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:

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 48 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.

Petition Report - Parking Issues in Erebus Drive pdf icon PDF 58 KB

The Committee is requested to note the petition from Erebus Drive relating to problematic parking issues; and note the response to the petition as set out within this report and that it will be summarised in a future report to Council.

 

Decision:

Noted the petition from Erebus Drive relating to problematic parking issues.

 

Noted that the petition response would be amended to include a reference to the agreement to paint double yellow lines on the corners of Erebus Drive and adjoining roads and noted that the response will be summarised and submitted to Council.  

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Traffic Group Manager who informed the Committee that a petition had been submitted to Council regarding parking problems in Erebus Drive and requesting suitable measures to address them. 

 

Members noted that the road had no parking restrictions at present and was increasingly being used by the residents of the Royal Arsenal development and commuters using the Woolwich Arsenal DLR Station. 

The problems could be exacerbated following the opening of the Crossrail Station in 2018 and consequently the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills was proposing to undertake parking surveys in 2016 to ascertain whether to introduce a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in 2016/17.  The Traffic Group Manager confirmed that the earliest a CPZ could be introduced was in the next financial year, 2016/17, due to the demands of the current programme and would only proceed with the support of residents.

 

The Committee was addressed by the lead petitioner, Mrs Coyle, who stated that the parking problems were not being caused by the residents of Erebus Drive but by commuters or those wishing to avoid the charges on the Royal Arsenal.  It was stated that the parking problems had resulted in fights and that residents’ garages and driveways were being blocked.  Residents were not opposed to the introduction of parking permits but felt strongly that they should not have to meet the cost given that they were not responsible for the problems.  Mrs Coyle highlighted the positive impact that the temporary arrangements introduced in 2012 for the Olympics had had.

 

The Chair, Councillor Aidan Smith, clarified that should a CPZ be introduced then residents who used private off street parking or garages for their vehicles would not be required to have a permit and it was only those residents who wished to park on street who would be required to purchase a permit.  It would though prevent commuter parking.

 

In response to a question Mrs Coyle stated that residents were also seeking the painting of double yellow lines on the corner of Erebus Drive and adjoining roads and for the subsequent parking restrictions to be enforced.  The Committee recognised that parking on the corner posed a danger as it potentially obscured sight lines and requested that the painting of double yellow lines be pursued.

 

 

 

The Chair thanked the lead petitioner for her contribution.

 

Resolved –

 

a.            That the petition from residents of Erebus Drive relating to problematic parking issues be noted.

 

b.            That it be noted that the petition response would be amended to include a reference to the agreement to paint double yellow lines on the corners of Erebus Drive and adjoining roads.

 

c.            That it be noted that the updated response will be summarised and submitted to Council.  

5.

Electric Vehicles in the Royal Borough of Greenwich pdf icon PDF 56 KB

The Committee is requested to note the information relating to arrangements to support electric vehicle use in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the information relating to arrangements to support electric vehicle use in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Acting Principal Transport Planner who informed the Committee of the facilities to support and encourage the use of electric vehicles in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Members were informed of the growth in the use of electric vehicles; the support provided for the provision of an extensive charging network; the location of charging points across the Borough; and the measures being taken to encourage the installation of new on-street charging points.  The Committee noted that all new, large developments were required to have 20% of all parking spaces to have active charging provision with a further 20% having passive provision to cater for future demand.

 

In response to questions the Acting Principal Transport Planner confirmed that the priority was to ensure that the existing charging network was working effectively prior to seeking a large expansion.  It was also stated that information on the nearest available charging points were published by the providers and that suitable apps were available.  Furthermore the different car manufacturers and suppliers had not to date developed a universal connector for charging.  The Acting Principal Transport Planner clarified that discussions were on-going with Housing regarding the provision of charging points on HRA land.

 

Resolved –

 

That the information relating to arrangements to support electric vehicle use in the Royal Borough of Greenwich be noted.

 

6.

Kidbrooke Way / Kidbrooke Park Road Junction Traffic Surveys following Permanent Lifting of Banned Right Turn pdf icon PDF 64 KB

The Committee is requested to note the results of traffic surveys undertaken to identify any changes in traffic flows following the permanent lifting of the banned right turn at the junction of Kidbrooke Way and Kidbrooke Park Road in July 2015.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the results of traffic surveys undertaken to identify any changes in traffic flows following the permanent lifting of the banned right turn at the junction of Kidbrooke Way and Kidbrooke Park Road in July 2015.

 

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Traffic Group Manager who informed the Committee that the latest traffic surveys indicated traffic flows had not exceeded the threshold agreed in 2013.  The Committee noted that there was no evidence that removing the ban has been detrimental to road safety or had caused significant issues at the junction or elsewhere on the network.

 

Resolved –

 

That the results of traffic surveys undertaken to identify any changes in traffic flows following the permanent lifting of the banned right turn at the junction of Kidbrooke Way and Kidbrooke Park Road in July 2015 be noted.