Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 26 January, 2015
Report of the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services
Llandough Village - Experimental Traffic Regulation Order - 20 mph Speed Limit
Purpose of the Report
1. To seek the approval of Cabinet to give notice of a proposal to introduce an experimental 20 mph speed limit through Llandough.
1. That Members note the contents of the report.
2. That Cabinet approval is given to give public notice of the Council’s intention to make an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order as detailed in Appendix ‘A’ and indicated on plan number T/14/109/DJH.
3. That Cabinet confirms in the event of no objections being received from the Chief Constable and other statutory consultees that the Experimental Order be made.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. For information.
2. To comply with the requirements of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
3. To allow the experimental order to be made and for the necessary works to be undertaken.
2. A public consultation exercise was undertaken in April – May 2013 in order to help understand the public’s view with regard to the possible implementation of 20mph schemes in Penarth and Llandough.
3. The results of the consultation suggested that (although marginal) the majority of residents who responded within the Llandough Ward were in support and would welcome some further investigation into a 20 mph scheme. Primarily due to ongoing concerns with vehicle speeds and road safety through the village
4. The details of the public consultation were presented to Cabinet in July 2013 where a recommendation was agreed for the Director of Development Services to assess the viability of the introduction of 20mph zones within Llandough as part of the ongoing work to develop a 'package' of sustainable transport options for the area following the development of Llandough Hospital (Minute No. C1438 refers).
Relevant Issues and Options
5. Following meetings held with the local community it was apparent that although there was support for a reduction in the speed limit to 20 mph, residents did not necessarily support or agree with the need for vertical calming features (in particular speed cushions). It is a requirement that 20mph zones are self-enforcing and therefore, without vertical calming features, a zone may not be appropriate.
6. Subsequently the officers are proposing an experimental 20 mph speed limit. A limit does not require physical calming measures and therefore the scheme would consist of signage only. Thus, it would rely on police enforcement, and more significantly the awareness and acknowledgment of drivers, to ensure a good level of compliance. A schedule and plan showing the extent of the proposed experimental order is attached at Appendix A.
7. Vehicle speeds and traffic volumes will be assessed prior to implementation and continually monitored during the proposed experimental phase of the 20 mph speed limit.
8. As part of the statutory process, during the first six months of implementation, public opinion and feedback will be encouraged. Objections may be made to the experimental order being made permanent during this period.
9. Following six months all feedback and any objections will be reviewed and considered, along with the before and after traffic survey data.
10. Cabinet will then be requested to either continue with the changes on a permanent basis or revert back to the previous (existing) situation.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
11. The cost of making the order and the implementation of the scheme is estimated to be £16,000 and this will be funded from Section 106 monies.
12. The Council’s own administrative resources will be used to progress the scheme should approval be given.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
13. If successful the reduction in vehicle speeds through the village could encourage more sustainable modes of travel, such as walking and cycling.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
14. The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 allows Highway Authorities to make and vary orders to regulate the movement of vehicular traffic and to improve the amenities of an area.
15. The Council as Highway Authority has a responsibility to improve the safety of the highway user and may be found to be negligent if it does not meet its statutory obligations under the Highways Act 1980 and the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Crime and Disorder Implications
16. There are no crime and disorder implications.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
17. There are no equal opportunities implications.
18. Public Notices advertising the proposed Traffic Regulation Order will be published bilingually and any associated signage will adhere to the Council’s Welsh language criteria.
19. To manage and maintain a safe highway network.
Policy Framework and Budget
20. This is a matter for Executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
21. The local Member for Llandough has been consulted and no adverse comments have been received.
22. Stakeholder consultations will take place in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 when appropriate.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
23. Economy and Environment.
Traffic File IF 727.
Steve Arthur - Traffic Management - Tel: 02920 673138.
Director of Development Services
Committee Reports - Legal
Visible Services - Accountant
Miles Punter - Director of Visible Services and Housing.