Vehicular Management Within Accrington Town Centre
The Deputy Leader of the Council (Councillor Paul Cox) submitted a report to inform Cabinet of the arrangements for vehicular management to the Accrington Market Hall Service Yard, Broadway and the new Town Square and seek approval to utilise Automatic Number Plate Recognition, (ANPR) cameras.
Members were requested to consider the Privacy Impact Assessment appended to the report prior to taking a decision in respect of the recommendations attached to the report.
Councillor Dobson referred to 3.9 of the report and expressed concern that the proposed adoption of Council regulations could inhibit deliveries for some shops.
Approval of the report was not deemed a key decision.
Reasons for Decision
The area between the Market Hall and Town Hall is the vehicle access for servicing the Open Market, the Market Hall, the shops on Broadway that back on to the yard and the shops that form part of the Accrington Market Square.
As part of the Broadway development in 2004/05, the Council and the then owners of the Town Hall extension building entered into a Deed of Grant for the area, known as the South Service Yard. This provided for the Service Yard to be just that and for the area not to be used as a car park. The Deed of Grant was dated 26th May 2005. As part of this agreement, there is a loading/unloading policy in line with the terms of the leases issued to both Broadway and Market tenants.
The new paving from the Town Square and the provision of four loading/unloading spaces allocated to Lancashire Police has greatly reduced the number of spaces available for Broadway and Market tenants to use. This is causing difficulties for the tenants in servicing their businesses as there is insufficient availability.
ES Parking Solutions already operate a number of ANPR cameras for other organisations, the nearest being the Arndale Car Park. The company is registered as an International Parking Community (IPC) Accredited Contractor, and member of the Safe Contractors Scheme.
The current method of enforcement involves officers patrolling the different locations. However, this does not deal with the number of vehicles that access the Service Yard, Broadway and the area in front of the Market Hall on the new Town Square out of hours i.e. late night when officers do not patrol. The installation of ANPR cameras linked to a parking charge notice enforcement system would make the process more effective, and greatly improve vehicle management of the areas.
ES Parking Solutions have offered to provide ANPR camera/s and ongoing costs at zero cost to the Council. They are also providing all permits, clear wallets and signage free of charge.
Business owners and marker traders with access the service yard and Broadway will be informed prior to ANPR cameras going live in February 2019 and all old permits and agreements will be withdrawn. New loading/unloading permits will be issued, together with the installation of new signage to inform drivers.
Alternative Options Considered and Reasons for Rejection
Terminating and/or not amending the existing agreement with ES Parking Solutions could result in abuse of, Broadway, the Council’s land directly in front of the Market Hall and the Market Hall Service Yard. It is highly likely it would also lead to congestion, indiscriminate parking, danger to staff/members of the public and breach of covenant included in the Deed of Grant relating to other users of the Service Yard.
The parking enforcement contractor cannot provide foot patrols to every area 24/7 and there are genuine Health and Safety concerns in deploying lone workers late at night to issue tickets.
Resolved (1) That authority be delegated to the Executive Director (Environmental Services) in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for the Environment to agree appropriate terms (including data sharing and data protection arrangements) and amend the current agreement with ES Parking Solutions for the Market Hall Service Yard, to include Broadway and the Council’s land directly in front of the Market Hall on the new town square as shown edged in blue on the attached Vehicular Management Plan;
(2) That existing officer patrols be supplemented with the addition of ANPR cameras where possible on the Market Service Yard, Broadway and in front of the Market Hall to reduce vehicle access/authorised parking; and
(3) That loading/unloading regulations for the Market Hall Service Yard be adopted, as set out in the report and authority be delegated to the Executive Director (Environmental Services) in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder to make any future amendments to the same.
The following items were submitted as urgent business with the Chair’s agreement in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the reason being to ensure the latest up to date financial information was included in the reports.
- Vehicular Management within Accrington Town Centre, item 294. PDF 102 KB
- Vehicular Management Plan, item 294. PDF 177 KB
- PIA ANPR Cameras in Accrongton Town Centre, item 294. PDF 300 KB