LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN PROGRAMME 2022-23
report sets out the details of the draft Local Transport Plan (LTP)
programme for 2022-23 for consideration and comment by the Local
Area Council, prior to final approval of the programme by the
Interim Executive Director of Planning and Local Services in
consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Local
Local Area Council received a report which set out the draft Local
Transport Plan (LTP) programme for 2022-23 for consideration and
comment prior to final approval of the programme by the Interim
Executive Director of Planning and Local Services in consultation
with the Cabinet Members for Environment and Local Services.? (A
copy of the report is enclosed with the signed
Jones, Service Director – Local Services, introduced the
report to the committee and gave an overview. It outlined the
funding expected and planned out how the funding would be spent
across the four key areas - walking and cycling; safety; roads; and bridges,
structures and landslips. The following responses were made to members
- Members noted that there were micro-surfacing works planned in
Blyth on Twelfth Avenue and Blyth Sea Walkway.
- Members noted a significant cycle scheme would be started on
North Seaton Road but it was noted that this was funded separately
to the Local Transport Plan. Details would be provided in due
- Members were directed to Appendix B, under the Urban Road
Safety issues section, where it showed that £50,000 would be
allocated to Hollywell Village and Croft ward for the Homezone
- The Blyth relief road was an on-going piece of work. Officers
were due to meet in the coming weeks and members would be updated
in due course.
- Officers confirmed that there were a number of U and C roads
that needed urgent attention in terms of maintenance in the LTP.
There was another £2 Million funding that is to be accessed
where further roads would be looked at through the asset management
- Members noted the process of surface dressing meant that it
wasn’t appropriate to use in Urban areas which explained why
it looked as though there was an imbalance in funding across the
- Officers confirmed there was not a policy on concrete roads
however they were aware of the expense of repairing the roads.
Problems were identified, prioritised and interventions were
undertaken where needed. Members were encouraged to share any
problem areas with Officers.
- It was explained that there was a set pot of funding allocated
for the LTP. The highway asset principles was looked at with the
Transport Asset Management Plan which sets out the intervention
criteria and allocation of funding for schemes. Information was
gathered from inspections and survey work which determined areas in
the network that required intervention. The team were very
experienced and used as much technology as possible to gather
appropriate evidence to support the difficult decisions made.
Member engagement was also an important part of the process to
ensure problem areas are highlighted to Officers. Members were
reminded there was only a finite amount of funding and the Council
had robust intervention standards.
- Officers confirmed that there was a Countywide allocation that
would pick up the smaller issues that were highlighted to Officers
by Members. Officers were working on a way to feedback to Members
- The LTP process was being reviewed to create a more balanced
approach. The process would allow Councillors to effectively
highlight issues whilst allowing Officers to respond appropriately.
It was hoped that the new process would give Members more value
from the service.
- Members noted that it was difficult to programme long term
plans for works as the maintenance was reactive and priorities
would change over time due to issues arising. There had to be a
level of flexibility to address unexpected
- Councillors gave their thanks to Officers D. Rumney and R
Mackenzie for their comprehensive help to members
- Members noted that the plan was County wide and highlighted
the allocation across all areas of the County. This was to show the
distribution of funding in a transparent way to Members. It was
felt it was beneficial to see what was being spent in other areas
of the County.
- It was confirmed that the £1.5 million for the Cycling
& Walking schemes were for new investment to improve the
Cycling & Walking in County. Maintenance of the paths fell into
the Highways maintenance budget however it was confirmed that where
schemes could be tied in there would to be an effort to accommodate
improvements in existing pathways.
- Members were assured that the Council always strives to
receive the maximum funding from Central Government. The service
had received the maximum allocation for this year and this
illustrated the hard work and dedication of the service. Members
were also assured that the service always endeavoured to find and
utilise extra funding available.
- Members highlighted the need for longevity on the work carried
out, it was suggested that photos of the work could be shared with
members to show the quality of work carried out across the
- Members were assured that work carried out by the Council was
- Members noted that signage would be changed to accommodate
locality changes once the developments had reached a certain
- Members were reminded that cyclists were allowed to use
carriageways within the Highway Code. Members suggested that a
programme should be created to road sweep the cycle paths to keep
them in an acceptable condition.
- Members expressed their concern about the lack of funding in
the South East of the County and hoped in future programmes there
would be more invested into the area. Members were assured that
funding was allocated through a robust process.
- Members were reminded to highlight any concerns and send them
to Officers to investigate. This was to ensure all areas had been
appropriately looked at.
RESOLVED that the information be noted.