Hundreds sign petition for Barry Island parking lot
HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition calling for changes to the Barry Island parking lot.
A petition to the Vale of Glamorgan Council which includes numerous suggestions for changes to parking on Barry Island – including waiving charges during off-peak months – has been signed by more than 890 people.
The online petition, started by Christina Rogers, suggests parking fees should be waived between November and February, saying the majority of people visiting these months are ‘primarily dog walkers and people wanting to start a small business local”.
But the council says a previous removal of charges had no impact on visitor numbers.
The cost of parking at Harbor Road car park or Nell’s Point car park is £1 for up to one hour, £6 for all day or £3 for all evening. Coastal parking permits are also available and can also be used in Ogmore and Southerndown and cost £50 for six months or £100 for 12 months. Blue Badge holders can park for free.
Cllr Peter King, Vale of Glamorgan Cabinet Member for Neighborhood Services and Transport, said: ‘To reflect its status as a year-round attraction, the Council Cabinet has previously agreed to waive seasonal charges for Barry Island car parks.
“These charges bring Barry Island in line with other council resorts and do not appear to have had an impact on the number of visitors to the island.
“The overall approach to parking changes on the island is designed to increase parking turnover, which should attract more visitors and benefit local businesses.
“Charges apply to car parks only, no charge for street parking.”
But, the petition suggests that street parking may also be an issue, referencing other areas of concern including:
- Unequal ratio of disabled and non-disabled parking spaces;
- Dangerous and unsecured parking, with lighting suggested in the car parks;
- Wanting an official parking permit pays for all residents of Friars Road and Paget Road – there are six bays for the latter.
“The council is currently monitoring resident parking areas on various streets on Barry Island for 12 months,” added Cllr Peter King.
“Once this monitoring period has passed, we will consider any necessary changes to all resident parking areas.”
The petition is available at https://bit.ly/3qb6389