The Head of Business presented the above report details of which had been previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to seek approval for Members to extend the existing Agency Agreement with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) for the provision of the Off-Street Car Park Enforcement and Penalty Charge Notice Processing services for a further period of 3 years from 1 November 2019 until 31 October 2022.
Councillor Logue welcomed the report. She referred to the key issue in relation to market testing to ensure Value for Money as outlined within the report and sought further clarification in that regard. She also alluded to the increased problem of car parking in residential areas throughout the City and queried if Council had any power to request the issue to be addressed by the relevant authority.
Alderman McClintock referred to the electric car charging points located at the Diamond and Carlisle Road which were currently out of order and asked that the issue be investigated by Council given the current support for the increase in the use of electric cars in the future. She said that she was aware that this issue was cross Directorate, however asked that the Director of Business and Culture take the lead.
Councillor Farrell asked for clarification on the following queries:
· Indication of income from PCN’s
· Access to William Street Carpark after hours
· Management arrangements of the electric car charge points located within the carparks
· Consider opening up the underground carpark at Ebrington site during the busy Christmas period.
The Head of Business clarified for the previous speakers that generally when an event is taking place they would be notified to extend the opening hours of the carparks. In terms of management of the electric car charging points this was the responsibility of a private sector company, ESB Group. He further clarified that in terms of income derived from PCN’s he did not have the figure at hand, however it was the intention to provide a report to Committee once the Off-Street Car Parking Strategy was completed and this would contain information on the location of carparks, current capacity and pricing model applied.
Recommended that Council agree to extending the existing Agency Agreement with the DfI for the provision of the above services for a further period of 3 years from 1 November 2019 until 31 October 2022.