- Meeting of This Policy Advisory Group is not open to the public, Resources Policy Advisory Group, Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 6.00 pm (Item 43.)
To consider report of the Interim Director of Services.
The PAG considered a report asking Members to consider options for changing car parking charges and tariff bands, introducing residents’ parking permits and making changes to the Off Street Parking Places Order.
Officers explained to Members of the PAG that the new range of charges (attached as Appendices C and D) reflected the use of car parking spaces throughout the district, and balanced this with the needs of the users, with the intention of supporting sustainable, thriving communities across the district. Officers reviewed the parking charges of neighbouring authorities (attached as Appendix E) to ensure that the increase in SBDC’s parking charges were reasonable.
Member’s noted that 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour and 4 hour tariffs had a proposed increase of 10p per tariff except at:
· Altons Car Park: 2 hour and 3 hour tariffs have been proposed at a higer rate to align all short stay tariffs across Beaconsfield.
· Neville Court: the higher increase enables Sunday and bank holiday charges across South Bucks to be consistent.
It was also seen that the car parking charges would be extended from 08:00-18:00 to 08:00 to 20:00, and suggested that the Head of Environment in consultation with the Portfolio Holder be authorised to alter the long/short stay ratio across all car parks where there is a need to do so in order to protect the local economy by supporting short stay customers.
Discussion took place within the PAG regarding residents’ permits, season tickets, location tracking for pay by phone and the various changes that could be made to tariffs in order that they be more profitable.
After questions and answers, the Portfolio Holder agreed to RECOMMEND to Cabinet the following:
Beaconsfield, Burnham, Farnham Common
a) The introduction of new car park charges for 2017/18, as outlined at Appendix C.
b) The introduction of an 8hr tariff on all car parks in Beaconsfield for 2017/18.
Following completion of the proposed multi-storey car park:
c) The introduction of new car park charges, as outlined at Appendix D,
d) The introduction of an 8hr tariff on Packhorse Road and Station Road car parks.
All Car Parks (proposed for 2017/18)
e) Extending the car park charging periods from 08:00-18:00 to 08:00-20:00
f) Amending the Off Street Parking Places Order to allow flexibility to designate short stay parking bays in long stay car parks where there is a need to do so to support the local community and that the Head of Environment be authorised in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder to make the changes where appropriate.
g) The introduction of resident parking permits, to be valid Monday to Friday 6pm to 8am and all day Saturday/Sunday.
h) The introduction of new season ticket prices to maintain a daily charge versus season ticket cost ratio.
i) The introduction of a 12-month season ticket to provide more options to the customer and align season ticket periods with Chiltern District Council.
And further recommended:
2.1 That subject to Cabinet agreeing the options at 2.1 the Head of Environment be authorised to publish the necessary statutory Notice of proposed Amendments to the Off Street Parking Places Order.
2.2 That, if no valid objections are received in response to publication of the Notice, the Director of Services be authorised to make and publicise the necessary Amendment Order.
2.3 That if valid objections are received in response to publication of the Notice, the Director of Services be authorised to deal with any such objections after consultation with the Portfolio Holder and to make and publicise the necessary Amendment Order with or without modifications as considered appropriate.