Decision details

Highways Capital Scheme Programme 2021-22

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To approve the Highways Capital Scheme Programme 2021-22

Decision:

Cabinet NOTED the comments made by a member of the public, Frank Treviss, who had requested to speak on the item.  In addressing Cabinet, Mr Treviss advised that he was speaking in support of a petition previously submitted seeking an upgrade of the pavements in Logan Road.  Highlighting what he felt was the dangerous condition of the pavements, in terms of trip and fall hazards for local residents, members were also advised of the lack of any previous upgrade works and importance of the footway as a well-used route to the local school.  He also reminded members that the road provided the main pedestrian and vehicle access to a bowling and social club, which was well used by a range of community organisations.  He was therefore keen to ensure consideration was given to what he felt was the necessary footway repairs and upgrade required as part of the Council’s ongoing major road and footway resurfacing programme.

 

In responding to the speech, Councillor Krupa Sheth (as Lead Member for Environment), began by thanking Mr Treviss for his presentation and recognising the impact that the quality of footways had on the local environment for residents.  Whilst highlighting the improvement in the overall conditions of footways across the borough as a result of the £20m Highway and Footway Improvement programme over the last two years, she pointed out that this had still left a third of the borough’s footways in need of significant maintenance.  Whilst the footways in Logan Road had been surveyed (with 49% by length found to be in poor structural condition) this had unfortunately still not represented a high enough priority within the criteria to be considered for inclusion as part of the 2021/22 programme.  Members noted that the footways included for investment as part of the recommended programme had all been assessed with a minimum of 70% in poor condition.  Mr Treviss was reassured, however, that Logan Road’s future inclusion would continue be reviewed on a regular basis, with the next survey due later in 2021 and local; residents encouraged to report any immediate safety concerns of defects.  In the meantime it was also reported that the Lead Member for Environment and Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment had agreed to visit Logan Road in order to further examine the pavements and explore options for future improvement works.

 

Having noted the response provided, Councillor M Butt (Leader of the Council) ended by welcoming the contribution made at the meeting and reaffirming the Council’s commitment to improving the condition of Brent’s roads and footways within the financial constraints identified, recognising their importance to local communities.

 

Having noted the comments provided, CabinetRESOLVED:

 

(1)      To approve the proposed Highways Maintenance Scheme Programme 2021-22 as detailed in Appendix B of the report.

 

(2)     To note the receipt of a petition on 9th August 2020 for Logan Road with 52 signatures asking for the renovation and upgrading of the pavements in that road, and comments made in response to the petition, as detailed within Section 3.4.2 d) - h) of the report.

Reason Key: Affects more than 2 wards;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Tony Kennedy, Head of Highways and Infrastructure Email: tony.kennedy@brent.gov.uk Tel: 020 8937 5151.

Report author: Jonathan Westell

Publication date: 13/09/2021

Date of decision: 13/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 13/09/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 21/09/2021

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