Mystery over parking charges decision

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NO time limit can be put on a probe into controversial parking charges, insist council chiefs.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) scheme will see it employ traffic wardens to enforce restrictions, but a funding black hole means parking charges will be needed to pay for the scheme.

A series of ‘drop-in’ meetings to answer questions about the scheme ended at the start of March, and residents have just over a week left to make their feelings known.

But it now seems likely that the results of the consultation exercise will not be published until after the council elections on Thursday, May 3.

Derek Cunningham, the council’s director of development and infrastructure, said: “The parking consultation runs until March 30, after which we will analyse all the responses.

“Until the consultation exercise is complete, it is difficult to be definitive on how long the detailed analysis will take, but it will allow us to determine the main issues, trends and views of the different interests across the community. Thereafter, the results will, in the first instance, be formally reported to the council for consideration and to inform any future actions and decisions.”

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