A CONSULTATION has been launched over plans to install double yellow lines on a busy road in Renfrew as council chiefs try to clamp down on dodgy parking.

The proposals would see lines painted along Arkleston Road, from the entrance of the David Lloyd Sports Club to the roundabout which connects with Paisley and Renfrew Road.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, residents raised concerns about people leaving their vehicles on the road and sometimes on adjacent grass while they were visiting the nearby Beijing Banquet restaurant, which often had a full car park.

Although the road has been calmer recently, due to lockdown, it can be extremely busy in normal times as drivers use it to access the M8 motorway.

Renfrewshire Council now feels the need to act in a bid to deter the problem from resurfacing as restrictions ease.

Councillor Jim Paterson, who represents Renfrew South and Gallowhill, said he noticed evidence of dangerous parking on the road on a few occasions before the Covid crisis.

The SNP man added: “Passing this area regularly prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was clear there was some extremely irresponsible parking that provided legitimate safety concerns from not just local residents but other road users.

“I am pleased to see, after relaying these concerns to the roads department, that a traffic regulation order is being promoted, which should hopefully resolve the issue.

“I would encourage any Renfrewshire residents with a view on this proposed TRO to provide feedback to Renfrewshire Council.”

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 visibility of oncoming vehicles.

The issue was most prominent at peak times from Friday through to Sunday, as families flooded into the area to visit the popular eatery.

The council is now keen to gather views on the plans officers have drawn up, with people being asked to send in their comments by Monday, May 17.

Anyone wishing to make a comment about the proposals is asked to do so by emailing es@renfrewshire.gov.uk or cllr.jim.paterson@renfrewshire.gov.uk.