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Roads Committee

MINUTE of MEETING of the ROADS COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 13 June 2002 at 4.15 pm.

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

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors JOHN HENDERSON and STEWART McGLYNN.

Councillor WEST, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES

(a) Previous Meeting

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 2 May 2002 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 20 May 2002, a copy of which is appended hereto, was submitted and noted (APPENDIX I).

2. A90 TRUNK ROAD ­ FORFAR BY-PASS JUNCTION IMPROVEMENTS

With reference to Article 1(b) above, it was reported that, following the meeting of the Executive Sub-Committee on Thursday 20 May 2002, the Scottish Executive had issued the instruction, in writing, on Wednesday 5 June 2002 that Angus Council was authorised to enter into a contract with R J McLeod (Contractors) Limited for the construction of Junction Improvements on the Forfar By-Pass section of the A90 Trunk Road. The letter awarding the contract to R J McLeod (Contractors) Limited had been sent the same day. The anticipated start date for commencement of the works was 5 August 2002.

The Committee agreed to note the position.

3. ROADS DEPARTMENT ­ SERVICE PLAN 2002/2003

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 March 2001, there was submitted Report No 733/02 by the Director of Roads giving a brief overview of the contents of the Roads Department Service Plan for 2002-2003 which identified the Department's key objectives and how these would link into Angus Council's Corporate Vision and Themes.

The Report also summarised the Roads Department's achievements for 2001/2002 and the progress made in achieving the priority objectives. Objectives were set for 2002/2003 in relation to corporate and departmental service areas, engineering and design services, financial and operational support services, street lighting, maintenance and traffic.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to approve the Roads Department's Service Plan 2002-2003, a copy of which had been placed in the Members' Lounge;
  2. to note the significant contribution which the Service Plan had made in demonstrating the commitment of the Roads Department to the Best Value process;
  3. to note the significant achievements delivered by the Roads Department during 2001/2002;
  4. to note the long-term ambitions of the Roads Department and how these would contribute towards the key themes in Angus Council's Corporate Plan, as detailed in Appendix A to the Report; and
  5. to note the specific targets and goals which had been identified for the three year period of the Plan, as detailed in Appendix B to the Report.

4. SHORELINE MANAGEMENT STUDY ­ STAGE 1 OF THE SHORELINE MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR ANGUS

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Report No 731/02 by the Director of Roads giving an update on the completion of the first phase of the Shoreline Management Plan for the Angus Coast.

The Report indicated that the Shoreline Management Plan provided a "broad brush" assessment of coasts and their management, particularly focusing on coastal defences against the threats of erosion or marine flooding. The plans were based on "coastal cells" which were defined using a knowledge of natural coastal processes, rather than administrative boundaries. The next stage in the production of the final Shoreline Management Plan would be to carry out a further round of consultation with key stakeholders and the general public, based on the draft plan now completed.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Report; and
  2. to proceed with the second stage consultation prior to the production of the final Shoreline Management Plan in November 2002.

5. CYCLING, WALKING AND SAFER STREETS FUND ­ PROPOSED PROGRAMME OF WORKS

With reference to Article 15 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Joint Report No 711/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Roads seeking the Committee's approval for a 3 year programme of projects to be funded through the Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) Fund. The funding for the CWSS project would greatly assist the Council in meeting the aims and objectives contained in the Angus Local Transport Strategy.

Having heard Councillor West on the need for further consultation with local residents in respect of the Scheme to provide a cycle track from Northesk Road, Montrose along the route of the dismantled railway cutting, the Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the programme of projects undertaken during the financial year 2001/02;
  2. to approve the amended programme of projects to be undertaken during the current financial year; and
  3. to approve the programme of projects for the financial year 2003/2004 and authorise the Director of Planning and Transport to submit the programme to the Scottish Executive.

6. ROAD STANDARDS DOCUMENT

There was submitted Report No 734/02 by the Director of Roads considering proposals to update Angus Council's Road Standards Document.

The Report indicated that, in 1992, Tayside Regional Council had produced a Road Standards Document, which set down the requirements for designing and constructing all new roads in Tayside. Following the establishment of Angus Council, the document had been modified to convert it to an Angus Council document, which now required to be updated. In view of the work required, it was proposed that a suitably qualified and experienced consultant be appointed to assist with the review of the Road Standards Document, in accordance with the procedure set out in Appendix A to the Report.

The Committee agreed that the Director of Roads appoint a consultant to assist with the preparation of a new Road Standards Document in accordance with the procedure set out in the Report and Appendix.

7. WORKS TO PRIVATE ROADS/UNADOPTED FOOTWAYS ­ POLICY REVIEW

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 February 1996, there was submitted Report No 735/02 by the Director of Roads reviewing the current Council policies in respect of works to private roads and unadopted footways.

The Report reminded members that the Committee had adopted the former Tayside Regional Council Transportation Policies as Interim Roads and Transportation Policies. However, in the current and foreseeable financial situation, Polices 3 and 4, relating to repairs to private roads and the making up and adopting of all unadopted footways adjacent to adopted carriageways, were considered no longer viable. The Report therefore recommended that Interim Roads and Transportation Policies 3 and 4 be replaced with a proposed revised Policy 3 and approved as an Angus Council policy.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to approve the proposed revised policy on the adoption of private roads and footways as follows:-

    "Policy 3 ­ subject to the provisions of Section 1 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, private roads and footways will be added to the List of Public Roads if they have been brought up to the appropriate standard, to the satisfaction of the Director of Roads, who shall report such proposed adoptions to the Roads Committee"; and

  2. to delete Policy 4 relating to unadopted footways adjacent to adopted carriageways.

8. "RESIDENTS ONLY" PARKING AT LITTLECAUSEWAY, FORFAR

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 August 2000, there was submitted Report No 736/02 by the Director of Roads relating to the situation with regard to the "residents-only" car parking areas in Littlecauseway, Forfar.

The Report indicated that despite the re-instatement of lockable bollards, problems arising from non-residents parking continued to affect local residents in Littlecauseway. The current Traffic Order, which covered Littlecauseway, converted the cobbled section of the street to footpath but permitted "residents-only" parking on two small end sections of the street. However, that Order was generally deemed to be unenforceable.

Accordingly, the Report recommended the promotion of a Traffic Regulation Order to introduce waiting restrictions in Littlecauseway with exceptions for residents' vehicles which displayed the necessary permit. The proposed Order would also vary the current Orders which affected areas of the street as indicated on the plan attached to the Report. The Report stressed that the arrangements were being introduced in terms of the exceptional circumstances relating to Littlecauseway and that this proposal would not act as a precedent for any other "residents only" parking schemes in the Angus Council area.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders:-

  1. to vary the current Conversion of Roadway (Littlecauseway, Forfar) Order 1978; and
  2. to introduce an on-street residents-only parking permit scheme in Littlecauseway, Forfar.

9. VARIATION OF WAITING RESTRICTIONS AT MONIFIETH

There was submitted Report No 737/02 by the Director of Roads dealing with proposed amendments to current waiting restrictions to take account of changing circumstances in Monifieth.

The Report indicated that complaints had been received regarding kerbside parking in Ashludie Terrace and Panmure Street close to the recently constructed mini-roundabout, causing congestion and difficulty in negotiating the junction. Also, residents parking close to the junction of Albert Street and Rattray Street had been causing difficulties for drivers emerging into the junction.

Accordingly, the Report recommended, in the interests of pedestrian and traffic safety and free traffic flow, the variation of existing Traffic Regulation Orders to introduce "no waiting at any time" restrictions on the Ashludie Terrace and Panmure Street approaches to the mini-roundabout and restrictions at the junction of Albert Street and Rattray Street, as detailed on the plan attached to the Report.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Variation Order to effect changes to current waiting restrictions in Monifieth, as detailed in the Report.

10. PATONS LANE, MONTROSE ­ ONE WAY TRAFFIC

There was submitted Report No 738/02 by the Director of Roads dealing with proposals to introduce one-way traffic in the section of Patons Lane, Montrose, as detailed on the plan attached to the Report.

The Report indicated that planning consent had been granted for a Health Care Centre on the eastern section of the former Chapel Bond to the south of Patons Lane and it had been proposed that the existing bus service be diverted into Patons Lane to serve the new development. Public transport operators appeared to be agreeable to the proposal. However, due to the narrow width of lane, a one-way traffic arrangement and waiting restrictions had been proposed.

Accordingly, the Report recommended that, in order to provide assistance in the provision of a safe and convenient bus service to the Health Centre, and in the interest of traffic safety and free traffic flow, the necessary Traffic Regulation Order be promoted to implement the proposals, as detailed on the plan attached to the Report.

The Committee agreed to the promotion of the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to impose one-way traffic only in a section of Patons Lane, Montrose.

11. TRAFFIC ORDERS

(a) Angus Council (A929 Dundee ­ Forfar Road) (Stopping-Up of Disused Lengths) Order 2001

There was submitted Report No 739/02 by the Director of Law and Administration advising that, in 1990, Tayside Regional Council had authorised the preparation of an Order stopping-up three lengths of roads at Gateside which were no longer necessary as public roads following the construction of a new dual carriageway. Following advertisement of the above Order, no objections had been received. Accordingly, it was recommended that Angus Council should now make an Order to stop-up three lengths of road at Gateside which were no longer used as public roads.

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

(b) Temporary Traffic Orders

With reference to Article 13(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 2 May 2002, there was submitted and noted Report No 740/02 by the Director of Law and Administration advising that, at the request of the Director of Roads, two temporary Traffic Orders had been made, as detailed 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 for the item.

12. ARBROATH HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT ­ UPDATE

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held earlier this day, there was submitted Report No 702/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport updating the Committee on the efforts to secure a joint public/private sector development at Arbroath Harbour.

The Report indicated that applications for European funding totalling £410,000 had been approved by the Programme Management Committee on 30 May 2002. Approval was subject to outstanding technical issues being resolved satisfactorily, ie, confirmation that the public sector funding had been secured and that planning permission/Notice of Intention to Develop had been granted.

It was noted that an application for planning permission for the proposed building on the former boat building yard and associated environmental improvements had been granted conditional approval by the Development Control Committee on 30 May 2002. Notice of Intention to Develop procedures had been instigated for the construction of the roundabout, the installation of new harbour gates and the provision of pontoon berths. A response was awaited from the Scottish Executive.

The developer was currently preparing a business plan for the building development and was in discussion with Scottish Enterprise Tayside regarding assistance with a possible funding deficit. SET could not seek approval of its funding until the discussions had been concluded.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed to note the terms of the Report.

13. POSSIBLE 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 item, so as to avoid the disclosure of information which is exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 paragraph 6, 8, 9 and 10.

14. A92 PROJECT ­ UPDATE ON TENDER PROGRESS

With reference to Article 11 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 January 2002, there was submitted Joint Report No 741/02 by the Director of Roads, the Director of Finance and the Director of Law and Administration updating the Committee on developments which had occurred in relation to the tendering process for the A92 Project since the issue of Invitations to Negotiate in February 2002.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the terms of the Report; and
  2. to approve the recommendations, as detailed in the Report.
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