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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 15 June, 2015

Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration

Local Transport Grant Award 2015/16

Purpose of the Report

1.    To advise Members of the funding awarded by the Welsh Government (WG) from the Local Transport Fund (LTF), Safe Routes in Communities (SRiC), Road Safety Capital and Road Safety Revenue Grant for 2015/16.

Recommendations

1.    That Cabinet notes the contents of this report.

 

2.    That Cabinet endorses the actions of the Director of Visible Services and Housing and the Head of Finance in accepting the grants' offers.

 

3.    That the S106 match funding element of the Capital Funding and the Grant amounts be added to the Capital Programme.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.    To advise Cabinet of the grant details and values.

 

2.    To formally endorse the actions of officers required to be taken to avoid withdrawal of the grant offers.

 

3.    To amend the Capital Programme as appropriate.

Background

2.    WG this year invited local authorities to submit bids for Local Transport Grants in February 2015 (my report of 27th April 2015 minute C2760 refers).  WG identified priority areas for support in 2015-16 and expected to see specific objectives reflected in the applications submitted by the Council (Appendix 1 refers).

Relevant Issues and Options

3.    The invitation to bid for funding was received on 26th February 2015 with a submission date of 16th March 2015. This left little time to prepare schemes for submission.

 

4.    For all grants, schemes needed to support the WG’s objective of developing integrated, efficient, effective, accessible, affordable and sustainable transport systems that supported its strategic outcomes.

 

5.    Within the LTF Grant, an Active Travel Mapping allocation was provided of £14k. This funding allocation was based on population coverage of designated settlements using the 2011 Census data, and the geographical area coverage of designated settlements. Population accounted for 70% of funding, and area the remaining 30%. Additionally, the distribution allowed for a minimum of £5k per local authority. The allocation is for funding the costs associated with the activities in relation to the development of the existing route maps for design and cartography, publication and distribution, production of the statement and explanation on conformity to design standards and consultation on maps and statements, which is legally required to be a 12 week consultation process.

 

6.    A maximum of 3 schemes could be submitted for each Capital Grant, to include LTF, Road Safety and SRIC. Bids could include schemes over a 3 year period and a maximum of £1.5m would be allocated per scheme in any one year.

 

7.    For the LTF Grant, the following schemes were submitted as follows:

 

Weycock Cross to Cardiff Airport Footway / Cycleway scheme;

 

The Causeway, Barry Island cycle route and traffic management / road safety measures around Ship Hill; and

 

Dinas Powys to Lavernock Road Cycle Scheme to include formal crossing facility.

 

8.    For SRIC Grant, a condition of grant was that the Council selected schemes that were submitted to the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport when she requested information on remaining schemes related to schools in July 2014. Therefore, the following schemes were submitted:

 

Barry Docks Link Road to Wenvoe footway / cycleway scheme;

 

Dinas Powys School cycleway scheme; and

 

Llantwit Major road safety and cycleway scheme.

 

9.    For Road Safety Capital Grant, the following schemes were submitted:

 

Pentre Meyrick Feasibility;

 

Plassey Street, Penarth – Traffic Calming, and;

 

Broad Street junction with Holton Road, Barry – Zebra Crossing.

 

10.    For Road Safety Revenue Grant, the following schemes were submitted:

 

National Standards Cycle Training;

 

Kerbcraft / Child Pedestrian Training;

 

Motorbike Training, and;

 

Pass Plus Cymru.

 

11.    Schemes that included match funding would attract additional scores in the appraisal process, with schemes that demonstrated greater levels of match funding scoring higher.

 

12.    The terms and conditions of the Grant meant that the works identified for the year, would need to be completed by 31st March 2016.

 

13.    Following the bidding process, the Council has been offered funding to the value of up to £443,517 for 2015/16. This funding is to deliver the following schemes:

 

Active Travel Mapping    £14,000

 

Road Safety Revenue    £79,750

 

SRiC Funding            £349,767

 

The revenue funding allocated  is higher than the original indicative allocation of £69,000 as WG want the Council to deliver full Kerbcraft (Child Pedestrian Training) to 600 pupils. The Council currently delivers full Kerbcraft (12 weeks courses) to 300 pupils and shorter child pedestrian courses (4 weeks courses) to 300 pupils. The additional funding is to pay for the 12 weeks courses for all 600 pupils.

 

The SRiC funding is to deliver the Barry Docks Link Road to Wenvoe footway / cycleway scheme. This scheme is match funded to the value of £42,593.76 from the S106 funding received as a sustainable transport contribution from the Port Road, Wenvoe Development, as well as, that element being delivered by the developer along the Port Road corridor.

 

14.    A copy of the award letter and the terms and conditions of the Grant are attached at Appendix 2.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

15.    The provision of capital support to schemes is conditional upon local authorities’ commitment to meet future revenue and maintenance costs.

 

16.    Funding is allocated up to the amount awarded for actual eligible expenditure incurred on an accepted scheme. Funding will be capped at the level of the award and the local authority will be required to carry the risk of any overspend that may occur. Where increased costs arise due to exceptional circumstances, outside the local authority’s control, Welsh Government may consider making additional funding available.

 

17.    The Council will be expected to deliver the schemes accepted in accordance with the applications. Reports on progress will be required at intervals throughout the 2015-16 financial year. Failure to demonstrate appropriate progress with delivery may result in funding offers being withdrawn and funding claimed up to that point being recovered from a local authority.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

18.    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)

19.    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

20.    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)

21.    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. 

 

22.    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

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

 

24.    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

25.    This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

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

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

27.    Economy & Environment

Background Papers

Appendix 1 - Grant criteria

Appendix 2 - Grant Award and terms and conditions of Grants.

Contact Officer

Clare Cameron - Principal Transport & Road Safety Officer 01446 704768

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager - Highways & Engineering

Finance

Legal - Committee Reports

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter - Director of Visible Services and Housing
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