Never on Sun­day for traffic war­dens

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - John Row­botham

War­dens in charge of park­ing en­force­ment in Stir­ling area cur­rently don’t work on Sun­days.

But Stir­ling Coun­cil staff are in the run-up to Christ­mas to mon­i­tor park­ing is­sues on the Sab­bath to see if there are prob­lems.

They were re­spond­ing to wor­ries ex­pressed by Mer­cat Cross and City Cen­tre Com­mu­nity Coun­cil about city cen­tre park­ing.

Chair­man An­drew Szwebs told a meet­ing of the coun­cil last Thurs­day:“We would like to see war­dens on duty in the city cen­tre on Sun­day to make sure there’s no free-for-all which puts peo­ple off from com­ing to Stir­ling to shop.”

War­dens, who took over the task of park­ing en­force­ment from po­lice, work three shifts – 7am to 3pm, 9am to 5pm and 2pm to 10pm – ev­ery day ex­cept Sun­day.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “The public safety role of our en­force­ment of­fi­cers was ex­tended ear­lier this year to in­clude com­bat­ing traffic prob­lems, and the move was wel­comed by res­i­dents and busi­nesses alike.

“While our en­force­ment of­fi­cers do not cur­rently work on a Sun­day, we al­ways wel­come feed­back from busi­nesses about how we can adapt our ser­vices in fu­ture, and we will also be mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in the run-up to Christ­mas.”

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