PLANS to tackle the long-running parking problems are in the pipeline for Auchterarder.

The council has joined forces with the community council's parking sub-group to look for a resolution which could come in the form of a survey to be carried out over the next few weeks.

Community chiefs in the Lang Toon have been appealing for the survey for months, desperate to improve parking in the area - especially on the High Street where there is no fee for on-street parking and high demand for spaces.

But as part of the enterprise and infrastructure meeting earlier this month, councillors were told the well-documented problems in the High Street would be looked at as part of the study.

As parking issues around Perth and Kinross were discussed at the meeting, Councillor Murray Lyle highlighted the problems in Auchterarder.

As previously reported in the Strathallan Times, it was agreed to increase parking fees from next year at the meeting, and Cllr Lyle felt money generated this should be used to tackle the Lang Toon parking saga.

Vice-convenor Ann Gaunt - who attempted to chase up the surveys progress after an angry community meeting in October - confirmed council officers were hoping to survey Auchterarder in the next few weeks.

Cllr Gaunt and environment depute director Jim Irons said the survey could uncover a solution to the parking nightmare such as on street pay and display parking due to the high demand for spaces and suggested an answer could be found if land was offered for sale.

A council spokeswoman said: "The council acknowledges that parking has historically been an issue for Auchterarder due to the lack of suitable sites for off-street car parks. We are happy to work with all community groups on coming up with solutions to these issues.

"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 in the near future and we will agree the arrangements for this directly with the sub-group."