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 Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 28th April 2014

 

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

 

Road Safety Grant 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 Road Safety 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 the Head of Finance.

3.         That the Road Safety Capital 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 Road Safety grant funding.

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

3.         To enable the Council's Capital Programme for 2014/15 to reflect the Grant awarded to the Council from the WG.

Background

2.         Welsh Government invited local authorities to submit bids for revenue and capital funding through the Road Safety Grant process (my report of 24th February 2014 minute C2220 refers).  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.

 

3.         All Schemes that have received 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.

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

5.         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.

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

Relevant Issues and Options

7.         Welsh Government restricted the number of capital schemes to be submitted by each local authority to four schemes per authority. These schemes needed 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 were eligible and available to submit for funding.

8.         The capital schemes that were submitted for funding through this Grant were as follows:

Priority 1:  Port Road Colcot Road Roundabout, improvements for highway traffic and pedestrians

Priority 2: Cardiff Road, Barry from the McDonalds roundabout to Dinas Powys Station, safety improvements to the highway

Priority 3: Boverton Road, Llantwit Major Puffin Crossing and relocation of the bus stop

Priority 4: Bonvilston A48 Vehicle Activated Speed Signs

9.         The capital schemes that are awarded funding through this Grant are as follows:

Priority 4: Bonvilston A48 Vehicle Activated Speed Signs

10.      In terms of revenue funding the Vale of Glamorgan were given an indicative allocation of £70,000 a reduction of approximately £20,000 from funding received in 2013/14.   The revenue funding has now been awarded to deliver the following schemes 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 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.

Kerbcraft: £26 000

National Standards of Cycle Training: £34 000

Motorcyclists: £4 000

Pass Plus Cymru (PPC): £6 000 (funding to go direct to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council (RCT) to deliver on our behalf)

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

12.      A copy of the award letter and terms and conditions of the grant are attached at Appendix A.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

13.      Award of capital funding are for 100% of scheme costs.  In terms of revenue funding, £64 000 has been allocated to the Vale of Glamorgan with a further £6k being directed to RCT to deliver the PPC scheme.  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. This will be the subject of separate discussions and if necessary, a further Cabinet report.

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.  The award of grant is subject to terms and conditions imposed by Welsh Government

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 schemes awarded funding will 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 were specific schemes being promoted or delivered in their areas although this report could affect all Wards.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

23.      Economy & Environment

Background Papers

Appendix A - Road Safety Grant Award letter

 

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