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  Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 24 February, 2014

 

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

 

Local Transport Fund Bid 2014/15

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise Members of the invitation by the Welsh Government (WG) to bid for funding through the Local Transport Fund process. The bid invitation can be found at Appendix A.

2.         To advise Members on the schemes being proposed to be submitted for this funding for 2014/15.

Recommendations

1.         That Members note the information in this report.

2.         That Cabinet approve the schemes that are being proposed to be submitted for Local Transport Fund grant.

3.         That Cabinet authorise the Director of Development Services and the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning & Transportation to use delegated powers to finalise the details of the bids in time for submission to comply with the WG deadline of Friday 28th February 2014.

4.         That the urgent decision procedure as set out in article 13.09 of the Council's Constitution be used in view of the need to submit bids to Welsh Government by Friday 28th February 2014.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To advise Members of the procedures, terms and conditions of the Local Transport Fund grant guidance, assessment criteria and application process.

2.         To endorse the acceptance of the schemes being proposed.

3.         To allow the bids to be submitted within the timescale required.

4.         To allow bids to be submitted within the timescale of 28th February 2014.

Background

3.         Welsh Government this year has directly invited local authorities to submit bids for Local Transport fund grant.  The Welsh Government has identified the following priority areas for support 2014-15 and expects to see these objectives reflected in the applications submitted by the Council:

 

Investment that will clearly support the Welsh Government's economic priorities for jobs and growth, in particular for City Regions, Enterprise Zones, local growth zones and regeneration areas;

Investment to reduce economic inactivity by delivering safe and affordable access to employment sites;

Investment that will encourage healthier and sustainable travel and support delivery of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and

Investment that will improve the quality of life particularly those living in disadvantaged communities by delivering safe and easy to use transport to key facilities and services.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.         The invitation to bid for funding was received on Tuesday 4th February 2014 with a submission date of 28th February 2014. This leaves little time to prepare schemes for submission.

5.         WG have restricted the number of schemes to be submitted by each local authority to five schemes per authority.

6.         It is recommended that the following schemes be proposed:

Priority 1:  Culverhouse Cross to Weycock Cross Corridor, funding to be sought for the continuation of dedicated pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Priority 2: Weycock Cross to Airport Corridor funding to be sought for the continuation of dedicated pedestrian and cycling facilities. 

Priority 3: Rhoose to the Airport Corridor, funding to be sought for the completion of dedicated pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Priority 4: Barry Island Cycleway, Harbour Road, funding to be sought to deliver  pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Priority 5: Localised Barry Movement Schemes, funding to be sought to deliver safe and accessible pedestrian movement in Barry Road and Buttrills Road.

7.         The terms and conditions of the Grant will mean that the works will need to be completed by 31st March 2015.

8.         Additional funding has been indicatively allocated for the production of existing walking and cycling route maps for each local authority area under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013.  The Vale of Glamorgan has been provisionally allocated £14 000 to complete this project, however the actual amount is subject to confirmation later in the year.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

9.         The total funding available under this Grant for 2014-15 is £15.4 million and the Government's contribution to any scheme will not exceed £1.5 million.  Applications for funding are for up to 90% of scheme costs.  Projects that demonstrate levels of match funding greater than 10% will score higher in the appraisal process. 

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

10.      Measures to improve walking and cycling will all aid sustainable accessibility and the reduction of single occupancy car movements, therefore having a positive impact on sustainability and climate change.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.      When delivering Transport Schemes, compliance will be required with the relevant Highways and Transport Act measures and guidelines.  The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 puts an obligations on Councils to provide walking and cycling infrastructure.

 

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.      It is anticipated that the number of road traffic accidents in the Vale, particularly those involving children and young people, will be reduced as a consequence of these initiatives.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.      The concept of equal opportunities is a fundamental principle that underlies all of this Council's policies.  Improvements in particular to pedestrian and cycling routes in the Vale will benefit all members of the community including some of the most vulnerable road user groups. 

14.      There are no particular Welsh Language issues associated with this grant and all promotional material produced in association with the supported schemes will be bilingual in accordance with Council Policy.

Corporate/Service Objectives

15.      The proposals recommended would improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in the Vale. 

16.      The provision of safe pedestrian and cycling routes provides alternative means of travel, and ensures good accessibility for those without access to private transport. This links with the Council's objectives for social wellbeing and tackling disadvantages.

Policy Framework and Budget

17.      This report is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

18.      Ward Members have been consulted where there are specific schemes being promoted for their areas although this could affect all Wards. However, due to the criteria of the grant, it is unlikely that many other areas would qualify for assistance hence the reason these specific areas have been targeted. 

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

19.      Economy & Environment

Background Papers

Appendix A - Bid invitation

 

Contact Officer

Emma Reed - Operational Manager Development Services 01446 704673

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager - Highways & Engineering

Finance

Legal - Committee Reports

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services