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Agenda item

Review of Bedford Bus Gate

Minutes:

The Committee had before it a report by the Interim Director of Communities, Housing and Infrastructure which detailed options available for allowing taxis to have access through the bus gate on Bedford Road, including a review of potential alternatives to the bus gate.

 

The report recommended:-

That the Committee –         

(a)          Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to commence the necessary statutory procedure required to permit taxis access through the Bedford Road bus gate. If no significant objections are received, then progress with the public advertisement and report any objections to a future meeting of this Committee;

(b)          Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to progress the design and consultation for a traffic calming scheme on Sunnyside Road and Bedford Place; and

(c)          Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to progress with the necessary procedures required to promote a 20mph speed limit on Bedford Road.

 

Councillor Grant moved, seconded by Councillor Bell:-

 

That the Committee –

(a)          Approve recommendations (a) – (c);

(b)          Reaffirm the Council’s existing commitment to the Berryden Corridor scheme and the need to deliver this scheme as soon as practicable;

(c)          Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to review the road safety provision outside Sunnybank Primary School  and engage with the Head Teacher to offer access to additional Road Safety Education resources using the 2017-18 Cycling Walking Safer Streets budget;

(d)          Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to carry out necessary repairs and maintenance to the existing cycle lanes on Bedford Road using the 2017-18 Cycling Walking Safer Streets budget;

(e)          Note that the existing scheme of signage for the bus gate meets the legal requirements and instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment following consultation with road safety officers, to introduce advanced directional signage Northbound on Bedford Road, near Sunnyside Road using funds from the NHCP789 budget;

(f)           Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to investigate the feasibility of creating a left turn exit from Bedford Avenue onto St Machar Drive, with access permitted for cars registered at properties on Powis Crescent, Powis Circle and Bedford Avenue only, and report back to the CHI Committee in March 2018; and

(g)          Note the recommendations contained in section 4 of the Powis Community Living Streets Audit and instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to write to owners of the Kittybrewster Retail Park requesting that they consider appraising options to improve the design and layout of vehicular access to and from the retail park.

 

Councillor Hutchison moved as an amendment, seconded by Councillor Jackie Dunbar:-

 

That the Committee –

(a)          Approve recommendations (a) - (c);

(b)          Reaffirm the Council’s existing commitment to the Berryden Corridor scheme and the need to deliver this scheme as soon as practicable;

(c)          Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to review the road safety provision outside Sunnybank Primary School  and engage with the Head Teacher to offer access to additional Road Safety Education resources using the 2017-18 Cycling Walking Safer Streets budget;

(d)          Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to carry out necessary repairs and maintenance to the existing cycle lanes on Bedford Road using the 2017-18 Cycling Walking Safer Streets budget;

(e)          Note that the existing scheme of signage for the bus gate meets the legal requirements and instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment following consultation with road safety officers, to introduce advanced directional signage Northbound on Bedford Road, near Sunnyside Road using funds from the NHCP789 budget;

(f)           Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to investigate the feasibility of creating a left turn exit from Bedford Avenue onto St Machar Drive, with access permitted for cars registered at properties on Powis Crescent, Powis Circle and Bedford Avenue only, and report back to the CHI Committee in March 2018;

(g)          Note the recommendations contained in section 4 of the Powis Community Living Streets Audit and instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to write to owners of the Kittybrewster Retail Park requesting that they consider appraising options to improve the design and layout of vehicular access to and from the retail park;

(h)          Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to bring forward a report to the earliest possible meeting of the Committee on a suitable window for implementing Option 3, Timed Restriction. That this report should be done in consultation with local residents, community councils, local businesses, Sunnybank Primary School, Sunnybank School PTA, the University of Aberdeen, local members and other relevant bodies; and

(i)            Instruct the Head of Public Infrastructure and Environment to bring forward a report to the earliest possible meeting of the Committee on how the Council could implement a local residents exemption scheme, looking at Hillsborough bus and tram gate as a model, and what streets would be eligible for a permit. That this report should be done in consultation with local residents, community councils, local businesses, Sunnybank Primary School, Sunnybank School PTA, the University of Aberdeen, local members and other relevant bodies.

 

On a division, there voted:-

 

For the motion (9) – The Convener, Vice Conveners Bell and John and Councillors Donnelly, Graham, Grant, Laing, Lumsden and Macdonald.

 

For the amendment (8) – Councillors Copland, Cormie, Jackie Dunbar, Flynn, Hutchison, McRae, Nicol and Yuill.

 

The Committee resolved:-

To approve the motion.

 

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