Pay and display parking in Stornoway Town Centre

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This week Comhairle nan Eilean Siar considered and agreed the recommendations given by the Transport and Infrastructure committee.

Several changes to traffic management around Stornoway were agreed at Thursday’s meeting after recommendations were put forward last week with the aim of alleviating traffic in the town centre.

One of the key issues discussed by the committee was about parking in the town centre, with councillors calling for an extension to the current pay and display parking in operation.

Councillor Angus McCormack said that businesses in the town centre have commented on how Perceval Square car parking has helped increase their turnover.

However, he also commented that the majority of cars parked in town belong to those who work there, and as a result they are blocking their own customers from visiting.

Further traffic calming measures potentially coming into effect involve the extension of double yellow lines in the town centre where parked cars are difficult to pass.

Extensions to existing double yellow lines will be incurred on Francis Street, Cromwell Street, and Church Street, with all of Church Street between Cromwell and Kenneth Street being restricted from parking on both sides.

A further change on Church Street will be the change of ‘Give Way’ markings, where priority will now be given to drivers on Kenneth Street at their intersection.

There will also be double yellow lines on both sides of Kenneth Street outside of An Lanntair, where cars will no longer be allowed to wait.

A new one-way system will be introduced to the new car park off South Beach Street.

Parking restrictions are to be lifted on Bayhead Street, either side of Stag road.