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Council concerns about police and traffic warden service proposals

Published Tuesday 22nd October 13

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Council considers response to Police Scotland service proposals

 East Lothian Council will highlight concerns about the recent proposals to close the Tranent police station public counter and to withdraw the traffic warden service across East Lothian in a response to the Police Scotland consultation.

The council meeting today (Tuesday 22 October) heard that the Tranent police station public counter is currently open five days a week. The proposal to close the public counter would mean local residents having to travel to Musselburgh or Haddington to access a police station public counter.

Concern was expressed that the apparent low demand of services at Tranent may be unfavourably compared with neighbouring police stations that are open six or seven days a week and that no information has been provided about alternative options if closure is pursued.

Currently the main towns in East Lothian have a traffic warden service provided by Police Scotland. A review of the Traffic Warden provision carried out by the Chief Constable in June 2013 suggested that this would be carried out ‘in partnership with local authorities’ however East Lothian Council was not contacted or provided an opportunity to contribute to the review prior to its publication.

Councillors felt that the loss of traffic wardens to enforce time restricted parking may mean bays being occupied all day greatly reducing the turnover of vehicles which would have a significant impact on shops and businesses in the county’s town centres.

Council Leader Willie Innes said:

“The proposals to close Tranent police station public counter and remove the traffic warden service from East Lothian have resulted in concern being expressed by individuals and businesses. We will submit a robust response to these proposals outlining both public and council comments and seek an opportunity for further discussions considering alternative options.”

 

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