Report of the meeting held on
17th June 2003
1. LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN (LTP)
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.
That Council approves the revised transport strategy and programme
for the Local Transport Plan.
2. LOCAL AUTHORITY PARKING ENFORCEMENT
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
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.
3. YOUTH SERVICE PLAN
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.
4. THE ADULT AND COMMUNITY LEARNING PLAN 2003-04
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
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.
5. ADULT LEARNING INSPECTION AND ACTION PLAN
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,
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.
6. THE LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT
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
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
7. STRATEGY REVIEW OF THE LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SERVICE
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:
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
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.
8. RAPID TRANSIT – PROPOSALS FOR PRELIMINARY CONSULTATION
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.
9. HUNTINGDONSHIRE AGENCY AGREEMENT
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.
10. WRITE OFF OF LOAN
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.
11. REVIEW OF THE MANAGEMENT OF IT PROJECTS
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
Selection of project Head of IT
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.
12. PROPOSED RIVERSIDE PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE BRIDGE
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.
13. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PLAN
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
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
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.
14. SOUTH EASTERN REGION AIRPORT STUDY (SERAS) EXTENDED
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
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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SOUTH EASTERN REGION AIRPORT STUDY (SERAS) EXTENDED
ADDITIONS TO ORIGINAL COUNCIL RESPONSE TO BE SUBMITTED TO
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
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
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.