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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 19 October, 2015

Report of the Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services

Newlands Street, Barry - Proposed Removal of Disabled Person's Parking Place - Objection Report

Purpose of the Report

1.    To advise Members of an objection received to the proposal to remove a disabled person's parking place in Newlands Street, Barry and to propose appropriate action.

Recommendations

1.    That Members support the objection for the reasons contained in this report and that the disabled person’s parking place is not removed.

 

2.    That the original complainant and objector are advised of this decision.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.    To allow the Traffic Regulation Order to remain.   

 

2.    To confirm the Council's position.

Background

2.    On the 13th September 2010, a Traffic Regulation Order was created to install a disabled person’s parking place outside 40 Newlands Street, Barry.

 

3.    A resident of Newlands Street contacted the Vale of Glamorgan Council on 23rd March 2015, advising that the disabled person’s parking place was no longer being utilised and made a request for the bay to be removed.

 

4.    An initial consultation exercise was undertaken on 26th March 2015, in which letters were sent to the occupiers of properties within close proximity of the existing disabled parking place, asking residents if the bay was still required. No responses were received from residents during this initial consultation.

 

5.    Consequently, under delegated powers the then 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 remove the disabled bay.

 

6.    At this stage of the process a letter of objection was received to the proposal.

Relevant Issues and Options

7.    The main points raised are detailed as follows.

  • The objector has recently moved into the ground floor flat of 40 Newlands Street.  Due to the objectors long term health condition,  ground floor accommodation was required to maintain quality of life.
  • The objector cannot walk more than 10 metres, this distance is greatly reduced when the objector is having a ‘poor health day’ due to their condition.
  • The removal of the disabled persons parking place would seriously affect the objector’s ability to remain mobile and independent.
  • The objector has confirmed that he/she meets the current criteria, as detailed in the Council's Policy for the use of a disabled person’s parking places, and is in possession of valid disabled persons Blue Badge.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

8.    The cost of revoking the Traffic Regulation Order and removing the disabled persons parking place is estimated at £1,500.  However, should Members choose to support the recommendation then there will be no financial implications for the existing bay to remain.  

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

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

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.    There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

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

Corporate/Service Objectives

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

Policy Framework and Budget

15.    This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

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

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

17.    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 Environment and Housing Services

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