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ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 27 November 1997 at 4.15 pm.

Present: Councillors SANDY WEST, GEORGE ALLAN, WILLIAM CROWE, Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN, Councillors JACK GIBB, IAN MACKINTOSH, WILLIAM MIDDLETON, Mrs KATHLEEN RITCHIE, DAVID SELFRIDGE and ALEX SHAND.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors FRANK ELLIS, STEWART McGLYNN and RICHARD SPEIRS.

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. SALTIRE AWARD FOR THE MONTROSE INNER RELIEF ROAD

Councillor West advised that Angus Council had received the highly prestigious Saltire Award for the Montrose Inner Relief Road. Three separate certificates had been issued in respect of the project, viz one to the Council as commissioning authority for procurement, one to the Roads Department for aesthetic design; and one to the contractors, Balfour Beatty, for construction.

Members joined with Provost Mrs Frances Duncan in congratulating Councillor West, the Director of Roads and all those involved in the project. The Committee agreed that the certificates be displayed within Angus Council premises and that a commemorative plaque be erected on the site of the Montrose Inner Relief Road.

2. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 16 October 1997 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

3. MINUTE OF MEETING OF ARBROATH HARBOUR JOINT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

Councillor West, as a member of the Montrose Port Authority, declared an interest in this item, vacated the Chair and took no part in discussion thereon. Councillor Allan chaired the meeting for this item.

There was submitted and noted the minute of meeting of the Arbroath Harbour Joint Consultative Committee held on 14 November 1997. It was noted that, with regard to Article 4, it was hoped that the Arbroath Pageant could be reinstated along with future Seafest events.

Thereafter, Councillor Allan drew the attention of the Committee to Article 3(iii) of the minute and advised that, following a recent operational review of the Lifeboat Station at Arbroath by the RNLI, it appeared that there could be a possibility of downgrading the Arbroath Lifestation by replacing the seagoing lifeboat with an inshore boat.

After discussion, the Committee unanimously agreed that Angus Council should support the Arbroath Harbour Joint Consultative Committee and the Arbroath RNLI Committee in making the strongest possible representations to the RNLI in support of maintaining the present seagoing lifeboat at Arbroath Harbour.

4. 1998/99 REVENUE BUDGET - PROVISIONAL DEPARTMENTAL BUDGETS

There was submitted Report No 1216/97 by the Director of Finance advising of the latest position with regard to the preparation of the departmental 1998/99 revenue budget and associated issues and summarising in an Appendix to the Report, the departmental provisional base budget for 1998/99 as submitted to the Director of Finance.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report for its interest and that more detailed Reports with specific recommendations would be submitted later in the budget cycle.

5. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AT SERVICE ROAD, FORFAR - ROAD CONSTRUCTION CONSENT CONDITIONS

With reference to Article 15(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 November 1996, there was submitted Report No 1217/97 by the Director of Roads relating to an application for construction consent from Hillcrest Housing Association for the widening of Service Road, Forfar and advising of representations from adjacent residents, seeking conditions relating to the provision of a boundary screen fence and the relocation of service connection valve covers.

The Committee heard a representative speak on behalf of the objectors, after which the Convener drew attention to a written representation by the applicant objecting to a proposed condition relating to the service connection valve covers. Thereafter, various questions were asked and the local member, Councillor William Middleton, addressed the Committee.

After further discussion, the Committee unanimously agreed:-

(i) that construction consent be granted, subject to an appropriate condition regarding the relocation of the service connection valve covers and other appropriate conditions to be imposed by the Director of Roads; and

(ii) that provision of a boundary screen fence by the applicant should not be included as a condition of the consent.

6. WORLD ROAD ASSOCIATION - BRITISH NATIONAL CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION - MANCHESTER - 5 AND 6 NOVEMBER 1997

There was submitted Report No 1218/97 by the Director of Roads detailing recent activities of the World Road Association (Permanent International Association of Road Congresses or PIARC) and, in particular, giving an overview of the recent World Conference held in Manchester. The Report concluded that participation by Angus Council in future PIARC events should be considered as an integral element of the development of road service provision and set out the financial implications of future representation at international conferences.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note the success of the World Road Association Congress held in Manchester on 5 and 6 November 1997 and the contribution made by Angus Council to the proceedings;

(ii) to note the advances made in accordance with the Council’s first key theme of promoting the identity and representing the interests of Angus, locally, nationally and internationally;

(iii) to authorise the Director of Roads to investigate further the development of a Trans-National Project with partners from INTEREG II North Team Commission Area including Latvia with whom contact had been made via "a representative" of the Ministry of Transport; and

(iv) that further involvement/representation in future PIARC events/conferences including the 1998 Winter Road Congress, be considered in accordance with the Council’s normal procedures.

7. ENVITOUR PROJECT

With reference to Article 7 of the minute of meeting of the Recreation and Cultural Services Committee of 20 November 1997 and Article 4 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 1186/97 by the Directors of Recreation Services, Planning, Transport and Economic Development and Roads advising of the outcomes of the ENVITOUR Project and recommending that further links be established with Europe which, it was hoped, could lead to further exchanges of information and experience in the future.

The Committee agreed to note the terms of the Report for its interest.

8. A92 NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTE - DESIGNATION AND SIGNPOSTING

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 1226/97 by the Director of Roads and the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development advising of the recent decision by the Scottish Tourist Board to market the A92 National Tourist Route as the "Angus Coastal Route" and detailing provision for its signing.

The Committee agreed to note the terms of the Report for its interest.

9. A92 NORTH OF ARBROATH - ROAD SAFETY

With reference to Article 6(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 25 April 1996, there was submitted Report No 1219/97 by the Director of Roads (a) discussing road safety issues on the A92 north of Arbroath, (b) detailing road markings and signing, (c) recommending the installation of an overhead vehicle detection (OVD) system at Inverkeilor Railway Bridge and (d) setting out the financial implications.

Following discussion, the Committee agreed:-

(i) to approve improvements to the lining and signing on the A92 north of Arbroath as set out in Report No 1219/97;

(ii) to approve the provision of an overhead vehicle detection system on the A92 at Inverkeilor Railway Bridge; and

(iii) to recommend that the Council make representation to Railtrack for a financial contribution towards the cost of provision of the overhead vehicle detection system.

10. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Angus Council (Variation of Waiting Restrictions) Order 1997 - Seagate/South Street, Arbroath

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of Angus Council of 15 May 1997, there was submitted Report No 1220/97 by the Director of Roads considering a number of traffic management and road safety issues which had been raised by the residents in the Fit o’ the Toon area of Arbroath with regard to the Seagate/South Street area during the processing of the above Order and recommending that a number of measures detailed in the plan attached to the Report be implemented and monitored.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to approve the change in priority at Seagate/High Street junction and introduction of waiting restrictions on High Street to ensure visibility;

(ii) to approve the change in priority at the High Street/John Street junction and the introduction of waiting restrictions on High Street to ensure visibility;

(iii) to provide a mini roundabout at the King’s Drive/South Street junction;

(iv) to provide traffic calming measures on West Newgate Street between Hill Street and Seagate to inhibit through-traffic;

(v) to take no action on the provision of a 7.5 ton Environmental Weight Limit in the area;

(vi) to abandon the proposal to make South Street one way from West Newgate Street to King’s Drive; and

(vii) to ask the Director of Roads to monitor the situation thereafter.

(b) Variation of Waiting Restrictions

There was submitted Report No 1221/97 by the Director of Roads detailing proposed amendments to current waiting restrictions at various locations in Angus as shown in the plans attached to the Report and setting out the financial implications.

The Committee was advised that, in relation to the proposed changes on Rosemill Road at Strathmartine Road, Bridgefoot, the local member, Councillor Ellis, had asked that the existing double yellow lines on the west side of Strathmartine Road, south of Rosemill Road, be relaxed with the present lines (which extended 20 metres from the junction) being reduced to 15 metres as set out in a revised plan. Councillor Ritchie suggested that , in relation to the proposed introduction of waiting restrictions at Western Road, Montrose, the Council should maintain a flexible approach in light of a planning application for an extension to the Tesco Supermarket and the possible amendment to the access thereat.

Following discussion, the Committee agreed:-

(i) to approve the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Variation Orders to effect changes to current waiting restrictions in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Monifieth as detailed in Report No 1221/97;

(ii) to approve the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Variation Order to effect a change to current waiting restrictions in Bridgefoot as outlined in the Report, subject to the reduction of the existing double yellow lines on the west side of Strathmartine Road, south of Rosemill Road, to only 15 metres; and

(iii) to approve the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Variation Order at Western Road, Montrose, subject to appropriate variation following the decision of Angus Council in respect of the planning application by Tesco.

(c) Variation of Speed Limits

There was submitted Report No 1222/97 by the Director of Roads recommending, in the interest of pedestrian and traffic safety, alterations to current speed limits at Forfar, Kirriemuir, Newtyle, Ferryden, Redford, St Vigeans, Tarfside, Kirkton of Airlie, Craigton of Airlie, Gowanbank and Inchbare as detailed in the plans attached to the Report.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Variation Orders to effect the following changes to speed limits:-

(i) to reduce the speed limits from 60 mph to 40 mph at Kirkton of Airlie and Craigton of Airlie (A926), Gowanbank (B9113) and Inchbare (B966);

(ii) to reduce the speed limits from 60 mph to 40 mph at Herdhill, Kirriemuir (A926) and Glamis Road, Forfar (A929);

(iii) to reduce the speed limit from 60 mph to 30 mph at Tarfside;

(iv) to reduce the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph at Redford (B961); and

(v) to extend the 30 mph speed limits at Craig Road Ferryden, Glamis Road Newtyle, and St Vigeans.

(d) Temporary Traffic Orders

There was submitted and noted Report No 1165/97 by the Director of Law and Administration advising that, at the request of the Director of Roads, the undernoted Temporary Traffic Orders had been made:-

(i) Angus Council (Burnfoot Bridge, by Edzell) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1997 - for six weeks for the purpose of bridge repairs; and

(ii) Angus Council (East Seaton Road, Arbroath) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1997 - for 9½ hours on the occasion of a fireworks display.

11. CLOSURE TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC OF LINK ROAD BETWEEN WARDS ROAD AND DRUMACHLIE LOAN - BRECHIN

Having noted that the Director of Roads had very recently received further information with regard to Report No 1223/97, the Committee agreed that the Report be deferred for further consultation.

12. SHORELINE MANAGEMENT STUDY FOR MONTROSE BAY

With reference to Article 2 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 August 1997, there was submitted Report No 1224/97 by the Director of Roads advising that the first phase of the Shoreline Management Study for Montrose Bay had been completed and that the second phase, which would concentrate on the section of Montrose Bay north of the sea wall, would be completed to draft stage prior to Christmas.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report for its interest.

13. COASTAL PROTECTION - UPDATE

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 April 1997, there was submitted Report No 1225/97 by the Director of Roads giving an update on the progress of proposed coast protection works at Carnoustie and Monifieth Beaches and recommending the establishment of a Coastal Protection Co-ordinating Group for Angus.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note the content of the works update reports for Carnoustie and Monifieth; and

(ii) to authorise the Director of Roads to take the lead in assembling a Coastal Protection Co-ordinating Group to co-ordinate an approach to protection and monitoring work between adjacent Councils, national coast protection forums and other appropriate bodies.

14. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved, in terms of Standing Order No 27(2), that the public and press be excluded during consideration of the following items 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 and 9.

15. TENDERS

(a) Monifieth Coastal Protection

With reference to Article 13 above, there was submitted Report No 1227/97 by the Director of Roads recommending acceptance of the lowest of six tenders received from firms selected to tender for Monifieth coastal protection works and setting out the financial implications.

The Committee agreed to accept the lowest tender for the works, being that submitted by D J Laing (Contracts) Limited in the amount of £72,522.10.

(b) A92 Dundee to Arbroath Proposed Upgrading - Environmental Assessment

With reference to Article 11(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 16 October 1997, there was submitted Report No 1228/97 by the Director of Roads recommending acceptance of the lowest of four tenders received from the six firms selected to tender for environmental assessment work associated with the proposed upgrading of the A92 between Dundee and Arbroath.

The Committee agreed to accept the lowest tender for the assessment, being that submitted by Ironside Farrar in the amount of £29,412.62.

16. ORCHARDBANK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE - ROADWORKS

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of the Economic Development Committee of 20 November 1997, there was submitted Report No 1189/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development recommending that the Directors of Planning, Transport and Economic Development and Roads should proceed with the design of road alterations at Orchardbank Industrial Estate in Forfar in order to complement private sector development proposals, improve access within the estate and extend roads and services to the boundary of the existing industrial area.

The Committee agreed to note the terms of the Report for its interest.