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ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Tuesday 11 March 1999 at 4.15 pm.

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

Also

in Attendance: Councillor GEORGE NORRIE

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

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES

(a) Previous Meeting

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 January 1999 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

(b) Executive Sub-Committee

The minute of meeting of the Executive Sub-Committee held on 9 February 1999 was submitted and noted (APPENDIX I).

2. GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF TACTILE PAVING SURFACES

There was submitted Report No 282/99 by the Director of Roads reporting on new guidelines which had been published on 11 January 1999 by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), on the use of tactile paving surfaces, to help visually impaired pedestrians to move about safely and with confidence.

The Report recommended that the DETR guidelines be adopted by Angus Council and it was indicated that a training workshop would be arranged by the Royal National Institute for the Blind/Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and representatives from Angus Council to promote consistent implementation of the guidelines throughout Angus.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note the publication of the DETR guidance on the use of tactile paving surfaces, a copy of which had been placed in the Members Lounge;

(ii) to adopt, where appropriate, the advice of the document as the Council’s policy on the use of tactile paving surfaces;

(iii) to provide tactile paving surfaces at some existing crossing points, on a prioritised basis, following consultation with local visual impairment groups; and

(iv) to note that a training workshop entitled "Crazy Paving or Tactile Paving" would be organised to help ensure that the new guidelines were implemented consistently throughout Angus.

3. CRITERIA FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL SITES

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of the Education Committee of 9 March 1999, there was submitted Joint Report No 268/99 by the Directors of Roads and Education examining the criteria for determining whether or not a School Crossing Patrol was justified and recommending that the existing sites in Angus be assessed in terms of criteria set by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) and the Local Authority Road Safety Officers’ Association (LARSOA).

The Committee agreed to approve the terms of Report No 268/99 for its interest.

4. THE MALL, MONTROSE

With reference to Article 4(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 30 April 1998, there was submitted Report No 285/99 by the Director of Roads advising that, following the final consultation on the proposals for The Mall, Montrose, (details of which were appended to the Report), considerable concern had been expressed regarding the loss of parking resulting from the proposals. A number of parties were of the opinion that problems experienced by users of the swimming pool due to the reduction in parking spaces would outweigh the alleviation of anti-social behaviour in the Mall, should these parking spaces be removed. The Report concluded that proposed environmental enhancement of The Mall to reduce the available parking should be re-assessed in light of these further representations.

Councillor Norrie, the local Member, supported the view that limited car parking be retained at The Mall for users of the swimming pool.

Having heard various other members on a possible way forward, the Committee agreed that, in view of the concerns expressed by a number of residents, the Community Council and the local Member, the proposals for the environmental enhancement of The Mall, Montrose and reduction of off-street parking to alleviate anti-social behaviour, be suspended from the works programme pending further investigations.

5. A92/A934 JUNCTION AT ROSSIE MILLS, BY MONTROSE

There was submitted Report No 287/99 by the Director of Roads setting out proposals for a revised junction layout and widening of the footpath at the A92/A934 junction at Rossie Mills by Montrose in order to improve traffic and pedestrian safety at the junction .

The Committee agreed to approve the proposals to improve the A92/A934 junction at Rossie Mills by Montrose as outlined in the plan attached to Report No 287/99.

6. ARBROATH HIGH STREET IMPROVEMENTS (PHASE 2)

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report 289/99 by the Directors of Planning and Transport and Roads recommending environmental improvements to Kirk Square, Arbroath as Phase 2 of the High Street improvements, detailing the financial implications to Angus Council of proceeding with the works and setting out the proposed programme of implementation.

The Committee agreed, for its interest, to approve the recommendations set out in Report No 289/99.

7. GRANT ROAD, ARBROATH

With reference to Article 7 of the minute of meeting of this Committee held on 15 October 1998, there was submitted Report No 286/99 by the Director of Roads setting out various options for traffic management in the Grant Road area of Arbroath and recommending specific measures to improve the situation at Grant Road and the Brechin Road/A92 junction.

Having heard Councillor Shand, the local Member, welcome the proposed traffic calming measures, the Committee agreed:-

(i) to provide a traffic calming speed table on Grant Road, Arbroath as outlined in the Appendix detailing Option 6; and

(ii) to provide a mini roundabout at the Brechin Road/A92 junction as outlined in the Appendix detailing Option 2.

8. WARDS ROAD TO DRUMACHLIE LOAN, BRECHIN

With reference to Article 14 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 6 June 1996, there was submitted Report No 288/99 by the Director of Roads setting out various options for improving the unadopted link road across Wards Park between Wards Road and Drumachlie Load, Brechin and recommending improvement works to the road together with speed monitoring.

Having heard Councillor Allan, the local Member, welcome the proposals, the Committee agreed:-

(i) to surface the unadopted link road across Wards Park between Wards Road and Drumachlie Loan, Brechin; and

(ii) to instruct the Director of Roads to monitor traffic speeds and volumes in Wards Road after this improvement had been carried out in order to establish whether this change might require some consequential traffic calming.

Councillor Mrs Ritchie declared an interest in the following item and took no part in the discussion thereon.

9. GLAXO WELLCOME COAST PROTECTION WORKS - TEMPORARY BEACH CLOSURE ETC.

With reference to Article 12 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 November 1997, there was submitted Joint Report No 281/99 by the Directors of Roads and Property Services advising of the need for coastal protection works at the Glaxo Wellcome foreshore in Montrose, highlighting the need for temporary closure of the section of beach affected by the works and proposing the sale of land currently in the ownership of Montrose Common Good to Glaxo Wellcome.

Having heard Councillor Crowe, the local Member, emphasise the need for future maintenance along the Glaxo Wellcome frontage and continued public access to the foreshore, the Committee agreed, for its interest:-

(i) to note the need for a temporary closure of the beach ex-adverso the Glaxo Wellcome frontage for a period of six months to allow coastal defence works to take place;

(ii) to sell to Glaxo Wellcome that area of land above high water mark along the Glaxo Wellcome frontage which was owned by the Montrose Common Good on terms and conditions to be negotiated by the Director of Property Services, including the retention of a right of public access along the foreshore;

(iii) to authorise the Director of Law and Administration to conclude the disposal of the land on the agreed terms and conditions;

(iv) to grant formal permission to carry out the works as required by the Coast Protection Act 1949; and

(v) to refer Report No 281/99 to the Personnel and Property Services, Finance and Information Technology and Policy and Resources Committees for their respective interests.

10. MILLENNIUM CELEBRATION - STREET PARTIES

There was submitted Report No 278/99 by the Director of Roads advising that it was likely that the Council would receive requests from local residents to close streets or parts of streets in connection with street parties to celebrate the Millennium. The Report recommended that arrangements for considering such applications be similar to those adopted for anniversary VE and VJ day celebrations, subject to certain conditions outlined in the Report.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) that street parties could be held on minor roads without the need to make a formal temporary road closure in the circumstances and on the terms outlined in Report No 278/99; and

(ii) to authorise the Director of Roads, in consultation with the Director of Law and Administration and the Chief Constable, to approve such requests for street parties.

11. DIVERSION ORDER RELATING TO PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY - WEST HIGH STREET TO MYRE PARK, FORFAR VIA STRATHMORE MINERAL WATER COMPANY LIMITED

There was submitted Joint Report No 295/99 by the Directors of Planning and Transport and Roads outlining problems which had been highlighted by the Strathmore Mineral Water Company Limited regarding use of the public right of way from West High Street to Myre Park and recommending the promotion of a diversion order to resolve the problems.

The Committee agreed to authorise the Director of Law and Administration to promote a Diversion Order on behalf of the Strathmore Mineral Water Company Limited for the public right of way from West High Street to Myre Park, Forfar.

12. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Angus Council (Dubton Farm Road, Brechin) (Stopping-Up) Order 1999

With reference to Article 9(d) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 15 October 1998, there was submitted Report No 224/99 by the Director of Law and Administration advising that, following advertisement of the above Order, no objections had been received and recommending that the Council should proceed to confirm the Order.

The Committee agreed to recommend that the Council now make and confirm the Order authorising the stopping-up of a section of the disused length of road at Dubton Farm, Brechin which had become unnecessary as the result of the realignment of a major road.

(b) Fowlis Village Development - Stopping-Up Orders

There was submitted Report No 280/99 by the Director of Roads advising of proposals to develop land, in and around Fowlis Village for the erection of new housing and the redevelopment of the old Mill for residential use. The proposals would include the widening and realignment of the existing roads through the village as outlined in the drawing attached to the Report, resulting in sections of the Balruddery Home Farm Road and Fowlis-Benvie Road becoming unnecessary. The Report recommended that these sections of road be stopped-up.

The Committee agreed to promote Stopping-Up Orders over sections of Balruddery Home Farm Road and Fowlis-Benvie Road as outlined in Report No 280/99.

(c) Arbroath High Street - Environmental Improvements - Variation of Waiting Restrictions

With reference to Article 9(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 11 June 1998, there was submitted Report No 279/99 by the Director of Roads recommending the alteration of current waiting restrictions at Arbroath High Street in order to take account of changes to kerb lines and other works in connection with the Arbroath High Street environmental improvements.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of a Traffic Regulation Order to effect changes to the current waiting restrictions in High Street, Arbroath in the interest of pedestrian and traffic safety, and free traffic flow.

13. TRANSPORT

(a) Regional Transport Partnerships and the National Transport Forum for Scotland

With reference to Article 11 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 276/99 by the Directors of Planning and Transport and Roads commenting on and responding to a consultation document published by the Scottish Office on (a) how best to improve and co-ordinate the planning of transport across the boundaries of local authorities, and (b) the future role and responsibilities of the National Transport Forum in Scotland.

The Committee agreed, for its interest, to approve the recommendations set out in Report No 276/99.

(b) Local Transport Strategies - Preliminary Guidance

With reference to Article 12 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 277/99 by the Directors of Planning and Transport and Roads outlining the scope of preliminary guidelines issued by the Scottish Office on the preparation of local transport strategies, summarising existing policies on the transport infrastructure in Angus and proposing arrangements for the development of an interim local transport strategy.

The Committee agreed, for its interest, to approve the recommendations set out in Report No 277/99.

14. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved, in terms of Standing Order 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, 10 and 12.

Councillors West and Crowe, as members of the Montrose Port Authority, declared an interest in the following item, and took no part in the discussion thereon. Councillor Allan chaired the meeting for this item.

15. ARBROATH HARBOUR DREDGING CONTRACTS 1999/2000

There was submitted Joint Report No 284/99 by the Directors of Roads and Property Services setting out proposals for dredging operations at Arbroath Harbour for the next two years and recommending a list of specialist dredging contractors from whom to invite tenders for the works.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to approve the proposals set out in Report No 284/99 for the invitation of tenders for dredging operations at Arbroath Harbour over the next two years;

(ii) to approve the proposed list of specialist dredging contractors;

(iii) to instruct the Director of Property Services to invite tenders for the works from those specialist contractors so listed;

(iv) to instruct the Director of Roads to liaise with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with a view to securing an agreement with the RNLI on their possible contribution towards the capital cost of the dredging of the approach channel on a one off basis; and

(v) to note that the Director of Roads, in conjunction with the Director of Property Services would report further to this Committee once tenders had been received and negotiations with the RNLI had been completed.

16. A92 DUNDEE TO ARBROATH - PROPOSED UPGRADING - ACQUISITION OF TRAFFIC COUNTERS

With reference to Article 15 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 January 1999, there was submitted Report No 283/99 advising of the requirement to install additional traffic counting equipment in connection with the preparation of contract documentation for the A92 project and recommending, for the reasons outlined in the Report, the acceptance of a tender from a particular supplier.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to accept, in accordance with Financial Regulation 14.1.3(c), the quotation from Golden River for the provision of traffic counting equipment in the amount of £10,888;

(ii) to note that the provision of appropriate vehicle detection loops and equipment cabinets would be procured under the normal contractual arrangements; and

(iii) to instruct the Director of Roads to refer Report No 283/99 to the Director of Planning and Transportation of Dundee City Council for the interest of his Council.

17. BRIDGE REPAIRS - GLENLEY BRIDGE - USE OF CONSULTANTS

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 August 1998, there was submitted Report No 290/99 by the Director of Roads giving an update on his use of consultant engineering services for bridge design purposes.

The Committee agreed to note the use of consultant engineering services to assist the Director Roads to progress the current bridges workload.

18. FLOODING OF PROPERTY "KINNAIRD COTTAGE" - KIRKTON OF AUCHTERHOUSE

There was submitted Report No 293/99 by the Director of Roads reporting on a incident of flooding of a single property at Kirkton of Auchterhouse, setting out optional courses of action and advising of a preferred solution as detailed in the plan attached to the Report.

The Committee agreed to instruct the Director of Roads to implement Option 5 as detailed in Report No 293/99 namely, the laying of a new drain westwards in the adjoining field and northwards to the road, thus dispensing with the existing drain through and beneath the property and affording a more suitable arrangement for the future maintenance and drainage of the road at the location, to alleviate the flooding problem at Kinnaird Cottage, Kirkton of Auchterhouse.

19. MONIFIETH TOWN CENTRE - PROPOSED STUDY

With reference to Article 19 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 299/99 by the Directors of Planning and Transport and Roads recommending that a study of Monifieth Town Centre be carried out by the Council’s Property Consultants and that the information be used to develop policies and proposals for the Town Centre.

The Committee agreed, for its interest, to approve the recommendations set out in Report No 299/99.

20. FLOOD PREVENTION SCHEME: RIVER STREET, BRECHIN - USE OF CONSULTANT

With reference to Article 11 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 August 1998, there was submitted Report No 341/99 by the Director of Roads advising that, in 1989, Tayside Regional Council's Director of Water Services had commissioned the Babtie Group to investigate the history of flooding in Brechin, and setting out in an Appendix their recommendations. The Report indicated that, since that time, further flooding had occurred in River Street, Brechin and recommended that the consultants be appointed to update the previous technical report.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note the advantages to Angus Council in commissioning work from a particular consultant without exposing the work to competition; and

(ii) to authorise the Director of Roads, in accordance with Financial Regulation 14.1.3(c) to commission a technical report from the Babtie Group.