Agenda

Adult Social Care and Communities Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday 29 October 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Meeting Room 1&2 - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

Organisation Items

1.

Apologies

2.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 109 KB

3.

Declarations of Interest

Scrutiny items

4.

Road Safety pdf icon PDF 77 KB

This council notes that:

·         road safety and traffic speeds are of significant concern to many residents in Gloucestershire, in both urban and rural areas.

·         elected county councillors have a key role to play, working with local communities, to resolve these concerns, finding effective road safety solutions to help pedestrians, cyclists and all road users.

 

However, this council further notes that:

·         when county councillors request measures to reduce traffic speeds, even when offering to put their highways local funds towards it, policy and financial constraints mean they rarely come to fruition.

·         a key obstacle in securing some traffic calming measures is the cost of Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) and the lengthy processes needed to secure changes such as yellow lines.

 

Therefore this council resolves to:

1)       ask Cabinet to review county council policies relating to traffic calming, including the use of physical design and vehicle activated signage, to aid councillors in securing evidence-based road changes.

2)       write to the relevant Secretary of State to:

a.       express our serious concern that national road safety guidelines are too restrictive and ask for the guidance to be reviewed to create a more enabling policy framework.

b.       clarify what progress has been made to simplify the TRO process.

3)       consider increasing the road safety budget for 2020-21 through the budget setting process, which could include a ring fenced budget for each council division. 

4)       build on existing local road safety initiatives to establish “road safety partnerships” for each of the six districts where there are none, and to formalise the relationship between road safety partnerships and the highways authority and county councillors.