Agenda and minutes

Environment, Economic Growth and Transport Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 26th January, 2023 10.30 am

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Venue: Committee Room 'B' - The Diamond Jubilee Room, County Hall, Preston. View directions

Contact: Gary Halsall 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

None.

2.

Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Members are asked to consider any pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests they may have to disclose to the meeting in relation to matters under consideration on the agenda.

Minutes:

None were disclosed.

3.

Minutes of the Meeting Held on 8 December 2022 pdf icon PDF 403 KB

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the meeting held on the 8 December 2022 be approved as an accurate record.

 

4.

Lancashire Road Safety Partnership pdf icon PDF 282 KB

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Minutes:

The Chair welcomed to the meeting County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Michael White, Highway Regulation Manager and Jonathan Barlow, Lancashire Road Safety Partnership Manager for Lancashire Constabulary.

 

A report on the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) was presented to Committee members. A presentation was also delivered, and a copy is set out in the minutes. The Lancashire Road Safety Partnership was formed in 2001 to coordinate road safety across Lancashire.

 

The Partnership was made up of an Executive Board, that provided overall leadership and direction on how to reduce road casualties, and a Joint Operational Group that worked at an operational level to report issues to the Executive Board and suggest solutions. The overall strategy of the partnership was to reduce the number of Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) incidents across Lancashire through focus on five key areas:

 

1)  Young Road Users, aged 17-24

2)  Motorcyclists

3)  Cyclists

4)  Careless, Dangerous and Inconsiderate Driving

5)  Drink and Drunk Driving

 

The five priorities identified were disproportionate in terms of the number of road traffic collisions and trauma reported. 74% of injury road traffic collisions reported were classified under from the five priority areas identified. The partnership was formed as an advisory body, with statutory duties for road safety residing with the Highway Authority and Constabulary.

 

Comments and questions raised were as follows:

 

·  The committee requested that the Peer Review report and recommendations from West Yorkshire Police be circulated to all members of the committee.

·  On why speeding was not a specific focus for the forthcoming strategy, Officers clarified that speed enforcement had an overarching impact on all the priority areas identified.

·  It was questioned whether enforcement of the 20 mile per hour speed limit would be improved. The enforcement strategy was being reviewed and members were encouraged to either report incidents of speeding through the LRSP online portal or submit dashcam and mobile phone footage via the Constabulary's Operation SNAP webpage.

·  One member asked why there was not greater investment in speed camera technology that could issue fixed penalties for speed offences. Officers explained that issuing fixed penalties was a police enforcement matter. It was highlighted that Lancashire County Council had secured funding from initiatives such as the safer roads fund and from speed awareness course fees to install cameras at specific places. However, it was down to the police to manage and enforce.

·  It was noted that if fines were paid, then the money was passed over to the government. The only income that is passed to the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership was those monies retrieved from people who took up the option of taking the speed awareness course.

·  It was queried whether the partnership was able to lower the speed limit in areas across Lancashire. Officers explained that changes to the speed limit were managed by the Highways Authority and not the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership. It was highlighted that the partnership was not a regulatory body.

·  It was noted by the committee that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Lancashire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy Review pdf icon PDF 183 KB

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Minutes:

The Chair welcomed to the meeting County Councillor Shaun Turner, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Laura Bigley, Principal Flood Risk Officer and Rachel Crompton, Principal Flood Risk Officer.

 

The Committee was presented a report on the Lancashire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, which was approved and published in November 2021. The strategy outlined key risks, challenges and opportunities with flood risk management, as well as how work with partners, businesses and communities would take place to implement this strategy up to 2027.

 

A business plan was created for the strategy by the Local Flood Risk Management team to develop the necessary steps authorities, business and partners can take to manage local flood risks, in addition to who would lead on their implementation if required and the expected outcomes. A presentation was also delivered at the meeting and a copy is set out in the minutes.

 

Comments and questions were as follows:

 

·  It was noted that the county council as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) was a statutory consultee on major developments and surface water drainage. There was no obligation to comment on minor developments. If there was no comment on any major development, it was explained that there might not be any surface water implications. In instances where the LLFA had no objections with or without conditions, it was suggested that there were no causes for concern. It was highlighted that the LLFA did not comment on flood zones such as fluvial or coastal – this was the Environment Agency's role. In addition, the LLFA did not comment on sewer flooding as this was a matter for the water and sewerage company for the area. Furthermore, the LLFA did not comment on highway flooding as this was a matter for the highway authority.

·  There were limitations as to what the LLFA could do which presented challenges especially if matters went to appeal. Fundamentally, as the LLFA did not give planning permission, this was the responsibility of local planning authorities to award who could in turn choose to ignore advice from the LLFA. It was reported that over the last 18 months, officers from the flood risk management team had delivered training to local councillors across Lancashire and had engaged with all local planning authority teams on a 1:1 basis to provide further advice. Engagement with strategic development control and senior planning officers at county level would be undertaken in the near future to ensure policy development at that level was informed of pertinent advice.

·  The LLFA was now responding to 100% of planning applications.

·  The committee requested clarity over what was classed as minor or major development in relation to planning applications and comments provided to requests sent to the Flood Risk Management Team. Officers commented that statutory responses were given to applications of ten properties or greater (major) in a development, with guidance given to local Planning Officers for smaller (minor) applications in relation to surface water flood risk.

·  It was requested that an update on the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Public Rights of Way and the Lovecleanstreets app. pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed to the meeting Andrew Mullaney, Director of Environment and Planning and David Goode, Public Rights of Way Manager.

 

Officers provided the committee with an update on the implementation of the Love Clean Streets App, which was being designed to enable people to report issues with Public Rights of Way in Lancashire and would replace the current Report It system.

 

The public version of the Love Clean Streets App was already live for road and pavement reports through a downloadable app for smart tablets and phones. However, the Public Rights of Way function was not yet available for use for the Love Clean Streets App. A test version of the Public Rights of Way interface was being revised, with the target for going live for public use being the 23 February 2023.

 

The Love Clean Streets App would allow Lancashire residents to report defects through GPS on their mobile devices and upload images, along with up to 500 words, to describe the issue. Any reports that existed on the old database would be transferred to the newly developed Highways Asset Management System, alongside reports that were made through the Love Clean Streets App.

 

Members of the committee asked if savings would be gained through the Love Clean Streets App being implemented. It was clarified by officers that the app is in an early stage but that it was anticipated the app would provide a more cost efficient approach for reporting public rights of way incidents. Residents would also get an improved process of reporting any issues due to the ability to provide images and text for details using the Love Clean Streets App.

 

It was highlighted that a key factor with the transition was to ensure that the interface between the Love Clean Streets App and the Highways Asset Management database was easy to use for rights of way staff in the field. It was reported that currently officers could not access the Public Rights of Way database remotely from the field. However, this would be possible using the Highways Asset Management system.

 

Members asked if the Love Clean Streets App has had any issues picked up when testing the use of the app. Officers commented that there was no concerns identified with the implementation of the app.

 

The committee requested that officers informed Parish and Town Councils when the Report It system was switched off and enquired if physical, paper reports of public rights of way incidents would still be considered. Officers confirmed that physical reporting and reports made by email would still continue; however, it was anticipated that reports would primarily come through digitally via the Love Clean Streets app. Members of the public could also use the web based version of the app when using a desktop computer.

 

Resolved: That;

 

(i).  The move to the Love Clean Streets App for reporting problems on Lancashire's network of public rights of way be welcomed.

 

(ii).The Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change be asked to ensure  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Work Programme 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

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Minutes:

The committee was presented a report which provided members of the Environment, Economic Growth and Transport Scrutiny Committee with the committee's work programme for 2022/23.

 

A request was made for an additional item to be added to the committee's work programme on evaluating Levelling Up Funding. It was highlighted that all in-year requests would need to be considered by the Scrutiny Management Board.

 

The Chair of the Public Realm Agreements Task Group, county Councillor Alan Schofield provided the committee with a verbal update on the work so far undertaken. It was hoped that the findings and recommendations from the review would be presented to the committee at its next scheduled meeting on 16 March 2023.

 

Resolved: That the Environment, Economic Growth and Transport Scrutiny Committee's work programme for 2022/23 be noted.

8.

Urgent Business

An item of urgent business may only be considered under this heading where, by reason of special circumstances to be recorded in the minutes, the chair of the meeting is of the opinion that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency. Wherever possible, the chief executive should be given advance warning of any member's intention to raise a matter under this heading.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

9.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Environment, Economic Growth and Transport Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday 16 March 2023 at 10:30am in Committee Room B – The Diamond Jubilee Room, County Hall, Preston.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Environment, Economic Growth and Transport Scrutiny Committee would be held on 16 March, 2023 at 10:30am in Committee Room B – The Diamond Jubilee Room, County Hall, Preston.