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Barnet Council’s Schools Parking Permit Consultation

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Introduction
Introduction

Barnet schools currently face a number of issues with the recruitment and retention of staff such as:

we border inner London boroughs that offer higher weighting salaries

neighbouring boroughs offer more assistance with housing and travel currently

some neighbouring boroughs already offer schools parking permits.

The council would like to assist schools within the borough to attract and retain staff. We have already carried out extensive engagement with schools and we are working with the Head of School Improvement to try to attract teachers to work in Barnet. One of the ways which the council has been asked to assist is to introduce a schools parking permit scheme.

However, the council is also committed, through its Parking Policy, to ensure that residents can park close to their homes, and that our schools travel plan supports the use of sustainable transport (for example: walking, cycling and public transport use for journeys to and from schools).

The council has identified a scheme that would seek to balance these conflicting priorities, in particular the proposed scheme would:

seek to ensure residents can park as near to their home as possible by offering a

maximum number of permits to a school based on the availability of parking spaces 1 allow schools to determine which staff receives those parking permits

Only permit schools that have a school travel plan in place to take part in the scheme.

The council would like to hear your views on the proposed schools parking permit scheme, and in particular we want to know:

• if you support or oppose the scheme in principle • why you support or oppose the scheme • any suggestions you may have to enhance the proposals.

Your views and opinions are important to us and will help inform the final decision.

The questionnaire should only take about five minutes of your time.

Thank you for your time – your participation in this important consultation is greatly appreciated.

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Instructions
Instructions

Please read these instructions carefully before answering the survey

The questionnaire has been designed to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in. Most questions only require you to put a tick in one option or give your views but please read the instructions for answering each question carefully.

Please check that you have answered all the questions that apply to you.

Please be assured that all your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be stored securely in an anonymous format. All information is stored in accordance with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Please return in the reply paid envelope provided by 30th September 2015.

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Section 1. Schools parking permit scheme

Schools Parking Permit

If a schools parking permit scheme was introduced it would allow schools that reside in a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) to offer parking permits to their staff.

The individual permits would only be valid:

in particular streets and only where there is available parking space 2

during term time

Monday to Friday.

To take part in the scheme the school would need to have a school travel plan 3 in place.

  • 1. To what extent do you support or oppose the introduction of schools permit as outlined above? (Please tick () one box only)

Strongly

support

Tend to

support

Tend to

oppose

Strongly

oppose

Don’t know/

not sure

Go to Q3

  • 2. Please give your reasons why you support or oppose the scheme: (Please write in your answer)

Section 1. Schools parking permit scheme Schools Parking Permit If a schools parking permit scheme was
  • 3. Do you have any other suggestions that may enhance the way in which the schools permit scheme could work, or do you wish to make any additional comments in support or opposition of the scheme? (Please write in your answer)

  • 2 With the introduction of a new system the council can identify, on a street by street basis, the number of car parking spaces and the number of resident permits in that street and therefore identify where spare capacity is available.
    3

You can read more about School Travel Plans by visiting https://barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/schools-and- education/school-transport/sustainable-travel-to-school-school-travel-plans.html

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Section 2: About you

When consulting with our residents and service users Barnet Council needs to understand the views of our different communities.

Please be assured that all your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be stored securely. All information is stored in accordance with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998.

  • 4. So that we can analyse the findings by different locations in the borough, please can you provide your post code ensuring you exclude the last letter (excluding the last letter of your post code means that we will not be able to identify your address and your questionnaire responses will remain anonymous). Please write in the box below. Remember to exclude the last letter of your post code.

Section 2: About you When consulting with our residents and service users Barnet Council needs to
  • 5. Are you responding as a: Please tick () one OPTION only

Barnet resident

 
  • Go to Q 8

Business based in Barnet

 
  • Go to Q 8

Barnet resident and business

 
  • Go to Q 8

Representing a voluntary/community organisation

 
  • Go to Q 6

Representing a public sector organisation

 
  • Go to Q 7

Other (please specify) …………………………………………… ..

 
  • Go to Q 8

  • 6. Please specify the type of stakeholders or residents your community group or voluntary organisation represents:

Section 2: About you When consulting with our residents and service users Barnet Council needs to
  • 7. Please specify the type of public sector organisation you are representing:

Section 2: About you When consulting with our residents and service users Barnet Council needs to

If you are a voluntary/community or public sector organisation you do not have to answer the Diversity Monitoring questions and you have completed the survey.

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8.

Are you responding as a: Please tick () one OPTION only

CPZ Permit holder

Go to Q 9

Non Permit Holder who lives in a CPZ

Go to Q 10

Trade Union Representative

Go to Q 10

 

Go to Q 10

Business permit Holder Other (please specify) …………………………………………… ..

Go to Q 10

  • 9. Please tell us the Zone of the CPZ you are in: (Please write in your answer) (Please visit www.barnettraffweb.co.uk or see the parking signs in your street to find the zone)

8. Are you responding as a: Please tick (  ) one OPTION only CPZ Permit

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Section 3: Diversity monitoring

Barnet Council is required by law, under the Equality Act 2010, to pay due regard to equalities in eliminating unlawful discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between people from different groups. One way we do this is to assess the impact of our services and practices on different groups. The information collected here will help the council to ensure that our policies and services are fair and accessible, assess the impact of policies, services and decisions on the protected characteristics covered by the Act and demonstrate compliance with the law.

To assist us in complying with our duty under the Equality Act 2010 we would like to encourage you to complete the following questions. Collecting this information will help us understand the needs of our different communities.

Please be assured that all the answers you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be stored securely in an anonymous format. All information will be stored in accordance with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998.

For the purposes of this questionnaire we are asking seven of the protected characteristics included in the Equality Act 2010.

  • 10. Are you male or female? Please tick () one OPTION only

 

Male

Go to Q12

Female

Prefer not to say

 

 
  • 11. Are you pregnant and/or on maternity leave? (Please tick () one option on each row)

     

Yes

No

Prefer not to say

   
  • I am pregnant

   

 

  • I am currently on maternity leave

   

 

  • 12. What is your age group? (Please tick () one option only)

Under 18

55-64

18-24

65- 74

25-34

75+

35-44

Prefer not to say

45-54

 

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  • 13. What is your ethnic origin? (Please tick () one option only)

Asian

 

White

 

Bangladeshi

British

British

Greek / Greek Cypriot

Chinese

Gypsy or Irish Traveller Irish

Indian

Irish

Pakistani

Turkish / Turkish Cypriot

Any other Asian background (AND WRITE BELOW)

Any other White background (AND WRITE BELOW)

Black

 

Other

 

African

Arab

British

Any other ethnic group (AND WRITE BELOW)

Caribbean

Prefer not to say

Any other Black / African / Caribbean background (AND WRITE BELOW)

…………………………………

 

Mixed

   

White and Asian

White and Black African

White and Black Caribbean

Any other Mixed / Multiple ethnic background (AND WRITE BELOW)

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The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as, ‘a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to- day activities’. In this definition, long-term means more than 12 months and would cover long-term illness such as cancer and HIV or mental health problems.

  • 14. Do you consider that you have a disability as outlined above? (Please tick () one option only)

Yes

No (Please go to Q15)

If you have answered ‘yes’, please select the definition(s) from the list below that best describes your disability/disabilities:

Hearing (such as deaf, partially

Reduced Physical Capacity

deaf or hard of hearing)

(such as inability to lift, carry

or otherwise move everyday objects, debilitating pain and lack of strength, breath energy or stamina, asthma, angina or diabetes)

Vision (such as blind or fractional/partial sight. Does not

Severe Disfigurement

include people whose visual problems can be corrected by

Learning Difficulties (such as dyslexia)

glasses/contact lenses) Speech (such as impairments that can cause communication problems)

Mental Illness (substantial and lasting more than a year, such as severe depression or psychoses)

Mobility (such as wheelchair user,

Physical Co-ordination

artificial lower limb(s), walking aids,

(such as manual dexterity,

rheumatism or arthritis)

muscular control, cerebral palsy)

Other disability, please specify ……………………………………………………………………………

 

Prefer not to say

  • 15. What is your religion or belief? Please tick () one option only

Agnostic

Jain

Atheist

Jewish

Baha’i

Muslim

Buddhist

Sikh

Christian

No Religion

Hindu

Other religion/belief (Please specify)…………………

Humanist

Prefer not to say

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  • 16. What is your sexual orientation? Please tick one option only

Bisexual

Lesbian

Gay

Transsexual

Heterosexual

Prefer not to say

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.

Please return in the reply paid envelope provided by 30 September 2015.

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