Agenda, decisions and minutes

Additional meeting, Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee
Tuesday 27 July 2021 7:00 pm

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Venue: Guildhall, Kingston upon Thames. View directions

Contact: Kevin Jones 020 8547 6622  email:  kevin.jones@kingston.gov.uk

Note: Meeting to discuss Albert Road LTN and Lower Ham Road LTN 

Items
No. Item

15.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Zain Abbas.

16.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests and any other personal interests relevant to items on this agenda.

Minutes:

Councillor Netley declared that she lived very close to the Lower Ham Road LTN and cycled the route regularly. She would accordingly take no part in that debate.

Councillor Tolley declared a personal interest as he may be sending his daughter to a nursery in Albert Road which is in the Albert Road LTN area. He would take part in the debate.

17.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 23 June 2021 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 23 June be signed as a correct record.

18.

LTN - Albert Road pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To provide feedback to the Committee on a number of workstreams, which includes consultation responses (portal/email/ETMO), comment on traffic surveys and air quality assessments and potential impacts and to seek a way forward with the measures.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

The trial remain in place for a further 5 months allowing for 2 further vehicle counts - as close as possible to the same dates a year earlier, and a further round of air quality monitoring. The trial to come to Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee in December 2021 for decision

 

Voting: Unanimous

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report by the Assistant Director Highways, Transport and Regulatory Services which provided feedback to the Committee on the Albert Road Traffic Scheme on a number of work streams, which included consultation responses (portal/email/ETMO), comment on traffic surveys and air quality assessments and potential impacts. The report asked the committee to agree a way forward.

 

The report considered that the proposals would improve the local area and make it more attractive for residents, creating an environment that encourages more walking and cycling. The report noted that the COVID 19 pandemic, and the changing travel patterns had presented both an opportunity and a threat. The opportunity was that the council was able to bring forward at a quicker pace than expected a number of ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ (LTN) projects which would make Kingston a clean, green and safe borough for all residents. It was therefore important that their analysis looked at other factors such as the impact of the schemes on air quality, traffic flows and cycling patterns. LTNs were an important tool to make local roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and so to help tackle the climate crisis, improve air quality and make Kingston neighbourhoods better places to live making local roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The report noted that LTNs encouraged active travel, which in the long term would help to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions. The report went on to note that the Council had originally identified four scheme locations for LTNs, which were set out in the report to the Response and Recovery Committee on 30 July 2020. It included a scheme for the Albert Road area in the Kingston Town Neighbourhood, and the scope of the scheme area could be seen on the plan at Annex 1 to the report. The report further noted that the process used to implement the LTNs was an ‘Experimental Traffic Management Order’ (ETMO). Use of this process was strongly encouraged by central government and TfL. This was a common process which allowed the immediate implementation of measures and a consultation running in parallel with the implementation of the experiment, although it was not the ‘usual’ way that Kingston has implemented traffic management and improvement projects. The ETMO process included a six month engagement period at the start of the trial which could remain in place for up to 18 months in total. In addition to the formal traffic order consultation, residents were able to submit their views about the LTN schemes online ‘informally’ using the Kingston Let’s Talk portal. Over 311 residents submitted their views via Kingston Let’s Talk on the LTN on Albert Road. The engagement process had also included reaching out to stakeholder groups, setting up the Street Talk publication and feedback through the Streetspace email inbox and via Members. The engagement feedback was, however, only part of the overall analysis process, which included the longer-term policy ambitions for the Council. The report further noted that the Council wanted to make  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.

19.

LTN - Lower Ham Road pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To provide feedback to the Committee on a number of workstreams, which includes consultation responses (portal/email/ETMO), comment on traffic surveys and air quality assessments and potential impacts and to seek a way forward with the measures.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED to defer the decision till the September or later meeting by which time the mechanics and signage required by the Committee had been resolved. The Committee was mindful to approve, subject to the finer details of the mechanism for closure and signage being agreed.

 

Voting: Unanimous

 

Minutes:

The committee had before it a report titled Lower Ham Road Low Traffic Scheme - Experimental Traffic Management Order review by the Assistant Director Highways, Transport and Regulatory Services. The report provided feedback to the Committee on a number of work streams, which included consultation responses (portal/email/ETMO), comment on traffic surveys and air quality assessments and potential impacts and asked the committee to agree a way forward.

 

The report noted that the changing travel patterns and the COVID 19 pandemic, had presented both an opportunity and a threat. The opportunity was that the council was able to bring forward a number of ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ (LTN) projects. These would make Kingston a clean, green and safe borough for all residents. It was therefore important that their analysis looked at other factors such as the impact of the schemes on air quality, traffic flows and cycling patterns. LTNs were an important tool to make local roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and so to help tackle the climate crisis, improve air quality and make Kingston neighbourhoods better places to live making local roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The report noted that LTNs encouraged active travel, which in the long term would help to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions. The report noted that the Council had originally identified the LTN location for Lower Ham Road in the report to the Response and Recovery Committee on 30 July 2020 which included 3 other locations for LTN’s. The scope of the scheme area could be seen on the plan at Annex 1 to the report. The report noted that the process used to implement the LTNs was an ‘Experimental Traffic Management Order’ (ETMO) which was the process strongly encouraged by central government and TfL. This process allowed the immediate implementation of measures and a consultation running in parallel with the implementation of the experiment. This was not the ‘usual’ way that Kingston has implemented traffic management and improvement projects. The ETMO process included a six month engagement period at the start of the trial which could remain in place for up to 18 months in total. In addition to the formal traffic order consultation, residents were able to submit their views about the LTN schemes online ‘informally’ using the Kingston Let’s Talk portal. Over 152 residents submitted their views via Kingston Let’s Talk on the LTN on Lower Ham Road. The engagement process had also included reaching out to stakeholder groups, setting up the Street Talk publication and feedback through the Streetspace email inbox and via Members. The engagement feedback was, however, only part of the overall analysis process, which included the longer-term policy ambitions for the Council. The report noted that the Council wanted to make Kingston a clean, green and safe borough for all residents. It was therefore important that analysis looked at other factors such as the impact of the schemes on air quality, traffic flows and cycling patterns. Although there was a formal process by which responses  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

URGENT ITEMS AUTHORISED BY THE CHAIR

Minutes:

There were no urgent items authorised by the Chair.