A RESIDENTS' parking scheme is to be introduced in part of Dunfermline town centre after complaints from householders that council workers were taking up spaces near their homes.

The issue – which affects Reid Street, Rolland Street and Kirklands – was discussed at the City of Dunfermline area committee meeting on Tuesday when members agreed to the measure.

Its convener, Councillor Helen Law, said parking in the area had been an issue for a few years.

"We realise that although we have agreed to promote the introduction of a residents’ parking scheme, it won’t suit everyone," she said.

"However, given that 77 per cent of those who responded to the consultation in the affected streets agreed with the proposal, it’s clear doing nothing is no longer an option. 

"Hopefully, this will allow householders to be able to park nearer to their homes.”

A length of double yellow lines will now be introduced at the west end of Rolland Street while marked parking bays will be restricted to two-hour waiting between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Residents' parking permits will be exempt from these restrictions so they will be able to park all day.

Earlier this year, the Press reported concerns from residents who were angry at Fife Council workers for taking up their parking spaces.

They said staff from New City House on Edgar Street had been leaving their cars on Rolland Street which meant they couldn't park their vehicles outside their homes.