New enterprise body urged to seek town parking solution

THERE has been a call for a new enterprise body, dedicated to improving the south of Scotland economy, to play a part in solving Lockerbie's long-standing parking problems.

Lack of spaces in the town centre are believed to be hindering trade and deterring travellers from using what is the region's only access point to the main West Coast railway line.

Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire, believes there is a strong case for the South of Scotland Economic Partnership, which is backed by £10 million of Scottish Government money, to become involved.

The organisation is a forerunner to the planned South of Scotland Enterprise Agency being created to serve Dumfries and Galloway together with Scottish Borders.

Mr Mundell said: "The shortage of parking in Lockerbie town centre and in the area of the railway station has held back the town for years.

"There has been a lot said on the issue, particularly at local authority meetings, but very little has been delivered on the ground.

"I believe there is a strong case for the new enterprise agency to take on the parking issue  as a strategic project.

"Making it easier for people to come to Lockerbie to join mainline rail services is not only good for the town centre but for the wider region."

Mr Mundell added that he planned to highlight Lockerbie's parking issues with the Economic Partnership.