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Rothesay B&B owners voice parking fine fears

The view across Battery Place from the pavement on the seaward side of the street, with the car and mobile home in the foreground both parked on the pedestrian footway. In the background local councillor Robert Macintyre can be seen deep in conversation with concerned guest house owners in the area.

The view across Battery Place from the pavement on the seaward side of the street, with the car and mobile home in the foreground both parked on the pedestrian footway. In the background local councillor Robert Macintyre can be seen deep in conversation with concerned guest house owners in the area.

 

Trouble is brewing in one part of Rothesay ahead of the full introduction of ‘decriminalised parking enforcement’ in just a few days’ time.

Historically vehicles parking on that stretch of pavement have not been ticketed, largely because of the congestion which would be caused by parking on the road, while an alternative footpath is available just yards away, running along the shore from the Albert Pier to Glenburn Road.

From this Monday, June 16, motorists who park in restricted or illegal locations will be hit with a £60 penalty - a prospect which has alarmed accommodation providers in the area, who say there is nowhere else nearby for guests to leave their vehicles.

In an email to the island’s three councillors, Sara Goss-Melvin from The Boat House said: “There has never been an issue on Battery Place with parking. Residents are aware, if we are to own cars, we have to have some parked across the street - even without the arrival of the tourists we are trying to bring here.

“The pavement is wide enough to accommodate cars, and still be able to allow people to walk along.”

* More on this story in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, June 12.

 

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