COMMUNITY chiefs in Auchterarder are urging for a parking review to be carried out in the town.

Desperate to improve parking in the area, they appealed to the council for a review to be done over summer but were disappointed to learn at their latest meeting "no progress" had been made.

They feel "significant enhancements" would benefit the community, including adding a new disabled parking bay to the High Street.

At their last community council meeting, Councillor Ann Gaunt was attempting to find out what work had been progressed during the summer months and it was confirmed there was no money to achieve improvements and a parking survey had not been carried out.

The community council has formed a Parking Working Group to tackle any problems they have in the town and identify new sites for parking. They are working closely with the council who has promised to undertake the parking study and look at providing another disabled space further down the street in the near future.

Alongside the new disabled bay outside Lloyds, a further parking bay for disabled would be established if Davidsons opened its pharmacy in the Mailer shop. Auchterarder was entitled six disabled parking spaces and the Parking Working Group had asked for two spaces outside Lloyds, but Johnson's shoe shop had objected to the second one.

The group said they would continue to fight for another space on the High Street and work closely with the council.

Good news was also revealed at the meeting with the Glendevon speed limit of 30mph from the holiday cabin site to the other side of the village being implemented before the end of the year. So would a 20mph speed restriction in Auchterarder from Castleton Road to Abbey Road.

The council confirmed they are working closing with the parking group to improve the area, with a spokeswoman saying: "A new disabled parking bay was installed in recent months outside the local chemist in Auchterarder High Street.

"We are looking at providing an additional space further down the street in the near future. The Council is working closely with the Community Council's parking sub-group, with a particular focus on identifying new sites for parking. We plan to undertake a parking study in the town and we will agree the arrangements for this directly with the sub-group."