Council wants to take on parking enforcement in Argyll and Bute

ARGYLL and Bute Council wants to take over the enforcement of vehicle parking from Strathclyde Police across the council area in a move which would see parking transgressions cease to be a criminal offence.

The authority wants to replace the police wardens, which were withdrawn in June 2011 as an efficiency saving, with a scheme of ‘decriminalised parking enforcement’ (DPE), under which council staff would issue tickets to improperly-parked vehicle.

A report on the subject, to be considered at a full council meeting in Lochgilphead on December 20, recommends approval of a plan which would see DPE take effect across Argyll and Bute in April or May of 2014.

The report states: “A DPE scheme is able to improve the management of parking, provide better availability of spaces, improve pedestrian safety, improve access for those with impaired mobility, help businesses by providing specific delivery bays and promote a safer and more pleasant town centre environment.”

DPE schemes are already operated in eight local authority areas across Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen, while four more councils are working towards bringing in similar schemes in their own areas.