Bexley ‘s Parking Services works to providesafe and free moving travel throughout theborough whilst ensuring there is sufficientparking facilities available for localbusinesses, residents and visitors.On 31 March 2008 the legislative frameworkwhich governs how Local Authorities carryout civil parking enforcement changed fromthe Road Traffic Act 1991 to the TrafficManagement Act 2004 (TMA) (part 6).Significant sections of the Road Traffic Act1991 were replaced by the TMA, since thattime the London Borough of Bexley hascontinued to implement changes to improvethe quality of service provided to it’scustomers and to meet the objectives of theTMA.The TMA guidance requires Londonboroughs to regularly review their parkingpolicies, Civil Parking Enforcement regimesand associated regulatory framework. Whenreviewing their Local Implementation Plans(LIPs). Bexley’s first LIP (2006/7-2010/11)was approved by the Mayor of London inJanuary 2007. It included a Parking andEnforcement Plan (PEP) setting out theCouncil’s parking policies and enforcementregimes. The next LIP (LIP2) will be preparedfollowing the publication of the Mayor of London’s revised Transport Strategy in late2008 or early 2009. Transport for London(TfL) will then need to produce guidance for the new LIP based on the new strategy.When the LIP is reviewed the PEP will beupdated including where necessary changesto reflect the TMA.In the interim; given the changes related tothe TMA and in the interests of customer service, it is considered that more informationshould be published than contained within theexisting PEP. For this reason an overview of parking enforcement policy is availablethrough the Council’s Web Sitewww.bexley.gov.uk/service/parking/index.htm. This has been in place since theend of March 2008. In the future this overviewwill be consolidated as part of the boroughsLIP and PEP, which will also be available tothe public.
2. Purpose and Scope of AnnualReport
This is the first formal annual report whichaims to detail the key objectives for civilparking enforcement, since the changescontained within the TMA and the move to aCivil Parking Enforcement regime from adecriminalised one. A performance reportwas published for year 2007/08 which isavailable for comparison purposes and canbe found at http://www.bexley.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=1369&p=0The Council is committed to operating it’sparking operation in a fair and consistentmanner. It is committed to being transparentabout it’s parking and enforcement activitiesfor which it is accountable and intends topublish a consistent set of statistical andfinancial information each year. This includesthe number of penalty charges issued, theincome and expenditure on its ‘parkingaccount’ and how any parking surplus isspent. The Council will also publish other information regarding the processing of PCNs, such as the number paid andcancelled.
3. Parking Policy
Parking policy objectives are set out fully inthe PEP, but in general terms the Authorityseeks to ensure that whilst demand for parking in the Borough can at times outstripthe supply of kerb space available, theCouncil will seek to maintain an activebalance between the different demands –from residents, visitors, businesses,commercial deliveries, customers and
shoppers as well as special access groupssuch as the disabled and vulnerable etc. Thisalso needs to be balanced with the duty of the Council to keep traffic moving, preventingand enforcing against unsafe and obstructiveparking, and making sure there is goodaccess for pedestrians, cyclists, buses andmotorists.Alongside this, is the aim of sustainability:restraining non essential traffic to achieveefficient movements of essential vehicles(e.g. emergency services and deliveries). It is