A long-planned illegal parking crack-down is finally to get underway on Leith Walk.
Although there has been no official statement from the Neighbourhood Partnership to date or any wider publicity, wardens are expected to be out in force on the street from Monday March 2. They will spend a week handing out warnings, before issuing tickets the following week, from March 9.
This is a week later than the dates originally tweeted by Transport Convenor Lesley Hinds.
— Lesley Hinds (@LAHinds) February 14, 2015
Since roadworks associated with the aborted tram works on Leith Walk finished, traffic wardens have been unable to enforce parking laws on the street as road markings and signs were removed and not replaced. It has taken until this February for officials to get the appropriate signage in place.
Officials told local people at a recent Leith Walk stakeholders meeting that there will be an ‘extra presence’ on the street during the first few weeks of the new rules coming into effect in a bid to tackle the endemic pavement and double parking that has blighted the new works.
Greener Leith made it clear in consultation response to the council on the design changes to Leith Walk that it would only work if parking rules were enforced effectively. For many people, it’s clear that this enforcement action cannot begin soon enough.
There’s an excellent Flickr photo-set showing the extent of the double parking problems on the street here.
And here’s just a selection of some of the tweets that have been posted about the issue in recent weeks:
— Mrs Toad (@toad_mrs) January 27, 2015
Leith Walk Cycle Lane / Extended Car Park. Use of universal parking lights activated pic.twitter.com/jGYssJXYNt
— Paul (@fountainbridge) February 9, 2015
— Three From Leith (@threefromleith) February 20, 2015
The new cycle lanes on Leith Walk are great but people keep parking and stopping in them. It defeats the object. How can this be stopped?
— Leith Cycle Co (@LeithCycleCo) January 27, 2015
— McPhaig (@mcphaig) January 27, 2015
A copy of the letter that is being sent to local residents and businesses on the street can be found here.
Confirming the enforcement blitz Cllr Lesley Hinds, Transport Leader, said: “These new arrangements are being implemented to ensure that the new layout on Leith Walk will benefit the wide range of people who use the street. We know that many people have been waiting for the parking on Leith Walk to commence as there will be a greater turnover of parking spaces.
“We know this will be a real benefit to local businesses and shoppers. Cyclists and buses will also find the route easier to use once enforcement has started as it will help tackle issues of double parking as well as parking in the cycle and bus lanes.”
Header Pic: Chris Hill | CC | https://flic.kr/p/qRQSYR
Update at 25/02/2015: This story originally said that enforcement action would take start on the dates given by Lesley Hinds on February 14. It turns out that the dates she gave were wrong. Enforcement action is to start one week later. The post was updated through the day to include further information released by the council.