MSP’s call for traf­fic war­dens

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

Calls for tougher en­force­ment of park­ing rules are be­ing backed by MSP Fin­lay Car­son.

He wants the coun­cil to look again at the is­sue which has seen park­ing prob­lems at pop­u­lar shop­ping streets like Cas­tle Dou­glas’ King Street.

That area was de­scribed by one visi­tor to the town as a “free for all”. There have been no traf­fic war­dens in the re­gion for a num­ber of years.

Mr Car­son said: “With­out war­dens, there is little de­ter­rent for those who flout park­ing re­stric­tions.

“The num­ber of cars in re­stricted ar­eas and on dou­ble yel­lows is ris­ing. This poses se­ri­ous safety con­cerns and also re­duces park­ing for blue badge hold­ers.

“It is time for the coun­cil to heed the peo­ple’s con­cerns.”

Mr Car­son added: “I have writ­ten to the coun­cil leader ask­ing for the 2013 de­ci­sion to re­move traf­fic war­dens to be re­vis­ited.

“I wel­come the po­lice com­mit­ment that in the mean­time of­fi­cers will fo­cus on ar­eas where park­ing vi­o­la­tions are com­mon­place.”

But the coun­cil leader Elaine Mur­ray has hit back.

She said in a let­ter to the MSP: “It was Po­lice Scot­land, who sought to make a sav­ing by no longer pro­vid­ing the traf­fic war­den ser­vice.

“So far, the coun­cil has not taken over re­spon­si­bil­ity due to as­sessed set-up and on­go­ing rev­enue costs.

“If you have safety con­cerns re­gard­ing il­le­gal park­ing, I sug­gest the po­lice should take re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Plea Fin­lay Car­son MSP

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