L Jones-Roberts and Councillor I Thomas had made a voluntary
announcement that they qualified for the proposed 20% discount for
electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles at ANPR car parks.)
members of the public spoke prior to the consideration of the item
Councillor Eden-Green, Andrew Stark, Jeremy Baker and Lisa
The Head of
Transportation and Environment introduced the report which
explained that the parking strategy review had been commissioned to
consider policies and charges relating to council car parks. The
recommendations in the review were set out in the report and a
series of changes were proposed for public consultation. He drew
attention to the following matters:
It had been the Council’s policy
for a number of years to reduce city centre parking and to
encourage the use of park and ride in order to reduce
The Council’s Local Plan set out
the disposal of city centre car parks, only two of which had been
approved, although not yet delivered, so far.
The proposals included consulting on one
disposal that was in the Local Plan but not yet approved - the
disposal of the Northgate car park to allow the doctors surgery to
The rest of the parking strategy would be
considered as part of the Local Plan review.
The increased parking charges were
expected to generate additional funds for climate change
The business community would be one of
the groups potentially most affected by any suggested increases in
charges, and the consultation would be extended by one week to
allow them more time to respond.
The options were set
out in the report as follows:
That the proposals shown in Appendix 7 are taken to
That amendments are made to the proposals shown in
Appendix 7 and public consultation
That none of the proposals shown in Appendix 7
proceed to public consultation.
debated the report, and the Chief Executive and Head of
Transportation and Environment gave points of clarification.
Matters including the following additional points were
The importance of looking at the right
comparators when benchmarking.
Income from the proposals would be used
to fund Council services.
Residents wanted to see a reduction in
Bus pricing, controlling traffic flows
and redesigning road layouts to enable more cycling were not within
the City council’s control.
The county council were the highways
authority and the city council worked with them on the Transport
Strategy, but it remained their document.
If given the choice people would drive in
to the city centre. Taking this choice away would reduce the amount
of people going in to the city centre and this was expected to
reduce carbon emissions.
The Local Plan review processes would see
detailed evidence gathered in regards to air quality, provision of
houses, traffic management and this would include a detailed
Free parking in Whitstable prior to 10am
was designed to allow businesses to benefit from those coming into
the city centre at school run time, one of the proposals was that
this should cease.
During the debate
the recommendations as set out in the report, with one amendment,
were proposed, seconded and when put to a vote agreed.
To note the external consultant’s
(Steer) Parking Strategy review and its key findings and
The Committee to consider any future
disposal of city centre car parks identified in the current Local
Plan on a case by case basis following specific public consultation
and provided there is evidence of overall spare
To undertake public consultation on the
closure of Northgate Car Park;
To consider any additional city centre
car park disposals through the review of the next Local
That the Off Street Parking Places Order
(OSPPO) changes contained in Appendix 7 are taken to public
That the car park improvements identified
in paragraph 2.6 are included in the council’s capital
That a decision on whether to provide
zero emission buses in the next Park & Ride contract will be
made when tenders are evaluated in April 2020.
Reason for the
decision: The proposals would help to meet the existing objectives
of the parking strategy, many of the proposals would have a
positive impact of climate change and the additional revenue raised
would be used to fund other transport/parking improvements that
council may wish to deliver as well helping to close the
council’s overall funding gap and maintain essential
Record of the
For the proposal:
Councillors Baldock, Cook, Dekker,
Edwards, Fitter-Harding, Glover, L Jones-Roberts, Kenny, I Thomas,
R Thomas and Todd (11)
Abstaining from the
proposal: Councillor Ricketts (1)