Concerns have been raised about proposed parking restrictions in Newton Mearns.

Changes to current parking guidelines on Ayr Road are being consulted on, with some worried about the potential impact on both the Reform Synagogue and Newton Mearns Parish Church.

These follow previous complaints from residents about the impact of The Avenue shopping centre’s recently-imposed parking charges for staff cars.

The lack of free parking has led to difficulties on Capelrig Road.

Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw said: “It is shameful that the actions of The Avenue shopping centre can be said to have led to this situation.

“Many residents have suffered as a result of the dispersement of cars onto Capelrig Road, which has at times created truly dangerous driving conditions.

“While parking restrictions on Capelrig Road will help alleviate this position, it should not prejudice the Reform Synagogue and parish church on Ayr Road.”

East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton has also hit out.

He said: “Unless there are considered amendments in support of the Jewish and Christian places of worship on Ayr Road, then I cannot support the parking restrictions as currently drafted.”

East Renfrewshire Council’s consultation on parking guidelines will close this weekend.

A council spokesperson said: “We would welcome all comments on the proposals put forward in the consultation and encourage residents and local organisations to have their say before it closes this Saturday.

“All consultation responses put forward will be considered before any decision is made on additional restrictions which may be put in place.

“Following the parking changes at the shopping centre, we have had to consider changes to waiting and loading restrictions in Newton Mearns in order to combat obstructive parking on pavements and the blocking of access routes.”

Those wishing to view the plans or have their say can do so online, at Mearns Library or at the council’s offices in Eastwood Park.

A spokesperson for The Avenue said: “We understand the council is consulting with residents to alleviate pressures on the areas around The Avenue and we are confident they’ll find a solution.”