PLANS to create up to 70 additional car parking spaces at Foresters Park in Tranent are being revealed in a public consultation.

East Lothian Council is working with Fa’side Area Partnership and enjoyleisure to create the extra spaces to the north of the football grounds there.

Bill Laird, chairman of the area partnership, said the proposals were a big step and met a need raised by local people.

He said: “Additional car parking is a key strategic priority in our area plan, which recognises the displacement of vehicles from High Street, the increased volume of traffic in the town centre and the need to alleviate some of the congestion in and around our streets in the town centre.”

A public consultation on the proposals is being held on Wednesday, August 16, at the pavilion in Foresters Park, between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, to gather views and comments from residents and users of the park on the proposed project.

Councillor Norman Hampshire, East Lothian Council cabinet member for environment, welcomed the move.

He said: “I am delighted to support this initiative.

“Like all town centres in East Lothian there is a need for additional parking.

“This proposal put together by the local community will help to address some of the problems in Tranent.”