Murdo Fraser MSP welcomes council decision to remove 'tattie box' parklets from Perth High Street

Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has welcomed the decision by Perth and Kinross Council to remove ‘tattie box’ parklets from the top end of Perth High Street.

Commenting, the politician, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: “I very much welcome the decision to remove these ‘tattie box’ fixtures from Perth High Street. I had been contacted by many traders and property owners in the High Street who were very concerned about the parklets plan, so it is good to know that common sense has prevailed here.

“It is important to point out that the plans for the parklets were pushed through under emergency powers by the council, with little input from elected Councillors or consultation with local residents and businesses.

“I’m very pleased to hear the ‘tattie box’ installations will be moved to businesses located elsewhere in Perth city centre who have said they can use them.”

The move to install parklets and street furniture in the city centre took place this summer as part of a £1.1 million scheme to make the area safer as the country gradually came out of lockdown. The scheme recently expanded to include the top section of the High Street.

However, irate business owners reported a drop in takings of as much as 80% and many signed a petition addressed to the council’s planning department, asking that the parklets are removed and a consultation process takes place.

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