Highways & Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member – Minutes – 14 November 2011

33  (33) HIGHWAYS LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN PROGRAMME UPDATE – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report to advise on the progress made in delivering the Local Transport Plan programme. 

It was explained that the Capital funding for transport related projects was secured through the Local Transport Plan (LTP) process. The council had to present an LTP submission to the Department for Transport, setting out the transport priorities, and the start of the third generation of these plans. The LTP now covered a 15-year period. 

As part of the LTP submission, the council was required to produce a three year delivery plan, which set out a programme of themes and outcomes for achievement over the plan period. 

Highway maintenance schemes were prioritised using nationally recognised highway condition assessment criteria within a prioritisation framework. Where appropriate, maintenance schemes also included measures to improve road safety (particularly for vulnerable road users), increase personal security, reduce crime and enhance the street scene.

The LTP was the subject of extensive consultation to identify transport priorities and needs for the period of the LTP and beyond.  This was reflected in the three-year delivery plan.

Resolved – (a) That the progress achieved to date in delivering the LTP programme be noted, (b) that the adjustments to the programme, as outlined in Option 2 in the report be approved, and (c) that the necessary budget adjustments to reflect the current individual projected costs within each works category be approved.

33  (33)  CARBON MANAGEMENT PLAN PROJECT APPROVALS – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report to inform the cabinet member of the projects completed in 2010/11 in relation to the Carbon Management Plan and seek approval of a prioritised carbon list for completion in 2011/12.

The report highlighted that Cabinet in November 2010 approved a number of projects that would help the council achieve a reduction in its carbon emissions target of 33 per cent over the next five years. From the list of projects, five were completed in year, three were cancelled, thirteen had been started and it was anticipated they would complete in 2011/12 and two did not start and had been added into the 2011/12 programme. It was explained that projects completed in 2010/11 had to date generated provisional net revenue savings totalling £124k against a corporate target of £270k.

Resolved – (a)  That the status of projects in relation to the 2010/11 programme as identified in Appendix A to the report be noted, and (b) that the priority projects planned for delivery in 2011/12 as set out in Appendix B to the report be approved.

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.