Worthing Cabinet members recommended tonight to take Worthing’s car parks in house. The report before the Adur & Worthing Joint Strategic Committee (effectively the Adur District and Worthing Borough Cabinets together) had four options – one of which was taking in house. The recommendation goes to Full Council on Tuesday April 16th for final approval.
Leader of Worthing Council Paul Yallop said the car parks were half full compared with when he first became a councillor and bringing in house and the charges in line with similar towns should increase use. Members did express concern over staffing costs as public authority salaries and pensions were more expensive than in the private sector.
Mr Yallop deferred any capital investment in refurbishing the car parks until after seeing the result of reducing charges. There is a planned investment in the reserve capital programme for the car parks of about £11 million.
The four options were:
- 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.
- 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.
The current contractor for the car parks is NCP Limited.