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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 19 October, 2015

Report of the Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services

Jenner 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 Jenner 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.    The resident of 67 Jenner Road, Barry applied on 20th October 2014, for a disabled persons parking place outside their home.  The applicant met the current criteria and was added to the existing waiting list for disabled person’s parking places.

 

3.    There is already an existing disabled person’s parking place situated on the adopted highway outside 63 Jenner Road, which the applicant is currently utilising. Unfortunately due to her deteriorating health the applicant finds the distance to walk from this bay to her property excessive, causing her severe breathlessness. The applicant therefore requested the existing bay to be relocated directly outside her property.

 

4.    Due to the health condition of the applicant a request was made to Social Services for this particular application to be expedited. A needs assessment was undertaken which found that the applicant met the criteria for the application to be expedited. Council Policy states:
‘That the Director of Social Services be permitted to support an individual’s application, based on a needs assessment, and that in such cases the Social Services Directorate provide the funds required to provide the individual disabled parking bay’

 

5.     An instruction confirming this was received from the Head of Adult Services on 6th January 2015.

 

6.    On 26th March 2015, an initial informal consultation exercise was undertaken to obtain the views of local residents.  Letters were sent to the occupiers of properties within close proximity of the existing and proposed parking places, asking for any comments or observations.  Two letters of objection were received, one against the removal of the bay outside 63 Jenner Road and the other against the installation of a new bay outside 67 Jenner Road.

 

7.    Both objectors were contacted directly, to try to resolve the issues amicably and logically.

 

8.    The objection to the removal of the bay outside No 63 was resolved at this informal stage.  The objectors were new residents of 65 Jenner Road, two of which were disabled and blue badge holders.  It was therefore agreed that the existing bay at this location would remain in place.

 

9.    The objector to the installation of the new bay outside 67 Jenner Road did not wish to retract their objection.  Thus, it was agreed that their objection would be taken forward and considered at the formal consultation stage.

 

10.    Therefore under delegated powers the then Director of Visible Services and Housing, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services, approval was given to undertake statutory consultation and to give public notice of the Council's intention to install a disabled person’s parking place outside 67 Jenner Road, Barry. This approval was given on 17th April 2015.

Relevant Issues and Options

11.    Jenner Road is a long terraced street situated within a highly populated residential area of Barry, which suffers from parking problems due to residents owning more than one vehicle and visitors to the area.

 

12.    Parking surveys have been undertaken at various times throughout the day, evening and weekend and observations have confirmed that there is high demand for on-street parking.

 

13.    Two letter of objection were received.

 

14.    The main points raised by the objector are detailed as follows.

  • ‘The installation of the disabled parking space outside 67 Jenner Road does not meet criteria on two counts:’

‘the applicant must not have access to off-street parking i.e. a garage’

‘surveys carried out in the vicinity of the applicants home must show that there is no convenient parking space within 25 metres of the applicants home’

  • ‘The movement of the space from 63 Jenner Road to 67 Jenner Road to be inappropriate as the current disabled parking space is actually on the public highway and available for use by any disabled resident. It is in fact already currently used by the resident of 67 Jenner Road on a daily basis in its present location.’

Traffic Management response: -

 

15.    Each application is assessed on an individual basis and in this instance the distance from the garage, at the rear of the property on Jenner Road, is slightly over 25 metres.  In addition the route is on an incline, which adds to the difficulty for disabled person.

 

16.    Parking surveys undertaken at varying times of the day, evening and weekend have confirmed there is high demand for parking.  Therefore the installation of a disabled person’s parking place would be of benefit to the disabled resident, providing a dedicated bay directly outside the applicant’s home.

 

17.    Once a disabled parking place has been is installed it is for the use of any disabled blue badge holder, on a first come first served basis.   As mentioned in paragraph 7 above, informal consultation has established that the existing bay outside 63 Jenner Road is likely to be utilised on a daily basis.  Therefore it would beneficial to the applicant and any other disabled residents or visitors to properties in this area along Jenner Road for it to remain.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

18.    The cost of making the Traffic Regulation Order and implementing the scheme is estimated at £1,500 which would be met from the Social Services budget and would utilise the Council's own resources.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

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

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

20.    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.

 

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

Crime and Disorder Implications

22.    There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

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

Corporate/Service Objectives

24.    To maintain and develop a safe and efficient highway.

Policy Framework and Budget

25.    This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

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

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

27.    Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Wendy Smith - Senior Technician Traffic Management.

Tel. No. 02920 673080

Officers Consulted

Head of Adult Services

Operational Manager Legal Services

Accountant, Building and Visible Services

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter, Director of Environment and Housing Services

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