Worthing Borough Council agreed at an early stage in the car parking review “that the parking service should be a joint service for Adur and Worthing”. That decision restricts the options open to Worthing Borough Council on on-street parking now managed by NCP.
In a report to the Joint Strategic Committee on Thursday (March 28th) council officers have identified four options for the future management of on-street parking:
• Option 1 – To maintain outsourcing as now, but regain tariff control, with the contract/agreement being managed in-house as per current service provision, using the same contractor as for On-Street in one contract.
• Option 2 – To maintain outsourcing as now, but regain tariff control, with the contract/agreement being managed in-house as per current service provision, using a different contractor to On-Street so there are two contracts.
• Option 3 – To bring all service elements in-house. Note that Adur have already decided against this and Worthing’s decision outlined above might negate this as an option.
• Option 4 – To bring the service in-house, but outsource the enforcement, season tickets and cash collection / machine maintenance elements to the On-Street contractor.
With Adur District Council rejecting bringing on-street parking in-house and the agreed joint working agreement between Worthing and Adur there seems little chance of Worthing bringing the current NCP contract in house. The Joint Strategic Committee comprising both Adur District and Worthing Borough Cabinets will decide which option to pursue on Thursday.