Car parks to reopen at country parks

Published: Thursday 28 May 2020

A graphic highlighting the importance to maintain physical distancing as lockdown restrictions are eased during phase 1

Vehicles will be able to access car parks at country parks and similar destinations as phase one of lockdown recovery begins.

Following the announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today, South Lanarkshire Council will remove restrictions on vehicle access to some car parks from Friday.

Please note there will be restrictions on the numbers of spaces available and if car parks get too full to maintain physical distancing cars will be turned away. We are liaising with the police to help manage the expected surge in attendance at these venues.

Restrictions will be lifted at the following country parks, public parks and other popular destinations: Chatelherault, Calderglen, James Hamilton Heritage Park, Lanark Loch, Strathaven Park, Lanark Racecourse, Tinto Hill and Greenhall Park.

It is important to emphasise that ALL play parks across South Lanarkshire remain closed, and will continue to be until we receive further advice from the Scottish Government.

Please note that golf courses will not open immediately but will be opened in a phased return, with further details on exact dates available soon. This affects Strathclyde Golf, Larkhall Golf, Langlands Golf, Torrance House Golf, Hollandbush Golf and Biggar Golf.

The council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) are also are finalising arrangements to re-introduce some other outdoor sports such as tennis.

Operating arrangements will be adjusted to make sure customers and staff are kept safe and socially distanced.

General Manager of SLLC, David Booth, said: “The easing of some of the restrictions we are currently facing is of course welcome news as we begin on the journey out of lockdown.

“However, please bear in mind the advice is you should only be travelling up to five miles by car to access our facilities and to think twice about driving to the most popular destinations given the limited parking available.

“Also, remember our indoor facilities, cafes, toilets, playparks will not be open and available to use.

“Please also still practice safe physical distancing and wash your hands before and after any journeys to our facilities.”

Other services which the council and SLLC provide are also likely to come back into use as the phases of the end of lockdown progress. The council will continue to announce these changes through our range of media channels. The latest information and advice is availble from our dedicated Covid-19 pages.