Parking to come under scrutiny in six Borders towns

Parking in Duns town centre will be monitored over three days
Parking in Duns town centre will be monitored over three days

Traffic monitoring is to be carried out in six towns prior to Scottish Borders Council making a decision on how to go forward with enforcing parking restrictions.

Since the withdrawal of the traffic warden service in the region, on-street parking has been the cause of numerous complaints as motorists flout waiting and loading restrictions.

Before it decides how to resolve the situation, the council is setting aside £17,000 for a survey of parking in six towns – Hawick, Duns, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles and Galashiels. Monitoring will take place over three days in each town.

The council is also proposing a review of traffic regulation orders to take away unnecessary restrictions”, a move meant to “lead to a situation where restrictions were easier for the public to understand and easier to police”.

Roads officers are proposing standardisation of times across the Borders which would lead to easier management of restrictions.

Once parking restrictions were streamlined and standardised across the region, the next step would be to decide how to enforce them.

Across the 32 Scottish local authorities, decriminalised parking enforcement has been introduced by 14, a further four are going through the application process, six have indicated they currently have no intention of introducing it, and the remaining authorities, including ours, are still considering their position.

At their meeting this week, councillors were told that the results of the town traffic survey would be ready in September, at which point they should be in a position to make a decision on the way forward for controlling parking in the region’s main towns.