AT A MEETING of the GOSPORT HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORT ADVISORY PANEL held at The Town Hall, Gosport on Tuesday, 2 November 2005.
Hampshire County Council
p. Councillor T.G. Knight
p. Councillor P.J. Chegwyn
p. Councillor P.R. Edgar
p. Councillor K.L. Gill
Councillor Mrs. D.M. Snaith
p. Councillor D.F. Wright
Gosport Borough Council
a. Councillor M.K. Davis
p. Councillor Mrs. I.E. Binfield
p. Councillor P.C. Langdon
Councillor B. Taylor
a. Councillor D.G. Smith
p. Councillor Mrs. J. Wright
p. Councillor M. Carr
Local Strategic Partnership
p. Mr. I. Lycett
p. Mr. D. Miles
1. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members were mindful that, where they believed they had a personal or personal prejudicial interest in any matter to be considered at the meeting, they should declare their interest and, having regard to the circumstances described in paragraphs 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the County Council's Code of Conduct, consider whether to leave the meeting whilst the matter was discussed. Any declaration to be made at the time of the debate. There were no declarations of interest.
Councillor P.R. Edgar declared a non-pecuniary interest as he was by profession a taxi driver in the Borough.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 22 March, 2005 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
3. CHAIRMAN'S COMMUNICATIONS
There were none.
There were none.
5. PROGRESS UPDATE ON SCHEMES IN THE CAPITAL PROGRAMME
The Panel considered and noted the report of the Director of Environment (Item 5 in the Minute Book) on progress with schemes in the Capital Programme.
The Real-Time Passenger Information System (RTPF) was to be completed by March, 2006 on the installation of the bus shelters.
Concerns were expressed at traffic delays to bus services on the A32 and difficulties for users until the installation of the RPTI system.
Traffic congestion at Wych Lane traffic signal junctions on the A32 was to be investigated. Concerns were expressed at the lack of pedestrian crossing facilities along Privett Road from Bung Cross Lights to Military Road.
6. UPDATE ON HIGHWAY AND MINOR WORKS PROGRAMME 2005/06
The Panel considered and noted the report of the director of Environment (Item 6 in the Minute Book) outlining progress with regard to the 2005/06 Highways and Minor Capital Works programmes and giving an update on the 2005/06 Highways Maintenance Budget.
The two schemes within the Capital Minor Works Programme for this year were
- Gregson Avenue - Uncontrolled crossing
facilities, build-outs/refuge £10,000
- Common Barn Lane - Lighting £ 6,000
A third scheme to provide a footway at the south end of Grange Road would be completed this year.
7. GOSPORT BOROUGH COUNCIL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
The Panel considered and noted the report of the Director of Environment (Item 7 in the Minute Book) concerning the main programme work in the Gosport Borough Council area in 2005/06.
8. CASUALTY REDUCTION PROGRAMME
The Panel considered and noted the report of the Director of Environment (Item 8 in the Minute Book) outlining progress on the Hampshire County Council and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safety Camera Partnership casualty reduction programmes for 2005/06, together with road casualty reduction progress in Hampshire against the Government's targets.
Good progress had been made towards casualty reduction targets with figures considerably ahead of profile at the present time. The LPSA target in 2004 had been achieved and the County Council had made application to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister for additional performance reward grant.
9. TRAVEL PLAN PROGRAMMES
The Panel considered the report of the Director of Environment (Item 9 in the Minute Book) updating on progress on the workplace and school travel planning programmes for the Gosport area. The report also included an update on the Safer Routes to School Programmes.
There had been a 50% increase in workplace plans in progress. It was noted that Haslar Hospital would close in 2007, and members requested that the workplace Travel Plan Team contact Primary Care Trust on behalf of all users of the site in order that consideration be made into the potential effects of the site's closure on routes in Gosport. Members were to receive a written report setting out the results of the investigation.
That progress with the delivery of the workplace and School Travel Plans and Safer Routes to School programmes in the Gosport Area, together with the outcomes of the recent Information personalised travel planning project, be noted.
10. OTHER HIGHWAY RELATED PROGRAMMES
The Panel considered and noted the report of the Director of Environment (Item 10 in the Minute Book) covering a range of activities undertaken by specialist teams within the Environment Department.
The Maintenance Contract confirmed to provide over 99% of all street lights on at any one time. A new energy supply contract, due to commence in April 2006 was expected to show a 70% increase (£1.7 million) per annum across the county.
Contractors and county staff working on the Anns Hill Road bridge were congratulated on the way they had carried out their work.
Councillor Chegwyn declared a pecuniary interest in the Quay Street Roundabout project, as a consultant for Tesco, and took no part in the discussions. A major scheme would be required for major improvements to be carried out in the area.
11. PASSENGER TRANSPORT REPORT
The Panel considered and noted the report of the Director of Environment (Item 11 in the Minute Book) detailing the position on local bus services support this year and describing the evolving Passenger Transport Strategy for the future and providing updates on rail franchising and South Hampshire Rapid Transport.
Support of subsidised bus services for 2005/06 had been set at the 2004/05 level and would remain under pressure. Services 29 and 30 to the Gosport hospitals in the evenings would be affected.
12. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 20 March, 2006 at 6 p.m. Gosport Town Hall.