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Issue - meetings

Car Parking Review

Meeting: 17/03/2015 - Cabinet (Item 30)

30 Car Parking Review

*     Report by Dr Carlton Brand, Corporate Director.

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 The Deputy Leader, Councillor John Thomson, presented a report which sought Cabinet’s approval of the revised Wiltshire Local Transport Plan (LTP) 2011-2026 – Car Parking Strategy.


In the course of the presentation by officers and the discussion, the issues discussed included: that over 14,000 comments had been received as part of the consultation; that the previous strategy was developed in 2010; an outline of the methodology used; how members of the public and Scrutiny Members had been engaged; how the review sought to deal with recent changes to Central Government policy and guidance; how initiatives could be trialled; how assets had been identified for possible review; the statutory process required for Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs); how community stakeholders could be engaged; the impact of the proposals on different communities; that the implementation of new technology should be gradual; and how the review benefited from considering the experience of other authorities.


Councillor John Walsh referred to the work of the Scrutiny Task Group, and drew particular attention to the impact of the proposals in the Salisbury area. He proposed, in his personal capacity, to Cabinet that they defer implementation of the proposals in Salisbury to enable a review of the bus services in the area. Councillor John Thomson stated that a delay in implementation would not be advisable and that the proposals had support of the Business Improvement District group in Salisbury, and that, unlike other communities in Wiltshire, Salisbury had Park and Ride scheme that visitors were encouraged to use.


In response to a question from Councillor Jon Hubbard, Councillor John Thomson stated that he was open to discussions from the communities that wished to take over specific car parks, and that he felt that the council should be able to take a sufficiently flexible approach to address any financial planning issues that would prevent communities from meeting their aspirations in this matter.


In response to a question from Councillor Jon Hubbard, Councillor John Thomson stated that he would give a written answer regarding the different rates for annual permits in Calne, Melksham and Chippenham, and that if there was a discrepancy, the matter could be reviewed.


In response to a question from Councillor Alison Bucknell, Councillor John Thomson stated Blue Badge holders would not be charged for parking. Councillor Bucknell, as portfolio holder for Equalities, welcomed the inclusion of the Equalities Impact Assessment in the report papers.


In response to a question from Councillor Stewart Dobson, Councillor John Thomson stated that the Council would consider ways to spread the cost of annual permits to help make it a more affordable option for lower-paid workers.


In response to a question from Councillor Stewart Dobson, Councillor Stuart Wheeler stated that the car park at Savernake Hospital was owned by the NHS but was managed by the Council.


In response from a statement from Councillor Simon Killane, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Councillor John Thomson stated that recommendations to the Cabinet had taken the views of the Scrutiny Panel  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30




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