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Car park charges on the agenda

Created on 15/11/2016 @ 08:26
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Any changes to plans to increase car parking charges across Powys will lead to a hole in the county council budget it has been warned.

Powys County Council’s Place Scrutiny Committee has decided Cabinet plans to introduce new car parking charges in the county should be reconsidered,

The committee asked for a decision to introduce car parking charges in 11 car parks, initially taken in September 2015 and subject of a cabinet decision last month, to be called in.

Meeting in Llandrindod Wells on October 31 the committee said it felt the decision did not take into account the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act in respect of community impact and did not include meaningful consultation with relevant organisations.

Committee Chairman, Councillor Kelvyn Curry said: “It was a unanimous decision of the Place Committee that the Full Council should have the opportunity to consider whether it wishes the Portfolio Holder for Highways to reconsider his decision, and, if so, to document concerns which need to be addressed. It was felt that the hastily produced Impact Assessment, which was only put together after the Place Committee called the decision in, was not adequate.”

Cllr John Brunt, Portfolio Holder for Highways said; “The decision to consider a Traffic Regulation Order to implement control and charges within the 11 car parks was taken in September 2015.  This decision was to commence the legal procedure for making Orders as laid down by the Local Authorities’ Traffic Order (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996 which requires the proposals to be full consulted.   The consultation took place between the 4-25 March 2016 and all Town or Community Councils, County Councillors representing the areas where the 11 car parks are located were consulted along with other statutory consultees such as the Police. 

“Whilst the decision to consider the Order and the consultation were both undertaken prior to the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 coming into force on the 1st April 2016, an Impact Assessment has been now been prepared which covers the requirement of the Act.

“Following the Scrutiny Committee meetings comments last week, the Impact Assessment will be further reviewed and also submitted to Cabinet for consideration. In due course, I will then consider all matters including the Impact Assessment.

“This is part of a policy of fairness and equality across Powys. It is designed to treat all communities equally, why should one community have free parking when others have to pay?

“It should be remembered that the expected income from these proposed charges is part of the current budget which was approved by Full Council on 25th February 2016.  The Cabinet is correctly implementing the decision of Full Council. If these proposals do not go ahead then there will be subsequently a deficit in the budget.”

The committee asked for the issue to be referred to a meeting of the full council on November 18 for discussion.




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