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22/09/2022 - ***RoD:Minor Highways Improvement Programme 2022/ 23 ref: 5352    Recommendations Approved

To approve the allocation of Minor Highways Improvement budget to the 2022/ 23 programme of Local Highways Improvements (LHIs) prioritised by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Infrastructure

Decision published: 22/09/2022

Effective from: 22/09/2022

Decision:

Matter for Decision: To approve the allocation of Minor Highways Improvement budget to the 2022/ 23 programme of Local Highways Improvements (LHIs) prioritised by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Why the Decision had to be made (and any alternative options): In previous years City Councillor representatives have participated in the assessment and prioritisation of the County Council’s LHI scheme programme.  However, this did not take place this year with the Council consequently having no oversight of the programme prioritised and for which its funding contributions are sought.  The County’s prioritised list, including the City Council contributions needed, are identified in the spreadsheet shown at the link below.

https://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ecSDDisplayClassic.aspx?NAME=SD1627&ID=1627&RPID=77239467&sch=doc&cat=13458&path=13020%2c13021%2c13458%2c13458

This item is to ensure appropriate scrutiny by this Council.  The County Council are progressing the scheme programme they prioritised earlier this year and require an urgent decision in order to deliver during 2022/ 23.

The Executive Councillor’s decision: Approved the allocation of Minor Highways Improvement budget to the 2022/ 23 programme of Local Highways Improvements (LHIs) prioritised by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Reason for the decision: As above.

Scrutiny Consideration: The Chair and Spokesperson of Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee were consulted prior to the action being authorised.

Report: The attached County Council spreadsheet (LHI Panel Scores 2022-23) identifies the prioritised programme of schemes to be developed subject to budget availability, the outcome of local consultation, and processes and approvals needed.

Conflict of interest: [None].

Comments: The City Council had again this year approved a budget of up to £30,000 towards the County Council’s LHI scheme programme.  There are additional re-phased funds from previous years, subject to the final costs of schemes still being delivered.  Capital budgets are currently under review as part of the Council’s Mid Term Financial Strategy (Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee - October 2022).  Subject to approval, funding contributions will be made to individual schemes as prioritised, developed and implemented in accordance with budget availability.

The Green and Independent Opposition Spokes Councillor queried Councillor involvement in the Minor Highways Improvement Programme. The Executive Councillor confirmed that there was a cross boundary Cambridge City Joint Area Committee (CJAC) that had powers to decide on Local Highways Initiatives, and other issues.  The County Council disbanded this Committee about three years ago.  The City Council were working with the County Council to involve City Councillors in this process going forward.

The Chair of the Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee stated that he thought the panel had scored the submitted LHI applications against four criteria. Thirteen schemes, (shown above the feint dotted line on the spread sheet) were to be developed and approved (subject to funding) as these schemes received the highest scores and require, on a cumulative basis, the County Council's budget allocation of £150k.It would be helpful to make clear whether the City Council's £30k contribution is required in part or in full and how it will be allocated. 

The Public Realm Engineering & Project Delivery Team Leader advised that the City Council contribute up to £30k/ annum to Cambridgeshire County Council’s managed programme in order for the top prioritised schemes to proceed.  In previous years there had been member involvement in this prioritisation, but that had not occurred this year regrettably.  Further, County had not required the City Council’s full contribution since their funding cut-line has been reached before the City Council, who had been able to roll the balance forward through annual capital re-phasing.  This year, and primarily due to one high value scheme requiring a large contribution, the City Council’s annual funding ceiling would likely be reached before County’

The Public Realm Engineering & Project Delivery Team Leader confirmed they were awaiting the outcome of the current capital finance review and MTFS decision in October to understand quite where the City Council’s ceiling may come this year.  One caveat that the County were keen to safeguard is that the schemes were not necessarily delivered in the strict order of priority, instead they commenced with development of all schemes above the cut line each year, with some being inevitably more straightforward and quicker to implement than others.

No comments were received from the Liberal Democratic Opposition Spokes on this matter.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jonathan Dixon


12/09/2022 - ** RoD – Draft Drainage And Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) Consultation Response ref: 5351    Recommendations Approved

Response to the Anglian Water Draft Drainage and Wastewater Management Plan

Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Infrastructure

Decision published: 12/09/2022

Effective from: 12/09/2022

Decision:

Matter for Decision:

 

Why the decision had to be made (and any alternative options):

Response to the Anglian Water Draft Drainage and Wastewater Management Plan

 

 

Anglian Water (AW) are carrying out consultation on their draft Drainage and Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) between 30 June and 16 September 2022.  The DWMP is a 25 year strategic plan covering the period 2025 to 2050, that sets out how wastewater systems, and the drainage networks that impact them, are to be maintained, extended and improved to make sure they’re robust and resilient to future pressures. The plan covers the whole eastern part of England, which is the area covered by AW.

 

Following consultation, the final DWMP will be published in spring 2023, and will inform AW’s long term delivery strategy in 2024. This is the first DWMP, and it will become a statutory document under the Environment Act.

The plan captures a process of optioneering, identifying risks and problems (such as climate change), to identify a range of solutions based around different catchments. The plan has also been subject to an environment assessment. It sets out that options were considered against a range of criteria, including optimisation and best value planning, and captures the benefits of the choices available.

The plan also forecasts growth, to assist planning to meet the needs of future customers. Whilst it focuses on committed growth it also acknowledges that planning for other development is taking place, and, ‘While many of these schemes are at an early stage and, therefore, not included in adopted Local Plans, it’s important to consider their impact on the long-term strategy, should they come forward’ (Section 8.1).

The plan then shows for the targeted catchments what measures are proposed in the medium and long term to respond to current issues or anticipated growth. This includes plans at Over (the Uttons Drove site) to deliver a range of solutions to accommodate growth and to address concerns of stakeholders regarding flooding. It also reflects their plans for a new treatment works at Cambridge

Response to the consultation

 

Anglian Water are seeking responses to twelve consultation questions. It is proposed that the response is joint with South Cambridgeshire District Council, which will separately be considering the response.

A draft response to the questions can be found in Appendix 1 of this report.

The proposed consultation response highlights:

·  The importance of investment in drainage infrastructure to address water quality issues, given the poor quality of many of the area’s water bodies.

·  Taking a robust approach to climate change so that risks are properly mitigated.

·  The need for ongoing engagement with the Councils to ensure planned and future developments are served by effective infrastructure.

·  Support for the use of green solutions such as SuDS and wetlands, and the separation of surface water from the sewerage system, but also for seeking opportunities to recycle water to help address water supply issues.

·  In relation to proposed solution such as at Uttons Drove, effective engagement is needed with local communities and stakeholders.

Alternative options

The options available to members are:

·  Agree to submit the response in Appendix 1, with possible minor amendments

·  Agree an alternative response.

The Executive Councillor’s decision(s):

To confirm that the consultation response set out in Appendix 1 of this decision should be made to the Anglian Water draft DWMP consultation.

Reasons for the decision:

The proposed response addresses issues of importance to the Council in terms of effective and timely delivery of infrastructure and protection of the environment.

Scrutiny consideration:

The Chair and Spokespersons of the Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee were consulted on this matter. 

Report:

Appendix 1 – Draft Response to the Anglian Water Draft DWMP Consultation 2022 can be viewed at the link below:

Document Meeting 04.10.22 - ROD: Drainage and Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) - Cambridge Council

 

Conflicts of interest:

None known.

Comments:

No adverse Comments were made.

 

 

Lead officer: Jonathan Dixon