Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Review of the associated fees and charges that can be set by the Council.
To review each area of charging and set-out a proposal as appropriate to ensure the effective management of traffic and support the Transport Policy.
Inflationary rises have eroded the effectiveness of parking fees and tariffs in managing traffic. The fees are to be reviewed to support the Transport Strategy objectives to maintain car access, while supporting public transport and active travel objectives. The review will consider the impact on the climate emergency and clean air objectives.
That the Executive Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport agrees:
It is anticipated that the proposed tariff and fee changes set out in the report will help by better managing parking demand in areas and at times when demand is regularly and demonstrably outstripping supply.
The Council could maintain its current tariffs. This would not address the excess demand parking issues outlined in this report, nor enable other positive outcomes that may arise, such as better air quality.
The Council could make higher and more widespread increases in tariffs, but, with the information available, these are not thought to be appropriate or proportionate so as to achieve the aims of the proposed increases.
The Council could reduce the amount of permits allowed at each residential property to restrict demand. This general approach could have a disproportionate effect in certain Peripheral Parking Zones and as such this would need to be considered in greater detail on a Zone by Zone basis. A report on a proposed Controlled Parking Zone programme, including existing Zone reviews, is being prepared for consideration in 2022.
Publication date: 05/04/2022
Date of decision: 05/04/2022
Effective from: 12/04/2022