The Chair stated that seven questions from members of the public had been submitted, the details of which had been circulated with the agenda. The Chair advised that as four of the questions that had been submitted related to Dixons Bank, he would invite the four people that had submitted questions 12/18, 13/18, 14/18 and 16/18 to put their questions to the Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure and the Executive Member would then respond to the questions.
The Chair invited the member of the public who had submitted Question 10/18 to pose her question to the Mayor.
In response to Question 10/18, the Mayor advised that the Council already worked closely with the Police through the Strategic Road Safety Partnership. The Partnership targeted resources so that they were effective and evidence led. The Council also engaged in several road safety campaigns jointly with the Police throughout the year and activities were co-ordinated with neighbouring authorities to achieve maximum impact. The Council also considered potential road safety improvements as part of capital schemes. The Mayor advised that he recognised the seriousness of the matter and he stated that he would review the issue with the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable.
The Chair invited the member of the public who had submitted Question 11/18 to pose his question to the Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services.
In response to Question 11/18, the Executive Member advised that the cost incurred by Middlesbrough Council between 31 March 2017 and 1 April 2018 on the planting of trees for the whole of Middlesbrough was £18,983. The total for the South of Middlesbrough which included Nunthorpe, Marton West and Marton East was £,3842, which included the amount that was contributed from the Parish Council.
The Chair advised that the member of the public who had submitted Question 12/18 was unable to attend the meeting and he had been requested to read the question on his behalf. The Chair read out Question 12/18 and invited the members of the public that had submitted Questions 13/18, 14/18 and 16/18 to put their questions to the Executive Member.
In response to Question 12/18, the Executive Member advised that no date had been agreed yet for publication, as additional requests - none of which related to Dixons Bank - had been added to the scope of the assessment, pushing back its completion.
In response to Question 13/18, the Executive Member highlighted that although the question stated that these were 'essential' measures to mitigate the impact of the proposed road widening, they were not actually considered essential measures. The Council was using noise reducing materials and surfacing, but no additional noise 'barriers' were identified as being required. Nor was there a requirement to alter the speed limits.
In response to Question 14/18, the Executive Member advised that the Council had not directly made any progress with this initiative, as the Nunthorpe Park and Ride was based in Redcar and Cleveland. The Council had however been liaising positively with Redcar and Cleveland Council with regard to this issue, and would support them in their efforts to bring it forward. The momentum was however in the hands of Redcar and Cleveland Council.
In response to Question 16/18, the Executive Member advised that all of the reports and technical advice that the Council had received had been taken into account in deciding to progress with the scheme, and both reports were to be read together.
The Executive Member stated that the fact was that Arup, whilst recognising that this scheme was part of a wider package - supported the scheme as an improvement in 'the context of current network conditions' (Forecasting Report) and had gone on to recommend the schemes' implementation by 2020.
The Chair invited the member of the public who had submitted Question 15/18 to put her question to the Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure.
In response to Question 15/18, the Executive Member advised that the Council did not recognise the statement that it had failed in its duty to inform residents, nor that in any way the consultation was undemocratic. The event was appropriately promoted - all Councillors, from all Wards were notified about the consultation, it was featured on the Councils website, and a press release was given to the Gazette - which they then covered. There was also coverage on BBC Tees. This was in addition to any social media posts about the consultation from the Council. The consultation event attracted people from across many Wards in the town, including people from Trimdon, Kader and Ayresome Wards and as a consequence, there was no requirement to restart the process.
The Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure advised that he would provide the answers to the questions in writing.