MSP vrooms into Dalkeith parking row

Parking has become a concern
Parking has become a concern

Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, has written to Midlothian Council expressing his concern at the parking situation in Dalkeith.

The SNP politician is demanding a review of current parking arrangements across the whole town.

He said: “The current situation cannot continue. Vehicles are often double parked up and down the High Street and down nearby side streets. Double yellow lines and bus stops are ignored. Disabled drivers often cannot park as close to facilities as they should be able to.

“While I spend most of my time in the parliament I do also meet constituents in my office in the High Street. The knock on effect of the parking chaos is that, like so many others, I am forced to compromise on my own parking just to be able to access my office. Clearly the present arrangements are not working and the time has come for a comprehensive review of how to manage parking in Dalkeith. We don’t want to chase away shoppers but we do want to discourage those commuters who simply treat Dalkeith as a park and ride.”

A council spokesman responded: “When Police Scotland came into being, the council was informed that its traffic warden service was being withdrawn. The current situation is Midlothian has retained a skeleton service and, while this situation is likely to be extended until March 2016, managing parking is an issue we need to address sooner rather than later. We are asking members to agree to a feasibility study into options. For example, taking full responsibility for parking would be an expensive option based on previous studies carried out – a six figure sum is likely.”