Councillors’ frustration over parking initiative

Plans to introduce a decriminalised parking initiative in the town have stalled.

A working group was set up at Scottish Borders Council following the withdrawal of the traffic warden in 2014.

A number of Scottish councils have already introduced decriminalised parking enforcement and this week one Hawick councillor who is on the working group said he’s frustrated at the lack of progress.

Hawick and Hermitage member Ron Smith said: “There seems to have been little progress in recent months. Councillor [Davie] Paterson and I do fully recognise the need for progress, and are frustrated at the lack of it.”

In a report in December 2013, Scottish Borders Council called on Police Scotland to delay the withdrawal of traffic wardens until 2016.

The report stated: “While fully recognising the significant financial pressure on Police Scotland, it is unlikely that SBC would be in a position to introduce decriminalised parking enforcement on an efficient and effective basis for two to three years.

“As such there is considerable concern over the proposed withdrawal of traffic wardens.”

A council spokesperson said: “We continue to look at all options in relation to the control of parking in the Borders, and a report offering recommendations is expected
to be presented in early
2016.”