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Agenda item

Local Centre Disabled Bays, Woodhouse TRO objections

Report of Executive Director-City Futures.

 

Decision:

14.1

The Committee considered a report of the Executive Director – City Future that reported details of the consultation response to proposals to install a disabled parking bay at Woodhouse Local District Centre, report the receipt of objections and set out the Council’s response

 

 

14.2

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee:-

 

 

 

Approves the installation of a disabled parking bay on Chapel Street in Woodhouse in accordance with the Traffic Regulation Order as advertised under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Inform objectors accordingly

 

 

14.3

Reasons for Decision

 

 

14.3.1

The Council’s Core Strategy sets out for the period to 2026, the overall vision for the city, the relationships between the areas within it and how different factors come together in each area. Local District Centres are to provide everyday needs with a range of retail, leisure, and community facilities. This would be supported by improving the quality of the environment, the mixture of uses, and accessibility and safety for all

 

14.3.2

To develop and maintain the desired outcome of a thriving local district centre at Woodhouse, it is vital that all local people have direct accessibility to the facilities and amenities within the village. There is currently on street public parking throughout the village, including a public car park off Market Street and Vicar Lane. Unfortunately, the public parking available on the highway does not currently include provisions specifically for disabled drivers

 

14.3.3

The recommendation is to install a disabled parking bay within Woodhouse village to provide inclusivity and accessibility for all local people.  There are no public disabled parking bays on the main highway that goes through Woodhouse district centre from Chapel Street, through to the end of Cross Street where many of the shops and amenities are located. The surface of the public car park on Vicar Lane is not tarmacked and would cause mobility difficulties for those who require mobility aids such as wheelchairs, tri pods and walkers. There are also no allocated disabled parking bays in the car park to guarantee sufficient vehicle space. The car park off Market Street does not provide direct access to the amenities which would be a disadvantage to many disabled people who are unable to walk the required distance to access the amenities.

Having considered the response from the public and other consultees it is recommended that the disabled parking bay on Chapel Street be implemented as, on balance, the benefits of the proposal are considered to outweigh the concerns raised.

 

 

14.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

 

14.4.1

There were originally 3 proposed disabled parking bays for the Woodhouse local district centre. 2 of which were proposed to be installed in the parking bay outside of the Lloyds Bank on Cross Street and one disabled parking bay on Chapel Street which has been included in the consultation. It was decided after a discussion with the Ward members that only one disabled parking bay was to be proposed at this time.

 

 

 

14.4.1

Apart from the proposed disabled bay in question, there are no other provisions for disabled parking in the whole local district area. Doing nothing to improve this would be contrary to the Councils’ equal opportunities commitments.

 

 

 

Minutes:

14.1

The Committee considered a report of the Executive Director – City Future that reported details of the consultation response to proposals to install a disabled parking bay at Woodhouse Local District Centre, report the receipt of objections and set out the Council’s response

 

 

14.2

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee:-

 

 

 

Approves the installation of a disabled parking bay on Chapel Street in Woodhouse in accordance with the Traffic Regulation Order as advertised under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Inform objectors accordingly

 

 

14.3

Reasons for Decision

 

 

14.3.1

The Council’s Core Strategy sets out for the period to 2026, the overall vision for the city, the relationships between the areas within it and how different factors come together in each area. Local District Centres are to provide everyday needs with a range of retail, leisure, and community facilities. This would be supported by improving the quality of the environment, the mixture of uses, and accessibility and safety for all

 

14.3.2

To develop and maintain the desired outcome of a thriving local district centre at Woodhouse, it is vital that all local people have direct accessibility to the facilities and amenities within the village. There is currently on street public parking throughout the village, including a public car park off Market Street and Vicar Lane. Unfortunately, the public parking available on the highway does not currently include provisions specifically for disabled drivers

 

14.3.3

The recommendation is to install a disabled parking bay within Woodhouse village to provide inclusivity and accessibility for all local people.  There are no public disabled parking bays on the main highway that goes through Woodhouse district centre from Chapel Street, through to the end of Cross Street where many of the shops and amenities are located. The surface of the public car park on Vicar Lane is not tarmacked and would cause mobility difficulties for those who require mobility aids such as wheelchairs, tri pods and walkers. There are also no allocated disabled parking bays in the car park to guarantee sufficient vehicle space. The car park off Market Street does not provide direct access to the amenities which would be a disadvantage to many disabled people who are unable to walk the required distance to access the amenities.

Having considered the response from the public and other consultees it is recommended that the disabled parking bay on Chapel Street be implemented as, on balance, the benefits of the proposal are considered to outweigh the concerns raised.

 

 

14.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

 

14.4.1

There were originally 3 proposed disabled parking bays for the Woodhouse local district centre. 2 of which were proposed to be installed in the parking bay outside of the Lloyds Bank on Cross Street and one disabled parking bay on Chapel Street which has been included in the consultation. It was decided after a discussion with the Ward members that only one disabled parking bay was to be proposed at this time.

 

 

 

14.4.1

Apart from the proposed disabled bay in question, there are no other provisions for disabled parking in the whole local district area. Doing nothing to improve this would be contrary to the Councils’ equal opportunities commitments.

 

 

 

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