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MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 12 October 2000 at 4.45 pm.

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

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES

(a) Previous Meeting

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 August 2000 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

(b) Executive Sub-Committee

The minute of meeting of the Roads Executive Sub-Committee of 14 September 2000, a copy of which is appended hereto, was submitted and noted (Appendix I).

2. A90 FORFAR BYPASS JUNCTION IMPROVEMENTS ­ UPDATE

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 20 April 1999, there was submitted Report No 1164/00 (9K) by the Director of Roads updating the Committee with regard to the progress on the A90 Forfar bypass junction improvements.

The Report indicated that, due to unacceptably high accident rates, grade separated junctions were to be provided at the A90/A94 Glamis junction and the A90/A926 Kirriemuir junction on the Forfar bypass. Angus Council, acting as agents for the Scottish Executive, had prepared specimen designs for the two junctions. The Glamis junction would take the form of an underpass and the Kirriemuir junction an overbridge. It was hoped that works could commence in August 2001 with a proposed completion date of August 2002.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report.

3. COASTAL EROSION AT MILTON MILL, MONIFIETH ­ UPDATE

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 6 March 1997, there was submitted Report No 1160/00 (15K) by the Director of Roads on recent developments with respect to funding and options available to achieve a long-term solution to the coastal erosion problem at Milton Mill, Monifieth. The Report indicated that contributions had now been agreed by NOSWA and Railtrack and concluded that, in order to prevent further deterioration of the situation at Milton Mill, the Council should fund the balance of the scheme and allow vital coast protection work to proceed.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of a formal coast protection scheme at Milton Mill to be constructed in the financial year 2001/2002.

4. ANGUS LOCAL TRANSPORT STRATEGY

With reference to Article 13 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 1154/00 (93K) by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Roads addressing the submission of a full Local Transport Strategy for Angus to the Scottish Executive, including requirements under the Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997.

The Local Transport Strategy set out Angus Council's commitment to sustainable, integrated transport which would promote social inclusion. Considerable progress had already been made, as reflected in current policies and initiatives of the Council. The Strategy would build on this to further develop relevant measures in Angus.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to approve the terms of the full Local Transport Strategy for Angus, the content of which was based on:-
    • updating relevant sections of the Interim Local Transport Strategy, including taking account of the results of consultation on the Interim Strategy;
    • identifying relevant performance indicators and targets for the Strategy; and
    • incorporating the statutory report required under the Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997; and
  2. to note and approve the general arrangements proposed for submitting the Angus Local Transport Strategy to the Scottish Executive as detailed in the Report.

5. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Temporary Traffic Orders

With reference to Article 11(d) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 12 October 2000, there was submitted Report No 1173/00 (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 (U310 Mill of Inverarity Bridge) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for six weeks from 13 September 2000 for the purpose of bridge repairs;
  2. Angus Council (John Street, Montrose) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for two weeks from 11 September 2000 for the purpose of laying a new water main;
  3. Angus Council (King's Drive, Arbroath) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for eight hours on 2 September 2000 on the occasion of the Arbroath Highland Games;
  4. Angus Council (India Lane, Montrose) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for two weeks from 2 October 2000 for the purpose of the installation of a new water main;
  5. Angus Council (Dundee Street and High Street, Carnoustie) (Temporary Traffic Arrangement) Orders 2000 for two weeks from 30 September 2000 for the purpose of carriageway resurfacing works.

(b) Angus Council (School Keep Clear Areas) Order 2000

There was submitted Report No 1174/00 (6K) by the Director of Law and Administration advising that in 1995 Tayside Regional Council had authorised the preparation of an Order to regulate and enforce "school keep clear" areas in Angus.

During the statutory consultation period, a number of comments had been made which had been satisfactorily answered. The proposed Order had been duly advertised thereafter and no objections had been received. Accordingly, it was recommended that Angus Council should now proceed to make a Traffic Order to regulate and enforce "school keep clear" areas in Angus.

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

(c) Variation of Waiting Restrictions in the Cliffburn Area of Arbroath

With reference to Article 11(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 2000, there was submitted Report No 1162/00 (9K) by the Director of Roads dealing with alterations to waiting restrictions to take account of the traffic calming measures associated with the proposed "20mph zone" in the Cliffburn area of Arbroath.

The Report indicated that this scheme included the provision of traffic calming measures such as speed humps and speed cushions. This arrangement would not function properly if vehicles were permitted to park at, or near, speed cushions. It was therefore proposed to introduce sections of "no waiting at any time" waiting restrictions at each speed cushion as outlined on the plan attached to the Report.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of a Traffic Regulation Order to effect changes to waiting restrictions in the Cliffburn area of Arbroath.

(d) Traffic Arrangements at Abbey Path, Arbroath

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 January 2000, there was submitted Report No 1165/00 (9K) by the Director of Roads advising that the new traffic arrangements in the vicinity of Arbroath Abbey had been monitored and that it was considered appropriate to extend the exemption to the "prohibition of entry" at the east end of Abbey Path to licensed taxis. Accordingly, it was recommended that the Committee should agree to the promotion of a Traffic Order varying existing restrictions and taxi movements along Abbey Path, Arbroath.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of a Traffic Order varying the existing prohibition of entry at the east end of Abbey Path, to exempt licensed taxis.

(e) Proposed Introduction of One-Way Traffic on St Thomas Crescent, Arbroath

With reference to Article 13(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 1999, there was submitted Report No 1161/00 (11K) by the Director of Roads in relation to a consultation exercise which had been carried out in respect of the proposal to introduce one-way traffic on a section of St Thomas Crescent, Arbroath. The Report concluded that the existing junction of St Thomas Crescent with Fisheracre/Culloden Terrace had been considered to be dangerous and that a one-way traffic arrangement would offer a solution to the problem. Local residents appeared to support the proposal. Accordingly, it was recommended that the Committee proceed with the promotion of the appropriate Traffic Regulation Order.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the response to the consultation letters sent to residents in the roads directly affected by the proposal to introduce one-way traffic on a section of St Thomas Crescent, Arbroath; and
  2. to proceed with the promotion of a Traffic Regulation Order to introduce one-way traffic (east to west) on the section of St Thomas Crescent, Arbroath between its junctions with Fisheracre/Culloden Terrace and Noran Avenue.

6. 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, 9 and 10.

7. NORTH EAST TRUNK ROAD CONTRACT

With reference to Article 17 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 January 2000, there was submitted Report No 1159/00 by the Director of Roads updating the Committee on the current status of the tendering process for the future management and maintenance of trunk roads in Scotland and seeking approval for Angus Council to participate in a joint venture partnership with other local authorities and the private sector to submit a tender with a view to securing the contract for the Operating Company Unit (OCU) of "North-East" Scotland.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to approve the formation of a joint venture partnership in respect of the North-East OCU with other local authorities and private engineering companies;
  2. to approve the submission of a tender in respect of North-East OCU by the joint venture partnership to the Scottish Executive by 16 October 2000;
  3. to authorise the Director of Roads in conjunction with the Director of Law and Administration to take all necessary steps and make all necessary decisions relative to the best interests of the Council in tendering for these works; and
  4. to authorise the Managing Director of Tayside Contracts to sign the tender forms on behalf of the joint venture partnership.

8. MONTROSE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ­ STAGE 2 CONSULTANTS - TENDER ACCEPTANCE

With reference to Article 2(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 August 2000, there was submitted Report No 1163/00 by the Director of Roads detailing the tenders received from consultants selected to submit bids for the Stage 2 Commission of the Montrose Bridge Replacement Project, giving details of the tender assessment procedure and recommending acceptance of the tender submitted by Halcrow Crouch in the sum of £185,284.00.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the results of the assessment (on the basis of quality and price) of the tenders submitted;
  2. to note the estimated total cost of the Commission which was due to be extended to cover additional feasibility study requirements; and
  3. to approve the Commission of Halcrow Crouch as the Stage 2 Consultants for the Montrose Bridge Replacement Project.
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