Town centre parking improvements announced
Thu, 09 Oct 2014
East Ayrshire Council has announced a series of parking proposals for Kilmarnock as part of a programme of planned improvements designed to improve road safety and enhance pedestrian connectivity around the town centre.
Two prime town centre parking locations will be the focus of some environmental improvements, mainly the Foregate North car park and the multi-storey car park.
Funds of £250k have been earmarked for the Foregate North car park and works include the removal of existing paving and planters; improved pedestrian crossings, walkways and footpaths; tree planting and uplighters; electric vehicle charging points; larger parking bays for motorhomes and the creation of additional motor cycle and cycles stands. These works will commence later this month.
Improvement works are already underway in the multi-storey car park and these include barrier reinforcements; cleaning and painting; improved signage and drainage; roof and stairwell waterproofing.
A series of amendments are also proposed to the Kilmarnock On-Street Parking order, which will see the maximum stay in Zone A increase from 1 to 2 hours, and replacing pay and display in West Langlands Street, High Glencairn Street and Hill Street, with Limited Waiting parking instead. These amendments are currently the subject of a formal consultation.
Councillor Jim Buchanan, spokesperson for improving community regeneration said: “These improvements will be very welcome, by shoppers and retailers alike. We must do all that we can to encourage people to come into the town centre, and improved car parking provision is a key consideration.”
Other significant changes will see the introduction of pay by phone parking in November, and consultation on an off street parking order, which will bring the Morton Place car park into public use.