A councillor says Dundee’s night-time economy won’t suffer because of changes to multi-storey parking.
Lynne Short has hit back at claims new charges will have a negative impact on the city — saying the council is not “anti-cars” but “anti-pollution”.
The Tele told previously how Bell Street, Greenmarket, Gellatly Street and Olympia multi-storey car parks will now be subject to extended charging hours.
A report before Dundee City Council’s city development committee stated it will be “necessary” to extend charging hours.
This was criticised by Labour group leader Kevin Keenan who believes the impact will be “detrimental” to drivers as well as hampering the night-time economy.
But Ms Short, convener of the city development committee, today rubbished those claims — saying that people’s evening travel methods have changed in recent years.
She said: “The night-time economy won’t be affected because from 6pm if you come into town then you can use the on-street parking spaces.
“It used to be that people would drive in to town for an event or going out but I don’t think that’s the case anymore.
“A lot more people get dropped off or take the bus. We’ve got a lot more rail services coming into the city soon and I think people are changing the way they travel now on top of that.
“We’ve got a lot of parking opportunities for people to take advantage of and they can also park for free if they’re using electric cars.
“It’s not that we are anti-cars, we’re anti-pollution.
“These emissions targets have to be met by 2020 and this is a way that we can work towards that.”
The changes to the multi-storeys comes as the council looks to implement residents’ parking permits in three areas of the city.
West End, Coldside and Maryfield residents may soon be charged £62 to park near their home in a bid to stop people parking on the outskirts of the city centre.
Park and ride facilities at locations around the outskirts of Dundee were previously said to be crucial to reducing air pollution in the city.
Previous proposals, however, were thrown out by councillors.
But Ms Short said that a park and ride scheme could still be implemented.
She added: “Park and ride is still very much on the table as is a range of options that we are looking to explore.
“That maybe is an option long-term but when it did come to council before the planning committee it didn’t have the support.
“I wonder, for example, if people will come to Carnoustie and take part in a park and ride scheme or whether they’ll take advantage of the public transport already on offer.
“We have a better public transport service now and I don’t know whether or not it would have the full support.”