Wardens have been summoned to patrol a busy Renfrew road near the M8 where drivers are ignoring new double yellow lines put in place to tackle dodgy parking.

Back in April, the council set out plans to implement measures in Arkleston Road after residents raised concerns about people leaving their cars there when they were visiting the nearby Beijing Banquet restaurant.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant often had a full car park and some visitors would even leave their vehicles on the grass adjacent to the road.

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A consultation was launched earlier this year on whether lines should be put down between the entrance to the David Lloyd Sports Club and the roundabout which connects with Paisley Road and Renfrew Road.

And after a process that took most of the year, roads bosses have now acted and put the lines in place.

But Councillor Jim Paterson, who represents the Renfrew South and Gallowhill area, said some drivers are flouting the new rules and wardens are now surveying the road at weekends in a bid to deter the problem.

“After a lengthy process it is good to see double yellow lines installed at Arkleston Road which has been the site of some really irresponsible parking over the last 12 to 18 months,” said Councillor Paterson. 

“The warden service is aware and will be visiting the area as part of scheduled patrols.

“Following many motorists ignoring these restrictions I have asked the warden service to take targeted action at the problem times which appear to be Friday pm to Sun pm.”

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The SNP elected member said he had seen evidence of dodgy parking on a number of occasions before the pandemic which led to legitimate safety concerns from residents and road users.

Residents were particularly worried about drivers who had parked on the road pulling out into high-speed traffic, especially as the section of carriageway has a sharp corner that can limit the visibility of oncoming vehicles.

Wardens will issue fixed penalty notices to anyone who parks their car illegally and offenders could have their vehicle seized and be charged for its recovery.