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News | 12th September 2019

Lorry drivers advised to “keep on parking”: Council never wanted to impose restrictions in village square


LORRY drivers have been advised to park their vehicles in Douglas Square in Newcastleton while new restrictions are contested.
It was agreed at the community council meeting on Tuesday that, through their ward councillor George Turnbull, they would oppose the parking order which prevents the wagon drivers from using the square.
Since the order was placed, they have parked in the main street and this has caused controversy in the village.
Earlier this year, the community council sought parking restrictions which would stop caravans and caravanettes from parking overnight in the square.
Members also wanted to be able to stop vehicles from being parked at special events, like the Common Riding and music festival.
The meeting heard the three-tonne restriction also prevented larger council vehicles and school buses from using the square during bad winter weather.
At the same time, Scottish Borders Council looked to ban overnight parking in all its car parks. This was targeted at travelling communities, who had been camping in council car parks, but became a blanket ban.
This was not what the community council had intended.
Speaking to members of the public at the meeting, Greg Cuthbert said they had not picked up on what the council wanted until February.
But the community councillors had discussed closing the square for special events, prompted by last year’s 1940s’ event and by caravanettes parking there during last year’s music festival.
He said: “Last month the signs appeared. Never at any time did we ask for parking restrictions. We wanted to close the square for events.”
Barbara Elborn, secretary, said if anyone parked a vehicle over three tonnes, they would be fined. She was told the order would not be reviewed for five years.
Councillor George Turnbull pointed out that the overnight parking of wagons would not be enforced because no one worked after 6pm.
He said: “We have a situation where we have signs which no one wants. There was a breakdown in communication.
“I’m happy to take this back but it won’t be a quick fix. We want legal clarification and I’ll do that.”
Gary said: “We didn’t want to stop the wagons and we’ll try all we can to resolve it.”
Members and Mr Turnbull agreed to advise the lorry drivers to park in the square until the situation was clarified.

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