To receive a report from the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport and the Interim Director – Highways Transportation and Waste and to consider and endorse, or make recommendations to the Cabinet Member on the proposed decision to enter into funding and construction contracts for a number of transport schemes
The Committee received a report seeking endorsement of, or recommendations to the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport on, a proposed decision to give approval to the necessary actions for progression and completion of highway and transportation improvement schemes funded following successful bids to central government via the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).
The schemes in question were:
The Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport introduced the report for members; he welcomed the report and the opportunity for some of these projects to finally be fulfilled after being aspired to for many years.
Ann Carruthers, Head of Strategic Planning and Policy was in attendance to speak to the item. She reminded members that KCC had secured £100million for 21 transport projects through successful bids to the Local Growth Fund, applied for and administered by the LEP. The report before members, she explained, sought endorsement of the processes needed to take forward seven of the schemes to be undertaken with these funds, three of which had had business plans approved by the LEP already.
Ms Carruthers briefly expanded on each scheme for the benefit of those members not familiar with them.
Ms Carruthers also reported that although the report stated that monies would be paid to KCC quarterly in advance, since the report had been written agreement had been secured from government that funding would come annually in advance.
In response to comments made and questions raised by members, Ms Carruthers provided the following further information:
Other comments from members were as follows:
It was proposed by Mr Bowles and seconded by Mr Chittenden that the decision as set out by the Cabinet Member for approval, be endorsed
It was RESOLVED that the proposed decision be endorsed.