Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies be noted.

4.

Traffic Conditions in Green Lane, New Eltham - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 78 KB

The Committee is requested to note and comment upon the proposed petition response, presented in this report, which is to be submitted to Full Council on 27 February 2019.

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Minutes:

In his presentation, the Highways Maintenance and Improvement Manager advised an amendment, advising the Committee that the total number of signatures to the petition was 170, not 40 as outlined in paragraph 2.1 in the published report.  Thereafter, he gave an illustrative presentation to the Committee in relation to the petition submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Roger Tester to the meeting of Council on 12 December 2018.  It was recognised that the petitioners were requesting that the Council take appropriate steps to resolve concerns about vehicle speeding in Green Lane (B263), between Footscray Road and A20 Sidcup Bypass.

 

Councillor Tester addressed the meeting on behalf of his constituents at the Coldharbour and New Eltham ward, highlighting risks posed by dangerous drivers to children and other vulnerable people, including the disabled and elderly in the areas of concern outlined the petition.  Councillor Tester informed the Committee that his constituents had informed him that they had witnessed atrocious speeding incidents in the areas of concern.  The Committee heard that it had been a lucky chance that there had been no fatality, given the lack of pedestrian crossing and cycling lanes on roads in an area of approximately 210 properties, including the bridge with access to the motor way.  Councillor Tester informed that residents were of the view that inadequate signage for motorists was creating dangers for them when entering or existing their driveways.  It was stated that residents had informed that they were re reluctant to have pets amidst concerns that they could be killed by accidents.  Councillor Tester stated that he welcomed the idea for a traffic survey as outlined in the report, with a view to implement a 20mph zone as a form of traffic calming on roads in the areas of concern.

 

A resident who addressed the meeting echoed concerns highlighted by Councillor Tester. 

 

In response to a question, the Assistant Director (Transportation) advised the Committee that it was likely for there to be a width restriction on the bridge in the area of concern.  However, when implementing traffic calming measures, consideration would be given to erecting a camera, in order to deter excessive speeding by motorists.

 

In considering submissions made at the meeting, the Committee endorsed actions aimed at alleviating residents’ concerns, and 

 

Resolved –

 

1.               That petition requesting action by the Council to resolve issues about speeding Vehicles in Green Lane (B263), between Footcray Road and A20 Sidcup Bypass, be noted.

 

2.               That the petition response, which will be summarised and submitted to Full Council at the next available opportunity, be noted.

5.

Traffic Conditions in Floyd Road Charlton - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 79 KB

The Committee to note and comment upon the proposed petition response, presented in this report, which is to be submitted to Full Council on 27 February 2019.

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Minutes:

In his presentation, the Highways Maintenance and Improvement Manager advised an amendment, advising the Committee that the last statement under paragraph 3.4 of the report should read “However, it is likely connected to match day event”.  Thereafter, he gave an illustrative presentation to the Committee in relation to a petition containing 40 signatures submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Gary Dillon to the meeting of Council on 12 December 2018. 

 

The Committee noted that the petitioners were requesting the introduction of traffic-calming measures along the length of Floyd Road.  It was recognised that the request stemmed from concerns about inconsiderate driving and speeding by motorists, and recent road crashes.

 

Two residents who addressed the Committee individually expressed similar concerns.  The Committee heard that there had been several road accidents on Floyd Road because of excessive speeds by motorists.  Thus, the statement in the report that only one accident had occurred was misleading.  It was stated that the surface of the Floyd Road was dangerous due to numerous potholes and the absence of pedestrian crossing along its length.  The residents also pointed out that the bend of the road was creating traffic congestions during loading and unloading activities by businesses at parking bays.  Thus, although the proposal by the Council to implement a 20mph zone on the road was welcomed, a one-way traffic enforcement would be appropriate in the circumstance.

 

In response to questions raised, the Highways Maintenance and Improvement Manager reiterated to the Committee that Floyd Road currently operates a 30mph speed restriction.  However, a one-way street direction was permitted during match days at Charlton Athletic Football Club’s stadium.

 

In light of a suggestion, the Highways Maintenance and Improvement Manager advised the Committee that there was no reason why the Council, as part of the feasibility exercise, would not consider outcomes to determine whether a one-way street was the best option for implementation at Floyd Road.  In particular, road accessibility underpinned the Council’s policy when implementation of a 20mph speed limit, and in the circumstance, streets onto the adjacent Charlton Lane Area would form part the proposed exercise.

 

The Committee noted submissions made at the meeting and

 

Resolved –

 

1.               That petition requesting the introduction of traffic-calming measures along the length of Floyd Road, be noted.

 

2.               That the petition response, which will be summarised and submitted to Full Council at the next available opportunity, be noted.

6.

Response to a Petition Regarding a Request for Rippolson Road to be Included in a Controlled Parking Zone pdf icon PDF 91 KB

The Committee to note the petition requesting that Rippolson Road is included in a Controlled Parking Zone.  To note the response to the petition as set out in this report which will be reported to Council on 27 February 2019.

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Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation by the Parking Services Manager in relation to a petition containing 27 signatures, submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Angella Cornforth to the meeting of Council on 31 October 2018.  The Committee noted that the petitioners were requesting the Council to include Rippolson Road in its review of Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) from 8:30 to 18:30, Monday to Saturday.

 

In response to questions raised, the Parking Services Manager reiterated to the Committee that the proposal to review the CPZs in the area formed part of the Plumstead Public Realm Improvements scheme.  Thus, work was underway to analyse responses to recent satisfaction survey and if the outcomes suggest a decision to extend the CPZs up to the boundary area, then Rippolson Road and other local roads could be included

 

Resolved –

 

1.               That the petition requesting that Rippolson Road is included in a Controlled Parking Zone, be noted.

 

2.               That the petition response, which will be summarised and submitted to Full Council at the next available opportunity, be noted.

7.

Response to a Petition Regarding a Request for Measures to Limit Illegal Parking on Plumstead Road in Relation to Bus Service Operations pdf icon PDF 91 KB

The Committee to note the petition requesting that measures be introduced to reduce the instances of illegal parking on and around the westbound bus lane on Plumstead Road.  To note the response to the petition as set out in this report which will be reported to Council on 27 February 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation by the Parking Services Manager in relation to a petition containing 84 signatures, submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Angella Cornforth to the meeting of Council on 31 October 2018.   The Committee noted that the petitioners were requesting a variety of measures to be implemented on and around the eastbound bus lane on Plumstead Road, with a view to reduce instances of illegal parking.  It was recognised that there had been numerous complaints by residents about illegal parking on and around the westbound bus lane on Plumstead Road. 

 

In response to questions raised, the Parking Services Manager advised the Committee that although the Council had increased parking enforcement patrols, it was impossible to maintain a permanent presence borough-wide.  However, the Council would implement CCTV as additional enforcement against illegal parking on Plumstead Road.  Furthermore, as part of on-going consideration of design measures under Plumstead Public Realm Improvements scheme, the Council would undertake investigations of possible engineering changes at the carriageway, with a view to reduce illegal parking and improve access to the bus lane on Plumstead Road.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.               That the petition requesting that measures be introduced to reduce the instances of illegal parking on and around the westbound bus lane on Plumstead Road, be noted.

 

2.               That the petition response, which will be summarised and submitted to Full Council at the next available opportunity, be noted.