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 Mark James and Paul Morrissey.

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 34 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:

Councillor Stephen Brain declared a personal interest in relation to Item 8 “Response to petition – request for parking controls in Beaconsfield Road”, advising that he resides at Westcombe Park Road which formed part of Beaconsfield Road surrounds.

 

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 64 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 March 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:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Highways Committee held on 30 March 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

5.

Progress on work to improve traffic conditions in Sandy Hill Road - update report pdf icon PDF 55 KB

The Committee to note the progress on actions necessary to resolve the concerns of residents about local traffic conditions in Sandy Hill Road area.  The Committee to also note that it is proposed to commission an area traffic study, covering the Woolwich Common area, in order to bring forward scheme options for later consultation.

 

Minutes:

The Principal Engineer gave an illustrative presentation to the progress report, highlighting actions taken to improve traffic conditions in Sandy Hill Road and its surrounds.

 

The Committee noted the report, and welcomed information that further surveys would be undertaken by the Council to better understand traffic conditions in Sandy Hill Roads and its surrounds.

 

In response to questions raised, the Principal Engineer acknowledged to the Committee that there had been a delay in concluding a response to the petition.  He apologised to residents who were present at the meeting for the delay, but that sufficient time was required to adequately formulate actions to alleviate the concerns raised without adverse impact on traffic movements on streets close to Sandy Hill Roads and its surrounds.  Thus, further study of the wider Woolwich Common area was required. 

 

The Deputy Director (Transportation) confirmed to the Committee that negotiations were underway with relevant companies via the commissioning process, with the aim to identify bids within available resources to manage risks associated with the development of a traffic model.

 

The Committee welcomed submissions made, and suggested that officers should present a timeline for the proposed work at Sandy Hill at the next meeting for an audit trail on progress.

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That the progress on actions necessary to resolve the concerns of residents about local traffic conditions in Sandy Hill Road area, be noted.

 

2.            That proposal to commission an area traffic study, covering the Woolwich Common area, in order to bring forward scheme options for later consultation, be noted

 

6.

Response to a Petition - request for traffic calming in the Crookston Road Area pdf icon PDF 80 KB

The Committee to note the petition from residents seeking the introduction of traffic calming/management measures in the Crookston Road area.  The Committee to also note the response to the petition as set out within this report, and that it will be summarised in a future report to Council.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Engineer gave an illustrative presentation to the report, highlighting response to a petition request for the Council to undertake traffic calming measures in the Crookston Road area.

 

The Committee noted the report, and that the petitioners were concerned about the speed and volume of eastbound traffic using a route through Crookston Road to avoid queuing traffic at the Westmount Road and Rochester Way junction during peak periods in the evening.  It was recognised that residents were also concerned about the management of traffic when children were dropped up and picked up at Deansfield school

 

The meeting was addressed by the lead petitioner who reiterated the full wording of the petition outlined in the report, advising that residents had contacted the Council on numerous occasions to act on the concerns, but with no success.   The Committee was advised that the weight and movement of traffic during rush hours in the Crookston Road area continued to be unsatisfactory.  Thus, residents found it unacceptable that the Council’s priority for dealing with traffic calming measures was based on the number and severity of collisions in a particular location.  The Committee was asked to note that such a priority was contrary to principles of accident prevention.  Therefore, residents believed that in addition to proposal to introduce a 20mph zone, other suggestions made during the consultation exercise should be taken into consideration when determining traffic measures in the Crookston Road area.

 

In response to questions raised, the Principal Engineer advised the Committee that although the roll-out of traffic measures had to be prioritised by the number of recorded road causalities and schools in the local vicinity, plans were underway to deal with residents’ concerns.  It was confirmed that traffic speed and volume survey would be undertaken in the Crookston Road area, and the results would be analysed, with the aim to develop and introduce 20mph zones.

 

The Deputy Director (Transportation) advised the Committee that a timetable to deal with the petition had been developed.  Thus, it was likely that residents’ concerns during the proposed consultation periods would be dealt with in a timely fashion.  However, the Council was not responsible for the enforcement of speed limits, but had informed the appropriate agency about the concerns raised by residents.

In considering the submission, the Committee welcomed timetable for dealing with the petition request, and it was sympathetic to traffic inconveniences experienced by residents in the Crookston Road.  The Committee was however of the view that any action to resolve the concerns raised in the petition should not be at the detriment of those living in neighbouring streets to Crookston Road.

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That the petition from residents seeking the introduction of traffic calming/management measures in the Crookston Road area, be noted.

 

2.            That the response to the petition as set out within the report, and that it will be summarised in a future report to Council.

7.

Response to petition - request for reinstatement of parking bay in Eltham High Street pdf icon PDF 86 KB

The Committee to note the petition from a business at 230 Eltham High Street.  The Committee to also note the response to the petition as set out within this report, and that it will be summarised in a future report to Council.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Parking Services Manager gave an illustrative presentation to the report in regard to a petition request to reinstate parking bay in Eltham High Street.

 

The Committee noted the report, together with a summary of the highways work undertaken to transform Eltham High Street.  Progress relating to on-going regeneration of the Eltham Town Centre was also noted.

 

In response to questions raised, the Parking Services Manager reiterated to the Committee that the implementation of the transformation scheme was consistent with the adopted Eltham Town Centre Masterplan for the area.  Therefore, there were no immediate plans to change the parking arrangements at and around Eltham High Street as the highways works were subjected to public and statutory consultation exercises, which were preceded by additional control measures to balance the need of residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors’ to the area. 

 

The Committee received clarification from the Deputy Director (Transportation) that it was informed at the outset that in order for the improvements to Eltham High Street to be effective, the Council would have to take into consideration the competing needs and expectations of users.  Thus, the current parking arrangements were a reflection of that. 

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That the petition from a business at 230 Eltham High Street, be noted.

 

2.                 That it be noted that the response to the petition as set out within this report would be summarised in a future report to Council.

8.

Response to petition - request for parking controls in Beaconsfield Road pdf icon PDF 142 KB

The Committee to note the petition from residents of the section of Beaconsfield Road between Beaconsfield Close and Westcombe Park Road.  The Committee to also note the response to the petition as set out within this report, and that it will be summarised in a future report to Council.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Stephen Brain declared a personal interest in relation to this item, advising that he resides at Westcombe Park Road which formed part of Beaconsfield Road surrounds.

 

The Parking Services Manager gave an illustrative presentation to the report in regard to a petition requesting parking controls at Beaconsfield Road.

 

The Committee noted the report, together with an appendix detailing reasons for the petition, and that over 80 per cent of residents who lived in affected areas were supportive of the request to extend parking permit controls on Beaconsfield Road.  A letter from the lead petitioner after the agenda was published was circulated at the meeting, and considered by the Committee.

 

In light of a concern, the Parking Services Manager reiterated to the Committee that the petition was contrary to outcome of a decision taken in 2016 based on officers’ recommendation to omit the areas listed in the petition from extended parking permit controls following the outcomes of consultations.  However, a recommendation would be made to the relevant Cabinet Member to approve plans to introduce permit parking controls with 2 hours free visitors’ parking in the section of Beaconsfield Road, between Beaconsfield Close and Westcombe Park Road, and an update would be presented to the Committee on the outcome.

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That the petition from residents of the section of Beaconsfield Road between Beaconsfield Close and Westcombe Park Road, be noted.

 

2.            That it be noted that the response to the petition as set out within this report be summarised in a future report to Council.