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Elgin parking issues to be addressed with enforcement of new measures

By Ewan Malcolm

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NEW interim measures aimed at preventing bad parking in Elgin town centre are expected to be enforced on March 25.

Elgin High Street.
Elgin High Street.

Police officers, in partnership with Moray Council, will carry out parking enforcement for up to six months under a short-term plan funded by the Elgin Common Good Fund.

Meanwhile, a longer term solution, funded by the Elgin City Centre Masterplan project, is also planned.

This will include the installation of rise and fall bollards on the Plainstones, Batchen Street, Commerce Street, and High Street where drivers have been found to regularly ignore traffic regulation orders.

The council says there is a limited ability, however, to install controls due to the current closure of North Street for the rebuilding of the Poundland building.

Councillor Marc Macrae, Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Committee chair, said: "We’ve always urged people to park responsibly and to consider the needs of the local community and other road users.

"We’ve been listening to local people's concerns about parking in Elgin town centre and we are pleased to be working with our partners in Police Scotland on this interim measure."

Inspector Andy Meikleham, Elgin Community Policing Team, added: “We are aware of the issues raised around parking in Elgin town centre.

"This has caused many issues for local business owners and members of the local community.

"Keeping our communities safe is our top priority, and parking enforcement activity will be balanced against operational demand.

"I appeal to all drivers to make sure you are aware of the Highway Code in relation to parking restrictions.

"In particular I would like to highlight the High Street pedestrianised area known locally as the Plainstones.

"This area has a prohibition on driving except for permit holders and for loading and unloading at specific times.

"Blue Badge holders are not exempt from this prohibition and should not enter this area.

"I ask for the assistance of all members of the community that drive to ensure they are obeying all local parking restrictions."

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