Greenwich Council

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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 Stephen Brain, Paul Morrissey, and Mark 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 35 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 86 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 February 2017.

 

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:

The Committee agreed that the date, “10 March 2017” in the last sentence on Page 2 of the Minutes should read “29 March 2017”.

 

Resolved -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Highways Committee held on 13 February 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record, subject to the amendment on Page 2.

5.

Response to a petition - Eltham High Street pdf icon PDF 97 KB

The Committee to note receipt of a petition to Council expressing dissatisfaction with the way that the Council has managed and implemented the public realm improvement project in Eltham and the amount of night work that has been undertaken, and a response which will be summarised and reported to the next meeting of Full Council.

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director (Transportation) gave an illustrative presentation to the report, advising the Committee to note receipt of, and comment on proposals in response to a written petition presented to the Council by Councillor Spencer Drury on behalf of the petitioners.

 

The Committee noted the report, and that the petitioners were dissatisfied with the management and implementation of the public realm improvement work in Eltham High Street.  The Committee noted that the petitioners had informed that they were also experiencing a substantial level of noise from night activities as a result of the work.

 

In response to questions raised, the Assistant Director gave an assurance to Members that the programme was consistent with the Council’s established process for delivering major highway works.  Thus, due regard was given to the business and residential nature of Eltham High Street.  As an indication, the Council’s Highway Officers held meetings with contractors and other relevant partners to agree a safe and efficient delivery and implementation.  It was confirmed that the efforts included liaisons with the Council’s Environment and Enforcement Team on matters relating to noise and air pollution, and with Transport for London (TfL) officials in regard to the management of traffic and pedestrian movements.

 

The Assistant Director continued with his response, confirming to Members that it was clear from the outset that night work was pertinent to completing the programme on time, and within budget.  As an indication, the consultation exercise included press and site notices with timescales and duration of the improvement work.  It was stated that similar notices were distributed to local community groups, residents and businesses in the area.  Furthermore, updates on progress were posted on the Council’s website.  However, in order to minimise noise and not compromise air quality, the Council insisted that contractors should have adequate and well-maintained equipment.  It was stated that contractors were also required to complete the noisiest work activities on the roads before 11.00pm.

 

Members were further advised by the Assistant Director that the Council was unaware of complaints relating to incoherent sequences of traffic light operations at Eltham High Street.  However, in order to not compromise the safety of pedestrians, the Council would inform TfL who had responsibility for the management and review of traffic lights on London’s roads.

 

Action: Assist. Director (Transportation)

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That the decision to undertake night works as part of a comprehensive scheme to improve Eltham High Street, and the factors that were taken in to account as part of the decision making be noted.

 

2.            That it be noted that the decision to undertake night work would create inconvenience to residents, and other road users, as a result.

 

3.            That it be noted that the council has acted in accordance with its normal processes and procedures in delivery the works.

 

4.            That it be noted that an apology for the inconvenience has been made but that any claims for compensation would need to be presented in writing, so that it can be dealt with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Response to Petition - Request for parking controls in the vicinity of Henwick Primary School pdf icon PDF 64 KB

The Committee to note receipt of petition requesting the introduction of parking controls in the vicinity of Henwick School, and a response which will be summarised and reported to the next meeting of Full Council.

Minutes:

The Parking Services Manager gave an illustrative presentation to the report, advising the Committee to note receipt of, and comment on proposals in response to a written petition presented at full Council Meeting of 22 February 2017 by Councillor Mick Hayes on behalf of the petitioners.

 

The Committee noted the report, and that the petitioners were requesting the introduction of parking controls in Henwick Road and Winchcombe Gardens to prevent parents and guardians of pupils of Henwick School from parking an in inconsiderate, unsafe, and illegal manner at the beginning and end of the school day.

 

The Parking Services Manager responded to questions raised, clarifying to the Committee that the Council had procedures for implementing new Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs), and for reviewing existing ones, but there were no plans for highway controls at and around Henwick School.  However, to reduce reliance on cars and minimise risks as a result of parking at locations close by, Henwick School had proposed to launch an initiative aimed at encouraging pupils to walk, scoot and cycle to school.

 

In light of a suggestion by Members, the Parking Services Manager stated that Henwick School officials were working closely with the Council to develop and implement a Travel Plan.  Enforcement activities of the zig-zag markings were carried out from time to time.  However, the use of Closed Circuit Television for enforcement was not something the Council had powers to implement.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That parking controls should not implemented in either Henwick Road or Winchcombe Gardens at the present time but that enforcement officers should make additional visits as resources permit.

 

2.            That officers continue to work with officials at Henwick School:

(i)           to develop initiatives to reduce the number of students being driven to school

(ii)          to adopt more sustainable travel modes; and

(ii)      to encourage parents/carers that need to drive students to the school to park in a way and/or at locations that would minimise inconvenience to residents, and not undermine road safety.

7.

Petition Report - Extension of the Mayor of London's Cycle Hire Scheme to Royal Greenwich - 2202.01 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

The Committee to note receipt of a petition from residents requesting the Council develop a pro-active proposal to Transport for London (TfL) for the extension of the Mayor of London’s cycle hire Scheme to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and a response which will be summarised and reported to the next meeting of Full Council.

 

Minutes:

The Senior Transport Planner gave an illustrative presentation to the report, advising the Committee to note receipt of, and comment on proposals in response to a written petition presented at full Council Meeting on 22 February 2017 by Councillor Matt Clare on behalf of the petitioners.

 

The Committee noted the report, and that the petitioners were requesting that the Council should develop a pro-active proposal to Transport for London (TfL) for the extension of the Mayor of London’s (MoL) cycle hire scheme to the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Royal Borough).

 

In response to questions raised, the Senior Transport Planner advised the Committee that the Council had made several requests for clarification following positive statements by the previous Mayor to extend the cycle hire scheme to the Royal Borough.  In spite of that, there had been no comments from TfL and the Greater London Authority’s officials on the matter.  However, the Council would continue to work with TfL to reinforce its commitments to implement the scheme to the Royal Borough, and for an opportunity to explore alternative funding streams

 

Commenting on the latter response, the Committee sought clarification and was advised by the Senior Transport Planner that figures from research findings highlighted that the cost of extending the MoL’s cycle hire scheme to the Royal Borough would be in the region of £2 million, and that it was unlikely the funding would be met from within the Council’s budget.  However, the Council was undertaking pilots of smaller schemes, and exploring the feasibility of a large scale alternative to the Santander Cycle Hire Scheme, with the intention to develop proposals for wider expansion of cycle hire to suitable locations within the Royal Borough.

 

The Senior Transport Planner also informed the Committee that the Council was working with Imperial College to evaluate other models that would not require substantial infrastructure to operate.  In addition to that, the Council would be launching an e-bike trial scheme in Greenwich West and Peninsular wards, and would continue with development work on the implementation of a Brompton Bike Dock in those areas.

 

The Committee made further enquiries and was advised by the Senior Transport Planner that the average charge time on e-bikes was approximately two hours.  It was stated that legislation provided that the speed limit should be 20kpm.  In spite of these requirements, e-bikes were easier to use, lighter in weight, and affordable.  However, if the electrical support shuts off, peddling of e-bikes would be marginally heavier.

 

The Senior Transport Planner continued responding to questions raised, advising the Committee that in order to explore the benefits of the Santander Cycle Hire scheme and alternative systems that were emerging in the marketplace, Council officers would be attending the ‘Bike Sharing in Outer London Boroughs’ event, which would be hosted by TfL.  The Committee suggested that the Council could perhaps also consider a joined-up cycle hire network scheme with neighbouring London Borough of Southwark at or around the Canada Water area.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.