New bid to combat problem parking at Kirkcaldy leisure centre

New restrictions have been approved to combat problem parking.
New restrictions have been approved to combat problem parking.

New stricter parking restrictions have been approved in a bid to stop irresponsible motorists from blocking roads and parking areas around Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre.

Councillors at this month’s Kirkcaldy area committee agreed to a request from Fife Council transportat officers for the introduction of ‘no waiting at any time’ restrictions in several key areas around the sports facility.

A report by Phil Clarke, traffic management officer, indicated that a number of parking bays provided for disabled and blue badge holders were being routinely blocked by motorists during peak periods.

He said: “Despite restrictions being introduced in May 2016, drivers continue to park in some of the sections where no parking restrictions were implemented.

“This can create an obstruction to other users and also hinder access to the disabled parking bays.

“Drivers double and sometimes triple park, regardless of whether their vehicle presents a problem for other road users which has resulted in a number of operational issues for the centre.

“Existing legislation doesn’t allow for our parking enforcement team to take action, and drivers continue to park irresponsibly with impunity.”

He added: “As there are a large number of different drivers who undertake this practice, it’s not practical to request that police be the sole means of enforcement.”

Councillors unanamously approved the request.