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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 18th March 2013

Report of the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services

Gwenllian Street, Barry - 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 15 Gwenllian Street, Barry and to propose appropriate action.

Recommendations

1.             That Members accede to the objections for the reasons contained in this report and that the disabled persons parking place is not installed.

2.             That the objectors are advised of this decision.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To comply with Council Policy that the applicant must be a permanent resident at the address.

2.             To confirm the Council's position.

 

Background

2.             The resident at number 15 Gwenllian Street, Barry applied on 30th July 2012 for a disabled persons parking place outside his home. The resident completed and submitted an application form and, on the information provided on the form, 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 Gwenllian Street, Barry. This approval was given on 29th November, 2012.

4.             Three letters of objection were received to the proposal from other residents in Gwenllian Street.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             Gwenllian Street is a small terraced cul de sac off Cardiff Road, Barry. The street has limited on street parking space available for residents and also suffers from extraneous parking which exacerbates the situation.

6.             The three letters of objection had the same content and objections, which are attached at Appendix A for consideration.

7.             The objectors all live within close proximity to the applicant's address and the main points raised are that:

·               The applicant only resides at 15 Gwenllian Street for part of the calendar year as he spends a number of months away from his property residing in a caravan in west Wales.

·               The installation of a disabled bay would 'unnecessarily inconvenience and frustrate the other residents as the parking bay would remain unused most of the time.'

·               The neighbours are already considerate of the applicant's condition and when he is resident leave space for him to park outside his property.

8.             The Council's Policy for disabled persons parking places clearly states that the applicant must be a permanent resident at the address. The applicant has been contacted directly and he has confirmed that it is not his permanent residence and that he does spend a number of months away from the property. This information was not declared on his application form.

9.             Following receipt of this additional information and the objections from the residents it is considered inappropriate to progress with the installation of the disabled person's parking place.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

10.        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 should the scheme be progressed and would utilise the Council's own resources.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

11.        There are no Sustainability and Climate Change Implications with regard to this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

12.        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.

13.        There are no Human Rights Implications with regard to this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.        There are no Crime and Disorder Implications with regard to this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

15.        There are no Equal Opportunities Implications with regard to this report.

16.        Any signage associated with this project will adhere to the requirements of the Council's Welsh Language Scheme.

Corporate/Service Objectives

17.        To maintain and develop a safe and effective highway.

Policy Framework and Budget

18.        This is a matter for Executive Decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

19.        The Ward Members were consulted on the proposals and no observations were received.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

20.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

None.

 

Contact Officer

Wendy Smith - Senior Technician Traffic Management.

Tel. No. 02920 673080

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager Legal Services

Accountant, Building and Visible Services

 

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter, Director of Visible Services and Housing.