Johnstone Business Consortium (JBC) has held a meeting which discussed proposed parking charges that could be implemented in Johnstone.
Last week, Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board passed measures to introduce parking charges at council owned street parking bays, as well as car parks in Johnstone.
These new measures also include Renfrew, who, like Johnstone, do not currently have any paid parking facilities in place.
Business owners who attended the meeting, scheduled before the changes were announced, learned that the JBC will launch a petition which will be handed out to local businesses, as well as being available to sign online.
The Council claim the idea behind the review is to help attract more shoppers and visitors to Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone and increase the turnover of parking spaces.
Johnstone Business Consortium, as well as Johnstone Community Council, who held a meeting last week, believe that it will harm the town by driving shoppers away.
Also addressed at the meeting were concerns from residents that there is a problem with parking around the town hall. They claimed that Council workers from the town hall, who are not supposed to use the town hall car park, are blocking residents driveways by parking in the street.
A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The proposals to alter the car parking arrangements in Renfrewshire were approved at the Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board on 8th November.
“This included widening out of charges for Council owned on and off street parking to include Renfrew and Johnstone.
“As part of the implementation process it was agreed an impact assessment will be carried out.
“Through the modernisation of parking facilities, including enabling parking meters to accept cash, card or contactless payment, and generating a turnover of short stay parking spaces we will encourage more visitors into our town centres and provide a boost to the local economy.”
The meeting, held at Johnstone Town Hall, is open to members of the public. You can find out more information on the JBC at: https://www.facebook.com/johnstonebuzz.