Agenda and draft minutes
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It was reported that there had been two registrations to speak at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme, both on Agenda Item 4 (the Called-in Item).
Stephen Macey, a resident of Osbaldwick, stated that the source of the problem needed to be addressed; namely, the displacement of parking from the University, which was operating a pay to park arrangement contrary to its planning approvals.
Amy Reynolds, on behalf of residents of Cavendish Grove, expressed concerns about the lack of consultation on the parking restrictions, stating that they would just move the problem, have no impact on safety, and were the precursor to introducing Respark.
Written representations signed by 12 residents of Cavendish Grove objecting to the restrictions were received; these had been circulated to Members before the meeting.
To approve and sign the minutes of the two meetings held on 9 May 2022.
Resolved: (i) That the minutes of the meetings held on 9 May 2022 be approved, and signed by the Chair as a correct record, subject to an addition to the minutes of the second meeting to record that Cllr Baker left the meeting before the vote, and that 4 Members voted in favour of the approved proposal and 3 voted against it.
To consider the decisions made by the Executive Member for Transport on 17 May 2022 in relation to the above item, which have been called in by Councillors Warters, Doughty & Rowley in accordance with the Council’s Constitution at the time of the call-in.
A cover report is attached setting out the reasons for the call-in and the remit and powers of the Customer & Corporate Services Scrutiny Management Committee (Calling-In) in relation to the call-in, together with the original report and relevant annexes, and the decisions of the Executive Member.
Members considered a report which set out the reasons for the call-in of the decisions made by Executive Member for Transport on 17 May 2022 in respect of the above matter, along with the Committee’s remit and powers in relation to the call-in.
The decisions were contained in the extract from the relevant Decision Sheet at Annex A to the report. The original report to the Executive Member Decision Session was attached as Annex B, The decisions had been called in by Cllrs Doughty, Rowley and Warters for the following reasons:
· “The decision fails to respect the views of the majority of respondents to the ‘consultation’ and therefore once again brings the term ‘consultation’ into disrepute by CYC.
· The decision seeks to impose double yellow lines onto sections of carriageway that are already covered by Highway Code obstructive parking that is adequately covered and can already be enforced by NYP who work closely with the Parish Council and Ward Councillors already.
· As residents have already pointed out after the webcast of the decision session the double yellow lines as passed by the Executive Member will make the parking situation worse for them.
· The reason advanced for introducing such restrictions is supposedly ‘safety’ and yet the restrictions as passed by the Executive Member clearly fail to address the problem of University related parking, which if parked where it should be would remove the need for any restrictions, fail to address genuine safety concerns further down Tranby Av which will likely be made worse by this imposition as parking is just moved.
· Passing of the double yellow line restrictions by the Executive Member so soon after Scrutiny was assured that CYC would be engaging with York University to seek solutions to the problem of University related parking is an admission that the Executive Member and Highway regulation staff have no faith in that initiative and have previously misled Scrutiny as to the likely effectiveness and/or sincerity of those involved in promoting such an approach.
· There was absolutely no consideration throughout this process of the use of single yellow lines for example with parking restrictions imposed from 9.00 am to 5.00pm which would effectively stop the long term dumping of University and school related parking whilst inconveniencing residents the minimum.
· The whole process has degenerated into a face saving exercise for highways officers to daub useless double yellow lines to carry on the long term aim of not solving the University related parking chaos the very same staff and Executive Member have deliberately transferred into Osbaldwick and Murton and to create as much disruption as possible in furtherance of pursuing Respark expansion - this is not how a responsible Local Authority Highways function should operate.
· As call in Members who have followed this process closely and the many other traffic related matters under the Executive Member’s portfolio these last three years we have no confidence in the ability of the Executive Member to reach impartial decisions on matters like this and see this ... view the full minutes text for item 4.