Concern over parking legislation

19 June 2009




Peter Peacock, Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP is questioning if the Scottish government is helping councils implement the Disabled Personsí Parking Places (Scotland) Act.

It comes as press reports suggest Moray Council could be faced with a bill running into hundreds of thousands to enforce the law.

Mr Peacock said, "Itís surprising to hear of the estimates for Moray being around £300,000.

"The estimated costs for the whole of Scotland were between £1.7 and £2.4 million, meaning Morayís costs should be a lot smaller."

Mr Peacock added, "The costs were agreed between the Scottish Government and CoSLA, although the details are being discussed.

"The Scottish Government said that the cash would be available to local authorities to implement the changes before the new law comes into effect in October.

"The Scottish Government must clarify how much they are putting forward for councils, and how much the final bills are totalling."



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