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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 18 November, 2013

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services

 

Victoria Road, Barry - Proposed Disabled Person's Parking Place - Objection Report

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise Members of an objection received to the proposed installation of a disabled person's parking place in Victoria Road, Barry and to propose appropriate action.

Recommendations

1.         That Members reject the objections for the reasons contained in this report and that the disabled person’s parking place is installed.

2.         That the objector is 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.

Background

2.         A resident of Victoria Road, Barry applied on 18th April 2013, for a disabled persons parking place outside her home. The applicant met the current criteria.

3.         Under delegated power 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 person’s parking place. This approval was given on 13th May 2013.

4.         A letter of objection was received to the proposal from a resident of Victoria Road, Barry.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.         Victoria Road is a long terrace street situated within a highly populated residential area of Barry, which suffers from extraneous parking from residents due to multi vehicle ownership and additionally from visitors to the area.

6.         Parking surveys have been undertaken at various times throughout the day, evening and weekend and observations have confirmed the excessive demand for on-street parking.

7.         The letter of objection is attached at Appendix A for consideration, however the main points raised by the objector are detailed as follows.

·           During the evenings Victoria Road is very busy and it is not always easy to find a parking place. A disabled parking bay would only increase this problem.

·           Response - Parking surveys have confirmed the high demand for parking space therefore the installation of a disabled person’s parking place would be of great benefit to the disabled resident providing a dedicated disabled parking bay directly outside the applicants home.

·           The vehicle that is occasionally used by the disabled blue badge holder is not present during the daytime, therefore the parking bay would not be used or needed, again taking up parking facilities for other residents.

·           Response - A disabled person’s parking place can be utilised by any disabled 'Blue Badge' holder, therefore any other residents or visitors to the area who have a 'Blue Badge' can utilise the parking bay.

·           The proposed parking bay is not for the driver of the vehicle. The car driver takes the car to work on a daily basis, leaving the disabled badge holder without any form of transport to require a designated parking bay during the day anyway.

·           Response - A disabled 'Blue Badge' can be used in any vehicle as long as the disabled person is in the vehicle, therefore other carers assisting the applicant can legally utilise the parking bay.

·           The driver of the vehicle is able bodied and therefore capable of moving the car, from wherever it is parked, to pick up the disabled passenger from her property. The street may have a high number of vehicles parked in it, but it is a relatively quiet street regarding moving traffic and it would not cause any great congestion if the driver was to wait outside their property, as a taxi would, for the disabled passenger to get in and out of the vehicle.

·           Response - Council Policy states that the applicant for a disabled person’s parking place does not have to be the driver of a vehicle, but must be a passenger of a vehicle registered at that address and be in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance. The applicant meets this criteria.

·           We will consider contacting Social Services to discuss the criteria needed to obtain a disabled persons blue badge, if this parking space is permitted, as we feel it is unwarranted.

·           Response - The applicant meets the criteria as detailed in the Council’s Policy for a disabled person’s parking place and the criteria for the issuing of 'Blue Badges' falls outside of Environment and Visible Services remit and therefore this issue should be raised directly with Social Services.

 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

8.         The cost of making the Traffic Regulation Order and implementing the scheme is estimated at £1200, 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

9.         The provision of a disabled person's parking space close to the house of a disabled person can assist in increasing their independence by making it easier for them to access work, social or leisure facilities by car.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

10.      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.

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

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.      This proposal will help prevent potential disorder arising from the demand for on street parking.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.      The proposal will benefit all sections of the community.

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

Corporate/Service Objectives

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

Policy Framework and Budget

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

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

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

18.      Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

None.

 

Contact Officer

Wendy Smith - Senior Technical Traffic Management - Tel: 02920 6730080.

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager - Legal Services

Accountant - Building and Visible Services

 

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter - Director of Visible Services and Housing

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