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Agenda Item No. 3

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Extraordinary Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment): 29th April, 2014

 

Report of the Director of Resources

 

Traffic Management Task and Finish Group of the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment)

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To apprise Members of the review undertaken by the Traffic Management Task and Finish Group.

Recommendations

1.         THAT the report, recommendations and the Implementation Plan of the Task and Finish Group as detailed at Appendix A to this report be accepted and referred to Cabinet for approval.

2.         THAT subject to Cabinet approval, the Scrutiny Committee receives an update on the delivery of the implementation plan within 12 months. 

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To apprise Members and seek Cabinet approval.

2.         In order that Members of the Scrutiny Committee can monitor progress.

Background

2.         The Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) established the Traffic Management Task and Finish Group to consider the impact of traffic flows in the Vale of Glamorgan, including sustainable travel.  Aware that resources were finite and that in a number of situations considerable amounts of funding would be necessary to develop some of the larger schemes required, the main focus for the group related to issues that could be addressed in the short term.  Membership of the Group consisted of six Members and was politically balanced.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         The Group recognised the Council's LDP as an important aspect for consideration  in undertaking the review, together with the details contained within the Capita Symonds report (which had informed the LDP process). The Capita Symonds report identified priority junctions that the Council should be looking at with regard to areas of congestion where traffic management interventions would be required.  It was evident whilst undertaking the review that there were pockets throughout the Vale where congestion problems currently arose but that the Vale did not have the same significant congestion problems as many inner cities may have. 

4.         The Group considered the areas identified in the Capita Symonds report and have also identified a number of priorities and improvement actions that could be considered in the short term, as contained within the Task and Finish report and as detailed within the Implementation Plan attached at Appendix D to that report. The review has also highlighted the need for a more integrated approach within the Council for the delivery of a comprehensive Local Transport Plan to address all Transport issues.

5.         With regard to the criteria for assessing schemes for funding the Group recognised that in the main this is based on road safety priorities as laid down by Welsh Government.  In accepting the Welsh Government criteria the Group agreed that although resources were limited, suggestions needed to be considered as to whether there could be other ways / ideas of addressing some of the current traffic management issues that could be undertaken by the Council sooner rather than later.

6.         The report (Appendix A) contains 18 recommendations (as detailed at pages 5 and 6) and 28 improvement actions have also been identified as contained within  Appendix D to that report.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.         Of the 28 improvement actions contained within the report these will no doubt have an impact on resources, some of which can be progressed internally within current resources but others that may need assistance from other funding/ grant organisations.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.         None as a direct result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.         There are no legal implications as a direct result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.      There are no crime and disorder implications as a direct result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.      An effective approach to dealing with the review will positively impact on all sectors of the community.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.      The Council's Corporate Plan in respect of regeneration points specifically to promoting modal shift by implementing appropriate traffic management systems and improving sustainable transport infrastructure including the provision of footpaths, cycle ways and bridleways to minimise the impact of congestion and maximise tourism and recreational opportunities.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.      This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.      None as a direct result of this report as it is Vale-wide.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.      Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

 

Contact Officer

Karen Bowen, Democratic and Scrutiny Services Officer

 

Officers Consulted

Emma Reed (Operational Manager - Planning and Transportation Policy)

Mike Clogg (Operational Manager - Highways and Engineering)

 

Responsible Officer:

Siân Davies, Managing Director

 

 

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