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1.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Moring (substitute: Councillor Walker).

2.

Declarations of Interest

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The following interests were declared at the meeting:

 

(i) Councillor Buck – Minute No. 5 (Update on Outstanding Schemes – No. 335 Highwood Close – Non-pecuniary interest: Lives in the road;

 

(ii) Councillor Cox – Minute No. 5 (Update on Outstanding Schemes – No. 215 Radar Close – Non-pecuniary interest: Colleague lives in the road;

 

(iii) Councillor Folkard – Minute No. 4 (Traffic Regulation Order Objection Report - Junction protection in Hayes Barton) – Non-pecuniary interest: Lives in the road;

 

(iv) Councillor Habermel – Minute No. 4 (Traffic Regulation Order Objection Report – Thorpe Bay Gardens) – Disqualifying Non-pecuniary interest: Family member lives in the section of road affected (withdrew);

 

(v) Councillor Hooper – Minute No. 4 – (Traffic Regulation Order Objection Report - Junction Protection in Eaton Road: Lives in the road;

 

(vi) Councillor Moyies – Minute No. 4 (Traffic Regulation Order Objection Report - Junction protection in Malmsmead) – Non-pecuniary interest: Lives in the road;

 

(vii) Councillor Nevin – Minute No. 4 (Traffic Regulation Order Objection Report - Junction protection in Flemming Crescent) – Non-pecuniary interest: Lives in the road; and

 

(viii) Councillor Woodley – Minute No. 4 (Traffic Regulation Order Objection Report – Thorpe Bay Gardens) – Non-pecuniary interest: Resident of the Burges Estate.

3.

Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday, 26th July, 2021 pdf icon PDF 191 KB

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Resolved:-

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting held on Monday, 26th July 2021 be received and confirmed as a correct record.

4.

Traffic Regulation Order Objection Report pdf icon PDF 679 KB

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The Working Party received a report of the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) that presented the representations that had been received in response to the statutory consultation for a traffic regulation order for the introduction of waiting restrictions in the sections of road set out in the Appendices to the submitted report.

 

The report also sought an appropriate recommendation to the Cabinet Committee on the way forward in respect of these proposals, following consideration of all the representations that had been received in writing and at the meeting. 

 

The Working Party was informed that whilst the extent of the proposed waiting restrictions in the form of junction protection was not specified, the default length for junction protection was 10 metres. The Working Party identified that that there may be instances where the length of the junction protection could be reduced to reduce the impact on parking availability whilst maintaining clear and safe sight lines and visibility.  One such location was Walker Drive at its junction with Henry Drive, where it was felt that the length of restriction in Walker Drive should be reduced to 5 metres rather than 10 metres.

 

Whilst noting the recommendations not to proceed with the proposals for Crosby Road, the Working Party felt that the restrictions set out in the advertised draft traffic regulation order could retain some parking availability whilst maintaining the safe and efficient use of the highway.  Any issues of speeding that may arise could be addressed should they arise.  The scheme could be monitored for 6 months after implementation to ensure its effectiveness.

 

With reference to the proposals for Thorpe Bay Gardens, the Working Party was reminded that issue relating to the Covenant, as explained at its meeting on 10th June 2021 (Minute 49 refers), was not relevant when determining highway waiting restrictions. The Council should act only in its capacity as Highways Authority in accordance with its powers to regulate the use of the highway in accordance with the Highways Act 1980 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, and not in its capacity as landowner.

 

Resolved:-

 

That the Cabinet Committee be recommended:

 

1.  That final confirmation of the draft traffic regulation order PTO1009 introducing waiting restrictions in the form of junction protection at various locations within the Borough be delegated to the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Transport, Asset management and Inward Investment, following discussion with the relevant Ward Members on the extent of the junction protection to be implemented at each location.  The default length of the restrictions is a maximum length of 10 metres.  The length of waiting restrictions in Walker Drive shall be reduced to 5 metres each side of Henry Drive.

 

2. That, as specified in Appendix A to the submitted report, a further review of the proposals be undertaken where alternative proposals have been suggested by residents and revised options be submitted to a future meeting of the Traffic Regulation Working Party and Cabinet Committee where appropriate.

 

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Update on Outstanding Schemes pdf icon PDF 583 KB

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The Working Party considered the report of the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) that provided an update of the status of the progression of Traffic Regulation Order requests in respect of various Waiting Restrictions and Schemes across the Borough and by Ward.

 

In response to questions, the Council’s Head of Traffic & Highways undertook to provide an update to Ward Councillors on the following schemes:

 

- the progress of scheme No. 216 regarding the reduction of waiting restrictions in Earls Hall Avenue; and

 

- scheme No. 263 regarding the introduction of waiting restrictions, the relocation of the parking bay for disabled persons and unrestricted parking bays in Lundy Close.

 

With reference to scheme No. 216 regarding the introduction of junction protection in Radar Close, the Council’s Head of Traffic & Highways gave assurances that the junctions of other roads in the estate would be reviewed and included in tranche 3 of the scheme.

 

Resolved:-

 

That the report be noted and that any schemes missing from the list at Appendix 1 to the submitted report or any new schemes be forwarded to the relevant service area by email to traffweb@southend.gov.uk.

 

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