FINES to clamp down on problem parking blocking access routes at Dalgety Bay recycling centre are a “no-brainer”.

That’s the view of Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay councillor Dave Dempsey, who supports Fife Council’s aim to bring in a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).

The recycling centre was forced to reject electronic goods from Wednesday to Friday last week after careless parking meant lorries couldn’t leave the site with waste on Ridge Way.

The container for electronic goods was sealed off, while the rest of the centre resumed as normal.

Cllr Dempsey says action has to be taken against drivers causing the chaos.

He said: “It needs to be fixed. No argument. As I see it, it’s a no-brainer.

“Assuming no-one puts forward any objections that are completely show-stopping, the TRO should go through.

“If lines are put down and folk ignore them, they deserve what they get.

“It’s anti-social parking. If a few people are charged, word will soon get out. Especially if it’s local workers rather than casual site visitors. Word will spread quicker that way. The recycling centre is a non-event if the site can’t get rubbish out.”

Fife Council confirmed that it’s the first time they have had the problem of parked cars blocking access for haulage vehicles at Dalgety Bay Recycling Centre.

Murray Hannah, service manager for road safety and traffic management, said: “We’re in the process of promoting a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to allow waiting and loading restrictions to be introduced in the street outside the recycling centre. This will help regularise parking and improve access to the centre. 

“If introduced, these restrictions would be enforced by the council’s parking enforcement officers through the issue of a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). 

“In the meantime, we’re liaising with Police Scotland to explore all opportunities to deal with situations where vehicles are causing an obstruction to access.”