Agenda item

Pre-Decision Scrutiny

To select appropriate items from the Cabinet agenda for pre-decision scrutiny (reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members)


The Committee scrutinised the following Cabinet Board items:

Quarter 3 Performance Monitoring 2021/22

Officers updated Members on the quarter 3 performance management data for the period, 1 April 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Following scrutiny, the report was noted.

Traffic Capital Programme and Active Travel Schemes 2022-2023

Members were provided with a report regarding the proposed advertisement of the traffic regulation orders associated with both the Council’s Traffic Capital Programme and the Welsh Government funded Active Travel Programme.

A discussion took place in relation to the summary of the proposed schemes for the Traffic Capital programme 2022-2023; in particular the A4063 Maesteg Road, Croeserw – a reduction in speed limit from 60 mph to 40/30 mph (Cymmer Ward).

Following scrutiny, the Committee were supportive of the recommendation to go to Cabinet Board.

Traffic Regulation Order/s - Goytre, Port Talbot

The Committee were provided with a report to consider the comments and objections received following the advertisement of the (Goytre Road, Goytre Crescent, Emroch Street, Lane rear of Emroch Street and East Street, Goytre) (Prohibition of Waiting, Loading and Unloading at Any Time) Order 2022.

The Head of Engineering and Transport explained that the scheme was initially brought to attention by the Community Safety Team, following a meeting with residents in which concerns were raised in connection to this route. Having received the feedback from the Community Safety Team, it was noted that the Road Safety Team carried out inspections of this route; the route was part of the safe routes to schools, therefore it was important to carry out the assessment and respond to the local members of the community.

Following the development of the scheme, it was highlighted that the Traffic Regulation Order was presented to the Streetscene and Engineering Cabined Board in order to seek permission to advertise; this was granted, and the formal process was followed as usual.

Once the three-week consultation exercise had been undertaken, Officers received objections to the scheme which were detailed in the circulated report. In response to the objections, it was stated that Technical Team and the Road Safety Team further reviewed the route, and concluded that the scheme could be revised by way of shortening the Order by approximately 15 meters; this was the minimum proposal that Officers determined would be safe for community use, going forward.

It was highlighted that Local Members had been consulted on this scheme, and support up-holding the objections in part; however, they would like the traffic regulation orders further reduced on the corner of No 1 East Street and Goytre Road. Officers stated that the Road Safety Team reviewed this further, and concluded that furthering reducing the traffic regulation order on the junction would not protect the corner or make it safe for the community. Therefore, Officers were recommending that the revised scheme, as indicated in Appendix B, to be implemented on site in the interest of road safety.

Following scrutiny, the Committee were supportive of the recommendation to go to Cabinet Board.