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Agenda Item No.

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

ECONOMY AND REGENERATION SCRUTINY COMMITTEE: 8 NOVEMBER 2016

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 31 OCTOBER 2016

 

C3351      Civil Parking Enforcement and Town Centre Car Parking Update (VLRS) (Scrutiny Committee - Environment and Regeneration) –

 

Cabinet was updated on Civil Parking Enforcement activities in the Vale of Glamorgan for 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 and on the current position related to car parking charging in town centres.

 

On 1 April, 2013 Bridgend County Borough Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council were made responsible for the enforcement of the majority of on-street and off-street parking regulations under a scheme called Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE). The two neighbouring Councils operated a shared service arrangement which was led by Bridgend County Borough Council and governed by a Joint Service Agreement.

 

Any illegally or irresponsibly parked vehicles were given a parking ticket known as a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). PCNs were only issued where vehicles were parked in contravention of the parking restrictions. PCNs were administered by the Wales Penalty Processing Partnership (WPPP) based in North Wales. They also processed and collected penalty charges on behalf of other Local Authorities. There were no targets for the number of PCN's that a Civil Enforcement Officer had to issue. All Officers underwent comprehensive training and only issued a PCN if they believed a contravention had occurred.

 

In the Vale of Glamorgan there were five dedicated Civil Enforcement Officers based at the Alps Depot in Wenvoe.  Further, since Summer 2016, an additional seasonal officer had been employed to monitor car parking activities at the Council's coastal car parks.

 

At the Cabinet meetings of 27 July, 2015 and 21 September, 2015 (Minute No. C2911 refers) consideration was given to appointing additional officers to manage off street town centre car parking where charges for parking were being considered.  However following extensive consultation with local traders and businesses it was not planned to charge for off-street town centre car parking, consequently further officers were not required.  Therefore during 2017 / 2018 it was planned to again employ one, seasonal enforcement officer to patrol coastal car parks.

 

The total number of Parking Charge Notices issued for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 were shown below. Since inception to 31 March, 2016 there had been 22,578 notices issued.

 

Year

Total Number of Contravention Notices Issued

Formal Appeals

Successful Appeals

2013/14

8547

130

67

2014/15

7128

97

33

2015/16

6903

74

28

Total

22578

301

128

 

Appendix A attached to the report showed the top three streets receiving PCN's for each year were as follows:

 

2013/14      (1) Holton Road, Barry - 1295

                  (2) Paget Road, Barry - 579

                  (3) Rivermouth Car Park, Ogmore by Sea - 437

 

2014/15      (1) Holton Road, Barry - 1066

                  (2) Windsor Road, Penarth - 636

                  (3) High Street, Cowbridge - 462

 

2015/16      (1) Holton Road, Barry - 875

                  (2) Windsor Road, Penarth - 489

                  (3) Paget Road, Barry – 419

 

As mentioned above, following Traders meetings for Holton Road Barry (4 November, 2015) and for Cowbridge (9 November, 2015) It was not proposed to proceed with off street town centre car parking charges.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the contents of the report be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee Environment and Regeneration for consideration.

 

(3)       T H A T a further Civil Parking Enforcement report be received by Cabinet in Summer 2017 outlining the activities undertaken for 2016/17.

 

(4)       T H A T the position with reference to town centre car parking be noted and off street town centre car park charging be not progressed.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To update Members on the work of Civil Enforcement Officers for 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

 

(2)       To seek the views of the relevant Committee.

 

(3)       To ensure Cabinet receive a further report outlining the Civil Parking Enforcement activities undertaken during 2016/17.

 

(4)       To clarify the position with regards to off street town centre car park charging.

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 31 OCTOBER 2016