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THE THREE RIVERS (RICKMANSWORTH) (OFF-STREET PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2006 (AMENDMENT NO.3) ORDER 2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Three Rivers District Council, acting as agents for the Hertfordshire County Council and after consultation with the Chief Officer of Police has made in part the above-named Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. 

Full details of this Order, together with plans and a statement of reasons, can be examined during normal opening hours at the Council’s offices in Rickmansworth (visit this page for further details).

The Order is only partially made because, in response to objections received at the formal consultation stage, the District Council has determined that the Order will not include the proposal to provide a long-stay service in the Northway (lower deck) car park or a short-stay service in the Talbot Road (High Street) car park.

The effects of this Order are to implement decisions taken by the District Council to introduce 1 hour of free parking in eight parking places in Rickmansworth (with two hours for £1), changing these car parks to 4-hour maximum stay, including:

  • Northway multi-storey Car Park, Upper and Lower decks
  • Three Rivers House Rose Garden Car Park
  • Three Rivers House Staff Car Park Upper and Lower decks (Saturdays only)
  • Talbot Road Car Park 'A' (West of 9 Talbot Road)
  • Bury Lane Car Park (ten spaces)
  • Ebury Road Car Park

The Order introduces charges for parking for longer in those car parks, at:

  • £1 for the second hour
  • £2.50 for up to 3 hours 
  • £4 for up to 4 hours

The new parking payment mechanisms will not accept the use of cash but will accept payment cards.

For general enquiries about this order, please contact the Regulatory Services team by email at parking@threerivers.gov.uk or by telephone on 01923 776611. 

Any person wishing to question the validity of this Order or any provision contained within it on the grounds that it is not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 or on the grounds that any requirement of the Act or any instrument made under it has not been complied with in relation to that order, may apply to the High Court for this purpose within six weeks of the date on which the order was made (5th April 2018).

The Order can be viewed here: TRO 2018 No.1.

Director of Community and Environmental Services, 6 April 2018


THE THREE RIVERS (RICKMANSWORTH) (OFF-STREET PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2006 (AMENDMENT NO.3) ORDER 2018

Rickmansworth short-stay car parks new charging structure - Statutory consultation outcomes

(Scheme reference PWP17-1, as approved by Full Council, Feb 2017 and Policy and Resources committee, 17 Oct 2017)

This scheme was developed by the cross-party Member Working Party as one of a number of schemes that were intended to ensure that drivers who park locally pay for the cost of the parking service rather than local council tax-payers, in accordance with the law. This scheme also aims to make it easier for people to find short-stay parking in the existing short-stay car parks that are intended for visitors and shoppers, by encouraging the turnover of parked vehicles.

1. Summary of responses to formal statutory consultation

A total of 182 individual responses to the consultation were received. Of these responses, 14 did not express clear support nor set out clear reasons for objecting to the proposals, 166 made objections and 2 supported the proposals. 14 alternative suggestions were made, but thse could not be taken into account as the notice of proposals had already been advertised.

Four petitions were also received, with signatures totalling 21, 99, 170 and 1588 respectively. The assessment of a Statutory Notice proposing a traffic order is not affected by the number of responses, but only by the content of any valid objection that cannot be set aside. Each objection must be considered on its merits to determine whether it is reasonable and whether the grounds upon which it is made have been considered and, if necessary, addressed. 

2. Summary of formal responses to concerns raised through statutory consultation

Category of objections Formal response
A Objection due to effect on local business/facility visitors The policy decision was made by the Policy and Resources Committee, based on specialist recommendations to improve parking turnover, to make short-stay parking easier to find, for visitors to businesses and shoppers. This objection has been set aside because it is not relevant to this statutory notice. The scheme will be subject to monitoring and future review to assess its effects and effectiveness.
B Objection due to effect on local business employees This objection has been set aside as the service in the Short-stay car parks is not intended for long-stay employee parking (which is provided in other long-stay car parks), but is intended to enable shoppers and other short-stay visitors to park easily for short periods of time.
C Objection due to limited time to visit, with just 1 hour free. This objection has been set aside because it relates to a policy decision not affecting the statutory process; but this objection is not tenable because the change includes a second hour at a charge that is low in relation to comparable alternatives; and further provides a better parking service by enabling parking opportunities (at a cost) for up to four hours to enable shoppers and other local visitors to park for longer if they require a longer stay.
D Objection to charges in Rickmansworth (rather than  in whole district) This objection has been set aside because it is based on an inaccurate understanding of the context of the current parking scheme, which is part of a district-wide programme of schemes developed by the Parking Services Member Working Party, many already implemented around the district and others proposed to be developed and delivered in the near future.
E

Objection to extension of maximum stay time (from 2 hours to 4 hours)

This objection has been set aside because it was considered by the relevant committee and is a policy decision not affecting the statutory process. This feature provides a better parking service by enabling parking (at an increasing cost) for up to four hours, to enable shoppers and other local visitors to park for longer if they require a longer stay.
F Objection to exchange of Northway and Talbot Rd West car parks The Order was only partially made, following consideration of the objections by local Councillors, which resulted in the removal of the proposal to exchange the Northway Lower Car Park (short-stay service) with the long-stay service in the car park at Talbot Road (High Street).
G Objection due to parking displacement to local roads This objection has been set aside because it was considered by the relevant committee and is a policy decision not affecting the statutory process. The provision of parking in off-street car parks contributes to overall parking capacity.
H Objection to non-acceptance of cash payment for parking This objection has been set aside because it was considered by the relevant committee and is a policy decision not affecting the statutory process. It is in line with general Council policy not to accept cash in future and its effects have been carefully considered through a dedicated Equalities Impact Assessment which was considered by the relevant committee.
I Objection due to perception of scheme as a "moneymaking exercise" This objection has been set aside because this scheme forms part of a raft of schemes developed by the cross-party Member Working Party with the common objective to ensure that drivers pay for the cost of the parking service rather than local Council Tax payers, in accordance with the law. This was considered by the relevant committee and is a policy decision not affecting the statutory process.
J Objection about consultation This objection has been set aside because it was considered by the relevant committee and is a policy decision not affecting the statutory process. Publicity was provided through the various public meetings relating to this matter (including the Policy and Resources Committees of January and October 2017 as well as meetings of the Sustainable Development committee and of the Full Council) where this scheme was discussed.