Agenda and draft minutes

Public Rights of Way and Greens Committee
Monday, 14th October, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

Contact: Corrina Haskins 

Items
No. Item

28.

Election of Chair 2019-2020

To elect a Chair of the Public Rights of Way Sub-Committee for 2019-2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

(1)        that Councillor Mike Langley be elected Chair of the Public Rights of Way Sub-Committee for 2019-2020;

(2)        that, in the absence of Councillor Mike Langley, Councillor Peter Abraham Chair the meeting.

29.

Election of Vice-Chair 2019-2020

To elect a Vice-Chair for the Public Rights of Way and Greens Committee for 2019-2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that Councillor Peter Abraham be elected a Vice-Chair for the Public Rights of Way and Greens Committee for 2019-2020.

 

30.

Welcome, Introductions and Safety Information

Minutes:

The Chair drew attention to the safety information.

31.

Membership 2019-2020

The Committee is asked to note the Committee Membership for 2019-2020 as follows:

 

Cllr Mike Langley

Cllr Don Alexander

Cllr Paul Goggin

Cllr Gill Kirk

Cllr Peter Abraham

Cllr Fi Hance

Cllr Tony Carey

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the Membership be noted.

32.

Terms of Reference 2019-2020 pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To note the Terms of Reference (attached).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the Terms of Reference be noted.

 

33.

Dates of Meetings 2019-2020

Monday 24 June 2019 at 2pm – cancelled

Monday 14 October 2019 at 2pm

Monday 20 January 2020 at 2pm

Monday 06 April 2020 at 2pm

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the dates of future meetings be noted as follows:

 

Monday 20 January 2020 at 2pm

Monday 06 April 2020 at 2pm

34.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Paul Goggin.  It was noted that Councillor Mike Langley was absent.

 

35.

Minutes of Previous Meeting - 15 April 2019 pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To agree the minutes of the previous meeting as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting of 15th April 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

36.

Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest from the Councillors.  They are asked to indicate the relevant agenda item, the nature of the interest and in particular whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest.

 

Any declarations of interest made at the meeting which is not on the register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Don Alexander declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 13 in relation to the new claim for a footpath at Penpole Lane, as he had referred the application.

37.

Public Forum

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

Any member of the public or Councillor may participate in Public Forum.  The detailed arrangements for so doing are set out in the Public Information Sheet at the back of this agenda.  Public Forum items should be emailed to democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk and please note that the following deadlines will apply in relation to this meeting:-

 

Questions - Written questions must be received 3 clear working days prior to the meeting.  For this meeting, this means that your question(s) must be received in this office at the latest by 5 pm on 15 October 2019.

 

Petitions and Statements - Petitions and statements must be received on the working day prior to the meeting.  For this meeting this means that your submission must be received in this office at the latest by 12.00 noon on 11 October 2019.

 

Minutes:

There were no public forum statements.

38.

Claimed Footpath from Shaldon Road to Morris Road, Lockleaze pdf icon PDF 15 MB

Minutes:

The Network Operations Manager reported that, following the decision at the previous committee to make and advertise a Definitive Map Modification Order, a number of objections had been received and not withdrawn from members of the public.

 

The Public Rights of Way Officer confirmed that only one of the objections was considered relevant and this related to the width of the path as there was an error in the application which referred to a width of 4 metres rather than 3 metres.  Officers therefore recommended that the Committee resolve to submit the Order to the Secretary of State for confirmation with a request that it be modified to correct the recorded width of the path.

 

In response to a question about whether the public right of way would affect the private vehicular access some residents had to access their garages, officers confirmed that this was not an issue for the Committee to consider, but private vehicle rights were not usually affected by a public right of way.

 

In response to a further question about the gates, officers responded that the Council would seek to have the gates to be removed if the Secretary of State confirmed the order for the public right of way.  Officers confirmed that the Committee would be informed of the decision of the Secretary of State at a future meeting along with any actions that would need to be taken as a result of the decision.

 

In considering the Officers’ recommendation it was;

 

RESOLVED – that the Order be submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation (with a request that it be modified to correct the recorded width of BCC/611).

 

39.

Claimed footpath from Machin Rd to Crow Lane, Henbury pdf icon PDF 6 MB

Minutes:

The Network Operations Manager reported that, following the decision at a previous committee to make and advertise a Definitive Map Modification Order, a number of objections had been received and not withdrawn from members of the public.

 

The Public Rights of Way Officer advised that the only matter raised which had relevance was the position of point C in the Order of the proposed public footpath as new evidence had been provided to suggest that the unrestricted area of the way was narrower than previously believed between 1992 and 1995 of the relevant claimed period.  Officers recommended that this matter should be submitted to the Secretary of State in order that the exact location of point C be determined.

 

In considering the Officers’ recommendation, it was;

 

RESOLVED – that the Order be submitted to the Secretary of State, with the recommendation that the Order is confirmed, with the recorded position of point C modified if deemed necessary by the Secretary of State.

 

40.

Current Claims, Inquiries and Miscellaneous Rights of Way Matters pdf icon PDF 212 KB

Minutes:

The Network Operations Manager gave an update on current claims and applications.

 

Following comments raised by Members, it was;

 

RESOLVED

 

(1)   that the report be noted;

(2)   that training be arranged in advance of the next meeting for all Members of the Public Rights of Way and Greens Committee;

(3)   that a copy of the definitive map be circulated to Members of the Public Rights of Way and Greens Committee.