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City business leaders’ views sought on parking charges

12/12/13

The future of car parking in Aberdeen city centre has been put forward for discussion with business leaders.

Council officers launched the consultation on the instruction of the Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Committee to gather the views of businesses about parking and how it can link to city centre regeneration.

Senior representatives of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen Inspired, Visit Aberdeen, and the Federation of Small Businesses met with council officers to discuss how the city should manage its on and off-street car parking and parking charges.

Council leader Barney Crockett said: "There is a huge amount of interest and opinion on all aspects of car parking provision in the city and it is for that reason that we want to engage with the business community. We are keen to work with them and to hear their views on how parking can be realistically managed and funded in the city.

"Aberdeen City Council is determined to regenerate the city centre and to support businesses and individuals across Aberdeen. Parking provision is a key part of that and I look forward to hearing how our partners feel this can best be achieved and improved."

Robert Collier, chief executive of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, added: "On behalf of business in the region, we are happy that the council is taking a consultative approach and is prepared to listen to alternative evidence before taking any decisions on city centre parking."

Susan Bree, chief executive of business organisation Aberdeen Inspired, said: "We welcome the engagement with the business community on the issue of parking and will have our own part to play in that consultation as an organisation. The partnership consultation that Aberdeen City Council has adopted is very encouraging and involves a number of key stakeholders.

"When we conducted our own comprehensive survey of the retail sector in Aberdeen earlier this year, one of the key points raised was the need for improvements to parking provision at the heart of the city.

"Quantity is one issue but pricing and time restrictions are also central to the debate and it is important that the business community makes its voice heard. We have canvassed opinion among our own members and will be feeding that back to Aberdeen City Council."

A report on the initial discussions will be considered by the City Centre Regeneration Board.