Dear editor of the New Glasgow News, mayor and council of New Glasgow,
Kudos to Counsellor Trudy Vince for her insightful comments to New Glasgow council reported in the New Glasgow News on July 17. With the disruption to downtown parking sure to follow from the tear-down of the Maritime Building it is crucial for the town to act immediately to mitigate the impact and improve customer parking opportunities. Here is how:
1. Open up the most southerly lot on Glasgow Street to a free parking lot. This lot remains unused and in winter is not even plowed.
2. Strongly encourage those daily parkers in Glasgow Square not to do so by imposing a two-hour free limitation by signage, flyers and enforcement by police spot checks.
3. Open up the lot south of Glasgow Street (now monthly) to 60-minute parking by signage and enforcement. Yes, that would mean that some town officials would have to move but that is a small sacrifice to make for the betterment of the town. The Toronto Dominion Bank has suffered too long the burden of providing convenient parking in the centre of town for businesses including visitors to Town Hall.
4. Present monthly permit holders would be given the opportunity to move to the lot east of the fire station, a lovely paved lot, seldom used and once the demolition of the Maritime Building is complete provide a monthly parking choice to this underutilized lot.
5. Make all Provost and Archimedes Street parking one hour free. Meter checks occur now thus it should not impose any significant new burden.
Time-limited parking is not a rarely used method of parking control. All other towns in Pictou County use it as do many others in the province.
The town’s vision of fostering the business community must be validated by concrete action now. Action speaks volumes when encouraging new businesses to try the downtown. The status quo should not be considered an option. The high vacancy rate is a testament to past inaction and decisions that have led to reduced customer convenient parking. It is not a response to suggest nothing can be done because of past complaints. We expect town officials to make decisions in the best interest of most taxpayers and to find and try solutions.
Council has authority by resolution to manage the parking issues by duly passed resolution. If town management is not prepared to act council must do so. I encourage others to express their views to councillors, mayor and town employees at an early opportunity.