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ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 12 March 1998 at 4.25 pm.

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

Apology: An apology for absence was intimated on behalf of Councillor RICHARD SPEIRS.

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

 

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 29 January 1998 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2. PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF A FLOOD APPRAISAL GROUP

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 286/98 by the Director of Roads and the Director of Planning, Transport & Economic Development on the above subject.

The Committee agreed for its interest:-

(i) to instruct the Director of Roads to initiate a Flood Appraisal Group;

(ii) to approve the remit of the Group as described in Report No 286/98;

(iii) to delegate responsibility for chairing the Group to the Director of Roads; and

(iv) to instruct the Director of Roads to invite representation on the Group from the external agencies listed in the Report.

3. CARNOUSTIE COAST PROTECTION - FINANCIAL UPDATE

With reference to Article 13 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 November 1997, there was submitted Report No 287/98 by the Director of Roads (a) advising that the Carnoustie coast protection works had been substantially completed, (b) indicating that, for the reasons outlined in the Report, additional costs had been incurred, and (c) summarising the financial implications.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note that substantially more rock armour work had to be carried out due to the poor state of the existing revetment;

(ii) to note the financial position for the 1997/98 financial year and that the total costs could be contained within the Council’s overall coast protection allocation; and

(iii) to approve the additional expenditure on the contract as detailed in Appendix I to Report No 287/98.

4. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Variation of Speed Limits at Westmuir

There was submitted Report No 288/98 by the Director of Roads recommending, in the interest of pedestrian and traffic safety, an alteration to the current speed limit at Westmuir as detailed in the Report.

Having heard Councillor Mackintosh, as the local member, welcome the reduction in the speed limit, the Committee agreed to the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to reduce the speed in Westmuir to 30 mph.

(b) Angus Council (Lifeboat Road, Barrack Road and Cobden Street, Montrose) (Stopping-Up) Order 1998

With reference to Article 14 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 17 October 1996, there was submitted Report No 199/98 by the Director of Roads authorising the preparation of an Order stopping up three roads in Montrose which were currently wholly surrounded by an industrial development in single ownership and were considered unnecessary for public access. The proposed Order had been duly advertised in terms of the appropriate Regulations and one objection had been received. This objection had subsequently been withdrawn and the Report recommended that in these circumstances, the Council should proceed to make and confirm the Order.

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

(c) Temporary Traffic Orders

There was submitted and noted Report No 198/98 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 (A92 Dundee - Arbroath Road, by Monifieth) (Temporary 30 mph Speed Restriction) Order 1998 - for eighteen weeks for the purpose of road re-alignment;

(ii) Angus Council (Scroggerfield Bridge, Douglastown, by Forfar) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1998 - for twelve weeks for the purpose of bridge repairs; and

(iii) Angus Council (Strathview Road, Kirriemuir) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1998 - for five weeks for the purpose of water mains replacement.

5. 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, 9 and 10.

6. A92 DUNDEE TO ARBROATH PROPOSED UPGRADING

(a) Updating of Traffic Information

With reference to Article 11 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 29 January 1998, there was submitted Report No 289/98 by the Director of Roads recommending acceptance of the quotation received from the firm which had been appointed to carry out the traffic and economic appraisal contract associated with the proposed upgrading of the A92 between Dundee and Arbroath, for work required to update traffic information associated with the project.

The Committee agreed to approve the acceptance of the quotation for updating the traffic information associated with the proposed upgrading of the A92 project, submitted by Oscar Faber in the amount of £26,250.

(b) Traffic Monitoring

With reference to Article 11 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 29 January 1998, there was submitted Report No 290/98 by the Director of Roads advising of the need to monitor the traffic on the A92 and detailing the award of a contract for the necessary permanent traffic counting equipment.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to homologate the decision of the Director of Roads, in consultation with the Convener, to accept the quotation from Golden River for the provision of permanent traffic counting equipment on the A92 between Dundee and Arbroath and the A930 between Monifieth and Carnoustie at a cost of £4,500 in accordance with Financial Regulation 14.1.3(c); and

(ii) to note that provision of the appropriate vehicle detection loops, equipment cabinets and a laptop computer would be procured under the normal contractual arrangements.

7. ARBROATH HARBOUR - PROPOSED LEASE

There was submitted Joint Report No 285/98 by the Director of Property Services and the Director of Roads advising of the outcome of negotiations to lease a site at Arbroath Harbour.

Having noted that the terms of the Report would also be considered by the Personnel and Property Services Committee on 17 March 1998, the Committee agreed, for its interest, to approve the lease of a site measuring 0.20 ha or thereby at Arbroath Harbour to McKay Boatbuilders on the provisional terms and conditions outlined in Report No 285/98.