Cops call a halt to traffic duties

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Furious council officials blasted Police Scotland this week, claiming the force had “washed its hands” of its responsibilities.

Administration councillors made their feelings clear at a meeting of Falkirk Council’s executive committee on Tuesday.

They responded angrily to Police Scotland’s announcement it is not going to be carrying out traffic management duties at community events like the Bo’ness Children’s Fair in the future – claiming it did not have the authority to enforce the law at such events.

Members heard the police do have authority to manage traffic when a “spontaneous” incident like a road accident happens – but not for pre-planned events.

The move means responsibility for traffic management now falls on event organisers themselves.

Director of development services Rhona Geisler said: “Organisers have to apply to the council for a Temporary Traffic Restriction Order (TTRO), then they have to have people physically in place to manage the traffic.”

It was agreed to undertake a review of the council’s approach to these events and issues around costs would also be looked at. For the next six months, while it carries out the review, the authority will not charge applicants the £725 it costs to make a TTRO.