County MSP Iain Gray has expressed his disappointment at Police Scotland’s confirmation that East Lothian’s traffic wardens are to be withdrawn next month.
Mr Gray had spoken out on the potential cost and impact on local parking of the police proposals and urged police chiefs to look again at the traffic warden provision. However, the decision to implement the proposals to remove the traffic warden service from Monday 3rd February was made shortly before Christmas.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“The confirmation that our traffic wardens are to be withdrawn is very disappointing news for communities across the county. At the end of last year, I spoke out about local people’s concerns regarding the potential impact of this proposal and urged Police Scotland to rethink its plans. So the decision to go ahead with the withdrawal of traffic wardens here is a real blow for our town centres.
“With experts suggesting that it could take up to three years for local councils to put replacement traffic warden services in place, it is imperative that Police Scotland takes urgent steps to ensure the county will not face the kind of problems many fear this policy will bring about. This means working closely with East Lothian Council to avoid traffic chaos until an alternative can be implemented.”