[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]
To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure
This report is for the Divisional Highway Priority Works schemes to be funded via the devolved 2022 /2023 highway capital budget for South Lakeland.
A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Divisional Highway Priority Works 2022/2023. The report asked Local Committee to approve Appendix 1 of the report as the scheme of works for 2022 / 2023.
The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland presented the report. An updated Appendix 1 was circulated at the meeting.
The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland explained the number of Traffic Regulation orders that were still outstanding. She noted that some of the outstanding schemes would be for the newly constituted Westmorland and Furness Council to complete. Members were updated on the High Furness allocation and an amendment to the scheme in Ulverston.
The Chair wanted the County Council to have completed as many schemes as possible before Westmorland and Furness Council took over and asked officers for a frank and honest discussion on what schemes could and could not be delivered by the end of Cumbria County Council. If schemes could not be delivered and money was left over, guidance was requested on what it could be spent on. Members were asked to contact the Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland to discuss schemes in their division.
The Chairs of the Local Committee and Highways and Transportation Working Group would meet with officers to ascertain what schemes could be delivered. A member asked for clarity on how long it would take for schemes to be delivered adding that Appendix 1 should include scheme end dates and progress columns. He thought this would help when the schemes were handed over to Westmorland and Furness Council.
The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland would advise members outside of the meeting if funding was ring fenced and would contact individual members to discuss their allocations. The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland advised that she had contacted members to have these discussions and would welcome their input.
A member highlighted that some schemes had been postponed or stopped due to COVID. He advised that during recent elections members had told residents that certain schemes would be delivered so it was essential that Westmorland and Furness Council knew what schemes should be delivered. The Chair of the Highways and Transportation Working Group talked about a number of meetings due to take place to discuss the outstanding schemes and this would be reported to the next Highways and Transportation Working Group meeting.
The Chair put the recommendation as set out in the report to the Committee. It was agreed by assent.
RESOLVED that, the Local Committee approves the current Divisional Highway Priorities Works Programme 2022 / 2023 (“the Programme”) set out in the updated Appendix 1 circulated at the meeting. An entry for new schemes is shown for each division as this is the first report for this financial year.