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Agenda Item No. 5

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

HOMES AND SAFE COMMUNITIES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE: 15TH MARCH, 2017

 

REFERENCE FROM ENVIRONMENT AND REGENERATION SCRUTINY COMMITTEE: 14TH FEBRUARY, 2017

 

 

“           TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TASK AND FINISH GROUP OF THE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – UPDATE ON ACTIONS UNDERTAKEN (DEH) –

 

Committee was updated on the progress made in 2016 on the implementation of the actions contained within the Traffic Management Task and Finish Group Report (2014) and the Local Transport Plan (LDP) (2015).

 

The reports at Appendices A and B provided a detailed update on the Implementation Plan.  At Appendix A the recommendations highlighted in Green were noted as either completed or were on track for completion, the recommendations highlighted Amber were currently being progressed / actioned, and those highlighted Red had not yet started.

 

Although the Appendices also illustrated the actions that had not yet been progressed, there was however a commitment to consider these actions over the coming years within the lifespan of the LTP report.

 

The Principal Transport and Road Safety Officer, in presenting the report, advised that in March 2016 a recommendation had been made that as the majority of actions had been significantly progressed or were complete and that the majority of the actions were duplicated within the adopted LTP, the two workstream reports were to be combined to enable Committee to receive updates in one single report from 2016/17 onwards.  It was noted therefore that Appendices A and B included all actions from both documents.

 

Of note was the fact that all improvement actions contained within the Plan had been progressed through a variety of funding sources as follows:

 

            Internal capital or revenue budgets

            Transport Grant funding

            Section 106 funding

            Section 278 Highways Works as part of new developments

            Other grant funding.

 

In acknowledging the work that had been undertaken to date, the Chairman however queried IP2, the recommendation to receive a report at a future meeting apprising Members of the discussions held with representatives from Emergency Services.  The Chairman considered that the work of Emergency Services was an important aspect for the Council and that such reports should be presented to the relevant Scrutiny Committee on a regular basis.  It was noted that with regard to  IP8 – funding arrangements and feasibility studies in relation to traffic management issues following the winding up of SEWTA, would be tied in with the feasibility works in relation to the costings for Metro.  The Chairman also took the opportunity to thank the officers for the weekly update that was now being provided to all Members as a result of the review on highways issues which was also an extremely useful management information tool . The Head of Service also acknowledged that the mobile signs were shortly to be purchased, with two to be used on Port Road.

 

In considering the report, a Member raised concern at the Barons Court Junction, particularly when traffic was turning right into Penarth. Although they were fully aware that the scheme had been originally devised by Cardiff Council this was a significant issue and further consideration at this junction should take place.  The officer agreed to look into the matter and report back with any suggested proposals.  The Cabinet Member for Building Services, Highways and Transportation informed the Committee that funding had been secured to model the Merrie Harrier Junction and that public consultations would also take place with regards to Dinas Powys Transport Network.

 

Following consideration of the report, it was subsequently

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T  the Homes and Safe Communities Scrutiny Committee be requested to consider receiving an Emergency Services report on a regular basis to inform Members.

 

(2)       T H A T the report and update on the Transport Task and Finish Group Implementation Plan as detailed at Appendices A and B to the report be approved.

 

(3)       T H A T a further update report on delivery of the Transport Task and Finish Group Implementation Plan as part of the Local Transport Plan Update Report be presented to the Committee in February 2018.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       For information.

 

(2)       To apprise Members of works carried out in 2016/17.

 

(3)       In order that the Scrutiny Committee can monitor progress on the Plan.”

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee: 14th February, 2017

 

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