[Electoral Divisions: All Carlisle]
To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed).
This report provides details of the meeting of the Highways and Transport Working Group held on 12 April 2022 and presents recommendations for the Local Committee to consider.
Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which gave details of the meeting of the Highways and Transport Working Group held on 12 April 2022 and presented recommendations to the Local Committee for approval.
RESOLVED, that the minutes be noted.
(2) 2021/22 Flood and Development Management Update
The local Member for Botcherby raised his concerns regarding the lack of response to his concern regarding the Cavaghan and Gray site. It was agreed that the Senior Democratic Services Officer would investigate this matter and report back direct.
RESOLVED, that the report be noted.
(3) A69 Warwick Bridge and Corby Hill
The local Member for Corby and Hayton highlighted the correspondence with National Highways which referred to the potential de?trunking of the A69 by 2026 and emphasised to members that he felt resources should be focused on this and encouraged the Committee to support it.
The Leader highlighted the significant amount of work which had previously been undertaken on this matter and whilst agreeing this should be supported also suggested that the A689 be brought up to a suitable standard.
The Committee supported this and noted that a representative from National Highways had been invited to the next meeting of Carlisle Highways Working Group to discuss the matter further.
The local Member for Corby and Hayton then informed the Committee there were currently only two stretches of 30mph zones on the whole of the network and asked members to support that those areas be replaced with 20 mph limits before the end of their audit.
Officers acknowledged the sense of urgency for this but explained the need to ensure they had the correct criteria to ensure this was feasible. It was, therefore, agreed that the Traffic Management Manager would investigate this and report back as soon as possible.
RESOLVED, that the following be noted:
(a) a report will be presented to the next meeting of the Working Group;
(b) a representative from National Highways will be invited to the next meeting of the Working Group.
(4) Implementing 20MPH Speed Limits or Zones
The local Member for Corby and Hayton, whilst recognising resource implications, highlighted the need to accelerate 20mph speed limits or zones being implemented in villages and areas surrounding schools.
Whilst the Committee agreed that this would be beneficial it was felt that data should be sought and suggested that Cumbria Association of Local Councils be approached with a view to them undertaking a consultation with parish councils on this matter.
During the course of discussion a suggestion was made that an exercise be undertaken to ascertain what would be involved to make an informed decision. Officers highlighted that due to the length of process the implementation of any schemes would not take place before the new Cumberland Authority.
(a) the following be noted:-
(i) the report and Service Procedure No 09/035 entitled Implementation of 20mph Speed Limit or Zones (as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report to the Working Group);
(ii) any new requests for 20mph speed limits should be considered by the Traffic management Team Leader in discussion with the Divisional Elected Member and the Casualty Reduction and Safer Highways (CRASH) Group;
(b) Cumbria Association of Local Councils be approached with a view to them undertaking a consultation with parish councils on the implementation of 20mph speed limits or zones.
(5) Guard Railing Hardwicke Circus Update
RESOLVED, that the report be noted.
(6) West Walls and Blackfriars Street – Traffic Restrictions
RESOLVED, that having considered the representations which have been received to the statutory consultation and advertisement of:
(i) the County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Carlisle Urban and Rural Area) (Consolidation and Minor Amendment of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2001) Variation Order (No. 63) 20>< (“the West Walls Order”);
agree to introduce the West Walls Order, as advertised, except with the following amendments: -
(a) the One-Way Traffic proposal on West Walls be shortened to apply from Victoria Viaduct to Heads Lane only (as shown on the plan in Appendix 5 of the report);
(b) to omit the One-Way traffic restriction on Annetwell Street;
(c) the no loading and unloading restrictions on Blackfriars be shortened on the North Eastern side to run from Ferguson’s Lane to Highland Laddie Lane only (as shown on the plan in Appendix 5 of the report);
(ii) agree that The County of Cumbria (West Walls, Carlisle) (Prohibition of Heavy Commercial Vehicles Over 7.5 Tonnes Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight) Order 20>< (“the Weight Limit Order”), be introduced as advertised but with the following exemptions included for vehicles being used,
(a) for police, fire and ambulance purposes; or
(b) for the purpose of an undertaker in an emergency, such as the loss of supply of gas, electricity or water to premises in the area, which necessitates the bringing of vehicles into the section of road to which this Weight Limit Order applies; or
(c) in the service of a local authority in performance of statutory powers or duties; or
(d) for mechanical road cleansing and sweeping; or
(e) anything done with the permission of or at the direction of a police constable in uniform.
(7) The Council of the City of Carlisle Off-Street Parking Places Consolidation Variation Order
RESOLVED, that the proposal by Carlisle City Council to introduce The Council of the City of Carlisle (Off Street Parking Places Consolidation and Minor Amendment Variation Pay by Telephone) Order 2012 (as varied) (as shown in appendix 1 of the report to the Working Group) be noted.
(8) 2022/23 Highways Budget/Programme Progress Report
RESOLVED, that the following be noted:-
(a) the various Highways Revenue budget allocations and headings (detailed in Appendix 1 of the report to the Working Group);
(b) the various Highways Capital budget allocations and headings (detailed in Appendix 2 of the report to the Working Group);
(c) the Highways Devolved Capital Programme information (detailed in Appendix 3 of the report to the Working Group);
(d) there are no comments in the Appendices to bring to the attention of Local Members. Any significant comments, changes and/or amendments will be highlighted here in subsequent and future reports to the Working Group.