Agenda and draft minutes

Special Meeting, Thriving Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Monday, 8th November, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: ZOOM

Contact: Lisa Evans 

Items
No. Item

23.

Apologies

Minutes:

Councillors Alun Lloyd Jones and Clive Davies apologised for their inability to attend the meeting.

Councillor Catherine Hughes (Cabinet Member) apologised for her inability to attend the meeting. Councillor Dafydd Edwards (Cabinet Member) apologised for his inability to attend the meeting, however, did attend later during discussions.

 

24.

Disclosures of personal interest (including whipping declarations)
Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct. In addition, Members must declare any prohibited party whip which the Member has been given in relation to the meeting as per the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011.

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of Personal and Prejudicial Interests (including whipping declarations) from Committee Members. 

 

Councillor Ceredig Davies, Observer, disclosed a personal and prejudicial interest and advised the Committee that he has received dispensation from the Ethics and Standards Committee to speak only.

 

Rhodri Llwyd, Corporate Lead Officer, declared a personal interest and stated that he would withdraw from proceedings if there were discussions relating to Chalybeate Street, Aberystwyth.

 

25.

Retaining elements of the Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) in towns in Ceredigion pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

Councillor Rhodri Evans, Cabinet Member, stated that Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Member was unable to attend the meeting to present the report and that the Officers present would therefore do so. 

 

The Chairman welcomed Russell Hughes-Pickering, Rhodri Llwyd and Steve Hallows to the meeting.

 

Russell Hughes-Pickering gave Committee Members a brief re-cap of the information presented to the Committee on the 1st October 2021. He referred in particular to the next steps he had mentioned during that meeting which included engagement with Local Members and Cabinet Members in October, followed by a report to Scrutiny today, which would be presented to Cabinet in January 2022. If supported, he confirmed that an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) would be introduced which involves an on-going six month consultation period for public views.

 

Steve Hallows then presented the proposals for Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETRO), as part of the process for making selected parking and traffic flow elements installed temporarily in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to be made permanent features. The Officer reiterated that several traffic management measures were introduced via the Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTRO’s) in Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan and New Quay, to facilitate social distancing during lockdown restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. TTRO’s have an 18-month life span and some of those currently in force, will expire in October 2022. These can be extended with appropriate permission providing the rationale is still relevant and valid, which is unlikely to be the case currently given the relaxation of initial lockdown restrictions.

 

He stated that the review of the temporary arrangements has recognised that some of the elements implemented gave rise to wider benefits to society, and that there is a case for commencing a legal process for possibly making these permanent, by making two ETRO’s. One for parking restrictions that will amend the existing countywide Parking Traffic Order and the other for ‘moving’ regulations such as one-way traffic flows, prohibitions of right/left turn, no entry etc.

 

           The Officer then explained the process that following the publication of a Notice of

           Intent, members of the public are granted a six month period during which formal

           objections may be submitted to the ETRO process.  He also explained that an

           ETRO can remain in force for up to 18 months. After the end of the initial six month

           period, the Authority may decide to either revoke, amend, or make the

           ETRO permanent. Using ETROs as the process for making features permanent, and

           adjusting them where necessary, thus allows for a longer period over which effects

           can be monitored, and members of the public can contribute their views prior to

           introducing permanent Traffic Regulation Orders.

 

           The proposed measures to retain/amend were then presented to the Committee

           as follows:

 

     

           CARDIGAN

           In addition to the ETRO’s outlined below it is advised that the widened sections of

           footway at the following locations becontinued. These are located on:

 

·         High St (nr Belottis)

·         Guild Hall

·         Pendre (nr Chip Shop)

·         Priory St (Crwst  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.