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The Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on
With regard to Minute No 92, it was acknowledged that the preamble did not fully reflect the range of options nor the extent of the debate generated in consideration of the Car Parking Review.
To receive from Members declarations as to personal and/or prejudicial interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any Agenda item. Please see notes 1 and 2 below.
No declarations were received.
CALL-IN: CAR PARKING REVIEW UPDATE
(Councillor R S Farrer, Ward Member for St Neots – Eaton Ford, was in attendance and spoke on this item).
Further to Minute No. 09/92 and with the assistance of a report prepared on behalf of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel (Environmental Well-Being) following a “call-in” of the Cabinet’s earlier decision and a report by the Head of Planning Services relating to the financial implications of options for car parking charges (copies of which are appended in the Minute Book) the Cabinet considered recommendations to allow 3 hours free parking in the whole of the Riverside Car Park, St Neots and to otherwise set charges in line with those proposed for the car park at Cambridge Street, St Neots.
Members were advised that the Panel had expressed their concerns that the implementation of charges and the limited number and duration of free car parking spaces would: -
Ø lead to more cars and vehicles parking in areas adjacent to the car park and increased use of the town centre car parks;
Ø create additional congestion in the High Street and town centre;
Ø increase pollution in the High Street, an area identified by environmental health as above acceptable levels;
Ø exacerbate the reduction in retail footfall currently being experienced in St Neots, and;
Ø reduce visitors and tourism opportunities.
Therefore, the Panel had recommended a more extensive free parking policy of three hours for the whole of the car park. Councillor Farrer, who was given permission to address the meeting, reiterated these concerns.
In the discussion that ensued, Executive Councillors debated a variety of issues in relation to the Panel’s recommendation including:-
Ø enforcement issues;
Ø financial implications and projections;
Ø limited play opportunities in St Neots west of the river;
Ø environmental considerations and the adequacy of public transport as an alternative to drive and park;
Ø the potential impact on footfall in the town centre compared with other towns where car parking charges apply already;
Ø the possibility of recouping any loss in income by introducing a higher charge for parking after 3 hours; and
Ø the practices applied to car parks which served leisure or recreational use.
Having debated the Panel’s recommendations and related issues at length, Councillor Churchill, the Executive Councillor for Housing, moved the following amendment to the Panel’s recommendation, which was seconded:
“ that 3 hours free parking in the whole of Riverside Car Park, with charging thereafter and in nearby Cambridge Street in line with Tebbutts Road, be included as part of an Off-Street Parking Places Order 2010”.
Following further debate and on being put to the vote, the amendment was declared to be lost on the second and casting vote of the Chairman.
During discussion of the matter Members were reminded that their original decision to accept the conclusions of the Car Parking Review Working Party would be the subject to public consultation and further review as part of the process of making the necessary parking order. Whereupon, it was ... view the full minutes text for item 100.