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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 1 Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth

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Items
No. Item

30.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received form Councillor R Pritchard.

31.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Minutes:

The minutes were signed as a true copy.

32.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.

 

When Members are declaring a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 

 

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest.

33.

Update on County Civil Parking Enforcement Review

(Verbal Update from the Director (Assets and Environment))

Minutes:

Mr Barratt outlined the purpose of the review of CPE in Staffordshire for feedback from the Committee.

 

CPE is lead by Staffordshire County Council with the Districts as the delivery bodies.

 

The review will cover:-

Contractual arrangements

Governance

Objectives – has the Clear Streets brand initiative been strong and achieved the outcomes required.

 

The review will also attempt to answer fundamental questions about CPE:

Enforcement in its widest sense – is it consistent and robust?

Does it work for local communities – to cover where it works and where it doesn’t (eg around schools)?

Best practice customer experience

Operational management – in-house v contractor

Cost and efficiency of the service – at the present time the service does not meet objectives of self sustainability and can this ever be done?

 

Mr Barratt asked for feedback on three specific areas:-

  • Benefits – has anything changed?
  • What could be done better?
  • What are we prepared to spend as a Council bearing in mind ongoing deficits

 

Councillor Oates asked if the Committee thought parking was any worse or better.  A general discussion took place.

 

He indicated that in his opinion parking was no better around schools, but statistics indicated that parking was better in areas which could be enforced and that there was a positive impact on traffic flow.

 

Although there is concern about the viability, the objective of CPE was to encourage people to park properly and that was happening.

 

Mr Rayson explained that in all areas the effectiveness of CPE tended to reach levels required and had peaks and troughs.  In some areas where CPE is in surplus, on street charging had been introduced (East Staffs).

 

He reported that Traffic Regulation Order requests had reduced leading County to the view that levels of understanding is increasing and the public are parking more responsibly.

 

Councillor Claymore commented that it was understood that funding would be depreciating as less people parked in contravention, but feels that people will still complain.  There may not be an alternative, could we ever break even and what would be the implication of reducing deployment.

 

Mr Barratt informed the Committee that Tamworth Borough Council may be at a ‘tipping point’ – enforcement hours have reduced, but it may not be that levels of PCNs would be sufficient to fund a break even or surplus service.

 

Economic conditions have indicated less vehicles on the road both on and off street. 

 

Councillor Thurgood asked if efficiencies could be made by the officers doing other things whilst patrolling eg litter/dog fouling enforcement.

 

Mr Barratt told the Committee that DfT guidance suggested that officer’s primary reason should be for on-street enforcement and in places where duties had combined reduces effectiveness further, primarily due to training and cost.

 

Mr Rayson explained that in East Staffs there was a rolling crew to target schools, which Mrs Sands also said was already present in Tamworth with beat patterns and the Ziggy and Zaggy campaigns.

 

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34.

Update on Residents Parking Zone

(Update from the Community Highway Liaison Manager (East Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth))

 

Minutes:

Mr Rayson reported that 153 letters have been circulated to the properties in the affected streets and 64 properties have expressed an interest in joining a residents’ scheme.

 

The layout of the zone indicates that 127 parking spaces are available and to date from the interests expressed, 97 permits would be requested.

 

Mr Rayson reported that the £50 per permit fee, which covers administration, monitoring and increased enforcement levels does not include the set-up costs of the scheme for which the County does not have funding.

 

The cost of the scheme is £8,900 which would mean an initial charge per property interested of £137.  Mr Rayson indicated that in previous experience this may actually deter people from joining and therefore may mean that the scheme cannot go ahead.

 

He requested a decision from the Committee to confirm that the County should still continue to move the scheme forward, potentially using the Divisional Councillor’s Highway budget.

 

At present the scheme may be unviable if residents do not wish to pay the set up costs or others drop out due to the cost.

 

Councillor Thurgood stated that she did not feel that Council money should pay for implementation of a scheme for so few residents and needed to find out how many vehicles each property had and percentage of car owners.

 

Councillor Claymore requested that the County goes back to residents to explain the process.

 

Mr Rayson stated that is was not possible to underwrite the joining fee as this had to be met at implementation.

 

Discussion took place around the County policy for RPZ and that the next phase of implementation was required to let residents know that all in agreement at present would have a space.

 

Councillor Thurgood asked if the funding etc for RPZ’s could be included in the CPE review and for it to be taken to the next Joint Parking Board.

 

It was agreed that Mr Rayson send out a letter to explain to residents the current situation and that the scheme should go to the next stage.

 

Proposed by Councillor Claymore and seconded by Councillor Standen

35.

Traffic Regulation Orders Update

(Update from the Community Highway Liaison Manager (East Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth))

Minutes:

Mr Rayson updated the Committee on TROs to date:-

 

  • Summerfield Close will not be taken forward
  • Ventura Park – a holistic view will be taken of the requests when the impact of the new exit has been assessed.
  • Magnus, Wilnecote – not particular problems shown
  • Highcliffe Road – TRO in place
  • Chestnut Avenue, Watling Street, Beauchamp Road – areas to be assessed
  • Saxon Close – Councillor Standen expressed some concern that previous requests to investigate parking issues at this location had not been reported back from Staffordshire County Council. The issues in this area will be subject to further review and a report to the next Committee due to residents concerns which include general parking issues, school start and finish time and concerns with the TROs in place.

 

Mr Rayson will take this forward and a meeting is to be arranged with the Headteacher at Wilnecote Junior School/Ward Councillor to discuss issues to form a joint agency response.