Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Board (Infrastructure, Investment & Inclusive Growth) - Wednesday, 28th February, 2024 10.30 am

Venue: Civic Hall, 1st Floor West,LS1 1UR

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To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 25 of the Access to Information Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded)


There were no appeals against refusal of inspection documents.


Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.


2  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.


3  If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-


  RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:-




There were no exempt items.


Late Items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration.


(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes.)


There were no late items.


Declarations of Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.


There were no declarations of interest.


Apologies for Absence and Notification of Substitutes

To receive any apologies for absence and notification of substitutes.



Apologies were received from Cllr Arif Hussain.


Minutes - 3 January 2024 and 10 January 2024 pdf icon PDF 239 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meetings held on  3 January 2024 and 10 January 2024.


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RESOLVED: The minutes of both 3 January and 10 January 2024 were approved.


Matters Arising


Minute 82 – The Chair noted that Scrutiny Board member comments regarding the budget proposals were included in a joint report to Executive Board on 7 February 2024 and were also included in the document pack presented to Council on 21 February 2024.



Flood Risk Management pdf icon PDF 410 KB

To receive an update from the Executive Manager (Flood Risk and Climate Resilience) on the implementation of the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy over the last 12 months and the measures set out for future years.

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The Chair introduced the item, highlighting that the remit of the Scrutiny Board (Infrastructure, Investment & Inclusive Growth) requires members to receive an annual update on the Council’s local flood risk management strategy.


Those in attendance for this item were:


·  Cllr Helen Hayden (Executive Member)

·  Gary Bartlett (Chief Officer, Transportation and Highways)

·  Jonathan Moxon (Executive Manager – Flood Risk & Climate Resilience)

·  Vanessa Allen (Principal Engineer)


Cllr Hayden introduced the item, highlighting the national recognition for the approach to flood risk management in Leeds. She thanked the team for their dedication through a “relentlessly” wet year during which the city has experienced multiple storms.


Jonathan Moxon delivered a presentation to members highlighting the following issues:

-  Changing patterns of extreme weather events and increased levels of rainfall.

-  The number of incidents reported to the Flood Risk Management team between January 2023 and January 2024.

-  Engagement with planning applications.

-  Progress to date with the implementation of flood risk management schemes including FAS2.

-  A video of residents presenting their reactions to the Otley Flood Alleviation Scheme.

-  Progress at Farnley Wood Beck, Sheepscar Beck and Wortley Beck.

-  Nature-based solutions to flooding.

-  The role of the Aire Resilience Company.


Members welcomed the work being carried out in the city and extended their thanks to all those involved.


Councillors sought further information about the impact of new housing developments on surface water and ‘run off.’


Jonathan Moxon assured members that his team works very closely with planning colleagues, including those in planning enforcement. He highlighted the advice provided to developers about measures to ensure effective water management during the build process.


Board members sought assurances about the risk to the city of underground water management systems and queried who would be responsible for future maintenance of these systems.


Jonathan confirmed that the preference in the flood risk management team is visible measures to manage water. However, developers often prefer tanks, crates and oversized pipes. A management company will typically have responsibility for the long-term maintenance of a surface water system. The Council would be reluctant to adopt underwater management systems due to the increased risks posed by such works.


Jonathan confirmed that recruitment and retention of specialist staff such as engineers remains challenging.


Members expressed frustration about the difficulty in being able to contact Yorkshire Water directly. In response, Jonathan noted the ongoing work to strengthen relationships with Yorkshire Water. He informed the Scrutiny Board that the Council and the Environment Agency are also exploring the potential for a more formalised partnership approach to flood risk management with Yorkshire Water. 


Referring to several examples highlighted by members, Jonathan noted the challenge of balancing local interventions with the potential impact on the wider water catchment area.


Members sought more information about the communication strategies adopted by the team and the challenge of ensuring flood risk management remains a priority for residents and businesses in Leeds.


Gary Bartlett reiterated the pace of change in delivering flood alleviation schemes in Leeds over the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 93.


Connecting Leeds Transport Strategy Action Plan Annual Update 2023 pdf icon PDF 324 KB

To consider the report of the Director of City Development which presents the second Annual Progress Report of the Connecting Leeds Transport Strategy (CLTS) Action Plan, covering the period from October 2022 to October 2023. 

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The Chair introduced the item, noting that following the approval of the Connecting Leeds Transport Strategy Action Plan in October 2021, the Scrutiny Board (Infrastructure, Investment & Inclusive Growth) committed to receive an annual update on progress.


The Chair put on record the Scrutiny Board’s congratulations to the Development Team for their recognition in 3 categories in the 2023 Transport Awards that took place at the end of 2023.


The Chair noted that separate dedicated sessions have taken place with the Scrutiny Board in relation to Vision Zero and the Future of Bus Provision in the City. Members were therefore encouraged to prioritise scrutiny of other subjects during the time available for this item.


Those in attendance for this item were:


-  Cllr Helen Hayden (Executive Member)

-  Cllr Peter Carlill (Deputy Chair, WYCA Transport Committee)

-  Gary Bartlett (Chief Officer, Transportation and Highways)

-  Paul Foster (Transport Planning Manager)


Gary Bartlett introduced the item, noting the ambition of the strategy had been recognised by the Department for Transport.


Paul Foster noted that around £750m has been invested in infrastructure projects across the city including Armley Gyratory, East Leeds Orbital Road and Regent Street Flyover in recent years.


Referring to the analysis of extensive data gathering in the city, Paul highlighted the challenge of identifying behaviour change that has been driven by interventions linked to the strategy as opposed to more general trends that have emerged post-pandemic.


Paul highlighted that the change in mode split in the city centre since 2021/22 coincided with changes to city square, which have made walking and cycling more attractive.


There has been an increase in the overall number of vehicle kilometres travelled and it is anticipated that national data will show a similar trend in carbon emissions once that is published.


Paul Foster and Cllr Carlill clarified member queries relating to bus patronage figures in the report.


A member of the Board queried whether there is a correlation between an increase in the number of LGV (vans) and increased internet shopping facilitated by people working from home.


Assurances were sought about whether interventions to promote improved air quality and active travel, are discouraging car travel to such an extent that the city centre economy is being adversely impacted.


Members were assured that economic data shows the city centre recovery is ongoing with increases in footfall, particularly over the Christmas period, and rail travel. Councillors were reminded that there are several car parks available for journeys where the city centre is the destination. However, most car journeys through city square had previously been traffic ‘passing through’ the city centre.


Cllr Carlill highlighted that patterns of bus patronage have changed and expressed an ambition for the network to adapt to reflect those new trends.


It was confirmed that following a trial of powered two-wheeler access to bus lanes on the A65, these arrangements will be in place on a permanent basis. However, future expansion remains under review.


Other matters discussed by Board members included:


-  An update  ...  view the full minutes text for item 94.


Work Schedule pdf icon PDF 330 KB

To consider the Scrutiny Board’s work schedule for the 2023/24 municipal year.


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RESOLVED: Members considered the draft 2023/24 work programme.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Scrutiny Board (Infrastructure, Investment & Inclusive Growth) will take place at 10.30am on 3 April 2024. There will be a pre-meeting for all members of the Scrutiny Board at 10.15am.


The next meeting of the Scrutiny Board will take place on 3 April 2024 at 10.30am. There will be a pre-meeting for all Board members at 10.15am.