- Meeting of Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport, Thursday, 7th February, 2019 2.00 pm (Item 69.)
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It was reported that there had been 8 registrations to speak under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.
Caroline Lewis spoke in relation to item 4 (Introduction of Anti-Idling Measures)on behalf of Clean Air York. She expressed her support for the proposals and stressed the need to do more to educate the public about the polluting effects of idling of stationary vehicles, including undertaking work in schools. She asked that anti-idling signs be clear and easily visible so they are not missed.
John McGall also spoke in relation to item 4 (Introduction of Anti-Idling Measures)on behalf of “I am Reusable, a business which aims to promote the use of reusable products to reduce waste. He advised the Executive Members that they now offered car stickers for sale. These had the caption ‘Idle Free’ and showed a symbol of a car with the words ‘Turn Engine Off’ underneath, as a reminder to people to turn their engines off when stationary. These were now available to purchase in city shops at a small cost. He asked the Executive Members to support the scheme.
Councillor Craghill, Ward Member for Guildhall, had registered to speak in relation to two items. In relation to item 4 (Introduction of Anti Idling Measures) she welcomed the plan to enforce anti idling for all vehicles in York and offered her support for the combination of awareness raising and enforcement, but questioned whether the approach was adequately resourced. She asked that St Saviourgate taxi rank, Duncombe Place taxi rank, Portland Street and Claremont Terrace off Gillygate and the area around Park Grove School be added to the list of identified idling hotspots for investigation. With regard to item 7 (Petition – St John Street), she expressed her broad support for option 3, as recommended, but asked for assurances from officers that the road narrowing work was on track to be completed within the next month or so. She also welcomed the commitment to consider a ‘no entry except for cyclists’ restriction at the St John Street /Newbiggen Street junction in future if necessary and felt this could be a positive solution if further action was needed to prevent large vehicles cutting through the street.
Councillor D’Agorne, Ward Member for Fishergate, had registered to speak in relation to 3 items. With regard to item 4 (Introduction of Anti Idling Measures) he stressed the need to focus on raising awareness of the effects of idling and that the work should be extended to include schools and other areas in addition to those identified in the report, while promoting the view of sustainable travel. With regard to item 5 (consideration of results from additional consultation at Fulford Cross), he supported the proposals as set out in the report and asked that the Fulford Cross Residents Parking Scheme be moved forward at the same time as the Danesmead Estate Scheme. In relation to item 8 (consideration of requests for residents parking schemes) he expressed his support for the addition of part of Alma Terrace and Alma Grove to the Residents Parking Scheme Waiting List.
Councillor Warters addressed the Executive Member in relation to agenda item 6 (Osbaldwick 20mph speed limit). He conveyed his support for option 3 to extend the 20mph zone in Osbaldwick to include the bus route, which he felt would maximise the amount of street clutter which could be removed. He asked officers to look at Bad Bargain Lane and asked that all the signs come down off the side streets like Meadlands. He thanked officers for the production of an appraisal document of all the street clutter in Osbaldwick. He noted the costs involved in the removal of poles and signs in Osbaldwick and offered his own time to help with the removal to reduce costs.
Lucie Wake, a local resident, spoke in relation to the request for residents parking on Slingsby Grove, off Tadcaster Road (agenda item 8 – residents parking requests). She expressed concern that the map attached as annex H to the report showed the inclusion of the shops on Tadcaster Road in the area proposed for residents parking but advised that them main problem stemmed from parking associated with these businesses, and flats above them, at the Tadcaster Road end of the street stating that if these were included in the scheme, the problem would not go away.
Robert Purnell and Richard Bowen, both residents of Farrar Street, addressed the Executive Member in relation to the request for residents parking on Farrar Street (agenda item 8 – residents parking requests).
Mr Purnell read out statements from two of his neighbours, one who stated that the street was used for parking by shoppers and city centre workers and residents cars had been damaged, and another, an elderly resident, who expressed concerns that her family and carers would not be able to park near her home if the situation did not improve. Mr Purnell also expressed his own concerns about not being able to park on the street.
Mr Bowen read a letter from another neighbour stating that the traffic had got worse and the street was used for parking by non residents going into town as this was one of very few areas only 10 minutes from the city walls where parking remained unrestricted. Residents cars had be subjected to damage from other vehicles. He stated that changes in demographics and increased demand for on street parking had put increased pressure on Farrar Street. He advised that there was new student accommodation nearby, new flats being developed, increased contractor parking and a requirement for parking for shops nearby. He felt that residents only parking would reduce vehicle movements and improve safety and air quality in the street.