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Agenda item

Footstreets Traffic Regulation Order Proposals

This report presents the proposal for the advertisement of the statutory consultation for amending the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) with the effect of removal of certain vehicle exemptions during the pedestrian hours and to propose potential mitigation measures.

Decision:

Resolved:

 

                   i.        Approved the request to advertise the proposal to amend the Traffic Regulation Order, to remove the exemptions on vehicles with a Blue Disabled User Badge from permitted access to the footstreets during the pedestrian hours, as set out in the report.

 

Reason:    To increase public safety in areas of high footfall and reduce the level of conflict between vehicles and pedestrians, particularly in busy periods.

 

                  ii.        Approved the advertisement of new Blue Badge parking areas on the outskirts of the pedestrian area and approve further investigation into some additional areas with the exception of two spaces on St Andrew’s Place.

 

Reason:    To provide an improved level of Blue Badge parking and increase the availability of Blue Badge parking amenity.

Minutes:

Officers introduced the report noting the work undertaken with groups and residents affected by the changes, they also noted that any decision relating to Castle Gate would be made separately. It was confirmed that 67% of residents surveyed supported the footstreets extension and 61% of those with a disability that responded also support the extension. The current proposals had also said to have support businesses such as the ability to grant 100 street café licences.

 

The Executive Member welcomed the report and noted that it should support in the city for the measures relating to the footstreet that had been in place on a temporary basis. He enquired as to how the My City Centre consultation could affect a decision made at the meeting and it was confirmed that the Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) were noted static and could therefore be amended due to any consultation.

 

While the Executive Member noted his support for the proposals he raised concerns about new spaces identified on St Andrew’s Place due to proximity to the bollards and a potential impact on cyclists.

 

Resolved:

 

                   i.        Approved the request to advertise the proposal to amend the Traffic Regulation Order, to remove the exemptions on vehicles with a Blue Disabled User Badge from permitted access to the footstreets during the pedestrian hours, as set out in the report.

 

Reason:    To increase public safety in areas of high footfall and reduce the level of conflict between vehicles and pedestrians, particularly in busy periods.

 

                  ii.        Approved the advertisement of new Blue Badge parking areas on the outskirts of the pedestrian area and approve further investigation into some additional areas with the exception of two spaces on St Andrew’s Place.

 

Reason:    To provide an improved level of Blue Badge parking and increase the availability of Blue Badge parking amenity.

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