Highways, Planning and Energy Cabinet Member – Minutes – 31 January 2011
109 (16) PROPOSED ONE WAY TRAFFIC ORDER, CHESSWICK AVENUE, KEADBY – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report seeking approval for the proposed introduction of a Traffic Order for a one way system on Chesswick Avenue, Keadby as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report.
Prior to consideration of this item, the Lead Member for Environment declared a personal interest as a member of Keadby Parish Council.
The Director explained that Keadby Parish Council had requested that Chesswick Avenue in Keadby be made one way. The aim of the proposal was to improve safety at the junction of Chesswick Avenue and Station Road by preventing vehicles from turning out onto Station Road. The principal concern of the parish council was the period at school start and finish times, when the area was busy with pedestrian activity.
Statutory consultation procedures had been followed and letters delivered to every property within the area of the proposed Order. Officers had considered the options outlined within the report and determined that the number of objections received was a relatively small proportion of the total number of consultation letters distributed (8 out of 276).
It was acknowledged that there would be an increase in vehicle movements along the alternative routes, principally Trent View, however, the objectors’ concerns about the possibility of increased accidents along this road was balanced by the Parish Council’s safety concerns with the current situation.It was considered that the proposal would not increase the parking here, but there would be more vehicles negotiating parked vehicles. It was agreed that the presence of parked vehicles would act as a traffic-calming feature, helping to keep vehicle speeds relatively low.
Resolved – (a) That the Traffic Regulation Order for the one-way system, as shown on the plans in Appendix 1 be approved, and (b) that objectors to the proposal be written to and advised of the decision in accordance with the statutory procedure.
It was explained that in late 2004 North Lincolnshire Council, in consultation with various parties, including Humberside Police, implemented a traffic regulation order on various sections of Corporation Road to facilitate parking for operational police vehicles. Since the implementation of Civil Parking Enforcement, an area that had caused confusion was the operational police vehicles only parking bays along Corporation Road and, as a result, it was proposed to amend the TRO, including the lining and signing, to allow correct use and enforcement. As the order currently stood, the area was not enforceable, as it could not be signed appropriately in the way the restrictions were stated
It was considered that the proposed restrictions would assist with security for the police station by restricting which vehicles could park in its vicinity. Prior to the statutory consultation process an informal consultation exercise was undertaken, during which a petition objecting to the proposals was submitted and it was agreed this could be considered as a formal objection. During the statutory consultation process a number of objections to the proposed TRO had been received and after the statutory consultation period a further petition and letter of objection were received, both of which were accepted as objections.
Upon review of the objections, the Cabinet Member Highways, Planning & Energy declared a personal interest as a member of his family had objected to the proposal.
Resolved – That the proposal and corresponding report be referred to the Leader of the Council for consideration and decision.
It was explained that North Lincolnshire’s per capita CO2 emissions in 2005 were one of the worst in the country. However, between 2005 and 2008, the area’s emissions fell by 10.8 per cent. The figures for 2009 were expected to be released during September 2011 and it was anticipated that there would be a further reduction and that the target figure of a 12 per cent reduction had been reached.
The Government believed that Local Government had a crucial role to play in tackling climate change. Positive action could have far reaching effects on both the environment and the economy. The ability to boost jobs and reduce fuel bills would be enhanced by the Government’s ‘Greenest Government Agenda’.
Government figures showed that whilst North Lincolnshire as a whole was still at the lower end of the national league table for CO2 emissions, it had made significant progress, with around an 11 per cent. improvement between 2005 and 2008.It was explained that only 30 out of the 440 local authorities had bettered this rate of improvement.
Resolved – (a) That the improvements in the per capita CO2 emission figures be noted, (b) that the council adopts further interim CO2 reduction targets, as outlined in paragraph 3.2 and signs up to the ‘Get Serious about CO2’ campaign, and (c) that the council enters into the one-to-one support mechanism provided by the Energy Saving Trust to develop its carbon reduction targets to 2020.
Where there is no report this is because it is exempt, as it contains information which is considered to be of a confidential nature, as detailed in the Local Government (Access to Information) Act.