Friday, September 21, 2007

Free parking in Fettes (Only for police office workers though)

Police Chiefs in Fettes, Edinburgh, have managed to persuade Council chiefs in the City to exempt two streets outside the Fettes Police HQ from being liable to pay parking charges, which are currently suffered by every other sector of worker in the area.

Business leaders said it was unfair to create special circumstances for the police.

Graham Russell, chairman of the Edinburgh branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "This is crazy. There is clearly a case of double standards here.

"Why should the police get preferential treatment when most residents have to fork out for parking, and businesses have to pay up to £1000 for permits just to park?"

Isabel Mackenzie, owner of the Connect card shop on Comely Bank Road, said: "The police have got their own way but it is no good for people who live around here or those visiting the shops."

It is thought the council will lose £250,000 a year by not charging for parking in the two streets.

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