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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 18th January, 2012

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Visible and Building Services

 

Trinity Street and Romilly Road, Barry - Proposed Experimental Traffic Regulation Order - Response to Public Consultation Exercise

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To advise Members of the results of a public consultation exercise undertaken prior to the introduction of a proposed Experimental Traffic Regulation Order intended to address highway safety concerns raised by local residents.

Recommendations

1.             That Members note the contents of the report.

2.             That no further action be taken at this time in respect of this matter.

3.             That this report be referred to Planning Committee.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             For information.  

2.             To clarify the Council's position.

3.             For information.

Background

2.             A report was presented to Cabinet on 16th March 2011 seeking approval to progress with an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order which would permit the following:

·               The closure of Trinity Street at its junction with Jenner Road, the closure of Montgomery Road at its junction with Trinity Street and the making of Gadlys Road West a one way street;

·               The making of Romilly Road West a one way street.

3.             Cabinet resolved the following:

(1)       T H A T the contents of the report be noted and the proposed actions approved.

(2)       T H A T a report be presented to the Planning Committee in due course for the introduction of an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order as described in the report.

(3)       T H A T the use of £40k from the Visible Services Asset Renewal budget 2011/12 be approved to progress the proposals identified in the report.

(4)       T H A T the report and the resolutions of Cabinet be presented to the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) in due course.

(5)       T H A T a further report be presented to Cabinet three months post the introduction of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order.

4.             A report was presented to Planning Committee on 19th May 2011 seeking approval to introduce the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order however Planning Committee resolved the following:

(1)          T H A T the making of any Experimental Traffic Regulation Order be deferred to allow for consultations to be undertaken with the residents of all affected residential streets and with the businesses located on Broad Street, High Street and Park Crescent, Barry.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             A public consultation exercise was undertaken, as requested by Planning Committee, for a 30 day period between 14th July and 12th August 2011.  A press release was used to advise residents, businesses and motorists who may be affected by the proposals to contact the Council by mail, by text or by telephone and to indicate whether they were in support of the proposed experimental order or not.  Particular reference was made to residents and businesses in Romilly Road, Trinity Street, Broad Street, High Street and Park Crescent.

6.             In addition, a large scale plan of the area indicating the proposals was displayed in the foyer of the Civic Offices for the duration of the consultation period.

7.             Respondents were requested to indicate their address so that this could be taken into account in any future analysis and also to comment on any related matter.  

8.             There are approximately 90 properties in Trinity Street, 40 in Romilly Road, 16 in Gadlys Road West and 20 in Montgomery Road which would be directly affected by the proposals. 

9.             The results to the consultation are as follows:

There were 90 responses from residents, of which 40 were in favour of the proposed Experimental Order and 50 against.  There were no responses from businesses.

10.        In addition to the indication of support or not to the proposal, the following comments were received:

Leave things as they are:        4

Increase parking enforcement:          1

Concern over loss of bus service:     2

Remove One-way/No Entry Alexander Crescent:    9

Make Trinity Street One-way: 11

Concern over increased traffic on surrounding streets (with schools):      27

Concern over additional journey time/distance:       15

Reduce speed/traffic flow along Trinity Street:         3

Improve general safety/reduce incidents:     17

11.        Of 38 responses from residents in Trinity Street, 30 were in favour of the proposal.

12.        Only 4 responses were received from Romilly Road residents.  Of these respondents 3 were in favour of the one way proposal and 1 was against.

13.        Members are advised that experimental traffic orders are only suggested when neither the professional traffic officers nor the general public can accurately predict the full implications of the traffic management change proposed.

14.        Implementing traffic management changes on a trial basis allows real data to be collected and also permits the travelling public to make a more informed view of the change, objecting if necessary, though with the benefit of actual experiences.

15.        Some residents in this case have registered concerns about the significance of increased traffic flows and, without an experiment, we will never know whether such concerns are justified.

16.        Officers are however only able to advise Members based on the most recent data obtained, and in this case as a result of the poor response to the public consultation and the absence of a decisive result, officer opinion is that no further action should be taken at either location at this time.

17.        Officers will continue to monitor speed and accident data at these locations and if there is a requirement in the future to undertake any traffic modelling work for the West End of Barry, perhaps as a result of new developments, the management of these streets and others in the vicinity will be considered again.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

18.        Cabinet on 16th March 2011 approved the use of £40k from the Visible Services Asset Renewal budget 2011/12 to progress these proposals.  Should the recommendation of this report be approved then the £40k will be used to progress other highway safety schemes.

19.        The Council's Traffic Management team (Highways and Engineering) had undertaken investigations into traffic flows and speeds in the area and had proposed the introduction of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order in an attempt to address the original concerns raised by residents.

20.        There are no Climate Change Implications.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

21.        The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 empowers highway authorities to make Traffic Orders to regulate traffic and to improve the amenities of an area.  The Local Authorities’ Traffic Order (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996 directs Order making Authorities over the manner in which consultations, publications and objections to such orders are made.

22.        The Council as Highway Authority has a responsibility to ensure the safety of the highway user and may be found to be negligent if it does not meet its statutory obligations under the Highways Act 1980 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

23.        There are no Human Rights Implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

24.        Improvements to highway safety help to reduce the potential for incidents of disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

25.        Improvements to highway safety benefit all sectors of the community.

26.        Any signage associated with future works will comply with the requirements of the Council's Welsh Language Scheme.

Corporate/Service Objectives

27.        To maintain and develop a safe and effective highway.

Policy Framework and Budget

28.        This is a matter for Executive Decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

29.        Local Members have been involved at all stages during the progress of this matter.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

30.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

31.        None.

Contact Officer

Paul Gay - Group Engineer (Highway Projects and Traffic Management)

Tel. No. 02920 673086

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager Legal Services

Accountant, Building and Visible Services

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Quick, Director of Environmental and Economic Regeneration.