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The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.




The Chair will draw attention to the emergency evacuation procedure as set out under Note 6.



The Chair drew attention to the emergency evacuation procedure.





Councillors Paul Crossley, Grant Johnson and Tim Ball had sent their apologies to the Panel.



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David Redgewell has registered to make a (3 minute) statement on transport issues.


David Redgewell made a statement to the Panel, a summary of which is set out below. A copy of the statement can be found online as an appendix to these minutes.


We are very concerned the now that public transport and bus service have transferred to the West of England Combined Authority as the city region Transport Authority. But without precept powers what resources are being allocated by the city and county of Bristol, Bristol Mayor, Banes and South Gloucestershire Council to  revenue support socially supported bus services  especially to serve rural and orbital bus services in Bath and North East Somerset for example Bath Spa bus station to Peasedown St John, Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Paulton and Farmborough.


There is also a need to have subsidies for  the Severn Beach, St Andrew Road, Avonmouth Dock, Portway Parkway,  Shirehampton, Sea Mills, Clifton Down, Redland, Montpelier, Stapleton Road,  Lawrence Hill, Bristol Temple Meads, Keynsham, Oldfield Park, Bath Spa, Freshford,  Avoncliffe, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Frome or Warminster.


We welcome the work on the 25% reduction in service from 24th January 2021 due to lockdown and the protection of essential journeys for key workers access to supermarkets Post Office, Banks, health care facilities and vaccinations centres.


But regret the loss of catering services between Bristol Temple Meads, Keynsham, Bath Spa, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury and London Waterloo. The Department for Transport appear to be removing catering services on the Express train network on emergency recovery contracts. 


We need to see Bath Spa Bus Station Travel Centre facilities reopened as Travel Centre and Tourist Information Centre for green sustainable tourism in Bath and North East Somerset and Somerset and the need for public toilets in Bath Spa Bus and Coach Station, including disabled toilets.


We welcome progress by Bristol City Council Mayor to find a way forward on a devolution deal at WECA Mayoral Combined Authority and new governance to allow North Somerset Council to join WECA Mayoral Combined Authority. 


The bus back better bus improvement plan by the WECA Mayoral Transport Authority and North Somerset Council needs to improve Sunday evening and rural services and cross border service into Somerset and Wiltshire. 


Please note that the West of England Combined Authority meeting is on 23rd June 2021 at Bristol City Hall at 1030. Please note WECA Mayoral Combined Authority Scrutiny Commission is in Bristol City Hall 23rd June 2021 and the Board with the Metro Mayor Dan Norris is 1130 at the Civic Centre in Kingswood 25th June 2021.


The Chair thanked him for his statement on behalf of the Panel and asked that it be passed to the B&NES Councillors who sit on the WECA meetings mentioned due to take place later in the week and the Cabinet Member for Transport.



MINUTES: 7th June 2021 pdf icon PDF 217 KB

The draft minutes of the meeting held on 7th June 2021 are attached.


The Panel confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record and they were duly signed by the Chair.


Clean Air Zone Update pdf icon PDF 70 KB

A cover report is attached. There will be a presentation at the meeting.


(Note: This item was postponed from the 7th June meeting of the Panel.)


The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Team Manager introduced this item to the Panel and gave a presentation. A summary is set out below.


Preparation for the CAZ launch


  Over 8000 early warning letters were issued to drivers of non-compliant vehicles driving within the CAZ prior to launch

  9500 businesses were contacted via telemarketing company to raise awareness of the launch and the financial help available

  Core scheme ANPR cameras and software tested extensively with government teams

  Financial assistance scheme was promoted and a surge in applications was received


CAZ Mitigations


  A bus upgrade programme with a view to achieving a fully compliant scheduled bus fleet operating in Bath.  From our modelling this is a key deliverable to achieving compliance

  A financial assistance scheme providing grants and interest free loans to businesses, individuals and community groups to upgrade non-compliant vehicles.  Upgrade rates have exceeded expectations and we are seeking more funding from central government

  A package of exemptions that support vital services, disadvantaged groups and those with hard-to-replace vehicles, along with a means-tested general exemption as part of the financial assistance scheme


CAZ launch- 15 March 2021


  There were no technical issues on the day of launch

  B&NES and JAQU (Joint Air Quality Unit) teams collaborated well and there were regular, daily check-ins during the first 2 weeks of the scheme going live

  Ongoing discussions between central government and Wiltshire Council on traffic and air quality monitoring


Ongoing support post CAZ launch


  A period of ‘soft enforcement’ has taken place where only the zone entry charge has been collected

  Support and flexibility for vehicle owners affected by business rule changes which lead some vehicles (mainly vans and motorhomes) to change from a status of compliant to non-compliant

  Sought clarity about the compliance status of M1 motorhome vehicles which will now be exempted from charges


Initial statistics following launch


  Initially, approximately 32,000 vehicles were travelling in the CAZ each day (not including locally exempt vehicles) and older, diesel LGV’s represent the largest category of non-compliant, chargeable vehicles which have a disproportionate impact on air quality

  In total the financial assistance scheme has received 2080 expressions of interest, of which 1650 vehicles have proceeded to having a telematics device fitted. Of those, 743 owners proceeded to apply for finance and 625 are currently recording telematic data. 506 vehicles have been approved for upgrade and drivers are in the process of taking ownership of their vehicles in the coming months

  Since launch over 28,000 PCN’s have been issued, although a number of these will have been waived due to issues such as the business rule change, and these issues have now been resolved; typically, 25% relate to vehicle owners within B&NES and over 54,000 zone entry charges have been paid 

  There is an emerging downward trend in the number of vehicle entrants which are subject to a CAZ charge which suggests an increasing level  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.

Bath's Clean Air Zone Presentation pdf icon PDF 524 KB


Development of Neighbourhood Services

There will be a presentation on this item at the meeting.


The Director of Place Management introduced this item to the Panel and gave a presentation. A summary is set out below.


The Challenge


  Neighbourhood (and Highways) Services are the front line of the Council

  A range of statutory and legal requirements for the council to discharge

  High profile and high reputational impact

  What could we do differently?

  With limited resources, where should we invest any additional funding secured?


Context (2008 and beyond):


  Significant service efficiencies have been achieved

  Insourced recycling services and changed the way we deliver services

  Prioritised activity around the Council’s statutory duties and maintaining public health and safety

  Recognised that there is a significant backlog of works required on the highway network

  Implemented Fix My Street ‘report it’ system – Good scheme, looking to make further adaptions


Breadth of services



·  1200 kms of roads

·  17,000 streetlights

·  25,000 road gullies

·  1040 kms Footways and footpaths



·  270 Parks and Open Spaces managed

·  6 Heritage Parks

·  59 Play Areas

·  28000 Trees & 7 Woodlands (to date) 



·  Waste and recycling collections provided to 86,435 households

·  Every 4 weeks over half a million refuse and recycling collections take place

·  Cleansed over 1300 miles of highway

·  Emptied litter bins two/three times a week or over 90,000 times a year


The efforts of all staff must be recognised


The request:



  Consider developing a Task and Finish group to help Cabinet and Officers:

  Identify what would success look like for our communities in:

  The short term

  2 years

  5 years

  Undertake a review of the opportunities considering both the local and national picture; and

  Make recommendations to Cabinet Members on how any investment should be targeted


Councillor David Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services commented on how important it is for the Council to get the basics right and of how proud he is of the teams involved in this work.


Councillor Joel Hirst commented that it was a huge challenge and that he would like to see more promotion of Fix My Street to make members of the public aware of how to use it.


The Director of Place Management agreed that the more that Fix My Street is promoted the better and would look into how that can be progressed.


Councillor Joel Hirst asked if further street cleansing and other functions would be possible if a further precept was collected by the Council.


The Director of Place Management replied that he was unable to answer that question as he did not know how that process would work.


Councillor Dr Yukteshwar Kumar commented that recently we have seen an upward trend of not collecting waste on designated days. He said that residents are incredibly unhappy and that he had written to several officers and Cabinet Members regarding collections of waste from the newly built temple on around 25 May and had not yet had a response.


The Director of Place Management replied that they do try  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

Neighbourhoods Investment Strategy pdf icon PDF 529 KB


Progress report on the Local Plan Partial Update, associated Supplementary Planning Documents (including Electric Vehicle Charging points) and the WECA Spatial Development Strategy pdf icon PDF 118 KB

A report is attached, there will also be a presentation at the meeting.


The Deputy Head of Planning Policy and Highway Development Control & Transport Policy Manager introduced this item to the Panel and gave a presentation. A summary is set out below.


Role of the Local Plan Partial Update


Spatial Development Strategy (SDS): 2022 – 2042


New Local Plan: 2022 – 2038


  New Planning Policy Framework to deliver the SDS

  New spatial Strategy

  New Plan period

  New targets e.g. the housing requirement, employment land, renewable energy and ecology

  Planning Reform


Local Plan Partial Update - To 2029 (adopt 2022)


  The Climate emergency (eg facilitate renewable energy regeneration, retrofitting, parking standards, 

  The nature emergency (Biodiversity Net Gain)

  Address the shortfall in Housing Land Supply

  The green recovery (including Milsom Quarter and protecting employment land)

  Houses in multiple occupation

  University campuses and student accommodation

  Remove P&R sites from Green Belt

  Green Belt Villages

  NB the scope and extent of changes of a partial update are limited


Key SPDs Timetable


·  Draft SPDs – consult alongside LPPU in August/September

·  Sustainable Construction & Retrofitting SPD – adopt autumn/winter

·  Transport SPD – adopt alongside LPPU


LPPU: Options Consultation feedback


  Around 2,350 comments (1,800 standard/petition style comments on Bath Rec or Whitchurch)

  Key relevant issues raised included:

  Support for zero carbon development policy and reducing carbon via retrofitting

  Flexibility needed in policies

  Impact on viability/affordable housing delivery

  Biodiversity Net Gain – maximise

  Sustainable transport modes should be considered first, but don’t be inflexible for rural areas


The Climate Emergency


LPPU will include policy changes addressing the 3 climate emergency priority areas for action:

·  Energy efficiency improvements to buildings

·  Local renewable energy generation

·  Sustainable Transport - increased shift towards walking, cycling and mass transit


Sustainable Transport


Update existing policies to:

  Strengthen focus on sustainable travel

  Ensure development transport choices are required to place sustainable modes first

  Increased linkages between transport, health, equality and inclusivity

  Embed Liveable Neighbourhoods measures and principles

  Ensure active travel benefits of Green Infrastructure are delivered

  Require ULEV charging infrastructure provided in new development


P&R sites in the Green Belt


Removal of the Park & Rides sites from the Green Belt (if exceptional circumstances to change the Green Belt are accepted by the Inspector) and broadening their role to become transport interchanges with solar canopies.


The Ecological Emergency


  Updating adopted nature conservation policies so that they even better protect irreplaceable habitats and facilitate nature recovery

  Bringing forward a new policy (in advance of the national requirement) for developers to deliver at least 10 % Biodiversity Net Gain as part of development


Supplementary Planning Documents


  Transport SPD:


  Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles

  Walking & Cycling Infrastructure Design

  Travel Plans


  Sustainable Construction & Retrofitting SPD


Parking standards


  Residential (Origin) Parking changed to Maximum Standards

  Achieve low car developments where conditions exist to do so, i.e. excellent accessibility, car clubs, Controlled Parking Zones

  Avoid over-provision,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

Local Plan Slides pdf icon PDF 2 MB


Panel Workplan pdf icon PDF 128 KB

This report presents the latest workplan for the Panel. Any suggestions for further items or amendments to the current programme will be logged and scheduled in consultation with the Panel’s Chair and supporting senior officers.


The Chair introduced this item and noted the following requests for future items.


·  Air Quality Update

·  Light Pollution

·  WECA Update

·  Electric Vehicle Charging