Agenda and minutes

Inquorate, LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 1st December, 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Authority Chamber - No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP

Contact: Lisa Backstrom 

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23.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors R Austin, E Dourley, S Gorst, J McManus, B O’Brien, T O’Brien, K Taylor, A Teeling and M Uddin.

 

24.

Inquorate Meeting

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The Chairperson, Councillor S Radford, advised Members that the meeting of the Committee was inquorate and he was supportive of continuing with the meeting as an informal discussion. 

 

25.

Declarations of Interest

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No declarations of interest were received.

26.

Minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2022 pdf icon PDF 199 KB

To consider the minutes of the last meeting of the Liverpool City Region Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 7 September 2022.

 

 

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The inquorate meeting noted the minutes of the previous meeting of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 7 September 2022 as a correct record.

 

 

27.

Development of the next Local Transport Plan for the Liverpool City Region pdf icon PDF 912 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director for Policy, Strategy and Government Relations and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality.

 

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The Committee considered a report of the Executive Director for Policy, Strategy and Government Relations and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality which provided an update on the process of developing the new Local Transport Plan (LTP) for the Liverpool City Region.

 

Councillor Liam Robinson, Portfolio Holder – Transport and Air Quality, explained to Members that the previous Local Transport Plan (LTP) was created in 2011 and pre-dated the existence of the LCR Combined Authority. He explained that creating an LTP was a statutory duty placed on local authorities and in this instance the LCR Combined Authority was the local transport authority for the City Region. As such it was timely and appropriate to develop a new LTP which also reflected Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s manifesto commitment to deliver a ‘London style-transport system’.

 

Councillor Robinson emphasised that the forecast for not bringing about changes to transport and carbon emissions were stark and as such the LTP would develop a strategy and delivery plan which would have to be ambitious.  

 

Huw Jenkins, Lead Officer for Transport Policy, provided an update on the development of the vision and goals for the LTP, which through extensive public consultation had achieved broad consensus. Members attention was drawn to the four scenarios set out at paragraph 4.12. The scenarios highlighted how travel and transport may look in the future and how they could be tested to understand the transport and carbon implications.

It was emphasised that without a strong strategy the City Region would fall short of the 2040 net zero target. As such a bold shift in the transport infrastructure was required. In conclusion, the Committee was advised that the Department of Transport (DofT)had yet to publish new guidance on LTPs to replace the outdated guidance from 2009.

Trudy Bedford, Statutory Scrutiny Officer, presented a proposal to establish a Task and Finish Group to support the development of the LTP and drew Members attention to the draft scoping document, which was set out at Appendix One.

 

Members raised the following questions and comments:

 

·             Highlighted that the north of Liverpool suffered significant match day traffic congestion and suggested that the Bootle branch railway line should be introduce to alleviate the congestion and improve the transport infrastructure for the area.

 

Members were advised that feasibility work was being undertaken to explore the options available to the North of Liverpool. However, the Bootle Branch line was used for freight which presented challenges when also looking to use it for passengers too.

 

·             Reflected on the introduction of cycle lanes, which in some areas had been dysfunctional and with limited consultation. It was suggested that future consultation processes should be proactive and reach all areas of the community.

 

Councillor Robinson informed Members that as part of the recovery from the pandemic, Government had provided funding to install pop up cycle lanes. It was reported that Liverpool City Council was currently undertaking consultation to determine whether the pop up cycle lanes should be made permanent and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

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Workprogramme Update pdf icon PDF 223 KB

To consider a report of the Statutory Scrutiny Officer.

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The Committee considered a report of the Statutory Scrutiny Officer which provided an update on the progress of the Committee’s work programme.

 

Members were advised that the report and recommendations of the Apprenticeship Task and Finish had been presented to the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority on 14 October 2022 by Councillor Radford. The LCR Combined Authority had welcomed the report and agreed the recommendations and in doing so, had also agreed an Action Plan which set out a timeframe for the implementation of the recommendations. The Committee would receive timely updates on the implementation of the recommendations.

 

The inquorate meeting noted:

 

(i)              The Work Programme as set out at Appendix One;

 

(ii)             The Action Plan for the Apprenticeship Task and Finish Group as set out at Appendix Two; and

 

(iii)           Authorised the Scrutiny Officer, in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair, to progress activity in relation to the Committee’s Work Programme.