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MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 27 April 2000 at 4.15 pm.

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

Apology: An apology for absence was intimated on behalf of Councillor FRANK ELLIS.

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES

(a) Previous Meetings

The minutes of meetings of this Committee of 17 February and 9 March 2000 were approved as correct records and signed by the Convener.

(b) Executive Sub-Committee

The minute of meeting of the Executive Sub-Committee of 30 March 2000, a copy of which is appended hereto, was submitted and noted (APPENDIX I).

Councillor West declared an interest in item 1(c) below and took no part in the discussion thereon.

(c) Arbroath Harbour Joint Consultative Committee

The minute of meeting of the Arbroath Harbour Joint Consultative Committee of 31 March 2000, a copy of which is appended hereto, was submitted and noted (APPENDIX II).

2. ROADS DEPARTMENT ­ SERVICE PLAN 2000/2001

With reference to Article 2 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 26 August 1999, there was submitted Report No 460/00 (12K) by the Director of Roads giving a brief overview of the contents of the consultative draft Roads Department Service Plan for the 2000/2001 financial year.

The Committee was asked to note that for key areas of service delivery, where possible, appropriate targets, timescales and budgets had been identified over a three year period to reflect the move to three year service planning and budgeting. Key areas included Investors in People, the development of the Balanced Score Card, performance monitoring framework and a planned improvement template relating to the Accounts Commission performance management and planning arrangements. The Service Plan was viewed as a vitally important working document for all members of staff of the Roads Department and comments on the consultative draft were sought by 31 May 2000.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note that comments on the consultative draft Roads Department's Service Plan 2000/2001 were sought by 31 May 2000; and
  2. to note that the final Service Plan would be submitted to the next meeting of the Roads Committee.

3. ADDITIONS TO THE LIST OF PUBLIC ROADS

With reference to Article 15(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 November 1996, there was submitted Report No 436/00 (9K) by the Director of Roads informing the Committee of the addition on 31 March 2000 of new roads to the List of Public Roads in terms of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 Sections 16(1)(b), 16(2) and Section 20.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the additions to the List of Public Roads as set out in Appendices 1 and 3 to the Report; and
  2. to note those roads which had been superseded by the new roads and listed as deletions in Appendices 2 and 4 to the Report.

4. NEW STREET NAMES

With reference to Article 9(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 November 1996, there was submitted Report No 437/00 (11K) by the Director of Roads informing the Committee of new street names which had been agreed under delegated authority by the Director of Roads, in conjunction with the Convener of the Roads Committee and the local elected member.

The Committee agreed to note the list of new street names as set out in the Appendix to the Report.

5. NEW ROAD CONSTRUCTION CONSENTS

With reference to Article 15(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 November 1996, there was submitted Report No 438/00 (13K) by the Director of Roads informing the Committee of new Road Construction Consents which had been granted, under delegated authority, by the Director of Roads since 1 January 1999.

The Committee agreed to note the new Road Construction Consents as set out in the Appendix to the Report.

6. SCOTTISH ACCIDENT PREVENTION COUNCIL AWARDS 1999

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 October 1999, there was submitted Report No 439/00 (9K) by the Director of Roads concerning the Scottish Accident Awards Scheme and highlighting the success of Angus Council in being commended by the Scottish Accident Prevention Council for the production of a road safety leaflet entitled "Safer Footways for All". The leaflet, which had been produced by the Director of Roads (in association with the Scottish Accident Prevention Council) and designed and printed within Angus Council, offered advice on keeping footways clear of obstructions.

The Committee agreed to note the award of a Certificate of Commendation to Angus Council's Roads Department, in recognition of their efforts in the field of accident prevention.

7. PASS PLUS SCHEME FOR NOVICE DRIVERS

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 October 1999, there was submitted Report No 440/00 (12K) by the Director of Roads outlining the success of the Pass Plus Scheme for young drivers in Angus and setting out a proposal for continuing the Scheme for the year 2000/2001.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to continue its support of the Pass Plus Scheme for newly qualified drivers by contributing the sum of £9,000 towards the cost of 150 Pass Plus Courses, to be provided by qualified driving instructors; and
  2. to note that a further 50 Pass Plus Courses would be subsidised by the funding already made available from the Partners Versus Crime Initiative.

8. A92 NORTH OF HAWKHILL ­ ROAD OVERLAY "BIG TREE BENDS"

There was submitted Report No 441/00 (9K) by the Director of Roads concerning the continuing road traffic accidents occurring on the bends (known locally as "big tree bends") north of Hawkhill on the A92 Arbroath to Montrose Road. The Report proposed the provision of an asphaltic overlay to address the problem of low skid resistance at these bends, as shown on the plan attached to the Report.

The Committee agreed to provide an asphaltic overlay at the bends north of Hawkhill on the A92 Arbroath to Montrose Road.

9. UTILISATION OF THE ROADS AND TRANSPORT RENEWAL AND REPAIR FUND

There was submitted Report No 442/00 (30K) by the Director of Roads proposing utilisation of the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repair Fund for various necessary works which could not be contained within the Revenue Budget or Financial Plan for 2000/2001, but which were of such a nature that further postponement would be likely to result in increased risk to public safety or more expensive remedial work in the long term.

The Committee agreed to utilise the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repair Fund to the extent of £1,486,000, leaving only the de-minimis of £200,000 for emergency provision, to allow the following works to be carried out:-

  1. bridge repairs listed in Appendix A to the Report;
  2. renewal and replacement of street lighting apparatus listed in Appendix B to the Report;
  3. the road reconstruction/overlay/resurfacing schemes listed in Appendix C to the Report;
  4. reconstruction of the footways listed in Appendix D to the Report; and
  5. the Traffic and Road Safety projects listed in Appendix E to the Report.

10. ROAD SAFETY ­ THE PROVISION OF SAFETY BARRIERS

There was submitted Report No 443/00 (12K) by the Director of Roads updating the Committee on the current position with regard to the provision of new vehicle safety barriers and the replacement of those which required renewal at various locations in Angus. The Report also listed those locations which had been investigated for the possible provision of safety barriers but were not considered viable in the current financial year.

Having heard Provost Duncan on the need for safety barriers at Milldens, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the position regarding the assessment of sites set out in Appendix A to the Report, which had been proposed for the provision of new vehicle safety barriers;
  2. to instruct the Director of Roads to investigate further the provision of vehicle safety barriers at Milldens; and
  3. to authorise the Director of Roads to carry out a programmed replacement of old wooden posted safety barriers at those sites listed in Appendix B to the Report.

11. COASTAL DEFENCES AT CARNOUSTIE ­ DESK STUDY REPORT BY CONSULTANT

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 11 March 1999, there was submitted Report No 459/00 (16K) by the Director of Roads, which summarised the conclusions of HR Wallingford, Consultants, with respect to increasing erosion problems on the central part of Carnoustie Beach.

Having heard Councillor King on the need for a permanent solution to the erosion problems at Carnoustie Beach, the Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note that the final version of the desk study prepared by HR Wallingford on coastal defences at Carnoustie was available for inspection in the Members' Lounge;
  2. to note that there would be an ongoing maintenance cost of approximately £20K year on year, to preserve the integrity of the existing gabion revetment at Carnoustie;
  3. to note that a considerable capital sum would be required to replace the gabion revetment within a timescale of 2-5 years depending on erosion rates; and
  4. to note that a further report on detailed financial implications and sources of funding for future years would be brought forward in the 2000/01 financial year.

12. REPLACEMENT OF MONTROSE BRIDGE

With reference to Article 12 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 January 2000, there was submitted Report No 457/00 (34K) by the Director of Roads updating the Committee on the progress of various issues involving the existing Montrose Bridge, the proposed replacement and outlining the procurement process for the replacement bridge.

The situation in relation to the existing bridge was being monitored with a proposed increase in the frequency of inspections, trial holes and cores, along with proposed remedial works to the counterbalances. The procurement of the replacement bridge was being progressed through the Stage 1 commission and the proposed method for further progressing the project was set out in the Report.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to approve an increased frequency of inspection on the existing bridge to quarterly inspections;
  2. to note the semi-destructive testing carried out on the bridge to confirm the assessment of its condition;
  3. to note the position with regard to the deterioration of the bridge and authorise the Director of Roads, in conjunction with the Director of Finance, to instruct Carl Bro Group to commission the proposed works to the counterbalances in the amount of £70,000;
  4. to delegate authority to the Director of Roads, in conjunction with the Director of Finance, to instruct any additional services required from Carl Bro Group, subject to any such services being provided within the revised budget for the Montrose Bridge in the 2000/2001 financial year, as detailed in the Report;
  5. to note the progress of the Stage 1 commission and consultation for the prospective replacement structure; and
  6. to note the updated procurement process and programme.

13. DUNLAPPIE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

There was submitted Report No 458/00 (18K) by the Director of Roads detailing the options available to the Committee for the replacement of Dunlappie Bridge and recommending, in the interests of public safety, its closure in light of insufficient funding available.

THE CONVENER, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR RITCHIE, MOVED THAT THE COMMITTEE AGREE:

  1. TO NOTE THAT, IN THE INTERESTS OF PUBLIC SAFETY, IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO CLOSE DUNLAPPIE BRIDGE TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC AT AN EARLY DATE;
  2. TO NOTE AND ACCEPT THAT THERE WERE INSUFFICIENT FUNDS AVAILABLE IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE TO EFFECT A REPLACEMENT OF DUNLAPPIE BRIDGE AT A COST OF £475,000;
  3. TO NOTE AND ACCEPT THE PROPOSAL AT OPTION 1 IN THE REPORT TO CLOSE THE BRIDGE AND EFFECT APPROPRIATE DIVERSION ROUTING;
  4. TO THE PROMOTION OF A TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER TO EFFECT CLOSURE OF THE BRIDGE;
  5. TO NOTE THAT THERE WOULD BE AN IMPACT LOCALLY ARISING FROM THE PROPOSED CLOSURE OF THE BRIDGE; AND
  6. TO INSTRUCT THE DIRECTOR OF ROADS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, TO CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE, AS A MATTER OF URGENCY, FUNDING OPTIONS FOR REPLACEMENT OF THE BRIDGE AT A FUTURE DATE AND THE PROVISION OF A TEMPORARY BRIDGE.

Councillor Myles, seconded by Councillor Mackintosh, moved as an amendment that a temporary bridge be provided on the same alignment as the existing bridge in the current financial year, as outlined in Option 2(b) to the Report.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:-

Councillors West, Ritchie, Provost Duncan, Councillors Henderson, King, McGlynn, Oswald and Selfridge (8)

For the amendment:-

Councillors Macintosh, Murphy, Myles and Speirs (4).

The motion was declared carried and the Committee agreed accordingly.

14. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Angus Council (Abbey Precinct, Arbroath) (Traffic Management) (Variation) Order 1999

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 January 2000, there was submitted Report No 469/00 (9K) by the Director of Law and Administration relating to the introduction of a Traffic Order varying existing traffic management measures as a result of the construction of a new Visitor Centre at Arbroath Abbey. The Report advised that, following advertisement of this Order, two letters of objection had been received from

the Cyclists' Touring Club and it was proposed that the Order be amended to permit cyclists to proceed in either direction in Abbey Path. The Director of Roads had also replied to other points raised in the letters. Accordingly, the Report recommended that the Council should proceed to confirm the Order, as amended.

The Committee agreed to recommend that the Council confirm the Order, as amended, varying existing traffic management measures pertaining to various roads in the vicinity of Arbroath Abbey.

(b) Temporary Traffic Orders

With reference to Article 10(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 January 2000, there was submitted Report No 470/00 (9K) 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:-

  1. Angus Council (Kinnaird Bridge, Lintrathen) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 ­ for eight weeks from 21 February 2000 for the purpose of bridge repair works;
  2. Angus Council (Park Road Railway Bridge, Brechin) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 ­ for four weeks from 28 February 2000 for the purpose of bridge repair works;
  3. Angus Council (South Union Street, Monifieth) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 ­ for four weeks from 6 March 2000 for the purpose of laying a new sewer;
  4. Angus Council (Hamilton Green, Arbroath) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 ­ for twelve months from 10 April 2000 for the purpose of the construction of a new Visitors Centre at Arbroath Abbey;
  5. Angus Council (B966Gannochy Bridge, Edzell (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 ­ for four weeks from 1 April 2000 for the purpose of bridge repairs;
  6. Angus Council (Little Brechin) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 ­ for eleven hours on 8 July on the occasion of a street party;
  7. Angus Council (Abbey Path, Arbroath) (Temporary Traffic Arrangements) Order 2000 ­ for six weeks from 13 April 2000 for the purpose of the construction of the Visitors Centre at Arbroath Abbey; and
  8. Angus Council (Castle Street/Victoria Street, Forfar) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 ­ for six weeks from 19 April 2000 for the purpose of sewer improvements.

15. 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 item 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 and 9.

16. TENDERS ACCEPTED

There was submitted and noted Report No 444/00 by the Director of Roads detailing the tenders opened and accepted on behalf of the Council by the Director of Roads during the period 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000.

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