Traffic warden reprieve

Police Scotland has postponed its plans to remove the traffic warden service from the Borders until the end of April.

Local MSP John Lamont says it allows Scottish Borders Council time to investigate alternatives.

It comes after the council originally requested Police Scotland to delay the withdrawal until 2016.

This request was not taken up, however, leading to worries it would create traffic chaos throughout the Borders.

Mr Lamont told us: “I’m glad that Police Scotland has finally seen sense on this issue. Their original plans to stop the service for the Borders were irresponsible and would have left our region with little or no parking enforcement.

“While the extension to the end of April is by no means perfect, it does at least allow more time for a proper alternative to be discussed and hopefully avoid total withdrawal of the service.”