[Electoral Divisions: Kendal Strickland and Fell]
To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure
This report presents the feedback including comments and objections to the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order and makes a recommendation that South Lakeland Local Committee proceed to make permanent the Experimental Order.
A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which presented the feedback including comments and objections to the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order. It made a recommendation that South Lakeland Local Committee proceed to make permanent the Experimental Order referred to in the Recommendation in the report, which came into operation on 3 September 2018 and introduced changes to the parking arrangements within Kendal Town centre.
The Team Leader Traffic Management – South introduced the report, setting out the background to the Order. The Area Manager – South Lakeland advised that funding for dropped kerbs had been requested from the General Provisions Budget.
Mr Thornton, the local member thanked Mrs O’Loughlin for the points she had raised during Public Participation. He outlined the background to the request for the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) adding that there was a desire to open up Market Place for events for example and extend the use of the bays from 5 to 7 days a week whilst improving the safety of pedestrians by reducing the number of vehicles. He was particularly concerned to hear about the enforcement issues from Mrs O’Loughlin stating that the spaces should be kept clear. He reminded members that the Experimental TRO had been extended. He asked Mrs O’Loughlin to contact him if further issues arose
It was moved by Mr Thornton that the recommendations in the report be agreed, with an additional request for the Civil Enforcement Team to patrol the area regularly.
A number of members pointed out that during the consideration of the Experimental TRO in its earlier stages, it had been highlighted that the parking issues raised at this meeting may occur. Parking enforcement was seen to be key to the success of the Experimental TRO. Of concern to some members was that some disabled people were being disenfranchised from using the Town and Market Place, disabled access may be blocked by other vehicles parking too close behind wheelchair user vehicles that needed at least 3m access behind their car and vehicles loading and unloading may block the spaces. A member stated that this had been apparent in Mrs O’Loughlin’s photographs.
It was clarified for members by the Team Leader Traffic Management – South that taxis were not permitted to park in the bays, the length of the bays had been taken into consideration and were clearly marked on the street. She talked about the current approach to parking enforcement and acknowledged that this should be improved.
In seconding the motion and acknowledging the points raised, Mr Cook noted that there was not a solution that would be acceptable to everyone but this was the best option. He queried what would be the next steps if the Experimental TRO was not agreed. He talked about the currently traffic free Market Place and referred to the parking and vehicle movements before the Experimental TRO was brought in and the hazards to the public because of the traffic in the area.
In agreeing that this was a finely balanced proposal and a compromise, a member talked about the importance of there being a short distance between parking and shopping for disabled people. He suggested working jointly with South Lakeland District Council on central parking provision. The Team Leader Traffic Management – South reported on the location and number of disabled parking spaces in the Town centre.
A number of members endorsed the Experimental TRO, one deferring to the knowledge of the local member, another welcoming the proposal for dropped kerbs, another accepting that it provided more safety for those with buggies, and wheelchairs. A member, after listening to the debate, queried if the Experimental TRO could be extended to a later date as he wanted to ensure that there was better parking provision in the Town centre. The Team Leader Traffic Management – South explained that this was not an option and parking would return to the previous scheme and incur a cost. It was requested that a review of how the Order was working be undertaken at a future meeting. It was highlighted that parking in town centres may be the subject of review under the climate change agenda.
The Local Member was grateful for member input and highlighted that since the Experimental TRO had been introduced, he had received virtually no contact about parking in the Town centre, he regularly checked the spaces which were often vacant. He talked about how the previous scheme had not been perfect and noted that the distance of the spaces to shops depended on which shop was visited. A member talked about how the previous scheme had been confusing for pedestrians crossing the road.
A vote on the motion was cast with 11 members voting in favour, 2 against and 2 abstaining, therefore it was,
1 That Local Committee, having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to at paragraph 7.2 of the Report, and having also taken into account the representations which were received during the 6 month statutory objection/consultation period (which was extended for a further 6 months), approve the bringing into force of The County of Cumbria (Central Area Kendal) (Experimental Pedestrianisation and Traffic Regulation) Order 2018 (“the Experimental Order”) as a permanent Order, without amendment.
The effect of this will be: -
A To remove the existing three disabled badge holder only parking spaces on Finkle Street and the taxi parking space and four disabled badge holder only parking spaces on Market Place to reduce vehicle movements within the primarily pedestrian area.
B To amend the existing Prohibition of Driving access exemptions for Branthwaite Brow, Finkle Street and Market Place to only allow access for Loading and Unloading, but to include an exemption for Market Trader vehicles on Wednesdays and Saturdays, a further exemption to allow access for funerals and weddings at the church before 11am and after 4pm, and further exemptions for vehicles being used for statutory purposes. To introduce a dual-use bay on Stricklandgate to allow taxi parking spaces near to Waterstones (3 spaces) between 11am – 4pm (outside the existing Loading times from 4pm to 11am, which will remain).
C To introduce a dual-use bay on Stricklandgate to allow Disabled Badge Holders Only for 3 hours no return within 1 hour outside Farrer’s (5 spaces) between 11am – 4pm (outside the existing Loading times from 4pm to 11am, which will remain).
D To introduce a dual-use bay on Highgate for Disabled Badge Holders Only for 3 hours no return within 1 hour outside Barclays Bank (4 spaces) between 11am – 4pm (outside the existing Loading times from 4pm to 11am, which will remain).
2 Local Committee approves the allocation of funding to the implementation of two sections of dropped kerbs adjacent to the disabled parking bays on Stricklandgate and Highgate, to be dropped kerbs constructed in 2020/2021. The cost of implementing the dropped kerbs is estimated at £17,600 and is recommended to be allocated from the 2020/2021 budget allocations for works in 2020/2021 as £10,000 from Minor Footway Patching Capital Budget and £7,600 from Communities General Provisions revenue budget (subject to approval by Cabinet of a revenue contribution being made to capital works).
3 Local Committee requests Cabinet to agree a £7,600 revenue contribution to capital from the 2020/21 budget for General Provisions towards implementation of two sections of dropped kerbs adjacent to the disabled parking bays on Stricklandgate and Highgate.
4 The Civil Enforcement Team patrol the parking spaces on a regular basis