The Chairman of the Parking Task and Finish Group, Councillor H Drake, submitted a report on the work of the Member group that had looked into aspects of parking policy in East Herts. She said that the Members were due to meet twice more before a final report was submitted to the 10 December 2019 meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Councillor M Brady referred to a specific issue of commuter parking in Hertford and congestion. The Chairman of the Task and Finish Group invited Councillor M Brady to identify the postcode and specific roads to the parking team at East Hertfordshire District Council.
Councillor M Goldspink referred to main recommendation vii as part of paragraph 2.7 on page 44 of the report. She believed that free parking was very useful for blue badge motorists and shoppers with disabilities. The Chairman reminded Members that a full discussion would take place at the 10 December 2019 meeting of the Committee.
The Task and Finish Group Support Officer commented on the qualifying thresholds for new resident permit schemes, which had to be individually designed, as this would promote a more efficient use of resources. He said that making changes to existing schemes was a very costly process and there were good reasons why all residents parking schemes operated on an individual basis.
The Chairman of the Task and Finish Group commented on the significant legal and time implications of preparing a new residents parking zone. She reiterated the importance of schemes being tailored to address the problems of a specific area.
Councillor D Hollebon proposed and Councillor A Ward-Booth seconded, a motion that the work undertaken thus far by the Task and Finish Group be received and the Committee’s comments be fed back to the Task and Finish Group. After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, this motion was declared CARRIED.
RESOLVED – that (A) the work undertaken thus far by the Task and Finish Group be received; and
(B) the Committee’s comments be reported to the Task and Finish Group.