Parking fears over Linlithgow warden plans

Car parked on a double yellow line, Linlithgow
Car parked on a double yellow line, Linlithgow
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There are fears of parking chaos in Linlithgow if plans to axe police traffic wardens go ahead.

The proposals are part of efforts by new single national force Police Scotland to save money and standardise services.

Council leader John McGinty said: “We currently have police funded traffic wardens in West Lothian who work in our communities to make sure that parking is being properly controlled and that drivers are parking responsibly.”

But he warned: “If the wardens are cut, we are in danger of seeing a free for all develop.

“This is yet another example of the SNP Scottish Government failing to fund police services properly. I have heard some comment that councils affected could simply take on this role.

“However, as councils are also facing severe budget cuts, it is hard to see any logic in this idea.”

Under the new plans by Police Scotland, wardens are being phased out in Linlithgow, Queensferry and Bo’ness, and the public counters at police stations will close.

Councillor McGinty added: “I would urge West Lothian people and local organisations to make their views known.”

Chief Inspector Kevin Kerr said: “As part of the ongoing consultation process, we have communicated with elected members in West Lothian as well as MPs, MSPs and community councils where traffic warden cover is provided and invited them to provide their views and opinions in relation to the review.”

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: “We will be fully investigating the impact of the review before providing our response to the consultation.”