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MSP encourages consultation participation

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Sunday 29th May, 2011.

CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn has encouraged angered residents to take up participation in a car park consultation.
Mr Hepburn has always campaigned against the introduction of the car parking charges and in a statement he made during a campaign, in March, Jamie said: “The parking charges planned for town centres and station Park and Ride facilities such as at Croy and Greenfaulds, and elsewhere across North Lanarkshire are not wanted, not needed, and will hit hard motorists already struggling to cope with record fuel prices.
“There’s a real danger that town centre shops will also suffer as drivers seek free parking in supermarkets, or make fewer journeys to avoid the parking fees.
“I’m extremely disappointed that the Labour-led Council has decided to push through these charges, and I would hope that even at this late stage it might reconsider its decision.”
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Jamie's calls come after a Facebook campaign was started to oppose the introduction of charges at King Street and Airdrie Road car parks, in Kilsyth.
In a Scottish Parliamentary motion, Jamie asserted: "That the Parliament notes with concern North Lanarkshire Council’s plans to introduce parking charges across the area, including at Airdrie Road and King Street, Kilsyth, and at Croy, Cumbernauld and Greenfaulds stations in Cumbernauld; believes that the hundreds of individuals who have signed up to a Facebook campaign against the charges serve as an indication of much wider opposition among the local community; further notes that a statutory consultation on the proposals is underway and encourages all those who oppose the introduction of these charges to make their views known through this process, and calls on North Lanarkshire Council to ensure that those who wish to register their objections by email can do so."
After the above motion North Lanarkshire Council released an email address for those who wish to register their views. And you can do this by emailing

Commenting, Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “There is clearly a groundswell of opinion against these parking charges across Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.  Our town centres and transport hubs should be as accessible as possible to local residents and those travelling from further afield.  Parking charges could drive shoppers away from the high streets and away from public transport. 

“I’ll be making my own submission to the consultation on the proposals, and I would encourage anyone with a view to do the same.  I’m glad the Council listened to sense and, after being contacted by my office, has now set up an email address for people who wish to respond that way.

“I’m also seeking support from MSPs in the Scottish Parliament with a motion against the charges.  I’ve always said it was wrong to introduce these charges, since it first became clear they were being considered for Croy Station.  The Facebook campaign is clear evidence of local unhappiness with these plans, and I hope even at this late stage the Council can be persuaded to reconsider its decision.”

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