Agenda, decisions and minutes

Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee
Tuesday 27 November 2018 7:30 pm

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Items
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16.

Questions, petitions and public participation

·         A 30 minute question and answer session on issues not already listed on the agenda is available at the start of the meeting. Advance notice of questions is encouraged.

 

·         Petitions can also be presented to the Committee at the start of the meeting.

 

·         Contributions during the debate on items is at the discretion of the Chair.

Minutes:

A number of questions were asked by residents in the public gallery. A summary of these is attached but they do not form part of the minutes of the meeting.

 

No petitions were submitted.

17.

Apologies for absence and attendance of substitute Members

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

18.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 27 September 2018 as a correct record.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 27 September 2018 were confirmed as a correct record.

19.

Declarations of interest

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests and any other non-pecuniary interests (personal interests) relevant to items on the agenda.

Minutes:

No interests were declared.

20.

Go Cycle Programme: Progress Update/ Kingston to Tolworth (Phase 2: Ewell Road) pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To update the Committee on the progress of the Go Cycle programme and to seek authorisation to proceed to the detailed design and construction stages of the Kingston to Tolworth (Phase 2 : Ewell Road) Go Cycle scheme.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that –

 

1.    The Go Cycle programme progress update as set out in paragraphs 9 to 13 of the report is noted.

 

2.    Kingston to Tolworth (Phase 2: Ewell Road) Go Cycle scheme

 

a)    The authorisation to proceed to the detailed design and construction stages of the proposed scheme as set out in paragraphs 14 – 26 of the report be approved.

b)    The Director of Growth be authorised to make minor design or construction variations and to consider additional public realm improvements in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport or any successor portfolio holder.  

Minutes:

The Committee were updated on the progress of the Go Cycle programme and asked to authorise the detailed design and construction stages of the Kingston to Tolworth (Phase 2: Ewell Road) Go Cycle Scheme. The Mayor of London’s Mini-Holland initiative is a £100 million investment administered by Transport for London (TfL). In March 2014 Kingston was one of the three London boroughs selected to receive programme funding, which it is delivering through its Go Cycle programme. The construction of three Go Cycle schemes has been completed and four further schemes are currently under construction.

 

The Ewell Road section is phase two of the Kingston to Tolworth scheme. Phase one, the Penrhyn Road section, was approved by the Council’s former Residents Committee at its meeting in June 2017. The Ewell Road section of the Kingston to Tolworth route comprises the main length of Ewell Road and connects to St Mark’s Hill and Avenue Elmers which will link with Go Cycle routes into Surbiton and Kingston. The full scheme was set out in Annex 2 of the report.

 

Public consultation was undertaken on the scheme between 17 October and 17 November 2016. Ewell Road is a strategic main road and cyclists should be segregated from motor traffic for their safety and comfort. Some modifications have been made to reflect the results of the public consultation and the Committee’s approval was sought to undertake detailed design and to subsequently construct the Ewell Road section.

 

The TfL Project Sponsor is responsible for authorising the release of TfL Mini-Holland funding and TfL have approved the proposals as set out in Annex 2 of the report. Further approval from the TfL Project Sponsor will be required to release funding prior to construction. In addition, all schemes affecting the operation of strategic roads will be subject to statutory approvals from TfL. The construction programme will be determined during the detailed design but subject to approvals and budget from TfL, the substantive construction works could begin in the 2019/20 financial year. The current detailed design and construction estimate for the Ewell Road scheme is £2.4M.

 

Having considered the report it was the Committee’s view that during implementation of the scheme the project team should continue to consider any opportunities for additional public realm improvements and that authority should be delegated to the Director of Growth to make these minor amendments as the opportunities arise.

 

Resolved that –

 

1.    The Go Cycle programme progress update as set out in paragraphs 9 to 13 of the report is noted.

 

2.    Kingston to Tolworth (Phase 2: Ewell Road) Go Cycle scheme

 

a)    The authorisation to proceed to the detailed design and construction stages of the proposed scheme as set out in paragraphs 14 – 26 of the report be approved.

b)    The Director of Growth be authorised to make minor design or construction variations and to consider additional public realm improvements in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport or any successor portfolio holder.

 

Voting: Unanimously in favour.

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
Go Cycle Programme: Progress Update/ Kingston to Tolworth (Phase 2: Ewell Road) Motion Carried
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  • 21.

    Recycling on the go pdf icon PDF 542 KB

    To consider options for increasing recycling from material collected "on street" across the borough.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Resolved that the Committee –

     

    1.    Endorses the procurement of alternative treatment options to extract recycling from waste collected from the borough’s existing litter bins and street sweepings (Option 2a or 2b as set out in the report); and,

     

    2.    Notes that the final decision on the treatment option, following procurement, will be exercised under delegated authority in accordance with Contract Standing Orders and that the Committee will receive an update by way of an information item at its next meeting.

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered options for increasing recycling from material collected ‘on-street’ across the borough. Recycling bins for the collection of paper, glass, cans and plastics were introduced at around 110 locations in 2005, when kerbside recycling services were limited. Similar to experiences of other local authorities, these recycling bins, designed to encourage residents and visitors to recycle items that would otherwise end up as litter, were frequently contaminated with the wrong materials. Due to the increased difficulty of recycling contaminated material, following changes to the Environment Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, problems with fly tipping at a number of the locations and the expansion of recycling collection services to houses and flats, the on-street recycling bins were removed in 2015 and 2016.

     

    Members have asked that options be re-considered to enable people to recycle more while they are out and about in the borough in order to ensure a consistent message encouraging sustainable behaviour across all activities. Increased competition for good quality material has meant a further decrease in the amount of contamination that reprocessors are willing to accept. This has particularly affected the market for paper and card. Industry experience suggests that collecting clean paper and card from recycling on the go schemes is extremely difficult as the material can be very easily contaminated therefore the Committee only considered options for the recycling of plastics, cans and glass.

     

    Contamination of material placed in on-street recycling bins for any material is likely to be too high to send the material to the same facilities that process recycling collected directly from households in the borough. So, in order to minimise the risk of any recyclable material collected being sent to landfill the Committee considered alternative treatments methods that can be used to extract recycling from ‘mixed waste’ including the use of a Mixed Waste Processing Plan (MWP) or a Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant (MBT).

     

    The challenges of improving recycling rates from material collected on-street is being looked at on a national level. The government has confirmed it will introduce a deposit scheme in England for single use containers (whether plastic, glass or metal) subject to consultation later this year. The consultation will look at the details of how such a scheme would work, alongside other measures to increase recycling rates. Officers have met with Hubbub, who are undertaking trials in Leeds to test innovative operational methods and modes of communication to collect clean recyclable material around the city centre. This six month trial will be concluded in April 2019 and, if successful, there could be ideas that Kingston could consider replicating. 

     

    The options presented to the Committee were as follows:

     

    ·         Option 1a – Install approximately 70 dedicated containers next to litter bins in town centres to collect glass, cans and plastic (mixed together) and explore options to send the material collected to a MWP for processing.

     

    ·         Option 1b – The same system as 1a but to explore options to send the material to an MBT plant for processing.

     

    ·         Option  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    Endorses the procurement of alternative treatment options to extract recycling from waste collected from the borough’s existing litter bins and street sweepings (Option 2a or 2b as set out in the report) Motion Carried
    Notes that the final decision on the treatment option, following procurement, will be exercised under delegated authority in accordance with Contract Standing Orders and that the Committee will receive an update by way of an information item at its next meeting. Motion Carried
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  • 22.

    Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) Policy and Action plan pdf icon PDF 115 KB

    To approve the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) policy and action plan. 

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Resolved that –

     

    1.    The Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) policy and action, as set out in Annex 1 of the report, be agreed.

     

    2.    The Committee delegates authority to the Assistant Director Transport, Highways and Regulatory Services, in consultation with the Chair, Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee, to bid for funding and arrange subsequent installation, where appropriate, of ULEV infrastructure. 

     

    3.    The Committee delegates authority to the Assistant Director Transport, Highways and Regulatory Services, in consultation with the Chair, Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee and the Opposition Spokesperson for Environment and Sustainable Transport, for publication and promotion of a simplified policy document.

    Minutes:

    The Committee were asked to approve the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) policy and action plan as set out in Annex 1 of the report. Encouraging residents and businesses to switch the vehicle they use to an Electric Vehicle (EV) will help improve air quality as tailpipe emissions from these vehicles are zero. The Council is committed to delivering 100 EV charging points over four years and fulfilment of the action plan, as set out in pages fifteen and sixteen of the policy, will achieve this aim.

     

    The Policy provides context around current and future demand and the types of charging point available before setting out how the Council will go about facilitating the placement of chargers on Council land in the borough. The Action Plan details how the Policy will be implemented and provides a guideline on delivery dates.

     

    Financial support is available from sources such as the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) which is co-ordinated in London by the Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS), a partnership between Transport for London, the Greater London Authority and London Councils. Where possible the recommended options are cost neutral to the Council. This underlines the Council’s role as a facilitator rather than the owner of a network of chargers which would bring issues around maintenance and obsolescence.

     

    Officers will investigate the options within the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund as well those available in the next round of GULCS residential charging funding in 2019, the date for the opening of the next round of funding will be announced soon. Match funding will also be sought from s106 and Community Infrastructure Levy funding streams through the Council’s capital bidding process in 2019/20 and beyond. Bidding to GULCS for funding to install rapid chargers is now open. Officers are currently working with the TfL project team responsible for the ‘rapids network’ in London and thus far one rapid charger has been installed on public highway within the borough, with further publicly-available rapid charging provision located on private land. London Councils’ Transport & Environment Committee has agreed that boroughs should suggest 20 further potential sites by the end of January 2019 for TfL to assess and Officers are currently compiling a list of suitable sites.

     

    Resolved that –

     

    1.    The Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) policy and action, as set out in Annex 1 of the report, be agreed.

     

    2.    The Committee delegates authority to the Assistant Director Transport, Highways and Regulatory Services, in consultation with the Chair, Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee, to bid for funding and arrange subsequent installation, where appropriate, of ULEV infrastructure. 

     

    3.    The Committee delegates authority to the Assistant Director Transport, Highways and Regulatory Services, in consultation with the Chair, Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee and the Opposition Spokesperson for Environment and Sustainable Transport, for publication and promotion of a simplified policy document.

     

    Voting: Unanimously in favour.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) Policy and Action Plan Motion Carried
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  • 23.

    Healthy Streets Scorecard pdf icon PDF 72 KB

    To review the Healthy Streets Scorecard

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Resolved that the Committee –

     

    1.    Notes the contents of the inaugural Healthy Streets Scorecard as set out in Annex 1 of the report;

     

    2.    Agrees the publication and promotion of the Healthy Streets Scorecard; and

     

    3.    Notes that the Scorecard format will be used to provide annual evaluations of cycling in the borough.

     

    Minutes:

    The Committee were asked to review the inaugural Healthy Streets Scorecard (the Scorecard), as set out in Annex 1 of the report, and asked to agree its publication and promotion. The Scorecard forms a key part of the Council’s and Transport for London’s (TfL) ongoing monitoring of the Go Cycle programme and it aims to provide a snapshot of the current state of cycling within the borough. This inaugural edition of the Scorecard outlines baseline findings for 2015-16 as well as findings from subsequent surveys. The Scorecard focuses on the 10 Go Cycle objectives in order to evidence how the programme is meeting the programme’s aims. Data from 2015/16, the first year of the Go Cycle Programme, has been used as a baseline.

     

    The Scorecard’s main findings are:

     

    ·         The top four reasons that people cycle are because it is healthy, enjoyable, saves time and saves money. Around one in three respondents started cycling when they moved house, school or job, which demonstrates the opportunity for behaviour change during a life transition.

     

    ·         The top two reasons people do not cycle are; fear of being in a collision and too much traffic. Another reason given is poor local infrastructure.

     

    ·         Cycle counts completed on Portsmouth Road show an increase of 59% across the day, 76% to 104% increase during peak hours and a 39% - 50% increase between pre and post construction of the Go Cycle Route.

     

    ·         Users of the new Portsmouth Road Go Cycle route feel less intimidated by traffic (72% down to 60%) , find it easer to cross (78% up from 67%), more enjoyable (81% up from 66%), not noisy (57% up from 29%), with clean air (69% up from 58%) and attractive (84% up from 72%).

     

    ·         Existing cyclists in the borough are mostly satisfied with the reliability of their cycle journey and the time it takes to travel by bicycle.

     

    ·         In 2017/18 the Council completed cycle training with 424 adults and 1,717 children compared to 348 adults and 1,594 children the year before.

     

    Resolved that the Committee –

     

    1.    Notes the contents of the inaugural Healthy Streets Scorecard as set out in Annex 1 of the report;

     

    2.    Agrees the publication and promotion of the Healthy Streets Scorecard; and

     

    3.    Notes that the Scorecard format will be used to provide annual evaluations of cycling in the borough.

     

    Voting: Unanimously in favour.

     

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    Recorded Streets Scorecard Motion Carried
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  • 24.

    Mental Health Champion pdf icon PDF 120 KB

    To note the appointment of Councillor Zain Abbas as the Mental Health Champion for the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee.

    Decision:

    Resolved that –

     

    1.    the process agreed at Council on 16 October 2018 for RBK to take any steps necessary to sign up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health Programme including an update on the mental health JSNA, be noted; and

     

    2.    The appointment of Councillor Zain Abbas as the mental health champion for this Committee be noted and the Committee support him in his role. 

    Minutes:

    The Committee noted the appointment of Councillor Zain Abbas as the Mental Health Champion for the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee. At the full Council meeting on 16 October 2018 a mental health champion was appointed to each of the Council’s Strategic Committees to be a leader and advocate for mental health. Mental Health Champions will be able to access Public Health England support and training to help them with this role.

     

    The Mental Health Campions will oversee the implementation of any recommendations relevant to their individual committee from the forthcoming Better Mental Health Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), Thrive Kingston and the Health in All Policies (HiAP) programme. They will also ensure all relevant staff are encouraged to undertake Health Impact Assessment (HIA) training to support effective HIA on policies. Councillor Zain Abbas will keep the Committee updated on the Council’s progress as it takes the steps necessary to sign up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Programme including an update of the Mental Health JSNA.  

     

    Resolved that –

     

    1.    the process agreed at Council on 16 October 2018 for RBK to take any steps necessary to sign up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health Programme including an update on the mental health JSNA, be noted; and

     

    2.    The appointment of Councillor Zain Abbas as the mental health champion for this Committee be noted and the Committee support him in his role.

     

    Voting: Unanimously in favour.

    Recorded Vote
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    Mental Health Champion Motion Carried
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  • 25.

    Urgent items authorised by the Chair

    To consider any items which, in the view of the Chair, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

    Minutes:

    There were no urgent items authorised by the Chair.

    Public Questions

    Mr Mark Handley asked the Committee about the production of paper agendas for municipal meetings and whether consideration has been given to using tablets instead.

     

    The Committee heard how the Council is continuing to work towards paperless working but that it does so whilst being conscious of the fact that there are some residents who do have readily available internet access and others who find it difficult to read on a screen. Members are offered tablets by the Council and those who opt to use these tablets are not sent paper copies of agendas unless they Chair that particular committee.

     

    Mr Handley asked the Committee whether any consideration has been given to his suggestion at the Committee’s last meeting that the Council look at the possibility of recycling plastics into bitumen pellets for road surfacing use. The Committee heard that it been added to a longlist of ideas but that it is yet to be considered. Mr Handley also asked the Committee if the Council would work with Podpoint in order to have a free (electric car) charge point installed at a local primary school as part of Podpoint’s Electric Schools Clean Air Campaign and it was agreed that the Chair will investigate this offer at subsequent meetings with officers.

     

    Mr Matthew Stephen, on behalf of the Kingston Cycling Campaign, asked the Committee for an update on the planned delivery of 20mph speed limits in all residential roads in Kingston and whether this will include an option to extend the 20mph limit to every road under Kingston’s control in order to achieve even greater safety improvements. The Committee were informed about the forthcoming consultation on 20mph speed limits that will take place in 2019 and how the results of this consultation will inform the final proposals and that this could potentially include some of the larger roads that are controlled by the Council.

     

    Mr Matthew Stephen also asked the Committee about the Council’s plans for secure on-street bike parking and, in particular, on-street bike hangers. The Committee were informed that 51 bike hangers have bene installed thus far and that there are currently plans to install a further 7.