Vale’s new parking policy is revealed | News

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

– Local People

by Matt DiscombeGEM Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to charge people to park on-street in town centres in the Vale have been dropped.

The council is still planning to introduce charges for car parks in Barry and Cowbridge and many of the Vale’s coastal resorts – but previous plans for on-street parking in the region’s town centres have been dropped following public opposition.

Parking in town centres would remain free of charge for the first two hours and on Sundays – but new charges would be introduced outside these times.

Car park charges are proposed all year around for Barry Island, Ogmore-by-Sea and Southerndown with parking free before 8am with reduced tariffs after 4pm. On-street parking charges would also be applied at the resorts of Barry Island and Penarth Esplanade.

Parking charges would also be applied at the coastal car parks of Barry’s Cold Knap, Cwm Col Huw in Llantwit Major and at Penarth’s Cliff Walk. These new charges will for 2019-20 only apply during the summer season. Charges of between £1 and £3 would be introduced to Cosmeston Lakes and Porthkerry Country Parks between 8am and 6pm.

Permits of between six and 12 months would be available for town centre car parks and reduced price annual passes would be available at Cosmeston and Porthkerry and all resort and coastal car parks. Parking for cars displaying a blue badge would remain free of charge in all areas.

Charges for some Llantwit Major car parks are to be put on hold pending discussions with Llantwit Major Town Council.

The plans to introduce the new parking charges, drawn up by the council and private firm Capita, were overwhelmingly opposed during a consultation. There are proposed charges for short stay and long stay car parks.

Short stay car parks at Kendrick Road, Thompson Street and Wyndham Street, Barry, The Butts, Town Hall Square and Southgate, Cowbridge: Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm up to two hours free, up to three hours £1, up to four hours £2, up to five hours £5 and all day £6. Annual permits would be £160 for six months and £300 for 12 months.

The long stay car park at Court Road multi storey, Barry: Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm up to two hours free, up to three hours £1, up to four hours £2, up to five hours £4 and all day £5. Annual permits would be £80 for six months and £150 for 12 months.

Resort car parks will be up to one hour £1, more than one hour £6. From 4.01pm to 11pm up to one hour £1, more than one hour £3. Annual permits for each car park would be £300.

Coastal car parks at Barry (Cold Knap and Bron y Mor), Llantwit Major Cwm Colhuw, Penarth Cliff Walk. Summer charges (all week between 8am and 8pm) up to one hour £1 and all day £3 with a £12 charge for buses and coaches. Winter (November to February) no charge.

Country Parks car parks at Cosmeston and Porthkerry up to two hours parking for £1 and all day set at £3 with bus/coach parking at £10 all day. Charges would be all year around between 8am to 6pm seven days per week. Annual permits would be £75 per car park.

On-street parking: No charges proposed for town centres in 2019-20. Charges are proposed at Penarth Esplanade and Barry Island all year around, seven days a week. Up to two hours £2, up to three hours £4, up to four hours £6, up to five hours £8 and all day £10. Charges in the winter for Penarth Esplanade would be half the summer charge.

How would the charges be enforced? The Vale Council is proposing to set up an in-house parking and environmental enforcement team, taking over from current provider 3GS. Solar-powered pay and display machines – with coins and contactless options – are also proposed.

Charges will apply for resident parking permits. One permit would be £10 per year, two permits would be an additional £20, three permits would be an additional £30, with fees increasing proportionately with the number of permits. There would be no limit to the number of permits a household can purchase.

But there would be a limit of one short term visitor permit per home per year – which would cost £20. More than 65 per cent of people who responded either disagreed or strongly disagreed with the aims of the parking policy, while the majority opposed the new charges.

Up to 90 per cent either disagreed or strongly disagreed with the now-dropped proposals for on-street charges in town centres. The parking policy was approved by the Vale Council cabinet on Monday, March 18 and it is likely the proposed charges will come into effect later in 2019.

A spokesman for the council said: “Maintaining the Vale’s car parks costs the council upwards of £300,000 each year and this does not include the costs of managing the resorts they support. As was widely acknowledged during the debate on the council’s budget for 2019-20 we have no alternative but to seek to raise additional income if we wish to continue to provide the services that we know our residents want and which bring visitors to the Vale.

“We have listened carefully to the views shared during the consultation and the policy proposed differs significantly from that proposed by Capita. Parking will be free for two hours in all town centre car parks and town centre on-street parking will incur no charge at all. We have done all we can to ensure these charges do not penalise local residents and where new charges are being proposed we have ensured these will be competitive with neighbouring local authority areas.

“The new measures for residents’ parking permits will also ensure that where spaces are at a premium, local residents can ensure they have preference for a very reasonable cost, with no restriction on the number of permits that each household can apply for.”

Matt Discombe,

local democracy reporter

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