Disabled parking bid for High St

Marion Short
Marion Short

Marion Short is asking council officials to explore the possibility of introducing disabled-only parking spaces on the High Street.

Mrs Short, who chairs Hawick Community Council, raised the matter at Monday night’s town hall meeting.

Speaking to the Hawick News, she said: “I had been approached by a member of the public whose mother is disabled.

“She mentioned the number of disabled spaces at the Civic Space which are generally underused, a topic which has actually been raised at our meetings now on several occasions.

“This lady’s point was that whilst there are these spaces at the Civic Space she cannot walk to the High Street and she wondered why there is no disabled provision in the High Street itself, which begs the question could the current disabled spaces then be rescinded and used for general parking on a pay-and-display basis?

“Given the adverse publicity that Hawick High Street attracts over parking due to the withdrawal of the traffic warden and the selfishness of those who park there all day every day, it was queried would the provision of some disabled spaces deter those offending from parking all day.”