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Decision details

Consideration of Changes to the City Centre Traffic Regulation Order

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

Purpose of Report: This report considers the current temporary arrangements for the City Centre footstreets introduced as part of One Year Covid Transport and Place Strategy. It will set out the outcomes of the statutory consultation on amending the future Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) of the foot streets. The report will consider mitigation of impacts should Executive determine to amend the future TRO. In addition to the above the report will give the context for this decision with the results of the wider consultations with residents businesses and stakeholders, the risks of pedestrian and vehicle conflict, counter terrorism measures and the duty to protect, delivering wider city strategies and protecting the economy, and duties under equalities legislation.


The Executive will be asked to make a decision on the future TRO arrangements for the City Centre.

Decision:

Resolved:  Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) and Future Blue Badge Access to Footstreets

 

(i)      That the responses to the statutory consultation on the removal of blue badge exemptions permitting access to footstreets during pedestrianised hours be noted.

 

Reason:     To recognise the statutory consultation process as part of decision making.

 

(ii)      That the impact of the proposals on Blue Badge holders and the disabled community, as identified through the statutory consultation and the wider engagement work the council has undertaken, be taken into account, noting that some members of this community have made clear that removal of the exemption will remove their ability to access the footstreets, as set out and duly considered within the Equalities Impact Assessment at Annex AA to the report.

 

Reason:     To recognise the Council’s duties under the Equalities Act and Human Rights Act and to ensure that the Council strikes the a proportionate balance between the rights of individuals and the interests of the community and to have due regard to the impacts that the proposals will have on some members of a community with a protected characteristic.

 

(iii)     That, having considered (i) and (ii) above, officers’ recommendation to remove the exemption on vehicles displaying a Blue Badge from accessing Blake Street, Church Street, Colliergate, Goodramgate between Deangate and Church Street, King’s Square, Lendal, St Andrewgate between its junction with King’s Square and a point 50 metres north east and St Helen’s Square during the pedestrian hours be accepted and approved.

 

(iv)    That all remaining vehicle access exemptions, such as bullion vehicles, be reviewed to explore how they can be removed or discouraged to protect the integrity of the counter-terrorism measures, and that a report be brought back on a date to be agreed with the Executive Member for Transport, to ensure that the police advice is followed in full.

 

Reason:     To protect more of the footstreets from the risk of a terrorist attack, recognising the responsibilities of the council in relation to the European Convention of Human Rights Article 2, The Right to Life - this article places a positive duty on the state to protect life whilst considering the council’s Equalities Duty.

 

(v)     That, having considered (i) and (ii) above, officers’ recommendation not to proceed with a permanent change to remove blue badge access to Castlegate at this stage be accepted and approved.

 

Reason:     The case for change at Castlegate is presented in the Castle Gateway Masterplan.  Any proposals for this location need to be considered once a delivery and phasing plan for the Castle Gateway project is approved.

 

(vi)    That the additional Blue Badge parking that formed part of the statutory consultation be implemented, with the exception of the two bays on St Andrewgate nearest to its junction with Bartle Garth.

 

Reason:     Recognising the consultation comments relating to St Andrewgate, and because the bays nearest to the junction with Bartle Garth cause an obstruction to vehicles and cycles as well as hindering access in/out of a private drive.

 

(vii)    That, should the Active Travel Fund bid to Improve Disabled Access Routes into and around the city centre (including improved paving and dropped kerbs) be unsuccessful, authority be delegated to the Executive Member for Transport to reprioritise existing transport funding of £250,000, to ensure that this key element of the action plan in the Strategic Review of City Centre Access is delivered.

 

Reason:     Recognising the impact that removing the exemption on vehicles displaying a blue badge from accessing the pedestrian area will have on the disabled community.  Implementing these measures will improve access to the city centre.

 

(viii)   That businesses be informed of, and given the option to comment on, the permanent HVM plans and specific barrier placements before these are brought to Executive for approval.

 

Reason:     To enable businesses affected by the proposals to have an input.

 

Permanent Footstreet Hours

 

(ix)    That a statutory consultation be commenced on a permanent change to footstreet hours, to be from 10:30 am to 7:00pm.

 

Reason:     To give effect to the My City Centre Vision, which has an aspiration for long-term footstreet hours that run until 7pm, which was supported in the My City Centre consultation.

 

Covid Response Recommendations

 

(x)     That it be agreed that Blue Badge access and parking will continue to be suspended on Castlegate until the end of September 2022, at which point Blue Badge exemptions to allow access will return and existing pavement café licenses granted to parklets on the street will not be renewed.

 

(xi)    That a further temporary extension of footstreet hours to 8:00 pm be approved through to the end of the calendar year.

 

Reason:     To extend the existing footstreet hours in line with Christmas Markets.

 

(xii)    That a further temporary extension of footstreet pedestrian hours to 7:00pm be approved from January 2022 through to the end of September 2022, in line with the government’s legislation for pavement café licenses, and that pavement café licenses be rescinded and re-issued with an amended finish of 8:00 pm instead of 7:00 pm.

 

Reason:     Extending the existing footstreet hours in line with the government extension for pavement cafés will allow the temporary pavement café licences that have been awarded to continue, and amending the time to match the proposed permanent change to footstreet hours avoids confusion.

Report author: Dave Atkinson

Publication date: 19/11/2021

Date of decision: 18/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 18/11/2021 - Executive

Effective from: 23/11/2021

Accompanying Documents:

 

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