Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation
Thursday, 25th January, 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: The Executive Meeting Room - Third Floor, The Guildhall. View directions

Contact: Joanne Wildsmith, Democratic Services Tel: 9283 4057  Email: democratic@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Councillor Stagg apologised for her late arrival.

2.

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of members' interests.

3.

Community Transport Review (Information Report) pdf icon PDF 113 KB

The purpose of this information report by the Director of Community & Communication is to provide an update following the cessation of the Dial-a-Ride scheme on the review into community transport provision by Age UK Portsmouth and on a separate review by Portsmouth Disability Forum.

Decision:

The information report was noted and is not subject to call-in.

Minutes:

Louise Wilders, Director of Community & Communication, presented her report, accompanied by Gina Perryman, Access & Equality Advisor.   She set out the background to the review of provision of across the board for those who had historically used Dial a Ride.  The review had been undertaken by voluntary sector partners Age UK Portsmouth and Portsmouth Disability Forum (PDF), regarding options available in the city and wider examples (in Hampshire and nationally) as well as PDF considering transport in Portsmouth from a disability perspective.  Age UK Portsmouth interviewed previous customers known to them and assisted them into different modes of transport which had increased their independence.  The findings had shown that public transport in the city has improved in access arrangements, and that the Good Neighbour scheme worked well across Hampshire and was now piloting in Portsmouth. Some of the feedback had indicated that better training was needed for licensed taxi drivers and greater public awareness was required to ensure parking does not take place in bus stops.

 

Councillor Stagg was interested in the survey findings but did not believe that it had reached all the previous users of Dial-a-Ride, stating that only 1 of 60 had submitted a return.   The previous users had indicated that it had been used for a range of activities such as doctors' appointments as well as for shopping, and that they missed the extra care shown by the drivers and many now felt house-bound.  It was reported that the service had been designed to help with shopping and that Patient Transport was available for health appointments.

 

Councillor Bosher asked if the Dial-a-Ride organisers had been asked for a list of their users?  Louise Wilders reported that she was concerned around Data Protection issues, but advised that they had been approached on more than one occasion, and to cover Data Protection had offered to pay for letters to be passed on, as it was important that they were supported and offered alternative means of transport  However this information had not been provided and the offer to provide information to be passed on had not been accepted so efforts had also been made to make contact via community centres and through the wider voluntary and community sector and health partners.  The number of clients had fallen to 10/11.  Councillor Bosher was frustrated that this information had not been forthcoming when the service was taken back in-house when it had been requested.

 

Councillor Bosher thanked Portsmouth Disability Forum and Age UK Portsmouth for their work in undertaking the surveys and welcomed the thorough report which showed that viable alternatives were available.

 

Councillor Chowdhury asked for the survey information to be shared and Councillor Bosher agreed that this should be made available to the Traffic & Transportation spokespersons.

 

The information report was noted.

4.

KC West Southsea - Reducing the free parking within residents' parking bays (TRO 108/2017) pdf icon PDF 418 KB

The report by the Director of Regeneration is to report on the Council's proposal under TRO 108/2017 and the public response to it, in relation to the KC West Southsea residents' parking zone.

 

RECOMMENDED that the 'Portsmouth City Council (KC West Southsea) (Residents' Parking Zone Amendment) (No.108) Order 2017' be implemented as advertised, reducing the free parking period within the KC zone residents' parking bays from 3 hours to 2 hours.

 

Decision:

That the 'Portsmouth City Council (KC West Southsea) (Residents' Parking Zone Amendment) (No.108) Order 2017' not be implemented as advertised, (reducing the free parking period within the KC zone residents' parking bays from 3 hours to 2 hours) so that the 3 hour period in these bays be retained.

Minutes:

Pam Turton, Assistant Director of Transport, Environment & Business Support, presented the report.  This sought to reduce the period of free parking in bays from 3 to 2 hours, following consultation on Traffic Regulation Order 108/2017 which had resulted in 37 responses. 

 

Councillor Chowdhury indicated that he supported the recommendation.

 

Councillor Bosher, as Cabinet Member, was surprised that there had not been a larger response as there are over 4500 properties within the KC zone, and all residents and businesses had received notification of the proposal. Because of this low response rate, Councillor Bosher felt it was not possible to support a change as it appeared that the majority of residents seemed comfortable with how arrangements currently operated. 

 

DECISION: That the 'Portsmouth City Council (KC West Southsea) (Residents' Parking Zone Amendment) (No.108) Order 2017' not be implemented as advertised, (reducing the free parking period within the KC zone residents' parking bays from 3 hours to 2 hours) so that the 3 hour period in these bays be retained.

5.

Elkstone Road Traffic Calming - Results of Public Consultation pdf icon PDF 368 KB

To consider the responses to the public consultation regarding the proposals to implement traffic calming within Elkstone Road.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation approves:

 

Option 1, to implement three speed cushions across the carriageway width within several locations in Elkstone Road, for implementation.

 

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation approved Option 1, to implement three speed cushions across the carriageway width within several locations in Elkstone Road, for implementation.

Minutes:

Pam Turton, Assistant Director of Transport, Environment & Business Support, presented the report of the Director of Regeneration.  From the response received the majority (20 of the 27 responses) supported Option 1.

 

Councillor Chowdhury supported the speed calming proposal.

 

Councillor Bosher was aware of the problems being experienced in Elkstone Road so welcomed this initiative. 

 

DECISION: The Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation approved Option 1, to implement three speed cushions across the carriageway width within several locations in Elkstone Road, for implementation.

6.

Slingsby Close - Double yellow lines (TRO 115b/2017) pdf icon PDF 222 KB

The report by the Director of Regeneration is to consider residents' responses to the proposed double yellow lines in Slingsby Close; a cul-de-sac within Pembroke Park.

                 

RECOMMENDED

 

(1)  That the double yellow lines are not installed at this time, primarily due to the objections from residents but also the lack of evidence to show Slingsby Close experiences exceptional congestion issues due to on-street parking.

 

(2)  That further proposals for additional double yellow lines on one side of Slingsby Close are not progressed given the response to the current proposal under TRO 115/2017.

 

Decision:

(1)  That the double yellow lines are not installed at this time, primarily due to the objections from residents but also the lack of evidence to show Slingsby Close experiences exceptional congestion issues due to on-street parking.

 

(2)  That further consultation takes place with residents to mitigate the parking issues being experienced.

Minutes:

Councillor Bosher varied the agenda order to take this item earlier due to the deputations being made; these were heard from Mr Williams on behalf of Mr & Mrs Bosshardt, and from Mr Bacon, all speaking against the double yellow lines which supported the officer recommendation.

(Deputations are not minuted in full as these are recorded as part of the web-cast of this meeting which can be viewed here

https://livestream.com/accounts/14063785/Cabinet-TT-25Jan2018)

 

 

Pam Turton, Assistant Director of Transport, Environment & Business Support, presented the report, which set out the background to the consultation on the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO 115b/2017) and the responses as set out in Section 4.1 of the report.

 

Councillor Bosher reported that he had received further later representations, so there was representation both in favour of parking restrictions and against it.  It was reported that Pembroke Park was due to be surveyed for views on a possible Residents Parking scheme in 2019. 

 

Councillor Chowdhury noted the even balance of the representations for and against the implementation of double yellow lines in Slingsby Close. (Councillor Stagg did not participate in the discussion of this item due to her late arrival.)

 

Councillor Bosher, Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation, had visited Slingsby Close twice to look at the parking situation, meeting with residents on one of these visits. He was aware of problems caused by cars parking in the turning circle and that parts of the road were narrow, with the issue of emergency vehicle access being raised (especially if there was parking both sides of the road).   Councillor Bosher was also aware of complaints that there was long stay parking by those commuting to the Isle of Wight.  Therefore as he was not in favour of the proposed double yellow lines but was mindful of other problems being experience and the survey for Residents Parking not taking place until 2019, he asked if there was another course of action?

 

Pam Turton suggested that informal consultation could be undertaken with residents to further analyse their different needs, to seek an alternative solution. Councillor Bosher supported this and amended recommendation 2 to try to seek a solution through consultation, but supported recommendation 1 so that the double yellow lines would not be implemented at this time.

 

 

DECISIONS:

(1)  That the double yellow lines are not installed at this time, primarily due to the objections from residents but also the lack of evidence to show Slingsby Close experiences exceptional congestion issues due to on-street parking.

 

(2)  That further consultation takes place with residents to mitigate the parking issues being experienced.