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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 30 June, 2014

 

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

 

Future Safe Routes in Communities (SRIC) Grant and Road Safety Grant

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise Members of a request received from the Minster for Economy, Science and Transport, relating to future requests for funding through the Safe Routes in Communities and Road Safety Grant processes.

Recommendations

1.         That Cabinet note the information in this report.

2.         That Cabinet approve the schemes that are being proposed to be submitted for SRIC and 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 response in time for submission to comply with the WG deadline of Friday 4th July 2014.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To advise Members of the request made by the Minister in her letter dated 11th April 2014.

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

3.         To allow a response to be submitted within the timescale required.

Background

2.         Welsh Government, via a letter received from the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, (the Minister) on 11th April 2014, has requested that the Council considers the schools within the area which could potentially benefit from road safety improvements. It is requested that a list of improvements includes a brief assessment of the type of works required, and a sense of the scale of the costs. This list will enable the Minister to consider future programmes in this area.

3.         In addition, the Minister has requested a brief overview of the wider road safety programmes that the Council provides for children and young people in the Local Authority area which should include programmes funded through Road Safety Grant and other activity which is funded directly or via other sources.

 

Relevant Issues and Options

4.         The letter from the Minister was received by the Leader of the Council on 11th April 2014 with a submission date of 31st July 2014. However, Welsh Government has now requested the submission date to be brought forward to 4th July 2014 in order for the Minister to consider the content before the Summer recess.

5.         There is no restriction on the number of schemes to be submitted by each local authority. However, this is a very short timescale to consider the volume of works still required around all of the schools within the Vale, along with all of the road safety improvements still needed.

6.         All schools were emailed on 14th April advising them of the request by the Minister and all were asked to advise the Road Safety Unit in Development Services if they were aware of any works required around their schools. The responses are still currently being considered by my Officers in order to provide the relevant information required for the Minister.

7.         The Council already holds a list of schemes that have not been successful for funding through the Safe Routes in Communities Grant and Road Safety Grant processes which will make up part of the submission.

8.         It is not currently known what terms and conditions will be attached to any future Grants, so in effect, the list will be a 'wish list' of what could be delivered to improve road safety for all.

9.         A copy of the letter is attached at Appendix A.

10.      An outline of the list of schemes that intend to be submitted are included at Appendix B.  Costings for the schemes are currently being established and it is anticipated that when submitted, more detailed information can be provided.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

11.      It is anticipated that any of the measures contained within this report would normally be fully funded from the Safe Routes in Communities Grant and Road Safety Grant from the WG, or may be funded through S106 contributions where appropriate.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

12.      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)

13.      If local authorities do not provide a road safety service as statutorily required under Section 39 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 action could be taken for a breach of statutory duty.  Providing a road safety service involves (amongst other things) education, training and publicity which benefits road safety and enables the upholding of laws in relation to the safe use of the highway.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.      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 any initiatives delivered.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

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

16.      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

17.      The schemes that may be delivered as a result of this process, would improve the quality of life and enhance the safety of residents and visitors in the Vale.  The Schemes would also assist the Council achieve the U.K. Government and the Welsh Government's accident reduction, environmental and healthy living targets.

18.      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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

20.      No Ward Members have been consulted as the matter relates to the entire Vale of Glamorgan.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

21.      Economy & Environment

Background Papers

Appendix A - Letter from Minister for Economy, Science and Transport

Appendix B - List of schemes for submission

 

Contact Officer

Clare Cameron - Principal Transport & Road Safety Officer - Tel: 01446 704768

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager - Highways & Engineering

 

Finance Support Manager

Legal - Committee Reports

 

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services

 

 

 

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