The Committee was updated with progress that was being made towards the Council obtaining civil parking enforcement powers.  Members were advised that Alpha Parking had undertaken a review of existing Traffic Regulation Orders, signs and lines with any discrepancies between the TROs, signs and lines having been addressed. Buchanan Order Management had been commissioned to produce hard copy plans to cover the whole of the Council's administrative area from map based schedules.


The Joint project team which comprised of officers from both the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Bridgend County Borough Council continued to meet regularly and Bridgend had recently appointed a Parking Manager, two supervisors and one administrative assistant for the project.  The Civil Enforcement Officer posts had been advertised with currently a total of 13 of the 15 vacancies having either been slotted in or an offer of employment made.  A second round of recruitment to finalise the remaining vacant posts was due to commence shortly.  Appropriate training would be provided following appointment and a Procedures Manual produced.  The Civil Parking Enforcement officers (CEO) uniforms had been selected and were currently being procured.  All hand held equipment had been purchased in readiness for testing the system prior to the go-live date in April 2013.


Approval had been obtained from the Director of Visible Services and Housing in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Visible Services to give public notice of the Council's intention to introduce Traffic Regulation Orders to cover existing on-street and off-street parking restrictions and off-street car parks.  Members were advised that if any objections to the proposals were received these would be presented to Cabinet for determination.  Office accommodation for the Vale based CEOs had been identified at the Alps Depot, Wenvoe, with appropriate desks, lockers and computer equipment being installed in due course.  A Service Level Agreement had also been made with Denbighshire County Council as they would provide the back-office support in relation to the issuing of notices and collection of fines, the Agreement being for three years.


In response to a question relating to an appeals process for the service it was noted that an independent body would consider appeals. In referring to job adverts in the press Members stated that it had been an opportunity missed as articles placed had mainly referred to appointments with Bridgend County Borough Council.  The Director advised that the issue had already been raised and that future adverts would incorporate more information in relation to appointments within the Vale of Glamorgan area.  Members requested that the Council’s Corporate Management Team be alerted to such issues and that they be borne in mind when undertaking further collaborative initiatives.  It was noted that the enforcement service would be expected to operate on at least a cost neutral basis.


RECOMMENDED - T H A T the report on the progress being made and the above comments of the Committee be referred to Cabinet for consideration.


Reason for recommendation


To provide Cabinet with the details of the report and the views of the Committee.”






Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment): 12th February 2013