Decisions

Decisions published

01/02/2024 - Significant Officer Delegated Decision ODR2 UKSPF Additional Funds to approved projects ref: 2963    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

In February 2023, the Chief Executive approved an initial skeleton programme of UKSPF projects and gave authority to the Development and Regeneration Manager to issue ‘call outs’ for additional project proposals. Two call outs were subsequently launched, and project proposals received in response to that call out have been appraised by an external specialist team.

 

After recommended projects were approved, some £584,352 of UKSPF core funds remained unallocated. In addition, a further £337,000 became available when a project supporting local businesses declared it cannot spend fully during 2024/25 financial year. This decision allocates all these funds to existing already approved projects. The allocation process involved inviting applications from qualifying projects and is consistent with the recommendations from the independent assessor as presented to and adopted by the relevant UKSPF  Programme Board and the Local Partnership Group.

 

To authorise the spending of UKSPF on internal CEC projects does not negate the requirement for individual project leads to ensure they have in place other necessary approvals for their project such as ensuring capital projects are included in the capital programme and that any necessary virements are approved, that grant schemes are approved.

Decision Maker: Executive Director Place

Decision published: 13/02/2024

Effective from: 21/02/2024

Decision:

i. To approve the allocation of additional UKSPF to already approved projects as identified in Appendix A.

 

ii. To approve associated amendments to the Cheshire  East UKSPF Investment Plan as set out in Appendix B.

 

iii. For Council led projects approved, to authorise project leads to spend the UKSPF allocated for their projects, subject to the separate approval of supplementary estimates for the relevant year of funding, and any other necessary approvals required to authorise individual projects.

 

iv. For external led projects, to authorise the Head of Economic Development to issue revised offer letters and Grant Funding Agreements to external project proposers advising them of appropriate conditions for the funding to be released.


05/02/2024 - Officer Delegated Decision: Middlewich Eastern Bypass Land Assembly ref: 2960    Recommendations Approved

Highways and Transport Committee, at its meeting on  9 December 2021 authorised the Head of Estates to (inter alia):

 

1)    Negotiate and agree terms to seek to acquire the land and rights (or extinguish the same) required for the Scheme by agreement and to instruct the Director of Governance and Compliance to negotiate and enter into the legal agreements necessary to facilitate any such agreements.

 

2)    Negotiate and approve the payment of any relevant and reasonable professional fees incurred by landowners and others with compensatable interests in taking professional advice in connection with the acquisition of their interests required for the Scheme and to negotiate, approve and document by way of settlement or other legal agreement payment of all related compensation claims in advancing the development or implementation of the Scheme, including the advance payment of compensation pursuant to Section 52 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 and the settlement of any claims made pursuant to Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973.

 

Decision Maker: Head of Estates

Decision published: 09/02/2024

Effective from: 17/02/2024

Decision:

To seek approval for the Director of Governance & Compliance to:-

1)    purchase the land known as Land at Kinderton Lodge Farm, Middlewich (as shaded pink on Plan 1); and

2)    authorise the Council to enter into a Contracted-Out Lease for working areas on adjoining land (as shaded green on Plan 1); and

3)    authorise the Council to enter into a Deed of easement for ecology mitigation works on adjoining land (as blue green on Plan 1); and

4)    enter into any ancillary agreements in connection with the acquisition or use of land in advance of a compulsory purchase order and pay all sums due in respect of compensatable interests to the landowner and the reasonable and proper professional fees applicable to the acquisition, on terms and conditions to be agreed by the Head of Estates and the Director of Governance & Compliance.

 

In relation to the environmental mitigation land:-

 

1)    to authorise the Director of Highways to enter into an agreement under Section 253 Highways Act 1980 that provides for the management of the ecological mitigation areas on further adjoining land. (as shaded yellow on Plan 1).

 


25/01/2024 - Minutes of Previous Meeting ref: 2959    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Highways and Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 25/01/2024 - Highways and Transport Committee

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 25/01/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 November 2023 be approved as a correct record


02/02/2024 - Minutes of the Previous Meeting ref: 2957    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 02/02/2024 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 02/02/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2024 be approved as a correct record.


02/02/2024 - Medium Term Financial Strategy Consultation 2024/25 - 2027/28 Provisional Settlement Update (Adults & Health Committee) ref: 2958    Recommendations Approved

All Committees were being asked to provide feedback in relation to their financial responsibilities as identified within the Constitution and linked to the budget alignment approved by the Finance Sub-Committee in March 2023. Responses to the consultation would be reported to the Corporate Policy Committee to support that Committee in making recommendations to Council on changes to the current financial strategy.

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 02/02/2024 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 02/02/2024

Decision:

The Committee received a report on the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) for 2024/25 – 2027/28 and the revenue and capital proposals contained within the MTFS relating to the Committee’s responsibilities. As part of the consultation process the Committee was asked to provide comments and feedback to the Corporate Policy Committee on proposals related to the responsibilities of the committee.

 

It was reported that the High-Level Business Cases would be presented at the Corporate Policy Committee on the 13 of February.

 

The Committee asked questions and provided comments in relation to the proposals, summarised below:

 

·         Pay Inflation – The Committee noted that a 3% increase had been used for the 2024/25 forecast compared to 2023/24 where a 5% figure had been forecasted. It was stated that the final pay award allocated for 2023/24 was 7.5%. Officers confirmed that the 3% increase had been agreed across all Service Committees.

 

·         National Minimum Wage –members queried if enough growth had been invested into the service as the impact of national living wage increase would particularly impact the staff within the Adults and Health Committee remit. Officers reported that around  £2.5m growth would be available to cover unexpected pricing expenditure during 2024/25, however the estimated costs of implementing the national minimum wage across the Directorate was £5-7m.

 

·         Risk Management - Members acknowledged the precarious financial position of the local authority and queried what the major risks facing the service were. Officers stated that the key risks included: implementation of the national minimum wage, the number of young people transitioning from children’s to adults through the SEND process, and the increasing activity taking place in the NHS and the subsequent impact this had on adult social care.

 

·         Members noted that the service provision responsibilities placed upon the Adults and Childrens Committees significantly impacted individuals across the borough. Members queried whether there had been adequate encouragement across all committees for savings to be identified that related to more generic services, that did not specifically impact on individuals. Officers confirmed that the Corporate Leadership Team, through CEBERT, were taking all necessary steps to identify savings across all committees.

 

A list of additional budget proposals put forward by the Conservative Group were circulated to the Committee.  The proposals included:

 

(ai) Identify and evaluate Cheshire East Council assets and their potential as short, medium and longer-term care provisions to reduce the Borough’s dependency on out of area providers for high-cost adult social care and health provisions. This dovetailed with similar proposals discussed with the Children and Families Committee on 31.01.24.

 

(aii) High Level Business Cases (HLBC) should be developed to progress activity for future provision.

 

(aiii) A clear schedule for the short, medium and longer-term development of appropriate sites must be included in the Work Programme for Economy and Growth, Adult Social Care and Health Committees, with clear KPIs and Project Management oversight throughout the life of the projects.

 

(bi) That the committee requests that the Corporate Policy Committee work collaboratively with the Adults and Health Committee to explore the establishment of a Cheshire East Social Workers / Care Workers Agency to be included under the Workforce Strategy (Retention and Recruitment).

 

(bii) To provide a cost savings analysis over 2024/25 with a view to bring forward for consideration as part of the 2025/26 MTFS proposals.

 

It was proposed and seconded that the proposals in Appendix 1 and the Conservative Group proposals be recommended to the Corporate Policy Committee for inclusion in the Council’s budget for 2024/25.

RESOLVED: (By Majority)

That the Adults and Health Committee

  1. Recommend to the Corporate Policy Committee, for their meeting on 13 February 2024, all proposals within the budget consultation, as related to the Committee’s responsibilities, for inclusion in the Council’s budget for 2024/25.

 

  1. Agree that the additional proposals from the Conservative Group be recommended to the Corporate Policy Committee for inclusion in the Council’s budget proposals for 2024/25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Honor Field


20/11/2023 - Minutes of Previous Meeting ref: 2956    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 20/11/2023 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 20/11/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 25 September 2023 be approved as a correct record.

 


26/06/2023 - Minutes of Previous Meeting ref: 2954    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 26/06/2023 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 26/06/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 27 March 2023 be approved as a correct record.


24/07/2023 - Minutes of Previous Meeting ref: 2955    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 24/07/2023 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 24/07/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 26 June 2023 be approved as a correct record.


27/03/2023 - Minutes of Previous Meeting ref: 2953    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 27/03/2023 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 27/03/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2023 be approved as a correct record.


23/01/2023 - Minutes of Previous Meeting ref: 2952    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 23/01/2023 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 23/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2022 be approved as a correct record.

 


26/01/2024 - Medium Term Financial Strategy Consultation 2024/25 - 2027/28 Provisional Settlement Update ref: 2950    Recommendations Approved

All Committees were being asked to provide feedback in relation to their financial responsibilities as identified within the Constitution and linked to the budget alignment approved by the Finance Sub-Committee in March 2023. Responses to the consultation would be reported to the Corporate Policy Committee to support that Committee in making recommendations to Council on changes to the current financial strategy.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 26/01/2024 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 09/02/2024

Decision:

The Committee considered a report which sought feedback on the responsibilities of the Committee as consultees, on the development of the Cheshire East Medium-Term Financial Strategy.

 

There remained a shortfall of £12.7m across all committees to be resolved and further budget change proposals were sought to help present a balanced budget.  The Economy and Growth budget for 2023/24 was £25.0m. Expenditure was forecast to increase by £4.9m next year. The budget would increase by £2.0m and as a result Economy and Growth would need to find savings of £2.9m to mitigate the increasing expenditure.

 

It was reported that the High-Level Business Cases would be presented at the Corporate Policy Committee on the 13 of February.

 

Members asked questions and provided comments in relation to the proposals. These included:

 

  • asked for an update on the budget allocated for the South Macclesfield Development Area and asked what the financial implications would be if the Council did not proceed with the Gawsworth Road/London Road Link Road and the project was removed from the capital programme.  In response it was stated that the cancellation of a capital project would lead to any costs incurred to date, (and have been capitalised against the project) falling against the revenue budget for that year. The spend to date on the project was around £3.2m.

 

  • referred to the Third Financial Review report which referenced the Council being responsible for approximately 500 services and asked what these were and if they were statutory or non-statutory services and could some of these services be provided on the Council’s behalf by other local authorities.

 

  • referred to the operating cost for Tatton Park and asked if there should be investment to generate more income and that any target should be over a longer period than a year and that the overall subsidy should be reduced by a percentage rather than a cash saving.

 

  • referred to the Farms Policy Member Advisory Group and asked if the issue of disposal of the estate and increasing the revenue income could be considered urgently by them.

 

A list of the additional budget proposals put forward by the Conservative Group was circulated to the Committee.  The proposals included:

 

Disposal of Westfields:

       i.        suggestion that the site could be expanded to include the two adjacent car parks to fully maximise its development potential. 

      ii.        The end-use of the site must include provision that meets the maximum savings potential required by the Council (SEND and ASC Supported Living/Extra Care)

     iii.        A clear schedule for development of the expanded site must be included in the Work Programme for Economy & Growth as well as affiliated Committees, with clear KPIs and Project Management oversight throughout the life of the project. Appendix A1 – Economy and Growth further list of proposals OFFICIAL Such project work has a lead-in time of at least two/three years and therefore must be scheduled in the work programme from the outset.

 

Handforth Garden Village:

  1. the Handforth Village site remains a regular item on this Committee’s work programme.
  2. the Strategic Development Team report back on the financial monitoring of the scheme in order that any future sales of the site (in part or in total) are timed to maximise fiscal returns to the Council.
  3. the Council’s LPA function is supported to prioritise timely appraisal and determination of planning applications related to this and other CEC development projects necessary to deliver fiscal sustainability.

 

Macclesfield Car Parks:

  1. potentially Duke Street or part of Churchill Way, be released to support Town Centre regeneration and Town Centre residential accommodation, with capacity for older persons or ‘HAPPI’ disability compliant ground-floor provision.
  2. the proposal is included in the Work Programme for Economy & Growth and aligned with the work programmes of affiliated Committees.
  3. a clear schedule for development of the site, with KPIs and Project Management oversight throughout the life of the project.
  4. the end use for this site is still to be determined but the confirmed over-capacity of Macclesfield’s car park provision is better used to meet the Council’s development requirements over the medium/long term to help ensure its fiscal sustainability.
  5. such project work has a lead-in time of at least two/three years and therefore must be scheduled in the work programme from the outset.

 

It was proposed and seconded that the proposals in Appendix 1 and the Conservative Group proposals be recommended to the Corporate Policy Committee for inclusion in the Council’s budget 2024/25.

 

RESOLVED:   That the Committee

 

1          recommend to the Corporate Policy Committee, for their meeting on 13 February 2024, all proposals within the budget consultation, as related to the Committee’s responsibilities, for inclusion in the Council’s budget for 2024/25.

 

2          the additional proposals from the Conservative Group be recommended to the Corporate Policy Committee for inclusion in the Council’s budget proposals.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Honor Field


26/01/2024 - Handforth Garden Village Business Case ref: 2951    Recommendations Approved

To update Economy & Growth Committee on the business case for Handforth Garden Village and to seek approvals to progress the development.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 26/01/2024 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 09/02/2024

Lead officer: Charles Jarvis, Angela Mann


26/01/2024 - Third Financial Review 2023/24 (Economy and Growth Committee) ref: 2949    Recommendations Approved

Provides Members with the third review of the Cheshire East Council forecast outturn for the financial year 2023/24.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 26/01/2024 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 09/02/2024

Decision:

The Committee received the report which provided an overview of the Cheshire East Council forecast outturn for the financial year 2023/24 and the financial performance of the services relevant to the committee remit.

RESOLVED: That the Committee

1          note the report of the Finance Sub Committee of 11 January 2024.

2          note the factors leading to a forecast Net Revenue financial underspend of (£2.8m) against a revised budget of £24.8m (11.3%) for the Economy and Growth Committee.

3          note the forecast and any further mitigations to be identified.

4          note the in-year forecast Capital Spending of £51.0m against an approved MTFS budget of £71.6m, due to slippage that has been re-profiled into future years, in respect of Economy and Growth projects.

5          note the contents of Annex 1 and Appendix 4 and note that any financial mitigation decisions requiring approval will be made in line with relevant delegations.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Neil Taylor


25/01/2024 - Highways Service Contract Peer Review ref: 2948    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Highways and Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 25/01/2024 - Highways and Transport Committee

Decision published: 31/01/2024

Effective from: 08/02/2024

Decision:

The Committee considered a report which proposed a process and timetable to conduct an objective review and inform the Council’s decision in respect of the break clause in relation to the 15-year contract (the “Highway Service Contract” or “HSC”) that the Council entered into with Ringway-Jacobs Limited to deliver highway services. The Committee were also asked to consider the legal and financial implications of assessing the performance of the HSC.

An amendment was proposed and seconded in respect of recommendation 1c which be amended to read “Leader of the CEC Conservative Group or nominated person”. This was carried unanimously.

RESOLVED: (Unanimously)

 

That the Highways and Transport Committee

1. Agree that a review of the Highways Service Contract (HSC) is undertaken and:

a) Commence a peer review through which the Contract is assessed to inform future decisions regarding the HSC.

b) Delegate authority to the Director of Highways and Infrastructure to finalise the scope of the HSC Peer Review.

c) Approve that a Member Advisory Panel is established with the proposed membership as set out below and the Terms of Reference as set out in Appendix A.

The Chair of the Highways and Transport Committee

The Vice Chair of the Highways and Transport Committee

The Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee

Leader of the CEC Conservative Group or nominated person.

2. Note that a further report with a recommendation will be bought to the Highways and Transport Committee regarding the HSC in summer 2024 following the completion of the review.

 

 

 


25/01/2024 - Appointments to the Public Rights of Way Consultative Group ref: 2947    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Highways and Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 25/01/2024 - Highways and Transport Committee

Decision published: 31/01/2024

Effective from: 08/02/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED: (By Majority)

 

That the Highways and Transport Committee

 

1.    Retain the current Membership of Councillors L Crane and H Faddes of the Highways and Transport Committee to the Public Rights of Way Consultative Group.

2.    Agree the Terms of Reference for the Public Rights of Way Consultative Group attached as appendix 1 to the report.

 

Councillor Arthur Moran wished it to be recorded that he abstained from the vote.


25/01/2024 - Notice of Motion: £2 Bus Fare Cap ref: 2946    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Highways and Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 25/01/2024 - Highways and Transport Committee

Decision published: 31/01/2024

Effective from: 08/02/2024

Decision:

The Committee considered a report in response to the Notice of Motion proposed at Full Council on 18 October 2023 which asked for the Director of Highways and Infrastructure to develop and launch a publicity strategy to locally promote the extension and usage of the £2 bus fare cap. The motion was proposed by Councillor A Gage and seconded by Councillor H Moss.

 

There was an option to use some of the next tranche of Bus Service Improvement Plan Plus (BSIP+) funding and this had been discussed at a recent Enhanced Partnership Board where operators were widely supportive of the proposal. The public strategy was outlined which included promotion through social media, Town and Parish newsletter, local bus user groups and advertising on vehicles who operated on routes in Cheshire East.

 

Members welcomed any scheme which increased bus patronage following the loss of funds related to HS2 but agreed that there needed to be more long term investment and commitment to a sustainable bus network.

 

Resolved (unanimously):

 

That the Highways and Transport Committee

 

1. Note the update on the £2 Fare Cap applying to local buses in England.

2. Endorse that the Council continues to work in partnership with local bus operators to publicise the fare cap.

3. Note the high level of public awareness of the fare cap and comment on the potential future opportunities for the Council to promote it further.


25/01/2024 - Medium Term Financial Strategy - Parking Review ref: 2945    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Highways and Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 25/01/2024 - Highways and Transport Committee

Decision published: 31/01/2024

Effective from: 08/02/2024

Decision:

The Committee considered the report which set out proposals on the implementation of changes to the public parking provision in Cheshire East, following statutory consultation.

 

There was an extensive debate, during which the following points were raised:

 

  • The provision of car parks was a discretionary service.
  • Cheshire East had increased parking charges only once since 2009 despite inflation increasing.
  • The proposals were seeking to address unfairness with some areas of the borough paying for parking while others did not.
  • The Council was experiencing financial challenges as a result of costs incurred in petitioning for HS2.
  • There was unprecedented demand for special educational needs provision which was affected the Council’s budget.
  • The Council was experiencing challenges as a result of high interest rates and inflation.
  • The Council was incurring costs of £400,000 for car parks that they were receiving no revenue for.
  • The proposals had responded to consultation feedback by not recommending on-street 30 minute waiting limits and retaining the ‘free after 3pm’ initiative.
  • Savings would need to be met from other services if these proposals were not approved.
  • There was evidence of other towns within the borough, such as Nantwich, not being negatively impacted by parking charges.

 

During the debate, amendments to recommendations 1-11 were proposed and seconded which sought to include the following wording:

 

That a half hour tariff should be available in at least one car park in each town or parish in the borough.

 

That pre-paid tickets should be usable on all Cheshire East car parks.

 

The proposer and seconder of the recommendations agreed to accept the amendments, subject to the latter including the wording that ‘this recommendation is added to the work programme as a matter requiring urgent attention’.

 

The amendments therefore became part of the substantive motion.

 

Following debate on the substantive recommendations, these were put to the vote and recommendations 1 – 11 were carried by majority.

 

During the debate on recommendations 12 – 16 an amendment was proposed and seconded which was that:

 

that payment by cash should be retained on at least one car per town or parish.

 

The proposer and seconder of the recommendations agreed to accept the amendment.

 

The amendment therefore became part of the substantive motion.

 

Following debate on recommendations 12 – 16, these were put to the vote and recommendations 12, 14, 15 and 16 were carried by majority.

 

Recommendation 13 was lost.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Highways and Transport committee:

 

1. Consider the outcomes of the statutory consultation on proposals to extend and revise the Council’s Pay & Display parking provision with a view to ensure car parks are provided and managed more consistently and equitably throughout the Borough.

 

2. Subject to a half hour tariff being available in at least one car park in each town or parish in the borough, approve the introduction of changes to the Councils parking regime, in accordance with the measures defined in Appendix 3 of this report and authorise the Director of Governance and Compliance to make all necessary arrangements to bring into effect the recommendations.

 

3. Note that a series of mitigation measures have been identified to manage any potential displacement of car parking as a result of these changes. Members are advised that these measures are expected to require further statutory consultation prior to the making of relevant Traffic Regulation Order. As such ward councillors and town/parish councils will be consulted as part of these procedures.

 

4. Authorise the Director of Highways and Infrastructure to monitor the impact of these changes, commence the necessary statutory consultations and implement these mitigation measures where there is evidence of a need to do

so. Monitoring will take place before and after the implementation of new parking charges to assess any impacts arising.

 

5. Authorise the Executive Director of Place to engage and agree devolution of any car parks to Town and Parish Councils, where they have expressed a willingness to pursue this option, noting that these negotiations will be pursued so that Cheshire East Council is neither better nor worse off than if proposals for car parking charges were implemented. Otherwise, in circumstances where a car park is underutilised and demand can be met in other facilities, arrange for the closure and disposal of car parks. Subject to approval, town and parish

councils will be informed of these opportunities to ensure they may fully consider these options.

 

6. Agree that the legacy arrangement to refund parking costs for users of Crewe and Nantwich leisure centres be terminated, to ensure consistency with other Council leisure centres.

 

7. Authorise the Executive Director of Place to review parking charges annually in future years as part of the annual review of Fees and Charges. These reviews will take account of annual inflation and other relevant factors, and Committee will be notified of future changes in advance of a statutory consultation period.

 

8. Agree that proposals relating to the future provision of staff and member parking permits be subject to consultation with staff, members and representative bodies as part of updating the Council’s Corporate Travel Plan.

 

9. Note that the initial trial of demand-responsive parking tariffs will commence following the opening of the new Royal Arcade MSCP in Crewe.

 

10. Note the implementation plan for these proposals, which is designed to provide the maximum timely contribution to the MTFS outcomes.

 

11. Subject to decisions on the earlier recommendations in the report, approve a Supplementary Capital Estimate to provide for the costs of extending pay and display parking provision and associated mitigation measures, which are estimated to be £0.9m. This will be funded by prudential borrowing and repaid through service budgets.

 

11a. That the possibility of pre-paid tickets being  usable on all Cheshire East car parks be added to the work programme for further consideration on 4 April 2024.

 

12. That payment by cash should be retained on at least one car per town or parish Pay & Display car parks. Users will have the options to pay by card, phone or contract parking permit purchase at all other car parks. Removing the need to collect cash payments will reduce operating costs (cash collection) by circa £100,000 annually. Mindful that cash payments are a high proportion of parking transactions in Cheshire East, typically over 40% of total payments; consideration of moving to cashless payment should take account of the progress of the National Parking Platform (NPP). This is intended to provide a consistent parking App for users nationwide. Timing a transition to cashless to coincide with NPP will enable the Council to draw on promotional, awareness-raising media supporting the national initiative.

 

13. Revoking the offer of “4 free days” that is currently available to town and parish councils where charges apply would increase annual revenues by £120,000 (estimated). This offer would be retained in circumstances where the town or parish council offered to fund the revenue lost by suspending parking charges for 4 days.

 

14. Introduction of a Sunday parking charge could yield additional revenues,

as follows: Option B is based on weekday parking charges being extended to Sundays which is estimated to yield £180,000 per annum (full year effect).There will be additional operational costs for enforcement cover during Sundays, in order to ensure compliance with the extended charging periods. In this regard, a flat daily charge on Sundays is preferrable as it minimises the requirement of extra enforcement patrols.

 

15. Extension of parking charges to cover evening periods (6pm to 10pm) is estimated to yield annual revenues of £300,000. There will be additional operational costs for enforcement cover during evenings, in order to ensure compliance with extended charging periods.

 

 

 

The meeting was adjourned for a short break.

 

Councillor P Coan left the meeting and did not return.