Parking fines ‘luck of draw’, admit police

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Police confirmed this week that issuing parking tickets on Hawick High Street is a lottery.

Speaking at Tuesday’s Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum in the lesser town hall, community council chairwoman Marion Short raised concerns over parking.

She said: “Parking on the High Street is another vexed subject. We wanted to raise this at our community council meeting last week but sadly there was no police prescence.

“People are able to park on the High Street at will and some of them for days on end,” said Mrs Short.

She added: “But unbelievably, I have heard of one instance where someone was given a parking ticket at 2.34am on a Sunday morning. Surely the police have better things to do than this?”

PC Robboe Noble responded saying: “It’s luck of the draw as far as parking tickets are concerned.

“We do not have the manpower to be on the High Street all the time but I can assure you that there have been tickets issued and we will continue to issue them where appropriate.”

Mrs Short added: “Some of the vehicles on the High Street are ownwed by business ownwers who seem to think they can park outside their premises all day long and other business owners are complaining that folk can get stopped outside their shops.”

PC Noble said: “We are aware of the issues on the High Street and I can tell you now that we have issued tickets to shop owners. I can’t tell
you how many but we have given tickets to business owners.”

Two weeks ago, PC Noble revealed to the Hawick News that since November, police had issued 43 parking tickets in the Hawick Area including four to business owners on the High Street.

PC Noble continued: “Like I said, we can’t be there all the time but we are aware of the problem.”