Agenda item

Works to four critical junctions in Scarborough: business case to Local Enterprise Partnership

To consider the report of the Director (RB) (reference 18/200) attached

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report by the Director (RB) (Reference 18/200) in respect of proposed mitigation work at four critical junctions in Scarborough.  Members were advised that the Business Case to be submitted to the Local Enterprise Partnership provided a solution to anticipated levels of housing and economic growth, as identified in the Local Plan that without intervention would lead to capacity issues in relation to the four junctions in the report.  The risks of not approving the Business Case concerned the increased congestion at the junctions which could lead to the Highway Authority objecting to planning applications which, in turn, could jeopardise the delivery of the Local Plan and Yorkshire Coast Growth Plan.  The risks of approval concerned cost over-runs which would be mitigated through the proposed service level agreement between the Borough and County Councils.  Councillor Cockerill queried why the Borough Council should contribute £150k to the scheme which was clearly the responsibility of the Highway Authority.  In reply, Mr Bradley acknowledged this and the funding challenges faced by both local authorities, but reiterated that without the recommended financial contribution which would lever in £3.5m from the Local Enterprise Partnership and £150k from the County Council, then the delivery of the Local Plan and Yorkshire Coast Growth Plan could be put at risk.  

RESOLVED that the Cabinet:

1.    Approves that the joint Business Case for mitigation work at the four identified critical junctions as prepared between Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is submitted to the Local Enterprise Partnership for consideration;

2.    Subject to (ii) below and the bid to the Local Enterprise Partnership being successful, delegates authority to the Director (RB) to accept the grant funding for the scheme and enter into a funding agreement with the Local Enterprise Partnership and NYCC; and

3.    Approves that the Council enters into a Service Level Agreement with NYCC so that the project is undertaken by NYCC (and its contractors) with measures to deal with construction cost over-run as set out in this report.

And recommends that the Council:

  1. Approves a contribution of £150,000 towards improving the four critical junctions in Scarborough (£3.875m), funded from the Council’s Capital Investment Strategy, matching the financial committed made by NYCC.
  2. Notes that whilst a significant contingency is included within the total cost of this scheme, the Council remains at risk for 50% of any overspend up to a total scheme cost of £4.075m (a maximum further contribution of £100,000).  Any overspends will be reported to Cabinet and initially funded from the Capital Contingency Reserve.

 

Reasons

Planning decisions, both in terms of applications and allocations within the newly adopted Local Plan mean that Scarborough is likely to experience significant levels of growth in housing and the economy. To further facilitate this there is an opportunity to generate external funding (via the Local Economic Partnership) to deliver targeted infrastructure improvements to mitigate potential capacity issues on 4 no. junctions that are located in central Scarborough. Without mitigation either:

1.    the capacity of the identified junctions will be surpassed and the experience of the road user will be adversely affected with higher levels of queueing and congestion. There could be a subsequent knock on to local business and their continued viability to remain in the town and a negative impact on encouraging inwards investment; or

2.    objections to planning proposals will be received from the Local Highway Authority which could prevent/delay further development of housing and other forms of development from proceeding on highways capacity grounds, putting pressure of the Highway Authority to bring forward and fund improvements itself.

 

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