To review the draft Solihull Connected Transport Strategy and the Green Paper Consultation Report.
The Scrutiny Board considered the report of the Head of Policy and Spatial Planning, together with a PowerPoint presentation on the matter. The purpose of the document was to enable Members to review the draft Solihull Connected Transport Strategy and the Green Paper Consultation Report.
The report detailed the results of the consultation on the Solihull Connected Green Paper, it set out the emerging themes for the revision of the Green Paper regarding the development of the draft Solihull Connected Strategy and identified the next steps for a Delivery Plan.
The Solihull Connected Green Paper set out the Councils 20 year plus transport vision for the Borough. Consultation on the Green Paper had taken place between10 July to 30 September 2015. A detailed report setting out the consultation responses was attached at Appendix B of the report.
The Board was advised that the consultation had shown broad support for the Green Paper, endorsing its vision, objectives and strategy themes. In terms of improving the transport system, frequency, reliability, affordability and connectivity were considered by consultees to be important aspects in the development of an integrated and sustainable transport system . The draft Transport strategy was attached as Appendix A to the report for the Boards consideration.
The Board was advised that the broad support for the Green Paper would enable the Council to identify specific schemes and interventions to prepare a Delivery Plan, prioritised over the short, medium and long term. A number of packages had been prepared, these were focussed on developing the transport system, promoting the vision and stated objectives. The technical packages included:
· Highway Schemes Identification
· A Town Centre Masterplan
· A Town Centre Access and Movement Strategy
· A Community Liveability Programme
· A Smarter Choices Programme
· A Technology Roadmap
· A Solihull Rail Strategy
The Board received a presentation on the draft strategy from Mr Amrik Manku, viewable online.
During the Boards consideration of the report the following matters were raised by Members:
· There was a significant amount of travel undertaken by car in the Borough, how do we persuade people to use other means of transport?
· An integrated bus and rail transport service was required to link people from their homes to their work.
· The report did not give sufficient attention to the provision of park and ride facilities in the Borough.
· There should be a dedicated sprint service between Dickens Heath and Solihull.
· There should be consideration of new technologies to assist transport provision and access in the Borough.
· It is important that care was taken to ensure that the plan supports the Council`s work on its Local Plan review.
That the Scrutiny Board having considered the Draft Solihull Connected Transport Strategy, the Green Paper and the Consultation Report, together with the presentation from officers on the documents , made the following recommendations to the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways:
· That the Cabinet Portfolio Holder notes the consultation responses received and outcomes proposed arising from the draft Solihull Connected Transport Strategy and the Green ... view the full minutes text for item 8