Question From: County Councillor Jackie Charlton Subject: Road Traffic Orders
Can I ask how decisions are made on using the budget for Road Traffic Orders for speed limits?
I have had a request in for a Road Traffic Order for speed restriction in my ward of Llangattock since being elected in 2017. There is no dispute about the need to put the limit in but the issue is one of using the annual budget appropriately.
No one has given me any indication how the budget of £50,000 for the whole county is distributed and on what basis this is shared out with all requests. Can you answer this question?
I now have two requests which could be easily delivered on one traffic order. I have asked if this could be done and told that it is possible to achieve.
There is real concern in respect of reducing the speed in both areas due to safety for local pedestrians and visiting walkers.
A response would be very much appreciated.
Response by Head of Service:
Thank you for your enquiry regarding the process for allocating funding to progress traffic regulation orders.
We currently allocate an annual capital budget of £75k for Road Safety and Traffic management schemes across Powys. This is a very limited budget, but it does at least still provide us with some mechanism for progressing safety improvement schemes, such as traffic calming, footway and junction improvements. Some traffic regulation orders are a necessary part of these schemes, and are therefore progressed within the schemes. Other than this, traffic orders have not generally been funded for some time.
We plan to undertake the process of ranking all the current proposed traffic orders shortly, and where previously these pending orders remained unfunded, they will now be included subject to their priority within this Road Safety and Traffic Management budget.
I am aware that this has been planned for some time now, and apologise that we are still unable to provide firm details of forward programme delivery dates for traffic orders at this point. The plan is to complete this ranking process in readiness for the programme for 2020/21 financial year, and with this in mind the traffic section will provide you with updated information on the specific schemes referred to as soon as this has been done.