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MINUTE of MEETING of the PLANNING AND TRANSPORT POLICY COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 16 October 1997 at 4.00 pm.
Present: Councillors ALEX SHAND, DAVID SELFRIDGE, Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN, Councillors FRANK ELLIS, IAN MACKINTOSH, STEWART McGLYNN, BRIAN MILNE, GEORGE NORRIE, KATHLEEN RITCHIE and SANDY WEST.
Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors GEORGE ALLAN, JACK GIBB and WILLIAM MIDDLETON.
Councillor SHAND, Convener, in the Chair.
1. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS
The Committee resolved in terms of Standing Order 27(2) that the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of Articles 2 and 3 below so as to avoid the disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, Paragraphs 6, 8 and 9.
2. ARBROATH ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY
With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 August 1997, there was submitted Report No 1078/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development advising that in 1996, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, in consultation with Angus Council, had commissioned a consultant team to prepare an Economic and Environmental Strategy for Arbroath, from which specific projects would be developed over a five year period as part of a "Master Plan" to address the problems of the town centre. The Report (a) indicated that the consultants study had been completed, (b) outlined the findings of the study, (c) commented on the recommendations and (d) set out the financial implications.
Having noted that the Report would also be considered by the Roads Committee later this day, the Committee agreed for its interest:-
(i) to note the contents of the consultants study and that further reports on projects emanating from the study would be submitted in due course;
(ii) to approve the participation of Angus Council in public consultation on the study with a view to seeking public support; and
(iii) to meet 50% of the cost (£4,166), from the Planning, Transport and Economic Developments General Services Capital Programme for 1997/98, of a design study to be commissioned by Scottish Enterprise Tayside to prepare sketch designs and budget costs for selective improvement works throughout Arbroath High Street.
3. MONTROSE SEAFRONT DEVELOPMENT
With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of Angus Council of 19 December 1996, there was submitted joint Report No 1063/97 by the Director of Roads, the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development and the Director of Recreation Services giving an update on the progress and cost implications of the Montrose Seafront Development. The Report advised that there had been an increase in the projected total cost of the project and recommended that the shortfall in funding be met from within the existing Departmental financial allocations as set out within the terms of the Report.
Having heard the Director of Roads explain further the reasons for the increase in costs, and having noted that the Report would also be considered by the Roads Committee later this day, and by the Policy and Resources Committee on 28 October 1997, the Committee agreed for its interest:-
(i) to note the current financial position in respect of the Montrose Seafront Development Project; and
(ii) to approve the virement of £40,000 from the capital allocation for each of the Arbroath and Montrose Town Centre developments which were currently showing a projected underspend in the current year to fund the estimated £75,000 additional expenditure on the Seafront project.
4. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING
The minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 August 1997 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.
5. DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS/SERVICE PLAN 1997/98
With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 6 June 1996, there was submitted Report No 1038/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development, together with the Departmental Business Plan for 1997/98 which outlined the key issues which had been progressed in relation to the first Business Plan and clearly identified where the Departments key objectives linked into Angus Councils Mission Statement and key themes.
Having noted that the terms of the Report had been approved by the Economic Development Committee on 9 October 1997, (Article 8 refers), and that the Report would also be considered by the Development Control Committee on 23 October 1997, the Committee congratulated the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development on the progress made and agreed for its interest:-
(i) to note the terms of the Report;
(ii) to note the progress which had been made in relation to the first Business Plan; and
(iii) to approve the Business Plan for 1997/98.
6. ANGUS LOCAL PLAN - PROGRESS
With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 6 June 1996, there was submitted Report No 1058/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development outlining progress on the preparation of the Angus Local Plan and advising that a seminar and four workshops for elected members would be held to facilitate timeous examination of relevant issues prior to further consideration and approval of a Draft Plan for public consultation purposes.
The Committee noted the terms of the Report and agreed:-
(i) that a Local Plan Seminar for all members of the Council be held later this day to explore broad land use strategy and planning policy issues arising in Angus;
(ii) that four Local Plan Workshops for elected members be held (on the dates listed in a Note tabled by the Director of Law and Administration) to examine proposals in each of the Arbroath/Carnoustie; Brechin/Montrose; Forfar/Kirriemuir; and Monifieth/ Sidlaws planning areas; and
(iii) that following (i) and (ii) above, further consideration be given at the next meeting of this Committee on 27 November 1997 to the full content of the Draft Plan to be approved and published for public consultation together with proposed consultation procedures and arrangements.
7. PUBLIC TRANSPORT UPDATE
With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 28 August 1997, there was submitted Report No 1059/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development advising of changes to local bus services within Angus and recent developments to the Taxicard and Travel Concession Schemes.
The Committee agreed:-
(i) to note the re-timing of Strathtay Scottish Ltds Service 33 between Kirriemuir and Angus College;
(ii) to note the amendment made to Service 78 to operate via Monikie School (Craigton);
(iii) to approve the withdrawal of Fisher Tours Service 139, the Auchterhouse Shuttle Service due to lack of usage;
(iv) to note the revisions to the Scottish CityLink and National Express services from 20 October 1997;
(v) to note the admission to the Taxicard Scheme of VIP Travel who operated two taxis in the Forfar area;
(vi) to note the amendment being made in respect of the process for endorsing Taxicard and Travel Concession Scheme applications by GPs; and
(vii) to note the environmental improvements being undertaken at Arbroath Bus Station.
8. ANGUS ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST
There was submitted Report No 1077/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development advising of the establishment of the Angus Environmental Trust and its enrolment with Entrust, the body which had been set up to administer the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.
The Report concluded that the establishment of the Angus Environmental Trust would allow the Council, in partnership with the other subscribing members, to undertake worthwhile environmental projects, either directly or through other environmental bodies and should be supported. The role of the Trust could, in time, be developed to make a very positive contribution towards improving the quality of the environment of Angus, in pursuance of the Councils key themes.
Having heard the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development on the future role of the Angus Environmental Trust and the range of projects which the Trust could reasonably consider within its remit, the Committee agreed to note the current position and that a further Report would be submitted to this Committee in due course.
9. SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT - ANGUS FARMING AND WILDLIFE ADVISORY GROUP
With reference to Article 3(c) of the minute of meeting of Angus Council of 19 December 1996, there was submitted Report No 1094/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development recommending the adoption of a Service Level Agreement between Angus Council and the Angus Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (Angus FWAG) and setting out the financial implications.
The Committee agreed:-
(i) to approve the Service Level Agreement as appended to Report No 1094/97;
(ii) to authorise the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development to enter into a Service Level Agreement with Angus FWAG with effect from 1997/98; and
(iii) to authorise the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development to keep the Agreement under review and report any proposed changes to the financial arrangements to this Committee.