Meadows cricket club blamed for parking problem

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PARK bosses are engaging in “robust discussions” with cricket clubs whose members have been blamed for creating a parking free-for-all on the Meadows.

It comes just weeks after turf next to the pavilion was torn up after an estimated 20 motorists drove across the grass to leave their cars in the middle of the Capital’s central public park.

It is understood traffic wardens have no jurisdiction over public parks, while environmental wardens do not have powers to ticket drivers who flout the rules.

Speaking at City Chambers, SNP councillor David Key asked whether it was true motorists could park “willy-nilly” on the Meadows without penalty.

Council leader Andrew Burns said there were “constraints around legal powers” but the incidents were being investigated.

He added: “No right thinking person should be parking on the Meadows. We are looking at measures that we can take immediately.”

Cllr Burns hinted that cricket clubs are thought to be responsible for the rogue parking and said the council could sanction them by denying them permission to stage matches at the Meadows