Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the meeting held on 16 September 2014 be approved.

2.

Absence of Members

    Minutes:

    There none.

3.

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Non Pecuniary Interests

    Minutes:

    In relation to Item 8, Parking Policy at Council meeting on 15 July there were a number of dispensations for Members agreed in order to allow to them to fully participate in certain matters where otherwise they may have a DPI (Disclosable Pecuniary Interest); one of the dispensations agreed related to matters to do with ‘an allowance, travelling expense, payment or indemnity’ and as such made it possible for Members to fully participate on this item. It was recommended and agreed that the general dispensation applies until the next election.

     

    Councillor

    Agenda Item

    Nature of Interest

    Dean Cohen

    8- Parking Policy

    Non-Pecuniary as Councillor Cohen holds a residents parking permit.

    7 - Business Planning

    Non-discloasable pecuniary interest as he was in negotiations with a lighting company.

    Brian Salinger

    8 - Parking Policy

     

    Pecuniary as Councillor Salinger holds a Members parking permit.

     

    John Hart

    Pecuniary as Councillor John Hart holds a Members parking permit.

    Joan Scannell

    Pecuniary as Councillor Scannell holds a Members parking permit.

    Maureen Braun

     

    Pecuniary as Councillor Braun holds a Members parking permit.

     

4.

Report of the Monitoring Officer (if any)

    Minutes:

    There was none.

5.

Public Questions and Comments (if any) pdf icon PDF 52 KB

    Minutes:

    Details of the questions asked of, and the answers given by the Chairman were circulated and published on the Council’s website prior to the meeting.  Verbal responses were given to supplementary questions asked at the meeting.

     

    Public comments were received from Ms AM Poppy and Mr Derek Dishman.

     

6.

Members' Items (if any) pdf icon PDF 123 KB

    Minutes:

    Christmas Free Parking

     

    Following consideration the Member’s item in the name of Councillor Dean Cohen.

     

    Councillor Farrier, seconded by Councillor Alan Schneiderman moved that the proposal that free parking be available all weekends in December instead of the 3 proposed by Councillor Cohen. Upon this being put this was declared lost.

     

    In favour

    5

    Opposed

    6

    Abstain

    0

     

    The Committee agreed that the variation as tabled but further added that it now be put in place for this and the next 3 years.

     

    RESOLVED - That the Environment Committee recommend to the Policy and Resources Committee on 2 December 2014 a temporary variation to Parking Fees and Charges to enable free parking in Barnet’s town centres for the three weekends before Christmas for this and the next three years.

     

    In favour

    11

    Opposed

    0

    Abstain

    0

     

7.

Business Planning pdf icon PDF 209 KB

8.

Parking Policy pdf icon PDF 188 KB

    • View the background to item 8.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Commercial and Customer Services Director introduced the report.

     

    Following discussion and consideration of the item;

     

    Councillor Schneiderman, seconded by Councillor Dr. Devra Kay moved the following amendments to the draft parking policy;

     

     

    1.            Section 4.1.3 - Short stay parking, page 213 (penultimate paragraph) Add at end: “In order to build on this, a minimum of 30 minutes free parking will be introduced in all of Barnet’s town centres”.

     

    Full paragraph to read:

    In some areas, the Council has provided limited stay free parking which has a maximum stay period and a “no?return” period. These measures, primarily introduced near smaller local parades of shops, were introduced to encourage increased patronage and a regular turnover of parked vehicles.  In order to build on this, a minimum of 30 minutes free parking will be introduced in all of Barnet’s town centres.

     

    The amendment was put to the vote. Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    In favour

    5

    Against

    6

    Abstentions

    0

     

    The amendment was declared lost.

     

     

    2.            Section 4.2.1 - Legal standpoint, page 213 (second paragraph under bullet points).  After “card, disc, token”, add “cash”.  After “other payment methods” add “including the planned adaption of parking meters to take cash”.

     

    Full paragraph to read:

     

    The legislation provides for payment to be made via a parking meter or pay and display machine, or be indicated by a card, disc, token, cash or similar. It also allows for the issue of permits. In recent years, it has been acknowledged that payment for parking and permits with or without display of a ticket, permit or parking device, is also possible via mobile phone other digital communication device or via the internet, which has resulted in many local authorities, including Barnet, utilising pay by phone and other payment methods, including the planned adaptation of parking meters to take cash.

     

    The amendment was put to the vote. Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    In favour

    5

    Against

    6

    Abstentions

    0

     

    The amendment was declared lost.

     

     

     

     

    3.            Section 4.2.2 How the Council Sets Parking Charges (page 214).  Delete the whole of the third paragraph that begins “A number of options were rejected”.  Replace with:

     

    It is noted that a flat rate option was the most popular method of charging for parking permits.  It is also noted that there was significant support for reducing air pollution.  Further work should be done on analysing charging systems that have successfully worked in other councils.  In order to ensure that the costs imposed on residents are fair, any change in the permit charging system must be considered alongside the proposed charges themselves.

     

    The amendment was put to the vote. Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    In favour

    5

    Against

    6

    Abstentions

    0

     

    The amendment was declared lost.

     

     

    4.            Section 6.9 Parking Controls, Short stay pay by phone parking schemes (page 221).  Delete “pay by phone” from heading and in the first sentence change: “in some cases”to “in all cases”

     

    Full paragraph to read:

     

    Short stay parking schemes

     

    This is paid parking used  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Committee Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 116 KB

10.

Any item(s) that the Chairman decides is urgent

    Minutes:

    There were none.