North Lanarkshire Council are to hold a consultation to decide which car parks will be affected by the introduction of charges.
Having agreed back in November that charges would be introduced at last week’s meeting of the planning and transportation committee, councillors voted to levy a fee of 20p for one hour rising to £13 for 10 hours in its short stay car parks.
Commuters using park and ride facilities will initially be set a charge of £1 day.
The council is now holding a consultation in order to draw up a plan for the town centre parking management scheme.
The council claims its charges stack up well against other authorities with four hours in North Lanarkshire costing £1 compared to £2.10 in South Lanarkshire and £2.50 in Stirling for the same time period and £3 in Renfrewshire for between three and five hours.
Council leader Jim McCabe said: “We’re not naive. We don’t expect people to welcome this initiative with open arms, but the hard fact is that we have to find ways of funding services that until now we have been able to supply for free. That’s not a choice, it’s a necessity!”
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