Residents in Dundee’s West End have voiced their support for proposals to curb rogue parkers, despite warnings it may put other projects at risk.
A public consultation on a parking permit scheme took place at Blackness Library on March 7. The scheme could also include large parts of the Coldside and Maryfield.
West End residents were able to share their views on aspects of the scheme such as how many permits a household should be entitled to and if they support the proposals.
The majority of respondents gave the plan the thumbs up, with some saying it was “essential”.
A further consultation event will take place at Blackness Library on March 12, from 6pm to 8pm.
However, council officials are warning the cost of introducing the measures may put other projects at risk.
In a report to the city development committee, which meets on March 9, executive director for city development Robin Presswood notes that while the upkeep of the scheme should be met through a permit fee, the £720,000 required to launch it will have to come from the capital budget.
That budget is already committed for the next five years and covers projects including regeneration in Lochee, improvements to the city centre and coastal protection works.
In the report, Mr Presswood, said: “This could result in current projects being delayed or removed from the capital plan.”
West End Liberal Democrat councillor Fraser Macpherson said he would bring a motion to the meeting requesting the completion of the parking public consultation before any further discussions take place.
“There is no point in drawing up a report until all the views of people are considered.
“While there were a variety of opinions (at the consultation), the majority clearly felt that something needs to be done.
“The council now have to come up with something the majority of people can live with.”
SNP councillor, Alan Ross, the city development convener, said: “Parking in these areas is an emotive subject with people unhappy their quality of life is affected by commuters parking all day in residential streets.
“There are no easy answers, no quick-fixes and nothing that is going to please everyone but our job is to do what we believe is best for the people of the city now and in the future.”