Agenda and minutes

Traffic Management Advisory Committee
Tuesday, 5th February, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: F10, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

Contact: Cliona May
020 8726 6000 x47279  Email: cliona.may@croydon.gov.uk

Items
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1/19

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2018 as an accurate record.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2018 were agreed as an accurate record.

2/19

Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.

Minutes:

There were none.

3/19

Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

4/19

High Street Croydon - Experimental Traffic Restriction Order - Outcome of Experimental Scheme pdf icon PDF 110 KB

This report considers the outcomes of surveys and monitoring of the experimental closure of High Street, Croydon, to motor vehicle traffic, between Park Street and Katherine Street. The report summarises the findings of monitoring and surveys with the public, as well as the effects on public transport and movement through the High Street corridor and the views of local businesses regarding its impact on them.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report which outlined the outcomes of surveys and monitoring of the experimental closure of High Street, Croydon, to motor traffic, between Park Street and Katharine Street. Members were informed by officers that if the decision was not made to make the Traffic Restriction Order permanent then the High Street would have to be reopened to motor traffic.

 

The Committee were informed that the experimental order commenced in October 2017 which also enabled free of charge public events to take place in collaboration with the Croydon BID, including the Wimbledon Live showings. Traffic reviews had been undertaken and local businesses had been surveyed to understand the impact of the experimental order, and feedback showed that businesses had experienced an increase in trade following the pedestrianisation of High Street. It was noted that in April the High Street would be reopened to bus movements to enable the removal of bridge links for the RNF construction at St Georges Walk.

 

Members requested further background to the data within the appendices; in particular the footfall figures at pages 21 and 22 of the agenda. Officers stated the data was from two of Croydon BID’s cameras which were located by North End, near West Croydon, and High Street. The data suggested that footfall at North End had decreased whilst footfall on High Street had increased following the experimental order. The Chair stated that his interpretation of the data was that a general reduction in footfall had been experienced in Croydon which was due to the economic climate; however the trend had been bucked on the High Street which had seen an increase following the introduction of the experimental order. As such, the Chair concluded, it could be reasonable to suggest that the experimental order had had a positive impact on the area. Furthermore, the Chair noted that local businesses had reported increased trade during the period.

 

In response to Member questions the Chair noted that following the introduction of the experimental order there had been a discussion at the Mobility Forum in relation to the impact. Following the discussion three disabled parking bays were located on Park Street which had addressed the concerns by the Forum.

 

Members queried how a permanent Traffic Restriction Order would fit in with the long term plan for the town centre and were informed that it facilitated the wider programme; including supporting the night time economy and the Healthy Streets agenda. It was further noted that the centre of Croydon was undergoing a large amount of regeneration and the TRO would help to ensure the area continued to be used with further plans to introduce additional public realm to the area which would complement future plans.

 

In response to Member questions officers stated that five locations had been identified within the borough by the Police as possible locations for hostile vehicle attacks. Risk assessments were being undertaken to ensure the public was protected and further public realm improvements would be made to mitigate the risk. A  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4/19

5/19

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”

Minutes:

This item was not required.