Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 12 March 2013
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ian Carruthers (Chairman) - Annandale South
Jim McClung (Vice-Chairman) - Wigtown West
Finlay Carson - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Brian Collins - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Jim H Dempster - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Peter Diggle - Annandale North
Grahame Forster - Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes - Mid Galloway
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
Jeff Leaver - Lochar
Denis R Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
John Martin - Nith
Ronnie Nicholson - North West Dumfries
Ronnie E Ogilvie - Annandale South
Craig Peacock - Annandale East and Eskdale
George N Prentice - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Colin Smyth - Nith
Roberta Tuckfield - Wigtown West
Andrew S Wood - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Alistair M Speedie - Director Planning and Environment Services
Ewan Green - Head of Economic Development
Steven Herriott - Head of Infrastructure and Commissioning
Inspector Neil Hewitson - Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary
John Howell - Service Manager Network Strategy
James McLeod - Service Manager Infrastructure
Jason Syers - Strategic Projects Manager
Claire Thomson - Governance Policy Officer and Elections Manager
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

18 Members present, no apologies

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

2.1   Ivor Hyslop declared an interest in Item 5 by virtue of the fact that he was Director of the NHS and had determined that his interest was such that he would withdraw from the meeting for consideration of this item of business.

 

2.2   James Dempster, Alistair Geddes, Ivor Hyslop, Denis Male, Ronnie Ogilvie and Roberta Tuckfield declared an interest in Item 5 by virtue of the fact that they were Members of the Planning Applications Committee and, having taken advice, had determined that their interest was such that there was no requirement for them to leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

 
3 MINUTE OF HOUSING SUB MEETING OF 29 JANUARY 2013

Decision

 

APPROVED.

 
4 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 14 FEBRUARY 2013

Decision

 

APPROVED.

 

MEMBERS - Ivor Hyslop declared and interest in the following item of business and left the meeting and George Prentice entered the meeting - 18 Members present.

 
FINANCE ITEMS
5 PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES PROPOSED CAPITAL EXPENDITURE PROGRAMME 2013-14 FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET CLASS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

VOTE

 

5.1   MOTION by COLIN SMYTH seconded by RONNIE NICHOLSON to: (1) note the total 2013-14 Capital allocation for this Committee; (2) agree the detailed list of 2013-14 priority projects for the Infrastructure Asset Class programmes and that there be additional information provided in future reports on the prioritisation process for projects; (3) note the summary of bids made to Sustrans for external funding; and (4) to request additional funding from the Policy and Resources Committee, should it become available, to support the capital expenditure programme to carry out works to the roads infrastructure.

 

5.2   AMENDMENT by BRIAN COLLINS seconded by IAN CARRUTHERS to: (1) note the total 2013-14 Capital allocation for this Committee; (2) agree the detailed list of 2013-14 priority projects for the Infrastructure Asset Class programmes and that there be additional information provided in future reports on the prioritisation process for projects; (3) note the summary of bids made to Sustrans for external funding; and (4) without prejudice to the Planning process agree to set aside capital funding of £240k for the junction improvement works at Pleasance Avenue/New Abbey Road Junction and the Park Road/Dalbeattie Road Junction in the financial year 2014-15 in the event that the proposed new hospital project were to proceed.

 

5.3   On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

 

Motion - 9 votes being:

 

Jim Dempster, Grahame Forster, Jeff Leaver, John Martin, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George Prentice and Colin Smyth.

 

Amendment - 9 votes being:

 

Ian Carruthers, Jim McClung, Finlay Carson, Brian Collins, Peter Diggle, Alistair Geddes, Denis Male, Roberta Tuckfield and Andrew Wood.

 

There being an equality of votes, the Chairman exercised his right to a casting vote which fell in favour of the Amendment.

 

Decision

5.4   NOTED the total 2013-14 Capital allocation for this Committee;

 

5.5   AGREED the detailed list of 2013-14 priority projects for the Infrastructure Asset Class programmes and that there be additional information provided in future reports on the prioritisation process for projects;

 

NOTED

 

5.6   the summary of bids made to Sustrans for external funding; and

 

5.7   without prejudice to the Planning process, AGREED to set aside capital funding of £240k for the junction improvement works at Pleasance Avenue/New Abbey Road Junction and the Park Road/Dalbeattie Road Junction in the financial year 2014-15 in the event that the proposed new hospital project were to proceed.

 

MEMBERS - Ivor Hyslop re-entered the meeting and Grahame Forster left - 18 Members present.

Head of Infrastructure and Commissioning, Director Planning Housing and Environment Services

STRATEGIC ITEMS
6 ROAD LIGHTING POLICY - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

Decision

 

6.1   AGREED to the adoption of the Road Lighting Policy; and

 

6.2   NOTED that in due course, the Road Lighting Policy will provide the basis for the development of a Road Lighting Strategy.

 

MEMBERS - Grahame Forster re-entered the meeting and Alistair Geddes and Jim McClung left - 17 Members present

Head of Infrastructure and Commissioning
7 REVIEW OF SPEED LIMITS ON LOCAL A AND B CLASS ROADS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

VOTE

 

7.1   MOTION by FINLAY CARSON seconded by BRIAN COLLINS to agree in the first instance to examine the scope for priority working/footway at Boreland Bridge and consult further. In the event of this or similar not being agreed to revoke the existing 30mph speed limit and replace with a 40mph speed limit over same extents.

 

7.2   AMENDMENT by GEORGE PRENTICE seconded by ANDREW WOOD to agree to keep the existing speed limit at 30mph and not to consider further the proposed priority working/chicane arrangement.

 

7.3   On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

 

Motion - 6 votes being:

 

Ian Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Brian Collins, Ivor Hyslop, Denis Male and Roberta Tuckfield.

 

Amendment - 11 votes being:

 

Jim Dempster, Peter Diggle, Grahame Forster, Jeff Leaver, John Martin, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George Prentice, Colin Smyth and Andrew Wood.

 

MEMBERS - Alistair Geddes and Jim McClung re-entered the meeting - 19 Members present

 

VOTE

 

7.4   MOTION by IAN CARRUTHERS seconded by RONNIE OGILVIE to review Appendix 10 and 11 together and provide a 40mph limit on the B721 from the vicinity of the B723 junction to where the 30mph limit starts at the River Annan bridge and provide a 40mph limit on the B724 from vicinity of Milnfield to the junction with the B721 and to pursue provision of footway where gap in existing provision.

 

7.5   AMENDMENT by IVOR HYSLOP seconded by FINLAY CARSON to (1) leave speed limit on B721 Annan (west) as existing therefore no action required. However, it is appropriate to undertake a review of reported accidents and road layout at the junctions with the B723, B724 and C50a; and (2) leave the speed limit on B724 Milnfield (west of Annan) as existing - no action required. However, pursue provision of footway where gap in existing provision.

 

7.6   On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

 

Motion - 12 votes being:

 

Ian Carruthers, Jim Dempster, Peter Diggle, Grahame Forster, Jeff Leaver, Denis Male, John Martin, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George Prentice and Colin Smyth.

 

Amendment - 7 votes being:

 

Jim McClung, Finlay Carson, Brian Collins, Alistair Geddes, Ivor Hyslop, Roberta Tuckfield and Andrew Wood.

 

Decision

 

AGREED

 

7.7   to the speed limit review recommendations as:

 

7.7.1  A713 Parton - to keep the existing speed limit at 30mph and not to consider further the proposed priority working/chicane arrangement.

 

7.7.2  A710 New Abbey Road, Dumfries - leave as existing - no action required. Consider extending existing street lighting to end of 30mph speed limit, if and when lighting due for renewal.

 

7.7.3  A710 Kirkbean - Reduce northern extent of speed limit to edge of built-up area and create a new 40mph limit over this shorter length.

 

7.7.4  B729 Wallaceton - Create a new 40mph speed limit over extents of community.

 

PROCEDURE - Andrew Wood asked that his dissent be recorded in respect of the decision at 7.7.4.

 

7.7.5  B729 Dunscore (north west) - extend 30mph speed limit to edge of built up area on north-west side with provision of count down signs.

 

7.7.6  A709 Lockerbie (west) - leave speed limit as existing - no action required. However it is appropriate to review and pursue pedestrian crossing point(s) at the optimal locations for both travel directions, consider bus stopping points and undertake an accident review and implement engineering measures associated with accident causations.

 

7.7.7  B721 Annan (west) and B724 Milnfield (west of Annan) - to review Appendix 10 and 11 together and provide a 40mph limit on the B721 from the vicinity of the B723 junction to where the 30mph limit starts at the River Annan bridge and provide a 40mph limit on the B724 from vicinity of Milnfield to the junction with the B721 and to pursue provision of footway where gap in existing provision.

 

7.7.8  B7076 Johnstonebridge - Leave speed limit as existing - no action required. However, it would be appropriate to review bus stop locations, provision for pedestrian crossing movements and the overall road layout to address concerns raised to influence driver speeds; to undertake further monitoring with a request for increased presence from police within current resources and report back to the Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee within 6 months.

 

7.8   that unless there are material alterations to specific locations already reviewed there will be no need to re-consider requests for speed limit alterations at that location.

Head of Infrastructure and Commissioning, Service Manager Network Strategy
8 STRANRAER AND LOCH RYAN REGENERATION: PROVISION OF SLIPWAY - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

VOTE

 

8.1   MOTION by ROBERTA TUCKFIELD seconded by JIM McCLUNG to: (1) note the economic case for both the existing Wig Bay slipway and the construction of a new slipway adjacent the West Pier at Stranraer Waterfront; and (2) agree West Pier as the preferred location for a new slipway as presented; and (3) agree to proceed with the procurement and commission of the West Pier Slipway up to the value of £1,050,000.

 

8.2   AMENDMENT by GRAHAME FORSTER seconded by COLIN SMYTH to refer this report to the Wigtown Area Committee for their input and to approach Stranraer Task Force and Crown Estates to explore the possibility of match funding for this project.

 

8.3   On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

 

Motion - 10 votes being:

 

Ian Carruthers, Jim McClung, Finlay Carson, Brian Collins, Peter Diggle, Alistair Geddes, Ivor Hyslop, Denis Male, Roberta Tuckfield and Andrew Wood.

 

Amendment - 9 votes being:

 

Jim Dempster, Grahame Forster, Jeff Leaver, John Martin, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George Prentice and Colin Smyth.

 

Decision

8.4   NOTED the economic case for both the existing Wig Bay slipway and the construction of a new slipway adjacent the West Pier at Stranraer Waterfront;

 

AGREED

 

8.5   West Pier as the preferred location for a new slipway as presented; and

 

8.6   to proceed with the procurement and commission of the West Pier Slipway up to the value of £1,050,000.

Head of Economic Development, Strategic Projects Manager

9 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.

 

Action Details

ItemDetail
5 Action by Director Planning Housing and Environment Services - done
8 Action by Head of Economic Development - Action being progressed.

Action by Strategic Projects Manager - all being progressed