Control over parking offences in Rothesay, and elsewhere in Argyll and Bute, will pass from the police to the local council in four weeks’ time.
Six new ‘amenity wardens’ will be employed to work alongside existing Argyll and Bute Council staff to issue penalty charges to offending motorists - and to tackle the nuisances of dog fouling and littering too.
The new regime of ‘decriminalised parking enforcement’ will go live on Monday, May 12, and is the result of police no longer employing traffic wardens.
The council’s wardens will patrol all areas of Argyll and Bute where parking restrictions are in force. These include, but are not limited to, areas with yellow lines, pay and display bays, loading and unloading areas, disabled bays, limited waiting areas and off-street parking areas.
For two weeks after May 12, first-time transgressors will be given a warning notice rather than a penalty charge notice (PCN) - but from May 26, all vehicles caught parking illegally will be issued with a PCN.
The council’s policy lead for roads and amenity services, Councillor Ellen Morton, said: “Parking is a big issue in our towns – it is maddening to see the same cars parked on the street for hours on end denying easy access for customers to local businesses.
“We hope people will work with us to keep our town centres busy and presentable – if you park legally you won’t be fined. If you clear up after your dog, you won’t be fined. If you bin your litter, you won’t be fined.”
In line with national guidelines, the PCN is set at £60, to be paid within 28 days. If paid within 14 days, the charge is reduced to £30. If unpaid, the charge increases to £90. Unpaid PCNs could result in the council instructing sheriff officers to pursue recovery of the debt, which may incur additional costs.
For further information go to www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/parking.