Teignbridge Highways and Traffic Orders

Committee Minutes

Thu Nov 20 2008

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Present:-

Devon County Council

Councillors Smith (Chairman), Barker, Bray, Brook Clatworthy, P Cook, Cox, Mrs Fry, Hook and Mrs Morgan

Teignbridge District Council

Councillor Mrs S Cook and Haines

Apologies

Councillors Walters

*126 Minutes

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 4 September 2008 be signed as a correct record.

127 Network Management Plan

The Committee considered the report of the Executive Director of Environment, Economy and Culture on the Network Management Plan for delivering the requirements of the Traffic Management Act 2004 and for managing the highway network to ensure the expeditious movement of traffic. This followed a whole authority and co-ordinated approach to highway network management and best practice.

The Chairman reported that members of the Executive had also received a full copy on the Plan itself and there was an opportunity for members of HATOCS to forward any comments for consideration prior to its adoption by the full County Council.

It was MOVED by Councillor Smith and SECONDED by Councillor Mrs Morgan and

RESOLVED that report EEC/08/279/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/279/HQ be noted and the full Network Management Plan be circulated to members, who would then forward any comments to the Chief Executive by 3 December 2008.

128 Civil Parking Enforcement

The Committee received the report of the Area Engineer (South) (EEC/08/280/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/280/HQ) on progress made since the introduction of civil parking enforcement from 5 May 2008. These powers enabled a local authority to take over responsibility for parking enforcement from the local police. This allowed the County Council to ensure its parking policies were implemented effectively, with benefits through improved traffic flow, fewer crashes, a fairer distribution of available parking places and a more pleasant environment.

For the first few weeks of its introduction in May, a lenient approach was taken with the issuing of tickets so that officers could publicise procedures and educate motorists about

the enforcement policies. 1733 tickets were then issued formerly for the period June September. At the year end the overall costings of the scheme would be reviewed, including the relation of staff to income. Members also asked where ticket income was to be allocated and a suggestion was that any surplus might be considered for funding traffic and enhancement schemes. A local member reported that parish councils

had generally welcomed the civil parking enforcement and that the concentrated effort in Ashburton had now settled down after introductory problems eg a high staff presence on Sundays when this could be of more value at busier times of the week and other members concurred with a moderate approach on Sundays in residential areas.

There would be a further report to the Executive in 12 months time on the scheme s operation as the basis for any review.

It was MOVED by Councillor Smith and SECONDED by Councillor Barker and

RESOLVED that report EEC/08/280/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/280/HQ be noted.

129 Scheme for approval Proposed Toucan Crossing A383 Jetty Marsh Road

The Committee considered the report of the Area Engineer (South) (EEC/08/281/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/281/HQ) on proposed improvements to pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities. This scheme was being funded by the NHS Primary Care Trust and as well as forming part of the proposed Newton Abbot cycle network, it provided a link from the existing cycle path on Jetty Marsh road to the hospital and adjacent housing. This was a key cycle/pedestrian crossing in the network giving access to and from Newton Abbot town centre and the Coombeshead College Campus. The timescale was tight given that the hospital was planning to open in January 2009 and to avoid any delay with this scheme, the necessary Notices had already been advertised and recommendation (b) in the report was therefore amended by the Area Engineer to reflect this.

It was MOVED by Councillor Smith and SECONDED by Councillor Mrs Morgan and

RESOLVED

(a) that the Toucan crossing on the A383, as shown on drawing no 6370AS/05 be approved;

(b) that the necessary Notices as already advertised be noted;

(c) that the works be put in hand to achieve the programme necessary to comply with the development of the new hospital.

130 Devon on the Move Devon Local Transport Plan (DLTP) Scheme for Approval

(a) Kingskerswell 7.5 Weight Limit

Councillor Haines declared a prejudicial interest in this item and withdrew from the meeting during its consideration.

The Committee considered the report of the Area Engineer (South) (EEC/08/282/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/282/HQ) following complaints regarding the increasing numbers of HGVs from the area to the west of the village using the roads through the western half of the village as a short cut to and from the A380. Several of these key roads are used by the school walking bus.

Whilst the local member welcomed the 7.5 tonne weight restriction in Kingskerswell village two option plans were included with the report. The original proposed scheme which had Police support was shown on drawing number TE/NA/GEN/9. However following consultation with the Parish Council, the Local Member requested a revision as shown on drawing number TE/NA/GEN/10. At this stage however this revised scheme did not have police support. Both options were explained in paragraph 3 of the report.

It was MOVED by Councillor P Cook and SECONDED by Councillor Smith and

RESOLVED

(i) that that proposed Weight Limit as shown on drawing no TE/NA/GEN10 be approved for advertising;

(ii) that if no significant objections are received the advertised Weight Limit be made, sealed and implemented, subject to police approval.

(b) Traffic Management Various Streets, Kingsteignton Proposed Waiting Restrictions

The Committee considered the report of the Area Engineer (South) (EEC/08/283/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/283/HQ) on waiting restrictions required to allow access for low floor buses (as they require increased manoeuvring space), as part of the County Council s commitment to providing facilities to assist public transport.

In view of representations received for Exeter Road and Vicarage Hill/Tarrs Avenue the advertised proposals were now recommended to be relaxed and the proposals revised as shown on drawing nos AS08/003d and c respectively.

However following Parish Council comments subsequently received, the Area Engineer tabled revised drawing numbers AS08/003d/1 and c/1 in respect of Exeter Road and

Vicarage Hill/Tarrs Avenue respectively.

The revisions balanced all the concerns raised and the holistic traffic management needs of the area.

It was MOVED by Councillor Smith and SECONDED by Councillor Hook and

RESOLVED

(i) that the traffic regulation order relating to the proposed no waiting at any time restrictions in Exeter Road, as shown on revised drawing no AS08/003d/1be made and sealed;

(ii) that the traffic regulation order relating to the proposed no waiting at any time restrictions in Vicarage Hill and Tarrs Avenue reflecting relaxations to respond to objections received, as shown on revised drawing no AS08/003c/1 be made and sealed.

(c) Newton Abbot to Ogwell Cycle Path Phase 1 ASDA to Bakers Park, Newton Abbot

The Committee considered the report of the Area Engineer (South) (EEC/08/284/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/284/HQ) to improve pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities from the ASDA supermarket to Bakers Park. Local residents welcomed the scheme to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities although this was a compromise in as far as it was to be for shared use and the path would continue to flood but would be an improvement in that it would be made up and so easier to use when not flooded. Eco, low level lighting was proposed to extend the use of the path to all times of day. It was hoped that the very well used footpath continuing through National Trust land to Ogwell might be improved at some stage as a useful link for pedestrians and cyclists.

It was MOVED by Councillor Mrs Fry and SECONDED by Councillor Hook and

RESOLVED that the public right of way between ASDA and Bakers Park be improved for use by cyclists as shown on drawing no B06006/5 at a cost of 70,000 subject to a minimum of 10 years permission being agreed with the landowners together with any other consents required.

(d) Improvements to Two Mile Oak Junction, Abbotskerswell

The Committee considered the report of the Area Engineer (South) (EEC/08/285/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/285/HQ) on improvement works to this junction in view of its collision record. Recommendation (b) in the report provided flexibility for land negotiations with the garage. Should costs mean that the scheme was likely to be withdrawn, a further report would be brought back to this Committee.

It was MOVED by Councillor Smith and SECONDED by Councillor Mrs S Cook and

RESOLVED

(i) that the proposed works as shown on drawing B08020/01 be carried out at a cost of 78,500;

(ii) that if land costs increase beyond this budget, the Executive Director of Environment, Economy and Culture be authorised to allocate additional funding or to withdraw the scheme and report back to this Committee, depending on the balance of costs and ongoing collision records;

(iii) that if other problems are encountered with the scheme, a further report be made to this Committee.

(e) 30mph Speed Limit, Bickington C454

The Committee considered the report of the Area Engineer (South) (EEC/08/286/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/286/HQ) on proposals to remove the existing 40mph speed restriction along the C454 (old A38) at Bickington and to introduce a 30mph speed limit, given it was the County Council s policy to provide 30 mph in communities where supported by the local community. The local member had hoped that the existing 40mph limit could be retained instead of being revoked where it was not to be covered by the new 30mph although the Area Engineer could not recommend this. Another member suggested the use of repeater signing rather than lighting.

It was MOVED by Councillor Barker and SECONDED by Councillor Smith and

RESOLVED that 30mph speed limit be agreed at Bickington as shown on drawing no AS08/006 and approval be given to advertise the necessary traffic regulation order and if no significant objections are received the order be made and sealed.

(f) Proposed Extension of 30mph Speed Limit, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot C162

The Committee considered the report of the Area Engineer (South) (EEC/08/287/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/08/287/HQ) in accordance with the County Council s policy to provide 30mph in communities where supported by the local community. The local member reported on the very real requests of the laundry (which operated day and night) and local residents to slow traffic down. Traffic had increased in recent years and more recently Buckland football club had also increased traffic. It was not clear as to where the community of Newton Abbot started and so consequently where the 30mph speed limit could start. The Police view was also still awaited.

It was MOVED by Councillor Hook and SECONDED by Councillor P Cook and

RESOLVED that subject to police support, when funding is available advertisement of the necessary traffic regulation order for the extension of the 30mph speed limit at Kingskerswell road as shown on the attached drawing be agreed and if no significant objections are received the order be made and sealed.

*131 Use of No Entry Signs (minute 122)

The Area Engineer (South) reported that he had investigated the arrangements within the Exeter city centre pedestrian zones for buses and cyclists as members requested arising from this Committee s consideration of signing at Newton Abbot Bus Station (Sherborne Road) at the last meeting. The Exeter signing referred to was based on the Committee s agreed Option 2, the normal prohibition sign Except local buses and this was now being advertised in relation to the Bus Station (Sherborne Road). The Area Engineer was also investigating using some additional cyclists signs as well in the vicinity to help all users but particularly pedestrians in the bus station. The Executive Director of Environment, Economy and Culture welcomed this Committee s request for the use of a No entry sign Except local buses and cyclists, to be taken up with the Department of Transport and he was acting on this accordingly.

*132 Estuary Road, Starcross Cycleway

It was noted that the public were not comfortable from a safety point of view with the revised arrangements and this would therefore be the subject of a report to the Committee in due course.

*133 Future Meetings of the Committee

The Committee noted:-

(a) the next meeting of the Committee would be held on Thursday 5 March 2009;

(b) further dates for 2009/10 agreed by the Procedures Committee:

Thursday 3 September

Thursday 12 November

Thursday 4 March 2010

(c ) in addition to the above, a meeting may be scheduled around June/July 2009 subject to business and when it was known whether County Council elections were to be held in June as a result of the review of local government in Devon.

All meetings commencing at 2.15pm, in the Council Chamber at Forde House, Newton Abbot unless otherwise specified.

*DENOTES DELEGATED MATTER WITH POWER TO ACT

The meeting started at 2.15pm and finished at 4.15pm

Date Published: Wed Jan 14 2009