MSP’s call for traffic wardens
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