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MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 9 March 2000 at 5.15 pm.

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

Also in

attendance: Councillor George Norrie MBE

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES

(a) Previous Meeting

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 January 2000 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

(b) Executive Sub-Committee

The minute of meeting of the Executive Sub-Committee of 17 February 2000, a copy of which is appended hereto, was submitted and noted (APPENDIX).

2. SUSIEPHONE LIMITED

There was submitted Report No 280/00 (25K) by the Director of Roads advising that the Council had a statutory duty to keep a register of all road works and street works executed in each public road for which it was responsible. The register, known as the Scottish Road Works Register (SRWR) was maintained collectively by all the Scottish mainland Councils using the Susiephone (Standard Utilities Service Information for Excavators Phoneline) computer based IT system which was owned by Susiephone Limited.

Susiephone Limited had recently decided to expand their Roads Minutes to embrace the whole Scottish community of roads authorities and statutory undertakers, including gas, water, electricity and telecommunications companies, and had issued an invitation to Angus Council to join the company. The Report concluded that Roads Minutes would help to ensure that the management and future development of the Susiephone System proceeded in accordance with the interests of Angus Council and recommended that application be made.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the arrangements which were in place for the Scottish Road Works Register; and
  2. to instruct the Director of Roads, in liaison with the Director of Law and Administration, to make application for the Council to become a member of Susiephone Limited.

3. CAR PARKING REGULATIONS ­ ENFORCEMENT

There was submitted Report No 281/00 (9K) by the Director of Roads advising that the enforcement procedure in relation to off-street car parking regulations had been reviewed. The review had concluded that the most cost effective way of providing an enforcement service would be to employ the resources which already existed in Dundee City Council for use within Angus.

The Committee agreed that the Director of Roads should enter into negotiations with the Director of Planning and Transportation of Dundee City Council with a view to the enforcement of the off-street car parking regulations being undertaken by Dundee City Council.

4. TRAFFIC SIGNAL MAINTENANCE CONTRACT

There was submitted Report No 282/00 (14K) by the Director of Roads informing the Committee that the current arrangements for the maintenance of traffic signal equipment were due to expire in September 2000. The Report recommended that, in order to continue to benefit from the existing economies of scale, Angus Council should participate in a joint procurement arrangement in partnership with two neighbouring Councils for a single contract for the maintenance of traffic signals in the Tayside area. Competitive tendering for this service was common practice and a model contract document had been developed by the Scottish Traffic Signal User Group. The Report proposed that tendering arrangements be put in hand on the basis of the new contract document with a view to one contractor maintaining all traffic signal installations on behalf of the three Councils.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to authorise the Director of Roads to pursue new contractual arrangements in conjunction with Dundee City Council and Perth and Kinross Council for the procurement of traffic signal maintenance services; and
  2. to note that a tender document would be prepared by the three Councils to allow a new contract to be let for traffic signal maintenance effective from 1 October 2000.

5. CRITERIA FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SCHOOL CROSSING PATROLS

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of the Education Committee of 7 March 2000, there was submitted Joint Report No 261/00 (21K) by the Director of Roads and the Director of Education which examined the national criteria for determining whether or not a School Crossing Patrol would be justified. The Report gave consideration to their fitness for application at existing school crossing patrol sites within Angus, and recommended the adoption of a less stringent standard (50% of the national standard) for the assessment of the need for the provision of school crossing patrols in Angus.

The Report also detailed proposals for rationalisation of working hours for School Crossing Patrollers to remove anomalies inherited from Tayside Regional Council and to reflect the recent rationalisation of school hours in Angus.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to the use of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Local Authority Road Safety Officers Association (LARSOA) Criteria for assessing any future requests for school crossing patrol sites within Angus but with threshold values reduced to 50% of the guideline criteria, (i.e. a less stringent requirement than that of the National Standard);
  2. to note the findings of the surveys carried out at the existing sites which indicated that a number of existing school crossing patrols did not meet the proposed Angus criteria;
  3. to investigate the following options where existing school crossing patrols were not justified in terms of the Angus criteria:-
    1. the removal of the school crossing patrollers from light controlled ("red and green man") crossings to be implemented in conjunction with a training programme for schoolchildren to be provided by Tayside Police;
    2. the re-deployment of school crossing patrollers to new sites which met the Angus criteria or to alternative duties (e.g. "a walking bus") where these were feasible;
    3. the provision of physical traffic safety/road improvement measures to allow a reduction in the number of school crossing patrollers in the medium term; and
    4. the retention of existing school crossing patrollers at other sites which did not meet the Angus criteria, with a view to not replacing those patrollers when the posts became vacant, due to natural employee turnover in the longer term; and
  4. to note the proposed rationalisation of working hours for school crossing patrollers.

6. CARSEVIEW ROAD, FORFAR

With reference to Article 7 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 August 1998, there was submitted Report No 283/00 (14K) by the Director of Roads referring to long-standing problems associated with pedestrian and vehicle usage of the southern (unadopted) section of Carseview Road, Forfar and recommending that the Council carry out improvements to allow the road to be added to the list of public roads. The capital costs for the project, estimated at £75,000 would be met by the Forfar Common Good Fund.

Having heard Provost Duncan welcome the Report, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to instruct the Director of Roads to carry out the following measures in the interests of pedestrian safety and improved community amenity:-
    1. (a) improvement of an existing footway on Carseview Road between Market Street, Forfar and the former railway bridge;
    2. provision of a new footway between the railway bridge and the adopted section of Carseview Road;
    3. provision of street lighting over the full length of the unadopted section as outlined in the plan attached to the Report;
    4. repairs to and extension of the existing retaining wall on the east side of the road;
    5. replacement of the existing gullies and repair and cleaning out of the existing surface water drainage system to bring it back into working order;
    6. reconstruction of the carriageways to replace existing setts with an asphalt surface; and
    7. removal of the old railway bridge over the road;
  2. to add the road to the list of public roads on completion of the improvements in (i) above in accordance with Section 1 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984; and
  3. to recommend that the cost of the works proposed in (i) above (estimated at £75,000) be met from the Forfar Common Good Fund.

7. A92 DUNDEE-ARBROATH ROAD - DEVELOPMENT AT ETHIEBEATON PARK, MONIFIETH

With reference to Article 11 of the minute of meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee of 27 April 1999, there was submitted Report No 284/00 (9K) by the Director of Roads advising the Committee of concerns regarding the safety of pedestrians and cyclists between Monifieth and the new development at Ethiebeaton Park and recommending the provision of two new footway links.

Having heard Councillors McGlynn and Oswald, local members, welcome the Report, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to provide a temporary footpath/cycle track along the south side of the A92 between Grange Road and the Toucan crossing near Victoria Street; and
  2. to provide a low-cost unbound footpath along Victoria Street from the A92 to the outskirts of Monifieth.

8. MONTROSE HIGH STREET ­ TRAFFIC FLOWS

With reference to Article 6 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 October 1999, there was submitted Report No 285/00 (23K) by the Director of Roads concerning traffic flows through the centre of Montrose and considering the effects of the completion of the Inner Relief Road in February 1997 and the improvements carried out within the High Street.

The Report indicated that the works carried out to date had diverted "through traffic", (including HGVs) from the High Street/Hume Street area of the town onto the Montrose Inner Relief Road. However, the installation of a zebra crossing on Hume Street would provide further pedestrian priority within the town centre and help to further deter through traffic which was still using the High Street instead of the Relief Road. Traffic flows would continue to be monitored in the town centre and on the Relief Road after the installation of a zebra crossing.

Having heard Councillor Ritchie, local member, welcome the Report, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Report;
  2. to note the substantial reduction in the volume of unnecessary through traffic using the High Street as a combined effect of the opening of the Montrose Inner Relief Road and the completion of the Town Centre Environmental Improvements; and
  3. to instruct the Director of Roads to continue to monitor the traffic flows within Montrose.

9. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Update

With reference to Article 6(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 25 November 1999, there was submitted and noted Report No 286/00 (8K) by the Director of Roads providing, in an Appendix to the Report, an update of Traffic Regulation Orders currently being promoted and their stage of progress, as at 4 February 2000.

(b) Variation of Speed Limit at Little Brechin

There was submitted Report No 287/00 (9K) by the Director of Roads proposing, for reasons of pedestrian and traffic safety, the alteration of the speed limit at Little Brechin, by Brechin.

Having heard Councillor Myles, local member, welcome the Report, the Committee agreed to promote the necessary variation of the current Traffic Regulation Order to effect a change to the speed limit from 60mph to 40mph at Little Brechin.

(c) Panter Crescent, Montrose - Through-Traffic

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 August 1998, there was submitted Report No 288/00 (19K) by the Director of Roads considering the findings of the "after" through traffic survey on Panter Crescent, Montrose, since the completion of the junction improvements on the A92 at Coronation Avenue and at Newhame Road.

The findings concluded that there was still a significant volume of through traffic using Panter Crescent and that the solution would be to promote a road closure Order on Borrowfield Road. The Report sought approval to proceed with Orders to close Borrowfield Road and to introduce waiting restrictions at the junction of Brechin Road and Panter Crescent, Montrose.

Having heard Councillor Norrie, local member, welcome the Report, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to prohibit entry between Borrowfield Road (East) and Newhame Road and between Borrowfield Road (West) and Newhame Road; and
  2. to promote the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to effect changes to the waiting restrictions around the junction of Panter Crescent and Brechin Road.

Councillor Ritchie requested that her dissent be recorded in terms of Standing Order 15(9)(ii).

(d) Angus Council (Hamilton Green, Arbroath) (Stopping-Up) Order 1999

With reference to Article 2 of the minute of the meeting of the Special Committee of the Council of 21 July 1999, there was submitted Report No 289/00 (7K) by the Director of Law and Administration advising that the development of the new visitor centre at Arbroath Abbey, Arbroath required for its implementation the stopping up of two lengths of road and relative footways at Hamilton Green, Arbroath. In terms of Section 203 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 an appropriate Order, authorising the required stopping up had been made. The Report advised that, following advertisement, no objections had been received and recommended 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 two lengths of road and relative footways at Hamilton Green, Arbroath.

(e) Angus Council (Hamilton Green, Arbroath) (Conversion to Footpath) Order 2000

With reference to Article 9(d) above, there was submitted Report No 290/00 (11K) by the Director of Law and Administration advising that the development of an area at Arbroath Abbey, Hamilton Green, Arbroath, as a visitor centre also required for its implementation the conversion to footpath of two lengths of road and relative footways at Hamilton Green, Arbroath. In terms of Sections 203 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (the Act), an appropriate Order authorising the required conversion to footpath, had been made. No objections had been received to date following advertisement of the above Order, but the public could still object up to 17 March 2000.

The Report proposed that the Order be confirmed in accordance with Schedule 16, paragraph 7 of the Act by the Council on 30 March 2000, if no objections were received in the interim period, but that any objections received be referred to the Council meeting for consideration.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note that, since the above Conversion to Footpath Order authorising the stopping up of the length of road and relative footways at Hamilton Green, Arbroath (subject to permitting access also for pedal cyclists over the area) was still out for public consultation, it could not be confirmed until the consultation period had expired on 17th March 2000; and
  2. to recommend that the Council consider any objections received in connection with the above Conversion to Footpath Order and, if appropriate, resolve that it be confirmed.

10. TRANSPORT

(a) Developing a Full Local Transport Strategy for Angus

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 274/00 (69K) by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Roads which updated members on progress on developing a full local transport strategy for Angus.

The Report concluded that development of a full local transport strategy for Angus should take account of the results of consultation on the interim strategy, together with consideration of updated guidance and advice from the Scottish Executive. The Report detailed the various key issues, which required to be addressed in preparing a full strategy for consideration, prior to submission to the Scottish Executive.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the results of consultation undertaken on the Angus Interim Local Transport Strategy and take into account the relevant findings in developing the full Local Transport Strategy;
  2. to note the findings of an audit of Interim Local Transport Strategies commissioned by the Scottish Executive, including advice on best practice which would be considered in developing the full Local Transport Strategy;
  3. to note the terms of updated guidance on the preparation of Local Transport Strategies and Road Traffic Reduction Reports published by the Scottish Executive, including the timescale for submission of strategies and reports by 31 October 2000; and
  4. to approve the general arrangements, as detailed in the Report, for preparing a full Transport Strategy, including developing appropriate road traffic reduction targets, for future consideration and approval by the Council and subsequent submission to the Scottish Executive.

(b) Integrated Transport Bill ­ The Executives Proposals

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Report No 273/00 (18K) by the Director of Planning and Transport, in consultation with the Director of Roads, which commented on the Scottish Executive's proposals for an Integrated Transport Bill.

The Report indicated that the Scottish Executive had recently published a document setting out legislative proposals, following on from the extensive series of consultations that had been ongoing on various aspects of Transport Policy since May 1997. It was intended to introduce the Integrated Transport Bill to the Scottish Parliament later this spring and, meantime, comments had been sought on the proposals by 24 March 2000.

The Report concluded that the current proposals were a further significant step towards the early introduction of the Integrated Transport Bill. Angus Council's previous comments in response to earlier consultation documents appeared to have been taken into account, at least in part, in the broad form of the current legislative proposals.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the publication of the statement setting out the Scottish Executive's proposals for the Integrated Transport Bill to be introduced in Parliament later this spring; and
  2. that Appendix 1 to the Report should form the basis of the Council's comments, at this stage, for forwarding to the Scottish Executive.
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