A plan to provide more parking spaces along Rothesay’s seafront will go out to public consultation soon.
Argyll and Bute Council wants to know what people think of a proposal to consider redesigning the footway along the seaward side of Battery Place to create more on-street parking, along with a residents’ permit scheme.
The idea of reducing the width of the pavement in question is not new, with the shortage of parking spaces on the landward side of the road particularly acute at weekends and in the summer due to the number of hotels and guest houses in the area.
And Battery Place is not the only area of Rothesay where parking could be subject to change: the council’s other idea is to introduce a ‘no waiting’ and ‘no loading’ zone on Ardbeg Road at its junction with Ardmory Road, following concerns that a combination of speeding motorists and vehicles being parked on both sides of the road was creating an unsafe environment for pedestrians, particularly children.
However, island councillor Len Scoullar said: “The recommendation was for a stretch either side of Ardmory Road, but officers are going to look at limits for a larger area in Ardbeg.”
Members of the council’s Bute and Cowal area committee this week agreed that the proposals for Rothesay and Ardbeg - as well as separate plans for several parts of Dunoon town centre - should form the basis of a public consultation.
Once that is complete, a statutory consultation period will be required before formal ‘traffic regulation orders’ are pursued.