St Abbs parking agreement extended

AN agreement between Scottish Borders Council and St Abbs Harbour Trust, put into place last year to avoid confusion amongst drivers parking at the harbour has been extended until March 2017.

Prior to April 2010, two independent car parks operated at St Abbs harbour - one owned and managed by the council and other by the trust.

The separate management arrangements were confusing car park users due to variations in parking charges, payment methods and charging times.

These arrangements were also inefficient, particularly as the staff costs for the council car park absorbed a significant proportion of the income generated from parking fees.

In February last year, the harbour trust, supported by St Abbs Community Council and Village Association, indicated willingness to enter into an agreement with SBC to manage both car parks in an integrated and efficient way.

This approach was approved by the council’s executive a month later.

The agreement to make changes to car park management arrangements at St Abbs was aligned with a decision made by the executive in April 2009 to prioritise investment of pay-parking income to fund local road and environmental improvements within the settlement boundary in which the car park is located.

The agreement, which instructs the harbour trust to manage the council car park and collect and retain car parking charges, was set to run until April 2012 but at a meeting last week members of the council’s executive approved a recommendation to extend it for a further five years with annual reviews.