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Roads Committee

MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 11 October 2001 at 4.25 pm.

Present: Councillors SANDY WEST, JOHN HENDERSON, ALEX KING, IAN MACKINTOSH, PETER MURPHY, ROBERT MYLES, HELEN OSWALD, KITTY RITCHIE, RON SCRIMGEOUR, DAVID SELFRIDGE and RICHARD SPEIRS.
Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN OBE and Councillor STEWART McGLYNN.
Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES

(a) Previous Meeting

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 August 2001 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 September 2001, a copy of which is appended hereto, was submitted and noted. (APPENDIX I)

2. BRIDGE STRENGTHENING AND REPAIRS ­ FUNDING PROVISION

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 June 2001, there was submitted Report No 1161/01 by the Acting Director of Roads updating the Committee on the Bridge Strengthening and Repairs Programmes, indicating that the programme of works for the current financial year had been reviewed and recommending final adjustments to the funding arrangements. The Committee agreed:-
  1. to transfer the current financial year budget requirement for repairs to Eastfield Bridge from the Roads and Transport Renewal and Repairs Fund programme to the Capital Programme; and
  2. to note the necessary adjustments to the funding arrangements for the Bridge Strengthening and Repairs Programmes, as detailed in the Report.

3. A92 MONTROSE BRIDGE ­ RESULTS OF TIDAL POWER FEASIBILITY STUDY

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 12 October 2000, there was submitted Report No 1162/01 by the Acting Director of Roads detailing the findings of the Tidal Power Study on the feasibility of incorporating a renewable energy tidal power generating scheme into the project for the replacement of Montrose Bridge. The Study had been undertaken by Peter Fraenkel, acting as a sub-consultant to Halcrow and a copy of the Report by Halcrow and their sub-consultants had been placed in the Members' Lounge. The Report concluded that the provision of tidal power generation at the A92 Montrose Bridge site was not, currently, economically viable either in combination with the replacement structure or on a stand alone basis. Having heard local members express disappointment that a renewable energy scheme would not be feasible, the Committee agreed:-
  1. to note the results of the Tidal Power Study; and
  2. to not pursue the Study further at this stage.

4. STRUCTURAL TESTING OF STREET LIGHTING COLUMNS

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 June 2001, there was submitted Report No 1163/01 by the Acting Director of Roads outlining the findings of an independent non-destructive Structural Testing Programme of 150 street lighting columns at various locations in Arbroath and proposing arrangements for carrying out future detailed and routine inspections of lighting columns throughout Angus on a rolling programme. The Committee agreed:-
  1. to note that it was incumbent on the Council to carry out detailed and routine inspection procedures for the street lighting infrastructure in Angus as a matter of good practice and in order to guard against Public Liability claims resulting from "catastrophic failure" of lighting columns;
  2. to note the results of the recent detailed inspections completed via an independent non-destructive structural testing programme;
  3. to note that future "detailed inspections" would focus on lighting columns of 8 metres mounting height and above;
  4. to note that future "routine inspections" would continue to be carried out by Angus Council staff;
  5. to note that lighting columns of less than 8 metres mounting height would only be included in future "detailed inspections" as a result of their "routine inspection" showing significant decay/deterioration;
  6. to note the additional financial burden on the Council as a result of proceeding with a rolling programme of detailed inspections via independent non-destructive structural testing of lighting columns; and
  7. to note that in view of the specialist nature of the detailed inspection work and in accordance with Financial Regulation 16.1(3)(b)(ii), such work would be procured in future from ROCH Services Limited on terms which represented value for money to the Council.

5. PROVISION OF CAR PARK AT GARDYNE STREET, FRIOCKHEIM

With reference to Article 12 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 November 2000, there was submitted Report No 1164/01 by the Acting Director of Roads considering the viability of the proposed off street car park at Gardyne Street, Friockheim. Having heard Councillor Lumgair, local member, on parking provision in Friockheim, and the Convener refer to more recent developments in relation to the proposals, the Committee agreed to defer consideration of this item to allow further discussions to take place with interested parties.

6. DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP ­ CARNOUSTIE 2001 ­ TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS

There was submitted Report No 1165/01 by the Acting Director of Roads outlining proposals for traffic management and parking for the Dunhill Cup Golf Championship to be held at Carnoustie from 18 October to 20 October 2001 and detailing the proposed arrangements in an Appendix to the Report. The Committee agreed to note the traffic management and parking arrangements required in the interest of pedestrian/traffic safety which would allow for free traffic flow during the Dunhill Links Championship Golf Tournament at Carnoustie.

7. TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ORDERS

With reference to Article 15 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 August 2001, there was submitted and noted Report No 1166/01 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 (South Street, Arbroath) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2001 for approximately six hours on 25 August 2001 on the occasion of the continuation of the Arbroath Seafest, the second day of which had been deferred from 19 August 2001 due to bad weather;
  2. Angus Council (U329 Liff Road, Liff) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2001 for six weeks from 20 August 2001 for the purpose of sewer works;
  3. Angus Council (Bridgend of Lintrathen) (Temporary Prohibition of Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic) Order 2001 for four weeks from 10 September 2001 until bridge repairs had been completed; and
  4. Angus Council (Carseview Road, Forfar) (Temporary Prohibition of Driving) Order 2001 for eight weeks from Monday 8 October 2001 for the purpose of road construction works.

8. 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.

9. TENDERS ACCEPTED

There was submitted and noted Report No 1167/01 by the Acting Director of Roads detailing the tenders opened and accepted on behalf of the Council by the Director of Roads during the period 1 April 2000 to 30 September 2001.

10. A92 MONTROSE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ­ SELECTION OF TENDERERS

There was submitted Report No 1168/01 by the Acting Director of Roads detailing the procedure for the selection of tenderers for the design and construction of the A92 Montrose Bridge Replacement. The Report indicated that, following advertisement in the Official Journal of the European Communities (OJEC), nine prospective tenderers had responded. Of these, the six prospective tenderers scoring the highest marks from the pre-qualification questionnaire were proposed for inclusion on the select list of tenderers for the project. The Committee agreed to approve the proposed select list of tenderers for the A92 Montrose Bridge Replacement, as detailed in Appendix 3 to the Report.

11. B9113 QUARRYBANK ­ CARRIAGEWAY AND RETAINING WALL WORKS ­ ACCEPTANCE OF TENDER

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 1169/01 by the Acting Director of Roads detailing tenders received for the B9113 Quarrybank, carriageway and retaining wall works. The basic elements of the project would involve the replacement, with gabions, of the existing retaining wall opposite Quarrybank Cottage on the B9113 Forfar to Kinnell Crossroads, the installation of a positive drainage system, the overlaying of 720 metres of existing carriageway with bituminous surfacing materials, and the replacement of road markings and reflective road studs. The Committee agreed to approve the acceptance of the lowest tender for the carriageway and retaining wall works at Quarrybank on the B9113 Forfar ­ Kinnell Crossroads, being that submitted by Tayside Contracts in the amount of £164,109.50. The following matter was, on the determination of the Convener, dealt with as a matter of urgency, in order that no delays would occur in the contract work.

12. A92 PROJECT ­ SUPPLEMENTAL GROUND INVESTIGATION CONTRACT ­ DTS TECHNOLOGY LTD (IN RECEIVERSHIP)

There was submitted Joint Report No 1190/01 by the Director of Law and Administration and the Acting Director of Roads advising the Committee on the circumstances of the Receivership of the Contractor appointed to carry out supplemental ground investigation work for the A92 Project and recommending an appropriate course of action by Angus Council in response. The Committee agreed to approve the recommendations, as detailed in the Report.
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