Midlothian council hope to acquire new parking powers

Midlothian Council are set to be awarded new parking powers in an attempt to prevent drivers from committing parking offences in the city.

This comes from the withdrawal of police enforcement in the county, and the introduction of decriminalised parking, which will change parking offences in the county from a criminal issue into a civil one, meaning the council will issue tickets to those who park their cars on double yellow lines.

Parking attendants will be put in place to monitor parking offences, in hopes to improve congestion through parking restrictions in certain areas and law enforcements such as yellow lines and time limited parking bays.

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Parking on double yellow lines will still be an issue, but may soon be in the hands of the council. Image Credit: Google

Midlothian Council Conservative Councillor Pauline Winchester said;

“These changes mean that the roads that currently suffer with cars badly parked should get some reprieve once tickets start being given out.

“There are parking restrictions for a reason, and these are being ignored by a minority of people. The changes should help to make routes clearer for cars and crossing points safer for pedestrians.

“The council will introduce the changes and give affected area residents notice by initially putting dummy tickets on the offending vehicles.”

The decision of whether or not to grant the council these decriminalised parking powers currently lies with the Scottish Government, however it is expected that these will be approved within in the next couple of weeks.

 

 

 

Parking Costs in Edinburgh city centre to increase after new year

Edinburgh drivers face an increase in parking costs as Sunday parking charges come into force next year.

Sunday afternoons will no longer have free parking on Edinburgh’s streets. Charges to park your car in the city centre will be put into place in early 2018.

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Permit holders are set to face an increase in charges. Photograph: Edinburgh Greens Flickr

Parking permit prices will also be increasing in city centre zones. The West End, the Old and New Towns and Fountainbridge areas are among those affected.

Although there is no exact figure stating how much parking permits will increase by, there will be an extra charge in order to fund the measures needed to control Sunday parking.

Local residents already face charges up to £475 under the current rates, leaving some unhappy about the idea of an extra cost.

Natasha Haggo, a permit holder in the city, said: “They’re already about £200, so it is quite expensive, and you’re not even guaranteed a space all the time.”

Parking in the city is a problem faced by most Edinburgh drivers;  and traffic has become a safety hazard for pedestrians, prompting 20 miles per hour speed limits to be put in place across the Capital.

Edinburgh City Council’s Transport Councillor, Lesley Macinnes, believes the parking restrictions that will be enforced will help keep the city less congested.

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The Tollcross area will be one of the places affected by the new charges. Photograph: Kim Traynor

She said: “As a major European city, we are committed to keeping the Capital moving, while maintaining safety and accessibility for all road users.

“Parking restrictions benefit businesses and residents by deterring all-day parking and encouraging the frequent turnaround of spaces for visitors and shoppers.

“They also maintain visibility and space for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers and open the road for larger vehicles, such as buses and lorries, as well as keeping it clear for the emergency services.”


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City Council urged to install segregated cycle lanes

Edinburgh’s road users are pressuring Edinburgh City Council to invest in partitioned cycle lanes following a survey published by Sustrans. The survey conducted by the UK transport charity suggested that 8 out of 10 drivers and cyclists in Edinburgh support this idea.

 

This comes following the council’s £12m plan to install segregated cycle lanes on popular routes from The Mound to The Meadows and Roseburn to Edinburgh Park. However it seems that of the 1,000 people asked, around 800 would like to see this project expanded to introduce these partitioned cycle lanes on a wider scale.

 

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This majority still support this idea despite the fact that it would reduce the space available on the road for cars, choosing to favour the safety of cyclists.

 

However it is not just cyclists’ safety that would be improved, Sustran believe that traffic congestion, air quality and the general health of Edinburgh’s citizens would also be boosted.

 

Speaking to Forth News, Sustrans Policy Manager Claire Daly believes that:

“If we can make it easier for people to walk and to cycle around this beautiful city and to experience it directly, I think it brings a whole load of benefits.”

Edinburgh City Council have said that they will take this survey into consideration when they evaluate the future of transport in Edinburgh.

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