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By Fiona Reid
8000 parking fines needed a year

UP TO 8000 fines will need to be given out to fund Dumfries and Galloway’s new parking scheme, it has emerged.

The parking enforcement proposals agreed by the council will be self-funded – which means they will only rely on drivers breaking the rules to cover the costs, with fines to be set at £100, cut to £50 if payment is made within two weeks.

The revelation was made at the communities committee in Dumfries on Tuesday, with councillors told that the income target for year one will be £412,781 to cover various bills including warden staffing, back office, implementation, operations, and marketing.

That will drop to £309,586 for the following four years.

Castle Douglas and Crocketford Councillor Iain Howie asked: “Is there a plan B for funding if it’s not covered by ticket generation?”

And he was told by officials that the figures are ‘achievable’, with interim head of roads Stephen Hall saying: “Our proposed financing model is that it will generate the necessary income to run the scheme.”

Once approved, there will be six wardens working regionwide to deter illegal parking.

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