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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 29 July 2013

Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation

The potential for 20 mph Zones - Consultation Report

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise Cabinet of the results and conclusions of the public consultation on the potential for 20mph zones within Penarth and Llandough (Appendix A).

Recommendations

1.         That Cabinet note and consider the findings of the consultation report (Appendix A).

2.         That Cabinet requests that the Director of Development Services assesses the viability of the introduction of 20mph zones within Llandough as part of the ongoing work to develop a 'package' of sustainable transport options for the area following the development of Llandough Hospital.

3.         That Cabinet requests that the Director of Development Services discusses the findings of the consultation exercise of this consultation with Penarth Town Council to consider possibilities for incorporating the results into the Town council's work to develop a vision for Penarth.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To ensure that Cabinet are aware of the views of local residents captured during the consultation.

2.         To ensure that the views of local residents are used to inform the development of sustainable transport options within the Vale.

3.         To ensure that the views of the community are used to influence any potential future work undertaken on sustainable transport at a local level.

Background

4.         Following requests from a number of residents and community groups a public consultation on the potential for 20mph zones within Penarth and Llandough in the Vale of Glamorgan took place during March and April 2013.

5.         It was felt that a 20 mph zone could potentially support a number of current Council initiatives to improve the Vale; most notably the Council’s approach to supporting safe walking and cycling routes and the ongoing work to promote sustainable communities. It was also felt that a 20mph scheme could have the potential to improve community cohesion and recognise the community function of streets as more than simply conduits for traffic. It is also an aspiration to improve and encourage greater pedestrian and cyclist movement between the Marina, the Esplanade and the Town Centre. The provision of a 20 mph zone could enable greater and safer movement between these areas.

6.         The consultation was widely promoted and 582 responses were received.

Relevant Issues and Options

7.         There are some stark local variations within the results which suggest that despite a general lack of support for this idea public opinion on the potential for 20mph zones varies greatly between wards within the Vale.

8.         The results of the consultation suggest that residents of Penarth are not in favour of further investigation of the potential for 20mph zones in the town.

9.         The results of the consultation suggest that within Llandough there is support for further investigation of the idea.

10.      Those residents that favoured further investigation into the potential for 20mph zones generally did so due to concerns about road safety and traffic speed within their local area.

11.      Those residents that were opposed to the idea often felt that there was simply not an issue to be addressed within the Vale and so no reason for 20mph zones. There were also concerns raised about how 20mph zones would be enforced and the effectiveness of 20mph zones in addressing transport issues in general.

12.      The level of support for further investigation of the idea within the St Augustine ward of Penarth was exceptionally low. Unfortunately the responses and comments made by respondents from this ward do not reveal why opinion within this ward is so opposed to the idea. Further engagement would be needed in order to gain an understanding of why residents of this part of the Vale are seemingly so opposed to this idea.

13.      Following the closure of the consultation a petition in support of 20mph zones signed by residents of Penarth was submitted to Council. This suggests that an element of support for the idea may exist. Again further engagement would be needed to ascertain why residents responded to the petition.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

14.      This is a matter for executive decision.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

15.      There are a number sustainability and climate change implications arising from the contents of this report. These cut across environmental, social and economic issues. The aim of this report is to further inform the development of sustainable transport options within the Vale.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

16.      There are no legal implications arising specifically from the contents of the consultation report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

17.      There are no crime and disorder implications arising specifically from the contents of the consultation report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

18.      The public consultation on the potential for 20mph zones in Penarth and Llandough was open and accessible to all residents of the Vale.

Corporate/Service Objectives

19.      The Council is committed to developing sustainable transport options for the Vale.

Policy Framework and Budget

20.      This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

21.      The consultation was instigated by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation who is also the ward member for the St Augustine ward of Penarth.

22.      All other local members were informed of the consultation as were members of Penarth Town Council.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

23.      Economy and Environment

Background Papers

None

 

Contact Officer

Robert Jones, Corporate Consultation Officer

 

Officers Consulted

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services

Miles Punter, Director of Visible and Housing Services

John Dent, Major Projects Officer

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services

 

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