The introduction of a new parking regime in East Dunbartonshire’s towns and villages got off to a confusing start last week with wardens issuing tickets to cars which were legally parked - just hours after the new scheme was launched.
East Dunbartonshire Council’s new community wardens took to the streets for the first time last Wednesday (April 2) to fine those parked illegally.
But motorists parked outside the Antonine pub, on Kirkintilloch’s Townhead, were incorrectly issued with £30 fines - despite there being no single yellow line.
The Herald understands that wardens had been told to ticket the cars because yellow lines have been planned for the bay - recently created from a former bus stop.
A council officer assisting a community warden told the Herald: “Technically the line is still in force, it’s just that it has not been repainted on yet.”
Restricted parking must be clearly indicated by a single yellow line and a notice advising of the applicable hours.
Residents Brian Anderson and Kim Brown said they challenged one of the community wardens over the ticket, but were told that the cars were parked illegally.
Brian said: “By the time the council person had got to the end of her explanation about why the ticket had been issued, I was more confused than I was at the start. It doesn’t seem right that people could be out of pocket for no good reason.”
Thomas Glen, East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of development and regeneration, said: “The roll-out has, on the whole, been very smooth and has been assisted by positive reactions to our new wardens from many members of the public.
“As with any operation of this scale there have been minor teething issues and we will continue to work to ensure that all aspects of this work are implemented successfully.
“In one location, outside the Antonine in Townhead, we have an existing Traffic Regulation Order which we are in the process of removing and replacing with a new order.
“As a result lining has been removed and whilst signing is still in place, and the Regulation Order is valid, we have taken the decision to cancel two tickets issued to drivers in this area during the first week of implementation.”