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VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

Minutes of a Special meeting held on 22nd July, 2015 (6.05 p.m.).

 

Present: Councillor Fred Johnson (Mayor); Councillors Antony Bennett, Richard Bertin, Janice Birch, Rhiannon Birch, Jonathan Bird, Bronwen Brooks, Lis Burnett, Philip Clarke, Geoff Cox, Claire Curtis, Rob Curtis, Pamela Drake, John Drysdale, Kate Edmunds, Stuart Egan, Christopher Elmore, Christopher Franks, Eric Hacker, Howard Hamilton ,Val Hartrey, Nic Hodges, Jeff James, Hunter Jarvie, Gwyn John, Dr. Ian Johnson, Peter King, Kevin Mahoney, Anne Moore, Neil Moore, Andrew Parker, Bob Penrose, Anthony Powell, Audrey Preston, Rhona Probert, Gwyn Roberts, John Thomas, Ray Thomas, Margaret Wilkinson, Christopher Williams, Clive Williams, Edward Williams and Mark Wilson.

 

 

277      APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE –

 

These were received from Councillors Keith Hatton, Maureen Kelly Owen, Rhodri Traherne and Stefan Wiliam.

 

 

278      DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST -

 

Councillor Bertin declared an interest in Agenda Item 3: Adoption of the Vale of Glamorgan Local Transport Plan on the grounds of being employed by Cardiff City Transport Services (suppliers of contracted bus services to this Council).

 

 

279      ADOPTION OF THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN 2015 -

 

Cabinet on 22nd June, 2015 considered a report regarding the adoption by the Council of the Local Transport Plan (LTP).

 

Welsh Government (WG) provided a template to assist local transport authorities to submit and produce their LTPs in a consistent format, and the Council's LTP was subsequently submitted by the deadline of 31st January, 2015.  In producing the LTP, the Council undertook consultation and the responses to the consultation were considered in advance of submission to the WG.

 

It was clarified by WG that LTPs were to be assessed to ensure that they:

                                                                                                                 

-         included identification of issues, opportunities and intervention;

-         provided an updated programme of schemes for the period 2015 – 2020, and which were within the remit of the local transport authority;

-         provided medium and longer term aspirations to 2030, which were within the remit of the local transport authority;

-         demonstrated the necessary statutory checks had been undertaken, if required;

-         demonstrated that consultation had been undertaken with the relevant City Region board, where applicable;

-         included a monitoring and evaluation plan;

-         were submitted in the format required, and by the deadline.

 

The Council received comments from 17 organisations or individuals in response to the consultation exercise.  Appendix 2 attached to the report contained details of the main issues raised through the consultation process as well as the Officers’ responses to the matters raised.

 

The consultation responses received were carefully considered and typographical errors had been corrected where appropriate, as well as changes being made where necessary and appropriate prior to submission for approval to WG.  This was in line with the Council approval of 17th December, 2014.  The reasons for any changes and the reasons for not making additional changes were outlined in the Council's responses at Appendix 2 attached to the report. 

 

The Council also received a response from the Cardiff City Region Board on 8th April, 2015, a copy of which was attached at Appendix 4 to the report.

 

On 25th May, 2015 the Council received a response from Edwina Hart, The Minister for Economy, Science and Transport approving the Vale of Glamorgan Draft Local Transport Plan 2015, which was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.  A copy of the final proposed Plan was attached at Appendix 3 to the report.

 

Following consideration of the report, Cabinet on 22nd June, 2015:

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)          T H A T the contents of the proposed Vale of Glamorgan Council Local Transport Plan 2015, as attached at Appendix 3 to the report, be approved and the matter be referred to a special meeting of Council before the recess to enable its adoption.

 

(2)          T H A T the received consultation comments attached at Appendix 2 to the report be noted, and the responses to those comments be agreed.

 

(3)          T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) for information.

 

(4)          T H A T resolutions (1) to (3) above be dealt with under Article 13.09 of the Council's Constitution (Urgent Decision Procedure) in order to present the Local Transport Plan 2015 to a special meeting of Council before the recess.

 

At the Council meeting, the Cabinet Member (Regeneration) explained the background to this matter, as set out above.  Having done so, she moved (it being duly seconded by the Deputy Leader) that recommendations (1) of Cabinet of 22nd June, 2015 be approved and recommendation (4) be noted.

 

Councillor Dr. Johnson considered it important to place the Local Transport Plan within the context of the Local Development Plan.  He commented on how few responses to the consultation exercise had been received, compared to the number for the Local Development Plan.  Given this, he questioned whether, perhaps, more effort could have been put into the consultation exercise.  Notwithstanding this, he acknowledged that full responses had been given to the (albeit small) number of submissions received.

 

He asked for further information / clarification regarding the reference in the Plan to a Barry Dock Station Bus Interchange.  He also alluded to the fact that, given the Dinas Powys Bypass was not included within the Local Transport Plan (a plan that went beyond the life of the Council’s LDP) as "begging the question" as to when the appropriate time would be for the Bypass to be included. 

 

Councillor Dr. Johnson moved an amendment to recommendation (1) of Cabinet of 22nd June, 2015 as follows (the amended text being shown emboldened):

 

"T H A T the contents of the proposed Vale of Glamorgan Council Local Transport Plan 2015 as attached at Appendix 3 to the report, and subject to the inclusion of the Dinas Powys Bypass, be approved."

 

He also requested that a Recorded Vote take place on his amendment and the requisite number of Members duly stood to confirm that this would be the case. 

 

Councillor Franks duly seconded Councillor Dr. Johnson’s amendment.  He also alluded to the following matters.  He noted reference in the Plan to work being undertaken at the Merrie Harriers junction.  He felt there to be little comment regarding rail transport within the Plan and he also asked for updates on a number of matters, such as Safer Routes in Communities and Active Travel.

 

Councillor Bertin, whilst in overall terms welcoming the proposals contained in the Plan, considered the Council needed to do more to increase the use of public transport, with a view to reducing traffic congestion.  He was supportive of the concept of a Barry Dock Station Bus Interchange.  He also expressed a wish for improved evening bus services for residents living in Communities First areas. 

 

Responding to the above, the Leader expressed surprise at some of the questions put, given the nature of the consultation process which had taken place.  He considered requests for updates to be somewhat difficult prior to the actual adoption of the Plan itself.  Whilst there might not have been many responses to the consultation exercise, those responses had been addressed comprehensively. 

 

The Leader indicated he would oppose the amendment set out above.  The Plan had been through a formal process, using the template provided by Welsh Government who, in turn, had signed off the Plan.  Any changes to the Plan, would result in the Council, in effect, having to revert to "square one".  Nevertheless, he confirmed that, through the life of the Plan, the opportunity for review / updates would exist. 

 

In summing up, the Cabinet Member (Regeneration) alluded to the Leader having already responded to a number of the points raised by Members during the discussion.  She alluded to the Council having a duty, not only under the LDP and LTP, but also within areas such as Active Travel.  She considered plans such as the LTP to be a "moving feast" and likely to be subject to amendments over time. 

 

The Cabinet Member pointed out that the Council’s position with regard to the Dinas Powys Bypass was covered in the response to Dinas Powys Community Council, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.  As far as Active Travel was concerned, areas for such were defined by Welsh Government.  Regarding the reference to rail transport, she pointed out that WG specifically excluded rail transport from LTPs. She indicated that the Council was involved in discussions regarding the potential Metro system (which she considered of key importance) and that the Council would work closely with Welsh Government on that matter. 

 

She also pointed out that many of the questions raised during the discussion had already been addressed in the responses provided by the Council during the consultation exercise (again, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report).  She disputed any suggestion that the limited number of responses received was down to a lack of effort on the part of the Council in terms of the consultation process itself.

 

In respect of Councillor Dr. Ian Johnson’s proposal that recommendation (1) of the report before Council be amended as follows:

 

"T H A T the contents of the proposed Vale of Glamorgan Council Local Transport Plan 2015 as attached at Appendix 3 to the report, and subject to the inclusion of the Dinas Powys Bypass, be approved."

 

Voting took place as follows and it was

 

RESOLVED – T H A T the Motion be lost.

 

For the Motion

Against the Motion

Abstain

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

C.P. Franks

A.G. Bennett

 

Mrs. V.M. Hartrey

R.J. Bertin

 

N.P. Hodges

Mrs. M.E.J. Birch

 

Dr. I.J. Johnson

Ms. R. Birch

 

R.A. Penrose

J.C. Bird

 

C.J. Williams

Ms. B.E. Brooks

 

 

L. Burnett

 

 

P.J. Clarke

 

 

G.A. Cox

 

 

Mrs. C.L. Curtis

 

 

R.F. Curtis

 

 

Mrs. P. Drake

 

 

J. Drysdale

 

 

Ms. K.E. Edmunds

 

 

S.C. Egan

 

 

C.P.J. Elmore

 

 

E. Hacker

 

 

H.C. Hamilton

 

 

H.J.W. James

 

 

T.H. Jarvie

 

 

J. John

 

 

F.T. Johnson

 

 

P.G. King

 

 

K.P. Mahoney

 

 

Mrs. A.J. Moore

 

 

N. Moore

 

 

A.C. Parker

 

 

A.G. Powell

 

 

Mrs. A.J. Preston

 

 

Ms. R.F. Probert

 

 

G. Roberts

 

 

J.W. Thomas

 

 

R.P. Thomas

 

 

Mrs. M.R. Wilkinson

 

 

A.C. Williams

 

 

E. Williams

 

 

M.R. Wilson

 

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Voting subsequently took place on the original Cabinet recommendations of 22nd June, 2015 before Council and it was

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the Vale of Glamorgan Local Transport Plan 2015 be adopted.

 

(2)       T H A T the use of Article 13.09 of the Council’s Constitution (Urgent Decision Procedure) in order to present the Local Transport Plan 2015 to a Special Meeting of Council before the recess be noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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