To consider the report Cabinet Member for Highways and Housing / Director of Neighbourhoods.
The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods/Cabinet Member for Highways and Housing which presented proposals to introduce some ‘No Waiting At Any Time’ Restrictions on part of Bury and Rochdale Old Road (B6222), which have been advertised and which had resulted in one objection being received. The section of road concerned was situated in two wards (Norden and North Heywood) and in different townships. Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub-Committee has approved the part in its area at its meeting held on 10th March 2020. Heywood Township Committee and its Delegated Sub-Committee had considered the objection, given the matter further consideration but did not feel able to fully support the scale of restrictions proposed in their area, most recently at the Heywood Township Committee meeting held on 15th February 2021.
The purpose of the submitted report, therefore, was to examine the proposals and emphasise individual parts of it to assist Cabinet in reaching a decision.
The report advised Members that in considering the report, the proposed Orders related to a highway of strategic importance and were being processed in accordance with the Council’s Constitution Part 3 Section 8.2.2 in that Committee(s) have delegated power to confirm the proposals and the Order. In this instance, where Heywood Township Committee did not feel able to confirm the proposals and the Order, it was being referred back to the Cabinet for determination.
The proposal was advertised, the COVID Pandemic has caused cancellation of meetings for many months, and had created a situation where authority to complete the Order making process expires later in 2021, and this Cabinet meeting was reported to be the final opportunity to make a decision to implement the TRO, before legal authorisation to make a Traffic Regulation Order expires, some 2 years after it was originally advertised in November 2019.
Appendix A to the report detailed a plan of the scheme as advertised. Appendix B to the report showed a plan of the scheme in more detail indicating the position of long-established cycle lanes on Bury and Rochdale Old Road, drawing attention to two protective island build-outs that help segregate cycles and vehicles.
The restrictions proposed in the report were considered necessary to alleviate some identified parking problems affecting and obstructing traffic flow, pedestrians, and junction visibility along Bury and Rochdale Old Road. Scaling down the proposals, or not implementing them, in the opinion of the Council’s Highways Officers would not address the issues raised. Similarly, Highways Officers felt that a partial introduction of the scheme on just one side of Bury and Rochdale Old Road by introducing only one of the two proposed Traffic regulation Orders would not address the identified problem and would cause immediate displacement onto the opposite side of the road further risking obstruction of visibility and its associated problems at the central traffic island used by pedestrians.
That this matter be delegated to the Director of Neighbourhoods, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways and Housing, to determine but in the event of the matter not being resolved it be re-presented to the Cabinet for decision.
Reasons for the recommendations:
Heywood Township Committee had not felt able to confirm the proposals, therefore in accordance with Part 3 Section 8.2.2, of the Council’s Constitution, the Order, was being presented to the Cabinet for determination.
Eligible for Call-in: No.