It’s all tickety boo in Kintyre

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More than one in 10 council parking tickets issued in Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands during the last two full years remain unpaid – some of them going back to 2020.

Figures obtained by the local democracy reporting service under the Freedom of Information Act show that Argyll and Bute Council issued 94 penalty charge notices in its car parks in Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands during 2020 and 2021.

Of those, 10 – all bar two of them in Inveraray – have yet to be paid.

Two of them date from 2020 – one from the Front Street and coffee house car parks in Inveraray and the other in the Lorne Street coach park in Lochgilphead.

A further five issued in the Front Street and coffee house car parks in Inveraray during 2021 remain unpaid, along with one each from the Avenue and Fisher Row car parks, also in Inveraray.

The other unpaid ticket from 2021 was issued in the Lorne Street parking area in Lochgilphead.

The Front Street and coffee house car parks saw by far the most parking tickets given out during the two years, with 61 in total, while the Avenue was next with 13.

In the nine months after lockdown was imposed in March 2020, 37 tickets were issued in Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands by the council.

Only three were issued between April and the end of July, the majority of which was spent with the country under travel restrictions.

Only one was issued in the first three months of 2021, when travel restrictions were again in place.

The total of 94 makes up less than two per cent of the total of more than 5,400 parking tickets issued across Argyll and Bute by the council in 2020 and 2021.

More than 90 per cent of those were handed out in Helensburgh and Lomond.

A council spokesperson said: ‘The council follows standard legal procedures for any unpaid penalty charge notices.’

If you have a question about a parking fine, contact argyll-bute.gov.uk/forms/car-park-fine-enquiry-form.