Dear Rotherham Active and Empowered Citizens,
Now we have further strategic clarification from almost-the-very-top of RMBC that Da Dodger was engaged in verge edge grass cutting, refuse collection, street cleansing or highways maintenance, to justify parking their executive Beemer on the paved pedestrian area outside Town Hall Towers.
So those of you who thought that it was just insolent, self-centred, idle and indolent laziness now have it From On High that the dedicated public servant was engaged on statutory local duty of a most important kind.
Jackanory … Jackanory … Jackanory … Jackanory … Jackanory … Jackanory …
Explanations from Town Hall Towers now have all the inventiveness and reality of the childlike postal freebies that Dodger’z Booiks-4-Babiz Scheme has …
It’s a cracker
Readers may wish to have a look at the Department for Transport’s own Advice and Guidance.
— On Mon, 12/3/12, Battersby, Karl <Karl.Battersby@rotherham.gov.uk> wrote:
From: Battersby, Karl <Karl.Battersby@rotherham.gov.uk>
Subject: Re: Private Car Parked On Footpath Outside Town Hall,.
To: Donald Bird, Don Buxton, “Hatton, Lesley” <Lesley.Hatton@rotherham.gov.uk>, “Kemp, Liz” <Liz.Kemp@rotherham.gov.uk>
Cc: “Beard, Martin” <Martin.Beard@rotherham.gov.uk>
Date: Monday, 12 March, 2012, 9:11
Mr Bird, I can provide the following response to your two emails.
The following is an extract from the Traffic Management Act Guidance for Local Authorities:
There are some circumstances where vehicles need to be parked in such a
way that they cannot comply with the regulations, “for example removal vehicles or scaffolding lorries.”* Authorities should issue special waivers (also called dispensations) to allow these vehicles to park without attracting penalties. It
is important that authorities establish their own policies and procedures for
granting waivers and provide for them in their TROs. Policies need to balance the importance to businesses of accessible parking in special circumstances with the need to keep roads clear, and ensure that the use of waivers is not excessive.
Accordingly, Rotherham MBC’s Parking Enforcement Policy states the following exemptions are appropriate:
Local Authority Vehicles (or those of contractual agents) whilst being used to carry out statutory duties (i.e. refuse collection, street cleansing, highway maintenance) or whilst carrying out duties that require the vehicle to be in close proximity (i.e. verge grass cutting) including parking attendant vehicles.
I hope this is now satisfactory.
Environment and Development Services
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
*Text in bold added for completeness. Rothpol.
From: Donald Bird
To: Battersby, Karl
Sent: Sat Mar 10 22:18:03 2012
Subject: Private Car Parked On Footpath Outside Town Hall,.
Dear Mr Battersby,
Further to your prompt explanation to Mr.Buxton re the above – would you please kindly quote to me the Section of The Traffic Management Act 2004 that applies in this instance.