Decision Maker: Officer Decision
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Officers are aware that on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas the demand for parking in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre car park exceeds the supply, approximately between about 10am and 3pm, and this results in people unlawfully causing an unnecessary obstruction of the road as they queue on Falcon Street waiting to get into the car park. This is causing a very significant delay to other traffic, especially buses, which frustrates the transport policies of both the Council and Suffolk County Council (SCC) in respect of wanting to encourage the use of public transport.
Following discussions with representatives of the police, Ipswich Buses, First Eastern Counties Buses, SCC and the Buttermarket Shopping Centre, it has been agreed that, as a short-term measure, the Council and SCC will equally share the cost of funding the provision of two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays in this location to address this issue up to and including 23rd December 2017.
The total cost will not exceed £3,200 (so £1,600 to the Borough Council). This is dependent on the availability of PCSOs at these times so the actual cost may be less than this.
An alternative option of using civilian enforcement was considered as this would cost less but was considered unsuitable as only the police can require drivers not to queue on the highway.
The Borough Council’s share of this funding can be met through the Public Transport Initiatives budget.
Publication date: 27/11/2017
Date of decision: 03/11/2017