AT A MEETING of the WINCHESTER MOVEMENT AND ACCESS PLAN JOINT MEMBERS PANEL held at The Castle, Winchester on Wednesday 23 October 2002.

PRESENT:

Hampshire County Council

Councillors: K.B. Estlin (Chairman); Mrs P. Dickens; Mrs S.M. Glasspool; J.K. West.

Winchester City Council

Councillors: J. Beveridge; P. Davies; D. Hiscock; G. Hutton; F. Mather.

18. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations made under this item.

19. MINUTES

The Minutes of the meeting held on 18 March 2002 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman

Arising thereon
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20. CHAIRMAN'S COMMUNICATIONS

The Chairman informed the Panel that the County Planning and Surveyor Departments were currently undergoing a reorganisation. Both departments would be merged and become the Environment Department. A new Director of Environment, Mrs Alison Quant had been appointed and would take up her post on 28 October 2002. Mr David Tarrant had been appointed as her deputy and other senior positions were due to be filled in the near future.

Councillor Beveridge took the opportunity to advise that Mr David Marklew, City Engineer and Pat Smyth, Engineering Service Manager, would be retiring at the end of the year, and also that the City Council would be appointing a Transport and Traffic Manager. Councillor Davies thanked Mr Marklew for his services.

21. DEPUTATIONS

There were no deputations.

22. LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN - ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT 2002

The Panel considered the report of the County Surveyor (Item 5 in the Minute Book) on the delivery of the Local Transport Plan and the content of the County Council's second Annual Progress Report submitted to the Government Office for the South East and the Department for Transport on 31 July 2002.

The Chairman reported that current forecasts for capital expenditure on transport in 2003/04 were showing an excess of spending over resources. A formal response on the Annual Progress Plan was expected in December. In the likelihood of extra funding not being made available, the Area Transportation Strategy Panels would be requested to review their programmes for 2003/04.

RESOLVED:

23. TRANSPORT CAPITAL PROGRAMME PROGRESS

The Panel considered the report of the County Surveyor and Director of Development Services (Winchester City Council) (Item 6 in the Minute Book) on progress made in developing and implementing schemes within the Winchester Movement and Access Plan. The following matters arose (inter alia) in the course of the ensuing discussion:-

24. PEDESTRIAN ATTITUDE STUDY

The Panel considered the report of the County Surveyor and Director of Development Services (Winchester City Council) (Item 7 in the Minute Book) which set out the results of the Pedestrian Attitude Study. The County Surveyor reported that the study had provided useful information regarding the factors that influence people's decisions to walk or not walk. A wide range of specific suggestions, set out in the appendix to the report, were obtained which could be incorporated into the implementation programme.

RESOLVED:

That the Executive Member for Environment be advised that a programme of improvements for pedestrians in response to the findings of the study be undertaken.

25. OUTCOME OF 2002 MONITORING AND TRANSPOL SURVEYS

The Panel considered the report of the County Surveyor (Item 8 in the Minute Book) which set out the findings of surveys undertaken during 2002 and made comparisons with similar surveys previously undertaken to assess the impact of initiatives within the Winchester Movement and Access Plan.

RESOLVED:

That the results of the 2002 Winchester Movement and Access Plan and Transpol household questionnaire surveys be noted.

26. ROMSEY ROAD CORRIDOR PROPOSALS

The Panel considered the report of the County Surveyor and Director of Development Services (Winchester City Council) (Item 9 in the Minute Book) which outlined proposals for the Romsey Road corridor.

The County Surveyor advised that the consultation period for the scheme was due to begin on 18 November. Small exhibitions would be held at various locations throughout the Romsey Road area.


RESOLVED:

That the Executive Member for Environment be advised that the outline design be progressed and public consultation on the Romsey Road corridor be undertaken.

27. EASTON LANE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT/CYCLE SCHEME

The Panel considered the report of the County Surveyor and Director of Development Services (Winchester City Council) (Item 10 in the Minute Book) which outlined proposals for the Easton Lane traffic management/cycle scheme. A public consultation exercise was hoped to commence early 2003.

Councillor Mrs Dickens declared a personal interest in the item as a member of the Winchester Cycle Group.

RESOLVED:

That the Executive Member for Environment be advised that the outline design be progressed and public consultation on the Easton Lane traffic management/cycle scheme be undertaken.

28. JEWRY STREET/CITY ROAD IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

The Panel considered the report of the County Surveyor and Director of Development Services (Winchester City Council) (Item 11 in the Minute Book) which outlined proposals for the Jewry Street/City Road improvement scheme.

RESOLVED:

That the Executive Member for Environment be advised that the outline design be progressed and public consultation on the Jewry Street/City Road environmental traffic management proposals be undertaken, taking into account both transport and urban design aspects.

29. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

RESOLVED:

That the next meeting of the Panel be held in The Chute Room, The Castle at 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday 4 March 2003.

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