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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 21 October 2013

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

Provision of a shared walking and cycling route between Barry and Dinas Powys.

Purpose of the Report

1.         To provide Members with an update on the feasibility work undertaken to date on the provision of a shared walking and cycling route between Barry and Dinas Powys.  The report also seeks approval to commence initial discussions with landowners and if appropriate progress land valuations in respect of the land that would need to be acquired to allow construction of the scheme.

The report also seeks approval to submit a further bid to the South East Wales Transport Alliance for funding of the scheme following the clarification of the position regarding land valuations.

Recommendations

1.         That the progress made to date be noted.

2.         That Cabinet endorse the recommendations of the Feasibility Report which defines a preferred route for the shared walking and cycling path.

3.         That a consultation exercise with relevant stakeholders be organised to seek views in respect of the preferred route and design and that the results of any consultation be reported back to Cabinet in due course.

4.         That the Director of Resources be authorised, in consultation with the Leader, to commence initial discussions with landowners and seek necessary land valuations in respect of the land that would need to be acquired to allow construction of the scheme.

5.         That officers report the results of the land investigations and discussions back to Cabinet in due course.

6.         That the Director of Development services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation, be authorised to submit a further bid to the South East Wales Transport Alliance for scheme funding once the position regarding land valuation is known.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To provide a full update on the proposal.

2.         To accept the Feasibility report which identifies a preferred route as a basis for consultation.

3.         To allow views regarding the route and initial design to be sought.

4.         In order to clarify the position regarding land take and the cost of land acquisition so that an appropriate funding bid to Sewta might be made later in the year.

5.         To allow the provision of sufficient information to enable the Cabinet to make a decision with respect to the next stage of the project.

6.         In order to provide a funding proposal for the scheme.

Background

2.         Members will be aware that in 2010-11 funding was received from the South East Wales Transport Alliance (Sewta) to undertake feasibility work to see if a Barry-Dinas Powys walking and cycling route might be provided, as the existing highway between the Biglis roundabout in Barry and the edge of Dinas Powys along the A4055 Cardiff Road currently has no footway provision.

3.         The route is seen as an important element of the developing network of walking and cycling routes across the Vale of Glamorgan and would provide for a safe walking connection between Barry and Dinas Powys and an off road cycle route which would cater for both leisure and commuter cyclists travelling between Barry- Dinas Powys and Cardiff.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.         As part of the feasibility report two route options were considered. Option 1 identified a route to the north-western side of the A4055 Cardiff Road and Option 2 proposed to bring the route across the A4055 to the south-eastern side for part of its length. Both options considered other minor variations to route to deal with perceived barriers or risks to implementation. Both route options run between the Biglis roundabout and Caer Odyn, Southra park in Dinas Powys.

5.         Following initial consideration of land ownership, land take considerations, environmental and ecological considerations, flood risk and flood alleviation methods as well a consideration of both construction methods and buildability, the Feasibility report concludes that one of the variations of Option 2 should be taken forward as a preferred option for more detailed consideration. The ability to deliver the scheme will rely on both land acquisition and funding and this report seeks the necessary approvals to seek valuation of the land required for the currently preferred option as well as approval to commence negotiations with the various landowners involved. The preferred Option 2 is also currently in the lower range of the priced Options considered to date.

6.         Option 2, as shown on drawing numbers 1002 and 1003 in Appendix A shows a route following more or less ROW14 from the Southra Estate through Bryn y Don playing fields. The route would then follow the boundary hedge and proposes crossing the Cadoxton river via a new footbridge adjacent to the Green Lane junction. The route would then cross Cardiff Road using the existing central island and would follow the field boundaries immediately south of and along Cardiff Road to join up with the eastern footway on Sully Road.

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

7.         The funding for the land valuations and the commencement of land negotiations has been provided as grant by Sewta in the current financial year. Scheme construction and any land purchase would be subject to a subsequent bid to Sewta in future years.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.         The Feasibility report produced in 2011 also includes an Environmental Study by Soltys Brewster which considered baseline environmental conditions, a consideration of the development options and their potential effects. Clearly the progression of this scheme has the ability to influence travel patterns and promote the use of sustainable transport options.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.         There are no specific legal implications at this time but going forward the Council will need to acquire land for the scheme.

10.      Under Section 120 of the Local Government Act 1972, the Council can acquire land by agreement for the benefit, improvement or development of its area or to fulfil its statutory functions.

11.      Also, Section 2 of the Local Government Act 2000 the Council is permitted to do anything likely to improve the economic, social or environmental well-being of its area.

12.      All funding secured from Sewta or other bodies will be subject to terms and conditions of grant and the Council is required to enter into appropriate agreements in this regard. Applying and securing grant funding will also need to comply with the Council's Financial Procedure Note on Grant Funding

13.      The Council may need to give consideration to using its compulsory purchase powers to help implement the scheme. However, at this stage, the Cabinet is only being asked to agree the commencement of negotiations and any future resolution to make a CPO will be subject to a separate report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.      There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

15.      Equal opportunity issues will need to be considered in the developing design phases.

Corporate/Service Objectives

16.      The proposal would support the Corporate Plan in its promotion of regeneration, sustainability, public health, and the safety of residents in the Vale.

Policy Framework and Budget

17.      This report is a matter for Executive decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

18.      Local Ward Members have been consulted.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

19.      Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

Appendix A.

 

Contact Officer

John Dent. Major Projects Manager - 01446 704617

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager Legal - Committee Reports

Senior Accountant

Operational Manager for Countryside and Economic Projects

Operational Manager for Parks and Ground Maintenance

Operational Manager for Leisure and Tourism

Operational Manager for Planning and Transportation

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services

 

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