Swaffham Parking Review
Meeting: 05/04/2011 - Cabinet (Item 36)
Swaffham Parking Review
The Overview & Scrutiny Commission Chairman presented this item. He reminded Members that Dereham, Attleborough and Watton had already been considered, although for the latter towns the costs, as Cabinet had previously requested, had yet to be finalised.
With regard to Swaffham, the comments listed in the report were a consequence of the public consultation that had been carried out as part of the review.
The Executive Member for Economic & Commercial queried the fourth and fifth recommendations of the report:
(4) The Council, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Constabulary liaise over de-criminalisation of on-street parking in Swaffham in a multi-agency approach, seeking a transfer of responsibility and action enabled through joined-up thinking and use of resources.
(5) The Town Council’s proposals to employ a traffic warden to undertake off-street parking enforcement within the five market towns.
The Overview & Scrutiny Commission Chairman stated that the off-street and on-street parking enforcement was somewhat vague at the moment but the public had supported both proposals put forward.
Referring to recommendation (4), the Executive Member for Economic & Commercial pointed out that Norfolk County Council would have responsibility for on-street parking from November 2011. With this in mind, and until further clarification had been received from Norfolk County Council, he felt that this recommendation should be re-visited at a later date.
1) the disabled parking facilities in the Market Street car park be reviewed and easier access spaces be provided;
2) Norfolk County Council, as the Highways Authority, be requested to undertake an assessment to consider using the land opposite the old sixth form centre as a dedicated taxi rank;
3) Norfolk County Council be requested to produce new. Larger signs to entice people to park at the Theatre Street car park;
4) using a multi-agency approach, Breckland Council, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Constabulary liaise over de-criminalisation of on-street parking in Swaffham, seeking a transfer of responsibility and action enabled through joined-up thinking and use of resources;
5) the Town Council’s proposal to employ a traffic warden to undertake off-street parking enforcement within the five market towns be supported; and
6) Breckland Council’s policy of providing free parking in all Breckland-owned car parks in Swaffham be retained.