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Agenda and minutes

Joint Transportation Board
Tuesday 7 March 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Room B12, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

Items
Note No. Item

41.

Apologies for Absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Page and Mr Kite.

 

The Board noted the appointment of Councillor Jones as a substitute for Councillor Page.

42.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any).

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

43.

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Dartford Joint Transportation Board held on 6 December 2016. pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Minutes:

That the minutes of the meetings of the Joint Transportation Board held on 6 December 2016 be confirmed as a correct record subject to the addition of Mr Ozog to the list of attendees in paragraph 1 of item 33, and correction of the spelling of Mr Harman’s name in the same paragraph.

44.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

Minutes:

The Chairman reported that there were no urgent items for the Board to consider but;

 

a)     Invited the Vice Chairman to provide a report on the following two issues which were of particular relevance to the Board;

 

i)       The Proposed Strategic Rail Depot at Howbury Park, Bexley.

Councillor Kelly reported that Bexley Borough Council had granted planning permission for the Rail Depot, which had the potential to have a significant impact on road transport in Dartford. 

 

The access for the depot is proposed to allow access and egress to the site via Bob Dunn Way, with a projected level of travel movements in excess of 2500 lorries plus significant car movements on a daily basis.

 

It appeared that the measures to ameliorate the impact of the vehicles were minimal, amounting to holding lorries within the site when problems existed at the Dartford crossing.

 

Councillor Kelly also reported that an application for Access to the Depot site was due to be considered by the Development Control Board and that he intended to seek permission from the Chairman to address that Board.

 

ii)      Road Traffic Pollution

Councillor Kelly reported that it had come to light that the statistics relating to air pollution arising from the A282 Dartford Crossing Approach Road had been misclassified, with the A282 being deemed as a rural road, and the figures not being included in National statistics submitted for EU consideration.

 

He updated Members that the road had now been reclassified as an Urban highway.  He also reported that additional equipment is being procured to monitor fine particulate material in addition to that presently measuring NO2 levels.

 

b)     Noted that the Clerk to the meeting had passed a list of Polling Stations to be used at the forthcoming County Council Elections to the KCC representative with a request that no road works be scheduled for the location of the Stations which would affect access to the sites on Polling Day – 5 May 2017.  

 

45.

References from other Committees (if any)

Minutes:

It was confirmed that there were no references for the Board to consider.

46.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 73 KB

a)    Phoenix Place, Dartford, Kent.

 

A petition with over 150 signatures has been received requesting parking controls and traffic calming measures in the area to alleviate dangerous and inconsiderate parking.  The Chairman has granted the lead petitioner permission to address the Board on the request.

 

b)   Improved Road Safety for Common Lane, Wilmington, Kent.

 

A petition has been presented to KCC relating to road safety issues in Common Lane, Wilmington.  As is the usual practice, a report has been prepared on the petition by KCC Highways and has been passed to the Board for discussion.

 

The petition contains over 1000 signatures and the Chairman has granted the lead petitioner permission to address the Board on the requests.

 

Minutes:

a)    Phoenix Place, Dartford, Kent.

 

The Board agreed to defer consideration of this item to the next meeting as the Petitioners were unable to attend on this occasion.

 

b)    Improved Road Safety for Common Lane, Wilmington, Kent.

 

The Board was informed that a petition comprising over 1000 signatures and relating to road safety issues in Common Lane,    Wilmington had been presented to Kent County Council.

 

As was the usual practice, a report had been prepared on the petition, by KCC Highways and had been passed to the Joint Transportation Board for discussion.

 

While there were no representatives of the petitioners present the Chairman confirmed that they were content for the matter to be discussed on this occasion.

 

The report detailed traffic and road safety issues in the Common Lane area, mainly arising from the concentration of schools in the location, together with measures which either had been or were to be introduced to alleviate the problems.

 

Councillor Allen thanked KCC officers for their work on this matter and looked forward to the full implementation of the proposed measures.  However she also highlighted the issue of school expansion in the area and informed the Board that this could worsen the situation in the future.

 

Councillor Lampkin also welcomed the introduction of traffic measures but warned that traffic displaced into surrounding roads would have an impact and asked that weight limits on these roads be introduced and enforcement levels maintained.

 

The Board noted the petition and the report in response.

 

 

 

 

 

KCC

47.

Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 46 KB

This report advises Members on the progress of matters arising at previous meetings of the Board.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board received an update on a number of issues outstanding from previous meetings, noted that some information was contained elsewhere on the Agenda, and were pleased to see feedback from Officers on a number of issues which had been outstanding for some time.

 

Arising from the update the following matters were raised:

 

Mr Maddison thanked KCC officers for their perseverance relating to drainage issues at Bob Dunn Way and he confirmed that “No Cycling” signage had now been installed in Burnham Road as requested.

 

Mr Harman reported that consultation on yellow line installation on Ingress Park was under way.

 

In response to a question by the Vice Chairman, Mr Boudville informed the Board that he was in negotiation with contractors regarding the cost of CCTV enforcement cameras for bus lanes in Dartford.  He also confirmed that at present the cost of these appeared prohibitive.

 

Mr Ozog reiterated his comments regarding problems at Maiden Lane where inconsiderate and dangerous parking is causing major problems where that road crosses into the London Borough of Bexley.  Traffic trying to negotiate the road tunnel often had to risk collision with parked and oncoming traffic and long delays can occur at this point.

 

Mr Boudville concurred with Mr Ozog and felt that KCC needed to consult with Bexley to resolve the issues.

 

Ms Sutton undertook to reconsider the traffic situation in this area and consider measures to address the problems.

 

Councillor Wells reported that a number of heavy vehicles were using Heather Drive to avoid weight restrictions and traffic congestion on other routes, and asked if measures could be introduced to address this.

48.

Fastrack

KCC Officers may wish to report on developments on the Fastrack Network

Minutes:

Ms Sutton reported that there was no information relating to Fastrack to report to the Board.

 

Councillor Lampkin informed the Board that there appeared to be a high level of vandalism of shelters on the Fastrack routes and he was somewhat concerned at the length of time it was taking to effect repairs to shelters.

 

Ms Sutton agreed to pass his concerns to the Fastrack team.

49.

Toucan Crossing: Burnham Road and Bob Dunn Way, Dartford. pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Minutes:

The Board deferred consideration of a report on the installation of a Toucan crossing in Burnham Road, Dartford in order to allow attendance of the relevant traffic engineer to fully explain the scheme to Members and answer questions on possible alternative crossing locations.

50.

Proposed Waiting Restrictions - Brunel Way, Dartford. pdf icon PDF 387 KB

Minutes:

The Board was reminded that at the meeting held on 6 December 2016 it was agreed to defer consideration of a report on the introduction of parking restrictions on a section of Brunel Way, Dartford to facilitate the safe access and egress of goods vehicles to industrial sites adjoining Brunel Way, pending further information regarding the proposals and to explore reasons for the premature installation of yellow lining at the site.

 

Accordingly a report was considered which set out the proposals, slightly amended in response to requests from the local ward Member.

 

It was noted that the incorrectly installed lineage (which had been undertaken in the mistaken belief that the necessary TRO had been introduced) had achieved the desired effect - as resident parking had ceased in the identified area, and that the local Ward Member was now content with the proposals.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Board recommends the making of a Traffic Restriction Order to the effect that waiting is prohibited at all times for the reduced length of Brunel Way as show in Appendix 2 to the Officers’ report, specifically;

 

on both sides of Brunel Way from the roundabout junction with Marsh Street North in a westerly direction to a point 23 metres east of the centreline of its junction with Vickers Lane.”

 

51.

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)

 

Minutes:

Board Members raised the following matters:

 

Mr Maddison asked if marked parking bays could be introduced in certain areas to alleviate inconsiderate and dangerous parking.

 

Mr Boudville reported that whilst this had been introduced by KCC some years ago, such bays had not been remarked as there were no Traffic Regulations to enforce  against errant motorists.

 

Councillor Jones enquired at the progress made in parking control in the Cranford Road area.

 

Mr Boudville reported that the relevant Traffic Regulations would be presented to the Board in the near future.

52.

Road Works in the Borough of Dartford pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Members will be advised of the roadworks which were currently being undertaken or expected within the Borough.

Minutes:

The Board received a report which set out details of Highways works in progress or approved for commencement during 2017 / 2017 in the Dartford area.

53.

KCC - Environment and Transport pdf icon PDF 17 KB

For Members information the following has been attached for Members information: -

 

§    Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee – Minutes 17 November 2016

     

        

NB: If a Member wishes to discuss any of these items at the meeting, please advise the Member Services Section (01322) 343251 prior to the meeting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board received and noted the Minutes of the meeting of the Kent County Council Environment and Transport Cabinet held on 17 November 2016.