Report of the Director of the Built Environment
The Sub Committee considered a Gateway 4C Issue report of the Director of the Built Environment. The Director of the Built Environment introduced the report and drew Members’ attention to the key points, also outlining an amendment to the recommendations as agreed by the Streets & Walkways Sub Committee. The Director of the Built Environment advised that two reporting methods had been used in order to mitigate a disproportionate response rate between users of different modes of transport. The Sub Committee noted that no changes to the scheme were recommended at this point, however changes could still be delivered at a later stage if agreed.
The Sub Committee then proceeded to discuss the proposals, with regard to the Sub Committees remit in respect of project management considerations and raised points regarding business response, the alternative analysis of consultation findings, and the prospect of further consultation. The Director of the Built Environment advised that officers always considered modal responses, but had felt it was necessary to highlight them in this case due to the lack of proportionality in the responses received.
The Director of the Built Environment further advised that officers had worked around the area and had meetings with businesses outside of the formal consultation, but there was scope for further engagement work. The Sub Committee was also advised of work undertaken in respect of disability access and equalities impact assessment, with the aim of providing the best balance possible for all user groups. The Chairman advised that the Sub Committee would like these matters to be finalised ahead of the Gateway 5 approval, expected in November 2021.
RESOLVED, that the Projects Sub Committee:
1. Note the contents of the report and the key themes of the consultation response, Officers’ response to the key findings and the design changes proposed (paragraphs161-229);
2. Approve the proposed way forward:
a. to continue to Gateway 5 with the proposed changes to motor vehicle movements on Threadneedle Street, Princes Street and Queen Victoria Street (which would be operational at all times) outlined in Paragraph 240
b. to continue to Gateway 5 with the proposed restrictions on Poultry, Cornhill and King William Street remaining as buses and cycles only, Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm
c. to continue to develop the public realm design to Gateway 5 taking into account consultation comments received
d. to maintain pace of programme, agree that the traffic orders reflecting a and b can be drafted and issued for statutory consultation ahead of the Gateway 5 report
3. Approve the proposal to review the timing and traffic mix for the Poultry, Cornhill and King William Street arms 12 months from completion (paragraphs 173-175); and
4. Note that a Costed Risk Provision of £93,000 was approved in July 2021 and is still required.