Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Referring to the Traffic Management Act 2004\The Secretary of State's Statutory Guidance to Local Authorities on the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions:
“2.1 Civil parking enforcement should contribute to the authority’s transport objectives. A good civil parking enforcement regime is one that uses quality-based standards that the public understands, and which are enforced fairly, accurately and expeditiously.”
As a layperson without any knowledge about local government policy, I am interested in a section in the Council’s Statement of Reasons for Traffic Order TO/18/07 (NORTH PARADE AND MEOLS PARADE, HOYLAKE AND MEOLS, PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND PLACES PARKING), as follows:
“…introduce paid parking to allow the Council to provide a fair and sustainable parking policy within the area.”
As an ordinary member of the public, I do not understand what the definition of a “fair and sustainable parking policy” is and as there is no other explanation within the Statement of Reasons or link to information about what defines a “fair and sustainable parking policy”, I am hoping an Information Officer can help by providing examples of fair and unfair parking policies.
To wit, in order for a policy to be deemed as ‘fair’ then there must be a benchmark deemed as ‘unfair’ to use as a guideline for ensuring ‘fair’ policy is delivered.
Unfortunately, laypeople like myself and I daresay the majority of the public, are not privy to the finer details local government policy delivery and although this may be difficult to explain, I would very much appreciate some guidance on how Wirral Council have deemed the Traffic Order I refer to earlier as having the desired attributes to be deemed as ‘fair’ parking policy. Are there a set of parameters or a scale of suitability that are referred to when deciding on delivering parking policy?
Thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter.
Dear NJT Lauro
Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request regarding the
definition of a “fair and reasonable parking policy”, In response Wirral
Council can comment as follows.
Parking charges have been proposed at a number of coastal locations around
the Borough. This is considered to be a ‘fair approach’ as it does not
just single out any one location. Many other similar locations in the UK
charge for car parking on their promenades. The proposed all day parking
tariff of £2 is considered to be a ‘fair cost’ as most similar locations
in Wales charge £4 or over. Should the proposals go ahead then any surplus
income from car parking charges will be used for expenditure on highway
maintenance ensuring the sustainability of the asset.
We trust this information is of interest to you.
Principal Information Management Officer
Business Management - Digital
Tel: 0151 691 8201
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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
Many thanks again for your help in obtaining a wider context to the policy.
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