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School Travel Plans Ad-hoc Scrutiny Review Final Report

Meeting: 18/01/2011 - Executive - for meetings from 03/06/00 to 26/04/11 (Item 145)

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This report presents the final report of the School Travel Plans Ad Hoc Scrutiny Committee.

 

Note:  copies of the A5 booklet style final report have been distributed with this agenda to Members only.  The final report can also be viewed on-line.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the following be agreed in response to the final report of the Scrutiny Committee:

 

Scrutiny Recommendation

Executive decision

1 - Improve collaborative working across service areas and Directorates to allow for improved forward planning in Schools

Agreed

2 - Include in best practice guide for schools -‘encourage year 6 pupils to cycle/walk to secondary schools on induction days to build pupil/parent confidence, in time for starting at secondary school’ (Linked to Rec.10)

Agreed

3 - Instruct officers to investigate sources of sustainablefunding for initiatives and incentives for future financial years

Agreed

4 - Instruct officers to investigate the introduction of a ‘one-off’ cycle allowance for use in purchasing a bicycle and equipment and/or a loan scheme for bicycles and equipment, in place of free bus travel for those that want it and are eligible

Agreed that options for stimulating the use of cycles to travel to  schools be further investigated and that any revised strategy should seek to address cost issues for less well off children

5 - Reprioritise the work of Civil Enforcement Officers to allow for an increase in the amount of time they can spend enforcing the parking restrictions outside schools

Agreed

6 - Instruct Communities & Neighbourhoods Parking Services to investigate and provide a future report to the Executive on the use of a CCTV car and sharing the costs with other local authorities and/or public agencies

Agreed to note latest briefing from Neighbourhoods officers

7 - Revise council policy to ensure Development Control can only accept an STP in support of a school planning application if it adheres to the DfT minimum standards contained within the‘School Travel Plan Quality Assurance - Advice Note’ issued by the DfT & DCSF in2007. In cases where an STP does not meet those standards, instruct Development Control to make it a condition of planning consent, or successor documents.

Agreed

8 - Identify a clear strategy for resolving interdirectorate issues to ensure enforcement of conditions of planning consent relating to STPs

Agreed

9 - Include in best practice guide for school ‘that a Travel Plan Champion be identified within the school’ (Linked to Rec.10)

Agreed

10 - Transport Planning Unit to develop and issue a best practice guide for York schools, to includea toolbox of measures for schools to pick and choose from when producing/revising their STP

Agreed that this be progressed as resources allow.

 

REASON:      In order to provide an appropriate response to the Scrutiny recommendations, taking into account the resources required.

Minutes:

Members considered the final report of the School Travel Plans Ad Hoc Scrutiny Committee.  Cllr Potter, as Chair of the Committee, was in attendance to present the report.

 

The new, booklet-style, final report (Annex 1) had been circulated to Executive Members and made available on the Council’s website.  The recommendations agreed by the Committee were set out were set out in paragraph 9 of the cover report.

 

Having noted the comments of the Labour Group Spokespersons on this item, it was

 

RESOLVED: That the following be agreed in response to the final report of the Scrutiny Committee:

 

Scrutiny Recommendation

Executive decision

1 - Improve collaborative working across service areas and Directorates to allow for improved forward planning in Schools

Agreed

2 - Include in best practice guide for schools -‘encourage year 6 pupils to cycle/walk to secondary schools on induction days to build pupil/parent confidence, in time for starting at secondary school’ (Linked to Rec.10)

Agreed

3 - Instruct officers to investigate sources of sustainable funding for initiatives and incentives for future financial years

Agreed

4 - Instruct officers to investigate the introduction of a ‘one-off’ cycle allowance for use in purchasing a bicycle and equipment and/or a loan scheme for bicycles and equipment, in place of free bus travel for those that want it and are eligible

Agreed that options for stimulating the use of cycles to travel to  schools be further investigated and that any revised strategy should seek to address cost issues for less well off children

5 - Reprioritise the work of Civil Enforcement Officers to allow for an increase in the amount of time they can spend enforcing the parking restrictions outside schools

Agreed

6 - Instruct Communities & Neighbourhoods Parking Services to investigate and provide a future report to the Executive on the use of a CCTV car and sharing the costs with other local authorities and/or public agencies

Agreed to note latest briefing from Neighbourhoods officers

7 - Revise council policy to ensure Development Control can only accept an STP in support of a school planning application if it adheres to the DfT minimum standards contained within the‘School Travel Plan Quality Assurance - Advice Note’ issued by the DfT & DCSF in2007. In cases where an STP does not meet those standards, instruct Development Control to make it a condition of planning consent, or successor documents.

Agreed

8 - Identify a clear strategy for resolving inter-directorate issues to ensure enforcement of conditions of planning consent relating to STPs

Agreed

9 - Include in best practice guide for school ‘that a Travel Plan Champion be identified within the school’ (Linked to Rec.10)

Agreed

10 - Transport Planning Unit to develop and issue a best practice guide for York schools, to includea toolbox of measures for schools to pick and choose from when producing/revising their STP

Agreed that this be progressed as resources allow.

 

REASON:      In order to provide an appropriate response to the Scrutiny recommendations, taking into account the resources required.


 

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