South Scotland

Dumfries car parking charging plans resurface

Car parking charges in Dumfries town centre are being considered as part of a list of council budget-saving and income generation options.

It is estimated the move could eventually generate £1.9m-a-year for Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Dumfries currently has a disk system where parking is free but time-limited in and around the town centre.

Previous attempts to introduce charges have met with opposition from community councillors in the area.

The proposal is just one of a long list of measures being suggested to meet savings targets facing planning and environment services in common with all other council departments.

Other potential moves include staff reductions, reducing waste collection rounds, increased fees and burial charges and the removal of attended toilet provision.

Consultants are currently preparing a business case for the car parking charges.

A report claims they could improve the availability of spaces and produce retail and economic benefits.

However, it advises the charges would take between 12 and 18 months to introduce.

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