The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 19 October, 2015
Report of the Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services
Jenkin Street, Barry - Proposed Disabled Person's Parking Place - Objection Report
Purpose of the Report
1. To advise Members of an objection received to the proposal to install a disabled person's parking place in Jenkin Street, Barry and to propose appropriate action.
1. That Members reject the objection 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.
2. The resident of 16 Jenkin Street, Barry applied on 13th August 2014 for a disabled person’s parking place outside his home. The applicant met the criteria as detailed in Council Policy for disabled person’s parking places.
3. Under delegated power 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 install a disabled person’s parking place outside 16 Jenkin Street, Barry. This approval was given on 17th April 2015, following statutory consultation commenced and the proposal was formally advertised, via a press notice and the erection of site notices in the local vicinity.
4. A letter of objection was received to the proposal from a resident of Jenkin Street, Barry.
Relevant Issues and Options
5. Jenkin Street is a terraced street with a steep incline, situated within a highly populated residential area of Barry, which suffers from problems parking due to multi vehicle ownership and visitors to the area.
6. Parking surveys have been undertaken at various times throughout the day, evening and weekend and observations have confirmed there is a high demand for on-street parking.
7. The main points raised in the objection are detailed as follows:
1. The address has ample parking space at the rear of the property where the owners used to park their touring caravan, which they used to manhandle out into the road in Paddock Place to attach to their car.
2. There are three vehicles in total in their household which adds to the lack of available space.
3. Parking is at a premium in this Street and it seems unfair that all the residents on our side have to suffer at the expense of the other side when they all have rear access for vehicles. The applicant even has a car port at the rear which he never uses.
The responses from the Council's Traffic Management Team are as follows:
1. The adopted lane which runs parallel to the rear of the property was formally alley gated on 11th November 2004, by the creation of a Traffic Regulation Order to restrict access and help prevent occurrences of crime/anti-social behaviour.
Due to the applicant’s disability, and the installation of the alley gates, access to rear parking facility was no longer easily accessible. Subsequently the applicant built a wall along his boundary (to the rear) and removed the off-road parking area. It has been confirmed that under current arrangements the applicant does not benefit from any off street parking facility.
The installation of a disabled person’s parking place would therefore be of benefit to the disabled resident, providing a dedicated parking opportunity directly outside of their home.
2. We have no control over car ownership levels. Many properties in Jenkin Street (and across the Vale) have multiple vehicles. It is agreed that this does add to the overall demand for on street parking.
A disabled person’s parking place can be utilised by any legitimate 'Blue Badge' holder. Therefore any other residents or visitors to the area who have a 'Blue Badge' can utilise the parking bay.
3. As detailed above in No. 1 the applicant no longer has easy access to off-street parking.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
8. The cost of making the Traffic Regulation Order and implementing the scheme is estimated at £1,500 that would be met from the Traffic Management's operational budget 2015/16 utilising the Council's own resources.
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.
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.
Wendy Smith - Senior Technician Traffic Management.
Tel. No. 02920 673080
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Accountant, Building and Visible Services
Miles Punter, Director of Visible and Housing Services