Agenda and minutes

Cleaner Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 1.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB

Contact: Rachel Beale  Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services

No. Item


Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau


1.1       Apologies were received from Councillors Gaynor James and Neil Waite.


Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant


2.1       No interests were declared.


Minutes - 26/09/2019 / Cofnodion - 26/09/2019 pdf icon PDF 424 KB


3.1       The minutes of the meeting held on 26 September 2019 were confirmed as an accurate record.


Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu pdf icon PDF 100 KB


4.1       The Committee noted the action sheet.


Active Travel / Teithio Llesol pdf icon PDF 242 KB

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5.1       The Chair welcomed the NDM who provided a brief overview of his role at Sustrans and how it linked in with Active Travel.  He informed the Committee that Sustrans worked on a number of projects with local authorities (LA’s) through a core grant provided by Welsh Government.  They also carried out direct commissions and applied for funding of their own to carry out projects.  Sustrans could assist with policy and consultation on active travel, as well as the design of routes.  They also looked at behaviour change and worked closely with schools.


In response to Members’ questions, the NDM provided the following answers:-


  • Adequate progress had been made by Torfaen Council in relation to Active Travel.  The LA had to comply with the Active Travel (AT) Act and had done so successfully.  They had published the Existing Routes Map (EMR) and was starting to prepare the Integrated Network Map (INM), which was a map showing plans for AT for the next 15 years that had to be presented and accepted by Welsh Government (WG).  The general view was that the LA’s could never do enough work on AT, but the LA’s were making the best use of their resources.
  • Sustrans did not liaise directly with Councillors; part of the core grant was that they work with the LA with any issues.
  • Torfaen were going to be driven to do a lot of work on AT as the ERM and INM were due to be renewed by 2021.  It was anticipated that the work was going to be demanding as the Deputy Minister wanted it to be done at a high level.  It was good to see that developments were already going on, particularly at Pontypool and New Inn Station.
  • Councillors had a part to play in the creation of the INM, being part of the consultation process.  It was hoped that there was a plan in place where extra resource would be available to assist.  Having external consultants was a worry as they did not have the local knowledge that was needed, so officers would have to work closely with them.
  • There were issues and conflict amongst cyclists and pedestrians.  However, it was thought that those not able to enjoy the routes were in the minority.  There were pinch points along the routes which caused problems, but it was about users having mutual respect and this is what Sustrans promoted.  There were areas where horse riders were allowed and these were indicated on the routes.
  • Sustrans had produced design guidance for the routes.  Shared use paths were only appropriate in certain areas where the path was wider.  However, the other side of this was that you shouldn’t restrict people as you wanted them to return.  Shared usage paths could start to be developed, but it would take a long time to evolve the whole route.
  • Sustrans could advise on emerging guidance and appropriate signage but it was important to treat each user group equally.
  • Pedestrians took priority of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Item for Next Meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y Cyfarfod Nesaf


6.1       The Chair confirmed that the item for the next meeting was Waste and Recycling – Modernising our Service.  The Committee agreed to invite the Executive Member, Chief Officer and the Group Leader for Waste, Strategy and Operations.  Members suggested they also invite a member of staff from the front line, but this could prove problematic due to their working pattern.  It was agreed to perhaps meet with them on a separate occasion.


Date of Next Meeting - 04/03/2020 / Dyddiad y Cyfarfod Nesaf - 04/03/2020


7.1       The date of the next meeting was noted.


7.2       The meeting ended at 4.40pm.