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Council officials admitted they hoped people would continue to park illegally so the authority could coin in cash from fines.

At a meeting of Falkirk Council’s executive committee on Tuesday, members agreed to pursue a Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) designation order and police the streets themselves, keeping the cash they make from fines.

Director of development services Rhona Geisler stated the council would be “relying on people transgressing”, but there was a “risk people behave themselves” and the council would not make back the £700,000 it would take to get the initiative up and running.

The move comes after Police Scotland withdrew its traffic warden service from the area.

A business model has been prepared, with the council reassigning part of the current off-street enforcement resource to on-street enforcement and hiring another two members of staff in the process.

Mrs Geisler said: “If we don’t have the DPE in place we leave it to Police Scotland to enforce and we are not sure they have the resources to do this effectively, or would make it one of their priorities.

“By doing this we can take control of indiscriminate parking within our area. There is a lot that needs to change and we will do it on a piecemeal basis, focusing on Falkirk Town Centre first.

“We don’t anticipate we will make a huge amount of money out of this.”