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									The Cabinet
Report of the meeting held on
17th June 2003

                             FOR DETERMINATION


     Cabinet has received a revised transport strategy and capital programme set
     out in a revised Local Transport Plan (LTP) for approval by Council. The LTP
     is a key part of the Council’s suite of land use and transport policy documents
     and establishes transport policy for the whole of the county as well as being
     the main vehicle for securing transport capital funding from central

     The current LTP was originally written for the period 2001-2006 but as a result
     of significant changes, it has required substantial revision and the new plan
     has been prepared to run from 2004-2011. The most significant of these
     changes has been the need to prepare a revised Structure Plan. This contains
     a significantly different development strategy to take account of the scale of
     new development over the next 15 years, and the need to bring new transport
     infrastructure forward, to help minimise the impact on the existing transport
     network. In addition, the A14 Multi Modal Study (CHUMMS) has now been
     completed and other multi Modal studies progressed, which have all put
     forward significant infrastructure proposals relating to the development

     The significant changes to the LTP have greatly increased its size and as a
     result, the bid for Government funding is significantly greater with a proposed
     revised funding bid of around £40 million per annum, double the current bid in
     the exiting LTP.

     A copy of the report to Cabinet and the updated LTP Integrated Transport Bid
     2004-2011 are attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

     Cabinet RECOMMENDS:

           That Council approves the revised transport strategy and programme
           for the Local Transport Plan.

                              FOR INFORMATION



     Cabinet has agreed in principle to the introduction of Local Authority Parking
     Enforcement in Cambridge. Local Authority Parking Enforcement (LAPE) is
     more formally known as Decriminalisation of Parking Enforcement (DPE) and
     allows local authorities to take over the enforcement of parking restrictions
     from the Police.

     The benefits expected are:

           Improved compliance with parking restrictions.
           Reduced blocking of bus lanes, cycle lanes and major traffic routes by
            illegally parked vehicles.
           Improved turnover in short stay parking places.
           Reduction in parking by non-permit holders in residents parking bays.
           Control over parking enforcement, matching enforcement to transport
            strategy objectives.
           Revenues from parking fines being available to offset enforcement

     The Police formally notified the County Council in January that they supported
     the decriminalisation of parking enforcement in Cambridge. The Police will
     continue to manage issues around moving traffic, such as car park queue
     control and traffic control of special events in Cambridge, through the creation
     of Police Community Support Officers.

     Although there is interest in moving to LAPE among other District Councils in
     Cambridgeshire, it was considered prudent to defer consideration of wider use
     until after the introduction of LAPE in Cambridge, in order to assess
     effectiveness in terms of increased enforcement and the surplus that might be

     The move to Local Authority Parking Enforcement is an irreversible step and
     therefore the Department for Transport requires that authorities demonstrate
     that they have properly explored the financial case. Specialist consultants
     have been employed to carry out a financial assessment of the economic
     viability of the LAPE. On the worst-case scenarios, LAPE was still expected to
     make a small surplus over and above the current surplus on parking

     The division of costs and income between the County and City Councils will
     not be an even split, as most of the enforcement is on-street, while the
     majority of the income from increased paid parking is off-street. As a result, an
     agreement is being sought with the City Council for them to contribute a larger
     proportion of the operating costs.

     A further report will come back to Cabinet on 9th December to review the
     outcome of negotiations and a public consultation exercise to be undertaken
     in September. Subject to the consultations undertaken the report, is likely to
     seek final approval to implement local authority parking enforcement.


     Cabinet has approved the Youth Service Plan for 2003-04 that builds on both
     national guidance received and the self-assessment review undertaken by
     Cambridgeshire’s Youth Services, to provide necessary planning information.
     The Youth Service had identified that in order to contribute effectively to
     appropriate strategies and Plans the priorities for the next three years will be

           Raise achievement of young people within and outside school.
           Enabling measures for Social Inclusion through local needs analysis.
           Widen Lifelong Learning opportunities and progression routes.
           Plan for the future by developing strategies and aligning youth service
            provision to meet local, regional and national priorities.

     The latest Government specification for the Youth Services states that local
     authorities need to ensure that the delivery of the service gives priority to the
     13-19 age range but recognises that local authorities may also work with age
     ranges 11-13 and 19 to 25. The Government’s view is that the Youth Services
     should concentrate no less than 80% of available youth work resource on the
     age group 13 to 19.

     The plan that Cabinet has approved agrees a revised Youth Service age
     range of 11 to 19 and within that range, recognises that priority needs to be
     given to the 13 to 19 year age bracket as set out in Government guidance.
     Cabinet has confirmed that Cambridgeshire’s Youth Service should continue
     to make provision for the 11 to 13 year age range. It was recognised that the
     Youth Service is currently unable to make provision for 20 to 25 year olds due
     to constrained resources.

     The resource implications of meeting the standards and priorities set out in
     the latest Department for Education and Skills guidance has been estimated
     at £4 Million, currently twice the County Council expenditure on the Youth
     Services. This resource issue will be considered through the Medium Term
     Service Priorities (MTSP) process.


     Cabinet has approved the annual Adult and Community Learning Plan for the
     Academic Year 2003-03 for submission to the Learning and Skills Council in
     order to secure the resources to support Adult and Community Learning

     (ACL) Programme. The Plan builds on work already agreed in the Adult
     Learning Plans for 2001-02 and 2002-03.

     The key objectives for Adult and Community Learning in Cambridgeshire are
          Increase adult participation in and demand for ACL.
          Refocus provision towards areas of greatest need/targeted groups.
          Widen the range of participants.
          Promote Family Learning.
          Contribute to skills for Life Strategy.
          Develop curriculum offer.
          Ensure Information Advice and a Guidance Service.
          Improve Employer Links.
          Develop Flexible learning.
          Support the Voluntary Sector.

     Cabinet nonetheless noted that the findings of the Adult Learning Inspectorate
     and their specific recommendations would require addressing as the highest
     priority, with the following specific actions required:

            Putting in place an effective quality assurance process.
            Establishing clear links between strategic and curriculum planning.
            Putting in place an improved management information system.
            Improving financial controls.

     The above actions and associated changes in organisational arrangements
     were likely to lead to tasks and priorities being revised during the course of
     the year.

     Note: The Cabinet's decision on this matter was called-in by the Education,
     Libraries and Heritage Scrutiny Committee on 27th June 2003. The outcome
     will be reported to members following the Scrutiny Committee meeting.



     Cabinet received a report advising on the findings of the Adult Learning
     Inspectorate as referred to above, who had reported earlier in the year on
     Cambridgeshire’s Adult and Community Learning Service. Cabinet has
     approved the process for finalising the action plan.

     The inspection had focussed on:

            Leadership and Management,
            Information and Communication Technology (ICT),
            Hospitality, sport, leisure and travel,
            Visual and performing arts and media,
            English Languages and Communications,
            Foundation Programmes.

     The inspection had found the provision for English, languages and
     communications and foundation programmes to be unsatisfactory while
     leadership and management, including quality assurance, had been found to
     be weak. As a result an Action Plan had been produced to include the

        Separation of the responsibilities for Adult and Community Learning (ACL)
         and the Youth Service, providing a sharper focus for management and
         accountability with associated changes in staff roles and responsibilities
        The acquisition of a new system for the collection, collation and analysis of
         performance information which meets all the requirements of the Learning
         and Skills Council (LSC) as well as of the County Council
        A renegotiation of the relationship between the County Council and the
         community and village colleges providing ACL
        A redistribution of ACL resources ensuring more robust resourcing, albeit
         in a smaller number of settings
        Analysis of all existing costs including overheads and the development of
         revised financial reporting requirements.

     Cabinet has agreed to receive further reports on the detailed implementation
     of the action plan.

     Note: The Cabinet's decision on this matter was called-in by the Education,
     Libraries and Heritage Scrutiny Committee on 27th June 2003. The outcome
     will be reported to members following the Scrutiny Committee meeting.


     Cabinet received (within the same report as the local Transport Plan) and
     have approved details of the Annual LTP Performance Report. Cabinet also
     agreed to authorise the Director of Environment and Transport in consultation
     with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport to make any detailed
     changes necessary to both documents prior to their submission to Council
     and/or Government.

     The APR submitted last year had secured funding of £15,487 (£8.5m for
     integrated transport and £7.497m for road maintenance and bridges). In
     addition, the Government has confirmed that funding will be available for the
     Fordham and Papworth Everard bypasses as well as £2m being allocated to
     the A14 village traffic calming measures identified through the CHUMMS

     The key points on the APR for 2002/03 are:

            That the Council is on track on the majority of its headline indicators.
            The recording of the lowest number of people killed or seriously injured
             ever seen on Cambridgeshire’s roads as well as an encouraging drop
             in slight casualties.
            A further reduction in traffic crossing the River Cam, and a 15%
             increase in bus patronage on the Cambridge Radials, enabling the
             County to significantly exceed its 2004 PSA target.

            A countywide increase in bus patronage of over 5% compared to
             2002/02, enabling the Council to meet the government set indicator.

     The County’s performance against a range of indicators relating to road
     conditions has continued to show excellent progress and indicates a general
     improvement in the conditions of the network. In addition, the County has
     significantly exceeded a number of maintenance targets for the year, including
     Public Service Agreement (PSA) Targets and has now set new LTP stretch

     Cabinet received an update report on the three-year strategy for the library
     service. The strategy had addressed the current budget shortfall, through
     rebalancing the infrastructure with the closure of 10 under-utilised libraries
     while providing resources to enable communities to provide alternative
     provision, and investing in a capital and revenue development programme for
     the remaining infrastructure. As a result of the new investment programme,
     Cambridgeshire is now well on the way to meeting the challenge of providing
     a modern public library service.

     Despite some outstanding queries, all the community business plans have
     presented feasible schemes for communities to provide alternative library
     provision through Library Access Points (LAP’s).

     The Library Access Point package will provide:-

        A shelf stock of 1,000 books – the whole collection being refreshed in each
         12 month period.
        Online access to electronic library systems and resources via the
         Cambridgeshire Community Network (CCN) – although it was noted that
         there may be a delay in providing this, in buildings where there is no
         current ICT link.
        Pump priming assistance totalling £3,000 over the first three years –
         specifically to help communities with the initial setting-up costs.

     Cabinet has confirmed that it does not intend to provide additional direct
     financial support for successful access points beyond the initial three year
     funding period but will consider specific requests for additional funding beyond
     three years, where problems of future sustainability had become apparent
     during the course of the funding period. It was aimed to have little or no gap
     in service provision when each library closed, but if timescales slipped,
     consideration would be given to providing, as a short-term measure, an
     interim mobile service.

     In respect of the investment being carried out to the rest of the Library service
     the following can be reported:

     Book stocks

        The Medium Term Service Priorities (MTSP) funding has enabled the book
         fund to be reinstated – bringing it back to 2000/01 levels of spending

        The additional £35,000 this year is being spent on targeted areas of stock.
        Book stock at libraries due for closure will be integrated into remaining
         libraries, increasing choice and improving the quality of the stock on the

     Additional Opening Hours and Double Staffing

        Community libraries will benefit from a small number of additional opening
         hours per week – to be introduced this year. These will be targeted in
         particular at the priority libraries as identified by the Assessment Criteria
         used for closure. These are the libraries, which were in the group showing
         a combination of high usage and “low” social factors, such as deprivation
         and rural isolation.
        Single staffing at community libraries will also be reduced over the next
         three years. This funding will be directed at those sessions and libraries,
         where staff may be vulnerable, or busy sessions where a better level of
         service can be provided.
        Plans are in hand to increase the number of days open at District Libraries
         from 5 to 6 from 2004/05 onwards.

     The combined effect on library performance of this investment for 2004/05 is
     as follows:-

        Performance against the Library Standard for opening hours per head of
         population will equal the current level, despite the closure of 10 libraries.
        Proportion of opening hours outside “office hours” will improve, and the
         target for opening hours for larger libraries will be met.
        Increased spending on the book-stock will improve speed of requests and
         reader satisfaction measures
        Standards for items added to stock per year, and overall age of the book-
         stock will see improvement.

     Library Development Plans

     The combination of additional Development funding from the MTSP, together
     with other sources of funding, have provided a strong development
     programme for library buildings including work relating to the installation of the
     Peoples Network and the legal requirements for improvements arising from
     the Disability Discrimination Act.


     Cabinet has approved a report outlining the technical proposals for the
     preliminary consultation on the Rapid Transit scheme and the consultation
     process to be undertaken.

     Following acceptance by the Secretary of State of the CHUMMS package in
     December 2001, the County Council undertook an assessment of the Rapid
     Transit proposals between Cambridge and Huntingdon. A bid for funding for
     the system was submitted to Government in July 2002 alongside the Local
     Transport Plan Annual Progress Report. Since the funding bid was made last

year, work has progressed on refining the scheme proposals and addressing
some of the concerns that were raised at the initial stages of the scheme.

Given the important relationship between the development of the new
settlement at Oakington/Longstanton and the delivery of the Rapid Transit
system, the timing of delivery is critical. Technical work in developing the
scheme has therefore moved quickly and a position has been reached where
the formal stages in preparation for the Transport and Works Act (TWA)
submission can be triggered.

The stages are as follows:

Consultation - a preliminary consultation on the emerging route proposals
will take place in July. Its purpose is to allow the public and stakeholders to
make their views known on the scheme and for the County Council, as
promoter, to assess the likely scale of support or opposition that may follow in
the more formal stages.

It will consist of a series of staffed and un-staffed public exhibitions, meetings
and discussions with key stakeholders and distribution of leaflets explaining
the scheme, the TWA process and the next steps. In total, around 250,000
addresses will be leafleted over a wide area around the route of the Rapid
Transit and in areas where users are likely to come from. Leaflets will also be
placed in prominent locations such as libraries. Leaflets will be distributed in
week commencing 23rd June giving ample notice prior to the exhibitions being
held. In addition to the leaflets and exhibitions, the full package of
consultation material will be placed on the web site.

Refinement of the scheme – following the preliminary consultation, the
scheme will be refined in advance of the TWA submission.

TWA submission – this is planned for early November following which there
will be a formal consultation period of 42 days.

Negotiation and Public Inquiry – negotiations with objectors to the TWA will
be held following the closure of the consultation period. A public inquiry into
the proposals is expected in the summer 2004.

The scheme proposals for consultation

The key elements are:

Huntingdon to St Ives section – this section of the route will all be on
existing highways. A series of bus priority measures are proposed in
Huntingdon on the ring road and Hartford Road to ensure services will be
reliable. Bus priorities are also proposed on the A1123 at key congestion
hotspots. In St Ives, the route will run through St Ives and onto a signalised
crossing of the A1096, east of which it will join the guideway.

St Ives to Cambridge section – the whole of the St Ives to north Cambridge
section of the route will be guided. A park and ride site will be provided at St
Ives (500 spaces) and Longstanton (1,000 spaces). Stops will also be

      provided at Swavesey, Oakington and Histon as well as the RSPB nature
      reserve at Holywell Ferry Road. In Cambridge, the route will loop round the
      Arbury Camp site and join with Histon Road and Milton Road where vehicles
      will again run on street. Stops will be provided at the Regional College, the
      Science Park and in Arbury Camp.

      Cambridge City section – a series of bus priorities are proposed on Histon
      Road and Milton Road to overcome congestion hotspots. In the city centre,
      measures will be introduced in Emmanuel Street to increase the capacity for
      buses. This will involve relocating some of the taxi rank space and long
      distance bus stops as well as measures to reduce boarding and dwell time.
      From Emmanuel Road, buses are proposed to use Regent Street and Hills
      Road to access the station.

      Cambridge station to Trumpington – the Cambridge rail station to
      Trumpington section of the route will be guided. Work is still progressing with
      Network Rail, but it is proposed that the route will run parallel to the rail line
      under Hills Road bridge to join the former Bedford rail line. The route will run
      under Long Road and a link will be provided to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.


      Cabinet has agreed to approve the delegation of powers to Huntingdonshire
      District Council under the Highway Act 1980 Section 115 to enable them,
      amongst other subjects concerned with the management of market towns, to
      license street cafes, of which a number of applications are expected for the
      market squares in Huntingdon and St Neots.


      Cabinet has agreed to write off a secured loan as required under the Council’s
      Constitution (debts of over £5,000) having been provided with the details of
      the particular loan.



      Further to the review undertaken by the Ad-hoc Scrutiny Panel on the
      Council’s management of Information Technology (IT) projects, Cabinet has
      agreed the Action Plan set out in the response to the Panel report from the
      Leader of the Council.

      The main points of the Action Plan agreed are as follows:

       ACTION TO BE TAKEN                   WHO BY            TIMESCALE
       All significant projects should be   All Managers      Immediate –
       subject to independent                                 including for current
       challenge at appropriate stages.                       projects
       The nature and extent of such
       challenge should be determined
       by a risk assessment.

       ACTION TO BE TAKEN                   WHO BY               TIMESCALE
       Guidance should be made                                   By Dec 2003
       available on:
         Selection of project                  Head of IT
            methodologies and
            minimum requirements;

           Management of risk within           Head of Audit
            projects; and                        and Risk

           On production and content           Head of
            of Business Cases                    Finance

       Local “champions” should be          All Managers         For future projects
       nominated for all large projects                          of this nature
       that affect multiple staff groups.


      Cabinet has received a report setting out the progress and proposed next
      steps in the design and procurement of the Riverside Cycle Bridge Cambridge
      to connect Chesterton with a landing on a restricted riverside, east of
      Elizabeth Way. Cabinet has endorsed the principle of a design competition
      and in order to avoid delays and progress the project, agreed that the Director
      of Environment and Transport in consultation with the portfolio holder will
      approve details of the competition, the award and future design.

      Peterborough Environment City Trust, an independent specialist, has been
      appointed to manage the design competition and will select the list of
      candidates with the necessary proven experience. The winning entry will be
      chosen by a select evaluation panel with the final make up of the Panel to be
      decided by the County Lead Member and the Environment and Transport

      The principal design parameters will include:

      Cost, width, whether a modern or traditional design, Land/Riverside
      constraints, Maintenance parameters, submission parameters

      In order to inform the evaluation panel’s decision, further consultation will take
      place with stakeholders including those involved in the original workshop. A
      public exhibition will be held on the entries submitted and comments invited to
      help inform the panel’s decision.

      In conjunction with the newly formed Cambridge Architectural Centre, it is also
      intended to hold a parallel children’s competition.

      The design competition is programmed to take place during July to
      September, with public/stakeholder consultation in early October. The
      Evaluation Panels will sit in early November to decide the winning entry.


      Cabinet has noted and endorsed the details of a joint bid undertaken with
      district councils, the Greater Cambridge Partnership and the East of England
      Development Agency totalling £96.76 Million covering the whole Cambridge
      Sub-Region, submitted to the Government as a bid for Growth Areas Delivery
      Grant monies.

      The focus of the bid is on the essential steps needed to bring forward delivery
      of housing, including affordable homes, identified for the Cambridge Sub-
      region by the Cambridgeshire Structure Plan. In making bids for monies, the
      Government has stressed the need for bids to represent deliverable projects.
      The bid consists of a number of projects throughout the Cambridge
      Sub-region. The projects cover a wide range of works that meet the grant’s
      The projects included in the bid are for:
            Decontamination work at the Northern Fringe site and the design and
             provision of Chesterton Interchange.
            Design and construction of Southern Fringe Access road and link road
             to New Town.
            Design work and land purchase for Rapid Transit.
            Work on bringing forward market town interchanges.
            Evaluation/studies/ implementation of various transport, access and
             other infrastructure provision for proposed developments at Northern
             Fringe, Southern Fringe, East Cambridge/Airport, New Town and
             market town locations, including A10 corridor and design work on Ely
             Southern Bypass.
            SmartLIFE - an innovative regeneration project located in Chatteris to
             develop construction skills and trial building techniques (A joint project
             with Fenland District Council, East of England Development Agency
             (EEDA), the Learning and Skills Council and the European Union (EU).
            Regeneration projects, including provision of affordable homes at
            Global Positioning System (GPS)/ Real time public transport
             information systems and variable message systems for motorists in
            Further partnership development to ensure capacity to deliver across a
             range of services and effective coordination.

      The bid, and those from other areas, is currently being evaluated and the
      outcome will be made known in July.


      Cabinet received a report proposing a response to the extended SERAS
      consultation, which had followed on from the successful High Court challenge
      concerning the omission of options for Gatwick Airport.

      Previous Council Response

      The Council had previously responded to the initial SERAS Consultation in
      November 2002 welcoming proposals for a long-term strategy for airport
      expansion but raising serious concerns on the approach taken to assess
      future provision of airport capacity in terms of:

         The lack of a national vision and strategy for air travel meant that the
          regional airport studies were being considered in isolation from each other
          (e.g. the impact of airport expansion in the East Midlands on the need for
          additional capacity in the South-east).
         The general approach of the study was closer to ‘predict and provide’ than
          ‘plan, monitor and manage’.
         The lack of consistency with Government policy in other areas required a
          move to a ‘demand management’ approach to runway provision.
         Greater study of the environmental impacts of the airport expansion was
         The need for Gatwick to be included in the assessment of options for
          airport expansion;
         Recognising that there might be some limited potential for flying at
          Alconbury subject to the control of noise impacts, assessment of labour
          requirements, and adequate transport infrastructure.


      The original consultation considered the implications of expanding the airport
      by the addition of one, two or three runways.

      In responding to the initial consultation, the County Council accepted that
      maximum use should be made of the existing runway but indicated that a far
      more rigorous assessment should be undertaken of the transport,
      urbanisation and environmental impact before any decision on additional
      runways is taken. Concerns were also expressed regarding the potential for
      disruption of the emerging strategy for the Cambridge Sub-Region.

      Extended SERAS Consultation – New Information


      The text relating to Stansted, in the new consultation document, has not
      significantly changed other than a recognition in the footnotes that planning
      permission had been granted for British Airport Authority (BAA) to increase
      the capacity from 15 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 25 mppa.


        The Extended Consultation looked at both one additional runway and two
        additional runway options at Gatwick.


        There has been no change made to the Alconbury text and no change to the
        County Response was therefore proposed.

        Cabinet agreed to endorse a number of additions to the original Council
        response of 29th November 2002 as set out in Appendix 2 to this report.. The
        additions took on board comments raised at the Strategic Planning Service
        Development Group. These comments included the need for more
        comparable information to be made available to allow a true comparison
        between options for additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted and also to
        highlight to the government the need to recognise that noise nuisance
        affected residents living under flight paths, as well as those living around or in
        the immediate vicinity of airports.

                                                                                      J K WALTERS
                                                                                 Leader of the Council


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                                                            APPENDIX 2




   The County Council welcomes its full inclusion in the Extended
    Consultation Document. This allows a more accurate analysis of the
    options set out, enabling consideration within the south east of an
    additional airport to accommodate the anticipated growth. Gatwick is
    clearly significant either as an alternative to expansion at Stansted or
    expanded in conjunction with Stansted and should be considered in
    this context.

   The Council considers the option of a close parallel runway at
    Gatwick offers particular environmental advantages in comparison to
    Stansted, while the option of wide spaced runway appears
    comparable in terms of economic benefit.

   The Council requests that serious consideration is given to those
    options including Gatwick as part of an overall package to meet
    forecast need in the South East.

   The Council also requests that a further examination of the
    employment ramifications at Gatwick should be considered to ensure
    parity with the assessment for Stansted.


In coming to a decision on meeting future needs for airport capacity at

       The Government should take account of information that will
        become available before the end of the year arising from the
        Stansted/M11 Development Options Study.

       That if there is any case at all for an additional runway at Stansted
        a close parallel runway would appear more appropriate than wide
        spaced runway avoiding the commitment to any longer term
        options for which the need has not been proven.


A more explicit assessment of aircraft disturbance on the quality of life
in wider areas around each airport option should be requested.


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