Agenda and decisions

Venue: County Hall, New Road, Oxford

Contact: Graham Warrington  Tel: 07393 001211; E-Mail:  graham.warrington@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Decision:

None

2.

Questions from County Councillors

Any county councillor may, by giving notice to the Proper Officer by 9 am two working days before the meeting, ask a question on any matter in respect of the Cabinet Member’s delegated powers.

 

The number of questions which may be asked by any councillor at any one meeting is limited to two (or one question with notice and a supplementary question at the meeting) and the time for questions will be limited to 30 minutes in total. As with questions at Council, any questions which remain unanswered at the end of this item will receive a written response.

 

Questions submitted prior to the agenda being despatched are shown below and will be the subject of a response from the appropriate Cabinet Member or such other councillor or officer as is determined by the Cabinet Member, and shall not be the subject of further debate at this meeting. Questions received after the despatch of the agenda, but before the deadline, will be shown on the Schedule of Addenda circulated at the meeting, together with any written response which is available at that time.

 

Decision:

Councillor John Howson

 

What is the estimate of extra time required to travel from any point in North Oxford to Oxford Station using the diversion route that was in place during St Giles Fair?

 

Reply from the Cabinet Member for Environment

 

Unfortunately it has not been able to provide an estimate as we do not have any base date to compare the extended travel with. The journey time also varies greatly depending on the time of day or the day of the week.

Supplementary question from Councillor Howson

 

Would the Cabinet Member consider continuing the experimental traffic regulation order on Walton Street in order to create a safer cycle route and if so I would be happy put in a written statement of such a proposal.

 

Reply from the cabinet Member for Environment

 

Yes I would be interested in seeing the detail of that proposal.

 

Councillor Emily Smith

 

There is growing concern in Abingdon about the lack of progress on the Lodge Hill southern slips. Residents and Parish Councils were told originally that a public consultation on the designs for the slips would be put out to public consultation in Spring 2019. The Vale District has now received two reserved matters planning applications for North Abingdon and North West Abingdon sites totalling 625 new homes, yet there is still no agreed design for the slips, let alone a contractor appointed to build them as required by the outline planning permission before some of the homes at North Abingdon are occupied.

Can the cabinet member confirm that the slips are indeed delayed, the reason for this delay and what the current timetable is? What action is the cabinet member taking to avoided North Abingdon having 600 extra homes but no diamond junction at Lodge Hill?

 

Reply from the Cabinet Member for Environment

 

Unfortunately, the Lodge Hill slip road scheme has experienced delays, as Highways England (HE) has changed their approach to the delivery of this scheme from that previously experienced. This will result in the original ‘end of 2020’ date not being metHE are asking for much more detailed transport modelling. We also need to undertake ground investigation surveys on HE’s road network and this requires their permission (which has now been granted). This back and forth with HE has all added significant delay to the programme. Due to the A34 being part of the Strategic Road Network, any new scheme must be approved by HE, and therefore OCC have to comply with all modelling (and other) requests. OCC and HE met on 5th September 2019 to discuss the latest modelling and OCC is expecting a formal response from HE over the coming weeks.

 

Officers have taken the view that public consultation will only be held once HE agrees to the modelling of the scheme. Until that point, the scheme could change, which might then require re-consultation and unnecessary public frustration.

 

Subject to agreement with HE the current programme for the scheme is below:

 

 

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3.

Petitions and Public Address

Decision:

Item 4 – Access to Headington

 

Derek Albiston – Resident Windmill Road

Graham Smith – Cyclox

County Councillor Roz Smith

 

Item 8 – Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames

 

Louise Dodd – Resident, Harcourt Close

Armadeep Takhar – Local Businessman

County & Town Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak

 

Item 9 – Chalgrove, Monument Road

 

Ann Pritchard – Chalgrove PC

 

Item 12 – Radley, Kennington Road

 

Carolyn Jessop – Resident, Kennington Road

County Councillor Bob Johnston

 

Item 14 – Horsemere lane, Cassington

 

Hugh Thomas – Cassington PC

County Councillor Charles Mathew

4.

Oxford - Access to Headington - Further Consultation on Traffic Measures pdf icon PDF 731 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2018/164

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director for Community Operations (CMDE4).

 

The report presents the outcomes of a consultation on proposals originally consulted on in 2016 for the Access to Headington project to introduce and amend various Traffic Regulation Orders and other traffic measures. This further consultation is required because the statutory two-year limit from the start of consultation to implement Traffic Regulation Orders has been exceeded due to delays with implementation of the project, but noting that much of the project had now been implemented.

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposals as advertised. 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

 

Consideration to be given to:

 

·           establishing a better position regarding parking on side roads

·           further consultation for off peak on street parking on Windmill Road

·           right hand arrow on lights at bottom of Headley Way

5.

Oxford, Rymers Lane Junction with Littlehay Road & Cornwallis Road - Proposed Traffic Calming pdf icon PDF 728 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/115

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director of Community Operations (CMDE5).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation to introduce a traffic calming raised junction table at the crossroads junction of Rymers Lane, Littlehay Road & Cornwallis Road in Florence Park, Oxford put forward in conjunction with Oxford City Council to help improve road safety for local residents.

 

The Cabinet Member for Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed introduction of a traffic calming raised junction table at the crossroads junction of Rymers Lane, Littlehay Road & Cornwallis Road in Florence Park (Oxford) as advertised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

6.

Bodicote, White Post Road: Proposed Zebra Crossing and Toucan Crossing in place of Pelican Crossing pdf icon PDF 308 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/069

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director for Community Delivery (CMDE6).

 

The report considers responses received to a statutory consultation to introduce a zebra crossing (with a parallel cycle crossing) on White Post Road at its junction with Sycamore Drive and conversion of the existing pelican crossing on White Post Road 150 metres south of its junction with Sycamore Drive to a toucan crossing. The proposals also include the conversion of some existing footways to shared use footway/cycle track to link these crossings for pedal cyclists and have been put forward as a result of an adjacent residential development.

 

The Cabinet Member for Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve as advertised the proposed introduction of a zebra crossing (with a parallel cycle crossing) on White Post Road and conversion of an existing pelican crossing to a toucan crossing (a signalled crossing for the use of pedestrians and pedal cyclists) together with the conversion of parts of existing footways to shared use footway/cycle track to link the crossings for cyclists.

 

Decision:

Approved

7.

Banbury - Bloxham: A361 Banbury Road Proposed Shared Use Cycle Track pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/079

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director of Community Operations (CMDE7).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation to improve and convert the above footway link on the A361 Banbury Road between Bloxham & Banbury to a shared use footway/cycle track and conversion of the existing signalled crossing for pedestrians at Bloxham approximately 65 metres north of the Chipperfield Park Road junction to a toucan crossing which has been put forward as part of the wider traffic safety measures on the A361 and funded by the Department for Transport. Although improving safety is the key objective, the scheme will also help to encourage cycle trips as an alternative to the use of private cars, thereby serving to help reduce congestion and encourage active and low-carbon travel.

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve the conversion of the existing footway link on the western side of the A361 Banbury Road, between the junction with Chipperfield Park Road and Banbury (a distance of approximately 2.5km) to a shared use pedestrian & cycle track and conversion of the existing pelican crossing on the A361 Banbury Road at Bloxham approximately 65 metres north of the Chipperfield Park Road junction to a toucan crossing (a crossing that can be used by pedestrians and cyclists)  as advertised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

8.

Henley-on-Thames, Greys Road: Proposed Zebra Crossing pdf icon PDF 905 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/109

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director of Community Operations (CMDE8).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation on a proposal to introduce a zebra crossing on Greys Road between its junctions with Greys Hill and The Close put forward to address concerns raised over the safety of pedestrians crossing Greys Road between the pram walk on the Gainsborough Estate, The Close, Greys Hill (leading to Sacred Heart School) and the shop.

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed introduction of a zebra crossing on Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames between its junctions with Greys Hill and The Close as advertised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

9.

Chalgrove, Monument Road - Proposed Zebra Crossings pdf icon PDF 531 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/113

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director of Community Operations (CMDE9).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation on a proposal to introduce zebra crossings on monument Road at Chalgrove put forward because of the development of adjacent land.

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed introduction of zebra crossings on Monument Road, Chalgrove as advertised. 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

10.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Area: Various Locations for New Disabled Persons Parking Places pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/110

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director of Community Operations (CMDE10).

 

Provision of Disabled Persons Parking Places is reviewed when requested by members of the public. Specific proposals are assessed applying national regulations and guidance on the suitability of providing new bays or amending existing ones.

 

The report presents objections received in the course of the statutory consultation on the proposals to amend and introduce disabled persons parking places (DPPPs) at various locations within the South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse areas put forward following requests from residents for a DPPP following a check of their eligibility applying the national guidelines on the provision for such parking places.

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed Disabled Persons Parking Places on Gainsborough Green (Abingdon), Kynaston Road (Didcot) as advertised but defer approval of the proposal for Duke Street (Henley-on-Thames) to allow for further consideration of this site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

 

Note also that those application not objected to would be implemented

11.

East Hanney, Steventon Road - Proposed Traffic Calming Measures and Bus Stop Clearway pdf icon PDF 982 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/033

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director for Community Operations (CMDE11).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation on a proposal to introduce a traffic calming build-out incorporating a speed cushion and bus stop clearway on the Steventon Road, East Hanney put forward because of the development of land adjacent to the Steventon Road at East Hanney.

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed introduction of a traffic calming build-out incorporating a speed cushion and bus stop clearway on the Steventon Road, East Hanney as advertised.

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved noting that the objection from the Parish Council had been fully considered in the report and that the measures proposed reflected current county policy.

12.

Radley/Kennington: Kennington Road - Proposed Traffic Calming Measures and Signalled Pedestrian Crossing pdf icon PDF 693 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/107

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director of Community Operations (CMDE12).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation on proposals to introduce pairs of traffic calming speed cushions and a puffin crossing on Kennington Road, Radley which has been put forward because of the development of land adjacent to Kennington Road at Radley for residential purposes.

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed introduction of the traffic calming measures and puffin crossing on Kennington Road, Radley as advertised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

13.

Witney, Highworth Place: Proposed Waiting Restrictions pdf icon PDF 859 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/078

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director of Community Operations (CMDE13).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation to introduce no waiting at any time restrictions on both sides of Highworth Place, Witney including at its southern junction with The Croft; the existing restrictions at the northern junction with the Croft to be retained and has been put forward at the request of the local member in response to concerns over safety and the obstruction of traffic arising from parking in the area.

 

The Cabinet Member for Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve proposed waiting restrictions on both sides of Highworth Place, Witney including at its southern junction with The Croft; the existing restrictions at the northern junction with the Croft to be retained.

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved

14.

Cassington, Horsemere Lane - Proposed Prohibition of Motor and Horse Drawn Vehicles, Revocation of One-Way Order and Weight Limit and Reversion of Status to Restricted Bridleway pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Forward Plan Ref: 2018/189

Contact: Hugh Potter, Team Leader – Area Operations Hub Tel: 07766 998704

 

Report by Director for Community Operations (CMDE14).

 

The report presents responses received to a statutory consultation on a proposal to introduce a prohibition of motor vehicles restriction on Horsemere Lane, Cassington a single track road linking Bell Lane within Cassington village to the A40. The road is currently subject to a one-way order (the road being one-way from north to south) with a 5-tonne weight restriction.  Concerns have been expressed over many years of the adverse impact of traffic on Bell Lane using Horsemere Lane to access the A40 and also the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the lane itself, together with concerns over the safety of the junction of Horsemere Lane with the A40 and that vehicles frequently contravene the one-way restriction resulting in danger to all users of the lane.

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed prohibition of motor and horse drawn vehicles, the revocation of the existing one-way restriction and weight limit and change of status to restricted byway at Horsemere Lane Cassington as advertised.

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Deferred to enable proposal to be linked in with proposals for park & ride and bus lane on the A40.

15.

Heathrow Airport Expansion Consultation pdf icon PDF 207 KB

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/143

Contact: Dawn Pettis, Strategic Planning Team Leader Tel: (01865) 815320

 

Report by Director of Planning & Place (CMDE15).

 

The consultation on the expansion of Heathrow Airport commenced on 18 June. The closing date for responses is 13 September.

 

The purpose of this report is to set out the Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council proposed joint consultation response.

 

The Cabinet Member is RECOMMENDED to approve the proposed consultation response on the Heathrow Airport Expansion, as set out in Paragraph (9) of the report CMDE15.

 

 

Decision:

Approved

16.

EXEMPT ITEMS

The Cabinet Member for Environment is RECOMMENDED that the public be excluded for the duration of item 17 in the Agenda since it is likely that if they were present during that item there would be disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) and specified in relation to that item in the Agenda and since it is considered that, in all the circumstances of that case, the public interest in maintain the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

THE REPORT RELATING TO THE EXEMPT ITEM HAS NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC AND SHOULD BE REGARDED AS STRICTLY PRIVATE TO MEMBERS AND OFFICERS ENTITLED TO RECEIVE IT.

Decision:

Approved

17.

Procurement Exemption - Community Action Groups

Forward Plan Ref: 2019/104

Contact: Rachel Burns, Waste Strategy Manager Tel: 07789 877310

 

Report by Director for Planning & Place (CMDE17).

 

The CAG project supports local groups to improve their local environment and community; reducing waste and energy, promoting sustainable transport, local food and working to increase biodiversity.  In order to diversify their funding streams and reduce their reliance on OCC funding they need to establish as a new entity – a Community Benefit Society.  Directly awarding a contract avoids the issues with state aid that a grant would cause and allows the groups to continue their great work while also meeting our ‘social value and sustainable procurement’ aims of using local companies employing local people that deliver skills and training to residents and improve community engagement.

 

The public should be excluded during this item because its discussion in public would be likely to lead to the disclosure to members of the public present of information in the following prescribed category:

 

3. Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

The Cabinet Member is RECOMMENDED to approve the procurement exemption for the Community Action Group Project Oxfordshire (Limited)