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:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Stephen Brain, Bill Freeman, Rajinder James and Paul Morrissey.

 

Apologies for lateness were given by Councillor Mark James

 

Apologies for leaving early were given by Councillor Sizwe 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 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 Mark James declared a personal interest in Item 5 as he was an employee of Transport for London.

 

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 62 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 15 June 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 Chair requested that the updates referred to under Items 5, Sandy Hill Road, and 8, Beaconsfield Road, be provided to the next meeting.

Action: DRES (Highways)

 

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Highways Committee held on 15 June 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Response to petition requesting the introduction of one-way working in Haimo Road pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To note the petition expressing concern about traffic conditions in Haimo Road and requesting the introduction of one-way working on the road, and to note the response to the petition.

 

Decision:

Noted the petition expressing concern about traffic conditions in Haimo Road and requesting the introduction of one-way working on the road.

 

Noted the response to the petition as set out in the report, which will be summarised and reported to Council at the next available opportunity.

Minutes:

The Highways Committee received a powerpoint presentation from four pupils from Haimo Primary School about the problems in Haimo Road and which highlighted the challenges the children faced in getting into school, the effect on the children’s health and their proposed solutions to the problem.

 

The Highways Committee was addressed by Daryl Seamons, the Assistant Head Teacher of Haimo Primary School. She highlighted the dangers the school children faced, and the fear that there might be an accident, and emphasised that the school and parents wanted the road made safe. She noted that TfL were to close the road in the morning and afternoon the following day to see what effect that would have.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, Daryl Seamons replied that while there was some support for closing the road the petition was for a one way system in Haimo Road. Parking was already supposed to be restricted in the road as it had a yellow line. It was suggested that the traffic problems seemed to largely relate to parents and carers. 

 

The Highways Committee was addressed by Patricia Greenwell, a school governor at Haimo Primary School. She highlighted that Haimo Road was barely wide enough for one car and that it caused a problem not just children coming to school but for residents of that road. She detailed the effect of the problems on the school children. She noted that the school council had worked hard to raise awareness of the matter. She commented on the potential options.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, Patricia Greenwell replied that an alternative to the road becoming one way could be for bollards to be used to close the road for certain times during the day. If the road was closed there was parking available in neighbouring roads.

 

The Highways Committee received comments from a number of parents who were present. They raised concerns about near misses and the carelessness of some drivers, and the use of Haimo Road as a cut through. They confirmed that parents did drop off children in Haimo Road.

 

The report was presented by the Deputy Director Transportation (Regeneration Enterprise and Skills). He thanked the children from Haimo Primary School for their informative presentation.  He stated that the concerns raised were well understood. Officers had visited the site. A small proportion of parents and carers were parking there. The pavements were narrow so it was not possible to put bollards on the pavement. The matter was compounded by the road being used as a cut through. The situation was typical of many schools. The Deputy Director explained the methods to address these situations were through education, enforcement, engineering. In terms of education Haimo School had sought to raise awareness with parents and there had been some improvement with children walking to school. In terms of enforcement there was a yellow line and zig-zags in place but there were a limited number of wardens and it was not a solution. In terms of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Response to a Petition - Request for Parking Controls on Court Road Between North Park and Blackheath Golf Club pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To note the petition requesting introduction of further parking restrictions on the section of Court Road between North Park and Blackheath Golf Club, and to note the response to the petition.

Decision:

Noted the petition requesting introduction of further parking restrictions on the section of Court Road between North Park and Blackheath Golf Club.

 

Noted the response to the petition as set out in the report which will be summarised and reported to Council at the next available opportunity.

Minutes:

The Parking Services Manager gave an illustrated introduction to the report. He added subsequent to the publication of the report, the Police had expressed their concerns that the removal of the parking would lead to increased speed on the road.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, the Parking Services Manager replied that the parking in Court Road could be commuter parking or from people using or working in Eltham High Street but was unlikely to be from residents. As it was a TfL bus route and part of the emergency service network they would try and avoid introducing physical measures to reduce speeds.

 

Members indicated support for the recommendations.

 

Resolved –

 

1.       That the petition requesting introduction of further parking restrictions on the section of Court Road between North Park and Blackheath Golf Club be noted.

 

2.       That the response to the petition as set out in the report which will be summarised and reported to Council at the next available opportunity be noted.

7.

Controlled Parking Zone Work Programme 2017/18 - update pdf icon PDF 40 KB

To note and consider the report commenting on progress made in implementing the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) work programme for 2017/18

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the progress made in implementing the Controlled Parking Zone  work programme for 2017/18 as outlined within the report.

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Parking Services Manager.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, the Deputy Director Transportation (Regeneration Enterprise and Skills) detailed the staffing resources for Parking, and confirmed that there was sometime use of external people for help with the consultations or for writing Traffic Orders. It was explained that CPZ delivery was an arduous process, involving a lot of data analysis. The Deputy Director suggested Ward Councillors could help the process by encouraging a higher level of response from residents.

 

The Parking Services Manager advised that online responses to consultations was typically low.

 

Members requested that a further report on the matter be scheduled for the meeting in March 2018.

Action: DRES (Highways)

 

Resolved -

 

That the progress made in implementing the Controlled Parking Zone  work programme for 2017/18 as outlined within the report be noted.