- Meeting of Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport, Thursday, 20 June 2019 4.00 pm (Item 3.)
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It was reported that there had been four registrations to speak at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.
The first speaker, Sarah Costello, attended the meeting with Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward Councillor, Councillor Fenton, and another local resident to present a petition. This had been collected by the Revival Residents Association calling for a residents parking scheme to be implemented on the Revival Estate (off the Askham Bar Roundabout on the Former York College Site) and for the speed limit on the estate to be lowered from 30mph to 20 mph. She explained that the estate had seen an increase in traffic and parking by students attending the college. Damage to vehicles and reckless driving had been witnessed and residents had experienced problems accessing their properties and there was a concern regarding access for emergency vehicles. She advised that an estate parking group had been formed which had consulted ward councillors, York College and undertaken an opinion survey of residents. She handed over the results of this survey and suggested that, as the majority of problems were due to parking by students, the problem could be addressed by a scheme running weekdays 10am to 3pm during school term times only. The Executive Member advised that the petition would be added to waiting list and would be dealt with in line with the normal process for requests for ResPark schemes detailed at page 35 of the agenda and that the speed limit issue would be dealt with under a separate report.
The following three speakers all spoke in relation to the only agenda item – Consideration of Objections to an advertised proposal to introduce a Residents Priority Parking Area on the Danesmead Estate. The Executive Member clarified that the proposals being considered at this meeting were in relation to the Danemead Estate only and not Fulford Cross which would be moved forward once issues with education land had been resolved.
Mr Keir Brown, Community Relations Mandate Holder for the Steiner School addressed the Executive Member on behalf of the school. He advised that he was objecting on the grounds of the proposed 10 minute maximum waiting time for non-permit holders not being long enough for parents to be able to drop off and pick up children from the school. He explained that, as one of the only Steiner schools in the north east of England, the school did not have a typical catchment and many families travelled by car from far afield. Furthermore, the school relied on help from volunteers and the attached business wing also attracted visitors. He welcomed the additional options included in the report acknowledging that, while 3 hours would be ideal, 30 minutes waiting time would be much better than the proposed 10 minutes waiting time.
Mr Ben Thorpe, a local resident, spoke in relation to the proposed residents parking scheme on Fulford Cross. He expressed concerns that the decision about Danesmead Estate was being made separately to that regarding Fulford Cross. He advised that residents of Fulford Cross resisted using their cars during the daytime for fear of losing their parking spaces and that the published information did not refer to the additional consultation and previous decisions made about Fulford Cross. He expressed the view that decisions on both Danesmead Estate and Fulford Cross should be made together.
Mr Jamie Wood, a local resident, spoke against the implications of option 1 being selected without further consultation. He expressed the opinion that Broadway West should have been included in all consultations conducted with Danesmead and Fulford Cross. He advised that approving a scheme on the Danesmead Estate could concentrate parking on Broadway West and expressed dismay that when consultation took place, it wasn’t made clear that each street would be considered on an individual basis. He advised that he supported option 6, to defer the decision and undertake additional consultation with residents on options 3, 4 and 5.