Cheltenham West Parking Review - Lansdown Zone Decision Information

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Dear Gloucestershire County Council,

I write regarding the Cheltenham West Parking Review.

Background:

Following surveys and informal consultations, a Proposed Traffic Regulation Order, Ref JKS/60327, was issued for formal consultation by Gloucestershire County Council (GCC). This proposed £1 an hour pay-and-display (P&D) limited to 4 to 6 hours and residents parking across the Lansdown Zone to address the issue of severe congestion due to commuter parking.

Following this formal consultation, the statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) published at https://gloucestershire-consult.objectiv... announced the decision had been taken to implement the scheme but with less restrictive all-day P&D limits and £4/day capped charges, to take into account commuter concerns, without further consultation with residents and without referral to the Traffic Regulation Committee.

In order to understand this decision, please may I request the following information:

1. Minutes or records of all meetings/correspondence where the decision was debated and/or decided "To implement the schemes with changes to make it less restrictive to address comments received during the consultation period" (item ii) versus "To implement the schemes in full" (item i) (See Page 57 of the TRO).

2. All correspondence and records of meetings/discussions relating to the decision to not refer the scheme to the Traffic Regulation Committee (See para K17 of the TRO).

3. All correspondence and records of meetings/discussions relating to the decision "to allow managed commuter parking in those roads that have capacity to accommodate it" (See para K8 of TRO). Note: It appears the roads selected - as per the second bullet on page 57 of the TRO - were Lansdown Crescent, Lansdown Parade, Malvern Place, Douro Road [Lansdown Crescent to Malvern Place] and Malvern Road [Lansdown Crescent to Christchurch Road].

4. Relating to 3 above, copies of the assessment methodology and data set(s) used to select “those roads that have capacity to accommodate it” together with all correspondence relating to setting of this task and its findings/interpretation.

5. All correspondence between and records of discussions with Cheltenham Ladies College (CLC) relating to the Parking Review. (See page 54 of the TRO)

6. All correspondence between commuter respondents originating from CLC (See para K8 of TRO).

7. The number of commuter respondents originating from CLC which were recorded as negative to the scheme.

8. All correspondence and records of meetings/discussions, during and following the formal consultation, which related to accommodating or addressing the concerns of commuters (or employers of those commuters) who park in the Lansdown Zone.

Yours faithfully,

M Smith

Gloucestershire CC, Gloucestershire County Council

Information request
Our reference: 4519766

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Dear ‎Sir/Madam‏
 
Request for Information (Reference: 4519766)
 
Thank you for your request for information, received on 7 December 2016.
 
Request summary:
I write regarding the Cheltenham West Parking Review.
Background:
Following surveys and informal consultations, a Proposed Traffic
Regulation Order, Ref JKS/60327, was issued for formal consultation by
Gloucestershire County Council (GCC). This proposed £1 an hour
pay-and-display (P&D) limited to 4 to 6 hours and residents parking across
the Lansdown Zone to address the issue of severe congestion due to
commuter parking.
Following this formal consultation, the statutory Traffic Regulation Order
(TRO) published at
https://gloucestershire-consult.objectiv...
announced the decision had been taken to implement the scheme but with
less restrictive all-day P&D limits and £4/day capped charges, to take
into account commuter concerns, without further consultation with
residents and without referral to the Traffic Regulation Committee.
In order to understand this decision, please may I request the following
information:
1. Minutes or records of all meetings/correspondence where the decision
was debated and/or decided "To implement the schemes with changes to make
it less restrictive to address comments received during the consultation
period" (item ii) versus "To implement the schemes in full" (item i) (See
Page 57 of the TRO).
2. All correspondence and records of meetings/discussions relating to the
decision to not refer the scheme to the Traffic Regulation Committee (See
para K17 of the TRO).
3. All correspondence and records of meetings/discussions relating to the
decision "to allow managed commuter parking in those roads that have
capacity to accommodate it" (See para K8 of TRO). Note: It appears the
roads selected - as per the second bullet on page 57 of the TRO - were
Lansdown Crescent, Lansdown Parade, Malvern Place, Douro Road [Lansdown
Crescent to Malvern Place] and Malvern Road [Lansdown Crescent to
Christchurch Road].
4. Relating to 3 above, copies of the assessment methodology and data
set(s) used to select 'those roads that have capacity to accommodate it'
together with all correspondence relating to setting of this task and its
findings/interpretation.
5. All correspondence between and records of discussions with Cheltenham
Ladies College (CLC) relating to the Parking Review. (See page 54 of the
TRO)
6. All correspondence between commuter respondents originating from CLC
(See para K8 of TRO).
7. The number of commuter respondents originating from CLC which were
recorded as negative to the scheme.
8. All correspondence and records of meetings/discussions, during and
following the formal consultation, which related to accommodating or
addressing the concerns of commuters (or employers of those commuters) who
park in the Lansdown Zone.
 
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Neil Downing
Request Co-ordinator
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01452 324000

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 7 December 2016.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours faithfully
Elizabeth Varley
Information Officer
Information Management Service

01452 324000

 
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Dear Gloucestershire CC,

Thank you very much for the information provided to date. May I please request an internal review regarding my fourth question?

I requested copies of the assessment methodology and data set(s) used to decide why "Lansdown Crescent, Lansdown Parade, Malvern Place, Douro Road [Lansdown Crescent to Malvern Place] and Malvern Road [Lansdown Crescent to Christchurch Road]" (page 57 of the TRO) were chosen as roads that were deemed to have "capacity to accommodate" managed commuter parking (para K8 of TRO). As identified in your previous response, this appears to have been one of the "significant concessions made for commuters" (LCM notes 5 Sep 16).

In answering my question, you kindly provided a presentation in PDF format from your website at https://gloucestershire-consult.objectiv... as the data used to make this decision. However, it is difficult to understand from this PDF linked how specific roads were chosen. Indeed, this PDF document shows Lansdown roads in general at 100% capacity in the AM and 95% capacity in the PM.

I would like to be provided with the underlying data set used to build the PDF presentation linked and the criteria used on this data which led to the roads above being identified as having capacity to accommodate managed commuter parking. I believe this is within the scope of my original request.

Many thanks,

M Smith

Gloucestershire CC, Gloucestershire County Council

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Thank you for your request for a review received on 31 January 2017. I am
sorry that you are dissatisfied with our attempts to handle your request
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
I can confirm that we are considering your concerns and we will aim to
respond to your request no later than midnight on 28 February 2017.
 
Yours faithfully
Neil Downing
Request Co-ordinator
Information Management Service

01452 324000

 
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Dear Sir/Madam
 
We are continuing to work on the review of our response to your Freedom of
Information request.
We will inform you of the outcome of the review as soon as possible, but
certainly by 28th March 2017. This is in line with Gloucestershire County
Council's Information Compliance Complaints Procedure (see link).
[1]Information Compliance Complaints Procedure (2012) (PDF, 90.3 KB) .

Yours faithfully,
Elizabeth Varley
Information Officer
Information Management Service

01452 324000

 
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Dear Sir/Madam,

Please find attached my response to your request for a review.
Yours faithfully
Teresa Wilmshurst

01452 324000