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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment): 9th October, 2012

 

Report of the Director of Visible Services and Housing

 

Individual Disabled Parking Bays - Update

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To update Members of the current position regarding the provision of Individual Disabled Parking Bays within the Vale of Glamorgan.

2.             To seek approval to address the backlog of approved requests for Individual Disabled Parking Bays.

Recommendations

1.             That Members approve the proposal to address the backlog of approved requests for Individual Disabled Parking Bays.

2.             That this report is referred to Cabinet for consideration.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To support the proposal to address the backlog.

2.             To obtain Cabinet approval in support of the proposal. 

Background

3.             The Council's Traffic Management team (Highways and Engineering) receives many applications for Individual Disabled Parking Bays to be provided in residential areas on the highway network.

4.             A report was presented to Cabinet on 26th December 2009 entitled 'Individual Disabled Parking Bays - Proposed Amendment to Policy'.  The report proposed that the previous policy be extended to include disabled passengers following a request from the Council's Social Services Directorate.  This proposal was approved.

5.             Each application is considered strictly in accordance with the agreed Policy and a copy of the procedure for dealing with an application is attached at Appendix 'A' to this report.

6.             Funds from the Traffic Management annual Operational Budget are allocated to progress 10 bays per year.  The cost of the provision of one Individual Disabled Parking Bay is currently approximately £1,300. 

7.             The provision of an Individual Disabled Parking Bay requires a Traffic Regulation Order and the total cost of the provision of one bay includes the cost of two Legal Notices as well as the costs of the erection of signs, the laying of road markings and appropriate traffic management.  Cost savings can be made by advertising all proposed bays at the same time. 

Relevant Issues and Options

8.             It is intended to progress with the introduction of 10 Individual Disabled Parking Bays this financial year (2012/13) as has been the practice over recent years and this would then leave a backlog of 24 approved Individual Disabled Parking Bays on the list.  It is estimated that it would cost approximately £18,200 to implement the remaining 24 bays immediately.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

9.             It is proposed that £18,200 from the Visible Services Reserves be allocated to addressing the backlog of 24 Individual Disabled Parking Bays during the current financial year (2012/13).

10.        The management of the Individual Disabled Parking Bay policy is undertaken by the Council's Traffic Management team (Highways and Engineering).

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

11.        There are no Sustainability and Climate Change Implications in relation to this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

12.        The Individual Disabled Parking Bay policy and procedure addresses the needs of disabled people and its selection process is fair and reasonable. It meets the Disability Discrimination Act aim of removing the barriers that hinder the full participation of disabled people in society and does not create any negative equality issues.

13.        Individual Disabled Parking Bays are created under the provisions of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. In order to create the appropriate Traffic Regulation Order delegated powers authorise the making of Public Notices detailing the intent.  Objections to such Notice of Intent may be raised, in which case it becomes a matter for Members of Cabinet to decide if the objection(s) be accepted or rejected.

14.        Individual Disabled Parking Bays may be used by any vehicle displaying an appropriate Blue Badge. Therefore a bay provided lawfully on behalf of an individual person is not for that person's exclusive use.

15.        When an Individual Disabled Parking Bay is no longer needed for the circumstances for which it was provided, an Order can be made to revoke the previous Traffic Regulation Order if it is expedient to do so. 

16.        There are no Human Rights Implications in relation to this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

17.        A safe and well-managed highway infrastructure will reduce the likelihood for incidents of crime and disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

18.        The Individual Disabled Parking Bay policy provides access to parking bays for individual disabled people irrespective of age or the possession of a driving licence or a car.

19.        Any signage or road markings associated with the provision of Individual Disabled Parking Bays will comply with the requirements of the Council's Welsh Language Scheme.

Corporate/Service Objectives

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

Policy Framework and Budget

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

22.        No consultation has taken place regarding the contents of this report as the matter affects all parts of the Vale of Glamorgan.

Background Papers

23.        None.

Contact Officer

Paul Gay - Group Engineer (Highway Projects and Traffic Management)

Tel. No. 02920 673086

 

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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