Agenda Item No. 5
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 6 OCTOBER 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 21 SEPTEMBER 2015
C2915 ACTIVE TRAVEL (R) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -
Cabinet was informed of the progress made in implementing the Direction from the Welsh Government (WG), which placed duties upon the Council to follow specific processes and procedures to deliver the requirements of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, and approval was sought to deliver the requirements of the Act, including a consultation process within the timescales set out in the report.
In September 2014, WG introduced the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 which made it a legal requirement for Local Authorities in Wales to map and plan for suitable routes for Active Travel. The Act required two maps to be produced: the existing route maps, the subject of the report, and the integrated network map. The existing route maps were primarily intended to inform the public of the safe and suitable routes for active travel. The public would need to have confidence that the routes on the maps were suitable for use; that the routes would not stop abruptly and generally that the routes met the standards set out in the Design Guidance. The maps were intended to give pedestrians and cyclists the information that they required in order to make a decision about how and where to travel. However, the existing route maps were also a valuable data source for local authorities in managing their active travel routes. The existing route maps had to be submitted to WG by 22 January, 2016 to comply with the Act, and the integrated Network Maps had to be submitted later at a time to be agreed with WG.
To enable the Council to deliver the requirements of the Act, Sustrans was commissioned to assist undertaking some of the work required and carried out audits on 73 potential active travel routes within the Vale of Glamorgan. Full details of all the routes assessed could be found at Appendix A attached to the report.
In order to meet the WG's deadline of 22 January, 2016 for submission of the final Active Travel Maps, it was necessary to commence this formal consultation no later than 1 October, 2015. The report proposed to consult with the Council's Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment), Community Liaison Committee and the Youth Cabinet as part of the formal consultation process following Cabinet approval of the report. The results of the consultation process and the final proposed active travel maps would then be presented to a meeting of the Council's Cabinet in January 2016.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the Draft Active Travel Maps attached at Appendix A to the report be endorsed.
(2) T H A T the requirements of the Act be progressed as set out in the report, including a formal consultation on the Draft Active Travel Maps commencing by 1 October, 2015.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment), Community Liaison Committee and Youth Cabinet as part of the formal consultation process.
(4) T H A T a further report be presented to Cabinet in January 2016 outlining the results of the Consultation process and to consider the submission of the final Active Travel Maps to Welsh Government by 22 January, 2016.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To update Cabinet on the progress made, and for Cabinet to accept the results of the assessment of the 73 routes assessed, in accordance with the criteria for Active Travel walking & cycling routes.
(2) To enable the Council to fulfil its legal obligations within the specified timescale.
(3) To ensure that these forums are consulted, their views considered and that WG deadlines are met.
(4) To allow Cabinet to consider the results of the consultation process and approve the final maps before 22 January, 2016.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 21 SEPTEMBER 2015