Police urged to act on town centre parking

Councillor Harry McGuigan
Councillor Harry McGuigan

A COUNCILLOR is demanding action against selfish drivers who leave their cars all day in sought-after town centre parking bays.

The short-term spaces were created to attract more shoppers to Bellshill, but Councillor Harry McGuigan says some commuters are parking there before catching an early morning train to Glasgow or Edinburgh.

He wants North Lanarkshire Council to leaflet offenders and if that doesn’t work says the police should spend more time in Main Street to catch the culprits.

Councillor McGuigan raised the issue in a report to Bellshill and District Local Area Partnership which he chairs.

Although parking is free, drivers are warned they can’t stay in the Main Street bays for more than an hour.

But Councillor McGuigan admitted: “There appears to be little, if any, regard for these restrictions. Vehicles occupy these areas well in excess of the limits and some are parked there all day.”

Unlike South Lanarkshire Council, the North Lanarkshire authority does not employ traffic wardens, so the onus falls on the police to enforce parking rules.

Inspector Stewart Hurry pointed out that it’s difficult for police to catch offenders because parking is free and so drivers don’t require a ticket which would inform patrolling officers when a vehicle was parked and if it was over the one-hour limit.

Full story in this week’s Bellshill Speaker, out on Wednesday.