Parking bosses are being urged to hear appeals over rejected permit offers after a young woman revealed she often ends up walking alone in Kelvingrove Park at night.
Labor’s Jill Brown believes council officers are ‘acting as judge and jury’ on parking permit decisions, following complaints from citizens struggling to park near their homes.
One Hillhead resident, a 26-year-old teacher, who asked not to be named, said she often couldn’t park on her street because most spaces are reserved for permit holders.
Instead, she has to leave her car 20 minutes from her flat and walk through Kelvingrove Park alone after work, which is “so dangerous”.
“I feel like if anything were to happen while I was walking in the park, it would be ‘why did she do that?'”
The woman, who has lived in her apartment for eight years, was refused a parking permit because her car lease is not in her name.
She said her stepfather helped her choose the vehicle and the lease was in his name, which the board says is against his rules.
“It’s my car but I didn’t know what I was doing in terms of better deals. He organized it for me but I’m paying for it, I don’t think he ever drove it.
The woman said the application process had been “incredibly frustrating”. “I feel like they feel like I’m in it – like I’m trying to cheat the system.”
She added that she has a “stressful job”, especially during the pandemic, and has to deal with “this every night when I come home”.
Cllr Brown said the woman had confirmation from her stepfather that the car belonged to him in ‘everything but DVLA records’ but was told she ‘must rent the car from a leasing company before accept that it is his car”.
The Partick East/Kelvindale councilor called on parking bosses to put residents first when it comes to issuing permits. “Residents deserve a clear, transparent and fair system,” she said.
“I was disappointed to find that council officials are able to change the criteria for issuing parking permits without notice and without an appeal process.
“Council officials act as judge and jury in deciding who to award the permits to.
“Residents have enough to get by without having to fight with the town hall to buy a parking sticker that allows them to park near their homes. This situation must be resolved. »
But a council spokesman said the rules for eligibility for resident parking permits are “well established” and “intended to ensure parking areas are managed appropriately”.
“Applicants must provide proof that the vehicle they are using is registered to their address or that an official rental agreement is in place.
“In this case, the application was denied because the vehicle used is not registered to the resident’s address and no formal rental agreement is in place.”
Cllr Brown’s appeals come just weeks after her colleague, Cllr Maggie McTernan, urged Cllr Anna Richardson, the city’s sustainability and carbon reduction officer, to waive parking fees for charity workers.
She said two-thirds of workers in charities and voluntary groups in Scotland are women and many are forced to work late into the night.
Cllr McTernan wants ‘increased’ fees due to the introduction of parking checks to be removed or reduced for these staff.
However, Cllr Richardson warned that any waivers could reduce the impact of a parking enforcement zone, which is often introduced to tackle extensive commuter parking.
She agreed to meet Cllr McTernan but said precedent should not be set lightly.