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 49 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.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 26 March 2019.

 

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 26 March 2019, be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Closure of Northern end of Colomb Street, Greenwich - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 100 KB

The Committee to note and comment on petition response relating to inconsiderate driving, parking and the current traffic conditions in the northern section of Colomb Street, SE10, including speeding vehicles and some recent road crashes, which is to be submitted to Full Council on 26 June 2019.

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Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation to the report by the Traffic Group Manager in relation to a petition containing twenty-eight signatures, submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Chris Lloyd to the meeting of full Council on 27 February 2019.  It was recognised that residents were requesting the Council to prioritise consultation, in order to expedite proposed works to close the north end of Colomb Street, on the assumption that funding becomes available.

 

A resident addressed the meeting, advising that he was supportive of the petition as himself, together with his neighbours, were concerned about excessive volume and speed of traffic on the northern side of Columb Street.  The Committee heard that although the entrance to the north of Columb Street was via Christ Church Way, residents continued to observe cars and vans passing through to other areas via the wrong direction, in contravention to highway rules.  Thus, there had been several complaints, with photographic evidence to the Council by residents to highlight concerns about inconsiderate driving, parking, and speeding in the area.

 

The resident continued by informing the Committee that the problems had been heightened by an increase in the number of recorded incidents of damage caused to parked vehicles by through-traffic. It was stated that some people had resorted to parking on pavements, in order to minimise risks of damage to their vehicles by passing traffic.  The hazard was endangering the safety of pedestrians, and the potential for collisions between vehicles and with cyclists was inevitable.  Thus, the Council should grant the petition request.  Notwithstanding that, the Committee should recommend that the Council take temporary measures to alleviate residents’ concerns.

 

In response to questions raised, the Traffic Group Manager advised the Committee that a temporary closure of the northern end of Columb Street could exacerbate the current situation.  Thus, the Council would use the outcomes from the Traffic Reduction Commission (TRC) exercise to assess the implications in the environmental surrounds, with a view to implement a long-term solution to residents’ concerns.  Notwithstanding that, residents could apply for funding under the “Play Street Scheme” (PSS)).

 

The Assistant Director confirmed to the Committee that the PSS programme was a six-month’s pilot, and that the deadline for applying for the funds had lapsed.  It was stated that the Council had not decided whether it wants to continue with the PSS programme.  Thus, the preferred option outlined in the report to commence work after assessing outcomes from the TRC exercise remained the viable solution to the traffic problems at and around Colomb Street.  The Committee was advised that the estimated cost for the proposed works was £30,000.

 

In considering submissions made at the meeting, the Committee expressed satisfaction that a holistic approach to the petition request would most likely address residents’ concerns about traffic violation along the northern end of Columb Street and surrounding areas.  The Commitee

 

Resolved –

 

1.               The petition requesting the Council to prioritise consultation, so that the proposed works to close the north end of Colomb Street  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.