Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes.

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Bill Freeman.

 

Apologies for lateness were given by Councillor Christine May.

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 51 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 40 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 May 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 1 May 2019 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich's Planned Highways Maintenance Programme and HILL update 2019/20. pdf icon PDF 78 KB

The Committee is requested to note the completion of the Council’s 2018/19 planned highways maintenance programme and latest Highways Improvement and Local Labour (HILL) project statistics.

 

To Review and provide any comments on the proposed road resurfacing schemes to be delivered in 2019/20.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the completion of the Council’s 2018/19 planned highways maintenance programme and latest Highways Improvement and Local Labour project statistics.

 

Noted the proposed road resurfacing schemes to be delivered in 2019/20.

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Head of Highways. He added that TfL had subsequently provided £110,000 for Blackwall Lane.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, the Head of Highways explained that a percentage of the money had to be spent on dealing with deterioration early on or the problem would get worse and more costly. While Council policy encouraged a modal shift, cars were not going to go away by the 2041 target.

 

There was a discussion of the matter.

 

Members agreed trees rather than bollards should be used on pavements, and it was suggested that residents and businesses might help to fund the trees. It was discussed whether tarmacking the pavement was better than using paving stones. It was accepted potholes had to be dealt with early on.

 

Resolved –

 

1.       That the completion of the Council’s 2018/19 planned highways maintenance programme and latest Highways Improvement and Local Labour project statistics be noted.

 

2.       That the proposed road resurfacing schemes to be delivered in 2019/20 be noted.

6.

Dangerous road traffic conditions in Winn Road - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 51 KB

The Committee is requested to notethe proposed response to the petition as set out in this report, which will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the response to the petition as stated in Section 5 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Traffic Group Manager.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, the Traffic Group Manager replied that at present there were traffic islands along the road. They could not just put in a point closure they had to take a holistic view, they had to examine whether this was a hotspot. It was emphasised that the London Borough of Lewisham were responsible for the majority of the road.

 

Resolved –

 

That the response to the petition as stated in Section 5 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019 be noted.

7.

Petition Response - Request for Changes to Parking Controls on Roads Within Charlton Controlled Parking Zone pdf icon PDF 64 KB

The Committee is requested to notethe proposed response to the petition as set out in this report, which will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the response to the petition as stated in Section 7 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Parking Services Manager. He made a correction to a typographical error in the report in that it should state “Wyndcliff Road” and not “Wyndcliff Gardens”.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, the Parking Services Manager replied that depending on the response to the review the possible proposed changes would not be taken until the next financial year. He confirmed that the residents of the development at 40 Victoria Way would not be permitted access to on-street parking. He said that the review of the CPZ was expected to be finished in September.

 

Members commented on issues with regard to enforcement. The Parking Services Manager advised the Committee on the increased number of enforcement officers which would mean an increased enforcement presence; he added that more flexible ways of deploying enforcement officers would be used and consideration given to better use of technology.

 

Resolved –

 

That the response to the petition as stated in Section 7 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019 be noted.

8.

Response to a Petition Regarding a Request for Changes to Parking Controls and Creation of Additional Parking Spaces on Erwood Road pdf icon PDF 65 KB

The Committee is requested to notethe proposed response to the petition as set out in this report, which will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the response to the petition as stated in Section 5 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Parking Services Manager.

 

The Committee was addressed by the lead petitioner. She explained how changing circumstances over the years now meant there was a need for extra parking spaces

 

The Head of Highways advised the Committee on the rules with regard to private, unadopted roads.

 

Members discussed the matter. It was noted that residents were confused as to what the situation was with regard to where they could park, with areas which were public highways and those that were housing. It was felt that the new development could lead to greater conflict with regard to parking; it was queried whether more use of car clubs might be a solution. It was thought that losing green space for car parking was not the way forward.

 

The Parking Services Manager confirmed that the new development should have a car park management plan. How car clubs might be used would be considered.

 

Resolved –

 

That the response to the petition as stated in Section 5 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019 be noted.

9.

Closure of Southern end of Circular Way, SE18 - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 63 KB

The Committee is requested to notethe proposed response to the petition as set out in this report, which will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the response to the petition as stated in Section 5 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Traffic Group Manager.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, the Traffic Group Manager explained that road closure would lead to displacement. The area in question was not seen, in comparison to other areas, as an area with a lot of fly-tipping.

 

The Committee was addressed by the lead petitioner and two supporters. The environmental value of the common was highlighted. It was held that fly tipping was a problem, while it was small scale it was continuous. The preference was for permanent road closure, though temporary closure was acceptable in the short term. It was indicated that the expected displacement would be about 30 cars, but Council policy was for greater use of public transport instead anyway.

 

In response to questions from the Committee the lead petitioner and two supporters replied that the barrier needed to be the full width of the road to prevent people driving around it. With regard to the displacement it was noted there was free parking available in the immediate area. It was explained that the Friends of Woolwich Common worked with the MOD to keep the area clear of most rubbish. It was highlighted that if the road was closed it would be a safe area for the children in Woolwich Common Nursery School.

 

During discussion of the matter Members indicated support for a temporary closure of the road. Members requested that the matter of flytipping be looked into.

 

The Traffic Group Manager explained that consideration would have to be given to what services might use the road. There would need to be co-ordination with the MOD on any measure taken. It was recognised that not all envirocrime was reported which was probably why Officers did not have it registered as a problem area.

 

Resolved –

 

That the response to the petition as stated in Section 5 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019 be noted.

10.

Speeding and Rat Running issues in Park View Road - Response to a Petition pdf icon PDF 71 KB

The Committee is requested to notethe proposed response to the petition as set out in this report, which will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the response to the petition as stated in Section 5 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019.

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Traffic Group Manager. In response to a question from the Committee the Traffic Group Manager confirmed that funding in the 2020/21 financial would be subject to any reprioritisation within that year.

 

The Committee was addressed by Ward Councillor Roger Tester, who had submitted the petition on behalf of residents. He commented that there were issues in the general area where drivers were seeking to avoid Fiveways. The problem in this road specifically was drivers using the road at high speed which presented a threat to individuals and to vehicles and property.

 

The Committee was addressed by a resident of Park View Road in support of the petition. She confirmed that there was speeding in the road. She stated that her vehicle had been hit in one incident.

 

In responses to questions from the Committee, the resident replied that closing the road in the middle or at one end might not be workable for emergency vehicles as it was a narrow road.

 

The Traffic Group Manager advised the meeting that the speed survey was already underway.

 

Resolved –

 

That the response to the petition as stated in Section 5 of the report and that it will be submitted to Council on 26 June 2019 be noted.