To review and consider the parking tariffs for Spalding and Holbeach car parks (report of the Portfolio Holder Place and the Executive Director Place enclosed).
Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder for Place and the Executive Director – Place, which reviewed and considered the parking tariffs for Spalding and Holbeach car parks.
In response to members’ concerns officers confirmed that they were working with partners at the Castle Sports Complex to ensure that there would be no negative impact on users of the facility.
a) That existing car parking charges be varied and that new charges for Gore Lane and Castle Sports Complex (dry side) as shown in Appendix A be introduced.
b) That all agreed varied charges be subject to a notice of variation to be published under Section 35C of the Road Traffic Act 1984; such charges to come into effect on 1 January 2020.
c) That it be agreed in principle, that the South Holland District Council (Off Street Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement) Order 2012 be amended so as to include within the Order:
i. The car park at Gore Lane, Spalding, with new charges as agreed under recommendation 1 as above, subject to no impediments being identified.
ii. The new area of the Castle Sports Complex car park (dry side) to the rear of the bowling green, with new charges for the whole of the dry side as agreed under recommendation 1 above.
iii. If necessary, arrangements made for permits or tickets for regular and casual users of the swimming pool and Castle Sports Complex.
d) That the Environmental Services Manager be authorised in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Place to:
i. Finalise arrangements for the issue of permits or tickets for regular and casual users of the swimming pool and Castle Sports Complex for inclusion, if necessary, within the amended Order.
ii. Finalise the necessary notice of proposal and statement of reasons relating to the proposed amendments to the existing Off Street Parking Places Order detailed in recommendation 3 above.
iii. Undertake the necessary consultation and equality impact assessment in relation to the proposed amendments to the car parking order and report back to the Portfolio Holder following completion of the consultation process.
iv. Determine the position of any parent/toddler parking bays in appropriate car parks.
e) That the Portfolio Holder for Place be delegated authority to:
i. Consider the results of the consultation on the proposed amendments to the South Holland District Council (Off Street Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement) Order 2012 and the required Equality Impact Assessment and determine whether or not to amend the Order, including any non-substantial modifications considered appropriate.
ii. Consider all and any pricing incentives for the current financial year and future years such as altered pricing structures during festive seasons, subject to publication of any necessary notices of variation under Section 35C of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
(Other options considered:
· Increase car parking tariffs in Spalding Car Parks including Castle Sports Centre (dry side), in line with the maximum of the average tariffs in the analysis.
· Increase car parking tariffs in Spalding Car Parks, including Castle Sports Centre (dry side), in a tapered increase over 4 years to achieve the maximum of the average tariffs in the analysis.
· To do nothing.
Reasons for decision:
· To align the charges at SHDC owned car parks to ensure that charges are fair to users and that car parks are maintained to a standard that attracts users to the car parks and the town
· To establish fees at both the Castle Sport Centre and the Castle Pool car parks that are reasonable and ensure fair use of the car parks and the leisure facilities. Currently one car park is free whilst the other has minimal charges causing disproportionate use at the free car park and limiting the availability for those wishing to use the leisure facilities.
· Introducing charges at the leisure facility car parks and aligning them with nearby car parks is to ensure that these car parks are available for leisure users and therefore that they are not disproportionately affected by increases to the tariffs.
· An analysis of the tariffs has been undertaken to establish the most appropriate parking tariff as this is an essential element of managing supply and demand and ensuring footfall is not deterred, and to reflect various other factors as set out in paragraph 3 of the report).