Thousands of pounds could be raised through parking charges

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PARKING charges will have to generate £166,000 to help pay for traffic wardens in East Dunbartonshire, according to the latest figures.

Members of the public will be asked their views on plans to introduce Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) later this year – followed by a separate consultation on parking charges.

The council aims to employ its own traffic wardens. Costs could be covered through enforcement penalties and charging for the use of council-owned parking spaces.

That could see people being asked to pay to park in town and village centres, as well as railway stations and other busy areas.

The council’s policy and resources committee received the latest report on Thursday.

Plans have been in the pipeline for months, but had to be delayed to allow more number-crunching to take place.

Members on the committee voted 6-4 in favour of a shared service model – East Dunbartonshire providing traffic wardens, with back-office support from a partner authority.

That will cost an estimated £263,000 per year – with just over £96,000 raised through penalty charge notices.

That would leave £166,549 to be raised through parking charges.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie confirmed: “A consultation will follow later on any proposals to introduce parking charges in East Dunbartonshire, which will then go to council for consideration.”

January 2013 has been highlighted as the earliest possible date for DPE being introduced.

Councillor Geekie stressed: “It is imperative that we take positive action to address the selfish attitudes of those drivers throughout the area that park illegally at schools, in disabled bays or in our town centres and residential areas.”

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