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Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/20/42) attached
(Mike Watson (Stagecoach) attended and spoke under the Public Participation Scheme in support of temporary measures and the preferred option).
The Committee considered the Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/20/42) on temporary proposals to reduce traffic on Queen Street and provide sections of widened footways, that would help enable social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Report outlined transport data and current access arrangements, options available and appraisal, preliminary consultation and representations received and other considerations.
Following public consultation on 3 options, a hybrid option that sought to restrict westbound access between Paul Street and Northernhay Street and make Iron Bridge one way westbound was reported as the preferred option. If approved, implementation of the changes would take place as soon as possible in 2021.
The preferred option would reduce through traffic on Queen Street, providing more space for and increasing safety for pedestrians and supported the County Council’s encouragement of active travel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This provided a balanced approach mitigating impact on St David’s Hill Iron Bridge and maintained access for sustainable modes and the flexibility to make further changes if required. The proposals would be subject to a detailed safety audit.
Members questions related to the impact on neighbouring roads, access by emergency vehicles, signing, barrier arrangements, costs, enforcement, the safety audit and timescales.
It was MOVED by Councillor Y Atkinson, SECONDED by Councillor C Whitton and
(a) that the temporary proposals to narrow the vehicle carriageway and restrict westbound access on Queen Street between Northernhay Street and Paul Street and make Iron Bridge one way westbound for vehicles, shown indicatively in plan 70079415-QS-001 included in Appendix I, are approved at an estimated cost of £75,000; and
(b) that the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment be given delegated powers, in consultation with the Chair and the local County Councillor, to make minor amendments to the scheme details; and
(c) that an update Report (to include cessation details for the temporary measures) be submitted for the 19 July 2021 meeting of this Committee.
Presentation on the Rapid Charging Exeter project, after which approval will be sought for a course of proposed action(s).
(Jose Contreras (Gamma Energy), Matt Hardwick (ZPN Energy)
and Mark Hodgson (Co-cars) attended and spoke with the consent of the Committee in support of the proposals)
The Committee received a presentation (attached to these minutes) from the Project Lead (Head of Digital Transformation and Business Support), the Head of Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste and the three speakers above on the proposed introduction of electric charging units located in local neighbourhoods for easy access by residents for which government funding had been made available. The presenters also outlined the environmental benefits in terms of facilitating use of E-Vehicles and carbon reduction/climate change. Approval was sought for the advertisement of Traffic Regulation Orders to facilitate the proposed installations for Phase 1a (first of two phases) of the project and the proposed timetable.
Officers responded to Members’ questions relating to the timeframe, proposed locations, penalty charging for inappropriate use/overstay, safety considerations and enforcement.
An update Report would be presented to the Committee meeting on 15th March 2021.
It was MOVED by Councillor Y Atkinson and SECONDED by Councillor A Aves
(a) the progress of the Streethubz project be noted;
(b) that the Head of Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste be authorised to approve Advertisement for sites in consultation with the respective Divisional local Member and Chair; and
(c) that the Head of Highways, Infrastructure, Development and Waste be given delegated powers, in consultation with the Chair and respective local County Councillor, to make minor amendments to the scheme details (including limit of use of the charging bays from 9 pm – 8 am), subject to the outcome of the consultation; and
(d) that the proposed timetable as detailed below be approved:
Member Committee Approval 14th December 2020 (completed)
Publicity 2nd January 2021
Advertisement published w/c 11th January
Advertisement closed w/c 15th February
Review of comments 15th February – 19th February
Report published 19th February
HATOC 15th March
Works Orders Issued 22nd March
Phase 1a installation 23rd March
Phase 1a sites energized June