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Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development
Tuesday, 28th August, 2012 10.30 a.m.

Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH

Contact: Debbie Bacon, Senior Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

28.

Minutes of Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 34 KB

(i) 16th July 2012         (ii) 30th July 2012

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Minutes:

Resolved:- That the minutes of the previous meetings of the Cabinet Member and Advisers for Regeneration and Development held on (a) 16th July, 2012 and (b) 30th July, 2012,  be agreed as true records and signed by the Chairman.

29.

Rackford Road/Narrow Lane, North Anston - Proposed Carriageway Widening pdf icon PDF 36 KB

-        Tom Finnegan-Smith, Transportation Unit Manager, to report.

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Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report presented by the Transportation and Highways Projects Manager concerning an objection received from a local resident to the proposed carriageway widening scheme at the junction of Rackford Road and Narrow Lane, North Anston.

 

The scheme will involve the widening of the carriageway on the north-western side of the junction by approximately one metre, to accommodate the turning manoeuvres of buses and large wheel-based vehicles, together with the introduction of a new footway link and associated pedestrian dropped crossings to improve facilities for mobility impaired pedestrians and those with push-chairs. The proposals were shown on the plan appended to the report.

 

This increase in carriageway width represents the area of verge currently being over-run by large vehicles, when turning left into Narrow Lane from Rackford Road and reduces the impact on utility equipment in the area. Funding for the scheme will be provided by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

 

The objection received from the local resident was on the grounds that the proposed road widening would totally ruin the area by taking away more grass verge and causing an increase in heavy traffic.

 

Resolved:- (1) That the report be received and its contents noted.

 

(2) That the objection be acknowledged, but not acceded to.

 

(3) That approval be granted for detailed design work to be undertaken in relation to this proposed scheme at North Anston, and for the scheme to be implemented.

30.

Financial and Statistical Report for Parking Services for the Financial Year 2011 / 2012 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

-        Martin Beard, Parking Services Manager, to report.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report presented by the Parking Services Manager giving details of statistics and income and expenditure for Parking Services for the financial year 2011/2012. The report highlighted:-

 

- the Traffic Management Act 2004, which requires parking authorities to report each year on financial and statistical information;

- Parking enforcement and appeals against penalty notices;

- Council employee parking affected by the opening of Riverside House;

- Parking issues affecting schools;

- Disabled Parking (blue badges) and fraud investigation;

- Income, expenditure and statistical information for Parking Services.

 

Resolved:- (1) That the report be received and its contents noted.

 

(2) That the report be approved for publication.

31.

Duke of Norfolk Estate - Proposed Waiting Restrictions pdf icon PDF 37 KB

-        Tom Finnegan-Smith, Transportation Unit Manager, to report.

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Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report presented by the Transportation and Highways Projects Manager concerning the receipt of objections and representations to a proposed traffic regulation order for the implementation of time-limited vehicle waiting restrictions on the Duke of Norfolk estate, Moorgate, Rotherham. Approval was also being sought for an investigation of the possible need to implement a controlled parking zone around the Rotherham Hospital.

 

The response to the consultation undertaken on the latest traffic regulation order proposals, for additional yellow line waiting restrictions on the Duke of Norfolk Estate, were discussed.  It was noted that no consensus of opinion had been reached, there being ten objections to the proposals and a number of other comments also received. Members heard that many of those people objecting or providing comments on the proposals were asking for a more comprehensive scheme to be implemented and that introducing individual sections of yellow line restrictions would potentially just move parking problems from street to street, or into other areas.

 

Discussion also took place on (i) the various actions previously taken to resolve parking issues on the Duke of Norfolk estate and especially on Queensway, (ii) the different views expressed in the representations received; (iii) parking provision within the Rotherham hospital grounds; and (iv) parking issues affecting the Broom Valley estate, near to the hospital.

 

Resolved:- (1) That the report be received and its contents noted.

 

(2) That the proposed traffic regulation order for the Duke of Norfolk estate, Rotherham, as currently advertised, be not implemented because of the objections and representations received.

 

(3) That the residents of an area to be agreed, covering the Duke of Norfolk estate and the Broom Valley estate, Rotherham, be consulted about a proposed controlled parking scheme for the area.

 

(4) That this initial consultation, referred to at (3) above, be carried out during the early months of 2013 and a report on the outcome of the consultation be submitted to a future meeting of the Cabinet Member and Advisers for Regeneration and Development.

 

(5) That those people who have contacted the Council directly about the proposed traffic regulation order for the Duke of Norfolk estate, be informed of the decisions listed above.

32.

Request for Speed Enforcement - A631 East Bawtry Road, Rotherham pdf icon PDF 34 KB

-        Tom Finnegan-Smith, Transportation Unit Manager, to report.

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Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report presented by the Transportation and Highways Projects Manager concerning a petition submitted to the Council about the speed of vehicles on the A631 East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, the level of traffic between the Brecks Island and the Worrygoose roundabout and about the lack of pedestrian crossing facilities at the Brecks Island itself

 

Members heard that survey data had been obtained, related to the speed and volume of traffic on the A631 East Bawtry Road, with speeds being commensurate with the posted 40mph speed limit and traffic volumes having reduced by around 12% over the last two years. It was also noted that whilst the majority of drivers kept within the speed limit, a number of vehicles had been driven much faster than 40mph.

 

It was explained that there had been one accident involving a pedestrian within the last five years. Whilst this would not normally justify further investigation, due to the potential for suppressed demand to exist at this location, there would be further investigations into the need for improved pedestrian crossing facilities.

 

Resolved:- (1) That the report and petition be received and their contents noted.

 

(2) That the concerns of residents, including the petition, be forwarded to the South Yorkshire Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team so that vehicle speed enforcement may be carried out on the A631 East Bawtry Road, over the length shown of road shown on drawing number 126/17/TT214 now submitted.

 

(3) That the request for a vehicle activated warning sign be included on the list of sites where the mobile vehicle activated sign will be located, with effect from the next financial year, 2013/2014.

 

(4) That the residents’ concerns, included in the petition, about the safety of pedestrians crossing the A631 East Bawtry Road be investigated and a further report be submitted to a future meeting of the Cabinet Member and Advisers for Regeneration and Development.

 

(5) That the lead petitioner be informed of the decisions listed above.

33.

Local Sustainable Transport Fund 2012 to 2015 pdf icon PDF 117 KB

-        Tom Finnegan-Smith, Transportation Unit Manager, to report.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report presented by the Transportation and Highways Projects Manager concerning a programme of highway/transport projects to be funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund in the period to 31 March, 2015. It was noted that funding would be allocated on an annual basis. The report stated that the programme was concentrated upon two particular, significant transport corridors in the Rotherham Borough area:-

 

- Dearne Valley Enterprise Corridor (including the A633)

- Don Valley Enterprise Corridor

 

Resolved:- (1) That the report be received and its contents noted.

 

(2) That the programme of highway/transport projects, as listed in the report now submitted, be approved.

34.

Wath Market Relocation and Surrender of lease on Saracens Head Public Car Park pdf icon PDF 30 KB

-        Robin Lambert, Markets General Manager, to report.

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Consideration was given to a report presented by the Markets General Manager concerning the proposal for the Council, as tenants of the land, to surrender the lease of the public car park adjacent to the Saracens Head public house, Wath upon Dearne and also the lease of a piece of land used for storage space, adjacent to the car park. The report stated that the surrender of the two leases would mean that the Wednesday market would have to be relocated into Montgomery Square, Wath upon Dearne.

 

Resolved:- (1) That the report be received and its contents noted.

 

(2) That the leases currently being held by the Council in respect of the Saracens Head public car park (and adjacent storage space), at Wath upon Dearne, be surrendered.

 

(3) That the market held every Wednesday in Wath upon Dearne be relocated onto the pedestrianised area of Montgomery Square, subject to the necessary planning consent being granted.

35.

Market Activities at Wentworth Woodhouse pdf icon PDF 34 KB

-        Robin Lambert, Markets General Manager, to report.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report presented by the Markets General Manager stating that the owner of Wentworth Woodhouse had requested permission to hold fund-raising activities, each month, within its grounds. The activities requested are:-

 

Antique Fairs

Auto-Jumbles

Arts and Crafts Fairs

Classic Car Shows

 

It was noted that the applicant had stated that the proceeds from the market activities would be used towards the regeneration of Wentworth Woodhouse. All of these proposals were likely to include a retail element which would meet the legal definition of a market and as such contravene the Council’s market franchise rights. The proposals, as submitted, did not include car boot sales.

 

Resolved:- (1) That the report be received and its contents noted.

 

(2) That the owner of Wentworth Woodhouse be licensed to hold monthly market type events, on a trial basis for three months beginning with the event advertised to take place on Sunday 2nd September, 2012 and subject to the conditions stipulated in the report now submitted.

 

(3) That the Markets General Manager monitor these events which will be taking place at Wentworth Woodhouse and report further to the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development.

 

(4) That the Markets General Manager, in conjunction with Legal Services, review the Council’s current policy on rival markets to ensure that it is still fit for purpose and is in line with European legislation regarding competition.

 

(5) That a further report on these matters be submitted to a future meeting of the Cabinet Member and Advisers for Regeneration and Development.

36.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following item is likely to be considered in the absence of the press and public as being exempt under Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended March 2006 – information relating to financial and business affairs).

Minutes:

Resolved:- That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 as amended (information relating to the financial/business affairs of any person (including the Council)).

37.

Repairs and Maintenance Contract - Confirmation of Tender List

-        Brian Barrett, Manager, to report.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report presented by the Design and Projects Manager, containing a proposed tender list for repairs and maintenance for the Council’s property portfolio (not including housing estates which are covered by separate arrangements). The report highlighted the potential of achieving revenue savings through the procurement of a tendered repairs service.

 

Resolved:- (1) That the report be received and its contents noted.

 

(2) That the list of tenderers for the repair and maintenance of the Council’s property portfolio (not including housing estates), as detailed in the report now submitted, be approved.