Bring back the traffic wardens!

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SCRAPPING the traffic wardens in East Dunbartonshire has made traffic problems worse.

That’s the view of Bishopbriggs Community Council and also residents in Kirkintilloch.

Bishopbriggs Community Council claim the number of cars being parked on double yellow lines and abandoned on streets with their hazard lights flashing has increased, following the removal of the traffic warden earlier this year.

A spokesperson for the community council said: “A replacement for the traffic warden needs to be brought in quickly.

“It has been getting worse since the warden has gone and something needs to be done.

“The level of inconsiderate parking has gone up, particularly on Kirkintilloch Road.

“The warden kept the traffic moving and we need him back.”

Concerns have also been expressed in Kirkintilloch.

East Dunbartonshire Council is currently working on proposals to introduce Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) across the authority, after Strathclyde Police said it would no longer employ traffic wardens.

Under the proposals the council would bring in its own wardens.

Police officers will target parking problems in areas of concern across the district until the new wardens are in place.

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The council has a working group in place who are taking forward the necessary work to assess options, prepare a business case and progress the necessary technical and legal requirements associated with seeking the necessary powers to operate decriminalised parking enforcement.

“Assuming the necessary powers are in due course granted, the current programme to work through the necessary processes suggests this would be in early 2013.”

Community safety officer Siobhan McCandlish said: “Legal measures have to be put in place prior to the council taking over the remit for the parking wardens.”

She added: “In the meantime, police officers have been tasked with targeting illegal parking in problem areas in between their other duties.”

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