Portfolio Holder – Councillor Philip Smart
The purpose of this report is to inform Executive of changes to the proposed arrangements for the expansion of civil parking enforcement (CPE) functions and to seek approval to these changes. These include changes to the financial risk and the control of on-street paid for parking.
72.1 Councillor P Smart introduced the report, explaining that it was proposed that Ipswich Borough Council would carry out parking enforcement in parts of Mid-Suffolk and Babergh, following the decriminalisation of parking offences and withdrawal of parking enforcement by the Police. In return for taking this on Ipswich Borough Council would benefit from the income from Cromwell Square car park, which would be available to spend on transport related projects.
72.2 Councillor P Smart noted that there was still some uncertainty about the date on which the required Statutory Instrument would be made, however, the Council would require a minimum of 3 months to prepare for implementation. Councillor P Smart explained that if the recommendations of the report were agreed officers would be empowered to enter into Civil Parking Enforcement Agency Agreements with Suffolk County Council and Babergh and Mid-Suffolk District Councils but that no irredeemable costs would be incurred until after the Statutory Instrument had been laid before Parliament.
72.3 Councillor Fisher asked whether enforcement officers from Ipswich would be diverted from their work in the town to carry out enforcement in Babergh and Mid-Suffolk and if staff working in those areas would wear Ipswich Borough Council branded uniforms. The Head of Culture and Environment explained that staff working in Babergh and Mid-Suffolk would be dedicated to those areas but that they would be Ipswich Borough Council employees and therefore wear branded uniforms.
72.4 Councillor Fisher asked whether the scheme was financially worthwhile as Ipswich Borough Council had historically been able to apply for much of the income from Cromwell Square car park via bids to Suffolk County Council’s on street parking account. Councillor Fisher also noted that there was an element of reputational risk when issuing parking fines. Councillor Ellesmere noted that there was no guarantee that Suffolk County Council would allow Ipswich Borough Council to bid for funds from its on street parking account and that this agreement would secure significant amounts of revenue to be spent in Ipswich. Councillor Ellesmere also noted that residents in some towns in Babergh and Mid-Suffolk were campaigning for better parking enforcement and so the risk of reputational damage was relatively low.
It was RESOLVED:
a) that in accordance with the Local Government Act 2000 and The Local Authorities (Arrangements for the Discharge of Functions) (England) Regulations 2012, the Head of Culture & Environment, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment & Climate Change, be authorised to enter into Civil Parking Enforcement Agency Agreements and Service Level Agreements with Suffolk County Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, to run from 2020 to 2030 in accordance with the terms stated in the report, subject to such minor variations as he sees fit.
Reason: To provide an efficient method of delivering the Council’s parking functions whilst also allowing the Council to have control of effective parking enforcement in Ipswich and ensuring that any surpluses generated from on-street paid for parking in Ipswich are used for the benefit of Ipswich.
b) that an additional capital budget of £60k in the current Financial Year be approved for the purpose of purchasing additional vans to be procured in accordance with the previous Executive resolution regarding vehicle replacement, once Civil Parking Enforcement Agency Agreements and Service Level Agreements with Suffolk County Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils had been entered into.
Reason: To provide funding to increase the Council’s vehicle fleet as a result of entering into Civil Parking Enforcement agency agreements and Service Level Agreements with Suffolk County Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.