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APPEALS AGAINST REFUSAL OF INSPECTION OF DOCUMENTS
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 on the Agenda.
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.
Revised minutes of the meeting held on 4 September had been circulated prior to the meeting.
Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ 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 Councillors N Buckley, N Dawson, J Goddard, C Hall and P Wadsworth.
Councillors B Anderson, C Gruen and S Seary were in attendance as substitutes.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 4 September 2019.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 4 September 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.
To receive a report from the Director of City Development in response to the Board’s request to discuss how the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents (including road traffic ASB) can be reduced.
The report of the Director of City Development provided the Board with a summary update to casualty figures submitted as part of June’s Best Council Performance Report and provided a progress update with regards to some key areas highlighted in the comprehensive ‘Casualty Reductions and Initiatives’ report of February 2019.
The following were in attendance for this item:
- Cllr L Mulherin – Executive Board Member for Climate Change, Transport & Sustainable Development
- Gary Bartlett - Chief Officer, Transportation & Highways
- Paul Foster - Transport Planning Manager
- Superintendent Mark Jessop - West Yorkshire Police
- Inspector Nick Berry - West Yorkshire Police
- Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter - West Yorkshire Police
The following key issues were highlighted:
· There was a welcome trend in the reduction of Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) but a worrying trend of KSI accidents which remained above target.
· There had been an increase in fatal collisions in recent years.
· Safety camera criteria was explained in the report.
· Use of dashcam technology in the use of reporting offences.
· Education, training and publicity and the importance in changing behaviour.
· Role of the West Yorkshire Road Safety Executive.
· There had been an increase in arrests for drink driving, issue of speeding fines and fines for not wearing seatbelts.
· Use of laser speed devices by Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
· Work in schools and early intervention work.
· West Yorkshire Police had developed a road safety strategy with a local road safety plan for Leeds.
· Criteria for deployment of speed cameras – whether they are fixed, mobile or the pro laser system.
· The dashcam portal – there was a need to manage public expectations and there was concern whether footage would be sufficient to be used as evidence.
In response to Members comments and questions, the following was discussed:
· Use of community intelligence in relation to speeding and how this should be reported. This could be done online and via the anti-social behaviour portal and also to the highways safety team.
· Use of pro-laser speeding devices and concern that there wasn’t enough trained staff to use these. Some areas had used Ward monies to support this. There were also constraints due to staffing resources and other competing needs. There was an ambition to increase the amount of officers trained.
· Positive feedback on the use of speed indication devices. Criteria for use of information gathered from these to support fixed cameras varied due to speed limits and the type of road. There were also other determinants such as the collision record.
· There had been an increase in the detection of drink and drug driving particularly in young men.
· Community use of speed indication devices and the use of information provided from these exercises.
· Difficulties in meeting the criteria for mixed speed cameras and the review for this. There were further issues in addition to KSI numbers for the siting of these cameras. It was acknowledged that there could be better use and new options for mobile cameras.
· The potential use of average speed cameras. ... view the full minutes text for item 36.
To receive a report from the Head of Democratic Services presenting an update surrounding the function and work priorities of the Climate Emergency Advisory Committee.
The report of the Head of Democratic Services presented an update surrounding the function and the work priorities of the Climate Emergency Advisory Committee.
The following were in attendance for this item:
- Councillor L Mulherin - Executive Board Member for Climate Change, Transport and Sustainable Development
- Councillor N Walshaw - Chair, Climate Emergency Advisory Committee
- Neil Evans - Director of Resources and Housing
It was reported that the Climate Emergency Advisory Committee (CEAC) had been established in response to the Council’s declaration of climate emergency. The Committee’s role was to advise the Council on actions and recommendations that could be taken. There had been high public interest in the meetings held so far and deputations had been presented to the Committee along with public speakers at the open forum stage of meetings. Advice had been taken from a range of partners and issues discussed had included the rollout of the district heating scheme, the Council’s commitment to electric vehicle usage and the encouragement to shift to public transport use and active travel.
The importance of proving the correct evidence based adive to Cuoncil was stressed as there was not time to get things wrong.
CEAC’s last meeting had been very detailed in relation to transport which was one of the Committee’s main concerns. Leeds was the largest city in Europe without a mass transport system which was seen as an Achilles heel but did have influence over surface transport but not aviation. One of the roles of CEAC would be to lobby Central Government and it was important that cities such as Leeds be heard at national and international level.
The next meeting would focus on Planning and how the City develops and regenerates. Issues to consider would include housing, employment and transport links.
CEAC had a number of working groups and these were open to any Members of Council to be involved.
In response to comments and questions from Members, the following was discussed:
· The Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford International Airport would be attending a future meeting.
· The role of CEAC was advisory and it was important to be able to hear from and question the relevant experts.
· Public transport and connecting people to workplaces. Governance structures of public transport providers had been discussed.
· How CEAC may interact with Scrutiny. The forthcoming request for scrutiny for increased parking at Kirkgate Market was used as an example.
· Understanding the carbon implications of all areas of work the Council was involved in and the need for interaction between CEAC and Scrutiny.
RESOLVED - That the report and discussion be noted.
To consider the Scrutiny Board’s work schedule for the 2018/19 municipal year.
The Head of democratic Services submitted a report which invited Members to consider the Board’s Work Schedule for the remainder of the current Municipal Year.
It was reported that the request for scrutiny for additional car parking at Kirkgate Meeting would be considered at the Board’s next meeting.
RESOLVED – That the work schedule be noted.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
8 January 2020 at 10.30am (pre-meeting for all Board members at 10am)
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 10.30 a.m. (Pre-meeting for all Board Members at 10.15 a.m.)
The meeting concluded at 12.45 p.m.