Under the Spotlight – A Call-in
The Call-in of car-parking charges by 3 Members of the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee took place today. I was invited as the Chairman of the Parking Advisory Panel to give evidence as to why the Panel made certain recommendations to Cabinet. To be honest, the point of the Call-in was not because of these recommendations, but the final decision that was made by Cabinet. I believe a few people forgot about this point as the afternoon went on.
Also to face questioning was the Parking Manager and the Portfolio Holder. A grilling was to be expected and a grilling is what we got. Never one to shy away from questioning I gave direct and honest answers to all questions thrown at me. As I have mentioned before, car-parking and the associated charges are emotive with everyone having an idea as to how charging should be.
i) The Environment and Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee to not to refer the Car Park Charging decision back to Cabinet
ii) That on the basis of the responses that have been given to the call-in, the Environment and Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee does not refer the car park charges decision back to Cabinet, but that the Environment and Economy Overview and Scrutiny work programme is amended to include the review of car park charges within the next six to nine months; and