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Parking problems

Our story of the selfish drivers blocking the electric parking bay facilities on Shore Road in Brodick may only affect relatively small proportion of vehicle owners at the moment.

However, it seems to be part of a larger issue that is rapidly emerging on Arran and one that is increasingly having an affect on all drivers. Parking in Brodick, even outwith the usual congestion season, has increased exponentially and while previously restricted to the bays along the promenade, the problem is now spreading down the arterial roads leading off from it.

The vehicular density in Brodick has expanded beyond its capacity and where the carefree and thoughtless driver was previously seldom noticed, cars causing obstruction on Shore Road, and elsewhere, now seem to have become the norm. Passenger vehicles and large camper vans, who feel they have no parking options available, are resorting to increasingly desperate, and thoughtless parking.

The solution for this modern day dilemma is not just in the provision of more parking places, which brings about further problems of car parks being unsightly and out of character, but also present a problem of where they could be sited.

But a solution must be found and soon.