffic assessment had shown there should be no problems.

Recommending the order be granted, Councillor Billy Buchanan said: “There is an alternative parking area for people living here.”