Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Nassir Ali  Email: Nassir.Ali@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 6160

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence was received was for Councillors Matt Clare, Paul Morrissey, Gary Parker & John Fahy

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.

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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 is noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 07 December 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 Regeneration, Transport and Culture Scrutiny Panel held on 07 December 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

5.

Scrutiny of transport providers serving the Royal Borough of Greenwich pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To receive a presentation from the transport providers in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

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Minutes:

The item was introduced by the Chair who welcomed the transports providers and proposed the Panel first hear from the representatives from Transport for London (TFL) followed by the Rail services.

 

Transport for London

The Panel was addressed by the TFL representative who confirmed that the organisation was going through a transformation process leading to new regional engagement teams. He began his presentation by highlighting the Mayors Draft Transport Strategy which was focusing on 3 main aspects: healthy streets & healthy people, good public transport experience and new homes and jobs. He confirmed the publication of the strategy was due next month and added TFL had been consulted during the process.

 

In terms of the Healthy Streets approach, the TFL representative confirmed the target was to reduce car domination in London streets and improve air quality adding this required more investment in walking and cycling schemes. He stated that by 2041 the aim was for 80% of Londoners trips to be on foot, by cycle or using public transport. He added that this was an ambitious plan factoring in the future financial challenges including the drop in revenue and cessation of subsidies from the government.

 

The TFL representative confirmed that improving air quality was a major pledge for the Mayor as nitrogen oxide levels in many areas of London had exceeded legal limits. He stated that the main contributor to this was road transport , the pollutants of which TFL were aiming to reduce. He highlighted the T-charge and Ultra Low Emission Zones(ULEZ) that were being introduced in addition to the Congestion Charge and Low Emission Zone(LEZ) Requirements. He stated there weas further consultation on improving the air quality London wide by strengthening the LEZ standards, which TFL buses would meet anyway, and expanding the ULEZ boundaries to the North & South Circular by 2021. He added that he expected to see a reduction of nitrogen oxide and illegal pollution in the Borough.

 

The TFL representative described the various modes of public transport available in the Borough highlighting the opening of the Elizabeth line in December 2018. He stated that the Bus Fleet consultation, to meet the changing demand, was closed and the results would be out in the next couple of months. He described the causes of the drop in performance in the reliability of the Jubilee line and the plans to improve the service, highlighting the reductions in the number of passengers ill on trains and the introduction of the reliability day for customer engagement.

 

In terms of service updates, the TFL representative confirmed there would be 44 new DLR trains by 2022 and 2 new boats replacing the current fleet at the Woolwich Ferry. He added the boats would be using a new high-tech mooring system which would be installed at the piers in October 2018 and completed in December, this would have a short term impact on the Blackwall Tunnel.

 

In response to questions, the TFL representative confirmed the aim was to reduce car use as congestion was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy & Smart Cities - Portfolio Update pdf icon PDF 521 KB

To note the update on the Cabinet Member Porfolio.

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy & Smart Cities who presented on the progress against the key priorities within the scope of his portfolio. 

 

In response to a question on river crossings, the Assistant Director Transportation confirmed that a toll charge on the Blackwall tunnel was an integral part of the proposal for the Silvertown tunnel adding there were no proposals to charge on the Woolwich Ferry. He stated there would be some knock on effects on local transport resulting from the upcoming Woolwich Ferry closure and will work closely with TFL to monitor the sitation.

 

In response to questions, the Cabinet Member for Transport & Digital Cities stated that building a Car Park near Abbey Wood Station would be against policy and not financially viable adding there was also no demand. He Stated he would look into the  Footscray Road/Eltham High Street Junction and the issues surrounding parking, as the aim was encourage local business.

 

In response to a question, the AD Transportation confirmed that 400 new trees were planted in the Borough each year to improve the public realm.  He stated there was limited consultation as the majority of the trees were replacements.

 

With regards to public transport improvements, the Cabinet Member for Transport and Digital Cities confirmed he attended quarterly meetings with transports providers and could feed in any questions raised by the Panel. He asked the Panel for their views on the possible rebranding of North Greenwich Station to Greenwich Peninsula to which the Panel had no issue.

 

Panel Members raised concerns with cars and delivery vehicles parking on cycle routes and suggested increasing parking enforcement in certain areas whilst also engaging with businesses and monitoring their delivery schedules. The AD Transportation confirmed he would look into this and discuss the issue with the business engagement team to agree an approach. He added that parking enforcement vacancies were currently being filled.

 

In terms of implementing the Cycling Strategy, the Panel requested that information on the Quietways consultation be circulated to Members.

Action: DRES

 

In response to a question, the AD Transportation confirmed that road casualty records were maintained by TFL and inputted using police data. He added that the Council had access to the database and submitted a report to the Highways Committee on road safety. He stated that it was difficult to put context on the personal injury data as this did not contain records of accidents where the police where not called.

 

The Cabinet Member Transport and Digital Cities stated that speed bumps enforce 20mph zones to increase the safety of the residents adding that he was open to suggestions on further improvements.

In response to a question on business growth, the AD Employment & Skills confirmed that the largest increases were in the Health & Social Care, Professional Services and the ICT sectors adding the majority of new businesses in the Borough were employing less than 10 people and identified as micro businesses. 

 

In terms of contribution of new business to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Commissioning Future Reports pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To note details of the next scheduled meeting.

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Minutes:

The Chair advised the Panel scheduled of the meeting on 14 March 2018 and the scheduled items.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report be noted.