Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 18th March 2013
Report of the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services
Fairleigh, Michaelston Le Pit - Proposed Disabled Person's Parking Place - Objections Report
Purpose of the Report
1. To advise Members of objections received to the proposed installation of a disabled person's parking place outside Fairleigh, Michaelston Le Pit and to propose appropriate action.
1. That Members accede to the objections for the reasons contained in this report and that the disabled persons parking place is installed at a reduced length.
2. That the objectors are advised of this decision.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. To allow the Traffic Regulation Order to be made and implemented.
2. To confirm the Council's position.
2. The resident at 3 Fairleigh, Michaelston Le Pit applied on 17th December 2011 for a disabled persons parking place outside his home. The application met the current criteria.
3. Under delegated powers the Director of Visible Services and Housing, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services gave approval to undertake statutory consultations and to give public notice of the Council's intention to install a disabled persons parking place in the layby situated outside Fairleigh, Michaelston Le Pit. This approval was given on 29th November, 2012.
4. Five letters of objection were received to the proposal from other residents and Community Council Members.
Relevant Issues and Options
5. Fairleigh is a group of four semi detached properties located in the rural village of Michaelston Le Pit. The only available parking for the residents is within a layby situated to the front of the properties, with enough carriageway to park three vehicles.
6. The access road which is adjacent to Fairleigh, is a very narrow rural lane and parking is not appropriate at this location as it would cause an obstruction to the free flow of passing vehicles.
7. Opposite the layby there is an existing public right of way and ramblers from outside of the area often park their vehicles within the layby which exacerbates the parking situation. Observations have confirmed this practice.
8. The five letters of objection all made the same observations and are attached at Appendix A for consideration.
9. The main point raised by all the objectors is with reference to the proposed length of the disabled persons parking bay, 6.6 metres, which will in effect reduce the parking available within the layby from three to two spaces.
10. The standard length for a disabled persons parking place is 6.6 metres, which is specified in The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002, a statutory document produced by the Department for Transport. This length is specified to assist disabled persons in not only parking their vehicles, but also allowing wheelchair users to exit their vehicle safely and with ease.
11. It has been ascertained that the Applicant is not a wheelchair user, therefore to prevent any inconvenience to the residents it is proposed to reduce the length of the proposed parking bay to 5 metres. This will enable three vehicles to be parked within the layby as is the current practice.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
12. The cost of making the Traffic Regulation Order and implementing the scheme is estimated at £1000, which would be met from the Traffic Management's operational budget 2013/14, and would utilise the Council's own resources.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
13. There are no Sustainability and Climate Change Implications with regard to this report.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
14. The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 allows highway authorities to make and vary Traffic Regulation Orders to regulate the movement of vehicular traffic, restrict or prohibit certain classes of vehicle and to improve the amenities of an area.
15. There are no Human Rights Implications with regard to this report.
Crime and Disorder Implications
16. This proposal will help prevent potential disorder arising from the demand for on street parking.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
17. The proposal will benefit all sections of the community.
18. Any signage associated with this project will adhere to the requirements of the Council's Welsh Language Scheme.
19. To maintain and develop a safe and effective highway.
Policy Framework and Budget
20. This is a matter for Executive Decision by Cabinet.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
21. The Ward Members were consulted on the proposals and no observations were received.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
22. Economy and Environment.
Wendy Smith - Senior Technician Traffic Management.
Tel. No. 02920 673080
Operational Manager Legal Services
Accountant, Building and Visible Services
Miles Punter, Director of Visible Services and Housing.