(Link to Council Priorities: P1: Character and Environment; P3: Economic Development)
The Portfolio Holder for Transport introduced the report and reminded Members that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had established a Parking Task and Finish Group in January 2019 to scrutinise the Council’s Saturday free parking offers, following a request by Council on 5 December 2018.
As a number of the recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee referred to a more comprehensive review being undertaken, the Portfolio Holder considered that recommendation (b) – all local village car parks offer two hours free car parking on Saturdays, be not supported at the current time and that it be included within the wider review due to take place shortly.
The Leader then invited Councillor Mrs. R. Mitchell, a Hersham Village Ward Councillor, to address the meeting. Councillor Mrs. Mitchell asked that as the Cabinet was minded to make no change to the current parking arrangements, whether the cost to the Council remained at £34,000. The Portfolio Holder advised that given the future arrangements in respect of Drewitts Court, there could be a need to expeditiously review the parking arrangements in this car park so a change to the timetable could be required and therefore this figure could change.
The Leader then invited Councillor S. Bax, a Molesey West Ward Councillor, to address the meeting. Councillor Bax reminded Members that recommendation (b) had been included by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and queried whether this recommendation would be withdrawn completely from consideration in the future. The Portfolio Holder for Transport clarified that the case for that recommendation had been well made by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. He considered that a more pragmatic approach should be taken and that this should therefore be included with a more comprehensive review of parking generally.
On consideration of the recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Cabinet supported the deletion of recommendation (b), mindful that this would be considered as part of a more comprehensive review.
(a) it be noted that the Parking Task and Finish Group had concluded its review and fulfilled its terms of reference;
(b) the Drewitts Court (Walton) Saturday free parking offer be renewed after it expires in June 2019 with the offer subject to review in light of any future ‘significant’ change;
(c) the Manor Road and Ashley Park (Walton) Saturday free parking offer be renewed after it expires in June 2019 with the offer subject to review in light of any future ‘significant’ change;
(d) should any car park within the Saturday free parking offers regularly see more than 80% occupancy then the free parking offer should be reviewed;
(e) the principles and wider parking considerations raised be noted with a view to the Task and Finish group being reconstituted in the new Municipal Year to consider these matters; and
(f) the financial implications of changing the Saturday free car parking offers be noted.