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Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau
Apologies were received from Councillors Gaynor James and Neil
Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant
2.1 No interests were
Minutes - 26/09/2019 / Cofnodion - 26/09/2019 PDF 424 KB
The minutes of the meeting held on 26 September 2019 were confirmed
as an accurate record.
Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu PDF 100 KB
4.1 The Committee noted
the action sheet.
Active Travel / Teithio Llesol PDF 242 KB
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.
response to Members’ questions, the NDM provided the
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Sustrans could advise
on emerging guidance and appropriate signage but it was important
to treat each user group equally.
- Pedestrians took
priority of the ...
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Item for Next Meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y Cyfarfod Nesaf
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
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