Published: 15/08/2013 23:59 - Updated: 06/12/2013 14:48

Order aims to stop overnight parking

Written byAlison Cameron

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This photo is of the main car park in the centre of Dornoch, at The Meadows, which was taken on a busy day in the town. It has a road traffic order on it enforcing “No Overnight Parking”. We apologise that an incorrect caption was published when this article originally appeared on our website.

MEMBERS of the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee will be asked to approve the raising of a Road Traffic Order to prevent overnight parking at the Dornoch Beach car park at their meeting on Monday.

As reported in last week’s NT, there have been several complaints about the removal of the No Overnight Parking sign there, which resulted in the area becoming over-run with campervans. The owner of the nearby Dornoch caravan site, Billy Macrae, said he was losing business because visitors driving motorhomes and caravans could now park in lay-bys and in car parks.

James Keith of the Sango Sands Oasis campsite in Durness had made similar complaints and many people have remarked on the increase in campervans parked overnight in lay-bys.

This follows decisions by Transport Scotland and the Highland Council to remove all rural No Overnight Parking signs.

The action was in light of a challenge by a member of the public who claimed that the signs were illegal.

Graham Phillips, chairman of the council’s transport, environment and community services committee said last week that he would investigate the matter and suggested that a Road Traffic Order may be the answer in some cases.

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