Highways, Planning & Energy Cabinet Member – Minutes – 9 March 2011

112 (19) TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER – VARIOUS STREETS, BRIGG – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report seeking approval for the proposed introduction of “no waiting at any time” restrictions in Manley Gardens, Brigg.

During a review of existing traffic regulation orders (TRO’s) in Brigg, a small number of anomalies were identified at various locations. In order to rectify these anomalies a TRO was drafted. This TRO included the proposed introduction of some additional “no waiting at any time” restrictions in Manley Gardens.

The proposal resulted from observations made in the past and concerns raised by colleagues in refuse collection. Difficulties were encountered in Manley Gardens, due to parked vehicles along a narrow section of road between two bends, which resulted in refuse vehicles having to drive onto the footway to gain access along the road. The proposed restrictions would reduce such incidents and allow enforcement of any offenders.

Statutory consultation procedures had been followed and letters delivered to every property within the area of the order. During the consultation period four objections and one letter of support were received from local residents.

The views of the objectors had arisen out of the consultation procedures undertaken for the TRO. In compliance with statutory procedures, notices were erected on site and also published in the local newspaper. The objectors’ main concern was the reduction of available on street parking, if the proposed restrictions were introduced, which they felt would result in cars migrating further down Manley Gardens.

Resolved – (a) That the objection be upheld and the Traffic Regulation Order for the proposed restriction, as shown on the plans appended to the report, is not approved, and (b) that the objectors be written to with the results of the decision in accordance with the statutory procedure.

113 (20) RESIDENTS PARKING – PROPOSED EXTENSION OF SCHEME, POST BRIGG TRIAL – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report seeking permission to make the trial residents’ parking scheme in Brigg a permanent traffic order and to extend the scope of residents’ parking, on an experimental basis, to include various streets elsewhere in North Lincolnshire where there were known problems, subject to the scheme being cost-neutral overall.

Following the introduction of Civil Parking Enforcement in March 2010, there had been a significant increase in the number of requests for residents’ parking schemes, principally from residents who had limited waiting restrictions on the road outside their property and who wanted exemption from the restrictions.

In anticipation of this increase in requests, a trial residents’ parking scheme was introduced to various streets in Brigg on 15 March 2010 by way of an experimental order. Subject to the success of the trial, the order needed to be made permanent, within eighteen months of its introduction.

Subsequently, the council had received a number of requests for similar schemes to be introduced, mainly from residents living in and around the Frodingham Road and Ashby High Street areas of Scunthorpe. Some of these requests had been supported by petitions.

It was considered a logical progression to extend this scheme to the other identified areas and it was recommended that any new schemes should again be on an experimental basis. The advantages of an experimental order were that it could be introduced relatively quickly, it allowed changes to be made and objections to be considered during the experimental period (up to eighteen months) and it provided an opportunity for the feasibility of the scheme to be more realistically tested than would be the case simply with consultation carried out before any scheme was actually implemented.

Resolved – (a) That the proposal to make the trial residents’ parking scheme in Brigg permanent be approved; (b) that the proposal to extend the scope of residents’ parking, on an experimental basis, to include various streets where there are known problems, subject to any council-wide scheme remaining cost-neutral overall be approved; (c) that, for the time being, residents’ parking schemes be limited to providing exemptions from existing limited waiting restrictions; (d) that residents’ parking schemes should satisfy the proposed qualifying criteria outlined in Appendix A of the report; (e) that over the period of any new trial residents’ parking schemes, those schemes be closely monitored and wider consultation be carried out, to inform the development of a more comprehensive residents’ parking policy in the future, and (f) that consideration be given to the introduction of a weighted scoring system to aid future prioritisation and decision-making on residents’ parking scheme qualification.

114 (21) CLOSURE OF CARLTON STREET CAR PARK FOR THE SCUNTHORPE EASTER FAIR – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report seeking approval to temporarily close part of the Carlton Street pay and display car park, Scunthorpe, for the purpose of accommodating the Easter Fair.

For a number of years a travelling pleasure fair had visited Scunthorpe each Easter and on most occasions had been sited on the surface car park in Carlton Street (adjacent to the Leisure Centre).

On these occasions use of the car park had been suspended, a legal agreement entered into and the layout of the fair had been approved by the council’s health and safety section.

A request had been received for use of the car park once again between 11 and 25 April 2010.

Resolved – That approval be given to temporarily close part of the Carlton Street pay and display car park, Scunthorpe, from 11 April to 25 April 2010, to accommodate the Easter Fair.

115 (22) CHARGING FOR STREET NAMING, STREET NUMBERING, HOUSE NAMING AND DEMOLITION NOTICES – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report seeking approval to charge applicants for street naming and renaming, street numbering and renumbering, house naming and renaming and issuing demolition notices.

The Council had statutory powers to deal with Street Naming, Street Numbering and Demolitions under The Public Health Acts 1907 and 1925, The Town Improvements Clauses Act 1847 and The Building Act 1984. The role was administered by Building Control in line with other Councils across the country. Building Control had for many years charged applicants for providing a building regulation service. However there was currently no charge to applicants for providing street naming, street numbering, and house naming services together with demolition notices

There was provision under the general power for Best Value Authorities to charge for discretionary services under the Local Government Act 2003. It was explained that these services fell within this category, and any fees charged would in turn reduce the cost of the Building Control service to the council tax payers. The Cabinet Member was advised that other Councils, such as Doncaster, Leeds and West Lindsey were already charging for these services.

Resolved – That Option 1 be adopted with charges being set for applicants from 1 April 2011, in accordance with Paragraph 3.1 of the report.

116 (23) NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE ROAD SAFETY PARTNERSHIP 2010 CASUALTY OUT-TURN FIGURES – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report advising the Cabinet Member of the 2010 road casualty out-turn figures.

The North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership was tasked with reducing the number of people killed and injured on North Lincolnshire’s roads. Members of the partnership were Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, North Lincolnshire Council, the Scunthorpe Telegraph, East Midlands Ambulance Service and the Highways Agency. Other organisations worked with the partnership and it was explained that a number of initiatives had been progressed with Tata (formerly Corus) over recent years.

The partnership was a member of Safer Roads Humber, the sub-regional road safety organisation and the work of the partnership covered a wide range of activity, including road safety engineering, enforcement, education, training and publicity.

Resolved – (a) That the 2010 casualty performance be noted, and (b) that the Cabinet Member be kept appraised of casualty figures throughout 2011 at the quarterly Road Safety Partnership meetings.

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