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ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 5 June 1997 at 4.15 pm.

Present: Councillors SANDY WEST, GEORGE ALLAN, Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN, Councillors FRANK ELLIS, JACK GIBB, IAN MACKINTOSH, WILLIAM MIDDLETON, BRIAN MILNE, ROB MURRAY and DAVID SELFRIDGE.

Also in attendance with the concurrence of the Committee:

Councillors KATHLEEN RITCHIE and GEORGE NORRIE.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors WILLIAM CROWE, ALEX SHAND and RICHARD SPEIRS.

 Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 April 1997 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2. MINUTE OF MEETING OF ARBROATH HARBOUR JOINT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

The minute of meeting of the Arbroath Harbour Joint Consultative Committee held on 23 May 1997 was submitted and noted.

3. A92 DUNDEE TO ARBROATH PROPOSED UPGRADING - UPDATED POSITION

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 January 1997, there was submitted Joint Report No 666/97 by the Director of Roads and the Director of Finance informing members of the completion and submission of the detailed A92 study report to the Scottish Office Development Department and successful award of Transport Challenge Funding.

The Report concluded that the award of Transport Challenge Funding offered the Council the ideal opportunity to progress this matter with no additional financial implications. Accordingly, the Report recommended the commencement of expenditure programmes to utilise the Transport Challenge Fund allocations of £1m in both 1997/98 and 1998/99.

Having noted that Report No 666/97 would also be considered by the Finance and Information Technology Committee on 10 June 1997, the Committee agreed for its interest:-

(i) to note the significant advancement of the project by Roads and Finance Department staff in partnership with private sector consultants resulting in the completion of the detailed study report which had now been submitted to the Scottish Office Development Department;

(ii) to note that discussions surrounding the financial issues regarding a "Level Playing Field" for PFI projects, in particular in respect of available revenue support grant, were still ongoing;

(iii) to note that the initial Specific Section 94 Consent allocation had been received; and

(iv) to approve the commencement of the proposed expenditure programme for the £2m award of Transport Challenge Funding over the 1997/98 and 1998/99 financial years.

4. 1997-98 VILLAGE GATEWAY PROGRAMME

With reference to Article 14 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 6 June 1996, there was submitted Report No 646/97 by the Director of Roads detailing the 1997/98 Village Gateway Programme which had been introduced following the review of various traffic calming initiatives to be carried out in Angus during 1996/97. The Report listed locations where gateways were proposed (Appendix I) and the style of gateway (Appendix II, and set out the financial implications.

Following discussion on the cost of the scheme, the Committee agreed:-

(i) to approve the programme of works listed in Appendix I to Report No 646/97; and

(ii) to note that those schemes above the cut off line would be carried out in the financial year 1997/98.

Councillor Allan declared an interest in the following item and took no part in the discussion.

5. BRIDGE STRUCTURES IN THE ANGUS COUNCIL AREA - ASSESSMENT AND STRENGTHENING - PROGRESS REPORT AND FUTURE PROGRAMME

With reference to Article 7 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 6 June 1996, there was submitted Report No 647/97 by the Director of Roads outlining the current bridge assessment programme and associated bridge strengthening programme to be carried out in the 1997/98 financial year, and the future level of funding required to allow the assessment and strengthening as necessary of all remaining Council and non-Council owned bridges by 1 January 1999. The Report also outlined the programme for bridge repairs in the current financial year.

After a full discussion, and on the motion of Councillor West, seconded by Councillor Ellis, the Committee unanimously agreed:-

(i) to recommend that representation be made to Gavin Strang MP, Minister for Transport, bringing his attention to the problems which this Council would have in funding the assessment and any subsequent strengthening of all Council and non-Council owned bridges prior to 1 January 1999 to comply with the EU Regulations and demanding that Railtrack and the British Rail Property Board should be called on to fund the assessment and necessary strengthening of bridges within their ownership;

(ii) to recommend that representation also be made to COSLA, all Scottish Local Authorities and MPs to support Angus Council in seeking additional funding and a more equitable solution to this problem;

(iii) to note the programme of bridge assessments to be carried out in the current financial year as outlined in Appendices 1 and 2 to the Report;

(iv) to note the programme of bridge strengthening to be carried out in the current financial year as outlined in Appendix 3 to the Report;

(v) to remit with powers to a meeting of the Executive Sub-Committee the receipt of tenders and award of the contract for the strengthening works associated with Arbroath Harbour Bridge;

(vi) to note the programme of bridge repairs to be carried out in the current financial year as outlined in Appendix 4 to the Report; and

(viii) to note the level of funding required in the next financial year in order to comply with the Council’s statutory duty to assess and strengthen where appropriate both Council and non-Council owned bridges by 1 January 1999.

6. FOOTWAYS PROGRAMME

There was submitted Report No 648/97 by the Director of Roads advising that various requests had been received for sections of footways to be constructed at a variety of locations throughout Angus, listing the locations in order of priority and setting out the financial implications. The Report concluded that no action should be taken on the provision of these new footways meantime but that the situation should be reconsidered at the next financial review.

Having heard Provost Mrs Frances Duncan express concern at the lack of funding from the Scottish Office for this programme, during which she highlighted the problems at Eassie School, the Committee agreed:-

(i) that, in light of Article 5 above, to recommend that representation also be made to the Minister for Transport for increased funding to meet the footways programme;

(ii) that the priority list for new footway construction be noted; and

(iii) that no action be taken meantime in view of the present urgent need for funds to maintain existing roads and footways.

7. MONTROSE TOWN CENTRE, STREETSCAPE DESIGN - OUTCOME OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION

With reference to Article 10 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 659/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development and the Director of Roads advising that extensive public consultation had been undertaken on the streetscape concept design produced for Montrose Town Centre and outlining the outcome of these consultations. The Report recommended that a fundamental review of the consultants’ proposals be undertaken to assess how the design objectives could be met in a way which would be more generally supported.

The Committee agreed to note the terms of the Report for its interest and await the outcome of the review.

8. PANTER CRESCENT, MONTROSE - THROUGH TRAFFIC

There was submitted Report No 649/97 by the Director of Roads advising that since the opening of Montrose Inner Relief Road, there had been an increase in the amount of through traffic using the Panter Crescent area, outlining various traffic management options to improve the situation and recommending that the options be discussed with local residents.

Having heard Councillors Norrie and Ritchie express particular concern regarding traffic congestion at the junction at Coronation Avenue, the Committee agreed:-

(i) that the various traffic management options considered in Report No 649/97 be discussed with local residents at a public meeting; and

(ii) that a further Report be submitted to this Committee in due course.

9. SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL - NORTHMUIR PRIMARY SCHOOL, KIRRIEMUIR

With reference to Article 6(c) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 25 April 1996, there was submitted Report No 658/97 by the Director of Roads discussing problems of congestion at Northmuir Primary School caused by parents delivering their children to school and collecting them from school by car. The Report recommended provision of improved car parking at the school and set out the financial implications.

Following discussion on the safety of school pupils, the Committee agreed:-

(i) that provision of extra road side parking at Northmuir Primary School as detailed in the plan attached to Report No 658/97 be approved; and

(ii) that a Report be submitted to this Committee on traffic congestion at Primary Schools throughout Angus with respect to safety of school pupils.

10. PANMURE STREET/SOUTH ESK STREET, BRECHIN - PROPOSED MINI ROUNDABOUT

There was submitted Report No 650/97 by the Director of Roads referring to approval given by Tayside Regional Council at a meeting held on 19 September 1995, for "Brechin Town Centre Improvement Phase 2" and advising that the installation of a mini roundabout at Panmure Street/South Esk Street, Brechin formed part of this programme. The Report concluded that the installation of the roundabout would improve safety at the Panmure Street/South Esk Street junction and set out the financial implications for Angus Council.

The Committee agreed to the formation of a mini roundabout at Panmure Street/South Esk Street, Brechin as detailed in the plan attached to Report No 650/97.

11. JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT - B9127/C57 LOUR ROAD JUNCTION, WHIGSTREET

There was submitted Report No 651/97 by the Director of Roads advising of the need to improve the visibility standards at the junction of the C57 from Lour with the B9127 Douglastown-Arbroath Road at Whigstreet on the grounds of public safety and recommending that the improvements be implemented.

The Committee agreed to the implementation of the improvement to the junction of the C57 from Lour with the B9127 Douglastown-Arbroath Road at Whigstreet, subject to the terms and conditions outlined in Report No 651/97.

12. REPAIRS TO SLIPWAY AND OTHER GENERAL REPAIRS AT ARBROATH HARBOUR

With reference to Article 2 above, there was submitted Report No 652/97 by the Director of Roads detailing proposed repairs at Arbroath Harbour which were required in order to maintain its serviceability for harbour users and prevent further deterioration of its general structure. The Report set out the estimated capital costs of the works (£15,000) which could be met from the Arbroath Harbour Contingency fund.

The Committee agreed to instruct the Director of Roads to arrange execution of repairs to the masonry slipway and rails and other general repairs as described in Report No 652/97 at Arbroath Harbour.

13. GOURDIE BRAE, BIRKHILL - PROPOSED HGV BAN

There was submitted Report No 653/97 by the Director of Roads discussing a proposal to ban HGVs from Gourdie Brae, Birkhill which had been considered by Tayside Regional Council’s Roads and Transport Committee on 31 May 1994. The Report concluded that despite the problems being created at present by HGVs using Gourdie Brae, the HGV ban would not provide an appropriate solution and that the cost of widening the road could not be justified. The Report therefore recommended that no action should be taken.

The Committee agreed not to promote a Traffic Regulation Order banning HGVs from Gourdie Brae, Birkhill.

14. SIGNING

(a) CLARENCE Customer Care Helpline

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 17 January 1996, there was submitted Report No 654/97 by the Director of Roads recommending the provision of the appropriate road signs for the CLARENCE system which were considered necessary to make the people of Angus and travellers within Angus aware of the system. The Report concluded that in order for the system to be fully effective, additional publicity and signing should be provided, and set out the financial implications.

The Committee agreed to approve the provision of appropriate road signs for the CLARENCE Customer Care Helpline.

(b) Car Parks

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 29 August 1996, there was submitted Report No 655/97 by the Director of Roads recommending the renewal of the signing within Angus Council car parks and the road signing in the immediate vicinity of the car parks, when the statutory procedures in relation to the appropriate Order had been completed.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) that new signing be provided in all the Angus Council car parks; and

(ii) that new road signing be provided for the car parks on the immediate approaches.

15. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Update

With reference to Article 13(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 January 1997, there was submitted Report No 656/97 by the Director of Roads providing, in an Appendix to the Report, an update of Road Traffic Regulation Orders currently being processed and their stage of progress at 1 May 1997.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report.

(b) Temporary Traffic Orders

There was submitted and noted Report No 572/97 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 (Carnoustie Riding of the Boundary) (Temporary Prohibition of Waiting) Order 1997 - for ten hours on 20 April 1997;

(ii) Angus Council (Dunnichen - Boal Road, by Letham) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1997 - for 3 weeks from 8 May 1997 for the purpose of ditch clearance, road drainage works and carriageway patching;

(iii) Angus Council (Easthaven, Carnoustie) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1997 - for 6 weeks from 19 May 1997 for the purpose of carriageway resurfacing and road drainage works;

(iv) Angus Council (Forfar - Inverquharity Road, by Forfar) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1997 - for 6 weeks from 26 May 1997 for the purpose of road reconstruction works; and

(v) Angus Council (Justinhaugh Bridge, by Forfar) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1997 - for ten weeks from 2 June 1997 for the purpose of bridge repairs.

(c) Angus Council (Forfar) (Variation of One-Way Traffic) Order 1997

There was submitted Report No 573/97 by the Director of Law and Administration advising that at a meeting of Tayside Regional Council’s Roads and Transport Committee held on 14 April 1992, approval had been given to the preparation of an Order imposing one-way traffic westwards on Myre Road, Forfar, between Castle Street and the eastmost Myre Car Park access. In response to objections received, the Director of Roads and Transport and the Chief Constable recommended that the draft Order be amended.

The proposed Order had not been progressed further at that stage due to related land acquisition problems which had only recently been resolved. Due to the length of time which had elapsed since the Traffic Order had first been publicised, the statutory consultation process had been undertaken afresh.

The Report considered the comments received and recommended that the draft Order be amended to impose one-way traffic westwards on Myre Road, Forfar only between Castle Street and the eastern boundary of the entrance to the small car park, at Myre Road East, a distance of approximately 20 metres. This would relieve congestion at the Myre Road/Castle Street junction and improve pedestrian safety by providing an additional footpath in Myre Road.

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

16. ADDITIONS TO STANDING LISTS OF CONTRACTORS FOR CONSTRUCTION, CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ROAD MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS UNDER £200,000

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 6 March 1997, there was submitted and approved Report No 657/97 by the Director of Roads recommending the inclusion of additional contractors for various categories of work (as set out in Appendices 1 and 2 to the Report) on the Standing Lists of Contractors for Construction, Civil Engineering and Road Maintenance Contracts under £200,000.

The Convener ruled that the following item be taken as a matter of urgency in view of the need to receive a report on the matter as soon as possible.

17. STATISTICS RELATING TO ACCIDENTS AT THE GLAMIS ROAD JUNCTION OF THE FORFAR BY-PASS (A90)

Provost Mrs Frances Duncan expressed concern at the high incidence of accidents at the Glamis Road junction of the Forfar By-pass.

The Committee agreed that the Director of Roads submit a statistical Report on the matter to the next meeting.