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.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

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

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 September 2018.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Highways Committee held on 5 September 2018, be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

5.

Request for the Planting of Street Trees in Ruthin Road, SE10 - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To note and comment upon the petition response presented in this report which is to be submitted to Full Council on 30 January 2019.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation by the Head of Highways in relation to a petition containing 32 signatures, submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Geoffrey Brighty to the meeting of Council on 31 October 2018.  The Committee noted that the petitioners were requesting the planting of trees along Ruthin Road.

 

In light of an enquiry, the Head of Highways confirmed to Members that it had been recommended that the Council would develop a tree-planting proposal in response to the petition request.  However, implementation would be subject to a satisfactory outcome from site investigations at Ruthin Road, and work would not commence until the planting season period between November 2019 and February 2010.  It was stated that future maintenance costs of the proposed work would be met by the existing Tree Maintenance (revenue) Budget.  Thus, any decision about the species of trees to be planted on the site would have to be made with future maintenance work in mind.

 

Members were of the view that officers should perhaps investigate other roads within the Royal Borough of Greenwich to determine those that might require trees or barriers, with a view to enquire whether residents would be willing to pay for the works.  In response, the Head of Highways stated that such an idea would have to be a policy decision, however, the concept exists whereby the Council encouraged residents to volunteer in adopting young trees on their streets.

 

The Committee noted submissions made at the meeting and 

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That the petition requesting that street trees be planted by the Council in Ruthin Road, SE10, be noted.

 

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

6.

Traffic conditions in Upwood Road Area at the boundary with LB Lewisham - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To note and comment upon the petition response presented in this report which is to be submitted to Full Council on 30 January 2019.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation by the Traffic Group Manager in relation to a petition containing 133 signatures, 54 and 79 respectively from residents within the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Royal Borough), and the London Borough of Lewisham (LBL).  It was noted that Councillor Mark James submitted the petition on behalf of residents to the meeting of Council on 31 October 2018.  The petition highlighted concerns about traffic congestion, pollution, road safety and parking in the area bounded by Eltham Road, Sidcup Road, Westhorne Avenue and Burnt Ash Hill. 

 

In response to questions raised, the Group Traffic Manager advised Members that there were significant traffic attractors in the areas of concern, including a.m. and p.m. school-run activities at Colfes School, which had site access points on Horn Park Lane and Upwood Road.  However, the Royal Borough was working with officials at Transport for London (TfL) and the LBL to mitigate ways to ease the flow of traffic.  It was confirmed that the discussions aimed to deliver parking controls in the Upwood Road at the earliest opportunity, and a possible extension of CPZ’s in Kidbrooke area bounded by A20 Eltham Road, Sidcup Road, A205 Westhourne Avenue and Burnt Ash Road, subject to satisfactory consultation outcomes and statutory requirements.

 

Councillor Mark James declared a personal interest as an employee of TfL in his address at the meeting on behalf of residents in the Middle Park and Sutcliffe ward.  Councillor James expressed a disappointment that the Travel Plan agreed with the developer in relation to Colfes School seemed not to be effective.  Councillor James stated that it was however a welcomed relief to learn that the Royal Borough was working with officials at TfL and LBL to alleviate residents’ concerns.

 

A resident also addressed the meeting, advising that he welcomed the proposals, and was willing to share data during the proposed consultation exercise in relation to parking, road safety, and pollution in the areas of concern.  The resident advised the Committee that the implementation of the proposals in the report was imminent, following the announcement of the Mayor of London’s climate change emergency agenda.

 

In light of a concern, the Group Traffic Manager informed the Committee and that the Council intended to include the petition as part of the documentation to TfL in order to demonstrate the need and demand for the project, in particular that the scale of the works would be dependent on the outcome of the proposed bid. 

 

It was the view of the Committee that the recommendations proposed would likely alleviate residents’ concerns.  The Committee also welcomed information from the Traffic Group Manager that concerns raised during the implementation of any proposed work would be taken into account for action during a trial period of six months, with a view to submit a progress report later in the year. 

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That the petition requesting that the Royal Borough of Greenwich work collaboratively with officials at the London Borough of Lewisham and Transport for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Safety improvements at Angerstein Gyratory following cycling fatalities - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 291 KB

To note and comment upon the petition response presented in this report which is to be submitted to Full Council on 30 January 2019.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation by the Traffic Group Manager in relation to a petition containing 1863 signatures, submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Stephen Brain to the meeting of Council on 31 October 2018.   The Committee noted that the petitioners were requesting works to make Woolwich Road Junction safe for cyclists and pedestrians.

 

In addressing the meeting, a representative of Greenwich Cyclists (GCs) stated that the junction around the Woolwich Road bypass was dangerous due to its poor design.  Thus, cyclists and pedestrians’ lives were at risk of collusion with vehicles.  The Committee heard that parents with children attending a school in the vicinity had also expressed concerns about vehicles not adhering to traffic stop light signals at the crossing on the slip road from the A206 to the A102 southbound of the junction.  Thus, in its work with officials at Transport for London (TfL) on road safety matters, GCs were requesting that the Council reconsider its plans to downgrade the Woolwich Road junction from its ‘Safer Junctions’ programme following the recent death of a second cyclists at the Woolwich Road Junction. The representative commented that efforts to alleviate GCs concerns were imminent, particularly in light of the opening of the IKEA store in Charlton, and the operation of the proposed Silver Town Tunnel.

 

The Committee also heard from two residents who echoed concerns similar to those of the GC’s representative spoke earlier on in the meeting, expressing concerns for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians at and around the Woolwich Road Junction.  The Committee was advised that improvements to the westbound approach of Woolwich Road roundabout could include arrangements for cyclists to move 10 seconds earlier at traffic lights, and increased moving area for cyclists by implementing zigzag signs at the edge going eastbound from the junction.  Other suggestions included the erection of flexible marker poles alongside cycling lanes, the erection of expanded signage to divert drivers of High Goods’ Vehicles (HGV) away from Angerstein Gyratory.  The residents also suggested to the Committee that efforts should be made to repaint road markings in the area, with a view to make them more visible to users.

 

In response to questions raised, the Assistant Director (Transportation) advised the Committee that plans to review traffic movements at the Woolwich Road roundabout was a priority.  It was stated that the Council was working with TfL officials to develop a design aimed at minimising risk of accidents to cyclists and pedestrians.  However, in the event of any delay, the Council would consider dealing with elements of the scheme, and was willing to consider residents’ views in the process.

 

The Committee noted submissions made at the meeting, and was pleased that the Council would be working with GCs and other interested parties to get the best out of proposed designs for improving safety in the area of concern.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That the petition requesting works to “Make Woolwich Road Junction Safe”, be noted.

 

2.              That the petition response,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Regarding a Request for a Review of Parking Controls in Dinsdale Road - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To note and comment upon the petition response presented in this report which is to be submitted to Full Council on 30 January 2019.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation by the Parking Service Manager in relation to a petition containing 31 signatures, submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Geoffrey Brighty to the meeting of Council on 31 October 2018.

 

The Committee noted that the petitioners were requesting an urgent review of parking controls on Dinsdale Road.  It was recognised that on two separate instances, residents at Dinsdale Road were asked whether they would require parking controls, but the majority indicated that they were content with existing road conditions.

 

Commenting on the petition request under consideration, the Committee was pleased to note that the Council would be delivering a timetable for a review of parking controls on Dinsdale Road, and that changes proposed would be assessed and supported further consultation prior to implementation.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That the petition requesting that an urgent review of the parking controls on Dinsdale Road, be noted.

 

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

9.

Regarding a Request for Short Stay Parking Around Plumstead High Street - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To note and comment upon the petition response presented in this report which is to be submitted to Full Council on 30 January 2019.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation by the Parking Service Manager in relation to a petition containing 208 signatures, submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Matthew Morrow to the meeting of Council on 31 October 2018.  The Committee noted that the petitioners were requesting that a short-stay parking facility should be provided in areas around Plumstead High Street.

 

A representative on behalf of ‘Positive Plumstead’ addressed the meeting, expressing concerns about the current parking arrangements on Plumstead High Street and residential roads in the environmental surrounds.  The Committee heard that there had been numerous complaints from residents, businesses and bus drivers about traffic congestion and inadequate short-stay parking in the area.  The representative requested action by the Council, with a focus to balance the use of Plumstead High Street by residents, businesses and buses, against enforcement of Control Parking Zones (CPZs).

 

In response to questions raised, the Parking Service Manager advised the Committee that intermittently, the Council would utilise the services of the Greenwich Local Labour and Business agency, but it had slightly less control over the working practices of agency.  It was confirmed that the Council’s enforcement officers were undertaking training to improve compliance in regards to the issuing of parking tickets.  The Parking Services Manager also advised the Committee that work was underway to analyse responses from a recent satisfaction survey following the implementation of the CPZ control on Plumstead High Street and residential roads the immediate areas, and the outcomes would be used to implement revisions, subject to consultations and funding via the annual Local Implementation Plan.

 

The Committee noted submissions made at the meeting and

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That the petition requesting the provision of a short-stay parking around Plumstead High Street,   

 

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

10.

Traffic Conditions in Blanmerle Road – Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 239 KB

To note and comment upon the petition response presented in this report which is to be submitted to Full Council on 30 January 2019.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation by the Group Traffic Manager in relation to a petition containing 48 signatures, submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Nigel Fletcher to the meeting of Council on 31 October 2018.   The Committee noted that the petitioners were concerned about the safety of vulnerable road users, and was requesting that the Council introduce traffic calming and improved enforcement measures, with a view to reduce vehicle speeding in Blanmerle Road.

 

In response to questions raised, the Group Traffic informed Members that the current speed limit Blanmerle Road was 30mph.  However, it was unlikely for proposed works outlined in report to be categorised as a ‘high priority’ in light of the Council’s policy because there had been no data to suggest that personal injury and collisions resulting in causalities had occurred on Blanmerle Road. 

 

The Committee noted submissions made, and welcomed plans that in spite of policy considerations, the Council was proposing the introduction of a 20mph zone in Blanmerle Road area before the end of March 2021, subject to statutory consultation with residents and relevant stakeholders.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That the petition, requesting action to reduce speeding and inconsiderate driving in Blanmerle Road, be noted.

 

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