To give approval to proceed to consideration of alternative options for Thanet, Gravesend, and Folkestone Active Travel Schemes.
To inform Cabinet Members of current situation with regard to Council secured funding for the Active Travel Fund from the Department for Transport, update following the public consultation and seek approval to proceed to the next stages of consideration of alternative plans for the Thanet, Gravesend, and Folkestone Active Travel Schemes.
The Department for Transport has awarded Kent County Council £6.098m for five named active travel schemes across the County. One of these schemes has proceeded to construction stage (Hythe), one has approval to proceed to detailed design and construction (Canterbury), and the remaining three will be discussed at the meeting of the ETCC as no formal update has yet been provided regarding the outcome of Public Consultation.
How the proposed decision meets the challenges in the Interim Strategic Plan:
Delivery of Active Travel Schemes will directly support priority actions under the demand and environment challenges:
- Demand - Work with local communities to promote access to safe places to walk and cycle as an alternative to travelling by car
- Environment - Homes and communities need to be well-connected, both to convenient transport networks and active travel. The schemes support the delivery of reduced congestion and improving infrastructure and accessibility.
The DFT’s grant conditions state that the expenditure is for the named schemes contained in the bid, for the purpose and benefit of Active Travel and it requires Kent to carry out advanced consultation.
The funds were originally intended for expenditure by March 2021, however since the Department for Transport spent some months deliberating the grant offer; we now have an extension, and the schemes should be delivered as soon as possible, preferably before the end of March 2023. If any capital funding is left; we will seek approval from the DfT to use it for smaller active travel measures such as cycle storage and/or other measures to compliment walking and cycling in the local vicinity.
The DfT grant of £6.098m will fully cover both the capital and revenue costs associated with the scheme as per current concept designs. These costs are split as follows:
• Revenue £1.220m
• Capital £4.878m
The schemes’ costs are scalable to suit the budget available and therefore present no financial risk to KCC. A proportion to allow for risk was included in the cost estimates. Independent cost consultants will be used throughout the design process to ensure cost assurance for the whole life costs of the schemes.
Nothing to report at this stage.
Equality Impact Assessments have been completed for the individual projects. KCC will review these documents whilst keeping any affected groups informed and updated.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Division affected: (All Division);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 03/03/2022
Decision due: Not before 1st Apr 2022 by Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport
Lead director: Philip Lightowler
Department: Growth, Environment & Transport
Contact: Nikola Floodgate, Road Safety and Active Travel Group Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No specific cabinet committee consultation is proposed at this stage.
Financial implications: The DfT grant of £6.098m will fully cover both the capital and revenue costs associated with the schemes as per current concept designs; the schemes’ costs are scalable to suit the budget available. These costs are split as follows: - Revenue £1.220m - Capital £4.878m There are no revenue implications to KCC if elements of the schemes do not proceed.
Legal implications: None.
Equalities implications: An EQIA screening has been carried out as part of the outline design and second consultation work and will be regularly updated. Data Protection Implications: None at this stage.