A new car parking scheme could be running by April 2017

At a full council meeting on Tuesday, councillors were updated on progress made on a feasibility study into introducing decriminalised parking.

One option would be to ‘piggyback’ onto the City of Edinburgh Council’s contract where a private firm has been providing parking wardens for the capital since 2006.

The running costs of this, not counting any income from fines and charges, would be between £150,000 and £200,000 annually.

Following a decision in 2014 by Police Scotland to withdraw the traffic warden service in Scotland, a local arrangement whereby Midlothian contributed to the cost of providing one warden has been in place. This arrangement is due to come to an end in March 2016.

Councillor Derek Rosie, the cabinet member with responsibility for parking, said: “We’re pleased to see some progress as parking really is an issue.

“Working in partnership with Edinburgh does seem to be the best way forward.”

8 Feb 2016