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Cheltenham Transport Plan Phase 4

Meeting: 20/12/2019 - Cabinet (Item 5)

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To consider a recommendation from the Traffic Regulation Committee, (made at the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting on 16 December 2019), in respect of Phase 4 of the Cheltenham Transport Plan. Cabinet will be asked to make or abandon the experimental traffic regulation orders for this scheme.

 

Please refer to the link below to view the documents published with the agenda for the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting on 16 December 2019.

 

https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=268&MId=9586&Ver=4

 

Notification of the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting decision will be published on the Gloucestershire County Council website prior to the Cabinet meeting.   

 

Please refer to the link below to view the final report (including recommendations) of the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting on 16 December 2019.

 

https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/documents/b16344/Traffic%20Regulation%20Committee%20Report%2016%20December%202019%20Friday%2020-Dec-2019%2010.00%20Cabinet.pdf?T=9

 

The report was published as a supplementary report to the agenda on 18 December 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

At the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting on 16 December 2019, the committee was asked to consider the Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) relating to Phase 4 of Cheltenham Transport Plan, (trial restriction of Clarence Street “Boots Corner”), and make a recommendation to Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet.

 

Vice Chairman of the Traffic Regulation (TR) Committee, Cllr Alan Preest, presented the final report of the Committee, (including recommendations), from the TR Committee meeting held on 16 December 2019.

 

Cllr Preest confirmed that the committee had considered the evidence made available to them, including all of the representations received in response to the final version of the ETROs, and had

 

RESOLVED to recommend that the Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet: -

 

Abandon the current Phase 4 Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) and revert back to the permanent Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) which had been in place immediately prior to the Phase 4 trial.

 

The Committee also RESOLVED to: - 

 

Recommend that, whether or not Cabinet agreed to abandon the Phase 4 ETROs and revert back to the permanent TROs, Cabinet should note that:

 

Ø  Capital investment is needed to improve the sequence of the traffic signals on the town centre ring road to make the routes more useable.

 

Ø  Clearer strategic route signage is needed throughout the town centre, to enable motorists to navigate their way around effectively.

 

Ø  Action needs to be undertaken on addressing the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles at various points in the town centre.

 

Cabinet considered the recommendation of the Traffic Regulation Committee and,  

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1)    Abandon the amended versions of the ETROs for Phase 4 of the CTP;

2)    Delegate authority to the Lead Commissioner: Highway Authority to implement its decision;

3)    Commit to continuing to work with key stakeholders to improve transport and access in Cheltenham Town Centre.

 

Where the need to implement a decision so urgently pre-implementation review of the decision is not appropriate, the Council’s Constitution allows for the decision to be implemented urgently without imposing a call-in period. (To do so, the Chair of Council and the Chair of the relevant Scrutiny Committee, must confirm that it is necessary to implement the decision immediately). 

 

In accordance with paragraph 7.2 of the cabinet decision report for this decision, Cllr Ray Theodoulou, (Chair of Council), and Cllr Rob Bird, (Chair of the Environment Scrutiny Committee), agreed that the decision should be implemented immediately for the following reason: -     

 

The original CTP Phase 4 ETROs were implemented on 28 June 2018 for a period of no more than 18 months. The ETROs expire on 28 December 2019. Whatever the outcome of the Cabinet decision on 20 December 2019, the council’s 5 day call in procedure would restrict implementation of the decision until 1 January 2020, (following expiry of the ETROs).

 

The decision to abandon the amended versions of the ETROs for Phase 4 of the Cheltenham Transport Plan will therefore be implemented with immediate effect in  ...  view the full decision text for item 5

Minutes:

Cllr Tim Harman, Cabinet Member: Public Health declared a non pecuniary interest and left the meeting for consideration of this item (Cheltenham Transport Plan). The declaration of interest related to Cllr Harman’s role of Group Leader at Cheltenham Borough Council.

 

The Cheltenham Transport Plan, (CTP), commenced in 2013 as a joint project funded by the Department for Transport. The CTP is a long-held Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) vision to recast and make changes to Cheltenham Town Centre.

 

The original Phase 4 Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) commenced on Thursday 28 June 2018 as a trial restriction of Clarence Street, Cheltenham, (known locally as “Boots Corner”), to run for a period of up to 18 months, after which time the trial would need to be abandoned or made permanent. The overall objective of implementing the trial ETROs was to restrict general traffic along a section of Clarence Street (Boots Corner) whilst allowing service access and enabling civil enforcement.

 

Having considered comments received in relation to the original Phase 4 ETROs, including the effects of the restrictions, Cheltenham Borough Council (as scheme promoter) and Gloucestershire County Council (as local highways authority) agreed in January 2019 to introduce revised ETROs. The amendments to the Phase 4 Trial commenced for a 6 month period on Monday 3 June 2019.

 

At a meeting on 16 December 2019, the GCC Traffic Regulation Committee (TRC) was asked to make a recommendation to GCC Cabinet on whether the Phase 4 Trial, (as amended from 3 June 2019), should be abandoned or made permanent. The TRC has the authority to make a recommendation to Gloucestershire County Council, (as local highways authority), to seek a final decision on whether to abandon or make permanent the ETROs. The remit of the committee was to solely consider the amended and final version of Phase 4 ETROs.

 

The TRC was asked to consider the following recommendations: -

 

i)     Make the current Phase 4 ETROs permanent; or

 

ii)    Abandon the current Phase 4 ETROs and revert back to the permanent TROs in place immediately prior to the Phase 4 trial

 

Following a full and in-depth discussion, involving intense questioning and representations from members of the public, local businesses and Cheltenham Borough Council, the TRC made the following recommendation to Gloucestershire County Council, (as local Highways Authority), for consideration by GCC Cabinet at this meeting.

 

The TRC recommended: -

 

i)             That Cabinet abandon the current Phase 4 ETROs and revert back to the permanent TROs in place immediately prior to the Phase 4 trial.

 

ii)            In considering the recommendation, that Cabinet delegates authority to the Lead Commissioner: Highways Authority to implement the decision and, whatever the outcome of the decision, commit to continue to working with key stakeholders to improve transport and access arrangements in Cheltenham Town Centre.

 

Vice Chairman of the TRC, Cllr Alan Preest, presented the final decision report of the committee, including an overview of the outcomes of the meeting held  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5