Council to introduce free parking periods in Stoney

market square
market square

A free 30-minute parking period is to be introduced in Stonehaven’s Market Square aimed at increase visiting numbers.

Councillors have approved the formal consultation as part of a set of proposals for changes to car parking in Aberdeenshire.

Members of the public and key stakeholders will be asked for their views on the changes, which have been developed over the last eight months taking communities’ views into account.

It is proposed to change the car parking regimes in Stonehaven, Banchory, Banff, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Ellon, Oldmeldrum, Turriff, Inverurie and Huntly.

The council intends to introduce a tariff of £1.20 for up to two hours in all Pay and Display car parks, with a free parking period included in conditions. At the moment, the charge is 60p for an hour.

With the introduction of the free period, a condition would be imposed preventing cars from returning for two hours after the end of the free parking.

A new approach to parking charges in the council’s country parks would also be trialled, seeing pay and display charges replaced with a voluntary system which would help fund the general upkeep of the parks.

An increase in excess charge notices, from £50 to £60, and changes to the reductions for early repayment will also be part of the consultation.

The proposals were formed following extensive consultation in communities with residents, businesses and local councillors.

Further information in the report on the Committees and Meetings section of the council’s website.