Residents angry over parking 'chaos'

FURIOUS residents today said they were being driven round the bend because of a blunder over parking permits for designated streets around a Games venue.

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Residents claim there has been a blunder over parking
Residents claim there has been a blunder over parking

City council chiefs running the Get Glasgow Ready information campaign have been blasted because a muddle means some motorists have not yet received permits which allow them to park outside their homes.

There are fears vehicles not displaying permits will be towed away or owners fined.

A number of residents claim they have yet to receive a permit despite parking restrictions due to be enforced at midnight on Sunday.

They complain the mix up even includes neighbours living in the same tenement.

Some have been sent permits while others say they have received nothing.

Erin Jones, a 29-year-old bank clerk, lives in Regent Moray Street near the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre.

She said: "It's a disgrace. The council has had years to prepare for the Games and they have made a complete mess of it.

"If I'd not seen the signs that were put up in our street this week telling me I could not park here then I'd have been none the wiser.

"This area's already feeling the brunt of the Games chaos with road closures and traffic restrictions.

"The last thing anyone needs is to get fined or towed for parking outside their own homes."

Plumber Ken Randall, 36, lives behind The Kelvin Hall in Yorkhill Street.

He said: "I've never seen such a shambles in my life.

"We were not consulted about these restrictions and were not told that we would need a permit to park in our street during the Games.

"The fact that the signs that have been put up give the wrong date for the intro-duction of the restrictions speaks volumes."

The Get Glasgow Ready signs say parking restric-tions begin on Thursday.

But householders must start displaying the permits three days earlier.

Worried tenants have also turned to Yorkhill Housing Association for help.

A spokeswoman said: "Frankly, the council has had seven years to get Glasgow ready but everyone seems to be scrambling around with less than a week before the start of the Games.

"It's been a complete shambles."

A Get Glasgow Ready spokesman said: "The campaign has delivered more than 1630 event day parking passes in the area within the last week to ensure that residential and business parking is protected.

"If further passes are required, residents and businesses should phone 0141 287 2014. The helpline is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Permits can be collected."

gordon.thomson@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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