Agenda and draft minutes

Policy Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 1st September, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Room 4F, Level 4, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL. View directions

Contact: Constitutional Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies For Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Brownridge, Curley and Williamson.

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

To Receive Declarations of Interest in any Contract or matter to be discussed at the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Hobin declared a personal interest at item 6 by virtue of his employment at Stagecoach.

 

3.

Urgent Business

Urgent business, if any, introduced by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business received.

 

4.

Public Question Time

To receive Questions from the Public, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

There were no public questions received.

 

5.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 383 KB

The Minutes of the meeting held on 27th July 2021 are attached for approval.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 27th July 2021 be approved as a correct record.

 

6.

GM Streets for All Strategy pdf icon PDF 444 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Hobin declared a person interest in this item and took no part in the discussion.

 

Consideration was given to a report which presented the Committee with the draft Greater Manchester Streets for All Strategy, a sub-strategy of the GM2040 Transport Strategy.

 

The Committee was informed that the updated GM2040 Transport Strategy documents were approved by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in January 2021 which included a refreshed version of the long-term statutory local transport plan, the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040, a final version of Our Five-Year Transport Delivery Plan (2021-2026) and ten new Local Improvement Plans, one for each of the Greater Manchester Local Authorities.

 

The Committee was advised that the Greater Manchester Streets for All Strategy was one of a suite of sub-strategies being developed to support the overarching local transport plan documents. Streets for all was a new approach to support Oldham’s placed-based agenda as well as achieving the ambition for more travel by walking, cycling and public transport which would help to tackle the most pressing economic, environmental, quality of life and innovation challenges. The ambition was to design more welcoming and greener streets that: would enable people to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives, would have clean air, would provide good access to public transport, and would be accessible for those with mobility impairments.

 

It was explained that the Streets for All Strategy would be guided by seven essentials that GMCA, the ten Greater Manchester Councils and Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) would deliver in partnership with residents, businesses, transport operators, the NHS and emergency services. The essentials were as followed:

·         An attractive and inclusive walking environment.

·         A safe and connected cycling experience.

·         A reliable, integrated and accessible transport network.

·         Goods are delivered on time with minimal impacts on local communities.

·         Streets that enable people to drive less.

·         A future proofed network.

·         Green, vibrant streets that are welcoming places to spend time in.

 

The Committee was informed that the Streets for All approach involved working at three levels that would ensure Greater Manchester’s roads could transition to deliver the strategy. The levels would be Spatial Planning, Network Planning and Street Design and Management. Central to the approach was reducing the distances people needed to travel to reach everyday destinations such as work, healthcare, education, green spaces and leisure facilities.

 

The Committee were advised of the different street types and the roles they undertook. Destination Places and Active Neighbourhoods had low levels of moving vehicles and the aim was to make these kind of streets pleasant places to live and spend time in, whilst being easy to access facilities on foot or by cycle. High streets had high levels of active travel alongside public transport which played an important role in supporting economic success. Connector Roads were important for moving buses and enabling public transport to be given enough priority to be reliable and attractive to users. These roads were important for service and delivery vehicles accessing town centres. Strategic Roads were for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.