Dozens of people have had their say on a council’s controversial plans to scrap free parking.
The proposals would see the free 30-minute period removed at pay and display car parks in Aberdeenshire.
Instead, drivers would be charged 50p for the first hour, rising to £1 for the second.
Stays between two and five hours would be charged at a rate of £2 and more than five hours would cost £5. On-street parking outwith pay and display car parks will remain free.
Two consultations were launched to give statutory consultees and residents the chance to air their views.
Seventy three people responded to the three-week public survey, which ended this week.
Aberdeenshire Council invited 101 statutory consultees to take part, and received two responses.
However, a spokesman for the local authority stressed it was only inviting objections to the proposals and weren’t expecting to hear back from everyone.
The council declined to reveal the consultees who responded, but organisations such as community councils and Police Scotland would have been contacted.
Inverurie and district councillor Lesley Berry said she was disappointed only two consultees had given their views.
She said: “The reduction in funding for local authorities, year on year, from the Scottish Government has pushed Aberdeenshire Council into a corner whereby we are no longer in a position to subsidise free parking.
“As this is an issue which will affect both residents and businesses in Aberdeenshire, it is only right and proper that we put our proposal out for both statutory and public consultation.
“It is extremely disappointing only two of the statutory consultees within Aberdeenshire have responded within the given timescale. I think it’s vital local residents take advantage of the many opportunities given by the council to have their say on a diverse range of issues so that they can each take part in the decision-making process on matters that affect them and their local communities.”
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Councillors passed a motion from deputy leader Peter Argyle at full council in January for the proposals to go to public consultation. Opposition councillors argued the new scheme was “a slap in the face for businesses and residents across Aberdeenshire”.
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “The responses received are now in the process of being collated and a report will be brought before the infrastructure services committee in due course for discussion and determination of the proposals.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Aberdeenshire Council will receive £480.7 million to fund local services in 2019-20.
“Taken together with the council’s decision to increase council tax by 3%, Aberdeenshire Council will have an additional £23.3m (5.1%) to support services compared to 2018-19.”