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MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 24 August 2000 at 4.30 pm.

Present: Councillors SANDY WEST, KITTY RITCHIE, ALEX KING, STEPHEN LESLIE, STEWART McGLYNN, IAN MACKINTOSH, PETER MURPHY, ROBERT MYLES, HELEN OSWALD, DAVID SELFRIDGE and RICHARD SPEIRS.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN OBE and Councillor JOHN HENDERSON.

Also present with the concurrence of the Committee:

Councillor FRANK ELLIS.

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. REQUEST FOR DEPUTATION

The Committee agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12, to hear deputations by Mrs Vera Haggart, Chair, Edzell Village Improvement Society; Colonel Roger Learoyd, local resident, Priestoun, Edzell; and Mr Andy Smith, Agricultural Contractor, Wellsden Farm, Menmuir, Brechin all on the proposed closure of Dunlappie Bridge.

Mrs Haggart, Colonel Learoyd and Mr Smith addressed the Committee on the community and economic factors in support of the replacement of the Dunlappie Bridge (Priestoun) with a "Bailey" bridge as set out in Option 4 of Report No 910/00 by the Director of Roads (Article 9 of this minute refers). Mrs Haggart also presented a petition on behalf of Edzell Village Improvement Society demanding that work begin immediately to reinstate the Dunlappie Bridge as a fully functional bridge serving the community of Edzell and surrounding area.

After questions had been asked and answered, Mrs Haggart, Colonel Learoyd and Mr Smith were thanked for their attendance and withdrew to the public benches.

2. MINUTES

(a) Previous Meeting

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 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 13 July 2000, a copy of which is appended hereto, was submitted and noted (Appendix I).

3. ROADS DEPARTMENT ANNUAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REPORT

There was submitted Report No 908/00 (15K) by the Director of Roads advising the Committee of Health and Safety issues relating to the Roads Department during the year 1999/2000 and outlining in the action plan attached to the Report, those areas which would be addressed during the year 2000/2001.

The Committee agreed to note and approve the contents of the Report.

4. WINTER MAINTENANCE POLICY AND SERVICE PROVISION FOR 2000/2001

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 26 August 1999, there was submitted Report No 909/00 (59K) by the Director of Roads restating the Council's Winter Maintenance Policy, reviewing the performance for the winter of 1999/2000, and detailing the proposed service provision for gritting and snow clearing during the winter period of 2000/2001.

The Report highlighted the increased number of grit bins deployed and the successful trial of hand barrow gritters. Notwithstanding the difficulty in predicting the severity of winter, it was necessary to have a clear policy and an agreed level of service to allow the planning and preparation necessary for the delivery of a Winter Maintenance service to proceed. If abnormal or particularly extreme weather conditions were experienced during the course of the winter, the Director of Roads would, in conjunction with the Director of Finance, report on the position to this Committee and would recommend appropriate contingency arrangements and any necessary compensatory budget adjustments.

Having heard various local members on the Winter Maintenance Policy and service provision in relation to their particular areas, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to continue with the established policy for Winter Maintenance stated in Appendix 1 to the Report;
  2. to note the review of performance for the winter of 1999/2000;
  3. to note the relatively nominal variance between the initial budget provision and the final out-turn costs for 1999/2000;
  4. to note the difference between the proposed arrangements for the coming winter 2000/2001 compared to 1999/2000;
  5. to maintain the level of service and performance standards detailed in Appendix 2 to the Report;
  6. to approve the topping up of the salt stock holding to a total of 12,000 tonnes;
  7. to provide the vehicles and plant for the coming winter as per the proposed list shown in Appendix 3 to the Report;
  8. to approve the proposed prioritisation of carriageways and footways listed in Appendix 4 to the Report; and
  9. to approve the proposed service provision for 2000/2001.

5. SAFER ROUTES TO SCHOOL

With reference to Article 7 of the minute of meeting of the Education Committee of 22 August 2000, there was submitted Joint Report No 873/00 (17K) by the Director of Education and the Director of Roads outlining additional funding from the Scottish Executive for the Safer Routes to Schools initiative as set out in a letter appended to the Report and identifying how the additional resources would be utilised.

Having heard Councillor Myles, as local member welcome the Report, the Committee, for its interest, agreed to approve the recommendations outlined in the Report.

6. FORFAR ­ LETHAM ROAD - HILLEND JUNCTION

With reference to Article 15 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 11 June 1998, there was submitted Report No 905/00 (10K) by the Director of Roads on the investigations which had been taking place with regard to the B9128/C51 junction at Hillend.

The Report concluded that, although it would be desirable to carry out improvements to the junction, the cost involved compared to available funding provision meant that the Director of Roads would need to reassess the location to determine whether any low-cost measures could be introduced to enhance road safety. It was therefore recommended that any scheme to improve the junction be deferred meantime.

Having heard Councillor King express disappointment at the postponement of the project, the Committee agreed that proposals to improve the B9128/C51 junction at Hillend be deferred meantime because of the high cost involved.

7. PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES

(a) A923 Coupar Angus Road, Birkhill

With reference to Article 14 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 11 June 1998, there was submitted Report No 883/00 (17K) by the Director of Roads presenting the findings of pedestrian crossing assessments carried out along the full length of the A923 Coupar Angus Road, Birkhill and making proposals based on the outcome of these assessments.

The Report concluded that, because of the high level of vehicular flow and relatively high vehicle speeds, a small number of pedestrians were finding difficulty in crossing the A923 Coupar Angus Road at Birkhill. It was therefore proposed to install a "Puffin" pedestrian crossing at this location and to provide a short length of new footpath to link the crossing to the petrol filling station/shop.

Having heard Councillor Ellis, as local member, welcome the Report, the Committee agreed to the provision of a "Puffin" pedestrian crossing on the A923 Coupar Angus Road, Birkhill, just to the east of its junction with Post Box Road together with an additional length of footway.

(b) Pedestrian Crossing Facilities in Montrose

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 9 March 2000, there was submitted Report No 906/00 (15K) by the Director of Roads examining the need for formal pedestrian crossing facilities at three locations within Montrose Town Centre.

The Report concluded that controlled pedestrian crossings should be provided in the High Street, and Castle Place adjacent to the library. These measures would help to improve pedestrian safety and to discourage through traffic along the High Street. However, due to the limited number of vehicles and pedestrians crossing George Street, no controlled crossing should be provided at this locus.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to provide a Puffin crossing in High Street, Montrose adjacent to the Town House;
  2. to provide a Zebra crossing in Castle Place adjacent to Montrose Library; and
  3. to take no action regarding the provision of a controlled pedestrian crossing in George Street, Montrose.

8. CAR PARKING IN LITTLECAUSEWAY, FORFAR

With reference to Article 10 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee of 29 January 1998, there was submitted Report No 888/00 (15K) by the Director of Roads making proposals to resolve the situation with regard to the "residents only" car parking areas in Little Causeway, Forfar. The Report concluded that, due to complaints by residents regarding misuse of parking areas in Littlecauseway by non-residents, a solution required to be found.

Having heard Councillor King in support of the solution outlined in the Report, the Committee agreed to the reinstatement of lockable bollards in Littlecauseway, Forfar to restrict access to the parking areas to residents only and to allow access to the main carriageway by emergency vehicles, and access to the private garage at number 4 Littlecauseway.

* 9. DUNLAPPIE BRIDGE ­ OPTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION

With reference to Article 13 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 April 2000 and Article 1 above, there was submitted replacement Report No 910/00 (30K) by the Director of Roads advising that, following the Committee's decision to close Dunlappie Bridge in the interest of public safety, various proposals including indefinite closure, five different "Bailey" bridge options, and the immediate installation of a permanent replacement structure had been considered and costed over a 120 year design life period. The Report set out a short list of possible alternatives and sought a decision from the Committee on the preferred option.

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

  1. TO NOTE THAT THE EXISTING BRIDGE HAD BEEN CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC AS OF 4 JUNE 2000 IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY;
  2. TO NOTE BOTH THE LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM COSTS (OVER A 120 YEAR DESIGN LIFE PERIOD) OF ALL OPTIONS LISTED IN APPENDIX 2 TO THE REPORT;
  3. TO NOTE THAT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE (BASED ON CURRENT BUDGETS AND EXISTING COMMITMENTS) FOR THE COUNCIL TO FUND THE INSTALLATION OF A PERMANENT STRUCTURE AT THIS POINT IN TIME; AND
  4. TO APPROVE FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE PROVISION OF THE NECESSARY FUNDING FOR A PERMANENT REPLACEMENT STRUCTURE WITH CONTINUED CLOSURE IN THE INTERESTS OF PUBLIC SAFETY AS OUTLINED IN PROPOSAL A, OPTION 1 TO THE REPORT.

Councillor Myles, seconded by Councillor Speirs, moved as an amendment that a "Bailey" bridge be provided in the current financial year on the line of the existing bridge for an indeterminate period of time, as outlined in Proposal B, Option 4 to the Report.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:-

Councillors West, Ritchie, King, Leslie, McGlynn, Oswald and Selfridge (7).

For the amendment:-

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

The motion was declared carried and the Committee agreed accordingly.

10. TRANSPORT (SCOTLAND) BILL

With reference to Article 6 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 896/00 (31K) by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Roads advising the Committee of the publication of the Transport (Scotland) Bill which had commenced its early stages of passage through the Scottish Parliament.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed, to note the introduction, on 5 June 2000, of the Transport (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament and the context for commenting on the passage of the Bill including via COSLA.

11. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Update

With reference to Article 13(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 2000, there was submitted and noted Report No 815/00 (9K) 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 20 July 2000.

(b) Angus Council (Elliot Place, Arbroath) (One-Way Traffic) Order 2000

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 April 1997, there was submitted Report No 911/00 (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 make a Traffic Order to introduce one-way traffic in Elliot Place, Arbroath.

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

(c) Angus Council (Orchardbank Industrial Estate, Forfar) (Variation of Waiting Restrictions) Order 2000

With reference to Article 13(c) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 1999, there was submitted Report No 912/00 (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 make an Order varying existing waiting restrictions which had become necessary following changes to the road layout at the Orchardbank Industrial Estate, Forfar.

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

(d) Temporary Traffic Orders

With reference to Article 13(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 2000, there was submitted Report No 928/00 (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 (The Square, Letham) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for 24 hours on 1 July 2000 on the occasion of a Victoria Style Street Market;
  2. Angus Council (High Street/Castle Place, Montrose) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for three hours on 4 August 2000 on the occasion of the unveiling of a new statue;
  3. Angus Council (The Shore and South Street, Arbroath) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 on 12 and 13 August 2000 on the occasion of the Arbroath Seafest; and
  4. Angus Council (B9127 Kinnettles) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for three weeks from 14 August 2000 for the purpose of carriageway reconstruction.

12. 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 and 9.

13. PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF CAR PARK AT ST MALCOLM'S WYND, KIRRIEMUIR

There was submitted Joint Report No 915/00 by the Director of Property Services and the Director of Roads advising the Committee of the proposal to acquire a fully constructed car park at St Malcolm's Wynd, Kirriemuir. The additional 27 car parking spaces at St Malcolm's Wynd would meet the current requirements for additional off-street parking in central Kirriemuir.

Having heard Councillor Mackintosh welcome the Report, the Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to approve the acquisition of a car park at St Malcolm's Wynd, Kirriemuir on the provisional terms and conditions contained in the Report;
  2. to approve the preparation of an amendment to the Angus Council (Off-Street Car Parks Order) 1998 to make it a short-stay car park; and
  3. to approve in terms of Financial Regulation 16.1.3.(d) that this contract arrangement be exempted from normal tendering procedures.

14. PROPOSED DISPOSAL OF LAND AT WESTERN ROAD, MONTROSE

There was submitted Report No 914/00 by the Director of Property Services advising the Committee of an approach made to the Council for the acquisition of a site at Western Road, Montrose by the adjoining owner.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to declare surplus to the requirements of the Council the site at Western Road, Montrose measuring 0.065 hectares; and
  2. to approve the disposal of the site to the adjoining owner on the provisional terms and conditions contained in the Report.

15. TRAFFIC SIGNAL MAINTENANCE CONTRACT

There was submitted Report No 907/00 by the Director of Roads updating the Committee on the position with regard to the tendering arrangements for the Traffic Signal Maintenance Contract which was due to expire on 30 September 2000.

The Committee agreed that, following the tendering process, the contract for the maintenance of traffic signal equipment for Angus be awarded to Siemens Traffic Controls Limited as outlined in the Report.

Councillor West declared an interest in the following item and took no part in the discussion thereof. Councillor Ritchie took the Chair.

16. DEVELOPMENT SITE ­ ARBROATH HARBOUR

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of the Personnel and Property Services Committee of 29 November 1999, there was submitted Joint Report No 913/00 by the Director of Property Services and the Director of Roads advising the Committee that Tayside Marine Services Limited had withdrawn from proceeding with the lease of property at Arbroath Harbour.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed to note that Tayside Marine Services Limited had reconsidered the proposed development of the property at Arbroath Harbour and no longer wished to proceed with the lease.

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