Agenda and minutes
Joint Transportation Board
Tuesday 6 September 2016 7.00 pm
Venue: Room B12, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR
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Apologies for Absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Mr Kite and Mr Ozog and from Councillors Mrs Ozog and Page.
The Board noted the appointment of Councillors Mark Maddison and McLean as substitute Members for Councillors Page and Mrs Ozog respectively.
Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any).
There were no declarations of interest received.
That the minutes of the meeting of the Joint Transportation Board held on 7 June 2016 be confirmed as a correct record of that meeting.
The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.
It was reported that there were no urgent items for the Board to consider, however the Chairman reported that she had been informed that Ms Sutton’s temporary appointment as Dartford Area Manager had been upgraded and she was now the substantive post holder.
Councillor Allen congratulated Ms Sutton and the Board wished her well in her new, permanent, role.
This report advises Members on the progress of matters arising at previous meetings of the Board.
The Board received an update on a number of issues outstanding from previous meetings and noted that certain information was also contained elsewhere in the Agenda.
Arising from the Update the following information was provided
Item 5 Redundant Lamp columns.
Councillor Tom Maddison reported on the location of two lamp post stumps which required removal at Gore Road adjacent to the Prince Albert pub.
Item 12 – the Introduction of Dog Bone road markings.
The Transport Services Manager reported that the necessary preparatory work to allow these to be ordered on line had now been completed and that these could now be requested.
Item 15 Issues at St Mary’s Road
It was reported that a visit to the site had taken place with KCC Officers in attendance. However it was discovered that the problem areas were not adopted highway and thus not the responsibility of KCC.
Item 16 – Ivy Close Darford – Parking Issues
Ms Sutton confirmed that this matter was now in hand.
Item 8 Enforcement of Yellow Box Junctions / Traffic congestion Issues
Councillor Kelly reported that he and the Leader of the Council were to meet with Kent Police to discuss issues surrounding the enforcement of traffic restrictions, to alleviate congestion problems on the 19th of September and that he would report back to the next meeting of the Board
It was noted that despite the introduction of some measures there were still many occasions where Dartford was being bought to a standstill by traffic queueing to access the Dartford Crossing.
Additionally he reported that he still had received no response from the Minister for Transport to the letter that had been written regarding the use of revenue from the Dartford Crossing being used to pay for enforcement and traffic management work in the Borough.
Mr Harman informed the Board that he had been in correspondence with the Kent Police Service on the enforcement issue and had been informed that it would be prohibitively expensive to use police man - power to enforce yellow box junctions and they had suggested the use of CCTV, but that of course was not yet legal outside the London area.
Mr Harman also reported that the first meeting of the Member Working Party introduced to review new traffic measures would be held on 4 October 2016.
Councillor Lees informed the Board that congestion issues were of great concern to Parish councils and he had been asked to highlight that concern, and the impact that traffic congestion was having on the quality of life for many residents in the Borough.
Arising from the discussion surrounding this matter the Chairman asked that the issue be referred to the Cabinet for consideration.
That the issue of the continuing traffic congestion problems in Dartford be referred to the Cabinet for consideration bearing in mind
· The ongoing impact on existing local businesses, and the disincentive that it gave for any business considering locating in the area;
· The impact that the congestion was ... view the full minutes text for item 18.
References from other Committees (if any)
It was noted that there were no issues which had been referred to the Board.
Parking Services Annual Report
This item submits the Parking Services Annual Report for Members’ consideration prior to it being placed on the Council’s web site.
The Report is also to be considered by Cabinet on 8 September 2016 and any comments from the Board will be passed to the Cabinet to inform their decision.
This item was not available to send to Members with the Agenda and will be forwarded under a separate cover.
The Transport Services Manager, Lewis Boudville, introduced a report on the work of the Parking Service over the last year. He informed the Board that following any comments from Members, the Annual Report was to be presented to the Cabinet for approval and once finalised would be published on the Council’s web site and passed to various interested organisations.
Mr Boudville explained that the report was divided into the following eight sections which explained amongst other things: the work of the Service, its interaction with other bodies, and the legal framework within which it worked.
· The Highway Authority and Dartford Borough Council’s supporting role
· Civil Parking Enforcement legislation
· Dartford Borough Council’s Parking Services team
· Dartford Borough Council’s approach to delivering Parking Services
· The Dartford Town Centre parking provision
· Parking management in residential areas
· Parking Services projects’ delivery in 2015
· Monitoring the Council’s Parking Services operation
Mr Boudville also highlighted work being undertaken to improve road safety surrounding schools including the introduction of a specialised camera vehicle and the use of targeted enforcement at particular schools during morning opening and closing times.
Councillor Kelly drew the Board’s attention to the small profit level that the service achieved and noted that this demonstrated that Dartford did not treat parking enforcement as a revenue generating enterprise.
Having considered the report the Board raised the following points which it asked were passed to the Cabinet for consideration
· The work undertaken and impact of the use of the Safety Car to deter unsafe and inconsiderate parking at schools;
· The low level of surplus on the parking account demonstrating that Dartford did not treat parking enforcement as a revenue generating enterprise
· The need for more contemporary parking statistics as the 2011 data clearly needed to be updated.
The KCC Transport Strategy Team are currently consulting on the draft version of the Local Transport Plan 4, a copy of which has been placed in the Members’ Room.
Details of the proposed response, to be approved by Cabinet on 8 September 2016 is attached, and any comments from the Board will be passed to the Cabinet to inform their decision.
The Board was informed that Kent County Council (KCC) had a statutory responsibility to keep and maintain a Local Transport Plan for the County, and that the current Plan (LTP3) was in need of updating. Additionally, it was required by statute to seek comments on the new plan with interested parties.
Consequently, the Board received a draft copy of LTP4 – the replacement document upon which KCC were consulting - together with a synopsis of its implications for Dartford and a proposed response drafted by Officers.
It was noted that the proposed response to LTP4 was to be considered for approval by the Cabinet and that it had been presented to the Board for any comment necessary to inform that process.
Having considered the consultation document, the synopsis and the proposed response, the Board
To approve the response subject to the following comments:
Q4 Outcome 5 - Better health and Wellbeing – This response should be changed from “Agree” to “Strongly Agree”. Members felt that this was an extremely important issue for Dartford.
Q5a Strategic Priorities for the Local Transport Plan – Rail and bus improvements - In addition to the comment made, the response should additionally set out that “rural areas should be well served by public transport and where necessary improvements to bus services should be made”.
Kent County Council Officers have provided the attached report to update Members on developments on the System which have occurred since the last Board meeting.
The Board received a report updating Members on improvements and developments on the Fastrack rapid transit system operating in Kent Thameside.
The report was introduced by Mr Lightower, the project manager who provided an overview of the service and possible expansion and development in future years, together with possible amendments to governance arrangement.
An update on changes and improvements to the service was provided by Mr Bruce, which included details of infrastructure changes, reliability improvements, and the integration of Ingress Park into the system.
Mr David George, Fastrack Project Manager, provided information on the possible extension of the whole system into new areas, the introduction of different vehicles, and the impact of legislation currently before parliament which could alter the role of bus providers.
He further explained that more detail on future developments would be provided at a future meeting of the Board.
The Board welcomed the update report, particularly the information relating to the possible extension to the System but expressed some concern at
· Current parking levels on Manor Road, Ingress Park, which may impede the progress of the Fastrack service when introduced
· The misuse of the bus lane linking Ingress Park and Greenhithe Station by motorists
· Reliability issues on the system, especially at time of heavy traffic congestion
The Chairman thanked Mr Lightower and his colleagues for their reports and for the information on possible future extensions to the Fastrack system.
Arising from this the Chairman asked if representatives from local bus operators could be invited to the next Board meeting to discuss service provision with Members.
Members Enquiry Items
Members have the opportunity to raise the following: -
· Questions in relation to capital and revenue funded works programmes
· Suggestions for future traffic regulation orders or street management proposals
· Questions on policies, plans and strategies related to highways, road traffic and public transport.
· Suggestion of a future agenda item (subject to the Chairman’s approval)
Board Members raised the following issues:
Councillor Lampkin asked if it were possible for speed restrictions to be introduced on a section of Heath Lane where there had been a fatal accident in early 2016.
Ms Sutton confirmed that this stretch of road was being considered for the installation of new footway but also agreed to pursue the speed issue for Councillor Lampkin.
Councillor Lees enquired regarding the regulations relating to changes to routes and timetables for local bus routes. It was noted that these seem to be taking place with little or no public consultation and had a great impact particularly in more rural areas.
Arising from this it was noted that it had been some time since representatives from local bus operators had attended the Board and the Chairman asked that they be invited to our next meeting to discuss this and other related issues.
With regard to consultation between KCC and Parish councils it was noted that at the last Board meeting Ms Sutton had agreed to attend the Parish Forum to commence the process. Councillor Lees informed Members that this was due to be held on 11 October 2016 and Ms Sutton confirmed that she would be attending.
The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Allen reported that she had received a number of complaints relating to pavement parking and its impact on road safety. Accordingly the Board agreed that this matter should be placed on the Agenda for our next meeting.
The attached report updates Members on highways works which have been scheduled for the forthcoming year or are currently being undertaken within the Borough.
The Board received a report which set out details of highways works in progress or approved for commencement during 2016 / 2017 in the Dartford area.
Arising from this Mrs Cole enquired when work on a pedestrian refuge on Watling Street, Dartford would commence as it had slipped on a number of occasions.
For Members information the following has been attached for Members information: -
§ Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee – Minutes of the Meeting held on 4 May 2016
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The Board received and noted the Minutes of the meeting of the Kent County Council Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee held on 4 May 2016.