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MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 25 January 2001 at 4.30 pm.

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

Also present with the concurrence of the Committee: Councillor Glennis Middleton.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors JOHN HENDERSON and STEPHEN LESLIE.

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. 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 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. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 November 2000 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

3. A92 PROJECT ­ UPDATE ON STATUTORY PROCESSES

There was submitted Report No 110/01 (11K) by the Director of Roads providing an update on the current progress which had been made in the statutory process associated with the promotion of the project to upgrade the existing A92 road between Dundee and Arbroath. The Report also advised the Committee that a Public Local Inquiry was to be held into the Orders which had been published as part of that process.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the progress which had been achieved to date in the statutory processes required for the project; and
  2. to note that a Public Local Inquiry would be held into the various Orders required in promoting the project.

4. HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ­ ROADS DEPARTMENT SAFE WORKING PRACTICES

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 August 2000, there was submitted Report No 115/01 by the Director of Roads informing the Committee of the implementation of new and revised safe working practices within the Roads Department. The Report indicated that a review undertaken by the Director of Roads had resulted in the production of a new Angus Council Roads Department Safe Working Practices Manual, a copy of which had been placed in the Members’ Lounge.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the production of a new Roads Department Safe Working Practices Manual;
  2. to note that the new and revised Roads Department Health and Safety Procedures, Health and Safety Arrangements and Safe Working Practices would be put into effect immediately where appropriate, or as soon as possible following staff training, where required; and
  3. to note that the dynamic approach to Health and Safety within the Roads Department would require the manual to be subject to constant review and continuous improvement, with document change and control procedures carried out in accordance with the Department's Quality Management System.

5. MONTROSE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ­ OUTLINE BUSINESS CASE

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 12 October 2000, there was submitted Report No 114/01 (12K) by the Director of Roads outlining the preparation of an updated Outline Business Case for the replacement of the road bridge over the River South Esk at Montrose, advising the Committee that the document had been forwarded to the Minister for Transport for consideration and enclosing a copy of the Minister's reply.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note that an updated Outline Business Case had been prepared for the replacement of the road bridge carrying the A92 over the River South Esk at Montrose;
  2. to note that the Leader of the Council’s Administration, had forwarded the Outline Business Case to the Minister for Transport, Sarah Boyack MSP, for her information and consideration, and that a reply had now been received from the Minister; and
  3. to note that the reply indicated that the Scottish Ministers "would be happy to consider any request from the Council for assistance in funding this project" once the Council had had an opportunity to finalise its spending plans.

6. ALTERATIONS TO THE UTILISATION OF THE ROADS AND TRANSPORT RENEWAL AND REPAIR FUND

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 109/01 (11K) by the Director of Roads detailing alterations to the previously approved utilisation of the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repair Fund.

The Report concluded that it had been considered prudent to defer approved overlay/street lighting works in Monifieth to allow planned works to be completed prior to laying new road surfaces. At the same time, it had become necessary to install a new street lighting system and carry out associated footway works in Birkhill due to the undergrounding of the Scottish Hydro Electric overhead cable network in the area.

Having heard Councillor McGlynn, local member, on the need for priority to be given to the commencement of works in Monifieth, the Committee agreed to homologate the Director of Road's decision to make necessary changes to the previously approved programmes of street lighting and carriageway strengthening/overlay/re-surfacing, to be carried out utilising the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repair Fund.

7. FORFAR PATHS NETWORK

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Report No 106/01 (21K) by the Director of Planning and Transport updating the Committee on progress made to date in relation to the Forfar Paths Network and proposing a way forward.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the progress in relation to landowner negotiations;
  2. to authorise the Director of Law and Administration to enter into Access Agreements with individual landowners as appropriate in respect of the Forfar Paths Network;
  3. to note the contribution of up to £20,000 from the Planning Department’s Capital Programme 2000/2001 towards the Forfar Paths Network; and
  4. to authorise the Director of Roads to let a contract for the creation of the Forfar Paths Network, subject to Access Agreements being concluded with relevant landowners.

8. FORFAR OLD STREET NAMES

With reference to Article 16 of the minute of meeting of the Recreation and Cultural Services Committee of 18 January 2001, there was submitted Report No 65/01 (12K) by the Acting Director of Cultural Services advising the Committee of the community interest in marking old Forfar street names.

Having heard Councillor King express the hope that the proposed scheme could be extended to other Burghs in Angus, the Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Report; and
  2. to instruct the Acting Director of Cultural Services and the Director of Roads to investigate old Forfar street names in consultation with the Forfar Historical Society and produce a Report with proposals.

9. OSNABURG STREET, FORFAR ­ PROHIBITION OF VEHICLES

There was submitted Report No 113/01 (11K) by the Director of Roads considering various options to restrict the number of vehicles using Osnaburg Street, Forfar in the interest of pedestrian safety.

The Committee agreed to promote the necessary Traffic Order to introduce "no waiting at any time" parking restrictions on Osnaburg Street, Forfar.

10. PROMOTION OF PART TIME 20 MPH ZONES AT SCHOOLS

With reference to Article 11(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 25 January 2001, there was submitted Report No 112/01 (15K) by the Director of Roads informing the Committee of progress on the proposals for trial sites for low cost part time 20 mph zones outside schools.

The Report reminded members that Angus Council was participating in a study with four other local authorities to promote part time speed reduction measures outside the schools. Three schools had originally been proposed for inclusion in the trial and, since then, a further three schools had been added. The results of the trials would be fed back into the study for comparison with the results of the trials carried out by other participating local authorities.

Having heard various local members welcome the trials in their areas, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to provide appropriate signs to implement a change in the speed limit to 20 miles per hour at set times of the school day at the following schools:-
    • Monikie Primary School
    • Northmuir Primary School, Kirriemuir
    • Grange Primary School, Monifieth
    • Borrowfield Primary School, Montrose
    • Arbroath High School
    • Arbroath Academy
  2. to promote the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to effect changes to the speed limit at the sites listed above, for an experimental period of 18 months; and
  3. to instruct the Director of Roads to seek authorisation from the Scottish Executive for the signing of the experimental part time 20 mph zones at the six sites.

11. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Temporary Traffic Orders

With reference to Article 6(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 November 2000, there was submitted and noted Report No 134/01 (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 (A933 Cairnie Street, Arbroath) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for four weeks from 27 November 2000 for the purpose of replacing a new sewer;
  2. Angus Council (High Street and Murray Street, Montrose) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for approximately seven hours on 17 December 2000 in conjunction with a Christmas Extravaganza;
  3. Angus Council (High Street, Brechin) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2000 for approximately six hours on 16 December 2000 in conjunction with a Christmas Extravaganza;
  4. Angus Council (Burnside of Duntrune) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2001 for three weeks from 8 January 2001 for the purpose of laying a new water main.

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

With reference to Article 6(c) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 November 2000 and to Article 1 above, there was submitted Report No 135/01 (17K) by the Director of Law and Administration relating to the preparation of an Order for the purpose of varying the provisions of Traffic Orders relating to waiting restrictions in various towns of Angus and containing further information in connection with Manor Street, Forfar following deferral of a decision to allow further consultation with residents in Manor Street.

Having heard Councillor Glennis Middleton, local member, in relation to the proposals for Forfar, the Committee agreed to recommend that the Council resolve to make the above Order, as drafted.

(c) Angus Council (Cliffburn Area, Arbroath) (Variation of Waiting Restrictions) Order 2001

With reference to Article 5(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 12 October 2000, there was submitted Report No 132/01 (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 the Order to introduce additional waiting restrictions in association with a proposed 20 mph zone at Cliffburn area, Arbroath to ensure the effectiveness of the proposed speed cushions associated with the 20 mph zone and in the interests of free traffic flow, pedestrian and traffic safety (see (d) below).

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

(d) Angus Council (Cliffburn Area, Arbroath) (20mph Zone) Order 2001

With reference to Article 11(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 June 2000, there was submitted Report No 133/01 (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 pedestrian and traffic safety, the Council should now make an Order to reduce traffic speeds to 20 mph in the Cliffburn area of Arbroath including Abbotsford Road, Andrew Barton Street, Benedict Road, Fairport Road, Flairs Avenue, Great Michael Road, Greig Crescent, Largo Street, Lethnot Road, Mayfield Terrace, Ness Drive, Prosen Drive, St Murdoch's Crescent, Seafield Road and Waverley Terrace.

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

The following matters (Articles 12 and 13) were, on the determination of the Convener, dealt with as a matter of urgency in order to make timeous responses on the issues.

12. "SAVE THE POUND" STALL ­ ARBROATH HIGH STREET

The Committee was advised that the Angus Conservative and Unionist Association, Arbroath, had requested permission to have a "Save the Pound" stall in the Pedestrian Precinct, High Street, Arbroath on Saturday 10 February 2001 from 11.00 am until 2.00 pm.

The Committee agreed to approve the request.

13. TRUNK ROAD UNIT CONTRACTS ­ NORTH EAST UNITS ­ IMPLICATIONS FOR ANGUS COUNCIL

There was submitted a Scottish Executive Press Release, dated 25 January 2001 on the new contracts for maintenance of trunk roads, together with a Briefing Note by the Director of Roads detailing the implications for Angus Council in relation to the proposed award of the North East Unit Trunk Road Contracts.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to condemn the decision by the Transport Minister (subject to an urgent independent review of one aspect of the tender assessment process) to award AMEY and BEAR Scotland Ltd two contracts each;
  2. to express severe concern that the Transport Minister had decided not to suspend the tender process for the trunk road contracts pending the independent review, but indeed had intimated who would be awarded the contracts, subject to the same review being satisfactorily concluded;
  3. to express complete dissatisfaction as to how the Transport Minister and the Scottish Executive had let tenders for these contracts, ignoring Best Value, the benefits of provision of trunk roads services integrated with local roads services, and in particular how the tenders had been wholly unsatisfactorily assessed with indicative quantities for works being issued to tenderers after tenders had been submitted;
  4. to note with serious concern the significant impact on Angus Council of any decision to award the North East contract to the private sector in terms of impact on local roads service provision, flexibility in service provision and impact on staffing levels; and
  5. to authorise the Director of Roads/Leader of the Administration to write urgently to the Transport Minister requesting that she suspend the current tender process and seek to satisfactorily resolve all concerns outlined, which should result in a retendering exercise for all of the trunk road units in a fair, equitable and satisfactory manner.

14. 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 11.

15. ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS

(a) Northwater Viaduct Cycle Track

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 November 2000, there was submitted Report No 111/01 by the Director of Roads detailing the tenders received for the Northwater Viaduct Cycle Track works. The contract comprised the construction of the cycle track between the Broomfield Road area of Montrose, northwards to the boundary with Aberdeenshire Council at the former railway viaduct over the River North Esk; signing along the southern section of the cycle track; further construction of a track to the Northwater Viaduct crossing the River North Esk; and construction of a number of gates.

The Committee agreed to approve the acceptance of the lowest arithmetically corrected tender, being that submitted by Delson Contracts Ltd for the Northwater Viaduct Cycle Track works, in the sum of £66,030.00, subject to a satisfactory conclusion to the negotiations for the right of access required south of the railway viaduct.

(b) A92 Dundee to Arbroath Proposed Upgrading ­ Selection of Contractors for Carrying Out Additional Ground Investigation Work

There was submitted Report No 117/01 by the Director of Roads recommending a select list of contractors to be invited to submit tenders for additional ground investigation works in connection with the proposed upgrading of the A92 Dundee to Arbroath Road.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to approve the proposed selection of a shortlist of contractors to be invited to submit tenders for the additional ground investigation works for the proposed upgrading of the A92 as outlined in Appendix 1 to the Report; and
  2. to note the proposed funding mechanism set out 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. ARBROATH HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT ­ UPDATE

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Report No 101/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport updating the Committee on progress made in identifying alternative developers who might be interested in taking forward the proposals for Arbroath Harbour.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the current position regarding the proposed development at Arbroath Harbour as outlined in the Report;
  2. that the proposals submitted by Foxdown Properties Ltd. were not acceptable; and
  3. to await a further Report on progress in due course.
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