Venue: Pont-Y-Capel Road, Cefn Coed, Merthyr Tydfil
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from: Councillor M Colbran, Councillor E Galsworthy, Councillor Kevin Gibbs and Councillor Gareth Lewis
Declarations of Interest
Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct
(a) Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and
(b) Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave
Councillor C Tovey declared his interest in the Item as he is the Local Authority Governor at Ysgol-Y-Graig School. As a Local Authority representative he currently has dispensation to speak and vote.
Councillor H Barrett declared his interest in the Item as a Governor at Ysgol-Y-Graig and currently has dispensation to speak and vote.
To consider report of the Deputy Chief Executive
The Chair formally opened the meeting and the Planning Officer introduced the application to the committee and produced a map to allow Councillors the opportunity to decide on what areas of interest they wished to visit.
The following places of interest were visited by the committee:
· Proposed Main School Entrance (Pontycapel Road)
· Hard Play Area and Parking Facilities (Godre’r Coed Playing Field)
· Cyfartha Gardens Entrance to Parking Facilities
· Old Church Street leading to the Holford Street Entrance
· South Terrace Entrance and the 6 Arm Priority Junction
Clarification was sort on the following points:
· Access points for children and vehicles
· Access to the Hard Play Area from the School
· Traffic Assessment of the Main School Entrance (Pontycapel Road)
· The Road Safety Audit and Conditions
· Increase in traffic due to the dualling of the A465
· Number of parking spaces available to parents and teachers
· Removal of a wall and levelling work at the park and stride and hard play area
· Access to the drop off and stride point
· Safe crossing points for pupils
· Collision summary
· Widening of access road to parent and teacher parking via Cyfarthfa Gardens
The following questions were raised by the Committee Members and answered in detail by the Town Planning, Highways and Engineering Officers.
· Who undertook the transport assessment
· Was Lisa Clement-Williams involved in the transport assessment process in relation to the safe route to school initiative
· There is a distinct lack of pavements in the surrounding area - does this application comply with the safe walking routes to school initiative
· Is there scope for highway improvements at the 6 arm priority junction
· Will a 20mph restriction zone be implemented on surrounding access roads if this application is granted
· Will a one way system be in place on Pontycapel Road prior to the school opening
· Is there a plan to place a crossing at the Maesgwyne roundabout
· Did the transport assessment take into consideration traffic at peak times and the potential for additional traffic once the school is opened
· How many children would be accessing the school via the goods access route
· How will access to the goods entrance be restricted
· Will the entrance to the parking facilities have the necessary road safety signage
· Will the gated access to the parking facilities be closed outside of school hours
· The committee raised concern about congestion due to the narrow access roads in the surrounding area
· In relation to school trips, is it correct that coaches and buses will have to use the bus stop on Cefn Coed High Street
· Will staggered drop off times be introduced to reduce congestion at the start of the school day
Clarification was also sort from the Headteacher in relation to the ratio of teachers to pupils required while in transit from the school to the hard play area and whether teachers will assist in the safe transit of pupils to and from the school at the start and end of each day.
Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair thanked the Officers and Councillors for their attendance and advised that there was no other business deemed urgent and closed the meeting.