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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: The Thornton Room - Ground Floor, West Offices (G039). View directions

Contact: Bartek Wytrzyszczewski  Democracy Officer

Webcast: video recording

Items
No. Item

47.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, Members are asked to declare:

 

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

 

which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member was asked to declare personal interests not included on the Register of Interests or any prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests that he might have in respect of business on the agenda. No additional interests were declared.

48.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2017.

Minutes:

Resolved:                     To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2017 as a correct record.

49.

Public Participation pdf icon PDF 127 KB

At this point in the meeting, members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. The deadline for registering is 5.00pm on Wednesday 13 December 2017.  Members of the public can speak on agenda items or matters within the Executive Member’s remit.

 

To register to speak please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting, on the details at the foot of the agenda.

 

Filming, Recording or Webcasting Meetings

Please note that, subject to available resources, this meeting will be filmed and webcast, or recorded, including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The broadcast can be viewed at http://www.york.gov.uk/webcasts or, if recorded, this will be uploaded onto the Council’s website following the meeting.

 

Residents are welcome to photograph, film or record Councillors and Officers at all meetings open to the press and public. This includes the use of social media reporting, i.e. tweeting. Anyone wishing to film, record or take photos at any public meeting should contact the Democracy Officer (contact details are at the foot of this agenda) in advance of the meeting.

 

The Council’s protocol on Webcasting, Filming & Recording of Meetings ensures that these practices are carried out in a manner both respectful to the conduct of the meeting and all those present.  It can be viewed at

 

https://www.york.gov.uk/downloads/file/11406/protocol_for_webcasting_filming_and_recording_of_council_meetings_20160809

 

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been two registrations to speak at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme. It was explained that speakers would be taken under the appropriate items of business on the agenda.

50.

Petition for a Push Button Crossing on Bishopthorpe Road at Butcher Terrace to improve pedestrian and cycle safety pdf icon PDF 175 KB

To respond to a petition signed by 192 individuals and submitted to the Council requesting a push button crossing at the junction of Bishopthorpe Road and Butcher Terrace.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:  To undertake a detailed review of the Bishopthorpe Road which would include the assessment of the Bishopthorpe Road and Butcher Terrace / Southbank Avenue junctions, Bishopthorpe and Balmoral Terrace junction as well as the Bishopthorpe Road and Campleshon Road junction, with possible recommendations to be brought to a future meeting. The review would be undertaken as soon as the results of the new residents’ parking zones on Bishopthorpe Road and the side roads could be considered.

 

Reason:     With a consideration for the passing of time, changes to road conditions, highway standards and the expectations of users, the outcome of the previous review (i.e. installation of central refuges on Bishopthorpe Road) could differ from the one desired at that moment.

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered the report responding to a petition signed by 192 individuals and submitted to the Council, requesting a push-button crossing at the junction of Bishopthorpe Road and Butcher Terrace. The Sustainable Transport Manager and the Assistant Director for Transport, Highways and Environment were in attendance to answer potential questions. It was confirmed that there were no updates to the original report.

 

Anna Semleyn, a local resident, spoke in support of the petition. She explained that the route in question was frequently used by children going (on their own) to their local primary and secondary schools. She also added that, according to the research, younger children were not able to cross the road on their own even if speed of the vehicles was restricted to 20mph, which was attributed to their reduced sensitivity to visual looming. She emphasised that, compared to adults, children needed to find longer gaps in order to safely cross the road. Finally, she stated that the Executive Member had a duty of care to provide a push-button crossing at Butcher Terrace, particularly for young people and other pedestrians, all of whom had priority when using the road.  

 

Phoebe Morgan, a local resident, also spoke in support of the petition, highlighting that the push-button crossing should be introduced due to the demography of participants using the road, a busy flow of traffic which constituted danger for children as well as increased car usage in the area.

 

Following on the queries from the public speakers, the Officers confirmed that:

·        the comprehensive piece of work had been undertaken in relation to this junction in 2004-2006;

·        the 20mph restriction was implemented as a result of that review; this reduced the mean speed on Bishopthorpe Road which, according to the speed surveys, was under 20mph;

·        several central refuges on Bishopthorpe Road were introduced after the review had ended;

·        by means of the public consultation, members of the public rejected an idea of implementing a signalised junction in that area at the end of 2004;

·        the location was referred to the North Yorkshire community speed watch team who would assess it for its suitability for inclusion in the community speed watch programme.

 

The Executive Member thanked the public speakers and the Officers for their input. It was acknowledged that, although there was no current evidence suggesting that the push-button crossing at Butcher Terrace was required, the perceived danger highlighted in the petition should be given due regard. It was then

 

Resolved:                     That a detailed review of the Bishopthorpe Road which would include the assessment of the Bishopthorpe Road and Butcher Terrace / Southbank Avenue junctions, Bishopthorpe and Balmoral Terrace junction as well as the Bishopthorpe Road and Campleshon Road junction be undertaken, with possible recommendations to be brought to a future meeting. The review would be initiated as soon as the results of the new residents’ parking zones on Bishopthorpe Road and the side roads could be considered.

 

Reason:                        With a consideration for the passing of time, changes to road  ...  view the full minutes text for item 50.

 

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