The following report will be laid before the Dún Laoghaire Area Committee on Monday 1st March, proposing pay & display parking at Deansgrange Library. Please let me know what you think about this proposal by contacting me.

 

Report to the Chairperson and Members

of the Dún Laoghaire Area Committee

 

23 February 2010

 

Deans Grange Library Car Park

Proposal to Introduce Paid Parking Controls

 

1. Background

Complaints have been received from Library users on a regular basis regarding the difficulty in accessing parking spaces in the car park because the spaces are frequently all full. In order to ascertain the scale and nature of the problem, a survey of car park usage was undertaken on Thursday 28 October 2009 between 10.00hrs and 20.00hrs. The main results of the survey are as set out below:

Library User/Non User Breakdown

Over the survey period (10.00hrs to 20.00hrs) just over two thirds of the cars parked in the car park belonged to Library users while just under one third belonged to non users.

Average Duration of Parking

The breakdown of the duration of parking is as follows: 32% of parking events were for less than 15 minutes while a further 32.6% were for between 15 and 30 minutes. 13.3% of parking events were for more than 1 hour. It seems clear that long stay parking is not a major problem.

Library User/Non User % Split

Users             68.1%

Non Users    31.9%

The survey also indicated that the car park was full for the following periods throughout the day:

from 11.15am to midday

from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

from 4.30pm to 5.30pm

after 7pm.

 

2 Recommended Action

The survey confirmed that for significant periods of the day the car park was full and that use of the car park by non Library users is significant. In an effort to address this problem and to increase the prospects of Library users accessing spaces in the car park, the Council is proposing to introduce Pay & Display parking controls in the car park as follows:

Operating Period: Monday to Saturday from 08.00 to 20.00.

Charge: €1 per hour (20c for 12 minutes). The standard grace period

will apply.

Maximum Duration: 2 hours

The Council believes that the introduction of paid parking controls on the basis set out above will discourage motorists who do not wish to visit the Library from parking in the Library car park thus freeing up spaces for Library users. In addition, the imposition of a charge for parking will encourage Library users who do not have to use their cars to walk or cycle to the Library. Finally, the proposed control regime will discourage parking for more than the permitted 2 hours. It will also deal with the problem of inappropriate parking (e.g. blocking fire exits and emergency access routes).

In addition to the introduction of paid parking controls, the Council is proposing to undertake some minor improvements in the car cark (incl. improved signage, road markings and pedestrian facilities) which are shown on the attached drawing.

3. Consultation with Library Users

Details of the proposals were put on display in Deans Grange Library and Library users were invited to make submissions between Wednesday 16th December 2009 and Saturday 23rd January 2010 inclusive.

25 written submissions were received from members of the public: 20 were against pay and display, 4 in favour and 1 was unclear.

5. Recommendation

Overall, from the perspective of the Branch and Library staff, we would favour proceeding with the introduction of pay and display parking controls with no barrier as follows:

Operating Period: Monday to Saturday from 08.00 to 20.00.

Charge: €1 per hour (20c for 12 minutes). The standard grace period

will apply.

Maximum Duration: 2 hours

Notwithstanding the views of some Library users expressed in the public consultation process, we are satisfied that the reduction in the use of the Library car park by non-Library users will be of considerable benefit to Library users seeking to access spaces in the car park. The proposed civil works will also enhance the safety of the car park. Given the pressure on parking in the immediate vicinity of Deans Grange village we are convinced that if no action is taken the parking situation will continue to deteriorate to the detriment of Library users.

We strongly recommend that the Committee approve the proposed introduction of pay and display parking controls and in turn recommend this to the Council. The operation of the scheme can be reviewed after a period of 12 months.

 

deans_grange_library_mediumMary McCaughan

Senior Librarian

 

Mairead Owens

County Librarian

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