Decision details

Car parks and public toilets opening

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To commence charging in certain car parks and to reopen certain public conveniences.

This decision is urgent as the latest government announcements have relaxed lockdown measures from 11th May and so the area can expect to now see more traffic movements and potentially more visitors from outside the area. Concern has been expressed about the fact that providing free car parking may encourage more people to use the beaches and parks and there are also concerns that if people are using these facilities more, public health issues could arise if public toilets are not open.

Car Park surveys have not shown an increase in usage although another survey is being carried out on Saturday 16th May.

The decision is to commence charging in coastal car parks from the 23rd May and also to re-open coastal toilets and those serving parks from the same date if possible.


Decision:

To commence charging in certain car parks and to reopen certain public conveniences.

On balance, and after consulting with Group Leaders, I am of the view that coastal car parks should not become chargeable and that toilets serving these areas should now open, provided the relevant safety measures can be taken to protect the public and the staff.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - To commence charging in certain car parks and to reopen certain public conveniences, as above
Option 2 - To continue closure. Keeping toilets closed will cause public health issues if the numbers of users increases
Option 3 - Not charging in car parks can be seen as an encouragement to visitors and many concerns are being raised about this.

Publication date: 20/05/2020

Date of decision: 29/05/2020