Bute councillors to get more control over parking issues

Argyll and Bute councillors are to be given more power in dealing with parking issues across the authority.
Argyll and Bute councillors are to be given more power in dealing with parking issues across the authority.

Councillors on Bute are to be given more control over local parking issues following the adoption of a draft parking policy for Argyll and Bute.

The council’s parking strategy is aimed at increasing the parking turnover in our town centres, which in turn supports the local economy - ensuring that there are spaces available for people to park and access local shops.

The policy also aims to improve road safety, manage traffic effectively and to encourage a shift towards more eco-friendly transport means.

It has been recognised that a ‘one size fits all’ approach would not work in Argyll and Bute, with its huge area and diverse local needs. As a result, the policy formalises the arrangement whereby traffic regulation orders (TROs) are within the power of area committees, allowing parking to be managed at a local level.

The parking policy effectively formalises what is already reflected in current custom and practice, providing the council with an overarching framework for the provision and control of parking across Argyll and Bute, where none previously existed.

Following the approval at Thursday’s committee meeting, area-based proposals will be developed through member workshops and area committees over the winter. Local members will consider a number of factors such as the level of provision, the extent of charged and free spaces, the distribution of available parking as well as local nuances.

The council has recently taken on the responsibility for the enforcement of parking regulations across the Argyll and Bute, and have employed new amenity wardens who patrol all areas of the authority 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.

Vehicles caught parking illegally are now issued with a penalty charge notice (PCN). 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.

To view the draft parking policy, click here.