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:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Wynn Davies, Rajinder James, and Mick Hayes.

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 38 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 65 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting of the Highways Committee held on 28 July 2016.

 

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:

It was agreed that Councillor Sizwe James’ name should be included in the Minutes, as he was present at the meeting of the Committee of 28 July 2016.

 

Resolved –

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Highways Committee held on 28 July 2016 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record, pending the amendment.

5.

Response to petition - Parking Issues in Reventlow Road, Gaitskell Road and Novar Road pdf icon PDF 63 KB

The Committee to note receipt of a petition requesting that the Council takes action to address “unacceptable levels of non-resident parking” in Reventlow Road, Gaitskell Road and Novar Road, and to note and comment on the proposed response to be submitted to the next meeting of Full Council.

Minutes:

The Head of Parking Services gave an illustrative presentation at the meeting, advising the Committee to note receipt of, and comment on response to a petition requesting the Council to take action to address “unacceptable levels of non-resident parking” in Reventlow Road, Gaitskell Road and Novar Road. It was stated that the petition was submitted by Councillor Matt Clare to the Council on 27 July 2016 on behalf of his constituents.

 

The Committee noted the report, and that the petitioners had stated that unacceptable parking activities were impacting adversely on the living condition of residents in the areas highlighted in the submission, in particular the infirmed and their carers, and parents with young children.

 

In response to questions raised, the Head of Parking Services informed the Committee that following the outcome of a survey by the Council in 2013, it was recommended that a review of Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) within the New Eltham Zone ‘N’ should be undertaken.  However, because the review was pending, the roads outlined in the petition submission would be included, and residents and business owners would be consulted to identify improvement options aimed at addressing the concerns.  It was confirmed that the proposed works would be prioritised in accordance with the objectives of the Council, and a report on estimates and timescales would be presented to the Committee at its meeting on 26 January 2017.

 

The Committee was satisfied that the proposed review would address the concerns raised in the petition in consistent with objectives in the Council’s Parking Strategy.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report be noted.

6.

Westcombe Hill - Traffic Conditions pdf icon PDF 63 KB

The Committee to note an analysis of recent traffic surveys regarding traffic conditions on Westcombe Hill.

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Minutes:

The Assistant Director, Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills (Transportation) gave an illustrative presentation to the report in the Supplementary Agenda to the Committee, together with an analysis of traffic surveys undertaken by the Council at and around Westcombe Hill in 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2016 Westcombe Hill.

 

The Committee noted the report, and that traffic calming measures in Westcombe Hill were mainly in the form of speed cushions.

 

The meeting was addressed by two residents who spoke individually, and expressed similar concerns.  The residents commented that their concerns were also those of their neighbours, particularly that the consultation exercise undertaken prior to reducing the speed cushions on Westcombe Hill was inadequate.  It was stated that, residents had made several complaints to the Council that noise and vibrations from traffic movements were affecting their quality of lives and causing cracks to houses adjacent to the speed cushions on the southern section of Westcombe Hill.  The Committee was further advised that narrowing of the speed cushions on Westcombe Hill had also proved ineffective because drivers of High Good Vehicles (HGVs) and buses with wider carriages could ride over them without having to slow down.  The residents suggested that the speed cushions should be removed as a matter of urgency, and they requested that the Council should liaise with operators of HGVs to inform their employees not to use Westcombe Hill as a delivery and haulage route.

 

The third resident to address the meeting also stated that her views were similar to that of her neighbours.  She echoed concerns expressed earlier in the meeting, confirming to the Committee that the number of HGVs using Westcombe Hill as a carriage and delivery route had increased considerably, particularly in the last five years.  However, whilst a review for improvements was necessary to help alleviate the concerns, attention should be drawn to the fact that the speed cushions were implemented following numerous complaints to the Council aimed at minimising risks of accidents.  Thus, the cushions were beneficial to residents, in particular the elderly, physical disabled, mothers with children, and pupils when going to and from local school in the area.  The resident that any plans to remove or replace speed cushions in Westcombe Hill should therefore be considered in relation to road safety, particularly that they served a deterrent to speeding motorists.

 

In response to questions raised, the Assistant Director advised the Committee that Westcombe Hill was outside the recognised network of haulage routes for new, larger, developments with planning consent.  Therefore, drivers of HGVs associated with new developments should not be passing through it.  However, in addition to its own work, the Council was liaising with other agencies, including local residents via community road watch activity, and delivery and haulage companies via the Considerate Constructors Scheme to address highway and traffic issues in roads across the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Royal Borough).

 

The Assistant Director also clarified to the Committee that there could be no reason why the Council would not undertake additional research on traffic  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.