Agenda and draft minutes
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Appointment of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That Councillor Quick be appointment Chairman and Councillor E. Wilson be appointed Vice-Chairman.
To receive any apologies for absence.
To receive any Declarations of Interest.
To note the Work Programme.
Members noted that a trial roundabout system had been implemented at the junction of Hatch Lane and Dedworth Road and a report was due to go to Cabinet in May 2019. Councillor E. Wilson stated the Highways, Transport & Environment Overview & Scrutiny Panel was there to discuss strategy and policy issues and that the report should contain a broader subject than just that particular trial, but perhaps should include trials across the Borough in general. Ben Smith, Head of Commissioning – Communities stated he could incorporate the Hatch Lane junction and the strategic nature of other junctions in the report. Councillor Sharpe suggested adding double yellow lines policies to the report explaining how and when the Council implemented them on roads, the issue needed to be looked at as the Council were in danger of being inconsistent on how they were applied. Councillor Hunt stated double yellow lines were added following concerns raised by residents and War Members. Councillor Shelim stated some areas of Windsor Town Centre should be part of a red route to stop parking altogether as emergency vehicles were unable to get through the smaller streets due to cars parking on both sides of the road. The Head of Commissioning – Communities said the Council would need to apply for dispensation to implement a red route as Windsor Town Centre was outside London.
Members agreed to add the following items to the Work Programme for the next meeting:
· Street Lighting – Implementation review and location and coverage of lights to improve security of residents.
Members agreed to add the following items to the Work Programme for a meeting after May:
· Bus routes and availability – a briefing note to be brought to the next Panel meeting looking at frequencies and services relevant to residents needs with a view to creating a Task and Finish Group thereafter (for July 2019).
· Council Waste and Recycling – looking at how the Council deals with all waste from the beginning to the end of the process (for a meeting after May 2019).
· Junction Improvements across the Borough (for May 2019, or the next meeting closest to May 2019).
To receive the above report.
Andy Jeffs, Executive Director – Communities, stated there would be an increase to Base Council Tax to £961.30 which was up by £27.91 on the previous year; and the Borough’s Council Tax remained the lowest Council Tax outside of London. He added the Adult Social Care Levy was £74.74p
The proposed budget for 2019/20 included reduced parking income of £1.3m mainly for Resident Advantage Card discounts; weekly bin collections and recycling contracts of £1m; environmental health, enforcement, CCTV, Community Wardens and tree inspections of £0.8m; bus route subsidies £0.2m
New gross capital investment of £25.7m included £12.7m in highways funded partly by government grants of £2.8m and including:
Ø £850k Elizabeth Bridge Windsor refurbishment
Ø £300k Vicus Way and Tinkers Lane improvements
Ø £240k Boulters Lock Car Park extension
Ø £180k Dedworth road improvements
Ø £100k Cookham Bridge refurbishment
Ø £11m other road, bridge and pavement improvements; including £1.4m on Maidenhead Missing Links, £1.9m on resurfacing, £3m on Maidenhead interchange and car park and £2.1m on Maidenhead local plan site works.
the Head of Commissioning – Communities stated the only changes to the appendices were to the residents fees and charges for parking. Some Advantage Card tariffs had not been applied to some Advantage Card holders and that had been rectified. Therefore, the new appendix showed the extra discounts had been applied.
Councillor Hunt thanked officers for their work, she said there was a huge amount of detail in the report. Councillor Hunt queried the maintenance of the pumping stations as she thought they fell under the remit of the Environment Agency. The Head of Commissioning – Communities confirmed that depended on what the pumping stations were pumping. The EA looked after the river pumping stations and the Borough looked after the stations that pumped surface water.
Councillor Hunt asked how many Rights of Way maps were requested or circulated. The Head of Commissioning – Communities confirmed the Borough provided very few as there was not a lot of demand for them. they could be viewed online free of charge so the charges for producing hard copies was just an inflationary increase.
Councillor Hunt stated she knew of a scheme in her ward that was taking place on the highways but, it was not listed in the report. The Head of Commissioning – Communities confirmed with capital programmes, there were a number of generic items, there was a capital line in the report aimed at reducing traffic flows with a traffic management plan. Some capital bids had come forward as individual bids and others were generic. The scheme Councillor Hunt mentioned would make up part of the generic capital scheme to be approved by Cabinet. Councillor Hunt mentioned there were other schemes not mentioned in the report. One was for a school and all the other school schemes had been listed apart from the one in her ward. The Chairman suggested the Head of Commissioning – Communities send Councillor Hunt the details of all the schemes so she could see ... view the full minutes text for item 43.