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Roads Committee

MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 23 August 2001 at 4.40 pm.

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

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

DR BOB McLELLAN, DIRECTOR OF ROADS

Prior to the commencement of business, the Convener indicated that Dr Bob McLellan had been successful in securing a position as Head of Transportation with Fife Council and was leaving the employment of Angus Council on 14 September. He paid tribute to Dr McLellan for his contribution to the work of the Council and leadership of the Roads Department and highlighted his stewardship of major roads projects in Angus including the Montrose Inner Relief Road, A92 Arbroath to Dundee Road and Montrose Bridge.

Members joined with the Convener in expressing their appreciation of his work and best wishes for the future.

1. MINUTES

(a) Previous Meeting

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 June 2001 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 5 July 2001, a copy of which is appended hereto, was submitted and noted. (APPENDIX I)

2. WINTER MAINTENANCE POLICY AND SERVICE PROVISION FOR 2001/2002

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 August 2000, there was submitted Report No 930/01 by the Director of Roads re-stating the Council's winter maintenance policy, reviewing the performance for the winter of 2000/2001 and detailing the proposed service provision for gritting and snow clearing during the winter period 2001/2002.

The Report highlighted the proposed changes to the arrangements for 2001/2002 compared to 2000/2001 in relation to salt supply, grit bins, weather forecasting and the Control Centre Service. The Report concluded that, notwithstanding the difficulty in predicting the severity of winter, it was necessary to have a clear policy and an agreed limit 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 budgetary adjustments.

Having heard Councillor Mackintosh express some concern regarding the winter maintenance policy and service provision in relation to snow clearing on unadopted roads, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to continue with the established policy for winter maintenance stated in Appendix I to the Report;
  2. to note the review of performance for the winter 2000/2001;
  3. to note the impact of severe weather experienced during the winter of 2000/2001 on the final out-turn costs compared to the initial budget provision;
  4. to note the proposed changes to the arrangements for the coming winter 2001/2002 compared to 2000/2001;
  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 14,000 tonnes;
  7. to note the new trunk arrangements for the management of winter maintenance on the A90 Trunk Road through Angus;
  8. to authorise the Director of Roads to procure the most favourable arrangements for the provision of the required weather forecasting service;
  9. to note that new standby arrangements would be put in place to compensate for the loss of the services provided by the Control Centre in Perth;
  10. to provide the vehicles and plant for the coming winter as per the proposed list shown in Appendix 3 to the Report;
  11. to approve the proposed prioritisation of carriageways and footways listed in Appendix 4 to the Report; and
  12. to approve the proposed service provision for 2001/2002.

Councillor Mackintosh requested that his dissent be recorded in terms of Standing Order 15(9)(ii).

3. CYCLING, WALKING AND SAFER STREETS FUND ­ PROPOSED PROGRAMME OF PROJECTS

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 924/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Roads presenting a recommended programme of projects to be funded through the Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) Fund.

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

4. VISIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS AT VARIOUS ROAD JUNCTIONS

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 June 2001, there was submitted Report No 931/01 by the Director of Roads advising the Committee on progress in providing visibility improvements at various junctions throughout the Angus road network. The Report indicated that, at two of the junctions, there had been difficulties preventing the schemes from progressing and recommended the serving of Obstruction Notices at these locations, as detailed in the maps appended to the Report.

The Committee agreed to authorise the Director of Roads to serve Obstruction Notices requiring:-

  1. the setting back of the fence to the east side of the C29/U373 junction at Nether Bow; and
  2. alteration to the height of the wall on the east side of the C1/U30 Junction at the Railway Bridge, Monikie.

5. PROPOSED CAR PARK ­ PALMER STREET/STANLEY STREET/ABBOT STREET, ARBROATH

The Committee agreed to defer consideration of this item.

6. ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO THE LIST OF PUBLIC ROADS

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 26 April 2001, there was submitted Report No 933/01 by the Director of Roads recommending, for the reasons outlined in the Report, additions to the List of Public Roads in terms of Sections 16(1) and 18(3) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 and deletions from the List of Public Roads in terms of Section 1(4) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984. The additions and deletions were listed in Schedules contained as Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 to the Report, respectively.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to add to the List of Public Roads, those lengths of roads defined in the Schedule for Additions to the List of Public Roads; and
  2. to delete from the List of Public Roads those lengths of roads defined in the Schedule for Deletions from the List of Public Roads.

7. ADDITION TO THE LIST OF PUBLIC ROADS ­ FOOTPATH BETWEEN VICTORIA BRIDGE AND NEWHAME ROAD, MONTROSE

With reference to Article 6 above, there was submitted Report No 934/01 by the Director of Roads recommending that the unadopted length of footpath between Victoria Bridge and Newhame Road, Borrowfield, Montrose be added to the List of Public Roads and proposing, for the reasons outlined in the Report, the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to form a segregated cycle track/footpath.

Having heard Councillor Ritchie welcome the Report, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to add to the List of Public Roads, in accordance with Section 18 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, that section of the footpath between Victoria Bridge and Newhame Road, Borrowfield, Montrose as defined in the Schedule attached to the Report; and
  2. to promote the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to re-determine part of the footpath as cycle track in accordance with Section 152(2) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

8. STOPPING UP AND DELETION FROM THE LIST OF PUBLIC ROADS PARTS OF BALLINSHOE ROAD (U374)

With reference to Article 6 above, there was submitted Report No 935/01 by the Director of Roads indicating that the original U374 Ballinshoe Road had been severed by the construction of the A90(T) Dundee ­ Aberdeen Road and, that, as a result, the two sections created had become unnecessary. The Report recommended that the statutory procedures be implemented to have those sections of the U374 Ballinshoe Road stopped up and that thereafter, they be deleted from the List of Public Roads to become private accesses, with public passage only on the sufferance of the owner(s).

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to promote a Stopping-Up Order covering the two sections of the U374 Ballinshoe Road identified in the plan attached to the Report; and
  2. to delete the sections of road from the List of Public Roads, subject to the Order being made.

9. RAIL PROPERTY LTD ­ PITSCANDLY ROAD BRIDGE

There was submitted Report No 936/01 by the Director of Roads advising that an assessment of the Pitscandly Road Bridge, owned by Rail Property Ltd, had indicated that it had a sub-standard carrying capacity, should a vehicle mount the verge/footway. The Report proposed, at the Council's cost, the implementation of short to medium term preventative measures, pending permanent strengthening/infilling works in the longer term.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note that Pitscandly Road Bridge had a sub-standard carrying capacity due to the possibility of vehicles mounting the footway/verge;
  2. to approve expenditure in the current financial year to provide a short to medium term preventative measure in the form of a metal barrier; and
  3. to note that further expenditure would be required in future years to provide a permanent solution to this issue.

10. WEIGHT LIMITS ON BRIDGES

There was submitted Report No 937/01 by the Director of Roads indicating that, following the dissolution of Tayside Regional Council, it had been intended that, in time, all existing Tayside Region Traffic Regulation Orders would be replaced with Angus Council Orders. The Report recommended that permanent Angus Council Traffic Regulation Orders should now be promoted to limit the weight of vehicles using Dean Water Bridge, Forfar; Lunan Bridge; Horniehaugh Bridge, Memus and Dunlappie (Dalhousie) Bridge, Edzell as detailed in the Report and that the existing Tayside Order be revoked.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders to revoke the current Tayside Region (Weight Limits on Bridges) (Consolidation) Order 1987 and create an Angus Council Traffic Regulation Order limiting the weight of vehicles using certain bridges in Angus.

11. WEIGHT LIMITS ON ROADS

There was submitted Report No 938/01 by the Director of Roads indicating that, following the dissolution of Tayside Regional Council, it had been intended that, in time, all existing Tayside Regional Traffic Regulation Orders would be replaced with Angus Council Orders. The Report therefore recommended that a permanent Angus Council Traffic Regulation Order be promoted to limit the weight of vehicles using Myreside Road, Lunanhead (U367); Walkmill Road, Inverkeilor (U474) and Arbikie Road, Inverkeilor (U475) as detailed in the Report and that the existing Tayside Order be revoked.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to revoke the current Tayside Regional (Weight and Width Limits on Roads) (Consultation) Order 1987 and create an Angus Council traffic Regulation order limiting the weight of vehicles using certain roads within Angus.

12. PROPOSED 20 MPH ZONE IN THE GALLOWSHADE AREA, FORFAR

With reference to Article 12 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 June 2001, there was submitted Report No 942/01 by the Director of Roads recommending, in light of the results of a study of accidents in housing schemes throughout Angus, the introduction of traffic calming measures and the creation of a 20 mph zone in the Gallowshade area of Forfar, as detailed in the Plan attached to the Report.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to provide traffic calming measures and introduce a 20 mph zone in the Gallowshade area of Forfar;
  2. to promote the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to change the speed limit to 20 mph in this area; and
  3. to promote the necessary Traffic Regulation Order for waiting restrictions at proposed speed cushions throughout the scheme.

13. 30 MPH SPEED LIMIT AT HUNTINGFAULDS ROAD, TEALING

There was submitted Report No 943/01 by the Director of Roads recommending, in response to concerns of local residents and in the interest of pedestrian and traffic safety, the introduction of a 30 mph speed limit at Huntingfaulds Road, Tealing as detailed in the plan attached to the Report.

Having heard Councillor Oswald welcome the Report on behalf of the local member, the Committee agreed to promote the necessary Traffic Regulation Variation Order to provide a 30 mph speed limit on a section of Huntingfaulds Road, Tealing.

14. EAST BLAIRS ROAD, LETHAM ­ PROHIBITION OF DRIVING

There was submitted Report No 944/01 by the Director of Roads recommending, in the interest of the prevention of damage to property and traffic safety, the prohibition of driving of motor vehicles on a section of East Blairs Road, Letham as detailed in the plan attached to the Report.

The Committee agreed to promote the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to prohibit the driving of vehicles on a section of East Blairs Road, Letham.

15. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Update

With reference to Article 17(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 June 2001, there was submitted Report No 939/01 by the Director of Roads providing, in the Appendix to the Report, an update of Traffic Regulation Orders currently being promoted and their stage of progress as at 30 July 2001 and recommending the abandonment of several Orders which were no longer considered necessary.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Report; and
  2. to abandon the following Traffic Regulation Orders which, for various reasons, no longer required to be made:-
    (a) The Tayside Regional Council (Great Michael Road, Arbroath) (Stopping-Up) Order 1994;
    (b) The Tayside Regional Council (Stopping-Up of Superseded Length of Kirkton Road, Arbroath) Order 1995; and
    (c) The Tayside Regional Council (Stopping-Up of Disused Length of A94 Forfar ­ Perth Road at Eassie Mill) Order 1996.
(b) Temporary Traffic Orders

With reference to Article 8(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 26 April 2001, there was submitted and noted Report No 940/01 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 (Reform Street, Monifieth) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2001 for approximately eight hours on 17 June 2001 on the occasion of a Medieval Fair and Gala Day;
  2. Angus Council (St James Road, Forfar) (Temporary Prohibition of Waiting) Order 2001 for 14 weeks from 28 May 2001 for the purpose of carrying out demolition works;
  3. Angus Council (Woodville, Arbroath) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving and Temporary Speed Restriction) Order 2001 for six weeks from 9 July 2001 for the purpose of carriageway repairs;
  4. Angus Council (Milton Mill Coastal Footpath, Monifieth) (Temporary Prohibition of Pedestrians) Order 2001 for six weeks from 23 July 2001 for the purpose of coastal protection works;
  5. Angus Council (The Shore and South Street, Arbroath) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) and (Marketgate, Arbroath) (Temporary Prohibition of Left Hand Turn) Order 2001 for approximately nine hours on 18 and 19 August 2001 on the occasion of the Arbroath Seafest;
  6. Angus Council (South Bridge, Kingoldrum) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2001 for four weeks from 16 July 2001 for the purpose of bridge repairs; and
  7. Angus Council (Patons Lane, Montrose) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2001 for six weeks from 30 July 2001 for the purpose of carrying out emergency demolition works.
(c) Angus Council (Various Roads Adjacent to Schools) (20 mph Variable Speed Limits) Order 2001

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 January 2001, there was submitted Report No 941/01 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 introduce part-time 20 mph speed limit zones outside Arbroath High School, Arbroath Academy, Northmuir Primary School, Grange Primary School, Monikie Primary School and Borrowfied Primary School, for a period of eighteen months as part of a pilot scheme with four other local authorities.

Having heard Councillor Oswald welcome the Report, the Committee agreed to recommend that the Council resolve to make the above Order.

16. 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.

17. A933 CAIRNIE ROAD, ARBROATH ­ FOOTWAY RECONSTRUCTION AND STREET LIGHTING IMPROVEMENT ­ ACCEPTANCE OF TENDER

There was submitted Report No 945/01 by the Director of Roads detailing tenders received for the A933 Cairnie Road, Arbroath Footway Reconstruction and Street Lighting Improvement works. The basic elements of the project would involve reconstruction of the existing footway, the replacement of obsolete Scottish Hydro Electric (now Scottish and Southern Energy) underground cable with Angus Council Street Lighting underground cable, and the installation of five additional street lighting columns.

The Committee agreed to approve the acceptance of the lowest arithmetically corrected tender for the Footway Reconstruction and Street Lighting Improvement works at the A933 Cairnie Road, Arbroath, being that submitted by Tayside Contracts in the amount of £64,973.12.

18. A90 FORFAR BYPASS IMPROVEMENTS ­ GLAMIS AND KIRREMUIR ROAD JUNCTIONS ­ SUPPLEMENTARY GROUND INVESTIGATION WORK

There was submitted Report No 946/01 by the Director of Roads seeking exemption, in terms of Section 16.1.3.d of the Council's Financial Regulations, for the Director of Roads to negotiate with the contractor, who had undertaken the main Ground Investigation work for the A90 Forfar Bypass Improvements at the Glamis and Kirriemuir Road Junctions, to carry out any supplementary Ground Investigation required.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to authorise the Director of Roads to negotiate with Exploration Associates to achieve best value in commissioning any further supplementary Ground Investigation work for the proposed grade separated junction improvements at the Kirriemuir and Glamis Road junctions with the A90 Trunk Road; and
  2. to note that the Council was working as agent for the Scottish Executive on this externally funded trunk road improvement work and that all costs would be recoverable from the Scottish Executive.

19. UTILISATION OF ROADS AND TRANSPORT RENEWAL AND REPAIRS FUND ­ A92 SOUTH OF LOWER NORTH WATER BRIDGE ­ REMEDIAL EARTHWORKS

There was submitted Report No 947/01 by the Director of Roads informing the Committee of the remedial works required to stabilise the subsidence of the carriageway of the A92 on the section south of Lower North Water Bridge and the allocation of funding required from the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repairs Fund to cover the estimated costs.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the remedial works required to stabilise the carriageway subsidence which had occurred on the section of the A92 immediately south of Lower North Water Bridge;
  2. to note that these works were being carried out as a matter of urgency by Tayside Contracts in accordance with Financial Regulation 16.1.3b(i);
  3. to homologate the decision of the Convener, in consultation with the Chief Executive, Director of Roads and Director of Finance, to approve these procurement arrangements; and
  4. to note the estimated commitment of funding required from the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repairs Fund to cover the cost of these works.

APPENDIX I to the minute of meeting of the Roads Committee of 23 August 2001 (Article 1(b) refers)

MINUTE of MEETING of the EXECUTIVE SUB-COMMITTEE of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Committee Room, Town and County Hall, The Cross, Forfar on Thursday 5 July 2001 at 11.00am.

Present: Councillors KITTY RITCHIE, RON SCRIMGEOUR (substitute for SANDY WEST) and ROBERT MYLES

Apology: An apology for absence was intimated on behalf of Councillor SANDY WEST

Councillor RITCHIE, Vice Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Sub-Committee of 14 September 2000 was submitted and approved as a correct record.

2. UTILISATION OF AVAILABLE FUNDING ­ ROADS AND TRANSPORT RENEWAL AND REPAIRS FUND

With reference to Article 21 of the minute of meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee of 19 June 2001, there was submitted Report No 780/01 by the Director of Roads proposing utilisation of a proportion of the recent top-up (from the Council's General Fund) to the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repairs Fund for various necessary works which could not be contained in the Revenue Budget or the Financial Plan for 2001/2002 but which were of such a nature that further postponement was likely to result in a risk to public safety or more expensive remedial work in the long term.

The Sub-Committee agreed that the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repairs Fund be utilised to the extent of £470,000 (leaving a projected unallocated balance of £230,00 in the Fund to cover further contingencies in the remainder of the financial year) to allow the following works to be carried out:-

  1. the renewal and upgrade of street lighting apparatus as listed in the revised Appendix A to the Report, a copy of which was circulated at the meeting;
  2. the carriageway strengthening/overlay/resurfacing schemes listed in Appendix B to the Report;
  3. the reconstruction/resurfacing of footways listed in Appendix C to the Report;
  4. the traffic and road safety projects listed in Appendix D to the Report;
  5. the engineering design work required for the renewal/replacement of the gabion basket coastal protection works at Carnoustie; and
  6. the part-funding of the coastal protection works at Milton Mill, Monifieth detailed in Article 4 below.

3. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Sub-Committee resolved in terms of Standing Order 27(2), that the public and press be excluded from the meeting 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 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, Paragraphs 6, 8 and 9.

4. MILTON MILL, MONIFIETH ­ COASTAL PROTECTION ­ ACCEPTANCE OF TENDER

With reference to Article 2 above, there was submitted Report No 770/01 by the Director of Roads detailing tenders received for the coastal protection works at Milton Mill, Monifieth. The basic elements of the project comprised the stabilisation of the wall with a rock armour revetment, an increase in the height of the concrete steps which acted as pedestrian access from the Milton Mill embankment/footpath to the beach and the construction of timber groynes perpendicular to the revetment to try to re-establish the sand beach at this location.

The Sub-Committee agreed to approve the acceptance of the lowest arithmetically corrected tender submitted for the works, being that submitted by D J Laing (Contracts) Limited in the amount of £192,161.61, subject to approval from the Scottish Executive under the Coastal Protection Act 1949.

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