Agenda item

To present the Speeding Management Process for pre-decision scrutiny developed by the Strong Communities Task and Finish Group.



·         The Committee heard the views of Mr Andrew Vincent who had contributed to the task and finish group and attended as part of the public open forum.

·         Mr Vincent informed the committee that in his view the document lacked imagination in tacking the key issues in a rural county. There was a concern raised that the paper talks of complaints.  It was considered inappropriate to call people who raise issues of speeding are not appropriate to be called complainants. 

·         Mr Vincent advised the committee that he had provided highways with a more detailed critique but did not feel that this had been taken into account. It was recognised that Appendix G is a more professional document. 

·         Mr Vincent argued that the proposals will not lead to adequate improvement in the current process to help communities achieve lower speed limits for example the use of averages to measure speed was challenged while reference to neighbourhood police teams no longer reflected modern day policing.

·         Concerns were raised that the data supplied will be flawed and that poor data leads to poor decision-making leading. Mr Vincent asked the committee to revisit the document.

·         The committee heard from officers that there are some similarities with Caerphilly document but the speed management element is very much a Monmouthshire paper.  It was reported that Monmouthshire intends to employ and officer to deal with this.

·         Members received a presentation from the Group Engineer for Highways who confirmed that officers had explored best practice, including Caerphilly CBC and had tailored these to Monmouthshire’s needs and then held a series of workshops with local members and community and town councils. 


Members Challenge

·         Members sought clarity on accident rates on the roads that the council is responsible for compared to the county as a whole.  Members heard that when trunk roads and motorways are excluded Monmouthshire has one of the lowest accident rates in Wales.

·         Members challenged how process will reduce accidents.  The committee heard that that reports will look at accidents and also near misses alongside speed information.  These are fed into a scoring matrix to determine the action that will be taken.

·         Members expressed dissatisfaction that the report showed insufficient improvement made to the process while there was a missed opportunity to make increased use of technology.  Members heard that cameras are in place automated number plate recognition is being explored.

·         A question was raised whether this would be a council or Cabinet decision.  The Head of Service advised that it could be a Cabinet decision although it could be taken to council to increase awareness.

·         Members raised a number of points about specific local issues.  They heard that individual projects could be picked up as part of an envelope scheme of improvements to traffic management within villages.

·         Members asked whether the council has the resources available to manage this.  The committee heard that staffing resources have been put in place for coordination.  The funding of schemes will be from the authority’s budgets or via bids for external funding. 

·         The committee questioned whether adequate use was made of social media to promote the right behaviours. It was reported that social media messages are a part of educating people about behaviours including awareness of cyclists and horse-riders.




·         It was agreed that the changes proposed by Mr Vincent be submitted to the chair.  Matters or drafting would be addressed by officers while matters of policy substance needed to be fully considered by councillors before being presented to Cabinet or Council and that the working group would be reconvened for one meeting to address the issues.

·         The chair summed up that the committee suggested a number of changes including: more involvement of community councils and greater weight be given to views of the local community when setting speed limits.



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