Parking meter delay a “fiasco” says councillor

Councillor Gillian Owen has strongly criticised the ongoing delay in the parking meter replacement programme.
Councillor Gillian Owen has strongly criticised the ongoing delay in the parking meter replacement programme.

A local councillor has branded the delay in replacing parking ticket machines in Ellon “a fiasco”.

Gillian Owen is furious meters in parts of the town remain out of order despite assurances that the problem would be resolved by the end of last month.

I know many residents are delighted the machines continue to be out of order, but even they must see this now has become a complete farce

Councillor Gillian Owen Ellon and District

Mrs Owen said the long-running hold-up in the replacement programme was a “complete
farce”.

Plans to instal new meters throughout Aberdeenshire were approved last year but the project has been beset by delays.

The roll-out across the region has been hit by a connection problem with mains electricity.

Councillor Owen said: “I really can’t believe that after constant chasing up and numerous assurances that the machines would be operation at the end of September we can all see that once again it has not happened.

“I know many residents are delighted that the machines continue to be out of order, but even they must see that this now has become a complete farce.”

Ticket machines at Costcutters and at the rear of the library have been continually out of order.

Mrs Owen added: “My biggest concern is that the new machines will be installed and become operational and no one will know and residents will be penalised with tickets because they are still under the impression that the machines are out of order.”

The council’s head of transportation, Ewan Wallace, said: “We continue to liaise with the contractors with a view to ensuring the street work required for new connections can take place as quickly as possible.

“Residents in affected areas will be kept up-to-date as the project moves forward.”

Last month the authority granted a concession to residents who have been unable to use parking permits, allowing a 12-month extension to those who have paid a fee and suffered inconvenience due to the hold-up.