Parking masterplan revealed

Published: 15 Mar 2012 16:1019 comments

Parking woes in Largs could finally be eased after North Ayrshire Council unveiled extensive proposals for 460 new spaces throughout the town.

Scott Park has been touted as a possible car park.

Scott Park has been touted as a possible car park.

A total of eight potential off-street parking sites were revealed to local gorups and councillors at a meeting held privately at Broosby last week.

While many of the options are likely to be vetoed from the outset, some received tentative approval from those present at Brooksby, but could prove controversial to residents if taken to a public consultation stage.

One option could see the east side of the putting green developed into 28 parking spaces, while a further possibility could see 63 spaces developed on the north side. Read our full story on the potential parking solutions in this week's Largs and Millport News.

What are your views, and how do you think the Largs parking problem can be solved? Should green space such as Barrfields and Scott Park be taken away after parking spaces were controversially lost in the Largs traffic management plan?

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  • C Y Clist
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    Mar 16, 11:16
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    I don't want to come over all NIMBY on this, there's no doubt that some extra spaces need to be found somewhere, but I don't think suggestions about replacing putting greens with car parks is the answer.

    It's counter productive for a tourist town if you take away some of the attractions / activities in order to accomodate more visitors.

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  • Scotland Calling
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    Mar 16, 13:15
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    There's no easy answer to this one. We need more parking but it's going to take a degree of compromise. Scott's swing park is too out of the way to be an ideal solution and I'm unconvinced that Gateside St and Waterside St could cope with the increase in traffic. Personally I can't think of a more suitable option though . . .

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  • Frank Hall
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    Mar 16, 20:29
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    We need more people to use the parking that is available then start worrying about opening up car parks elsewhere.

    The worst place for parking to be honest is down at the front in the summer (look at the amount of double yellow parking). Why not build a car park to the south along broom field crescent? In fact why not just widen the road to accomodate parking along the length either parallel to the road or facing onto it.

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  • hazelkaye
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    Mar 17, 17:17
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    A rail park and ride out by the marina with more than just one train per hour would help!

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  • RPBL
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    Mar 17, 20:56
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    How dare the jobworths try to convesrt one of the only children's green areas left in Largs into a car park. Almost 100 yrs ago Scott play park was donated to the then town council, in perpetuity, for the pleasure of children of this town. The fact that it has had most of the play ground facilities removed over the years by the elf and safety brigade, thus denying adventurous children the opportunity to enjoy themselves, is an inditement on our times. Howeve, the fact remains that is was given to Largs for the sole purpose of creating a play area for chldren, and that should not be denied them. Apart from anytthing else, can you imagine the traffic congestion in New Street and Waterside St and Gateside St which can hardly, at the moment contend with the existing traffic especially during transportation of pupils to and from the Acedemy. if such a scheme were to be seriously considered. I would also hope that proper attention could be paid to the memorial plaque and surrounds in time for the 100th anniversary of the generous and kind donation, this coming December

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  • railman
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    Mar 18, 06:28
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    Hazel Kaye....

    And who would pay many millions to adapt the line for double track to passenger standards, with new signalling, and a new tunnel at Fairlie for the necessary clearances ? And how would you then justify a £5 million train set as well to cover the service ?

    Then land purchase and finding a bus operator to operate for a few months in the year ?? Buses cost money, as well as fuel and wages......

    Any practical costed ideas ?

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  • sir moanalot
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    Mar 18, 10:46
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    Scott park is mince anyway, the only thing kids play there is dodge the dog turd.

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  • Frank Hall
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    Mar 19, 01:55
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    Railman - why would the track require conversion? It's already double track until Fairlie station and an increase in capacity wouldn't require the final two miles to be doubled.

    Electrification and signalling upgrades, yes but not quite as much work as you seem to think.

    Anyway, thats straying well off topic.

    On the parking issue, Gateside and Waterside are already bad enough as it is! Could those down marking my last comment possibly explain why it's a bad idea? A cars length or width off of the grassed areas running along the roadside has minimal impact, requires no wholesale loss of green space and solves the seasonal parking issues.

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  • patricia perman
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    Mar 19, 15:16
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    Sorry to repeat myself, but if the parking restrictions were enforced in main street and people working in the town didn't park there all day it would be a start, however it looks as if I'll be sleeping on the prom with Harry McEachan again !!

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  • Scotland Calling
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    Mar 19, 16:05
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    To Patricia Perman, where are the people working in the town supposed to park then??

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  • missinlink
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    Mar 19, 22:57
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    Hey, have another look at the North Ayrshire attempt at repairation to the wall of the Scotts swing park (a power wash, a wee bit o cement ) a joke, what about replacing the missing stones, oh and here is a thought any chance a wee bit o brasso to reshine the plaque, I hope in 2112 Mr and Mrs Weir are not being as treated so thanklessly as the Scott family.

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  • railman
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    Mar 20, 07:46
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    Frank Hall,

    Track for freight only is normally constructed to different standards that track for passenger trains...what was done in 1984 or so at a time when the branch was under threat of closure or replacement with a dmu shuttle from Kilwinning no doubt took that in consideration...just as the East Coast electrification was done on the cheap, and has cost millions to repair unsuitable overhead for the weather conditions ever since. And nothing will escape the capital cost of, at least, a new 3 car set at around £5 million......

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  • DontParkThere
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    Mar 20, 11:37
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    Best bet for Largs is to have a multi-storey car park somewhere close to the town centre. The residential streets are getting clogged with holiday makers and it really is a nightmare to get parked outside your own house. The amount of times I have been onto NA council to get some sort of residents parking, but NA council say that it is a no go. Sh***ing in the residents, The Mantra of NA council. I have no beef with holiday makers coming to the town, I'm all for it, it's great to see the town thrive, but I an against some of them dumping there vehicles for the weekend and heading off to Millport.

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  • Douglas Park
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    Mar 20, 12:36
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    Scott's swing park is not a suitable location for parking given the narrow roads around it, even if it were not a contentious enough issue to rezone a park gifted to the children of

    Largs in perpetuity.

    As I've often mentioned on these pages, the car park in Gateside St could easily be converted to a two-storey car park with access via Frazer St and exit onto Gateside St. A similar 2 or 3-storey car park could be created on the site of the Stephenson Institute, again with the one-way system along Lade St aiding traffic flow.

    However, here's a controversial proposal - why not turn the Barrfields football ground into a large car park and relocate the football ground to Inverclyde?

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  • SheikOflargs
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    Mar 20, 13:40
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    Douglas Park...as Largs Thistle have already taken out a 40 year lease on Barrfields (as widely reported in the wee paper) your suggestion is nonsense. Daytrippers do not want to park more than a car's length away from the seafront..some would even abandon their vehicles on pedestrian crossings or the Main St roundabout rather than have to walk 100 yards. I work with people from Paisley and Inverclyde who look at you with incredulity if you suggest that Largs has any streets East of Boyd Street

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  • ryan_moir
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    Apr 4, 00:29
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    A multistory at the current car park behind Aitken Street would make total sense. Or a similar on the site of the Stevenson Institute. Don't understand either why school car parks can't be open and promoted as parking space out of school hours....

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