Parking is often cited as a bugbear by both businesses and drivers alike, especially in Scotland’s town and city centres. The concerns raised – lack of available spaces and eye-watering costs – are often swept under the carpet by councils who view parking as a way to generate income. On the surface it may sound like unfounded business grumblings. However, for those who operate on high streets, or require access to city/town based clients (electricians, cleaners, joiners and the like), mismanaging parking can have a big impact. But don’t take our word for it. In a UK Government review into the future of high streets, Mary Portas, the Queen of Shops, heard frequently that badly managed parking was harming local economies and putting towns at a competitive disadvantage compared to their out-of-town competitors. She stressed that tackling the challenge of the high street without looking at parking was impossible and that car-based access was essential for 21st century shoppers. Her fix was for local areas to implement free controlled parking schemes that work for their town centres, something like the free after 6 scheme run in Glasgow city centre or free street parking on Sundays. She also recommended the introduction of a new parking league table covering the cost of parking as well as the quality and reinvestment of the money raised by parking charges. Do you agree with Mary Portas that these changes could improve parking in Scotland? FSB wants to know! Would you like to see more done with mobile apps or parking time limits changed in your town centre? Has the parking policy in your local area helped or hindered your business? Let us know your thoughts at email@example.com See how FSB have campaigned on this issue Lobbying & Campaigning from FSB Find out more You may also like 21 June 2018 How can music benefit your business? 20 June 2018 Pride month: Celebrating diversity and inclusion 13 June 2018 Small businesses encouraged to join in The Great Get Together 22 – 24 June 04 May 2018 Weekly Brief 18 - Friday 4 May 2018 25 August 2017 Weekly Brief 35 – Friday 25 August 2017 02 February 2016 PM message to FSB: 'We want you to be bigger and better'