Parking charges set to be extended in Edinburgh

PARKING charges are set to be extended to more areas of the Capital under council budget proposals.

Thursday, 20th September 2018, 11:59 am
Updated Friday, 21st September 2018, 8:41 am

New controlled parking zones would be created in Morningside, Stockbridge, Corstorphine and Leith.

The plans are part of the discussions currently going on within the city’s SNP-Labour administration as it seeks to find savings of £28 million for next year’s budget.

Documents seen by the Evening News show the new zones would be expected to bring in £369,000 next year and a total of £1.6m over four years.

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Parking charges to be extended to more areas of Edinburgh

Council officials say the zones would be in areas where there are known parking pressures from commuters or non-residents leaving their vehicles or where residents or community groups had requested parking controls.

The documents warn: “The introduction of new parking controls can be an emotive subject, often met with resistance from some residents and businesses, therefore a comprehensive communications and engagement strategy will be required.”

And they add: “Although policy justifications exist - congestion, air quality, etc - expansion of CPZs is likely to be seen as a money-making exercise by the public.”

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New controlled parking zones are to be created in Morningside (pictured), Stockbridge, Corstorphine and Leith. Picture: TSPL