Agenda and minutes

Joint Transportation Board - Monday, 15th July, 2019 6.00 pm

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Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS

Contact: Mark O'Callaghan  Scrutiny and Engagement Officer

Note: The public proceedings of the meeting will be recorded and made available for playback on the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website 

Items
No. Item

TB45/18

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Backhouse and County Councillor Holden.

TB46/18

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by Members in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no disclosable pecuniary or other significant interests declared at the meeting.

TB47/18

Notification of Visiting Members wishing to speak pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To note any members of the Council wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 18, and which items they wish to speak on.

Minutes:

There were no Visiting Members registered to speak.

 

The Chairman noted that there were six members of the public registered on various items.

TB48/18

Minutes of the meeting dated 15 April 2019 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To approve the minutes of a previous meeting as a correct record. The only issue relating to the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

Minutes:

The minutes were not available and would be carried over to the next meeting.

TB49/18

Update Report pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To consider the proposals set out in the report.

Minutes:

The Chairman confirmed that the report only contained items where there was something substantive to report. The Chairman also confirmed that Currie Road remained on the radar but that there was no substantive report at this time.

 

Tammy Dixon and her daughter Eve Dixon spoke early regarding Agenda item 9 – Forest Road Zebra Crossing. They made a strong recommendation for the Zebra Crossing to be replaced with a Puffin Crossing that would be more easily seen by motorists and therefore reduce the potential for accidents at this site.

 

Councillor Bruneau registered an interest in HGV signage on Carrs Corner as a property owner in the area.

 

Comments were made in respect of the following items (other items were taken as read)

 

Carrs Corner

·         Residents were unhappy with the location of the no HGV sign which was both located  too far into the road and then behind a bush rendering it null and void as HGV’s would not see it when they turned into the road and once seen, HGV’s not able to reverse out again. 

·         Residents at the outset were advised by Kent County Council that there was no suitable site for the no HGV sign at this location. As residents were unhappy with this decision, Kent County Council installed the sign at the best available site and would continue to discuss options for the best available site for this sign.

·         2 ADS signs and improved road markings have been recently been introduced in the area to help with the movement of traffic in the area.

 

RESOLVED – That, subject to the comments made in the debate, the Update Report be noted.

TB50/18

Proposed Traffic Regulation Orders: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Southborough and Horsmonden pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To consider the proposals set out in the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Nick Baldwin (Senior Engineer, TWBC) introduced the report which included the following comments regarding three locations with proposed restrictions:

·         Major York’s Road in Tunbridge Wells – the introduction of double yellow lines to improve traffic flow in the area

·         Crossroads in Horsmonden – the introduction of double yellow lines due to a poor crash record at this site

·         Southborough – the introduction of double yellow lines to support a 20mph speed limit in the area.

 

Neil Spalding, local resident, had registered to speak and comments included:

·         Currently no cycle provision from Rusthall and Langton into town centre.  Introduction of double yellow lines on Major York’s Road and making it a parking free zone, a missed opportunity to introduce cycle paths in this area. Loss of car parking would result in traders in the Pantiles losing between 40-60 parking spaces. Additional parking requests were subsequently being made. Loss of parking provision was a major concern.

 

Jane Fenwick, for Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Forum, had registered to speak and comments included:

·         Town Forum welcomed the reduction in parking on Major York’s Road that would reduce congestion into the town centre. However, vehicle speeds would likely increase which raised concerns for pedestrians and cyclists.  Suggested that there was demand for a cycle path from Langton to the Pantiles and town centre and in order to facilitate this, appropriate traffic calming measures and a lower speed limit should be introduced. An opportunity to transform Major York’s Road into a green entrance to the town.  A request was made for a study to be included on the JTB agenda and into the Local Plan. 

 

Discussion included the following comments:

·         Not all car parking would be removed from Major York’s Road – the bottom section from London Road to Hungershall Park would remain (allowing for parking for those visiting the Pantiles). Proposal would remove parking between Hungershall Park to Langton Road.

·         Survey was undertaken regarding the crossing proposal at Langton Green and reported that there wasn’t sufficient need. Parish Council expressed a wish for a further survey, it would be for them to take forward and fund.

·         Cycle lane was considered for Major York’s Road but deemed unsuitable while parking restrictions were only applicable on part of the road. Local cycling and walking infrastructure plan currently being prepared. Look to include Major York’s Road within the plan.

 

RESOLVED – That the Board endorses the making of the Traffic Regulation Orders for the three restrictions as advertised.

TB51/18

Review of the Borough Transport Strategy pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To consider the proposals set out in the report.

Minutes:

Hilary Smith (Economic Development Manager, TWBC) introduced the report which included the following comments:

·         Transport schemes identified in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan would also include the need to identify funding sources.  It was expected that large amounts of the necessary funding would come from developers.  There may be a need to bid for funding for the larger schemes.

·         20mph speed limits was included in both the road safety and active travel section of the strategy.

 

RESOLVED – That the proposed approach to the review of the Transport Strategy, as set out in the report, be noted and supported.

TB52/18

Hall's Hole Road Junction with Forest Road Update pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To consider the proposals set out in the report.

Minutes:

Emma Green (Schemes Programme Manager (West), KCC) introduced the report set out in the agenda.

 

Scott Purchas, local resident, had registered to speak which included the following comments:

·         Concern that proposal did not adequately address the problems of crossing and as such requested that a study be undertaken by Kent CC that would establish both vehicle speeds and vehicle volumes across the whole of Hawkenbury – including, Forest Road, Bayhall Road and the Hall’s Hole Road corridor from Frant Road to the Pembury Road at Royal Oak junction and the intersection at Hall’s Hall Road.

 

Discussion included the following comments:

·         General acceptance that the whole area needed to be looked at, not the junction in isolation.

·         Feasibility stage ongoing and options being considered – where utilities are located, measurements to determine what could be accommodated (including pedestrian refuge, road narrowing).

·         No funding would be available from the development funding at Hawkenbury.  Planning permission had already been granted and S106 signed.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

TB53/18

Forest Road Zebra Crossing Update pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To consider the proposals set out in the report.

Minutes:

Emma Green (Schemes Programme Manager (West), KCC) introduced the report set out in the agenda.

 

Discussion included the following comments.

·         Lining at the Zebra Crossing had been refreshed.

·         Confirmed that a beeping sound was emitted at a Puffin crossing to indicate when pedestrians should cross. The decibel level of the beeping would remain constant as the needs of all users including visually impaired and hearing impaired must be considered. 

·         An update on the options would be brought to a future JTB meeting.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

TB54/18

The Role of KCC Highways in Determining Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 146 KB

To consider the proposals set out in the report.

Minutes:

Vicki Hubert (Principal Transport Planner, KCC) introduced the report set out in the agenda.

 

The report was taken as read.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

TB55/18

Proposed 20mph Zone for Banner Farm Estate, Royal Tunbridge Wells pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Emma Green (Schemes Programme Manager (West), KCC) introduced the report set out in the agenda.

 

Discussion included the following comments:

·         Scheme supported by residents association and Claremont School. 

·         Residents to ensure they were part of the solution, by observing the new limit.

·         Keen to see similar schemes in Pembury, Culverden and other areas around Tunbridge Wells.

·         Recognition of the work done by the 20’s Plenty Group and Speedwatch Group.

·         Confirmation that the Hawkenbury development had been designed as a 20mph speed limit area with natural traffic calming supported by chicanes and parking.  But it was not a 20mph Zone.

 

RESOLVED – That the Board endorses the Traffic Regulation Order be implemented as advertised.

TB56/18

Highway Forward Works Programme pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To consider the proposals set out in the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Julian Cook (District Manager, KCC) introduced the report set out in the agenda.

 

Paul Mason, for Tunbridge Wells Bicycle User Group, had registered to speak which included the following comments:

·         22 bell-mouth junctions scheduled, 8 already completed.

·         Such junctions were used less often and it was better to review their use sooner rather than later.

 

Phil Munslow, Resident and member of the Tunbridge Wells Bicycle User Group, had registered which included the following comments:

·         Understood that design of cycle routes for the 21st Century way were in progress but suggested there were shortfalls in the plans, and as such a request was made that TWBUG had site of them to review/comment before proceeding.

·         Local Growth Plan – TWBUG expressed an interest in seeing the details in the West Kent Tackling Congestion Scheme. Would like assurance that best use is made of the Growth Fund for Sustainable Transport – huge potential to unlock many schemes across the town, that would reduce car use and encourage modal shift to walking and cycling. TWBUG happy to offer free advice. 

 

Discussion included the following comments:

·         Use of a bell-mouth access points on particularly on Benhall Mill Road and Bayham road – main use of a bell-mouth to allow better access into the road for larger vehicles including the emergency services.  Agreed to respond specifically on the two roads mentioned.

·         Bell-mouth at Owl’s Nest – Agreed to provide information on the proposal that could be forwarded to the Parish Council. 

·         Paddock Wood Gateways Proposals – Removal of old Gateways and provision of new Gateways was not possible.  Council looking at carriageway markings and supporting signage to encourage speed reduction in the area. 

·         TWBC agreed to talk to TWBUG on the work of the 21st Century Way.  TWBC to arrange.

·         Local Sustainable Transport Fund – Subset of the Local Growth Fund. Some funding received and spent on the design of the A26 cycle route, the Wayfinding monoliths in Tunbridge Wells Town Centre and the current works being undertaken around the Town Hall. 

·         A request for a fixed agenda item for active travel (walking and cycling) on JTB would be considered at a future date.

·         TWBUG to arrange a trip to  Waltham Forest – active travel infrastructure successfully retrofitted into their street landscape.  Invitation to all Councillors, particularly JTB members including officers. Further details to follow.

·         No live invites for the Local Growth Fund at present, but working to ensure that strategies were in place for when bids were invited. 

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

TB57/18

Topics for Future Meetings pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To agree any topics for future meetings, of which prior notice must be sent to the Chairman and Democratic Services Officer no later than 4pm on the working day before the meeting. There can not be any substantive debate/discussion or any decision on any topics raised, except to agree whether the topic may come forward in future.

Minutes:

Comments were made in respect of the following matters:

 

Cornford Lane – Safety issues for pedestrians and cyclists.

·         Video had been made available to members of the Board. Would like it added as an Agenda Item for the October meeting.

·         Topic had been before the Board before and work had been undertaken by Highways Authority but as yet a suitable solution had not been found. Consideration of work already done as a starting point.

·         Against road closure. Requirement for a collaborative approach to see if a solution could be reached.

·         Pembury Parish Council already in dialogue with Kent County Council as part of the Highways Improvement Plan.

·         Not for the agenda at this time. To be reviewed at a later date.

 

Kippings Cross

·         Continued issues around traffic congestion on the A21 and vehicles using alternative (unsuitable) routes.

 

Tunbridge Wells Roundabout Sponsorship Scheme.

·         Consideration of improved roundabout designs in the Tunbridge Wells area.

TB58/18

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To note that the next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday 14 October 2019 at 6.00pm.

Minutes:

The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 14 October 2019 at 6pm.