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MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 8 June 2000 at 4.20 pm.

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

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 27 April 2000 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2. ROADS DEPARTMENT ­ SERVICE PLAN 2000/2001

With reference to Article 2 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 662/00 (7K) by the Director of Roads reporting on the consultation on the draft Roads Department Service Plan and describing arrangements being made to finalise the 2000/2001 version, a copy of which had been placed in the Members' Lounge.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the successful completion of the period of consultation; and
  2. to authorise the Director of Roads to issue the finalised Roads Department Service Plan for 2000/2001 to all elected members, Roads Department staff, Service Directors and other relevant bodies.

3. BEST VALUE SERVICE REVIEW

(a) Development Control (Roads)

With reference to Article 4(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 1999, there was submitted Report No 657/00 (44K) by the Director of Roads presenting the Best Value Service Review for Development Control (Roads), detailing the conclusions drawn from the Review and introducing the Service Improvement Plan developed as a result of the exercise.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Best Value Service Review of Development Control (Roads), a copy of which had been placed in the Members' Lounge;
  2. to note the conclusions drawn from the Service Review as set out in Appendix A to the Report; and
  3. to approve the Service Improvement Plan set out in Appendix B to the Report.

(b) New Lighting (Roads)

With reference to Article 4(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 1999, there was submitted Report No 658/00 (57K) by the Director of Roads presenting the Best Value Service Review for New Lighting, detailing the conclusions drawn from the Review and introducing the Service Improvement Plan developed as a result of the exercise.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Service Review on New Lighting, a copy of which had been placed in the Members' Lounge;
  2. to note the conclusions drawn from the Service Review as set out in Appendix A to the Report; and
  3. to approve the Service Improvement Plan set out in Appendix B to the Report.

4. SUSTRANS NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTE ­ GRAND OPENING 21 JUNE 2000

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 January 2000, there was submitted Report No 648/00 (13K) advising that the Sustrans National Cycle Route 1 and the North Sea Cycle Route formed part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) and that they followed the same route outlined in the Appendix. The route through Angus formed part of National Route 1 from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and copies of the route plan had been placed in the Members' Lounge. The Report discussed the formal opening of Sustrans National Cycle Route and recommended that Angus Council arrange two functions to mark the opening of the 5000 Mile National Cycle Network.

Having heard Councillor Kitty Ritchie commend the work of officers involved in the development of the Sustrans National Cycle Route, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the arrangements which were being made nationally, regionally and locally for the official opening of the National Cycle Network on 21 June 2000;
  2. to note that the unveiling of a milestone would be carried out at the Seven Arches Viaduct, Monifieth;
  3. to note that a refreshment stop would be provided in Carnoustie at 17.45 hours on Wednesday 21 June 2000 to welcome riders who were travelling the route and guests and that a milestone would be unveiled at that point;
  4. to note that the unveiling of a milestone would be carried out at the Signal Tower Museum, Arbroath; and
  5. to approve a reception in Montrose to be held at 20.30 hours on the same day to which various dignitaries, guests and riders would be invited and that a milestone would be unveiled at this event also.

5. "TOMORROW'S ROADS ­ SAFER FOR EVERYONE" ­ THE GOVERNMENT'S NEW ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY

There was submitted Report No 650/00 (18K) by the Director of Roads discussing the Government's recently published road safety review entitled "Tomorrow's Roads ­ Safer for Everyone" and the associated publication entitled "New Directions in Speed Management ­ A Review of Policy".

The Report noted that the casualty reduction targets set in the Angus Council Road Safety Action Plan were more stringent that those set out in the Government document. However, the Government strategy on road safety provided a good framework for the way forward in reducing casualties on the country's roads, although commitment would be required from everyone involved if the targets were to be met.

The Report concluded that, while the provision of adequate funding for road improvements such as traffic calming was a very important part of the equation, ultimately, if drivers drove responsibly within existing speed limits and with due care and attention for the prevailing conditions, then the Government's casualty reduction targets could be readily achieved.

Having heard Provost Mrs Frances Duncan commend the contribution of the Council's Pass Plus Scheme to road safety, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Report and, in particular the casualty reduction targets set out in the Government's Road Safety Strategy; and
  2. to make representations to the Scottish Executive with a view to the introduction of reduced speed limits in built up areas and more stringent driving tests, as further measures to improve road safety.

6. ROAD SAFETY ­ THE REPLACEMENT OF WOODEN POSTED SAFETY BARRIERS

With reference to Article 10 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 649/00 (11K) by the Director of Roads detailing the proposed programme of replacement wooden posted vehicle safety barriers for the year 2000/2001. Set out in the Appendix was a list of those locations which had been inspected. These had been prioritised by the level of risk, which had been assessed on the basis of traffic flows and the physical layout of the site.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to authorise the Director of Roads to carry out a programmed replacement of old wooden posted safety barriers at those sites listed in Appendix A to the Report, which had been prioritised on the basis of the condition of the posts and the level of risk at each site; and
  2. to note that only the top two priority sites could be dealt with in the current financial year.

7. VISIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS AT VARIOUS ROAD JUNCTIONS

With reference to Article 12 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 17 October 1996, there was submitted Report No 654/00 (16K) by the Director of Roads outlining the approach taken in the overall assessment of road network locations with identified design problems where improvements to the road layout would be desirable and proposing a programme of visibility improvements at junctions taking into account the limited level of finance available.

The Report concluded that, with traffic flows continuing to increase, it was important to ensure that the safety of motorists was protected and that the low cost visibility improvements proposed would increase the safety at these junctions.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the position with regard to the assessment of desired road layout improvements; and
  2. to authorise the Director or Roads to proceed with the detailed investigation of visibility improvements at the following junctions:-
    1. A92 Arbroath ­ Montrose Road at Cauldcots U485 (south of Inverkeilor);
    2. A932 Forfar ­ Friockheim Road at Pitmuies C53;
    3. A934 Montrose ­ Forfar Road at Farnell Crossroads C42;
    4. A926 Forfar ­ Kirriemuir Road at Ballinshoe Smithy junction U373;
    5. B9113 Forfar ­ Montrose Road at Westerton junction C44;
    6. B965 Friockheim ­ Inverkeilor Road at Gilchorn junction U373;
    7. C1/U302 junction at the Railway Bridge, Monikie;
    8. C51/C54 junction at Letham Cemetery;
    9. Sidlaw Range/Lindsay Street junction, Kirriemuir;
    10. C29/U373 junction at Nether Bow, by Forfar; and
  3. to authorise the Director of Property to commence the necessary land negotiations in respect of (a) ­ (j) above.

8. MONTROSE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT- STAGE 1 COMMISSION

With reference to Article 12 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 655/00 (14K) by the Director of Roads advising that the Babtie Group had completed the Stage 1 commission with the production of the Inception Report for the replacement of the Montrose Bridge. The next stage of the procurement of the replacement bridge was to commission consultants for Stage 2 of the process (project development) which was currently being progressed.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Stage 1 Inception Report, a copy of which had been placed in the Members' Lounge; and
  2. to note the progress of the Stage 2 Commission for the replacement of Montrose Bridge.

9. STATUS OF THE BRIDGE STOCK IN ANGUS COUNCIL AREA

With reference to Article 10 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 1999, there was submitted Report No 656/00 (14K) by the Director of Roads describing the current situation with regard to road bridges within Angus and comparing the financial demands with the resources currently available to maintain the bridge stock. The Report concluded that the current level of financial resources allocated to maintaining the Council's bridge stock had been significantly reduced in the financial year 2000/2001. However, there would be significant ongoing maintenance requirements to keep the Angus bridges up to an appropriate level of serviceability.

Having heard Councillor West on the reasons for delay in bringing forward a Report on Dunlappie Bridge, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the current status of the Council's bridge stock;
  2. to note the current maintenance needs to ensure continued serviceability; and
  3. to note the need to be aware that, in future years, increased financial resources would require to be allocated to maintain the bridge stock at a desired serviceability level.

10. TRAFFIC SIGNAL MAINTENANCE CONTRACT

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 9 March 2000, there was submitted Report No 638/00 (14K) by the Director of Roads updating the Committee on the position with regard to the tendering of the Traffic Signal Maintenance Contract.

The Report indicated that the existing Contracts were due to expire on 30 September 2000 and that, in order to continue with the existing economies of scale, a new contract for maintenance of traffic signal equipment would be sought in partnership with Dundee City and Perth and Kinross Councils. The Report sought approval for the Council to enter into a formal partnership agreement with Dundee City and Perth and Kinross Councils for the tendering and contract management procedures, with Dundee City Council acting as lead authority.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to authorise the Director of Roads, on behalf of Angus Council, to enter into a formal partnership agreement with Dundee City Council and Perth and Kinross Council for the procurement of traffic signal maintenance services;
  2. to note that the new traffic signal maintenance contract would be subject to the EC public procurement procedures due to the estimated cost of the contract over its five year duration; and
  3. to note the programme for the tendering procedure.

11. PROMOTION OF 20 MPH MEASURES

(a) 20 mph Zones at Schools

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 647/00 (10K) by the Director of Roads informing the Committee of the Scottish Executive's current proposals for a trial of low cost part time 20mph zone signing at schools.

The Report indicated that Angus Council had been invited to participate in a study to assess 20mph zones outside schools, which involved five local authorities. It was proposed that Angus Council should participate in the Scottish trial which was intended to promote lower speeds on the public roads outside schools thus reducing the risk of pedestrian casualties in line with Central Government advice.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note Angus Council's inclusion in the trial with Glasgow City Council, West Lothian Council, the City of Edinburgh Council and Aberdeenshire Council; and
  2. to approve the appointment of consultants to carry out the study for the partnership.

(b) 20 mph Zone in Cliffburn, Arbroath

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 652/00 (13K) by the Director of Roads seeking the approval of the Committee for the introduction of traffic calming measures and the creation of a 20mph speed zone in the Cliffburn area of Arbroath. The Report concluded that, following a comprehensive study of accidents in the Cliffburn area, this justified the proposed traffic calming measures and the introduction of a 20mph zone.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to provide traffic calming measures and introduce a 20mph zone in the Cliffburn area of Arbroath; and
  2. to promote the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to change the speed limit to 20mph in this area.

12. VILLAGE GATEWAY PROGRAMME

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 20 April 1999, there was submitted Report No 653/00 (12K) by the Director of Roads reviewing the provision of village gateways in Angus and recommending a programme of gateways for 2000-20001. The Report also reviewed the speed limits in various villages and proposed a reduction of the speed limit in Padanaram from 50mph to 40mph.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to approve the programme of village gateway signing listed in Appendix 1 to the Report and to note that these schemes would be carried out in the financial year 2000/2001; and
  2. to promote a Traffic Regulation Order to effect a change to the speed limit at Padanaram from 50mph to 40 mph.

13. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Update

With reference to Article 9(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 9 March 2000, there was submitted and noted Report No 651/00 (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 8 May 2000.

(b) Temporary Traffic Orders

With reference to Article 14(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 671/00 (6K) 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 (High Street, Arbroath) (Temporary Traffic Arrangements) Order 2000 ­ for 30 weeks from 22 May 2000 for the purpose of environmental improvement works;
  2. Angus Council (Dunlappie Bridge, Edzell) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 ­ for six months from 4 June 2000 to prevent further damage to the bridge; and
  3. Angus Council (Chapel Street, Forfar) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 ­ for two weeks from 5 June 2000 for the purpose of sewer works.

(c) Angus Council (Speed Limits) (Variation) Order 2000

With reference to Article 11(c) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 26 August 1999, there was submitted amended Report No 670/00 (6K) by the Director of Law and Administration advising that, following advertisement of the above Order, no objections had been received. Accordingly, it was recommended that the Council should now proceed to vary the existing Speed Limit Order to reduce traffic speeds from 60mph to 30mph on The Brae, Auchterhouse; to extend the existing speed limit at Dundee Road, Arbroath; and to increase the existing 30mph speed limit in part of Station Road, Barry to 40mph.

The Committee agreed to recommend that the Council resolve to make the above Order.

14. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved, in term 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.

15. TENDERS ACCEPTED

(a) Sidlaw Avenue, Arbroath

There was submitted Report No 659/00 by the Director of Roads giving details of tenders received for the reconstruction of the footways and the upgrading of the street lighting system in Sidlaw Avenue, Arbroath. The basic elements of the project would involve the reconstruction of the existing footways and provision of dropped kerb pedestrian crossings, together with the replacement and substantial upgrading of the existing street lighting system.

The Committee agreed to approve the acceptance of the lowest arithmetically corrected tender for the reconstruction of the footways and upgrading of the street lighting system in Sidlaw Avenue, Arbroath, being that submitted by Tayside Contracts in the amount of £78,900.95.

(b) Demondale Road, Arbroath

There was submitted Report No 660/00 by the Director of Roads giving details of the tenders received for the reconstruction of the footways and the upgrading of the street lighting system in Demondale Road, Arbroath. The basic elements of the project would involve the reconstruction of the existing footways and provision of dropped kerb pedestrian crossings together with the replacement and substantial upgrading of the existing street lighting system.

The Committee agreed to approve the acceptance of the lowest arithmetically corrected tender for the reconstruction of the footways and upgrading of the street lighting system in Demondale Road, Arbroath, being that submitted by Tayside Contracts in the amount of £65,473.10.

(c) West Hemming Street, Letham

There was submitted Report No 661/00 by the Director of Roads giving details of the tenders received for the reconstruction of the footways and the upgrading of street lighting system in West Hemming Street, Letham. The basic elements of the project would involve the reconstruction of existing footways and the provision of new kerbs which included dropped pedestrian crossings together with the replacement and substantial upgrading of the existing street lighting system.

The Committee agreed to approve the acceptance of the lowest arithmetically corrected tender for the reconstruction of the footways and upgrading of the street lighting system in West Hemming Street, Letham, being that submitted by Tayside Contracts in the amount of £56,656.55.

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