Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Note: Moved from 21 March 2019 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee.

Minutes:

The meeting noted apologies for absence received on behalf of Councillors Stephen Brain, Mick Hayes, and Sizwe James.

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 78 KB

Members are requested to confirm as accurate records Minutes of the meetings held on 23 January 2019, and 21 February 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.

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Resolved -

 

That Minutes of meetings of the Highways Committee held on 23 January 2019, and 21 February 2019, be agreed and signed as true and accurate records.

5.

Approval of the Royal Boroughs Highway Maintenance Policy and Delivery Plan pdf icon PDF 145 KB

The Committee to note the proposed Royal Borough Highway Infrastructure Maintenance Policy and Delivery Plan which is written following the publication of new best practice guidance set out in a national Code of Practice for highway maintenance and management and to provide any comments.  To note that under the Councils Constitution the approval of the Highway Maintenance Policy and Delivery Planwill be a decision taken by the Leader of the Council following any feedback and endorsement of the Committee.

 

 

 

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Minutes:

The Head of Highways gave an illustrative presentation to the Committee in relation to the draft revised Royal Borough of Greenwich’s (Royal Borough) Highways Infrastructure Maintenance Policy and Delivery Plan.

 

The Committee noted the report, and that the revision was in response to the new “Well Managed Highway Infrastructure: A Code of Practice”, sponsored by the Department of Transport (DfT), and produced by the United Kingdom Roads Liaison Group.

 

In response to questions raised, the Head of Highways advised the Committee that the revised document aimed to provide up-to-date and consistent guidance for officers when undertaking their roles, with a view to optimise reserve for best value.  Thus, the word “maintenance” in the draft document referred to restoration of “the same”, or “of a similar kind”.  However, the Council’s flexible approach to spending would ensure the application of additional gritting during the winter season if considered necessary.  Furthermore, higher-grade slabs would be added on some roads to help withstand vehicle movements when deemed necessary to do so. 

 

The Committee welcomed the approach applied in setting service standard to assess claims in relation to roads within the Royal Borough, and that the draft would be submitted for approval prior to implementation.  The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.               That the proposed Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Highway Infrastructure Maintenance Policy and Delivery Plan, be noted.

 

2.               That it be agreed to endorse the Highway Maintenance Policy and Delivery Plan, prior to approval by the Leader of the Council.

6.

Response to a Petition Regarding a Request for a Review of Parking Controls in Chevening Road pdf icon PDF 95 KB

The Committee to note the petition from residents of Chevening Road requesting that an urgent review of the parking controls on Chevening Road is undertaken.  To note the response to the petition as set out in this report which will be reported to Council on 27 March 2019.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an illustrative presentation by the Parking Services Manager in relation to a petition containing thirty-five signatures, submitted on behalf of residents by Councillor Stephen Brain to the meeting of full Council on 27 March 2019.  The Committee noted that the petitioners were requesting an urgent review of parking controls in Chevening Road.

 

Four residents addressed the meeting individually with similar concerns, advising that since the implementation of parking controls in roads around Halstow Road and Woolwich Road, the number of parked vehicles on Chevening Road had significantly increased.  The Committee heard that observations revealed that employees of, and customers and visitors to businesses and the nursery school in the area were using Chevening Road as a car park during daytime hours.  Thus, ‘bay hopping’ by non-residents had become the norm on Chevening Road.  The residents asked that the petition request should be granted, in particular that permit-holders on Chevening Road had recently experienced an increase in the cost to park their vehicles.

 

In response to questions raised, the Assistant Director (Transportation) advised the Committee that people living on roads affected by the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) were consulted when the change was proposed.  However, responses to both formal and informal consultations from residents on Chevening Road revealed that they were satisfied with existing parking controls on their road.

 

The Head of Highways also clarified to the Committee that the Council’s policy required officers to undertake a satisfaction survey of residents and businesses between 8 to 12 months post-implementation of a new CPZ.  It was stated that in view of the timeframe, an assessment would be undertaken within the next three weeks, in order to determine if further modification would be required, subject to available funding.

 

One of the residents who addressed the meeting earlier also responded to a question, confirming to the Committee that residents on Chevening Road were consulted about the proposed change to parking controls in the area.  However, some of the wordings in the consultation questionnaire were of a technical nature.  Thus, people living on Chevening Road were unsure about the issues at the time, hence the petition request for an urgent review post-implementation. 

 

In considering submissions made at the meeting, the Committee welcomed information that the proposed assessment would take place within this financial year that was ending.  It was suggested that in the process, parking in the wider area of the new CPZ should be reviewed to assess the level of displacement, in particular that residents in nearby Dinsdale Road had recently submitted a petition with a similar concern. 

 

The Committee further suggested that officers should be mindful to clarify technical language and expand acronyms in consultations and published documents in ways to make highways terminologies easily understandable to local people.  The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

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

 

2.               That the response to the petition, as set out in the report, which will be reported to full Council on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.