Traffic warden removal confirmed

Police traffic wardens will disappear in the Borders
Police traffic wardens will disappear in the Borders
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A letter from the police has revealed that traffic wardens will go in February.

The service is being removed by Police Scotland as part of cost-cutting measures, despite an appeal from the council for a two-year delay to enable staff to investigate an alternative system.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said the service will stop on February 3, but added: “There are a small number of ongoing negotiations in relation to extending this service in particular circumstances.”

A Scottish Borders Council spokesman said the local authority is not involved in the talks.

Borders MSP John Lamont said the removal of the wardens without an appropriate replacement service will likely cause “traffic chaos”.

He said: “The removal of traffic wardens will be dreadful for areas like the Borders and will leave us with little or no parking enforcement in the region.”

Mr Lamont added: “The council understandably asked for more time to find an alternative to enforce parking, but this snap decision has left them with no time whatsoever to find a solution.

“Police Scotland need to urgently rethink this decision before our town centres become clogged with illegally-parked cars.”