Question from: County Councillor Gareth Ratcliffe Subject: Parking in Hay post covid19
As we are now looking to UK and Welsh government to start lifting more restrictions to get back to a more new normal sociable life where residents and the public can travel what plans do the Council have for parking in Powys? I would like to thank the sensibility of enforcement officer over covid19 enforcement.
Response by the Portfolio Holder:
I can advise that our Civil Enforcement Officers are currently patrolling within the communities. At present a practical approach is being taken with the issue of a Penalty Charge Notices being the last resort. This is to ensure visitors and residents once again begin to adhere to the restrictions that are in place. As I referred to in my response to your previous question, we are looking at assisting social distancing within the town centres which is likely to result in the loss of some on street parking. To ensure this is effective and adhered to enforcement will be necessary. Therefore, the presence of the CEOs on street now should help to educate drivers that where restrictions are in place they need to be adhered to. We are currently working on the proposals for this and, as part of that, there will be consideration on parking charges. We will need to balance the impact of displacing vehicles who may wish to avoid parking charges whilst also trying to encourage more sustainable forms of transport such as walking instead of driving as well as the possible impacts on the Council’s budgets. The shift that we have seen in more people walking and cycling during this pandemic is a Government aim to try and maintain as restrictions begin to lift.
Regarding the residents permits, expired permits will remain valid until such time as the restrictions on office working are relaxed and we can once again begin to produce the permits. Once we are in a position to do this, we will ensure this is communicated in the most appropriate manner and give residents sufficient time to renew.