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Car Parking Charges

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Car Parking Charges

CABINET

     th- 18 August 2003 DATE

- Director of Environmental REPORT OF

    Services

- Car Parking Charges SUBJECT

- Not included on the Forward Plan FORWARD PLAN REF. NO.

    - item referred to Cabinet by the

    Environment Scrutiny Panel

- Open STATUS

- Steve Redfearn, CONTACT OFFICER

    Divisional Manager - Highways

    Maintenance

    Tel: 5704

- Off-Street Parking Places Order BACKGROUND DOCUMENT

    2002 as amended.

    Report to Scrutiny Panel ndEnvironment 2 July 2003

    regarding Car Park Charges

     Car parking generates significant FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

    net income for the Authority.

    Income accounted for in the

    current financial year may be

    prejudiced by any change in the

    charging policy. Further details

    of financial implications are

    contained within the Report.

     Croft Baker WARD IMPLICATIONS

     COMMENTS OF:

     No comments MONITORING OFFICER

     No comments DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

     No comments DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

     This report sets out an overview SUMMARY

    of the Council’s current position in

    respect of Car Parking charges

    and how they compare with other

    Councils.

    The report also explains the

    financial position of the service

    and briefly covers the impact of

    staff parking and on-street

    residential parking schemes.

     RECOMMENDATION(S)

    1. That members agree that the Council continues to make charges for

    car parking for this financial year in accordance with the Off-Street Parking

    Order made in May 2003 this includes making charges for parking on Yarra

    Road and Wardall Street car parks.

    2. That Scrutiny Panel Environment undertake a review of car parking

    charges as part of the development of a car parking strategy and develop

    policies that sustain the contribution that car park income makes to the

    budget.

    3. That the Council progresses options for on-street residential parking

    schemes in areas around Yarra Road and Wardall Street without delay.

    4. That concessionary parking permits continue to be made available to

    residents living in close proximity to Yarra Road and Wardall Street until

    options for on-street residential parking schemes have been considered and

    actioned.

    5. That the current staff parking policy is reviewed as part of the Scrutiny

    Panel Environment review of Car Parking Charges and development of a

    Car Parking Strategy.

1. Purpose

1.1 This report is in response to a recommendation made by Scrutiny

    Panel Environment following the representations made on behalf of

    petitioners opposed to the introduction of parking charges on Yarra

    Road and Wardall Street car parks.

     nd1.2 At its meeting of 2 July 2003 the Scrutiny Panel Environment

    received a petition from residents and businesses affected by the imposition

    of charges at the previously free car parks at Wardall Street and Yarra Road,

    Cleethorpes. Concern was expressed at the effect the charges would have

    on local businesses and on local residents who have nowhere close to park.

    Concern was also expressed that Council staff, working at the Civic Offices,

    had been issued with passes to enable them to park in the car parks without

    charge.

     st1.3 At its meeting on the 21 July 2003, Cabinet resolved that following a

    recommendation made by Scrutiny Panel Environment, a full

    investigation into car parking charges in the whole of Cleethorpes be

    carried out and a report detailing its findings be submitted to Cabinet

    within one month. This report provides Cabinet with an overview of

    car parking charges, including comparisons and current car park

    charges made by other Local Authorities and private service operators.

2. Background

2.1 Parking charges were introduced to Yarra Road and Wardall Street

    car parks in May 2003. The introduction of charges to these car

    parks followed a review of fees and charges made by the Council

    across a number of service activities at the end of the last financial

    year.

3. Issues

3.1 The structure of car parking charges varies enormously throughout the

    country, influenced mainly by local priorities, demand and economic

    conditions. However, most Councils do structure their charges to

    discourage long stay commuter parking, particularly in town and city

    centres, whilst setting short stay charges that do not discourage

    shoppers. This philosophy has been adopted by North East

    Lincolnshire Council and is consistent with Government policies on

    travel and demand management initiatives.

4. Parking Charges in Cleethorpes

4.1 Within the Councils charging structure an allowance has been made to

    recognise the economic benefits tourism brings to the area, this is

    reflected in the table below:

     1 hour 2 hours 4 hours Day Cleethorpes 0.60 0.80 2.60 4.20 Grimsby 0.70 1.30 2.80 4.90

4.2 When comparing lowest tariffs available in the table below with other

    East Coast resorts, Cleethorpes charges are not the lowest or highest

    in any tariff range, with the 1 and 2 hour tariffs used predominantly by

    shoppers close to the mean average of group.

     1 hour 2 hours 4 hours Day

     Cleethorpes 0.60 0.80 2.60 4.20 * Bridlington (Summer) 0.70 1.40 3.00 * Bridlington (Winter) 0.50 1.00 N/A * Hornsea (Summer) 0.50 1.00 2.00 * Scarborough 0.80 1.50 3.40 4.50 ** Skegness 0.30 0.40 0.60 1.40

    ** Mablethorpe 0.30 0.40 0.60 1.20

* charges to be reviewed October 2003 ** charge increase due November 2003

5. Parking Charges in Grimsby

5.1 The lowest tariffs available are compared below with neighbouring

    Authorities and private car park service providers operating in the town:

     1 hour 2 hours 4 hours Day NELC Grimsby 0.70 1.30 2.80 4.20 North Lincolnshire 0.30 0.60 1.00 1.20 Council

    Lincoln City Council 0.80 1.60 2.90 4.10 Hull City Council N/A 1.45 2.90 4.70

    Freshney Place, Grimsby 0.50 1.20 1.80 Garden Street, Grimsby 0.50 1.00 2.50

5.2 Compared to charges made in North Lincolnshire our tariffs appear to be

    high, however when compared with Lincoln and Hull our tariffs compare

    favourably.

5.3 A recent benchmarking exercise with 14 other Councils conducted prior

    to the recent tariff increases indicated that NEL Councils charges fell into

    the mid price range for all tariffs bands.

6. Current Off-Street Parking Orders

6.1 Set out below is the current off-street parking order for all pay and

    display car parks in North East Lincolnshire.

    1 2 3 Off-Street Parking Places Charges Payable on Charges to be payable on rd23 April, 2003 (?’s) 14 May, 2003 (?’s) Abbey Walk Mon Sun Mon Sun Cartergate 8am 6pm 8am 6pm Duchess Street Up to 1 hour 0.50 Up to 1 hour 0.70 Newbridge Terrace 1 to 2 hours 1.00 1 to 2 hours 1.30

    2 to 4 hours 2.00 2 to 4 hours 2.80

    Over 4 hours 3.50 Over 4 hours 4.90 Heritage Centre Mon Sun

    8am 6pm

    Up to 1 hour 0.70

    1 to 2 hours 1.30

    2 to 4 hours 2.80

    Over 4 hours 4.90

    Garibaldi Street Mon Sun Mon Sun Orwell Street East 8am 6pm 8am 6pm Orwell Street West Up to 1 hour 0.50 Up to 1 hour 0.70 Wellington Terrace 1 to 2 hours 1.00 1 to 2 hours 1.30

    2 to 4 hours 2.00 2 to 4 hours 2.80

    Over 4 hours 3.00 Over 4 hours 4.20

    Garibaldi Street Mon Sun Mon Sun

     6pm 11pm 6pm 11pm

     Up to 5 hours 1.00 Up to 5 hours 1.00

    maximum maximum

    Garden Street Mon Sat Mon Sat (Somerfield Stores) 8am 6pm 8am 6pm

     Up to 1 hour 0.50 Up to 2 hours 1.00

    1 to 2 hours 1.00 maximum

    maximum

    Market Hall Roof Mon Sun Mon Sun

     8am 6pm 8am 6pm

    Up to 1 hour 0.60 Up to 1 hour 0.80

    1 to 2 hours 1.00 1 to 2 hours 1.60

    Burgess Street All day 2.50 All day 2.50

     3 1 2 Charges to be payable on Off-Street Parking Places Charges Payable on rd April, 2003 (?’s) 14 May, 2003 (?’s) 23

    High Street Mon Sun Mon Sun

    8am 6pm 8am 6pm

    Up to 1 hour 0.40 Up to 1 hour 0.60

    1 to 2 hours 0.60 1 to 2 hours 0.80

    2 to 4 hours 2.00 2 to 4 hours 2.80

    Over 4 hours 3.00 Over 4 hours 4.20

    Boating Lake Mon Sun Mon Sun Central Promenade 8pm 6pm 8pm 6pm Grant Street Up to 1 hour 0.70 Up to 1 hour 0.90 North Promenade 1 to 2 hours 1.30 1 to 2 hours 1.70 Thrunscoe Lane 2 to 4 hours 2.00 2 to 4 hours 2.60

    Over 4 hours 3.00 Over 4 hours 4.20

    Civic Offices Sat, Sun & Sat, Sun &

    Bank Bank

    Holidays only Holidays only

    Up to 1 hour 0.70 Up to 1 hour 0.90

    1 to 2 hours 1.30 1 to 2 hours 1.70

    2 to 4 hours 2.00 2 to 4 hours 2.60

    Over 4 hours 3.00 Over 4 hours 4.20

    St. Peter’s Avenue Mon Sun Mon Sun

    8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

    Up to 1 hour 0.40 Up to 1 hour 0.60

    1 to 2 hours 0.60 1 to 2 hours 0.80

    2 to 4 hours 2.00 2 to 4 hours 2.60

    Leisure Centre Mon Sun Mon Sun

    8am 8pm 8am 8pm

    Up to 1 hour 0.70 Up to 1 hour 0.90

    1 to 2 hours 1.30 1 to 2 hours 1.70

    2 to 4 hours 2.00 2 to 4 hours 2.60

    maximum maximum

    Wardall Street All day Free Mon Sun Yarra Road 8pm 6pm

    Up to 1 hour 0.60

    1 to 2 hours 0.80

    2 to 4 hours 2.80

    Over 4 hours 4.20

     6.2 Season Ticket Charges:

    1 2 3 Off-Street Parking Places Charges Payable on Charges to be payable on rd23 April, 2003 (?’s) 14 May, 2003 (?’s) Abbey Walk Burgess Street Per calendar Per calendar Cartergate month 47.00 month 57.00 Duchess Street Garibaldi Street Six months 270.00 Six months 325.00 Newbridge Terrace Orwell Street (East) Annual 480.00 Annual 580.00 Orwell Street (West)

    Wellington Terrace

    Grant Street Per calendar Per calendar High Street month 47.00 month 57.00

    Six months 270.00 Six months 325.00

    Annual 480.00 Annual 580.00

Residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity of the Wardall Street and

    Yarra Road car parks are eligible for a discounted season ticket at the same

    rate as established for the North and Central Promenade car parks. ?15

    annual fee for residents, ?100 for businesses.

6.3 Excess Charges:

    1 2 3 Off-Street Parking Places Charges Payable on Charges to be payable on rd23 April, 2003 (?’s) 14 May, 2003 (?’s)

All “Pay and Display” car parks ?40.00 reduced to ?20.00 if ?50.00 reduced to ?25.00 if

    as listed in Section A payment received within 14 payment received within 14

    Schedule 1 days days

7. Revenue Outturn for Car Parks

7.1 Car Parks returned an operating surplus of ?464k (?168k when

    interest on capital and depreciation charges are deducted) in

    2002/2003.

7.2 Total Income generated on all Pay and Display ?1,103,350

     Total Expenditure ?638,883

     Surplus ?464,467

7.3 This year it is estimated that the surplus will increase to ?538k (?263k

    when interest on capital and depreciation charges are deducted).

    This year’s figure includes an estimated ?45k of revenue raised

    through charges on Yarra Road and Wardall Street car parks.

7.4 The cost to the Council of operating free parking across all existing

    pay and display car parks would be unsustainable from both a

    financial and traffic management perspective. Based on last year’s

    figures the Council would lose the ?464k surplus it generated and

    would incur operating costs such as repairs, maintenance, rates and

    management costs of around ?328k. This effectively would add up to

    a shortfall in the Council’s budget of ?792k.

8. Staff Parking

8.1 It has been the policy of the Council to provide free parking for all staff

    irrespective of whether there is a need for them to use their car at work.

    There has been a progressive increase in the number of car park

    passes issued to staff permitting them to park during work hours on the

    Council'’ pay and display car parks. Last year approx. 361 free

    passes were issued to staff for use on the pay and display car parks, it

    is estimated that the majority of these recipients were not required to

    use their car at work. Applying the season ticket charging principal,

    charging staff for their parking permits could generate ?173,280, but

    this needs to be balanced against the needs some staff have to use

    their car frequently for work purposes.

8.2 Staff car parking clearly has an impact on the number of spaces

    available to the general public. The Council’s policy for staff parking

    particularly in relation to the Council’s promotion of green travel plans

    needs to be reviewed and will be considered in the development of the

    emerging Car Parking Strategy.

9. Yarra Road and Wardall Street Car Parks

9.1 Members will be aware that the introduction of charges on these car

    parks have been strongly opposed by local residents. In

    acknowledgement of this the Council has agreed to issue local

    residents living in the immediate vicinity of the car parks

concessionary rates for permits to park on these car parks. This is an

    interim measure until the Council can consider the possibility of

    introducing additional on-street residents parking schemes in the

    areas concerned.

    9.2 It is anticipated that the introduction of residential parking schemes in

    and around Yarra Road and Wardall Street would provide residents

    with the opportunity to park close to their homes therefore freeing up

    spaces on the pay and display car parks.

    RAY OXBY

    DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

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