Mrs Tay Arnold,
Planning Projects and Delivery Manager, introduced the
report. Mrs Arnold stated that there
were a number of options to be considered for the future of the
Park and Ride service. If an affordable
alternative was not made available, there would be a significant
impact on a variety of users, such as those on minimum wage
contracts. Mrs Arnold explained that a
survey had taken place, and this showed that many users would use
alternative forms of transport to reach the town centre if the
service was ceased. This would impact
upon air quality.
Councillors Daley and
McKay addressed the Committee as Visiting Members.
Mr Cornall explained
to the Committee that alternative options had been explored,
however, no alternatives had been identified that would offer an
improved level of uptake or subsidy per user.
·The current Park and Ride contract had been extended
twice. This was designed to allow time
to explore available options for the continuation of the service in
a viable form.
·All options needed to be considered, so that the
possibility of a competitive and efficient service was fully
·Alternative sustainable transport options needed to
be viewed as a package. If these were
viewed individually, the alternatives would not have enough impact
to replace the Park and Ride service.
·It was crucial to investigate what the market could
provide before defining how the service was to be
·Careful consideration needed to be given to how the
car parks could be put to sensible economic use.
·The prevalence of car parking in the town centre
undermined an objective of the Park and Ride service; reducing the
number of cars in the town centre.
·That any action undertaken with delegated authority
should be carried out in consultation with the Chairman and
Vice-Chairman of the Strategic Planning, Sustainability and
1.The pay to park service is closed on 31 May
2.The sites at Willington Street and London Road are
retained for a use to honour the commitments made in the Local Plan
and Integrated Transport Strategy.
3.A continuation of service from both sites is
facilitated in conjunction with commercial operators, with regard
to a competitive solution for the best utilisation of the car
4.Further investigation of additional multi-modal
services is continued.
5.The Director of Regeneration and Place uses his
delegated authority in consultation with the Chairman and
Vice-Chairman of the SPST Committee to implement the
recommendations of the Committee.