Car park management

East Kilbride precinct car park owners say customers won’t be hit with parking charges

A private firm has said customers in a shopping area in East Kilbride will not be pocketed after signs showing parking charges appeared.

Westwood Square was bought by property investors Knightsbridge in 2019 for £1million, with promises to improve the area after years of neglect.

Businesses and local elected officials have raised concerns about the maintenance of the car park and the poor condition of the road.

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Work began in recent weeks with concerns over parking charges – and signs appearing then warning of a fine for failing to comply with parking rates.

However, when Lanarkshire Live previously contacted Knightsbridge, they made no comment other than that the car park had been sold to another company – Gatehead Ltd.

Gatehead said at the time that they had repair plans but needed “other site users to pay their fair share” for road maintenance.

They now say any money generated from parking fees will help ‘improve parking lots’ as well as ‘monitor fly dumps’ in the area.

Councilor Gerry Convery has previously denounced the poor road conditions in the Westwood Square car park

Councilor Gerry Convery has long called for the potholes to be repaired and for the road and Westwood Square to be properly maintained.

He previously told us the parking charge would be the ‘nail in the coffin’ of the mall and hit the parking lot and access road Knightsbridge sold to another private company.

Councilor Convery said: “The parking roads are still an absolute disgrace and full of potholes and I have been contacted by constituents in the area who are extremely unhappy with the introduction of parking charges and I 100% support.”

And a local butcher also posted a plea for shoppers to continue supporting the center – and saying the cameras monitoring the parking lot “have been removed” for the time being.

McCandlish Butchers posted last week: “Just to let you know that you do NOT need to pay for parking at Westwood Square yet. The cameras have been removed. If this changes we will let you know. Please support your local shops. Thank you.”

A spokesperson for Gatehead Ltd said: “The reasons for the parking charge are to generate funds to improve car parks, monitor tipping in the area, ensure spaces are available for shoppers at businesses in Westwood Square.

“Customers of these businesses will benefit from free parking.”

South Lanarkshire Council has previously said vehicle access to the square and car parks is private and therefore not maintained or controlled by them.

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