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94.

Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2020, (previously circulated).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2020 be signed as a correct record.

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95.

Matter of Urgency: Rock Bridge, Barnstaple

Item which in the opinion of the Chairman should be considered at the meeting as matters of urgency.

Minutes:

(Items taken under Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972)

 

The Chair had decided that the Committee should consider the following due to concerns raised by the local Member and apprise the Committee of the current situation.

 

The Local Member (Barnstaple South) reported that a procurement methodology to  allow the County Council to carry out the repair work this spring/summer using the  County Council's Framework Contract tender process was underway. The intention was to aim to reopen the Bridge for the start of the Autumn School term, provided the repair method proposed could be achieved. The repair would also involve a new surface on the bridge to replace the worn timber decking which would help ensure years of service before any further maintenance was required.

 

The Committee noted the position.

 

 

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96.

Local Waiting Restriction Programme pdf icon PDF 329 KB

Report of the Chief Officer for Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste (HIW/21/8), attached

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Councillor Greenslade attended in accordance with Standing Order 25 and spoke to this item in so far as it affected his Division)

 

The Committee considered the Report of the Chief Officer for Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste (HIW/21/8) on submissions following statutory consultation on the restrictions proposed in the North Devon area, as part of the local waiting restriction programme.

 

In early 2020, a list of requests for new or amended waiting restrictions for the North Devon area had been collated by the County Council.  These requests had been considered by officers and proposals drafted.  Officers had also  consulted the relevant local County Councillors and Chair/Vice Chair before advertisement (from 23 December 2020 until 27 January 2021).

 

A summary of the proposals advertised were at Appendix I of the Report along with the associated plans. The Report also summarised the representations received in response to the advertisements.

 

The respective local Members indicated their support of the recommendations relating to their Divisions, subject to the withdrawal of Newport Road (plan ENV5809/006) (Barnstaple, South) which was not supported by the local Member and residents. Proposals for changes to the taxi ranks in Ilfracombe would be subject to a wider review in the Town.

 

It was MOVED by Councillor J Yabsley, SECONDED by Councillor J Mathews and

 

RESOLVED

 

(a) that work on the local waiting restriction programme be noted; and

 

(b) that the recommendations contained in Appendix II to this Report be agreed, subject to the withdrawal of the Newport Road, Barnstaple proposal.

 

 

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97.

Station Road, Barnstaple Crossing Facility and Right Turn Lanes pdf icon PDF 414 KB

Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/21/8), attached.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered the Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/21/8) on a proposed scheme to introduce a new shared cycle and pedestrian crossing facility with right turn traffic lanes on Station Road, Seven Brethren in Barnstaple. This better connected Seven Brethren with the Newport Cycle Network, the Town Centre and to the Tarka Trail. 

 

The proposed scheme was detailed on Plan 17938/02 in Appendix I, of the Report.

 

Members referred to the need for future consideration of the implications with proposed impending residential and leisure development in the area which would impact on traffic volumes. 

 

It was MOVED by Councillor J Mathews and SECONDED by Councillor A Davis and     

 

RESOLVED

 

(a) that subject to road safety audit the proposed parallel crossing scheme shown on plan 17938/02 in Appendix I be approved for construction at an estimated cost of £126,000; 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. 

 

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98.

A39 Pilton Causeway, Barnstaple, Crossing Facility pdf icon PDF 386 KB

Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/21/9), attached.

 

Minutes:

(Councillor Greenslade attended in accordance with Standing Order 25 and spoke to this item in support of the proposal)

 

The Committee considered the Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/21/9) on a proposed scheme to introduce a new pedestrian crossing facility at the A39 Pilton Causeway signalised junction in Barnstaple (Plan 19013/5A in Appendix I of the Report detailed the proposed scheme). 

 

The scheme would provide a staggered controlled pedestrian crossing that operated with pedestrian demand as part of the signalised junction. 

 

It was MOVED by Councillor J Yabsley and SECONDED by Councillor J Yabsley and 

                                                                                                                 

RESOLVED

 

(a) that the proposed crossing scheme shown on plan 19013/5A in Appendix I is approved for construction at an estimated cost of £133,000; 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. 

 

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99.

Chaloners Road Crossing, Braunton pdf icon PDF 402 KB

Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/21/10), attached

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered the Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/21/10) on a proposal to upgrade an existing Zebra controlled crossing facility on the A361 Chaloners Road to a Puffin signalised controlled crossing.  The scheme aimed to support safer routes to school and to support active travel improvements in the village as part of the Braunton Air Quality Action Plan.

 

It was further reported that Braunton Parish Council had given their consent to place the signal control box on their land.

 

It was MOVED by Councillor C Chugg SECONDED by Councillor D Spear and 

 

RESOLVED

 

(a) that the proposed Puffin crossing shown on the plan 20468/03 is approved for construction at an estimated cost of £63,000; and

 

(b) that the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment be given delegated powers, in consultation with the Chair of HATOC and the local member, to make minor amendments to the scheme details. 

 

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100.

Larkbear Bus gate ( Barnstaple ) and associated Highways and Traffic Related Issues

In accordance with Standing Order 23(2) Councillor Yabsley has asked that the Committee consider this matter.

 

The Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment to report on a meeting held on 24 March 2021.  

Minutes:

(Councillors A Davis and J Cann declared prejudicial interests in this matter due to being Members of the Joint Crematorium Committee, which could be affected by this matter, and left the meeting for the duration of its consideration)

 

(Councillor Greenslade attended in accordance with Standing Order 25 and spoke to this item)

 

The Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment reported that work on completing a footway along Old Torrington Road up to Sandringham Gardens was progressing. Progress had been slow due to the issue of utilities being present and the expected cost of works to these utilities is very high. A stage 1 road safety audit was currently also being undertaken.

 

The Traffic Regulation Order for the bus gate has been drawn up but had not  been put out for advertising/consultation.

 

The issues had been discussed at a meeting on 24th February 2021 between County and District Councillors and Officers.

 

Although the bus gate was proposed as part of the permitted housing development which was part of the site allocated in the Local Plan as ‘Larkbear’, there was concern from Members regarding the traffic impact on Old Torrington Road and Gratton Way with or without the bus gate.

 

If the bus gate is built vehicle access to the crematorium would be entirely via Gratton Way and this would impact on the operation of the crematorium and  the road network.

 

As part of the entire Larkbear development, currently subject to a second planning application, there is a requirement in the Local Plan for a new vehicle access onto the A361 Western Bypass. If built this would give an alternative access to Old Torrington Road and on to Gratton Way for all traffic including that accessing the crematorium and Petroc. This access had been identified in the County Council’s Transport Infrastructure Strategy.

 

In the event that Devon County Council’s concerns as a consultee in the planning process was outweighed in the planning balance by the Local Planning Authority or Planning Inspectorate,  the entire Larkbear development could gain planning permission without the requirement for building the new access junction onto the Bypass and cyclebridge to Seven Brethren. In such a scenario there would be an even larger pressure of traffic on Old Torrington Road and/or Gratton Way, depending on the building of the bus gate, or not.

 

There was the possibility of allowing the bus gate to be built shortly and removed again in the future, or not built yet and built in the future.

 

There was also a possibility to have no new bus gate and remove the existing bus gate, opening up Gratton Way and Old Torrington Road as a through route for all traffic.

 

All the possibilities above would have different impacts on traffic, and no detailed transport analysis of these impacts had yet been undertaken, including the impacts of yet unbuilt development such as the new Lidl store on Gratton Way.

 

The local Members were supportive of the approach outlined below. 

 

It was MOVED by Councillor J Yabsley,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 100.

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101.

North Devon Cycling Forum Report

Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment to report.

 

Minutes:

(In accordance with Standing Order 25 Councillor P Leaver spoke to this item)

 

(Councillor Greenslade attended in accordance with Standing Order 25 and spoke to this item)

 

 

The Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment reported that since the last Committee meeting, the Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee had met to consider a report on the County Council’s approach to Active Travel. The report set out the County’s progress in delivering the Cycling and Multi-Use Trail Strategy, provided updates on national policy and emerging design guidance and looked ahead to how this might impact on the planning and prioritisation of future infrastructure schemes.

 

The Scrutiny Report had highlighted the County Council’s priorities for North Devon, which included:

 

• in Barnstaple, a parallel ‘Tiger ’crossing on Station Road to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists crossing a busy commercial estate better linking Barnstaple Rail Station and the town centre and the completion of the link between the Tarka Trail and the Anchorwood strategic housing allocation, both funded by tranche 2 of the Active Travel Fund; and

 

• in terms of the strategic leisure trails, the section between Knowle and Willingcott was being prioritised.

 

Recognising the limited funding available and the long list of urban and rural aspirational routes being promoted by communities, the Scrutiny Committee had resolved to ask Cabinet to develop policy which supported local people to develop and realise cycle and multi-use trails in local areas and to include Scrutiny where appropriate in the development of policy.

 

On March 10th Cabinet the Cabinet Member for Highway Management would be asked through the planned refresh of the Cycling and Multi Use Trail Strategy to develop policy to enable local people to be actively involved in the delivery of Multi-Use Trails.

 

If approved, over the next 12 months the Cycling and Multi Use Trail Strategy would be refreshed to respond positively to the Government’s recent publications ‘Gear Change: a bold vision for cycling and walking’ and ‘Local Transport Note 1/20 Cycle Infrastructure Design’ documents. The updated strategy would also incorporate policy to support local aspirations.

 

While Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) were being encouraged by Government, they are resource intensive and costly to develop. An LCWIP had been in development for Exeter and Teignbridge District Council had funded an LCWIP lite version for the Heart of Teignbridge (Newton Abbot).

 

With significant growth and potential for contributions to be secured in Barnstaple, officers would also seek to work with the District, Town Councils and engaging with community groups to develop a cycling and walking plan for the Barnstaple urban network.

 

The Officer gave an update on the Anchorwood cycleway scheme.

 

The Officer also undertook to respond to the issues and points raised in the North Devon Cycling Forum report presented at the last meeting and submit these to Members of this Committee.

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102.

Actions Taken Under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 11 KB

Report of the Chief Officer for Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste (HIW/21/9), attached

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Report of the Chief Officer for Highways Infrastructure, Development and Waste (HIW/21/09) on delegated decisions taken since the last meeting.

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Dates of Meetings

7 July, 22 November 2021 and 14 March 2022 (all 10.30 am)

Minutes:

7 July, 22 November 2021 and 14 March 2022 (all 10.30 am)