Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Board (Infrastructure, Investment & Inclusive Growth) - Wednesday, 29th September, 2021 10.30 am

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR. View directions

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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.




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 was no exempt information.




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.




Apologies for Absence and Notification of Substitutes

To receive any apologies for absence and notification of substitutes.



Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor M Shahzad.


Councillor N Walshaw was in attendance as substitute.




Road Safety Inquiry: Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 317 KB

To note for information the Terms of Reference for the Board’s Road Safety Inquiry, including the proposed structure of sessions one and two, as previously agreed by Board members.


Terms of reference for the Board’s Road Safety Inquiry were included in the Agenda papers.


RESOLVED – That the Road Safety Inquiry :Terms of Reference be noted.




Road Safety Inquiry pdf icon PDF 414 KB

To receive the report in the name of the Director of City Development to inform the Board’s exploration of road safety concerns in Leeds.


Additional information for participants: The Board has scheduled two meetings to examine this subject of which this is the first. It is intended that the attached summary of Casualty Reduction Activity in Leeds will inform the discussion at both of those scheduled meetings.

Additional documents:


The report of the Director of City Development highlighted the following:


·  An outline of the current approach to reduce the number of casualties on the public highway and thus to support the Best Council Plan.

·  The national and regional strategies to be considered and acknowledged in our road safety plans.

·  The new approach to road safety, Vision Zero and outline the timeline to produce and adopt the strategy and action plan.


An appendix to the report ‘Casualty Reduction Activity in Leeds’ was to be the focus of the Board’s attention.


The following were in attendance for this item:


-  Councillor Helen Hayden, Executive Member

-  Gillian McLeod, Transport Development Service Manager

-  Lynsey McGarvey, Principal Transport Planner

-  Inspector Nick Berry – West Yorkshire Police

-  Chief Inspector Andrew Loftus – West Yorkshire Police

-  Chief Superintendent Edward Chesters – West Yorkshire Police

-  Paul Jeffery, Partnership & Innovation Manager, Casualty Prevention Bureau

-  Ian Greenwood, Road Safety Campaigner & Researcher Institute of Transport Studies

-  Vicky Franks, Safer & Sustainable Travel Team Leader


Issues discussed included the following:


·  Work on casualty reduction activity had not been as intensive over the past two years due to the pandemic.

·  Recorded KSI figures have increased.  This is partly due to changes in the way that figures are recorded. A new system called CRASH now automatically assigns a severity classification to casualties, rather than relying upon an officer specification. Where CRASH has been adopted in other areas there has been a significant increase in the proportion of casualties reported as “serious.”

·  Development of Vision Zero – a draft strategy and action plan will be considered by Executive Board in December 2021 with a period of public consultation in early 2022.

·  Changes to reporting KSI figures have been well received from the perspective of presenting more accurate and consistent information about road traffic collisions – the new system will provide improved data and intelligence when fully implemented.  More focus on demographics and more detailed information on issues such as causes and types of injury are anticipated to assist with the delivery of prevention and enforcement measures.

·  Use of pro lasers – attendees discussed challenges with the allocation of resources and the process of training staff to use pro lasers.  Neighbourhood Policing Teams did have trained staff and there had been good results when pro lasers have been deployed.  Hot spot areas are targeted.

·  Speeding was a main issue of concern with regards to road safety for Ward Councillors, along with a perceived lack of enforcement, particularly in 20mph areas.

·  There was recognition that multiple challenging priorities for partners had led to a decrease in the visibility of road policing in a number of policing regions.  The local, regional and national profile of road policing is increasing.

·  The Police provided reassurance that the force recognises the potential for some anti-social behaviours prevalent amongst young people to escalate, and therefore they endorse early prevention and intervention measures to encourage behaviour change

·  There was a commitment to support a system  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.


Work Schedule pdf icon PDF 409 KB

To consider the Scrutiny Board’s work schedule for the 2021/22 municipal year.


Additional documents:


The report of the Head of Democratic Services asked Members to consider the Board’s Work Schedule.


A copy of the schedule was appended to the report along with recent minutes of the Executive Board.


Members were informed that there would be a meeting of the Working Group to consider the budget.


RESOLVED - That the report be noted and Work Schedule be approved.




Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next public meeting of the Scrutiny Board will take place at 10.30am on 27 October 2021. There will be a pre-meeting for all board members at 10.15am.


Wednesday, 27 October 2021 at 10.30 a.m.  (pre-meeting for all Board Members at 10.15 a.m.)