Park­ing scheme raises £11,000

The Oban Times - - News -

MORE than £11,000 has been raised from the new park­ing en­force­ment scheme in Lochaber in its first three months.

As part of a £ 550,000 plan by the High­land Coun­cil, park­ing en­force­ment of­fi­cers (PEOs) have been pa­trolling Fort Wil­liam since Oc­to­ber 3, 2016.

Ini­tially only warn­ing no­tices were is­sued but af­ter an in­tro­duc­tory pe­riod to al­low drivers to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the new terms and con­di­tions was ex­tended, £60 fines have been handed to any­one caught park­ing il­le­gally since Oc­to­ber 24.

Forty- one fines were is­sued dur­ing the re­main­der of Oc­to­ber. The num­ber rose as high as 86 in Novem­ber and fell again to 68 in De­cem­ber. Pro­vid­ing all the fines have been paid, the penal­ties should have earned the High­land Coun­cil £11,700.

A spokesper­son for High­land Coun­cil (HC) ex­plained: ‘Money raised through the is­sue of penalty charge no­tices (PCNs) will only be spent on main­tain­ing the ser­vice and any sur­plus can only be used for traf­fic-re­lated projects. Po­lice Scot­land will still be re­spon­si­ble for re­portable traf­fic of­fences on all roads, such as dan­ger­ous park­ing or ob­struc­tion.’

In In­ver­ness, the num­ber of PCNs is­sued also rose from 322 in Oc­to­ber to 1,030 in Novem­ber be­fore fall­ing to 593 in De­cem­ber, mean­ing a stag­ger­ing £116,620 is owed to the coun­cil.

While it is un­clear whether or not the scheme has been ef­fec­tive in de­ter­ring drivers in the High­lands from park­ing where they should not, the HC says over­all the re­sponse has been pos­i­tive.

The spokesper­son added: ‘Gen­er­ally the en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties have been wel­comed and we are see­ing a re­duc­tion in park­ing con­tra­ven­tions.’

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