Agenda, decisions and minutes

Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 27th July, 2021 5.30 pm

Venue: the Banqueting Hall - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Su Booth - 07814 073884 

Items
No. Item

36.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest received in matters under consideration.

 

37.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2021 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Su Booth – 07814 073884)

Minutes:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2021 be signed as a correct record.

 

38.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Any referrals that have been made to this Committee up to and including the date of publication of this agenda will be reported at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no referrals to the Committee.

 

39.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Su Booth – 07814 073884)

 

Minutes:

There were no referrals to the Committee.

40.

APPOINTMENT OF NON-VOTING CO-OPTED MEMBER

Under Article 6 of Part 2 of the Constitution the Committee may make a recommendation to Council for the co-option of non-voting members to the Committee.

 

The Committee is asked to recommend the appointment of the following Non-voting Co-opted Member for the 2021/22 Municipal Year:

 

·         Julia Pearson           Bradford Environmental Forum

 

(Mustansir Butt - 01274 432574)

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the appointment of the following non-voting co-opted representatives for the 2021/2022 municipal year be recommended to Council:

 

NON VOTING CO-OPTED MEMBERS:

 

Julia Pearson: Bradford Environmental Forum.

 

Action:  Overview & Scrutiny Lead.

 

                                                                        (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

41.

WEST CORRIDOR BRADFORD IMPROVEMENT PLAN - CONTRACT STANDING ORDERS APPROVAL pdf icon PDF 161 KB

This report (Document “A”) advises Members of the intention to undertake two separate procurement exercises, both in excess of £2 million, to construct the improvement schemes at Great Horton Road/Horton Grange Road (tender 1) and the Toller Lane/Carlisle Road and Thornton Road/Cemetery Road junctions (tender 2) in accordance with the requirements of Contract Standing Order 7.2.1 (CSO 2021/22).

 

Recommended –

 

That the Committee note the contents of this report and the proposed timings of the procurement of the CIP scheme construction contracts. 

 

 

(Julian Jackson/Richard Gelder/Chris Bedford)

((01274) 433766, 437603, 437645)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Strategic Director, Place (Document “A”) was presented to members to advise them regarding the project to improve transport options, focusing on specific location which were identified as problematic as they were congested at peak travel times in both the morning and afternoon.

 

The project had reached the stage where members were being advised of two separate procurement exercises to deliver improvements to pedestrians, quicker bus journeys and a variety of forms of transport with a value in excess of £2 million per scheme.

 

Tender 1 related to Great Horton Road/Horton Grange Road and Tender 2 related to the Toller Lane/Carlisle Road and Thornton Road/Cemetery Road junctions in accordance with the requirements of Contract Standing Order 7.2.1 (CSO 2021/22).

 

The West Bradford Corridor Improvement Plan (CIP) formed part of the Government
funded West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, The aims of the scheme were to

 

·         reduce congestion

·         improve bus journey times

·         improve air quality

·         increase road safety at key congestion points on the highway network

 

 

The CIP schemes would also support growth in jobs, businesses and housing developments in the immediate areas and the wider district.

 

The report contained the intended benefits of both schemes to give Members an appreciation of the scale of the projects to be undertaken.

 

Using a corridor based approach, schemes for improvements to bus journey times on the western section of the A6177, paying particular attention to known congestion points formed part of wider aspirations for transport.

 

The report provided details of each of the schemes with details of the ‘Business Realisation Plan’ (BRP) to demonstrate how scheme objectives translated into benefit categories.

 

·           Improved journey time reliability for highway users, specifically buses
·     Improvement in air quality for local residents through reduced congestion in
      the locality

·           Investment leading to job creation and additional housing;
·     Improvement in levels of active modes including cycling and walking;
·      Improvement to the west of Bradford
·      Improved road safety
·     Improved strategic route connectivity to central Bradford

 

The tender 2 project aimed at improving the efficiency of the junction by separation of traffic movements, widening on the approach to the junction and enhanced pedestrian crossing facilities.  The scheme will also deliver improved bus services in the form of journey time reduction and reliability.

 

Both projects would go out to open tender and Officers provided Members with details of how these would be assessed as there were numerous factors to take into account as well as cost, such as use of local labour, suppliers and provision of possible apprenticeships.

 

Members were then given the opportunity to ask questions, the details of which and the responses received are as below:

 

·      Would the schemes address car congestion as they were focussed on buses?

·           Officers advised that taking a corridor approach rather than junctions would encourage integrated travel such as bus and cycling and the interventions would reduce bus journey times

 

·      Were any figures on numbers of bus passengers?

·           Officers advised that the information could be obtained and that bus numbers would increase over time with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.

42.

DRAFT 2021-2022 WORK PLAN pdf icon PDF 83 KB

The report of the Chair of the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Document “B”) presents the Committee’s Draft Work Plan for the 2019/20 Municipal Year.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)  That members consider and comment on the areas of work included in the work programme.

 

(2)  That members consider any detailed scrutiny reviews that they may wish to conduct.

 

(Mustansir Butt - 01274 432574)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the Committee discussed and approved the 2021-22 Work Programme and agreed that the following topics should also be included into the work programme:

 

§  Progress made against the Single Use Plastics Scrutiny Review recommendations;

§  Omega Proteins;

§  City Centre Developments.

 

Action:  Overview & Scrutiny Lead

 

                                                                  (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)