Executive Member for Environment Minutes

Executive Member for Environment Minutes

Friday 17 May 2013
11:00 a.m.
Oberhausen Room,Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Attendance Details

Councillor N J Walker
Craig Cowley, Steve Giles, Steve Binks and Sharron Brown
Item Number Item/Resolution

The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Communities submitted a that set out a ten-year cycle infrastructure plan to take advantage of funding opportunities as they arose as well as programmed works through the Local Transport Plan allocations.


There were gaps within Middlesbrough’s cycle network, which acted as a barrier to people participating. In order to realise the goals and positive outcomes of increasing cycling levels within Middlesbrough, the existing network needed investment. It was the intention to address these missing links, surface defects and missing signage in order to create a seamless network that was fit for purpose. This was a long-term strategy, which had been inhibited further by reduced funding opportunities. This report highlighted the major infrastructure initiatives required to create a more cohesive network, which would assist in encouraging cycling for future generations.


Additionally, as the costs of motorised transport increased, people began to look at cheaper alternatives. Cycling was a real alternative for shorter journeys as it was cheap or practically free once equipment had been purchased. By improving the network, people were more likely to consider cycling as a real alternative.


Middlesbrough had a worse than average public health problem in terms of obesity, type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease and Cancer. One way that could assist in reducing the impact of these problems was physical activity. By encouraging and making cycling more accessible, the associated physical activity could go someway to decreasing the negative impact upon the National Health Service by acting as a preventative measure. An improved network would assist in making this accessible.


The proposed investment in the cycle infrastructure was to be sought from various funding streams as opportunities arose, such as highway maintenance, new network improvement schemes, section 106 contributions and other potential sources such as external funding from the Department for Transport (DfT). With a little more awareness of cycling needs and an agreed programme, planned maintenance or other improvements could incorporate elements of cycling infrastructure to reduce adverse impact upon vulnerable road users such as cyclists. By raising the awareness of improvements, some of the cycling improvements could be installed simultaneously, resulting in a reduced cost compared to retrofitting schemes, benefiting the whole of the Council.


A list of missing links had been prioritised in terms of the potential positive impact. However, should a funding opportunity have arose that could assist the implementation of another scheme, then this would ultimately assist in achieving a more joined up network.


During the meeting it was discussed that Funding was still available for young people studingy at Middlesbrough College to purcshase an incentivised scheme package.


The report outlined in further detail that there were three options available:

  1. Option 1 - Do nothing.
  2. Option 2 - Partially adopt the 10 year plan.
  3. Option 3 - Fully adopt the 10 year plan (Preferred).



That the 10-year cycle infrastructure plan as outlined within the report be approved.




The decision was supported by the following reasons:

  1. To improve the health of Middlesbrough residents via encouraging Active Travel.
  2. To improve access to both existing and proposed facilities and services within the Town via sustainable transport.
  3. To try to boost economic activity in the town, to assist with existing businesses and try to attract new business to the town.
  4. To aspire to be a cycling city that actively encourages more people cycling more often in a safer manner.

The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Communities submitted a report that highlighted the changes in the transport policy for post 16 residents living in Middlesbrough. It provided what changes had taken place in the updating of the policy for 2013 / 2014 academic year, to be published on both the Department for Education, and Middlesbrough Council’s websites.


Middlesbrough Council had a statutory duty to publish its post-16 transport policy each year. This was required from the Department for Education.


The policy was updated on an annual basis, reflecting any changes agreed at the Middlesbrough Education Transport Partnership annual meeting. As a result of the recent budget cuts approved by Middlesbrough Council’s Executive in March 2013, the provision of transport by Middlesbrough was under review.


Due to the budget reductions, the Council’s Executive approved a reduction of £119000, that was allocated for the Teen Mover Travel Pass. The pass enabled 16 - 19 year olds unlimited half-fare travel on Arriva and Stagecoach bus services across the Tees Valley.


Consultation on the implications of the budget reduction were discussed at the Middlesbrough Education Transport Partnership on 26th April 2013, and the partnership agreed that the reduction would have no impact upon on their students travelling to and from College, due to alternatives available to their students.


The report outlined that there was only one option open to the council.




That the 2013 / 2014 Post 16 Transport Policy be adopted.




The decision was supported the by the following reasons:

  1. Due to budget reductions, the Council can no longer provide funding to support the Teen Mover Travel permit scheme.
  2. The members of the Transport Partnership approved the cessation of the Teen Mover travel permit scheme, due to each member providing a 'transport offer' to students. This ranges from free travel to College on public transport, to agreeing to refer students to the Independent Travel Assessment Unit at Middlesbrough Council, for signposting and Independent Travel.

The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Communities submitted a report that proveded a progress update on the implications of the enactments of the Flood and Water Management Act (FWMA), 2010.


The FWMA 2010 had given the Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, a number of new duties and powers.


The report outlined in further detail, information on:

  1. Progress on Enactments of FWMA 2010;
  2. Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS);
  3. Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP); and
  4. SuDS Approval Body (SAB).

The Environmental Scrutiny Committee were consulted on the 12th November 2012, and would be reported back to on a 6 monthly basis.



  1. That the progress on the enactments of the FWMA 2010 be noted;
  2. The consultation on Local Flood Risk Management Strategy be approved;
  3. The publishing of the Surface Water Management Plan be approved; and
  4. The position in regards to setting up a SuDS Approval Body be noted.



The decision was supported by the following reason:


The recommendations in this report reflect the current position and to ensure the most appropriate way to move forward.

The decisions will come into force after five working days following the day the decisions were published unless the decision becomes subject to the call in procedures.
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