Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 28TH APRIL 2014
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 1ST APRIL, 2014
993 CALL-IN: VISIBLE SERVICES – PROPOSED FEES AND CHARGES FOR 2014/15 –
The report to Cabinet had sought approval for the increases in service charges for functions managed by Visible Services for the financial year 2014/15. The report proposed to uplift the majority of services by 3% with higher increases proposed for commercial residual waste collection and seasonal car park charges. The proposed charges for services were also set out in the appendices attached to the Cabinet report as below:
Appendix 1 – Waste Management and Cleansing
Appendix 2 – Highways and Engineering
Appendix 3 – Parks and Grounds Maintenance
Appendix 4 – Parks and Grounds Maintenance – VoG Football League
Appendix 5 – Parks and Grounds Maintenance and Porthkerry Cemetery.
The call-in referred to Appendix 2 – Highways and Engineering. The Chairman outlined her reason for calling-in the matter to Committee, advising that with regard to the coastal car parking charges it was her view that a rate of £2.00 for up to 2 hours would be far more equitable, particularly for residents of the Vale of Glamorgan, who just wanted to visit for a short time. It was also her view in particular referring to Barry Island that if a visitor parked in one of the car parks and wanted to visit an attraction it was not possible to do so within an hour. She stated that her proposal would not affect the income generation but would merely extend the time period to two hours.
In consideration of the report and the call –in it was the consensus of the Committee that the suggestion was a reasonable suggestion and, in their view, it would be more equitable for people living within the Vale of Glamorgan, with the suggestion that this also be considered throughout the Vale. It was subsequently and unanimously
RECOMMENDED – T H A T Cabinet be requested to agree that a rate of £2.00 for up to two hours be accepted for car parking charges for Ogmore, Southerndown and Barry Island.
Reason for recommendation
The Committee considered that this would be a more equitable charge.â€