[Electoral Divisions: Dalton North]
To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed).
This report updated local members on the outcome of the Askam Station Improvements Report (which was undertaken as part of the Whitehaven Parking Study).
The Committee considered a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which gave an update on the outcome of the Askam Station Improvements Report (which was undertaken as part of the Whitehaven Parking Study). It was explained that the Study had been undertaken by consultants WSP and was funded by Sellafield Limited through the Sellafield Planning Performance Agreement.
Members were informed that Cumbria County Council had been working in partnership with Sellafield Limited and Barrow Borough Council to undertake the Askam Station element of the Whitehaven Parking Study. The Committee noted that the Study would inform the planning, development and management of parking in the various locations as well as inform future design work for proposals to enhance the stations and encourage sustainable modes of travel.
During the course of discussion members asked if discussions had taken place with the Bowls and Rugby Clubs. Whilst officers had not had dialogue with the Bowls Club they felt their car park was already used heavily during the bowling season. It was confirmed that some discussions had taken place with the Rugby Club.
The Committee was informed that the Study had considered parking issues and potential station improvements in Askam. It was explained the Station Improvements report had identified a package of schemes to create parking and other improvements at Askam railway station and the surrounding area.
Members were informed it was felt there was a need to develop a robust and integrated strategy to address the parking requirements and to manage parking in Askam and the impacts on the village and its users. It was explained that it had been suggested that the introduction of parking restrictions between 10.00 am and 11.00 am would prevent commuters parking on the site all day.
Members were informed the delivery of the improvements was subject to funding being secured. It was explained the Study had been prepared using a robust evidence based approach and provided the basis to support the partner organisations in seeking to secure funding from internal and external sources. It was recognised that further scheme development would be required for some of the improvements and at that stage further stakeholder engagement/ public consultation would be undertaken.
The local Member for Dalton North welcomed the proposals and thanked members of Askam and Ireleth Parish Council for their input into the project and asked that they be included in the ongoing consultation. He asked officers how they could be sure local people would not be penalised and it was explained that the scheme would be designed to allow sufficient parking to be retained for local residents. The parking enforcement proposals regarding the restrictions between 10.00 am and 11.00 am were highlighted, and whilst acknowledging this was in the early stages emphasised this would be key to the success of the scheme. It was explained that whilst it was acknowledged that resources could not be guaranteed discussions had taken place with the Parking Enforcement Team who fully supported the proposals.
A discussion then took place regarding funding of the scheme and whilst there was no obvious funding at present a positive dialogue had taken place with Sellafield regarding this matter.
The Chair of the Local Committee thanked officers, the local Member and his predecessor together with Askam and Ireleth Parish Council for their continued support in this project.
(1) the proposals of the Askam Station Improvements Report (as set out in the Appendix to the report) be endorsed;
(2) partnership working with Barrow Borough Council and Sellafield Limited to explore the opportunities to secure funding and to co-ordinate delivery of the improvements be continued;
(3) the use of the report to inform future infrastructure planning and the development and management of parking measures and station improvements in Askam be supported.