South Scotland

Scottish Borders parking group reveals action plan

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Image caption The working group looked at parking right across the Scottish Borders

A council is being asked to endorse a string of recommendations to tackle parking issues although it has no budget to fund them at present.

A working group was set up to look at problems across the Scottish Borders.

It has now reported back with the council being asked to endorse all its recommendations - apart from looking at potential enforcement regimes.

A report said the cost of the proposals could be up to £576,570 and added that funding was not currently available.

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Image caption A feasibility study could look at potential measures in one or two town centres

Councillors are being advised to take the plans forward "as and when" future budgets allow.

Police Scotland withdrew its traffic warden service across most of the country in 2014.

It prompted claims in the Borders of a "marked increase" in problems.

Police retain responsibility for parking enforcement and a new community action team - set up last year - has given out hundreds of tickets.

Scottish Borders Council agreed in November 2017 to set up the working group to look at "innovative solutions" to parking issues in the region.

Its remit was approved in April last year.

Now it has delivered a string of recommendations with costs attached:

  • a review of traffic regulation orders - £205,000 in-house or £225,000 externally
  • car parking signage - £28,500
  • updating yellow lines, parking bay review and dropped kerbs - up to £278,250
  • media campaign to "park fair" - £10,000
  • potential enforcement regimes - up to £327,900
  • feasibility study of potential infrastructure in one or two town centres - £35,000

A report to the executive committee has advised endorsing all the proposals apart from the enforcement element.

However, it added there was currently "no identified budget" for the measures and it would have to be found in years to come.

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