Many residents may not be aware that the majority of East Lothian Councillors are in favour of introducing parking charges throughout East Lothian towns, and voted for consultations to take place on a town by town basis.
The first consultation took place in North Berwick and despite the majority of residents and businesses being opposed to the proposals, Labour, SNP and Green councillors voted in favour.
The Conservative group, alongside Craig Hoy MSP, consulted with and listened to the concerns of both residents and businesses and our Councillors voted against the proposals. However, without the support of other Parties the process now moves to the next stage, and a further opportunity for residents, businesses and statutory consultees to comment will follow.
It is our understanding that many residents are not fully aware of the results of the consultation and the amended proposals.
The association, alongside our elected representatives have prepared a leaflet which we hope will highlight what the proposals will mean and what residents and businesses can do if they wish to make the council reconsider.
WHAT DO PARKING PROPSALS MEAN?
✓ Controlled Parking Zones.
✓ Parking charges in North Berwick’s Town Centre and Controlled Parking Zones.
✓ Charged parking permits for residents.
✓ The permanent loss of 14 High Street parking spaces.
✓ Prohibited parking on St Baldred’s Road and outside North Berwick Medical Practice.
✓ No designated resident-only parking.
✓ Time restricted parking.
✓ Independent High Street businesses losing customers to retail parks and supermarkets where parking is free.
WHO SUPPORTS THE PARKING PROPOSALS?
East Lothian Labour, East Lothian SNP and Green Councillors.
WHO OPPOSES THE PARKING PROPOSALS?
East Lothian Conservatives, North Berwick Community Council and North Berwick Business Association
WHAT CAN I DO?
SIGN NORTH BERWICK COMMUNITY COUNCIL'S PETITION AT: https:/www.change.org/p/no-to-north-berwick-parking-proposals
CONTACT YOUR 3 LOCAL COASTAL WARD COUNCILLORS; JEREMY FINDLAY(CONSERVATIVE) email@example.com LIZ ALLAN (SNP)firstname.lastname@example.org CAROL MCFARLANE (LABOUR) email@example.com
PREPARE TO REGISTER AN OBJECTION WHEN THE OFFICIAL OBJECTION PERIOD IS OPENED.