Agenda and minutes

Regeneration, Culture and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 18 October 2023 6.30pm, NEW

Venue: St George's Centre, Pembroke Road, Chatham Maritime, Chatham ME4 4UH. View directions

Contact: Nicola Couchman, Democratic Services Officer 

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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Cook, Doe, Fearn and Hamilton.



Record of Meeting pdf icon PDF 418 KB

To approve the Record of the Meeting held on 17 August 2023.


The record of the meeting held on 17 August 2023 was agreed and signed by the Chairperson as a correct record.



Urgent matters by reason of special circumstances

The Chairperson will announce any late items which do not appear on the main agenda but which he/she has agreed should be considered by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the report.


There were none.


Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests and Whipping pdf icon PDF 471 KB

Members are invited to disclose any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct. Guidance on this is set out in agenda item 4.


Disclosable pecuniary interests


There were none.


Other significant interests (OSIs)


There were none.


Other interests/Declarations of whipping


There were none.




Call-In: Safer, Healthier Streets Programme - Red Routes and Moving Traffic Enforcement pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To advise the Committee of a notice of call-in received from nine Members of the Council regarding the Cabinet decisions made on 5 September 2023 relating to the Safer Healthier Streets ProgrammeRainham, Red Routes and Moving Traffic Enforcement proposal.


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The Committee were informed that the decision had been called in by nine Members of the Conservative Group due to the outcome of the engagement with the residents of Rainham which indicated that they did not welcome red routes in Rainham. A Member clarified that it was not intended to call in all red routes, just the proposed red route in Rainham and in general the group supported Safer, Healthier Streets and particularly School Streets.


The following speakers were then invited to address the Committee.


Councillor Hackwell addressed the Committee as Ward Representative representing all three wards that the proposed Rainham red route would pass through and raised the following concerns:


       Over 60% of the consultation responses from within 1km of the red route were against the proposal.

       The route was already subject to double yellow lines and the installation of red routes and cameras for enforcement would generate income for the Council.

       The traffic in Rainham had increased over time and was exacerbated by poor traffic management and roadworks or road closures.

       The junction of Miers Court Road and the A2 caused hold ups of traffic and Members had been asking for improvements to this junction for some time. This needed improving before any other traffic management schemes were implemented.

       There were many businesses on the proposed red route that would be impacted by the implementation of a red route.


Mr Alan Stockey addressed the Committee as a local resident representative and raised the following concerns:


       The cost of £805k to implement all proposed red routes.

       The lack of specific detail on traffic flow rates, modelling to show improvements to air quality, the impact on active travel and technical consultation with the Environmental Protection Team.

       Rainham residents had made it clear that they did not want a red route in Rainham.

       Mr Stockey had undertaken a survey, and this was tabled at the meeting. It indicated that residents felt that the closure of the Lower Rainham Road, junction closure on the A249/M2 and roadworks had the greatest impact on congestion in Rainham High Street at peak times rather than parking/stopping on the proposed red route.


Officers responded to the concerns raised and explained that the main reasons for red routes and moving traffic enforcement were to improve the highway network, reduce congestion, improve safety, reduce indiscriminate parking and improve air quality and traffic flow, particularly for public transport.


The Committee were informed that approval had been given to go ahead with statutory consultation and that would be the next stage rather than implementation. Officers had listened to the views of residents and businesses expressed so far in the engagement phase and had amended designs for Rainham accordingly.


Officers also explained that enforcement by camera was more effective than enforcement by civil enforcement officers and that red routes met the key strategic priorities in the Council Plan, Local Transport Plan and Air Quality Plan.


Members raised concerns about why a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 314.