Report of the Director of the Built Environment.
Members considered a Gateway 5 issue report of the Director of the Built Environment regarding the Beech Street Transportation and Public Realm Project and the following points were made.
· The Director of the Built Environment noted that the report had been approved by the Streets and Walkways Sub-Committee. The request for an increased budget was due to an increase in staff costs for an unanticipated scale of engagement, the extension of the programme by six months due to COVID, and a legal challenge.
RESOLVED, that Members,
· Approve an increase in the project budget of £200,000 to cover the estimated additional staff costs (£160k) and the estimated additional fees (£40k).
· Approve the purchase of a spare enforcement camera (from the existing budget)
· Approve a revised Costed Risk Provision (CRP) up to a total of £260,000 (Appendix 2) to account for the currently identified risks
· Delegate authority to the Director of the Built Environment, in consultation with the Chamberlain to draw down the costed risk provision if risks become issues and make any adjustments between elements of the approved budget, provided the total approved budget is not exceeded.
· Subject to the final two bullet points set out below, approve £50k to create two gaps in Beech Street central reservation to allow vehicles accessing Lauderdale Place forecourt and Shakespeare House / Defoe House car park to travel eastbound and perform a right hand turn.
· Subject to the final two bullet points set out below, note the request for residents who have car parking spaces around Beech Street to be exempted from the ETO so that they may drive through Beech Street in any vehicle, and note Streets and Walkways’ approval to request officers to undertake a feasibility study to explore the legal, statutory, operational framework and cost implications of such a permitting scheme, approving £20k for the purpose.
· Note that any decision to make the proposed modification/s is subject to a road safety audit, consultation with the Chief Officer of City Police and the applicable statutory notice arrangement.
· Delegate authority to the Director of the Built Environment to consider the safety audit/s; response of the Police and responses to the publication of the proposals, and subject to such consideration, to make the modification/s if deemed appropriate.