Council and Democracy

Agenda and minutes

Delegated Decisions of the Board Member, City Development
Monday 8 August 2011 5.00 pm

Venue: Town Hall, Oxford

Contact: William Reed, Democratic Services Manager 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of interest

Guidance on personal and personal prejudicial interests is attached to these agenda pages.

Minutes:

None.

2.

Public addresses

Members of the public may, if the Board Member agrees, ask a question of the Board Member on any item for decision on this agenda (other than on the minutes).  The full text of any question must be notified to the Head of Law and Governance by no later than 9.30 am two clear working days before the meeting.  Questions by the public will be taken as read and, at the Board Member’s discretion, responded to either orally or in writing at the meeting.  No supplementary question or questioning will be permitted.

 

The total time permitted for this item will be 15 minutes.

 

Minutes:

None

3.

Councillor Addresses

City Councillors may, at the Board Member’s discretion, ask a question or address the Board Member on an item for decision on the agenda (other than on the minutes).  The full text of any question and the nature of any address must be notified to the Head of Law and Governance by no later than 9.30 am two clear working days before the meeting.  Questions by councillors will be taken as read and, at the Board Member’s discretion, responded to either orally or in writing at the meeting.  No supplementary question or questioning will be permitted.  If an address is made, the Board member will either respond or have regard to the points raised in reaching her or his decision.  If the address is by the Chair of a Scrutiny Committee or her or his nominee then the Board member will be required to say as part of their decision whether they accept the Scrutiny recommendations made.

 

Minutes:

Councillors Alan Armitage, Jean Fooks and John Goddard attended to speak on agenda item 5 – Car Parks Adjacent to Parks.

 

Councillor Cook agreed that they could speak when this item was reached.

4.

Confirmation of Article 4 Direction on Houses in Multiple Occupation pdf icon PDF 131 KB

This report addresses comments received on the consultation upon the making of an Article 4 Direction controlling the change of use of properties from dwelling house to house in multiple occupation.  The Article 4 Direction will remove permitted development rights for such change of use.

 

The report recommends the confirmation of the Article 4 Direction.

Minutes:

Resolved to confirm the Article 4 Direction controlling the change of use of C3 dwelling houses to C4 Houses in Multiple Occupation.

5.

Car Parks Adjacent to Parks - Charging, Permits and Control of Use pdf icon PDF 108 KB

This report presents and responds to comments received to the advertised proposals to introduce parking charges and car parks controls at car parks adjacent to City Parks.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

With the agreement of Councillor Cook, Councillors Alan Armitage, Jean Fooks and John Goddard made the following points:-

 

  • There was local concern, especially from users of Cutteslowe Park, that  the proposals would go ahead regardless;
  • People appreciated that there were proposals to provide season tickets, but there was still concern that car parking would be displaced into the surrounding streets. It was important to monitor this;
  • The proposal seemed disruptive for a small financial return;
  • Godstow Road car park was on common land and therefore charges could not be made;
  • There were concerns that people parking at Walton Well Road car park would be forbidden from returning within 24 hours. This should be reduced or even abandoned altogether;
  • People using Cripley Meadow allotments need good access that was wide enough for cars and other vehicles – could a discussion take place with the allotment holders on this?
  • Councillor John Goddard added that the Secretary of State had the power to decide what might happen around Port Meadow.

 

Councillor Cook responded as follows:-

 

·        There would be monitoring of any displacement around Godstow Road;

·        The proposed scheme was necessary because of the Council’s budget constraints;

·        There was no change of use at Godstow Road car park. It was staying as a car park. The only alteration was in charging to park there;

·        The comments about the 24 hour “no return” for the Walton Well road Car Park and about Port Meadow were noted;

·        Councillor Cook had been in prolonged contact with allotment holders and hoped to address concerns about car parking.

 

Resolved:-

 

(1)       As far as the proposal to introduce charges at the Godstow Road car park were concerned:

 

(a)       To ask officers to check and confirm that there was no legal impediment to charging for parking in areas adjacent common land;

 

(b)              Assuming that there was no legal impediment, officers were asked to progress with consultation concerning charging for parking on the Godstow Road site;

 

(c)       Officers were asked to gather further evidence of the usage of the Godstow Road site and that when carrying out consultation, officers were asked to consult widely with the wider community, including Ward Members, the Wolvercote Commoners, Freemen and any amenity societies associated with Port Meadow;

 

(2)       As far as the proposal to introduce charges at the Marsh Road car park was concerned that this not be proceeded with because the Board Member did not consider that the finances for this proposal were clear; It was not known what the level of City Council usage would be; a proper travel plan for City Council staff travelling to the site should first be produced, and a consultation concerning the number of permits required for this site, and the price of these permits for City Council staff, be carried out, and that this should be reported back by means of a future report for consideration by the Board Member;

 

(3)       As far as all of the other car parks adjacent to City Parks were concerned:  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Matters exempt from publication

Minutes:

None

 

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