Back to the drawing board on parking shake-up?

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to revamp parking in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and beyond has been put on hold – to give officials more time to look at the costs.

From next April, Strathclyde Police will no longer employ traffic wardens – leaving the council to pick up the tab or risk chaos on the streets.

In March, councillors voted to develop proposals to introduce Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) across the district.

The proposals would see the council bring in its own traffic wardens, with all office support provided by a partner local authority with an already established service.

However, last week councillors on the development and infrastructure committee delayed making a decision on the scheme to allow officials more time to go over the costs involved.

A report to the committee said the shared support service could cost around £166,549 a year to run, with a set up cost of £106,000.

The earliest it could be introduced is January 2013.

Parking charges could also be brought in to help cover the cost of running the scheme.

However, this has sparked fears from residents and traders about the impact on already struggling town centres.

Back in 2008, the council approved a parking strategy looking at on-street parking problems in town centres and near railway stations.

The report to the development and infrastructure committee stated: “Until the enforcement issues are resolved the implementation of the parking strategy cannot be effectively progressed.”

A public consultation on DPE is scheduled to start in October.