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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

 

Road Safety Grant 2014/15

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise Members of the invitation by the Welsh Government (WG) to bid for capital and revenue funding through the Road Safety Grant process. The bid invitation can be found at Appendix A.

2.         To advise Members on the revenue and capital 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 revenue and capital Road Safety Grant funding.

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 Road Safety grant guidance, assessment criteria and application process.

2.         To endorse the acceptance of the revenue and capital 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 has this year invited local authorities to submit bids for revenue and capital funding through the Road Safety Grant process.  The Welsh Government via the funding is seeking a continued reduction of the number of people killed and seriously injured on Welsh Roads, with the ultimate aspiration of no fatalities.

 

4.         All Schemes which receive funding must contribute to the achievement of the targets contained in the Road Safety Framework for Wales:

 

A 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured

A 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh Roads by 2020, meaning 64 fewer motorcyclists killed and seriously injured casualties

A 40% reduction in the number of young people (aged 16-24) killed or seriously injured on Welsh Roads by 2020, meaning 139 fewer young people killed and seriously injured casualties.

5.         The Council is also requested to focus on other interventions to include Speed enforcement and reduction/ prevention, pedal cyclists, pedestrians, young drivers, older drivers and motorcyclists.

6.         Further to these targets Welsh Government expect revenue funding to reflect the priorities in the Road Safety framework that focus on Pass Plus Cymru, Motorcyclist Training, Kerbcraft and National Cycle Training.

7.         The invitation to bid for funding was received on Monday 3rd February 2014 with a submission date of 28th February 2014. This leaves little time to prepare schemes for submission.

Relevant Issues and Options

8.         Welsh Government have restricted the number of capital schemes to be submitted by each local authority to four schemes per authority. These schemes need to be deliverable and funding only provided for design and delivery.  There is no funding provided for feasibility work and therefore there are only a limited number of schemes that are eligible and available to submit for funding.

9.         The capital schemes being proposed are as follows:

Priority 1: Cardiff Road, Barry from the McDonalds roundabout to Dinas Powys Station, safety improvements to the highway

Priority 2: Bonvilston A48 Vehicle Activated Speed Signs

Priority 3: Port Road Colcot Road Roundabout, improvements for highway traffic and pedestrians

Priority 4: Boverton Road, Llantwit Major Puffin Crossing and relocation of the bus stop

 

 

 

10.      The above priorities have been informed by and reflect the latest accident data which shows that the Cardiff Road and A48 schemes relate to serious fatal accident data.  These figures are as follows:-

Cardiff Road, Dinas Powys

3 year data: 3 slight and 1 fatal accident

5 year data: 4 slight, 3 serious and 1 fatal accident

A48 Bonvilston

3 year data: 1 slight and 2 serious accidents

5 year data: 2 slight, 2 serious and 1 fatal accident

Port Road/Colcot Road

3 year data: 5 slight accidents

5 year data: 7 slight accidents

Boverton Road, Boverton

3 year data: 2 slight accidents

5 year data: 3 slight accidents

11.      In terms of revenue funding the Vale of Glamorgan has been given an indicative allocation of £70 000 which is disappointingly significantly less than the amount of funding received in 2013/14 (approximately £20 000 less) and means that there will be potentially less road safety activities delivered in 2014/15.   It is proposed to use the revenue funding to deliver the schemes listed below in the Vale of Glamorgan as directed by the Welsh Government.  However, the Vale of Glamorgan has some unique road safety issues that unfortunately are not covered by this revenue funding.  These issues include significant road casualties of all age groups and not just young people.  The Road Safety team therefore need to consider additional measures to deliver reduced road traffic collisions in these areas with ever decreasing resources.

Kerbcraft: £26 000

National Standards of Cycle Training: £34 000

Motorcyclists: £4 000

Pass Plus Cymru: £6 000

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

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

13.      Applications for capital funding are for 100% of scheme costs.  In terms of revenue funding a maximum of £70 000 has been provisionally allocated to the Vale of Glamorgan.  This is insufficient to retain current staffing levels within the Road Safety Section and will not deliver the level of road safety education training and publicity that has been provided by the Council previously.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

14.      Measures to improve road safety will 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)

15.      When delivering Road Safety Schemes the relevant Highways and Transport Act measures and guidelines need to be complied with.

Crime and Disorder Implications

16.      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)

17.      The concept of equal opportunities is a fundamental principle that underlies all of this Council's policies.  Improvements in road safety in the Vale will benefit all members of the community including some of the most vulnerable road user groups. 

18.      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

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

20.      The provision of road safety initiatives 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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

22.      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. 

Councillor Chris Williams commented:

'I was very pleased and grateful to note the inclusion of the dangerous stretch of the A4055 in your 4 submissions for grant funding.  Please pass my thanks on to the rest of the Cabinet.'

Councillor Chris Franks has noted the inclusion of the A4055 scheme and has asked (and been provided with) further details.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

23.      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