Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Streets, Environment & Homes Sub-Committee
Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

Contact: Stephanie Davis
020 8726 6000 x84384  Email: stephanie.davis@croydon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

15/18

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 13 February 2018 as an accurate record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 February 2018 were agreed as an accurate record.

16/18

Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.

Minutes:

There were none.

17/18

Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

18/18

Trams pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive a presentation from Transport for London (TFL)

Minutes:

Officers from Transport for London (TFL) attended to provide a presentation to the Sub-Committee on this item.

 

The following officers were in attendance:

 

Chris Hall, Community Partnerships Lead

Allan Kill, Programme Manager

Carol Smales, Business Analysis Manager

 

Tram Safety

 

The Programme Manager expressed his deepest condolences to the families affected by the tragic events of 9 November 2016.

 

TFL advised that they were committed to ensuring the safety of their customers and staff and as a result had introduced new safety measures to ensure a similar incident would not happen again. TFL continued to support those affected and worked closely with partners on lessons learned.

Both the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and TFL had conducted investigations into the accident, with the results of which being published in December 2017 and January 2018 respectively. The findings from these investigations had reached similar conclusions on the root cause of the derailment.

 

As a result of recommendations arising from these investigations, additional safety measures had been introduced which included the following:

 

•Reduction of the maximum speed from 80kph to 70kph which allowed drivers to be extra vigilance should the Tram reach top speed

•An upgrade of the CCTV and recording systems

•Step-down speed signage at various locations

•An in-cab driver protection device

•Installation of Chevron signs at Sandilands and other identified bends.

Going forward TFL would continue to explore other safety measures, with various options in the process of being developed and tested.

 

The Deputy Cabinet Member for Finance and Treasury, and the Ward Councillor for Fieldway, highlighted that the tragic accident had affected the lives of many within the tight knit community, with some of those involved left with life changing injuries. He acknowledged that trams were a much used service for the local community and commended the support that was provided in the immediate aftermath.

 

However, there was a concern that support for the ongoing issues experienced by the families since had not been as satisfactory, with a need for more ‘wrap around’ support for ongoing issues such as rehousing and finances. The Director of Public Health was commended for successfully lobbying for extra funding to be allocated to the community which had resulted in an £150k award from TFL.

 

The representative from the trade union ASLEF agreed that the impact of the accident on the local community had been immense and reminded the Sub-Committee that the tram staff were also part of that community. They shared the same grief and had been amongst some of the first people at the scene of the accident.

 

It was questioned why after 15 months since the tragedy, reassurances were still being sought about safety, why the implementation of new technology, much of which had been used on the underground and rail services for many years, was taking so long and what safeguards had been implemented in the interim?

 

Officers advised that:

•Work on the system to provide speed alerts was almost completed and would be rolled out by the end of 2018.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18/18

19/18

Responses from Cabinet pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To note the responses from Cabinet to recommendations made by the Streets, Environment and Homes Scrutiny Sub-Committee at its meeting on 12 September 2017.

 

 

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Minutes:

The Sub-Committee noted the responses from Cabinet following the recommendations made by the Committee at the meeting on 12 September 2017

 

The Sub-Committee Noted the responses from Cabinet

20/18

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”

Minutes:

This was not required