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ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 14 October 1999 at 4.20 pm.

Present: Councillors SANDY WEST, Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN, Councillors FRANK ELLIS, ALEX KING, STEWART McGLYNN, IAN MACKINTOSH, PETER MURPHY, ROBERT MYLES, DAVID SELFRIDGE and RICHARD SPEIRS.

Apology: An apology for absence was intimated on behalf of Councillor KITTY RITCHIE.

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 26 August 1999 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2. PROVISION OF BICYCLE PARKING FACILITIES AT ANGUS COUNCIL PREMISES

There was submitted Report No 994/99 by the Director of Roads proposing that bicycle parking facilities be provided at a number of Angus Council premises. The Report indicated that it was also proposed to take delivery of 12 "recycled" bicycles provided by the New Deal Trainees of the Environmental Task Force which had been repainted in the Council’s colours and would be made available to staff for short business related journeys. It was hoped that this would encourage cycling to work and facilitate travel between certain Council buildings by Angus Council employees.

The Committee agreed to the provision of bicycle parking facilities at the following Angus Council premises:

Bruce House, Arbroath;

County Buildings, Forfar;

St James House, Forfar; and

The Cross, Forfar

3. PASS PLUS SCHEME

With reference to Article 2 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 20 April 1999, there was submitted Report No 1022/99 by the Director of Roads informing the Committee of the ongoing success of the Pass Plus scheme for young drivers. The scheme, which was linked with a Driver Awareness Programme, was aimed at drivers who had passed the driving test but who, by definition, had little or no experience of certain types of driving or road conditions. In order to ensure that no young person was "turned away" in the first year of operating the Pass Plus scheme, it was proposed that, should there be any funding shortfalls via the initial £6,500, any such additional funding would be met from an additional injection from the Roads Capital Budget for Road Safety/Traffic Calming.

The Committee agreed:

(i) to note the ongoing success of the Pass Plus scheme for young drivers; and

(ii) to note the funding of any additional spaces (should the existing funding arrangements in place not be sufficient to ensure all applicants in the current financial year were assured a place) could be contained within the Roads Department’s 1999/2000 capital allocation for Road Safety/Traffic Calming.

4. NATIONAL SPEED POLICY REVIEW

There was submitted Report No 1023/99 by the Director of Roads updating the Committee on the Government’s current National Speed Policy Review. The Report indicated that the Scottish Accident Prevention Council (SAPC), was preparing a response to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions discussion paper, with the Director of Roads directly involved in formulating the SAPC’s response.

The Report detailed the key points which were particularly relevant in relation to SAPC’s response. In addition, it was pointed out that any anti-speeding campaigns and increased use of speed cameras would have a direct impact on the workload of District Court staff in the Law and Administration Department, who were responsible for the collection of fixed penalties and fines for speeding offences.

Having heard Councillor McIntosh express his wish to seek an outright abolition of fixed penalties, the Committee agreed:

(i) to note the issues being raised during the consultation on the current National Speed Policy Review;

(ii) to note the submission being made to the DETR by the Director of Roads, based on the comments detailed in the Report; and

(iii) that the Chief Executive write to Jim Wallace, MSP, Scottish Executive Minister for Justice seeking his support for:

(a) the whole income from fixed penalties for speeding being retained locally and shared between the Police and local authority in whose area the offence was committed;

(b) the vast majority of income from fines imposed by the District Court being retained locally and shared between the Police and the local authority responsible for administering the Court, with only the Fiscal’s directly identifiable expenses being remitted to the Crown Office; and

(c) any money from this source being used to support enhanced education, engineering and enforcement measures aimed at improving road safety.

5. SAFER FOOTWAYS FOR ALL

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 29 January 1998, there was submitted Report No 1024/99 by the Director of Roads providing information on a leaflet which had been produced to advise on the need to keep footways clear of obstructions in the interest of pedestrian safety. The leaflet had already been distributed to reception areas in Council premises, ACCESS offices and other public buildings including libraries for the general public and it was now proposed to distribute it to the various Angus business and retail associations, for the information of their members.

The Committee agreed:

(i) to note that the Director of Roads had produced an information leaflet (in association with the Scottish Accident Prevention Council) offering advice on keeping footways clear of obstructions;

(ii) to note that the leaflet had been made available to the public at reception areas at Council Offices, ACCESS Offices and other public buildings, including libraries; and

(iii) to send copies of the leaflet to the various business and retailers associations throughout Angus for their members’ information.

6. MONTROSE TOWN CENTRE

There was submitted Report No 1025/99 by the Director of Roads concerning a review of the traffic management issues arising from a post-completion audit of the Montrose Town Centre Improvements.

The Report indicated that, although the project had been successfully executed, a number of areas of concern had been identified by the audit. In addition, comments received from local councillors, the Community Council, the local Business Association, the Retailers Association and members of the public had been taken into account in the preparation of an action plan. A public meeting had also been held in Montrose on 16 September 1999 to specifically address these concerns and outstanding issues associated with the project.

The Committee agreed:

(i) to approve the implementation of the action points listed in Appendix A to the Report, which had been identified via a post-completion audit of the High Street project; and

(ii) to provide a controlled pedestrian crossing in Hume Street at the earliest possible opportunity in the current financial year.

7. ARBROATH HIGH STREET IMPROVEMENTS (PHASE 3)

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee of today’s date, there was submitted Joint Report No 1026/99 by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Roads presenting the proposed environmental improvements to the pedestrian precinct, as Phase 3 of the High Street improvements.

The Report proposed that extensive consultation be undertaken prior to any formal consideration of the proposals. Accordingly, it was proposed that every retailer in the pedestrian precinct be invited to a public meeting along with the Community Council and the general public. The consultation exercise would be undertaken during November/December 1999 with the outcome expected to be reported to the Committee in January 2000.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:

(i) to note the proposed environmental improvements for the pedestrian precinct, as outlined in Report 1026/99;

(ii) to note the financial implications of proceeding with the work;

(iii) to undertake public consultation in relation to the proposed environmental improvements; and

(iv) to await a further report on the proposed improvements, following public consultation.

8. MONIFIETH SEAFRONT - PROPOSED STUDY

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of the Recreation and Cultural Services Committee of 7 October 1999 and Article 4 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee of today’s date, there was submitted Joint Report No 983/99 by the Director of Planning and Transport, the Director of Recreation Services and the Director of Roads proposing that the study into the opportunities for the development enhancement of the seafront at Monifieth proceed in accordance with the consultants’ brief.

The Report indicated that the consultants were being asked to produce an overall master plan for the seafront area which would contain specific proposals for those areas within Council control and establish a policy framework for the other areas. The study report would contain, amongst other things, a detailed cost breakdown of the concept designs and an indication of how the expenditure could be phased over a number of years, if necessary.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:

(i) to proceed with the study into the development and enhancement of the seafront at Monifieth in accordance with the consultant’s brief, as attached to the report;

(ii) to meet the cost of the study up to a maximum of £10,000 with the expenditure to be met from the Roads Capital Budget for 1999/2000; and

(iii) to await a further report on the outcome of the study in due course.

9. A92 PROJECT: CURRENT PROGRESS - UPDATE

With reference to Article 28 of the minute of meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee of 7 September 1999, there was submitted Report No 1027/99 by the Director of Roads updating the Committee on the progress which had been achieved on the A92 project, specifically with the statutory planning procedure.

The Report set out an updated reviewed programme for the remainder of the project delivery. The project had now progressed to the stage that the statutory planning processes had been initiated both in the Angus Council and Dundee City Council areas. It was now possible to progress procurement of the project in accordance with the programme set out in the Appendix to the Report, although this would be dependent on the consequences of any Public Local Inquiry that might be required.

The Committee agreed:

(i) to note the progress which had been achieved in instigating the formal planning processes associated with the promotion of the project;

(ii) to note the programme provided in Report 1027/99, which showed the key delivery dates for the remainder of the preparatory stages; and

(iii) to circulate a leaflet, incorporating the key milestone dates, as detailed in the Appendix to the Report, to all ACCESS Offices, Council Offices and Libraries.

10. A932 DUNDEE ROAD, FORFAR - PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

With reference to Article 14 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 11 June 1998, there was submitted Report No 1029/99 by the Director of Roads detailing proposals for the provision of a pedestrian crossing at Dundee Road, Forfar. The Report indicated that, following investigations regarding the location in conjunction with the Police and an assessment of traffic flows, it was now felt that a "puffin" crossing would have beneficial safety effects by providing a safe crossing point at the Co-op/Post Office and providing gaps in the traffic on each side of the crossing.

The Committee agreed to the provision of a "puffin" pedestrian crossing in Dundee Road, Forfar during the 2000/2001 financial year.

11. REOPENING OF LAYBY ON A934 FORFAR - MONTROSE ROAD EAST OF KINNELL CROSSROADS

There was submitted Report No 1030/99 by the Director of Roads proposing to re-open a disused lay-by adjacent to the A934 Forfar-Montrose Road.

The report indicated that, as a result of a minor re-alignment of the A934 Forfar-Montrose Road, part of the disused road had been retained for use as a remote layby and had been operated as such for a period of time. It had, however, become a favourite location for temporary occupation by travelling people and, as a result of complaints received, Tayside Regional Council had subsequently agreed to block off access to the layby in order to prevent such improper use of the facility. A request had been made that the Council give consideration to reopening the layby for use by the public, since travelling people could be accommodated either at Tayock or at Tealing.

The Committee agreed to reopen the existing disused layby located adjacent to the A934 Forfar-Montrose Road approximately one mile east of the Kinnell crossroads.

12. NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AT WESTWAY, ARBROATH: NEW STREET NAME

There was submitted Report No 935/99 by the Director of Roads concerning a proposed street name for a new housing development at Westway, Arbroath.

The Report indicated that, in line with agreed procedure, the Director of Roads, in conjunction with the local elected member and the Convener, had given consideration to a street name. The proposed name put forward by Councillor Nield, in consultation with the Convener and the Community Council was "Geordie’s Burn Crescent". However, representations had been made objecting to this name and the procedure therefore required the proposed name to be referred to the Committee.

Mr Black (representing the Developer, Guild Homes) was given the opportunity to address the Committee in support of his alternative proposal to name the street "Antiquary Place".

Having heard Mr Black, the Committee agreed that the street name for the new housing development at Westway, Arbroath be "Antiquary Place".

13. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Angus Council (St Andrew Street, Brechin) (Prohibition of Entry) Order 1998

With reference to Article 7(d) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 29 January 1998, there was submitted Report No 1021/99 by the Director of Law and Administration proposing the introduction of a Traffic Order prohibiting all vehicular traffic from entering St Andrew’s Street, Brechin, north of Maisondieu Lane towards Latch Road.

The Report advised that the proposed Order had been duly advertised and a letter of objection had been received from the Cyclists Touring Club. The Director of Roads and the Chief Constable advised that it was not, in their opinion, safe for cyclists to have free access due to the narrowness of the part of the road where the Prohibition of Entry was to be sited. However, the Director of Roads had agreed to review traffic calming measures at a future date.

The Committee agreed to recommend to the Council the making of this Order.

(b) Temporary Traffic Orders

With reference to Article 11(e) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 August 1999, there was submitted Report No 1031/99 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 (Liff Road, by Liff) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1999 - for two weeks from 23 August 1999 for the purpose of a new sewer connection.

(ii) Angus Council (Dillavaird Bridge, by Alyth) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1999 - for four weeks from 20 September 1999 for the purpose of bridge repairs.

(iii) Angus Council (Drumachlie Loan, Brechin) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 1999 - for seven weeks from 13 September 1999 for the purpose of road improvement work.

(Note: Subsequent to the Order being made, contractual difficulties had arisen which had had the effect of delaying the commencement date by four weeks, until 11 October 1999.)

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 1, 6, 8 and 9.

15. B954 PITNAPPIE CARRIAGEWAY WORKS - ACCEPTANCE OF TENDER

There was submitted Report No 1032/99 by the Director of Roads giving details of the tenders received for the B954 Pitnappie Carriageway Works. The basic elements of the project would involve the overlay of the existing carriageway, including kerbing, and the installation of an improved drainage system.

The Committee agreed:

(i) to approve the acceptance of the lowest arithmetically corrected tender for the B954 Pitnappie Carriageway Works, that of Torith Limited in the amount of £119,051.24; and

(ii) to note that a further report would be presented in due course on the remaining carriageway strengthening/overlay/resurfacing scheme already approved for funding from the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repairs Fund but not yet legally committed (viz B965 Friockheim-Inverkeillor Road: Balneaves-Douglasmuir Section).

16. A92 PROJECT: MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS - UPDATE

With reference to Article 9 above, there was submitted Report No 1028/99 by the Director of Roads advising the Committee on the current position in respect of various management arrangements relating to the A92 Project.

The Committee agreed:

(i) to note and approve the management arrangements described in the Report;

(ii) to authorise the Director of Roads, in consultation with the Director of Finance and the Director of Law and Administration, to further amend or refine management arrangements generally, if necessary, to better progress the delivery of the project; and

(iii) to note that the Director of Roads would report back to Committee, if appropriate.