Huge rise in Markinch parking fines

Motorists are more likely to receive a parking fine in Markinch than anywhere else in the Glenrothes area.
Motorists are more likely to receive a parking fine in Markinch than anywhere else in the Glenrothes area.

The long-term problems of illegal parking in Markinch has resulted in a huge 800 per cent increase in fines issued in the town.

A new report to councillors has shown that Fife Council enforcement officers issued 101 fixed penalty notices in 2014 compared to just 13 in 2013.

It confirms that more fines, which are mainly for parking and waiting restriction offences, were issued in the small Markinch community compared to the whole of Glenrothes in the last year.

The spike further highlights the parking problems currently experienced in the town with school and train station parking issues deemed the main areas of concern.

Angela High, chairman of Markinch Community Council told the Gazette the problems have been exacerbated because of the lack of train station car parking that is forcing motorists to park in residential areas.

“It’s a major concern for residents with many telling us they have trouble getting space outside their own homes,” she explained.

She added: “It’s set to get worse if they introduce parking charges.

“We have written to Fife Council’s Glenrothes area committee to see if we can explore a residents’ parking scheme, to see if that could alleviate the problem.”

With parking mainly free across the Glenrothes area, officers’ enforcement activity mainly centres around Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and St Andrews where the vast majority of parking regulations and charged car parking exists.

However, Tony McRae, from the council’s parking and public transport infrastructure management team, admitted this week that Markinch remains a “hot spot” for illegal parking.

Penalty notices have increased across area

Fife Council was granted powers to introduce decriminalised parking enforcement (DPE) from April 2013.

Previously the enforcement was the responsibility of Fife Constabulary, now Police Scotland.

PCN’s issued in 2014/15 are as follows, (2013/14 total in brackets):
Markinch - 101 (13)

Glenrothes - 73 (47)

Leslie - 29 (16)

Thornton - 5 (3)

Kinglassie - 3 (1)

Milton of Balgonie - 1 (0)

Coaltown of Balgonie - 1 (0)