This is getting well beyond silly.
You would think it would be straight forwards for the Scottish Government to legislate for stronger rules prohibiting inconsiderate parking. But no, for the third time in five years, proposals to make it easier for the authorities to deal with pavement parking have been ruled as outwith the competence of the Holyrood Parliament.
Prior to the last General election, former Leith MP Mark Lazarowicz had taken up the cause in Westminster, where he made a bid to get the necessary powers devolved to Holyrood.
He was told that the powers would be included in the wider package of responsibilities that were to be devolved to Holyrood as part of the Smith Commission, but in the end, the parking powers weren’t included.
Subsequently, he was told by David_Mundell MP, of the Scottish Office, that he would work to “facilitate agreement between the relevant parties to see if there can be an agreed approach to address this issue.”
Now that Mark Lazarowicz is no longer an MP, it would seem that the best hope of anyone making any progress breaking this ludicrous legislative logjam is to write directly to the now Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, to ask him when he will bring forth the appropriate legislation to allow Holyrood to proceed.
Given that 95% of the people consulted on the proposals backed them, it really shouldn’t be this hard should it?
You can contact David Mundell here.