Chairman reminded the Committee that there were two urgent updates
relating to this item.
Egerton, Strategic Planning Manager, presented this item to the
highlighted to the Committee that this report had two fundamental
elements. The first element brought together the findings of the
tri-study and the Park and Ride operational review. The second
element set out a series of Officer-led proposals relating to the
response to a question from the Committee, Mr Jeff Kitson, Parking
Services Manager, replied that car parking charges could be changed
at any time throughout the year, as long as the correct
consultation process was carried out and any objections formally
Committee requested that a separate report setting out proposed car
parking charges be brought to the Committee at the same time as the
Innovation in Car Parks report was due to be considered in February
Committee raised the following concerns about Park and
·The service provided poor value for money and
therefore a seven year contract would not be practical;
·No suitable alternative modes of sustainable
transport had been provided;
·If the Park and Ride was closed down now there would
be nothing to replace it;
·The current form of Park and Ride was not being well
utilised and therefore the required benefits were not
·In the Maidstone Borough Local Plan, Park and Ride
was included as a mode of sustainable transport and if it were to
close down problems could arise when the Local Plan was reviewed;
·The locations of the Park and Ride sites were not
easily accessible from all areas of the Borough.
Committee agreed that Option 4, which included the extension of the
current contract for one year, increasing the duration of the
service to 7 p.m. and the introduction of a pay to park charging
structure, was the best option, provided that costs be reduced by
retaining the existing 20 minute bus frequency. The Committee
therefore decided against increasing the bus frequency to every 15
minutes as this would amount to an extra cost of £153,380 for
the year. Also, the summary of the most recent Park and Ride
improvement survey (found at Appendix 2) showed that 56.4% of those
that responded to the survey thought that buses should depart every
20 minutes in each direction throughout the day.
Committee requested that a report be presented back to the
Committee by October 2018 with data of peak usage so that Members
could review the new service and make an informed decision on
whether to keep Park and Ride after the one year extension had been
completed. The Committee also requested that alternative
sustainable transport options be considered and presented to the
Committee by October 2018.
response to a question from the Committee, Ms Georgia Hawkes, the
Head of Commissioning and Business Improvement, clarified that the
pay to park charge would be £2.50 per car (the detail of
which could be found in paragraph 2.19 of the report).
1.That the tri-study report be agreed for
2.That improvements and potential investment into
Maidstone bus station be investigated.
3.That the matter of revising car park charges be held
until the innovation of car parks is reviewed next
4.That option 4 be accepted
with the difference that the frequency of buses remains at 20
5.That a full report be brought to this Committee by
October 2018 which sets out the alternative sustainable transport
options and which measures the success or otherwise of park and
ride based on peak usage.
Voting:For – 5 Against – 4 Abstentions –
6.That the pay to park charging structure for the park
and ride be agreed.