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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 22nd June 2015

Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration

Adoption of the Vale of Glamorgan Local Transport Plan 2015

Purpose of the Report

1.    To agree adoption of the Local Transport Plan (LTP).

Recommendations

1.    That Cabinet approves the contents of the proposed Vale of Glamorgan Council Local Transport Plan 2015 as attached at Appendix 3 to this Report, and refers the matter to Council to enable its adoption.

 

2.    That Cabinet notes the consultation comments received and agrees the responses to those comments.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.    To enable the Council to have an adopted Local Transport Plan from 1st April 2015 as required by statute.

 

2.    To ensure that all comments received as part of the consultation process have been properly considered.

Background

2.    Further to the Report presented to Cabinet on 1st December 2014 (min C2564 refers) and Council on 17th December 2014 (Ref 723 refers), the Draft Local Transport Plan was subject to public consultation from 18th December 2014 to 22nd February 2015, and was submitted to Welsh Government (WG) for approval on 31st January 2015 in accordance with the relevant Guidance.

 

3.    WG issued guidance in July 2014, for producing LTPs, setting out how it expected local transport authorities to comply with the requirement. It also described the process that must be followed to obtain approval for LTPs.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.    All relevant issues relating to the production of the LTP was as set out in the report to Cabinet on 1st December 2014 and as considered by Council on the 17th December 2014 and is not repeated here.

 

5.    WG provided a template to assist local transport authorities to submit and produce their LTPs in a consistent format, and the Council's LTP was subsequently submitted by the deadline of 31st January 2015. In producing the LTP, the Council undertook consultation and the responses to the consultation were considered in advance of submission to the WG. It was clarified by WG that LTPs were to be assessed to ensure that they:

 

Included identification of issues, opportunities and intervention;

 

Provided an updated programme of schemes for the period 2015 – 2020, and which are within the remit of the local transport authority;

 

Provided medium and longer term aspirations to 2030, which are within the remit of the local transport authority;

 

Demonstrated the necessary statutory checks have been undertaken, if required;

 

Demonstrated that consultation has been undertaken with the relevant City Region board, where applicable;

 

Included a monitoring and evaluation plan;

 

Were submitted in the format required, and by the deadline.

 

6.    The Council received comments from 17 organisations or individuals in response to the consultation exercise.    Appendix 2 to this Report contains details of the Main issues raised through the Consultation process as well as the Officers responses to the matters raised.

 

7.    The main issues raised through the consultation were as follows:

 

No mention of the Dinas Powys By Pass in the LTP;

 

Requests for Cross Common Road improvement to be accelerated;

 

Not enough consideration given in the LTP to the needs of equestrians;

 

No mention of transport issues in Ewenny;

 

More consideration needs to be given in the LTP to accessing funds from Europe;

 

Support for some transport proposals from various individuals and organisations;

 

Requests for better integration between bus and rail;

 

More evening and weekend bus services requested as well as upgraded bus shelters and improved public transport information;

 

LTP needs more commitment to the health agenda.;

 

Suggestion of additional transport schemes to be included in the LTP;

 

Concerns raised in respect of anti-social parking and the need for additional enforcement;

 

Concern that LTP doesn’t address the new Active Travel Law 2013;

 

Concern that certain Vale of Glamorgan roads are unsuitable for cyclists and pedestrians and

 

Traffic congestion needs tackling at key road junctions.

 

8.    The consultation responses received were carefully considered and typographical errors have been corrected where appropriate, as well as changes being made where necessary and appropriate prior to submission for approval to WG.  This was in line with the Council approval of 17th December 2014.  The reasons for any changes and the reasons for not making additional changes are outlined in the Council's responses at Appendix 2

 

9.    The Council also received a response from the Cardiff City Region Board on 8th April 2015, a copy of which is attached as Appendix 4 to this Report.

 

10.    It was clarified by WG that LTPs were to be assessed to ensure that they:

 

Included identification of issues, opportunities and intervention;

 

Provided an updated programme of schemes for the period 2015 – 2020, and which are within the remit of the local transport authority;

 

Provided medium and longer term aspirations to 2030, which are within the remit of the local transport authority;

 

Demonstrated the necessary statutory checks have been undertaken, if required;

 

Demonstrated that consultation has been undertaken with the relevant City Region board, where applicable;

 

Included a monitoring and evaluation plan;

 

Were submitted in the format required, and by the deadline.

 

11.    On 25th May 2015, the Council received a response from Edwina Hart, The Minister for Economy, Science and Transport approving the Vale of Glamorgan Draft Local Transport Plan 2015 (Appendix 1 refers).

 

12.    A copy of the final proposed Plan is attached at Appendix 3.  To enable this Plan to be adopted, it is required to be considered by Council on 24th June 2015 and once approved the Plan will be made available bilingually.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

13.    The production of the Plan has been resourced within existing revenue budgets.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

14.    The local transport network and its services aids sustainable accessibility and the reduction of single occupancy car movements, therefore having a positive impact on sustainability and climate change.

 

15.    There is a legal duty on Welsh Ministers within the Measure to promote sustainable measures of travel.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

16.    When delivering Transport schemes, the relevant Highways, Transport and Education Act measures and guidelines need to be complied with.  There is a duty on local authorities to comply with the current Regional Transport Planning (Wales) 2006 Act and guidance to Local Transport Authorities legislation. 

 

17.    Section 109A, 109B and 109C of the Transport Act 2000, as amended by the Transport (Wales) Act 2006, requires local transport authorities to submit their LTPs to WG for approval.

Crime and Disorder Implications

18.    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 delivering the initiatives within a LTP.

 

19.    A safe and accessible transport network will have a positive impact on crime and disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

20.    The concept of equal opportunities is a fundamental principle that underlies all of this Council's policies and the guidance relating to LTPs deals with Welsh Language and English Language matters equally.

Corporate/Service Objectives

21.    The schemes identified within the Local Transport Plan, once delivered, will improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in the Vale. 

 

22.    The provision of safe pedestrian and cycling routes, as well as public transport, 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

23.    This report is a matter for decision by Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

24.    Ward Members have not been consulted as this report is not ward specific.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

25.    Economy & Environment

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Clare Cameron - Principal Transport & Road Safety Officer
Tel:  01446 704 768

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager Highways & Engineering
Operational Manager Development and Building Control
Finance Support Manager
Legal - Committee Reports
Head of Performance & Development

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter - Director of Visible Services and Housing
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