Midlothian councillors to look at parking

Parking problems on Dalkeith High Street
Parking problems on Dalkeith High Street

Midlothian councillors are to have a seminar to fully discuss the first changes to the county’s parking standards for nearly 20 years.

After head of commercial operations Ricky Moffat gave cabinet his report on the proposed new Midlothian Council parking standards, the first changes since 1996, it was suggested that councillors discuss the proposed changes further before agreeing to them.

Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP) believed that it was important that any concerns over the changes are heard.

He said: “I think there are a lot of issues in parking in Midlothian, from town centres to housing estates.

“Would it be pertinent to have a seminar on this before it goes to full council?

“It’s a great report but it’s important that we get this right.

“And if there are concerns then it’s better that they get heard.”

The parking standards will be used primarily by private developers but will also affect new council buildings including schools, community facilities and council house builds.