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EK Councillor Says Signs To Blame
EK West Councillor David Watson has hit out at the local authority for ‘failing’ to erect clear parking charge signage at Hairmyres Railway Station, which has led to unwitting residents being slapped with parking fines.
Pay and display parking meters, charging drivers £1 per day, came into force at the station at the end of July, with penalty fines of up to £60.
The signs state that the £1 charge is for a 24-hour period in one day, however, local residents leaving cars at the station with a ticket overnight have returned to their car to find a parking fine on their windscreen.
Councillor Watson says South Lanarkshire Council need to make it clearer that if a car is left overnight, the owner requires to purchase two tickets – even if they are returning in a 24-hour period.
Councillor Watson added that he raised the matter after being approached by disgruntled local residents and spotting up to half a dozen cars with parking fines on their windscreens.
He said: “South Lanarkshire Council need to make this clear as a matter of urgency and stop handing out early morning tickets until improved signs are in place to explain what is required by the car park users. At a time when we are urging people not to drink and drive and also use public transport, the over- zealous way that tickets are being handed out is not appropriate until the signs are clear. If this is not sorted out quickly, South Lanarkshire Council will only been seen in acting in an unscrupulous way like some dodgy car park companies.”
A council spokeswoman confirmed 21 parking fines had been issued since the charges came into force six weeks ago, adding that none were issued because of an overnight stay.
Gordon Mackay, head of roads and transportation, said: “The parking charges in this car park are set at £1 for ‘up to 24 hours in any day’ as detailed on the signs at the Pay and Display machine. If a driver wishes to park their vehicle in the car park over a two day period the charge is £2. It would appear that some members of the public are misunderstanding the charges in place and additional information signs will be added to the Pay and Display machine to provide further clarification.”
Angry commuters previously blasted the council for failing to address the shortage of parking spaces at the station. They claim many are forced to use the car park at Hairmyres Hospital as an overspill to the train station’s park and ride facility, to the fury of staff, patients and visitors.