Free parking system introduced in Oldmeldrum to boost trade

From the beginning of next month, parking in Oldmeldrum’s town centre will be limited to two hours to help free-up parking and boost visitor numbers to local shops.

Aberdeenshire Council is introducing a new free-to-use parking system in Cowgate and the Square car parks to better manage the availability of parking in the town.

Until the council’s 2014 review of charges in its car parks, there were no restrictions or pay and display measures in Oldmeldrum, however this made it difficult for people to use shops and services within the town.

From Tuesday, December 1, motorists will be required to display a re-usable parking disc that shows their time of arrival. Vehicles can stay in the car parks for a maximum of two hours, and will be subject to a penalty notice if this is not observed. 

The discs will be available from Meldrum Café, Meldrum Pharmacy, Key Store, Berry’s, Envy Hair, the Paper Shoppe, Stewart and Watson, JG Ross, Presley & Co Butcher and Daisy Roots.

The council has worked closely with Meldrum, Bourtie and Daviot Community Council and the local business association to come up with the new scheme.

Councillor Rob Merson, chairperson of the Fortmartine Area Committee, said: “The new system of parking for Oldmeldrum’s town centre is tailored to the needs of the town.

“While permanent metres can issue tickets for free periods of parking, the local community was keen to try the re-usable discs as they involve local businesses.

“Furthermore, the Square is a protected conservation area and so the installation of metres would have required special planning permission.”

Councillor Paul Johnston, vice-chairperson of the Fortmartine Area Committee, said: “The enclosed nature of Oldmeldrum town square will suit the disc system very well – this is not a parking system that would necessarily work in all types of town.

“The system is easy to monitor, low cost and addresses the community’s needs.”

Parking in Baker Street and Commercial Road car parks will remain as it is at present.

For more information on parking in Aberdeenshire, please see our website.