Council remove parking restrictions as shops reopen

Stirling Council had been criticised for closing roads to traffic on the first day non-essential shops were allowed to reopen.

Stirling Council has announced that parking restrictions in the Bridge of Allan area will be removed with immediate effect.

Parking had been banned from some roads so social-distancing measures could be applied as non essential shops were allowed to reopen for the fist time in months.

The council said the measures were put in place to support the re-opening of businesses on Monday as the coronavirus lockdown was eased.

However some traders said customers had been prevented from visiting shops.

Now after listening to feedback the Stirling Council has reversed the decision and the restrictions will be removed from Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the local authority said: “These measures were introduced in Bridge of Allan to increase safe pedestrian spaces ahead of shops re-opening.

“By limiting parking we provided increased footway and pedestrian access on a narrow stretch of pavement, and gave businesses more space to operate safe queueing systems under social distancing rules.

“Whilst these measures were implemented with the intention of supporting our businesses, shoppers and pedestrians with the anticipation for higher footfall as a result of stores re-opening or warm weather, the Council has listened to feedback and has reviewed the current interventions in place.

“The temporary parking restrictions in Henderson St will be removed on Tuesday, June 30 in response to this feedback, and the Council will meet with business owners to ensure an agreement is reached over the delivery of suitable arrangements.”

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