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MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Committee Room, Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 29 August 1996 at 4.00 pm.

Present: Councillors SANDY WEST, GEORGE ALLAN, WILLIAM CROWE, Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN, Councillors FRANK ELLIS, GEORGE LAMONT, IAN MACKINTOSH, WILLIAM MIDDLETON, BRIAN MILNE, ALEX SHAND and RICHARD SPEIRS.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors JACK GIBB and ROB MURRAY.

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 6 June 1996, was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Temporary Traffic Orders

There was submitted and noted Report No 616/96 by the Director of Law and Administration advising that, at the request of the Director of Roads, Temporary Traffic Orders had been made in respect of:-

(i) Coronation Avenue, Montrose - for a period of four weeks from 3 June 1996 for the purpose of carriageway and footway resurfacing works.

(ii) Latch Road, Brechin - for a period of three weeks from 3 June 1996 for the purpose of sewer works.

(iii) Arbirlot Village, by Arbroath - for a period of five weeks from 10 June 1996 for the purpose of carriageway and footway resurfacing works.

(iv) Ferrier Street and Links Avenue, Carnoustie - for a period of six days from 8 July 1996 in conjunction with the Scottish Open Golf Championships.

(v) Kings Drive, Arbroath - for eight hours on 14 July 1996 on the occasion of Arbroath Highland Games.

(vi) Rosehill Road, Montrose - for a period of two weeks from 12 August 1996 until the construction of a new road junction was completed.

(b) Angus Council (Rosehill Road/North Esk Road, Montrose) (Variation of Traffic Regulations) Order 1996

There was submitted Report No 618/96 by Director of Law and Administration advising of the proposed introduction of the above Order. After amendment, the Order had been approved for formal publication by Tayside Regional Council’s Roads and Transport Sub-Committee on 6 February 1996, and no adverse comments had been received.

The Committee agreed to recommend that the Council now make the Order.

(c) Angus Council (Off-Street Car Parks) (Variation No 2) Order 1996

There was submitted Report No 619/96 by Director of Law and Administration advising of the proposed introduction of an Order to vary the Off Street Car Parks Order to include the new car park at High Street, Carnoustie, to consolidate existing car parks at Millgate and North Grimsby, Arbroath into one to be known as Millgate, and to delete the former car parks at Bridge Street, Arbroath and Kirk Wynd, Kirriemuir.

Following the preparation of a draft Order and during the statutory consultation period, no adverse comments had been received.

The Committee agreed to authorise the formal publication of the draft Order.

(d) Angus Council (Variation of Speed Limits) Order 1996

There was submitted Report No 627/96 by Director of Law and Administration which recommended the reduction of existing speed limits on the A92 at its northern approach to Arbroath and in the villages of Aberlemno, Kellas, Lunanhead, Muirhead, Newbigging and Redford in order to improve safety for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Following the preparation of a draft Order and during the statutory consultation period three letters had been received. In view of the comments contained in these letters, the Director of Roads recommended that the draft Order be amended further to reduce the proposed speed limit in Kellas from 40 mph to 30 mph and in Aberlemno from 40 mph to 30 mph.

The Committee agreed to authorise the formal publication of the draft Order as amended.

(e) Angus Council (Montrose & Ferryden Traffic Management) (Variation) Order 1996

There was submitted Report No 631/96 by Director of Law and Administration relating to amendments required to the Montrose and Ferryden Traffic Management Order as a result of the construction of the Montrose Inner Relief Road. The measures related predominantly to the implementation of additional waiting restrictions.

Following the preparation of a draft Order and during the statutory consultation period, no adverse comments had been received.

The Committee agreed to authorise the formal publication of the draft Order.

3. THE ASSESSMENT OF PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS

There was submitted Report No 692/96 by Director of Roads assessing all the requests for pedestrian crossing facilities in Angus, in accordance with the new Scottish Office Guidelines. Various members were heard in connection with the proposals for pelican and toucan crossings referred to in the Report.

The cost of providing the three toucan crossings in Montrose (£55,000) could be met from the 1996/97 capital allocation for the Montrose Inner Relief Road project, while the cost of the three pelican crossings (£45,000) in Brechin and Carnoustie would be met from the 1996/97 capital allocation for pedestrian crossings.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) that the schemes listed in Appendix A to the Report, be implemented in the current financial year; and

(ii) that further Reports be submitted to the Committee once the provision of pedestrian refuge islands on the A923 at Muirhead and on the A930 Barry Road, Carnoustie, and traffic signals (incorporating a pedestrian phase) at the Ferry Road/Grange Road Junction, Monifieth had been investigated.

4. THE PROVISION OF NEW SAFETY BARRIERS

There was submitted Report No 693/96 by Director of Roads listing the sites inherited from Tayside Regional Council requiring safety barriers, in order to comply with the current Scottish Office criteria, and seeking authorisation to report back on a comprehensive programme of safety barrier provision.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to authorise the Director of Roads to assess the sites which had previously been identified on A and B Class roads as meeting the current Scottish Office criteria for the provision of safety barriers (listed in Appendix A to the Report) to determine those which should be given priority for implementation in the current financial year;

(ii) to authorise the Director of Roads to report back on a comprehensive programme of safety barrier provision for all road classifications; and

(iii) to note that a substantial allowance would require to be made in the 1997/98 capital programme for the provision of new safety barriers.

5. CAR PARKS - REVIEW OF OPERATION

There was submitted Report No 695/96 by Director of Roads reviewing the operation of various car parks since charges had been removed on 1 April 1996.

The Report indicated that, since 1 April 1996 all car parks had been regularly monitored and certain of them had proved to be very busy, particularly those near town centres. Accordingly, it was proposed to amend the Off Street Car Parks Order to designate some as free "short stay" car parks with a maximum stay of two hours only.

Having heard a number of members on the matter, the Committee agreed:-

(i) that the off street car parks at West Abbey Street, Arbroath; Market Street, Maisondieu East, Brechin; High Street, Carnoustie; Green Street, Forfar; Reform Street, Kirriemuir; and Baltic Street, Montrose be made free short stay car parks subject to a maximum permitted stay of two hours and a minimum return period of two hours; and

(ii) that the charge for exceeding the maximum permitted time by up to one hour be £6; and

(iii) that the penalty for exceeding the time by more than one hour, returning to the car park within two hours, sitting outwith a marked parking bay or sitting within a disabled bay, etc, be increased from £16 to £30, with the proviso that this be reduced to £25 if paid within seven days of issue.

6. COASTAL EROSION - ANGUS COASTLINE

There was submitted Report No 696/96 by the Director of Roads giving a comprehensive overview of coastal erosion being experienced over the length of the coastline in Angus, and identifying areas where Angus Council, or others, had responsibilities for protective measures.

The Report detailed the Council's responsibilities as coast protection authority and suggested that a working group be set up with a view to producing a shoreline management plan comprising representatives from Fife, Dundee City, Angus and Aberdeenshire Councils. Consideration was also given in the Report to the work required to protect the Angus coast along with the estimated costs and possible funding measures.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note the contents of the Report with respect to coastal erosion problems within Angus;

(ii) to note the measures proposed at Monifieth, Carnoustie and Arbroath; and

(iii) that the Report be submitted to the Policy and Resources Committee (via the Capital Programme Co-ordinating Group) to make recommendations on the measures necessary for the provision of capital funding for 1996/97 and subsequent years.

7. COASTAL PATH AT MILTON MILL, MONIFIETH - PROPOSED CLOSURE

There was submitted Report No 697/96 by the Director of Roads recommending that the coastal path at Milton Mill, Monifieth be closed for public safety reasons due to erosion problems.

The local member, Councillor Leask, was present and expressed his concern at the closure of this path but agreed that it was necessary for safety reasons.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) that a limited section of the coastal footpath, adjacent to Milton Mill, Monifieth, be closed in the interests of public safety in accordance with Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984; and

(ii) that Angus Council as coast protection authority negotiate with Railtrack over the problem of stabilising the banking adjacent to Milton Mill which had slipped and threatened the integrity of the coastal footpath at this location.

8. MONTROSE INNER RELIEF ROAD - CONVERSION OF FOOTPATH/FOOTWAYS TO CYCLE TRACKS

There was submitted Report No 698/96 by Director of Roads proposing that an Order be promoted to convert existing lengths of footpaths/footways to cycle tracks at Montrose Inner Relief Road.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of an Order under the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 to convert existing lengths of footpaths and footways in Rutland Crescent, North Esk Road and Rosehill Road, Montrose to shared pedestrian/cycle tracks in association with the new cycle tracks being constructed as part of the Montrose Inner Relief Road.

9. ADDITIONS TO LIST OF PUBLIC ROADS - THE LEUCHLAND DEN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, BRECHIN - PHASE 1

There was submitted Report No 699/96 by Director of Roads which recommended additions to the List of Public Roads of the sections of road forming the first phase of the Industrial Estate on the south side of the Brechin to Montrose Road (A935) to the east of Drumachlie Loan at Leuchland Den, Brechin.

The Committee agreed that the new roads shown hatched on Drawing No A935/BR/IE/1 and as defined and described in the Schedule attached to the Report, be formally added to the List of Public Roads in accordance with Section 16(2) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

10. STOPPING-UP OF ROADS - WARDHOUSE ROAD, MONTROSE

There was submitted and approved Report No 700/96 by Director of Roads recommending the deletion of a section of Wardhouse Road, Montrose from the List of Public Roads.

11. COMPLETION OF NEW PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ROADS AT THE BRAE, AUCHTERHOUSE (CC 89/75)

There was submitted Report No 701/96 by Director of Roads recommending the application of security to allow the completion of new roads granted construction consent in terms of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, which the developer Strathmore Properties (Glamis) Limited

had failed to fulfil at The Brae, Auchterhouse.

The Committee agreed that the Council should now complete the roads works and apply the security (in the form of a Road Bond of £5,810) to meet the cost.

12. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved, in terms of Standing Order 27(2), that the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item so as to avoid the disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, paragraphs 6, 8, 9 and 10.

13. CCT IN SCOTLAND UNDER THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND ACT 1980

There was submitted Report No 707/96 by the Director of Roads advising that the Scottish Office Development Department (SODD) issued a consultation paper on 12 July seeking views on a number of matters in respect of CCT under the 1980 Act, which required to be submitted by 9 September 1996.

The Committee noted the terms of a proposed response to the consultation paper as detailed in Appendix A of the Report, and agreed that it be sent as the Council's comments.