Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding
Contact: Shelley French 01775 764451
To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2015 (copy enclosed).
The minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2015 were agreed as a correct record.
Declaration of Interests.
(Councillors are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate in the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. In the interests of transparency, councillors may also wish to declare any other interests that they have, in relation to an agenda item, that supports the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.)
There were none.
Spalding Transport Strategy
Jonathan Wickham, Senior Project Leader, Lincolnshire County Council and Maxine Stukins, Senior Highways Engineer, Lincolnshire County Council will be attending the meeting to discuss the Spalding Transport Strategy.
Johnathan Wickham (Senior Project Leader – Lincolnshire County Council) and Maxine Stukins (Senior Highways Officer – Lincolnshire County Council) were in attendance to provide a presentation to Spalding Town Forum on the Spalding Transport Strategy.
The Chairman reminded members that they had received a presentation in 2014, when the Transport Strategy for Spalding 2014 – 2036 had been implemented.
Jonathan and Maxine provided a brief overview of how the strategy was progressing. The traffic signalling in the central Spalding area was being reviewed, Winfrey Avenue junction with Kings’ Road and Swan Street junction with Station Approach Road signals all come to the end of their life cycle and new arrangements were being investigated. A Computer modelling system had been used to see if there was a better layout for the junctions, that would help the traffic around the town centre move much more efficiently. The system that was used was demonstrated to members of the Forum, it demonstrated how changing signalling patterns, removal of signals etc. could be considered and what impact that would have on the traffic flow. Examples of the different scenarios were as follows:
· Close Swan Street to through traffic;
· Mini roundabout at Winfrey Avenue/ Kings’ Road;
· Removal of the Right turn ban into Pinchbeck Road;
· Close part of Winfrey Avenue; and
· St Thomas’ Road one-way traffic.
Work was being undertaken by Jonathan and Maxine and the Traffic Signals Team working together to see which of the scenarios worked best.
In addition to the signalling work there was plans for a cycling and walking audit, currently links around the town were very poor. It had become apparent that there had been an increase in the number of cycling accidents, which was very troubling.
The Chairman stated that he was happy with what was being proposed and the work that had been undertaken to try and improve Spalding’s Transport. Members of the Forum were invited to ask questions:
· Should Swan Street be closed, would that not have great impact elsewhere?
Any alteration would inevitably have an impact on the traffic flow elsewhere throughout the town.
· Had the increase in the number of trains coming through Spalding, specifically the freight trains and what impact that would have?
Currently it was just the passenger trains that had been taken into account.
· Were some of the roads too wide for zebra crossings, should the traffic signalled pedestrian crossings be removed.
Maxine advised that the road layout would be adapted to take into account any addition of different styles of pedestrian crossings, dependent on need.
· The cycle tracks within the town did not make sense, could they be altered?
It was explained that space was very limited as to where dedicated cycle routes could be placed, the routes were being evaluated as part of the cycling and walking audit.
· It was felt that the bus station was not safe for pedestrians crossing over into the near by shopping area.
Maxine explained that there was no footpath at the side of the bus ... view the full minutes text for item 21.
Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent
NOTE: No other business is permitted unless by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the minutes, the Chairman is of the opinion that the item(s) should be considered as a matter of urgency.
There were none.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Spalding Town Forum is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 16th March 2016 in Meeting Room 1 commencing at 6.30p.m.
The next meeting of Spalding Town Forum was scheduled to take place on 16 March 2016.