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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 28th April 2014

 

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

 

Local Transport Fund Award 2014/15

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise Members of the funding awarded by the Welsh Government (WG) to the Council from the Local Transport Fund (LTF) Grant for 2014/15.

Recommendations

1.         That Members note the information in this report.

2.         That Cabinet endorse the acceptance of the Grant by the Director of Development Services and Head of of Finance.

3.         That the LTF Grant be included in the Council's Capital Programme for 2014/15.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To advise Members of the procedures, terms and conditions of the LTF grant funding.

2.         To endorse the acceptance of the Grant by the Director of Development Services and Head of Finance to meet the WG's deadline.

3.         To enable the Council's Capital Programme to reflect the Grant awarded to the Council from the WG.

Background

2.         Welsh Government this year invited local authorities to submit bids for LTF grant in February 2014 (my report of 24th February 2014 minute C2218 refers).  The Welsh Government identified the following priority areas for support 2014-15 and expected 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

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

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

5.         There were four schemes submitted as agreed by Cabinet in February 2014 (minute C2218 refers), as follows:

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

Priority 2: Waycock Cross to Airport Corridor, funding to be sought for the provision of dedicated pedestrian and cycling facilities with associated environmental enhancements.

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.

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

7.         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 allocated £14 000 to complete this project.

8.         Following the bidding process, the Council has been offered funding to the value of £181,749 for 2014/15. This funding is to deliver the following schemes:

Active Travel Mapping                    £14,000

NCN88 Porthkerry Phase 2           £167,749 (Priority 3 above)

9.         A copy of the award letter and the terms and conditions of the Grant are attached at Appendix A.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

10.      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.  As the design of the Rhoose scheme was funded in 2013/14, this expense has formed the match funding element towards the scheme. Therefore the delivery of the scheme is fully funded.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

11.      Measures to improve walking and cycling 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)

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

 

Crime and Disorder Implications

13.      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)

14.      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. 

15.      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

16.      These schemes will improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in the Vale. 

17.      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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

19.      Ward Members have been consulted where there are specific schemes being delivered in their areas although this could affect all Wards.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

20.      Economy & Environment

Background Papers

Appendix A - Grant award

 

Contact Officer

Clare Cameron - Principal Transport & Road Safety Officer 01446 704768

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager - Highways & Engineering

Finance

Legal - Committee Reports

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services

 

 

 

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