‘Cheeky’ work­ers nab park­ing bays

The Oban Times - - News -

RES­I­DENTS of St Valery Place in Oban are see­ing a rise in the num­ber of cars park­ing in their pri­vate bays since fines were in­tro­duced into the town.

They say the cul­prits are lo­cal au­thor­ity work­ers and hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion staff who are ‘cheek­ily’ park­ing in their spots be­fore spend­ing a whole day at work.

One man, who did not want to be named, said: ‘Ev­ery morn­ing I see the same per­son com­ing to park for the day - in­clud­ing at week­ends.

‘ These are pri­vate park­ing places and I’ve told Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil and West High­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, but noth­ing has changed so far.’

A spokesman for Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil said: ‘ Although we have had one com­plaint in re­la­tion to this, ul­ti­mately it is the driver’s re­spon­si­bil­ity, as a pri­vate in­di­vid­ual, to en­sure that they park their ve­hi­cle cor­rectly.

‘It is not for the coun­cil as an em­ployer to tell staff where they should and should not park. The coun­cil has no en­force­ment pow­ers in pri­vate car parks.

‘As part of the coun­cil’s healthy work­ing lives ini­tia­tive, we en­cour­age staff to make healthy travel choices such as walk­ing and cy­cling to work, where pos­si­ble.’

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