Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Roads Network Strategy and Ward Working teams are holding a series of community conversation events across the region over the next two months to consult on a new Regional Parking Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway.
Community conversations are an opportunity for residents, business and stakeholders to engage directly with the council, and to help shape and inform the new strategy. Each of the council’s twelve ward areas are covered through the consultation; if you are unable to come to one of those there is an online event, and an online public survey.
The new strategy will set out the vision for parking across the region and will address current issues the Council is facing with regards to parking control, management and enforcement.
Dumfries and Galloway Council would like your views on parking in the region. This will inform a new Regional Parking Strategy that will set out the vision for parking across the region and will address current issues the Council is facing with regards to parking control, management and enforcement.
Why are the Council consulting?
Transport and parking are vital public services contributing towards the local economy, communities, environment and quality of life. We wish to develop a comprehensive, innovative and inclusive Parking Strategy with a clear and realistic action plan to make the most of opportunities for employment, business, leisure and tourism, while aligning with the Council’s key priorities.
The Parking Strategy will consider options for Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) and the potential introduction of parking charges, with reporting to Communities Committee in early 2024 for agreement on the way forward.
Therefore we are encouraging public participation and would welcome your attendance and feedback at a programme of Community Conversations which will display themes such as supply/ demand, parking facilities, enforcement, signage, Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 and parking charges.
At this stage in the development process, no decisions have been made about parking in the region. It is important you share your views with us so we can gather the broadest range of views to consider through the development of the strategy that will shape parking control, management and enforcement in the years to come.
The consultation period will run from w/c 19 September 2023 and will end 10 November 2023. More Details HERE
The Chair of the council’s Communities Committee, Ian Blake said: “It is important to us that everyone who has an opinion to share on parking across our region can contribute to the development of our new strategy. Please attend one of the community conversation events and complete the public survey, and have your voice heard. Staff from the Roads Network Strategy and Ward Working teams will be at events to provide information, listen to your views, and to support you in completing the consultation survey.”
Jackie McCamon, Vice Chair of Communities committee, said: “This is a great opportunity for the residents of our region, and those who visit for work or leisure, to have their opinions heard and considered as the new strategy is developed. Nothing is decided at this point – your views can make a real difference to develop and influence parking controls, management and enforcement in the years to come.”
Community conversations start on 27 September at Castle Douglas Town Hall, with events in each of the council wards, ending on the 9 November at Council Chambers, Kirkcudbright. The online event will be held on Microsoft Teams on 14 November.
Information on how to register for the online session, and details of dates, times, and locations can be found here: www.dumgal.gov.uk/consultations