A new parking attendant service is being introduced to East Lothian to help ease congestion and support local businesses.

Today’s (Tuesday 25 October) full Council meeting noted the progress made to introduce Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) in East Lothian.

Transportation and roads spokesman, Cllr Michael Veitch, said:

“Following a national review Police Scotland decided to stop their Traffic Warden service in East Lothian in early 2014. Since then we have been advised by local businesses, including bus companies and traders, that parking in inappropriate places or parking all day in a short stay place is having a detrimental effect on our town centres.”

“Signage and road markings are being refreshed and replaced to remind people as to where restrictions or time limits are in place.  I would recommend local residents familiarise themselves with these before the penalty fines come into place in December.”

The new attendants will be present on street during November and initially in each of the six main towns to meet local traders and to find out their main parking concerns. They will also be on hand to advise local residents on any parking restrictions that need to be observed.

Parking fines will not be introduced until the DPE application is formally approved by the Scottish Government which is expected to be in December. In accordance with Scottish Government guidance the Parking Charge Notice (PCN) issued for any offence will be set at £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016