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Wheel clamping to be made illegal in Jersey

Freddie Miller

BBC Jersey political reporter

Wheel clamping will be illegal in Jersey in future after a vote in the States chamber.

There has been uncertainty of whether it is legal or not but now politicians have agreed new regulations governing parking on private land.

Clamp
BBC

They ruled that offending cars can be removed but not clamped.

Home Affairs Minister, Constable Len Norman said too many islanders had problems with other people parking on their land or blocking their drives, and things had to change.

The law change sets out a framework for removing vehicles parked on private land without permission:

  • Make vehicle immobilisation and interference on private land an unlawful practice.
  • Provide alternative mechanisms by which private landowners will be able to remove vehicles from their land when they are not authorised to be there.
  • Provide safeguards in respect of the removal and disposal of vehicles, and the conditions that must be satisfied before doing so.
  • Create a register of approved vehicle removal operators and an application process.

Thousands sign parking charge petition

Local Democracy Reporting Service

High Street in Ryde
Google

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against the introduction of parking charges in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service said the petition would be handed to the council amid claims by shop owners the changes would hit trade.

The council said the charges would "introduce an element of fairness" across the island's towns.

Shipyard responds to car park critics

The Barrow shipyard has responded to Borough councillors who criticised it for not building employee car parks faster, when planning applications for them were submitted.

The company says it's working closely with Barrow Borough Council and also Cumbria County Council, on contingency plans to mitigate the loss of car parking spaces once work begins on the site of the former HIP building, due to start early next year.

The work to expand the capacity of the HIP car park will not commence until the temporary arrangements at Waterside (Dova Way) are in place. Our agreement to lease an area of land on Waterside Business Park will provide 750 car parking spaces. Not only will this cover the 450 spaces on the HIP site, it will also provide an additional 300 spaces for employees."

BAE Systems spokesman

Barrow shipyard bosses told to "pull their fingers out" and create staff car parks faster

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The company running the Barrow shipyard has been criticised by the town's councillors for not building employee car parks quickly enough.

The Borough's planning committee deferred a decision on whether to allow a temporary 746-space car park at Dova Way on Barrow Island, so council staff can hold more talks with BAE systems.

The Labour Cllr Brendan Sweeney said: "They've basically got to pull their fingers out and get these car parks done." He said the Dova Way site - prime employment land on the Waterfront development and reclaimed using taxpayers' money - should be luring new firms to Barrow, not housing hundreds of cars.

This land should be in use now by the firms doing the work in the shipyard. What we're getting is application after application for car parks to accommodate people to come from elsewhere in the country to take money back out down the A590."

Brendan SweeneyLabour, Parkside

Landowners Cumbria County Council have agreed to lease Dova Way to the company as a temporary car park for three years, but Barrow Council have blocked that, saying 18 months should be more than enough.

Planning Committee chairwoman Ann Thomson said the company had submitted several applications for staff car parks but was not getting on with them quickly enough. She said: "It's no good putting in applications and then never building them. It doesn't help the residents of Barrow Island at all."

Parking charges revelation sparks opposition attack

Opposition councillors have been quick to attack proposals that have surfaced within Cumbria County Council to charge for parking on the county's streets.

James Airey
Conservative Party

The Conservative group leader James Airey said it was "staggering" that the Labour and Liberal Democrat administration was considering the charges again.

“At a time when the council should be supporting our towns and villages to flourish and helping to ease pressure on family budgets, it is instead discussing plans to whack Cumbrians with more expense," he said.

A county council spokeswoman said the private discussions had been to seek "preliminary views", and the plans were not advanced, adding: "Any major decisions relating to highways, including any potential proposals on parking, would be subject to extensive public consultation."

'Private meetings' as council moots parking charges again

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Secret talks have taken place about bringing back parking machines and permits on busy streets across Cumbria, four years after similar proposals were killed off following a huge public backlash.

Senior council officials have toured fresh proposals around Cumbria for private discussions with county councillors on local committees normally open to the public, the Local Democracy Reporting Service has learned.

Parked cars in Keswick
BBC

Leaked documents estimate that £700,000 could be generated every year from the on-street parking charges across Barrow, South Lakeland, Eden, Carlisle, Allerdale and Copeland.

It has been suggested parking permits could be issued for residents, visitors, guesthouses, businesses and second home owners - with the council charging anywhere between £10 and £50 for the service.

The county council confirmed it had sought "preliminary views" but stressed that no decisions had been taken and the public would be fully consulted if the plans come to fruition.

Paying for parking in plastic not ruled out

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Plastic bottles
BBC

Plans to allow people to hand over plastic bottles to pay to use car parks have not been ruled out by West Sussex County Council.

The scheme has already proved a success in Leeds, where hundreds of plastic bottles have been collected throughout October.

Operator CitiPark said the bottles would be "recycled into usable items such as shirts, toys and even chairs".

When asked if the county council had any plans to copy the scheme, a spokesman said: "At this moment in time we have no plans for a similar scheme.

"Along with our district and borough partners, we're watching what is currently taking place in Leeds and around the country and would not rule these kinds of initiatives out in future."