Councillor says Square parking lot should be for customers

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NEW GLASGOW – A former downtown businesswoman says too many non-shopping customers are filling up valuable parking spaces in Glasgow Square.

New Glasgow town councillor Trudy Vince said during a committee of the whole meeting Monday that the spots in front of Glasgow Square should be used by shoppers rather than business owners who park their vehicles there from morning to night.

“The Glasgow Square parking lot is full at 8 a.m. and not by customers,” she said. “When I drove in, I had to back out because there was no exit and people were parked everywhere.”

Vince said she has heard there have been some fender bender accidents in the parking lot because of the cramped parking situation and asked if the town’s traffic authority could come up with a solution to the problem.

“The people using the Square parking lot are people who do services and don’t rely on customers,” she said.

Town CAO Lisa MacDonald said the town had tried different tactics in the past to discourage business owners from parking in the Square lot, but all they got were angry phone calls rather than positive results.

She said during the Christmas holidays, the town closed the lot until 10 a.m. in hopes of having spots available for shoppers, but business owners still continued to fill the parking spots.

“We tried to work with people as best as possible, but we don’t have a solution,” she said. “The people it is intended for are not using it.”

Coun. Henderson Paris suggested that a letter be sent to property owners to address the problem and highlight the fact that a free parking space is available near the farmers market.

Town engineer Earl MacKenzie said repainting the lines in the parking lot might also help some of the cramped quarters in the parking lot, but this would not be done until other priority work was done around the town. 

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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  • murray
    July 17, 2014 - 22:21

    lawyers, bankers, retail operators, insurance agents, realtors, property managers as well. don't just blame one organization. Don't just single out one culprit. Lets be real - parking sucks downtown. So does the economy. Get focused on the big issues. Too much time on your hands and lack of foresight is the problem. The fact that it costs patrons $1.00 an hour to spend money downtown alone is driving everyone away, coupled with an over zealous meter maid that cant wait to write a ticket to someone going into the coffee shop for a coffee ! Get rid of the damn meters and perhaps more will come.

  • NG resident
    July 17, 2014 - 09:03

    its probably far too late to fix the immediate issues in downtown with the lack of parking. poor planning a few years back by eliminating parking spaces has contributed to the downtown issues-its simply not customer friendly. ticketing customers, making it difficult to find a parking spot has chased many away from the downtown. a lack of foresight IMO as many shops and services have either gone out of business or have moved out of the downtown. look at creative ways to attract customers with free parking like downtown Truro. a shame they cant get rid of the useless bump-outs and have angled parking like the Valley. a little creativity and a thought towards the future and they could fix things..

  • AnIdea
    July 17, 2014 - 08:16

    Put a time-cap on the use of the spots. for example, it is free parking for 3 hours, but if a car is left in the spot for more than 3 hours, a ticket is issued. Many other cities and towns use this method for some of their core street parking in commercial areas. Allows time for people to shop at local businesses, but is a pain for workers who would have to move their cars throughout the workday.

  • Avoid Downtown
    July 17, 2014 - 07:31

    Council caused the problem and now they can't fix it! A small fortune was spent creating bump outs on Provost Street thus eliminating a number of parking spaces; a cozy attendants building was constructed at the Square only to have the attendants job eliminated. Why not remove the parking meters from downtown so business owners and their employees can park even closer to their jobs? The TOWN and BUSINESS OWNERS must prove they want people shopping downtown; something they have failed to do!

  • cale macdonald
    July 16, 2014 - 22:53

    I have no sympathy for the down town merchants either. First, they and their staff utilize unfairly, the majority of the available parking area on the streets (and it has always been that way since I worked down town as an adolescent ), secondly, the town in their (misguided ) infinite wisdom, removes. A dozen spaces, who thought this was a good idea? (Trenton stupidly followed that idea and you can barely drive through that poor excuse for a town). Thirdly, the town puts a free parking lot in the most inconvenient. area for downtown shopping. The fix? Utilize the former Commercial Equipment. Building lot for parking (pay or free) and sell or renovate the parking area by the waterfront.

  • kat
    July 16, 2014 - 21:25

    put the parking meters in the Glasgow Square parking for the store owners , and remove the meters on the streets for the customers

  • shopper
    July 16, 2014 - 14:25

    Trudy..Are you (were you)not a downtown business owner? Did you (do you) park at the Glasgow square? Why complain NOW about the parking issue?

  • John
    July 16, 2014 - 10:12

    Raise your hand if you think this county has bigger issues to dwell on other than parking. We need to prioritize, Ms. Vince. The only reason this is a hot button issue for Ms. Vince, is because she got personally affected. Let's look at all the other people in this community who are affected by far worse circumstance. Why don't you look into the high cancer rate and unemployment rate?

  • Just One Voice
    July 16, 2014 - 09:51

    Yep. We went for the Reptile Zoo....and we had a child with us. We had to park over by the Market and walk back. Thanks NG.

  • Ella
    July 16, 2014 - 09:47

    I do not take pity on downtown stores/businesses that complain about the lack of parking and therefore are losing customes, which of course means losing sales. I watched one morning in late June as the business owners, their employees and town hall employees pulled their vehicles into the Glasgow Square, parked and locked their doors. It drives me crazy to see real estate agents parked in the lot or outside of their business on the main street. Do you not understand you are losing business!

    • brian m
      July 16, 2014 - 14:14

      I see what you are saying. The employees from downtown New Glasgow are their own worse enemy. They are taking up all the parking spaces. Ya, they better not start their complaining about lack of customers/ clients....and you are right, the real estate agents are the worse.

  • millie
    July 16, 2014 - 08:54

    absolutely. Try being a senior and visiting new glasgow library before 5PM. I go to another library. Might as well. Have to park in that town anyway to avoid parking charges.