Police plan to end traffic warden services in Falkirk

With traffic wardens expected to be gone by April next year, there could be parking chaos in Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen (133007a)

With traffic wardens expected to be gone by April next year, there could be parking chaos in Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen (133007a)

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Falkirk town centre faces ‘parking mayhem’ if plans to withdraw traffic wardens go ahead, a senior councillor is warning.

In a bid to cut costs, Police Scotland wants to stop providing the service, leaving Falkirk Council to pick up the bill.

In a letter to council chief exectuive Mary Pitcaithly, Forth Valley Divisional Commander David Flynn said the changes would allow the force to focus on providing police on the streets.

In place of wardens, the council would have to introduce a decriminalised parking enforcement scheme - which could take up to 18 months.

However, it is believed wardens could be withdrawn as early as April next year, which would lead to over a year of ‘mayhem’ according to Councillor Gerry Goldie.

Councillors also heard some traffic wardens have already been told that they will be made redundant in the 
early part of the new year.

Director of development services Rhona Geisler said: “They are merely moving a cost from one public sector body to another.

“It is highly unlikely that the fines would cover the costs of running the service. Parking on a yellow line will still be a criminal offence but it will fall to regular police officers to deal with it and they are likely to have other priorities.”

Councillor Linda Gow said: “This is robbing Peter to pay Paul. There has been no proper consultation, and we should roundly condemn the fact that this decision has been taken. The funding should be transferred from Police Scotland to the council to pay for it.”