Will traffic wardens be back on the streets of Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs soon?

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Traffic wardens could be back on the streets of towns and villages in East Dunbartonshire this autumn.

The council is planning to bring in Decriminalised Parking Enforcement – essentially employing their own traffic wardens, who will issues fines if people flout restrictions.

At the moment that’s a task which has fallen to local police offices, since traditional traffic wardens were scrapped as part of force reconstruction in the summer of 2011.

The Herald revealed back in March, 2011, how the council was aiming to employ its own traffic wardens.

Costs would be covered through enforcement penalties and charging for the use of council-owned parking spaces.

It was envisaged that plans would be put into operation in April 2012, but further work was needed and the plans were moved back to January 2013.

Work is still going on behind the scenes and the earliest the area will see a return of ‘traffic wardens’ is this autumn, with charges being brought in next year.

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration at the council, said: “As part of our programme of regular town centre trader meetings we have been updating local traders on the progress of new parking arrangements.

“The current position is that the council has applied to the Scottish Government to operate decriminalised parking enforcement, which will give us powers to target areas that currently experience inconsiderate parking.

“Subject to approval from the Scottish Government, the anticipated start date is autumn 2013 with wardens patrolling areas with parking restrictions and charging being introduced during 2014.

“Once we hear back from the Scottish Government and are closer to those implementation dates, we will publicise the changes and run information events for all stakeholders to let them know exactly what is being introduced and when.”

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