HAWICK will no longer have a traffic warden, and the local authority has no plans to take control of local parking.
n Continued on page 3It was announced this week that Police Scotland is withdrawing the entire traffic warden service from across the Lothians and Borders as the result of a review. For Hawick that means that the town will lose its only warden – and Scottish Borders Council has admitted that taking charge is “not a step to be taken lightly”.
A spokesperson told the Hawick News: “While the plan to phase out police traffic wardens is a national one, Scottish Borders Council is still examining the full implications of such changes. It should be noted that on-street parking control is not something a council can just assume control of.”
And angry local Councillor Davie Paterson has described the situation as an accident waiting to happen.
He stated: “It is going to be absolute pandomonium in Hawick. People are going to do what they want, and I have real fears for the safety of pedestrians. I really am up-in-arms about this decision, it is going to be disastrous.”
Councillor Stuart Marshall has also criticised the move, commenting: “I have real concerns about the impact this might have on already heavily congested parts of the town.”
But SBC says enforcing decriminalised parking is complex and expensive, requiring an application to the Scottish Minister, which if deemed satisfactory is then put before the Scottish Government, before it can come into force.
Their spokesperson added: “This is not a step to be taken lightly as it can have significant financial and resource implications for an authority.”