East Lothian coastal car park charges under attack

George Kerevan MP with dog walker Jayne and Sox
George Kerevan MP with dog walker Jayne and Sox

East Lothian Council’s decision to introduce charges for vehicles using coastal car parks has come under further attack.

Local MP George Keveran has hit out at the decision after being contacted by constituents, especially dog walkers.

Facing budget pressures, East Lothian Council feared that the standard of the county’s beaches, car parks and facilities would decline and decided to introduce coastal car parking charges to allow the car parks to be kept in good condition and to maintain facilities such as toilets and showers.

Mr Kerevan said: “It is outrageous that residents and visitors will need to pay to enjoy the beautiful East Lothian coastline. And using the police to catch out non-payers is a complete waste of valuable police time.”

When the pay and display system is in full operation, visitors will be charged to use the coastal car parks at Longniddry Bents; Gullane Bents; Yellowcraig; Dirleton; John Muir Country Park at Tyninghame Links, Linkfield and Shore Road; Whitesands and Barns Ness.

The charges, £2 per day (excluding Blue Badge holders), apply seven days a week, throughout the year.

Mr Kerevan said: “The condition of the car parks is far from desirable.

“In many of them there are pot holes in the tarmac and, at Longniddry Bents No. 3, there is only one bin for dog litter, which was over-flowing.”