Public Participation - Decision Session
- Meeting of Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport, Thursday, 12 November 2015 5.00 pm (Item 23.)
At this point in the meeting, members of the public who have registered their wish to speak at the meeting can do so. The deadline for registering is 5:00pm on Wednesday 11th November 2015.
Members of the public may speak on an item on the agenda or an issue within the Executive Member’s remit.
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It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.
There were a number of registered speakers on the agenda items as follows:
Roy Haddon had registered to speak on agenda item 4 in relation to the Public Right of Way issue. He felt that free movement should not be restricted and that the public spaces protection orders were not justified. The crime statistics only highlighted 6 recorded crimes between January 2014 and December 2014 and the area could not be considered a crime hotspot.
Stuart Kay spoke as Chairman of Dunnington Parish Council in relation to agenda item 5, Part 2, Annex J, Site 12 Common Lane Dunnington. He was pleased that the Council had acknowledged the speeding problem at the entrance to the village from the A166 via Common Road but was concerned that the solution being put forward in the officers report would make the situation worse around the sports club.
Councillor Brooks spoke as Ward Member also in relation to agenda item 5, Part 2, Annex J, Site 12 Common Lane Dunnington. She raised concerns about moving the 30mph speed limit closer to the sports club entrance and asked that the proposal be deferred to enable further consultation.
Lawrence Mattinson spoke as Parish Councillor for Strensall and Towthorpe. In relation to in relation to agenda item 5, Part 2, Annex G, York Road, Strensall he advised that the Parish Council did not support the proposal and in light of a lack of comment from North Yorkshire Police and the opposition to the scheme from the Parish Council and Ward Member he was concerned that it is to go ahead. He asked that the Council listens to residents and referred to the fact that 75% of traffic enters the village from Sheriff Hutton Road and the lack of a crossing at that point makes it difficult for elderly residents and children to cross the road safely.
Councillor Waller spoke in relation to agenda item 5, Part 2, Annex N, Wetherby Road. He advised that he had asked residents for their views on the proposal and the key issue is speed. The majority did not support changing the road layout. He felt that a 40mph buffer was required and asked that this be incorporated into any ongoing consultations.
Councillor D’Agorne spoke in relation to agenda item 5. He referred to the speed review process and advised it should be a speed monitoring process. He felt that the Council was failing to achieve a safe environment for all road users and more needs to be done to make sustainable travel safe and attractive. He advised that the Council should consult on the whole speed management process rather than just individual engineering schemes. He supported the replacement of Vehicle Activated Signs but felt that they needed to be deployed for a maximum of 6 months and combined with enforcement action to make them effective.
Councillor Warters spoke in relation to agenda item 5, Part 2, Annex Q, Murton Way. He felt that improving the signage would be a waste of money as in his opinion, signs are ineffective. In reference to the white lines, he felt they should not of been painted in the first place but it was not an appropriate use of funds to now attempt to remove them. He supported the installation of a granite rumble strip and verge widening in Murton Lane.
Nick Kay spoke on behalf of the St Andrew Place Residents Association. He advised that the entrance to Spen Lane is access for residents, visitors, utilities and deliveries only. He referred to paragraph 16 of the report and advised that Spen Lane, St Andrew Gate and St Andrew Place should of been included in the list as being covered by regulations. He advised that residents suffer from pollution and noise. He asked that the Spen Lane area be included within the review as the restrictions aren’t currently being enforced and residents are concerned that if more restrictions are introduced around the city centre then more people will use Spen Lane.
Councillor Craghill spoke on agenda item 7 City Centre Strategy. She advised that she welcomed the report and its recommendations as she was concerned about vehicles spoiling access in the city centre. She supported as much of the city centre being closed to vehicles as possible and supported option 9 as outlined in the report, to look at a wide range of solutions. She supported the comments made by the previous speaker in relation to Spen Lane and also had some concerns about Fossgate and the lack of enforcement in that area and welcomed further work in that area but didn’t want to see Fossgate removed from plans to bring it into the footstreet area.