[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]
To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure
This report presents the minutes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 1 September 2021 and brings forward recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.
A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Highways and Transportation Working Group meeting held on 1 September 2021. The report provided the notes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group and included recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.
The Chair of the Highways and Transportation Working Group presented the report which outlined the business of the meeting. He welcomed that members were now receiving Flood and Development Management reports. He asked members to let the Flood and Development Management Team know if they knew of work that Developers should be doing as part of the development rather than the County Council having to undertake the work at a later date at its own cost. The requirements needed to be included in the agreement with the developers prior to work commencing and not as an afterthought.
Local Member Mr Berry referred to the Windermere Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). He was happy with the TRO. He commented on how long it had taken to resolve the issues with parking in the area and how hard it had been to understand the parking requirements of some of the community. He considered that the TRO would go some way to resolve some of the parking issues and asked members to support the TRO. An observer on the Committee reported on how the local community were not totally supportive of the TRO and that parking signs had been removed. The Chair commented on the robustness of the consultation process and the ability for the public to respond to proposals. The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland gave feedback on the comments received to the public consultation.
Mr Wearing gave a report on recent flooding at Windermere Road at Grange-over-Sands. He explained how he, along with local residents and the Environment Agency had closed the flooded road due to an inadequate response from the Highways service. Signs had not been available and a pump had only been delivered to the location late in the day. He explained his actions in trying to obtain help from officers and the Highways Hotline with the flooding. He considered that the County Council’s response was inadequate and he was disappointed that only he and the Environment Agency were protecting his residents. The Chair asked that the Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland investigate the lack of support to Mr Wearing during the flooding incident and provide him with a response.
The Chair considered that a protocol should be in place for flooding incidents and that the local community should have access to signs to close roads in order to stop damage occurring from flood water if motorists drove through it. The Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland detailed the Highways Service’s command and control protocols in place, for example to alert the emergency services, when roads were closed.
A member drew the Committee’s attention to safety issues on the A590 from Haverthwaite to Backbarrow which were negatively impacting on local residents. She talked about how residents planned their days around their ability to access the A590 and how the 70mph speed limit impacted on the ability for residents to cross the road. The member referred to the minutes of the CRASH Group and asked where the A590 safety issues could be raised. She raised that it was difficult to obtain information about works and diversion routes at the location. She also considered that it was difficult to raise safety issues on the roads in the south of the county. The Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland talked about the agreed strategic diversion routes when there was an incident on the A590 and their suitability for motorists. He advised on the discussions with National Highways to ensure that diversion routes were identified. He recommended that the National Highways website would give real time information on routes.
In referring to how dangerous the A590 was, a member advised of the discussions he had had with National Highways on the matter and highlighted that the only real solution was a large investment of money to improve the road. Another member stated that the Local Committee should take the lead with National Highways in pursuing improvements to the A590 by obtaining regular updates on the road and making the case for residents and local businesses that the road be improved. A number of members concurred with these views.
The use of social media to convey messages about traffic collisions and road works to residents was suggested by a member. Both the Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland and the Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland commented on how social media and signage on the roads for planned works were used to convey highways messages to the public. Both officers would liaise to ascertain how information could be better disseminated about National Highways’ road closures.
The Chair of the Highways and Transportation Working Group explained the work he and a number of members of the Committee were undertaking with the IT team supporting HIAMS, which related to member accounts. The IT team were working to ensure a responsive system for members and the public. A member asked if notifications could be sent out to members if there was an issue, similar to the type sent out by the Environment Agency.
The Chair of the Highways and Transportation Working Group proposed that the recommendations, as set out in the report be agreed. These were agreed by assent of the Committee.
(1) Local Committee approves the bringing into operation of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area)(Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Various Roads, Windermere) Variation Order 20>< (“the Order”) in its entirety, having taken into account the objections and representations which were received, and having also taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to at paragraph 7.2 of the Report (attached as appendices 2 – 6 of the report);
(2) Local Committee notes the details provided in Appendix 1, 2 and 3 of the report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (attached as Appendix 7 of the report) which gave a 2021/22 Flood and Development Management Update and that the Local Committee notes that there are no additional comments in the Appendices to bring to the attention of Local Members. Any significant comments, changes and/or amendments will be highlighted in subsequent and future reports to the Highway and Transportation Working Group;
(3) the Local Area Network Manager South Lakes investigates the lack of support to Mr Wearing regarding the flooding incident at Windermere Road at Grange-over-Sands and provide him with a response;
(4) the Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland and the Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland liaise to ascertain how information could be better disseminated about National Highways’ road closures.