Report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Place)
The Cabinet considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Place), which set out the integrated capital programme for the maintenance and enhancement of the City’s highways and transport infrastructure.
Proposals brought together a £10.9m integrated capital programme, funded through annual government local transport funding, City Council resources and Citizen Housing Right to Buy receipts. Specific details of each project was set out in the Appendices to the report.
The report indicated that the basic principles for the year’s maintenance ant integrated transport programme were:
i. Continue the programme of rectifying damage and maintaining the City’s roads, through a prioritised programme (worst first) based on the Council’s Highways Asset Management Plan.
ii. Continue to invest in preventative / proactive maintenance.
iii. Carry out packages of complementary schemes to support the continued growth of the City, such as road safety and traffic management schemes to complement public realm and connecting Coventry Proposals.
iv. Provide a programme of footway improvements funded from the Citizen Housing Group Investment Fund, as part of a £2.43m investment which will be delivered over the next financial year.
The Cabinet noted that, as part of the West Midlands Devolution Deal, HM Government agreed to devolve a consolidated local transport budget and provide a multi-year transport funding settlement, which comes under the control of the West Midlands Combined Authority Elected Mayor. However, although a firm commitment of funding was available for 2020/21, the commitment for future years was still to be confirmed.
RESOLVED that, the Cabinet:
1. Approve the 2020/21 programme of schemes marked A in table 4 of the report submitted.
2. Delegate authority to the Cabinet Member for City Services to approve a programme of schemes marked B in table 4 of the report.