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Councillors allow parking bays for dozens of Perth streets to help residents ‘reclaim their streets’

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Councillors have approved plans to introduce parking bays to dozens of residential areas of Perth as part of a plan to help residents “reclaim their streets”.

It is the first phase of a strategy to break a “ring of steel” of commuter traffic around the city centre.

Community councillors have welcomed the move which follows years of complaints about cars parked on corners and in front of drive-ways.

Perth and Kinross Council say if problems persist, parking charges could be introduced.

Residents would have to apply for exemption.

The local authority wants to introduce bays to more than 60 streets. However North Inch and Muirton Community Council have asked for a reduction in the scale of the project, claiming some streets are simply unsuitable for parking.

Chairman Steve Rimmer said: “We welcome the fact that the council wish to resolve the parking issues in Perth as a priority and we know that they’ve worked very hard to seek solutions for all stakeholders.”

Addressing members of the council’s environment and infrastructure committee, he said: “We hope that your leadership will help us to reclaim our streets, so that they can be places for people and not just a large, unofficial car park.

“We hope that in doing so, you can also consider the needs of commuters and help them to find solutions so that we can all cut our carbon footprint.”

A council spokeswoman said: “A public consultation will be held to view and comment on the proposals.

“Our aim is to encourage positive behaviour by motorists.”

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