Agenda and draft minutes
Venue: Clifton Methodist Church, Clifton, YO30 6AL
Contact: Kay Bailey
Ward surgery/drop in
Prior to the start of the formal meeting, residents had the opportunity to speak to the Ward Councillors, the Street Environment Officer and members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Councillor Douglas opened the formal meeting at 7.30pm.
The minutes of the last formal ward meeting held on 28th June 2012 were agreed to be a true and accurate record.
Neighbourhood Policing Team
PCSO Joby Lewis gave an overview on recent Crime and Community Safety issues in the ward, and the following points were raised:
In response to a question regarding a sharp rise across North Yorkshire in the number of thefts from lock-ups and garage buildings, PCSO Lewis noted that this was an issue they were aware of. He advised that the law on scrap metal dealings had now changed, making it impossible to trade for cash, in an effort to reduce the number of thefts for scrap. PCSO Lewis further advised that portable, high value items were usually targeted, and that the Safer Neighbourhood Team could provide advice on securing outbuildings such as sheds if required. He also reported on the Organised Crime Group initiative, which focussed on gathering intelligence and carrying out surveillance on known offenders in order to secure grounds for prosecution.
Residents asked for clarification about their rights in relation ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Traffic Management including Lendal Bridge trial restrictions
Councillor Douglas introduced Ruth Stevenson and Simon Parrett from the Sustainable Transport department at CYC, who were attending to give a presentation and answer residents’ questions about the trial traffic restrictions on Lendal Bridge.
Ruth Stevenson began by giving a presentation outlining the rationale for the trial, and the following points were highlighted:
- Proposed investment of approximately £40m in the city centre, particularly around the Theatre Royal, Exhibition Square and Duncombe Place. A reduction in traffic in this area would support this.
- There was an expectation based on studies from other cities around Europe that a general improvement in public spaces in the city centre would benefit the economy.
- Traffic levels are expected to increase in the future, and there needs to be a plan in place to deal with this. The proposed trial would look to secure improvements to the reliability of bus services, and to develop the public transport system.
- External funding has also been received to develop the bus services and other sustainable transport improvements.
In summary, the two main aims of the trial would be to improve the areas around Exhibition Square and Duncombe Place with a reduction in traffic, and to enhance the reliability of the bus services.
Ruth noted that Lendal Bridge is a heavily pedestrianised area, and the majority of traffic crossing the bridge did so either on foot, by bike or by bus. The trial aimed to improve the traffic congestion by restricting car travel over the bridge. She advised that the trial would last for at least six months (though less if there were significant problems occurring), and would begin in August. Priority access would be given to buses, cycles, pedestrians and emergency vehicles. Taxis would also be given access, but for the purposes of the trial period only. Restrictions would be in place during the current footstreet hours of 10.30am to 5pm, and would be enforced using ANPR cameras.
Ruth then outlined a number of mitigation strategies to deal with potential issues. She noted that there was a significant amount of detail still to work out in relation to the trial, and a working group had been set up specifically to undertake this. Residents were encouraged to forward any queries or comments about the trial to the email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simon Parrett then gave a presentation to residents on the predicted effects that the trial would have on traffic flow across the rest of the city. He advised that data had been taken from the 2011 traffic model and that potential increases had been calculated for all major routes into the city. It was noted that there was a relatively small traffic increase predicted for the other bridges in both the morning and afternoon peak times.
Areas which were expected to have the most increase in traffic flow, which included Clifton Green, would be monitored and traffic signals altered to try and ease the flow as much as possible.
Questions were invited from residents ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Have Your Say
The discussion on the Lendal Bridge trial continued, with Councillor Dave Merrett providing residents with further information on the wider context. The following points were noted.
* The traffic growth in the city has doubled since 1978 (the last time Lendal Bridge was closed, due to maintenance), and there were limited options in terms of improving traffic within the city due to road capacity. For this reason, it is necessary to look at changing the way people travel into the city, by encouraging more use of public transport, cycling and walking.
* Reliability of public transport is currently an issue which needs to be resolved, and there is an expectation that this will improve as a result of the proposed trial.
* In addition, the main route for visitors into the city centre from the station takes them over Lendal Bridge, and pedestrian crossings on this route are currently unsuitable due to the level of traffic.
* Councillor Merrett advised there was an opportunity with this trial to transform the spaces around Bootham Bar, Exhibition Square and St Leonards Place for both visitors and residents alike.
* In addition to the Lendal Bridge proposals, around £18m of investment was being used to target improvements to the outer ring road (in conjunction with West Yorkshire Council), increased Park and Ride services (including one at Clifton Moor), further bus priority routes on Fulford Road and the creation of a bus interchange at the railway station to provide a turning point.
Residents asked whether maps would be produced for visiting motorists, to advise them of the road closures. Ruth Stevenson advised that this was part of the project plan, and that satellite navigation companies would also be informed, as well as information being published on the City of York Council website. She noted that this was not currently available, but would be in place before the trial began.
Residents were asked to forward any other questions and concerns regarding the trial to the email@example.com address, or to Councillor Merrett.
The following points were also raised under “Have Your Say”:
* One resident referred to the
minutes of the previous meeting, where it had been noted that fares
for intermediate stops on the Park and Ride routes were more
expensive than travelling the whole route. The resident noted that
he had written to First to ask for clarification on this, but had
not received a response.
* Residents noted that there was still no timetable on the bus stop outside the pharmacy, as reported in the minutes of the previous meeting.
Ward Priorities and Ward Budget 2013-14
The allocation of the 2012/13 Ward Committee budget was noted as follows:
Total budget £4,980.
A further sum of £4,200 was allocated to Clifton Ward Committee in March 2013. Bids were received and the following grants were awarded:
Final reports on these projects are due at the end of June 2013 and this information will be shared at the next informal ward meeting. Overall, there was a £65 underspend.
Councillor Douglas reported that the budget for 2013/14 would be £4,980, as the previous year. Community groups were encouraged to apply for funding for specific projects which would benefit the ward, in particular focussing on the priorities of inclusiveness, environmentally progressiveness and promoting a safer ward. It was noted that application forms were available to take away. Councillor Douglas requested that all applications be submitted as soon as possible and before 31st July 2013, so that a decision could be made by the end of August 2013. Councillor Scott asked residents to encourage any other groups to apply who may not be aware of the funding, so that as wide a range of initiatives as possible could benefit.
Clifton Planning Panel annual selection