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					REPORT TO:                                             CABINET 20 March 2006

AGENDA ITEM:
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SUBJECT:                                       LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

LEAD OFFICER:                   DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & TRANSPORTATION

CABINET MEMBER:          ADRIAN DENNIS, PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT & URBAN
                                                         DEVELOPMENT

WARDS:                                                                         All

CORPORATE PRIORITY/POLICY CONTEXT:

The Draft Local Implementation Plan helps to address the following corporate
priorities:

      Creating environmental sustainability

      Sustainable Transport

      Regenerating the Town and District Centres

      Promoting a safer Croydon

      Improving access to services

FINANCIAL SUMMARY: The primary expenditure on the preparation of the LIP
is staff, printing and publicity, and the consultation process generally. The
primary source for LIP funding has come from TfL who have made £85,000
available to the borough thus far.

FORWARD PLAN KEY DECISION REFERENCE NO.: this is not an executive
decision. The Plan forms part of the Council’s Policy Framework.

 For general release




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         1.    RECOMMENDATIONS

               The Cabinet is asked to recommend the Council to agree:

         1.1   adoption of the Local Implementation Plan prior to submission to Transport
               for London (TfL). (As the Plan contains over 200 pages no hard copies have
               been circulated to Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Members. Instead, the Plan
               has been posted on the Council’s website since 28 February 2006 and can
               be accessed via the following link:

               http://www.croydon.gov.uk/councilanddemocracy/agendas/cabinet/186833/4
               04794/416848?a=5441

               A deposit copy of the Plan has been placed in the Members Library for
               reference.)

         1.2   To delegate authority to Divisional Director, Urban Regeneration, to make
               editorial changes to the plan as part of member comments and TfL feedback.
If the

         2.    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

         2.1   This report summarises the key elements of the Local Implementation Plan
               (LIP). A copy of the latest version of the plan is deposited in the member’s
               room for their perusal together with a copy of TfL’s response to the Croydon
               Draft LIP, submitted for consideration last year. An electronic copy of the
               working document will also be provided on the Council’s Website from the 28th
               February 2006.

         2.2   The LIP includes chapters on key proposals and general programmes, the
               Borough’s core capacity statement, specific area programmes and funding
               implications. This is a live document which will be amended prior to final
               submission to TfL and thereafter on an annual basis.

         3.    DETAIL

         3.1   The Mayor for London published his first Transport Strategy in July 2001.
               Under section 145 of the 1999 GLA Act, London Authorities must prepare
               Local Implementation Plans containing their proposals for the implementation
               of the Mayor for London’s Transport Strategy in their area “as soon as
               reasonably practicable” after the publication of the Transport Strategy. It also
               provides details of the required consultation process. The council has now
               completed this process. Furthermore the LIP includes a timetable for
               implementing various proposals in accordance with section 145 of the 1999
               GLA Act.

         3.2   Under section 144 of the Act, London Borough Councils, the Common Council
               or any body exercising statutory functions in relation to Greater London or any
               part of Greater London must have regard to the London Mayor’s Transport
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      Strategy. Under section 144 of the Act, the Mayor may issue guidance in
      writing about implementation of the Transport Strategy. Relevant authorities
      must have regard to this guidance in exercising their functions.

3.3   Policy 5.4 of the London Mayor’s Transport Strategy states:

      Partnership will be sought with the London boroughs in developing and
      implementing transport policies and plans. The London boroughs are required to
      set out their proposals for the implementation of the Transport Strategy in their
      areas over a five year period. Local Implementation Plans (LIPs) will reflect the
      Transport Strategy’s objectives, policies, proposals and priorities. The Mayor will
      issue guidance to the London boroughs setting out detailed requirements for their
      LIPs. Guidance will ensure the LIPs implement the Transport Strategy, are co-
      ordinated with each other and with the plans of other implementation agencies,
      and are effectively implemented and monitored. If necessary, the Mayor will issue
      directions to ensure the Transport Strategy is implemented.

3.4   The Mayor asked Transport for London (TfL) to draft guidance for boroughs on
      preparing Local Implementation Plans. The draft LIPs guidance for boroughs
      was published on 1st March 2004 followed by the final guidance issued in July
      2004.

3.5   The London Mayor’s Transport Strategy sets out ten key transport priorities
      that aim to provide a balanced transport network to meet the diverse needs of
      London. Within these priorities there are eight areas for implementation that
      the Mayor regards as having the highest priority and these priorities have been
      addressed in the LIP. The priority areas include:
       Improving road safety;
       Improving bus journey times and reliability:
       Relieving traffic congestion and improving journey time reliability;
       Improving the working of parking and loading arrangements that contribute to
         easing congestion and improving access to town centres and regeneration
         areas:
       Improving accessibility and social inclusion on the transport network. Plans
         should have regard to safety and security for women & vulnerable road users
         including older people:
       Encourage walking by improving the street environment, conditions for
         pedestrians and through the use of travel demand measures:
       Encourage cycling by improving conditions for cyclists and through the use of
         travel demand measures; and
       Bringing transport infrastructure to a state of good repair.

3.6   In terms of the programmes set out in the Final LIP, it will be important to
      emphasise the following points:

         Implementation of the programmes will be dependent upon successful bids to
          TfL and contributions from other sources
         The programme for each year is subject to review and annual agreement by
          members

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         It is inevitable that in the five year period many things will change – new
          opportunities and projects, possible new developments within technologies
          available in traffic areas, together with possible policy changes. Therefore the
          LIP represents only the boroughs best estimate at this time of the programmes
          and schemes. Therefore schemes (and possibly programmes) may arise that
          are NOT mentioned in the LIP.

3.7   The LIP is different from the Borough Spending Plan (BSP) in that it provides
      less detailed specifics and focuses on general policies and overall programmes
      rather than detailed schemes. The LIP also has a longer term focus of five
      years instead of 12 months with the current BSP process.
      Given that the annual BSP settlement for Croydon is in the region of £4.5M –
      £5.00M, the 4 year programme set out in the LIP beyond the next financial
      year, for which we now have the allocations, represents potentially £18 – 20M
      capital investment for the Borough.

3.8   Member approval of the LIP is vital, prior to submission to TfL, as this reflects
      the local traffic and transport needs of the borough.

4.    CONSULTATION

4.1   The Council is committed to consulting with the community and all other
      interested parties, including residents and businesses, about the Council’s
      priorities and programmes to ensure that it is meeting the needs of its
      customers. Consequently Croydon places people at the centre of its approach.

4.2   Local stakeholders were consulted on the content of the draft Local
      Implementation Plan through various forums. A summary of the consultation
      carried out is summarised in the table below:


       Consultees           Method                    Material              Outline date
       Councillors              Written                 Committee         Sept 2004
                                Presentation             Report            Nov 2004
                                                         First Draft LIP   Dec 2004
       Cabinet Members          Written                 Final Draft LIP   Feb 2005
                                Presentation                               March 2005
       Statutory and            Written                 Draft LIP         March – May
       Recommended              Electronic Copies       Executive         2005
       Authorities as per       Website with             Summary
       LIP Guidance              consultation            Questionnaires
                                 materials and           Website
                                 questionnaire            Equivalent
                                Executive               Leaflets and
                                 summary and              questionnaires
                                 questionnaire in
                                 Libraries and
                                 other public
                                 Council buildings.



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         Consultation         Presentation           Executive          March - July
          with various         Workshops               Summary and        2005
          groups and           Questionnaire           Questionnaire
          general public                               Leaflet and
          at a Transport                                Questionnaire
          Forum.
        Citizen’s Panel
          (A broad panel
          consisting of a
          representative
          cross section
          of the
          population of
          Croydon)
      Members of public        Croydon Reports        Questionnaire      March - July
      and Business                                      and Comments       2005
      Community                Transport              Presentations,
                                Conference              workshops and
                                                        feedback
      Analysis                 Analysis of main       Finalise and       August –
                                consultation            amend Final        December 2005
                                feedback on             LIP in line with
                                policies and            consultation
                                programmes –            outcome.
                                assessment of
                                comments and
                                new suggestions /
                                requests
      Cabinet                  Committee              Final LIP          February 2006
                                Report + attached
                                Final LIP
      TfL                      Submit Final LIP       Final LIP          March 2006
                                                        hardcopies +
                                                        electronic copy


4.3   On 7th March 2005 Cabinet agreed the Draft LIP for consultation purposes.
      This was subsequently sent to stakeholders identified in the Consultation
      Strategy.

4.4   Though TfL were sent our Draft LIP the week following Cabinet approval, their
      response was not received until September 2005 resulting in a significant delay
      to the original/agreed timetable.

4.5   Following TfL’s response of 140 pages of comments, officers have been
      addressing the mandatory requirements and amending the Draft LIP
      accordingly.

4.6   The Final LIP will be submitted to TfL for assessment following Cabinet &
      Council approval. GLA officers will then recommend to the Mayor of London
      that the LIP is “approvable” or “non-approvable”. The assessment and
      approval process should not take any longer than 100 days. If approved, the

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        LIP can then be adopted.

5       FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

5.1     Revenue and Capital consequences of report recommendations

                                                  Medium Term Financial Strategy
                                   2005/06         2006/07       2007/08         2008/09
                                     £’000           £’000            £’000           £’000
       Revenue Budget                   35               0                0               0
       Expenditure                       0               0                0               0
       Income                            0               0                0               0
       Effect of Decision                0               0                0               0
       Expenditure                       0               0                0               0
       Income                            0               0                0               0

       Capital Budget                    0              00                0                     0
       Effect of Decision                0               0               0                  0
                                        35              00               0                  0

        The LIP has two sets of financial implications: those relating to the LIP process
        and those arising from the fact that the LIP is a programme document for the
        following four years.

        The primary expenditure on the LIP process has been the cost of staff, printing
        and publicity and the consultation process generally. TfL have made £85,000
        available to the borough for this specific purpose, of which £50,000 was spent
        in 2004/05. This remains the primary source of LIP funding and it has not been
        necessary to supplement this from the borough’s own budgets.

        TfL has indicated that approximately £160 million per year will be allocated to
        borough projects across London over the lifetime of the LIP. This is based on
        their Business Plan projections and recent Spending Review 2004 settlement
        from national Government. Officers welcome this predictability and have
        tailored programmes to reflect this small rise in available funding and recent
        settlements, believing that realistic bidding to available resources is more
        sensible than unrestrained and unrealistic bids.

      2 The effect of the decision
        The preparation of the LIP has clearly been a substantial task. However, as
        TfL provided £85K funding to assist with the LIP preparation over two financial
        years, there are no effects envisaged with the decision.
        Future decisions on LIP preparation/consultation will continue to be made
        by members.
      3 Risks


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        There are no financial risks in the recommendation of this report this financial
        year. The consultation exercise was kept within budget. Failure to submit a
        LIP would prejudice the receipt of TfL funds through the BSP bidding process.
      4 Options
        No other options have been identified. Failure to have carried out the
        consultation and submission of a final LIP within a “reasonable “ time frame,
        would have resulted in the Mayor preparing a plan on behalf of the Borough
        and to recover the costs for doing so from the borough.
      5 Savings/ future efficiencies
        Considerable time is spent preparing annual bids to TfL for project and
        scheme funding via the BSP. Once the Local Implementation Plan has been
        agreed, the bidding process will be far simpler and less resource intensive.
      6 (Approved by: Adela Conway, on behalf of Aiden McManus, Divisional Director
        for Development Services & Management Systems)

6.      COMMENTS OF THE COUNCIL SECRETARY AND SOLICITOR

6.1     The solicitor to the Council comments that in preparing a LIP the Council is
        complying with the statutory requirements contained in the GLA Act as detailed
        in paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2.

        (Approved by: Melissa Clark on behalf of the Solicitor to the Council)

7.      HUMAN RESOURCES IMPACT

7.1     There are no direct Human Resources implications to consider at this stage of
        the proposals, however further development and progression of the proposals
        may require more detailed workforce planning and resourcing to realise the LIP
        objectives. These plans and resources will need to be presented to members
        for approval.

        (Approved by: Robert Laban, Head of HR Consultancy, on behalf of the
        Divisional Director, Human Resources & Organisational Development)

8.      CUSTOMER IMPACT

8.1     The LIP focuses on general policies and overall programmes which support the
        projects funded by TfL via the Borough Spending Plan. As such,
        improvements to road safety, walking, cycling, public transport and accessibility
        together with an overall enhancement of the streetscene are of direct benefit to
        the Councils customers.

9.      EQUALITIES IMPACT ASSESSMENT

9.1      Many of the projects and programmes within the LIP will be aimed at
        improving access for people, including those with mobility problems, as well as
        improving the safety of vulnerable road users.
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10.    ENVIRONMENTAL AND DESIGN IMPACT

10.1   Many of the projects and programmes within the LIP will be aimed at improving
       the priority of more sustainable modes of transport as well as improving the
       environment and air quality through the reduction of congestion and the
       encouragement of the use of more sustainable modes of transport.

11.    CRIME AND DISORDER REDUCTION IMPACT

11.1   Many of the projects and programmes within the LIP support the Council’s
       wider objective to improve community safety. These include environmental
       improvements such as installation of CCTV and improved lighting.

12.    RISK ASSESSMENT

12.1   There are no risk considerations arising from this report.

13.    HUMAN RIGHTS IMPACT

13.1   There are no human rights considerations arising from this report.

14.    FREEDOM OF INFORMATION/DATA PROTECTION CONSIDERATIONS

14.1   There are no freedom of information/data protection considerations arising
       from this report.


CONTACT OFFICER:                  Chris Ktorides
                                  Strategic Projects Co-ordinator
                                  Tel: 020 8686 4433 Ext. 62916

BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS: Local implementation Plan Guidance – July 2004 (TfL)
                      Equality Impact Assessments – June 2004 (TfL)
                      Croydon Draft Local Implementation Plan – Feb. 2005
                      TfL LIP Consultation Response – September 2005




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