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MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 23 November 2000 at 4.30 pm.

Present: Councillors SANDY WEST, 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.

Also Present with the Concurrence of the Committee:

Councillor GLENNIS MIDDLETON.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors KITTY RITCHIE and RICHARD SPEIRS.

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. REQUEST FOR DEPUTATION

The Committee agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12, to hear a deputation in connection with the proposed removal of part of the no waiting at any time restrictions in Manor Street, Forfar.

The deputation, led by Mr Gardner, 13 Manor Street, Forfar, addressed the Committee in favour of the retention of the no waiting restrictions.

After questions had been asked and answered, Mr Gardner was thanked for his attendance and withdrew to the public benches.

2. MINUTES

(a) Previous Meeting

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 12 October 2000 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

(b) Arbroath Harbour Joint Consultative Committee

The minute of meeting of the Arbroath Harbour Joint Consultative Committee of 10 November 2000, a copy of which is appended hereto, was submitted and noted (APPENDIX I).

3. 2001/2002 REVENUE BUDGET

There was submitted Report No 1106/00 (14K) by the Director of Finance advising the Committee of the latest position with regard to the preparation of the Roads Department 2001/2002 Revenue Budget and associated issues, together with a summary of the departmental provisional base budget for 2001/2002 as submitted to the Director of Finance and subsequently reviewed by the Technical Validation Group.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Report for its interest at this stage in the budget process; and
  2. to note that more detailed Reports with specific recommendations would be brought forward later in the budget cycle.

4. 2000/2004 FINANCIAL PLAN AND 2001/2002 CAPITAL BUDGET

There was submitted Report No 1107/00 (13K) by the Director of Finance advising the Committee of the latest position with regard to the preparation of the 2000/2004 Financial Plan (incorporating the 2001/2002 capital budget) for the Roads Department, together with the departmental Financial Plan submissions for 2000/2004 as returned to the Director of Finance and subsequently reviewed by the Technical Validation Group.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report for its interest at this stage in the Financial Plan process and that a more detailed Report with specific recommendations would be brought forward later in the Financial Plan cycle.

5. SUSTRANS NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTE/NORTH SEA CYCLE ROUTE MONTROSE NORTHWARDS TO ABERDEENSHIRE

With reference to Article 7 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier today, there was submitted Joint Report No 1088/00 (17K) by the Director of Roads, the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Recreation Services advising the Committee of the proposal that a new section of cycle track should be constructed from the Broomfield Road area of Montrose, northwards to the boundary with Aberdeenshire at the former railway viaduct over the River North Esk.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed to approve the recommendations as detailed in the Report.

6. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Update

With reference to Article 11(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 August 2000, there was submitted Report No 1108/00 (11K) 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 31 October 2000.

The Report also set out in an Appendix, recently revised procedures for promoting Traffic Regulation Orders and indicated that continued attention would be given to further improving these procedures to ensure that matters were proceeded as quickly as possible within the strictures of the relevant legislation and practicality.

Having heard various members welcome the revised procedures for promoting Traffic Regulation Orders, the Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report.

(b) Temporary Traffic Orders

With reference to Article 5(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 12 October 2000, there was submitted Report No 1226/00 (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 (East High Street, Forfar) (Temporary One-Way Traffic) Order 2000 for two weeks from 16 October 2000 for the purpose of footway construction;
  2. Angus Council (Market Street, Montrose) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for two weeks from 23 October 2000 for the purpose of the installation of a new water main;
  3. Angus Council (New Wynd, Montrose) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for two weeks from 6 November 2000 for the purpose of the installation of a new water main; and
  4. Angus Council (Sheriff Park Gardens, Forfar) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 from 13 November 2000 for three weeks for the purpose of repairs to a retaining wall.

(c) Angus Council (Variation of Waiting Restrictions) Order 2000

With reference to Article 8(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 August 1998 and to the deputation heard at the start of this meeting, there was submitted Report No 1234/00 (15K) by the Director of Law and Administration asking the Committee to consider objections and observations in relation to the preparation of an Order for the purpose of varying the provision of Traffic Orders relating to Waiting Restrictions in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Montrose in order to relieve traffic congestion, protect accesses, improve visibility sightlines at road junctions and to remove current waiting restrictions which were now considered to be unnecessarily severe.

Having heard Councillor Glennis Middleton, on the need for further consultation in relation to the proposals for Forfar, the Committee agreed to continue the Report for further consideration.

(d) Angus Council (Monifieth Traffic Management) Order 2000

With reference to Article 9(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 15 October 1998, there was submitted Report No 1233/00 (11K) by the Director of Law and Administration advising of objections and observations in relation to the preparation of an Order to consolidate all Monifieth Traffic Management provisions in a single new Angus Council Order and, at the same time, vary the existing provisions to introduce new waiting restrictions at various locations in order to provide additional parking spaces for shoppers and provide protection at junctions for vehicular and pedestrian traffic by improving visibility.

Following discussion, the Committee agreed to continue the Report for further consideration.

(e) Angus Council (Birkhill, Muirhead and Bridgefoot) (Traffic Management) Order 2000

With reference to Article 7(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 20 April 1999, there was submitted Report No 1227/00 (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 make an Order to consolidate existing waiting restrictions, relax two unnecessarily severe restrictions in Bridgefoot and introduce new waiting restrictions in Birkhill.

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

(f) Angus Council (One-Way Traffic) (Revocation) Order 2000

With reference to Article 10(f) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 January 1999, there was submitted Report No 1228/00 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 make an Order to revoke two small sections from the existing One-Way Traffic Order as these sections were no longer required following the introduction of traffic calming measures in Monifieth.

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

(g) Angus Council (Off-Street Car Parks) (Variation) Order 2000

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 January 2000, there was submitted Report No 1229/00 (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 an Order varying the existing Off-Street Car Parking at North Port, Arbroath to introduce short stay parking, remove long stay parking and ensure a turnover of spaces for use by visitors to the proposed Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre.

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

(h) Angus Council (Hume Street, Arbroath) (Prohibition of Entry) Order 2000

With reference to Article 6(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 November 1999, there was submitted Report No 1230/00 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 make an Order to prohibit vehicles from entering Hume Street from West John Street and Orchard Street, Arbroath in order to remove the conflict of two way traffic at the restricted Hume Street/West John Street/Orchard Street Junction, to improve the situation for traffic, particularly large vehicles entering West John Street and to reduce the volume of traffic in West John Street.

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

(i) Angus Council (Variation of Speed Limits) Order 2000

With reference to Article 9(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee held on 9 March 2000, there was submitted Report No 1232/00 (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, in the interest of public and vehicle safety, the Council should now make an Order amending existing speed limits at the Brechin-Menmuir and Westmuir-Little Brechin Road, Little Brechin and the Forfar-Kirriemuir Road, Padanaram.

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

(j) Angus Council (Variation of Speed Limits) (Number 2) Order 2000

With reference to Article 6(d) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 November 1999, there was submitted Report No 1231/00 (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, in the interest of public and vehicle safety, the Council should now make an Order amending existing speed restrictions at Trinity, North Craigo, Whigstreet, Carnoustie, Forfar, Strathmartine, Monifieth, Kirriemuir and Balkeerie by Glamis.

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

7. LOCAL WIDENING AT SPOTT BRIDGE, GLEN PROSEN

There was submitted Report No 1207/00 (8K) by the Director of Roads discussing a minor junction improvement at Spott Bridge, Glen Prosen to improve access onto the bridge for heavy vehicles and recommending that some local widening be carried out on the right hand side of the C27 on the approach to Spott Bridge on the location shown in Appendix A to allow larger vehicles to cross the bridge without driving over the road verges.

The Committee agreed to approve the construction of a minor junction improvement at Spott Bridge, Glen Prosen.

8. BEST VALUE ­ COMPETITIVE TENDERING

With reference to Article 4(h) of the minute of meeting of Angus Council held on 18 September 1997, there was submitted Report No 1209/00 (26K) by the Director of Roads proposing an adjustment to the Best Value Regime for the Roads Department's construction and maintenance schemes adopted by the Council in 1997 in its original Best Value Submission to the Scottish Executive, a copy of which was attached as Appendix A.

The Report indicated that the Director of Roads, in conjunction with the Director of Finance, had reviewed the current balance between "awarded work" and work subject to competitive tendering as part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation exercise. The exercise highlighted that improved Best Value could be achieved by increasing the awarded work threshold for the DLO workforce. The increased workload would also help to ensure the provision of the approved level of service for winter maintenance.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note that an adjustment was required to the Best Value regime adopted in 1997 for the Roads Department's construction and maintenance works; and
  2. to adopt the new Best Value regime for the Roads Department's construction and maintenance works set out in Appendix B to the Report.

9. NATIONAL ROAD NETWORK CONDITION ASSESSMENT

There was submitted Report No 1211/00 (17K) by the Director of Roads outlining the condition of the roads network infrastructure across Scotland as highlighted by a survey carried out by the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS).

The Report concluded that the overall condition of Scotland's road network had continued to deteriorate due to lack of structural maintenance funding from Central Government over the last decade. It was becoming increasingly difficult to keep roads in a condition free of potential safety defects. Unless substantial additional funding could be made available towards maintenance regimes, the cost to Scotland's Councils would be greater in the longer term.

Having heard various members express concern regarding the future maintenance of Scotland's roads, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the ongoing deterioration of Scotland's local authority roads network infrastructure occasioned by year-on-year under provision of funding from the Scottish Executive;
  2. to note the requirement for significant additional funding for structural maintenance;
  3. to note the estimated backlog of structural maintenance funding (£1.0bn to £1.5bn) required to bring Scotland's road network up to a standard where "whole-life" efficiency maintenance cycles could be applied and save Councils across Scotland substantial monies in the longer term;
  4. to note the annual minimum "whole-life" funding required (£166m) to ensure the long term performance of Scotland's road network and prevent deterioration beyond the point of economical repair; and
  5. to approve the Convener of the Roads Committee and the Director of Roads continuing to participate fully in the ongoing COSLA campaign ­ the primary objective of which would be to highlight the magnitude and "build-up" effect of under provision for roads structural maintenance funding across all Scottish local authorities with a view to securing additional monies for road infrastructure maintenance funding from Central Government.

10. 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.

11. SKIDDING RESISTANCE ON A AND B CLASS ROADS ­ SCRIM SURVEY RESULTS

There was submitted Report No 1236/00 by the Director of Roads detailing the results of the skidding resistance survey carried out on A & B Class roads in Angus and putting forward proposals for bringing these roads up to the required standard.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the results of the Skidding Resistance Survey carried on the A and B Class road network;
  2. to note the funding required to bring the A and B Class road network up to the recommended standards for skidding resistance; and
  3. to approve the proposed Action Plan for carrying out retexturing/resurfacing work on a priority basis in line with the Road Safety Action Plan for Angus.

12. PROVISION OF CAR PARK AT GARDYNE STREET, FRIOCKHEIM

There was submitted Report No 1208/00 by the Director of Roads discussing the provision of a car park at Gardyne Street, Friockheim as detailed in the map attached to the Report.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to provide an off-street car park to the south of Gardyne Street, Friockheim adjacent to the Co-op shop subject to agreement being reached on the terms and conditions for the acquisition of the necessary land; and
  2. that the Director of Property Services, in consultation with the Director of Law and Administration, commence negotiations for the necessary land acquisition.

13. A92 PROJECT ­ SELECTION OF PROSPECTIVE TENDERERS ­ THE PRE-QUALIFICATION PROCESS

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 January 2000, there was submitted Joint Report No 1210/00 by the Director of Roads, the Director of Finance and the Director of Law and Administration describing the process which had been undertaken regarding the selection of prospective tenderers for the A92 Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) Public Finance Initiative (PFI) contract and seeking the approval of the Committee to invite those candidates set out in the Appendix to the Report, to tender for the contract.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the process undertaken to date in establishing a list of prospective tenderers for the A92 DBFO contract;
  2. to note that the Director of Law and Administration had sought confirmation from the candidates concerned that they wished to pursue their interest in the contract given the fact that a Public Local Inquiry into the Statutory Orders would be required and might delay the invitation to tender until the summer of 2001;
  3. to instruct and authorise the Director of Law and Administration to issue invitations to tender for the contract to the short listed candidates at the appropriate time; and
  4. to instruct the Director of Law and Administration to remit the Report to Dundee City Council for its information.

14. A92 DUNDEE ­ ARBROATH DUALLING - PROPOSED DEMOLITION OF HOUSES AT GRANGE ROAD, MONIFIETH

There was submitted Joint Report No 1235/00 by the Director of Property Services and the Director of Roads advising the Committee of the current position with regard to four houses at Grange Road, Monifieth which were included in the draft Angus Council (A92 Dundee ­ Arbroath Dualling) Compulsory Purchase Order 1999 and recommending demolition of these properties.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Report; and
  2. to authorise the Director of Roads, in consultation with the Director of Property Services, to organise the demolition of the four properties at Grange Road, Monifieth.

15. ARBROATH HARBOUR MAINTENANCE AND DREDGING 2001 AND 2002

With reference to Article 9(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 20 April 1999, there was submitted Joint Report No 1109/00 by the Director of Roads and the Director of Property Services reminding the Committee of the dredging (maintenance) activities which had been conducted within Arbroath Harbour during 1999 and 2000 and recommending the extension of the existing contract with D Cook Limited for a further two year period.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the dredging work which had been carried out within Arbroath Harbour by D Cook Limited during 1999 and 2000;
  2. to note that the existing contract with Cook provided the option to extend the contract for a further period of up to two years;
  3. to note that negotiations with D Cook Limited had resulted in a price being received from them of £66,767 to undertake the dredging work in both years 2001 and 2002;
  4. (iv) to award an extension of the contract with D Cook Limited for a further period of two years on the above basis; and
  5. to note that provision would required to be made for the commensurate costs in the trading account for Arbroath Harbour in the Roads Department Revenue Budget in 2001/2002 (£33k) and in 2002/2003 (£34k).

The following was, on the determination of the Convener dealt with as a matter of urgency in order to commence works timeously.

16. ARBROATH HIGH STREET IMPROVEMENTS - PHASE III ­ ADDITIONAL WORKS

With reference to Article 13 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Report No 1257/00 by the Director of Roads advising that Scottish Enterprise Tayside had offered to extend the current Arbroath High Street Phase III Improvement Works, at their cost, to include an area at the junction of the High Street with Allan Street and Applegate.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed to approve the recommendations as detailed in the Report.

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