Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Regeneration & Transport Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Monday, 8th December, 2014
Time:
10.00AM
Place:
Conference Room 2, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LD
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Maurice Perry (Chair); Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham (Vice Cllr Norma Wilburn), Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Cllr Phillip Dennis, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Paul Kirton, Cllr Mrs Maureen Rigg and Cllr Norma Stephenson O.B.E.
Officers:
Mike Chicken,Simon Milner (DNS) Graham Birtle, Rob Smithson (LDS).
In Attendance:
None.
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Norma Wilburn.
Item Description Decision
Public
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EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 8 SEPTEMBER 2014
AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2014 were signed by the Chair as a correct record.
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DRAFT MINUTES - 24 OCTOBER 2014
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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REVIEW OF ROAD AND FOOTPATH INVESTMENT
OPPORTUNITIES

AGREED that the information be noted.
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44/14
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the information be noted.
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45/14
CHAIR'S UPDATE
The Chair provided no update.
10:00am until 10:55am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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The evacuation procedure was noted.
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40/14
There were no declarations of interests.
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42/14
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 21st July 2014.
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The Members were presented with an overview of the different ways the Council was looking to repair potholes and footpaths in an efficient and effective way.
In response to members' questions it was explained that:

•The metal shots used for the texture blast method of surface repair were recyclable.

•Private developers of residential estates had design specifications to adhere to. Road and footpath surface treatments carried out to road surfaces did have to meet the standards set, though the treatments may not necessarily be the same as the Council would use for a particular road.

•There had been past problems with the use of the Surface Dressing method on estate roads in Eaglescliffe. The problems had since been remedied with no reported issues currently.
•With the Velocity Patching method there were cost savings to be made through the use of External surface providers
•In terms of the cost effectiveness of permanent pothole repair solutions it was noted that these methods were more expensive compared to temporary solutions but that had to be considered alongside the benefit of permanently fixing a pothole.
•The Tree Flexi Pave method could be used with any age of tree but the type of tree would have to be considered carefully before being used due to different types of root growth.

•Noise was not a problem with the use of Joint Crack Sealing as the new material was placed flush with the existing surface. This method was used for roads where a concrete raft was underneath.

•Poly Modified Binder method could be used on Highways with Yarm Street an example of this. This surface treatment had a 10 to 15 year life expectancy.
• An incentive fund scheme would start in 2016 and reward councils that demonstrate they are delivering value for money in carrying out cost effective improvements. The Department of Transport also wanted Local Authorities to have a 6 year programme to align with funding. The Council currently had a 2 year programme but staff were working to extend that programme to 6 years.

• A Challenge fund would allow the local authority the opportunity to bid for significant funds for major maintenance projects, though this would be a competitive process. Potentially 10m of capital funding was available.

•There was a system in place to ensure Utility companies properly repaired the roads and footpaths they dug up. The companies need to follow design guidance and had to give a warranty for the repairs carried out for a 3 year period, after which responsibility devolved to the local authority. A percentage of these repairs were checked but not all.

•In regard to 3rd party claims this year, there had been no successful claims against Stockton Council. This was due to a robust inspection regime and a good standard of maintenance. Without this the Council would face significant claims. The personal injury element of claims was relatively small but the legal fees could be up to 10 times more than what the claimant got. At any one time the Council could have 1m worth of claims waiting to be dealt with.

The Chair thanked Officers for the presentation. It was noted that the final draft report for this topic was being prepared and the next meeting would be an opportunity to review the recommendations made so far and to suggest any others.

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