Gala needs free festive parking, says MSP Christine Grahame

Christine Grahame says Galashiels needs to attract visitors for the festive period
Christine Grahame says Galashiels needs to attract visitors for the festive period

MSP Christine Grahame has written to Scottiswh Borders Council leader David Parker to ask that parking charges be removed in a popular car park Galashiels during the busy festive period.

Ms Grahame wrote to Councillor Parker after being contacted by constituents about parking problems in the town, particularly drivers staying for long periods of time on the streets around the centre.

She said: “Following an investigation I have found that revenue generated from the car park in the High Street has reduced by £30,000 since 2011/12.

“I can imagine that an awful lot of people simply won’t pay to park in Galashiels and indeed may travel elsewhere to do their shopping. This could be down to a number of factors but in particular the jump in charge when parking for longer than three hours.”

Ms Grahame is suggesting that the car park in the High Street be free from charges for the month of December to encourage people to shop in the town centre.

She added: “This would release the warden/s to monitor on-street parking and issue fines where appropriate.

“It would also ensure that businesses aren’t suffering as a result of people parking outside their premises for long periods of time.”