Agenda and minutes
Venue: Committee Room, Town Hall, Bootle
Contact: Debbie Campbell Senior Democratic Services Officer
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Carragher, Webster and Bill Welsh.
Declarations of Interest
Members are requested to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, which is not already included in their Register of Members' Interests and the nature of that interest, relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the Members Code of Conduct, before leaving the meeting room during the discussion on that particular item.
No declarations of any disclosable pecuniary interest were received.
Report of the Head of Regulation and Compliance
The Committee considered (a) the report of the Head of Regulation and Compliance, which set out the decision of the Cabinet Member – Locality Services regarding the advertising of the Traffic Regulation Orders in relation to the Proposed Temporary Closure of Lord Street, Southport, and the reasons why the decision had been called-in; and (b) the report of the Head of Locality Services - Commissioned which was considered by the Cabinet Member – Locality Services in relation to this matter.
The decision taken by the Cabinet Member – Locality Services and confirmed on 23 August 2017 in relation to this matter was as follows:-
(1) The temporary closure of Lord Street, Southport be approved;
(2) The necessary legal procedures, including those of public consultation and advertising the Council’s intention to implement the Order, be approved.
Reason for Decision:
The Council has the power to make temporary Traffic Regulation Orders under Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. It is necessary to temporarily close Lord Street, Southport for reasons of health and safety to enable carriageway resurfacing works to be completed.
Alternative Options Considered:
The Chair of the Committee, Councillor Sayers, reported on the procedure for consideration of the call-in and discussion took place on the procedure, including representations to be made explaining the reasons for call-in and the length of time to be permitted for such representations. It was agreed that (1) the procedure, as outlined by the Chair, would be adopted for consideration of the matter; and (2) the comments made regarding the limitations in relation to the allocated 5 minute representations made by the Lead call-in Member and the issue of one of the three Members cited on the requisition form being able to make representations, as detailed on the Procedure Note, would be referred to the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board.
The Democratic Services Manager, Mrs. Ruth Harrison, reported on the validity of the call-in and highlighted that the call in requisition:-
· had been received within the specified call-in period;
· had been signed by three Members of the Council who were not Members of the Cabinet, in accordance with the provisions in Chapter 6, Paragraph 38(a) of the Council’s Constitution; and
· referred to a specific decision made by the Cabinet Member and provided a reason for call in, in accordance with Chapter 6, paragraph 40 of the Constitution.
Councillor Hands, on behalf of Councillors Keith and McGuire, outlined and amplified the reasons for the call-in as follows:-
1. Insufficient consultation with the BID (Southport Business Improvement District) and business in Lord Street.
2. No proper consultation with Southport people through the Public Engagement Panel. Not consulting with the Area Committee.
3. Not looking after the heritage of the conservation area.
4. Harming the trade of Lord Street when trading is starting to get into its peak time.
Councillor Fairclough, Cabinet Member – Locality Services addressed the Committee in relation to the decision taken and responded to the representations made by Councillor Hands ... view the full minutes text for item 12.