Purge on danger­ous park­ing

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Marzella

Mo­torists were slapped with park­ing tick­ets and warn­ings in a crack­down on danger­ous park­ing in Ban­nock­burn.

Com­mu­nity po­lice of­fi­cers and en­force­ment of­fi­cers from Stir­ling Coun­cil pa­trolled a sec­tion on Main Street on Satur­day morn­ing fol­low­ing a num­ber of com­plaints from lo­cal res­i­dents.

Com­plaints had been raised over ve­hi­cles be­ing parked on pave­ments and dou­ble yel­low lines as well as driv­ers park­ing up for longer than the max­i­mum al­lowed 20 min­utes in des­ig­nated park­ing bays.

The coun­cil park­ing at­ten­dants is­sued four fixed penalty no­tices and a fur­ther nine warn­ings.

Com­mu­nity Sergeant Alex Ha­trick said:“We’ve re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints from mem­bers of the pub­lic re­gard­ing ve­hi­cles park­ing up on pave­ments and that’s proven to be a prob­lem for peo­ple in wheel­chairs and peo­ple with prams and bug­gies.”

Tommy Cat­ti­gan of Ban­nock­burn Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said:“Main Street has a 20 minute park­ing limit to al­low ac­cess to shops and the park­ing at­ten­dant was putting re­minders on ve­hi­cles.

“This is a prob­lem that has in­creased. The street is a bus route and on many oc­ca­sions there are de­lays be­cause some peo­ple don’t want to park and walk to the shops.

“What no one wants is to stop shop­pers on Main Street. All that is asked is that driv­ers park safely and legally.”

Ban­nock­burn coun­cil­lor Alas­dair MacPherson said: “Traffic in Main Street has in­creased since the bank closed as the re­main­ing cash ma­chines are in the Post Of­fice and Scot­mid store. It can be chaotic try­ing to nav­i­gate through the traffic, so I will be ask­ing coun­cil roads of­fi­cials to work with the com­mu­nity coun­cil and traders to come up with a solution that suits all par­ties. We might need to look again at mak­ing Main Street one way but I will en­sure roads of­fi­cers look at all op­tions.”

Crack­down Po­lice and Stir­ling Coun­cil on pa­trol in Ban­nock­burn

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