Agenda and decisions

Cabinet Panel on Transport - Tuesday, 10th January, 2023 7.30 pm

Venue: Remote Meeting

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Members are required to notify any substitutions by midday the day of the meeting.

 

Late substitutions will not be accepted and Members attending as a substitute without having given the due notice will not be able to take part in the meeting.

Decision:

Apologies for Absence were received from Councillors Ian Mantle, David Levett, and Ian Moody.

 

2.

MINUTES - 18 OCTOBER 2022 pdf icon PDF 311 KB

To take as read and approve as a true record the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet Panel on Community held on 18 October 2022.

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 18 October 2022 were approved as a true record of proceedings.

3.

CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Members are reminded that any declarations of interest in respect of any business set out of the agenda, should be declared as either a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest or Declarable Interest and are required to notify the Chair of the nature of any interest declared at the commencement of the relevant item on the agenda. Members declaring a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest must withdraw from the meeting for the duration of the item. Members declaring a Declarable Interest, wishing to exercise a ‘Councillor Speaking Right’, must declare this at the same time as the interest, move to the public area before speaking to the item and then must leave the room before the debate and vote.

Decision:

(1)   The Chair welcomed Members, officers and public organisations to the meeting of the Cabinet Panel on Transport. The Chair informed the Panel that each meeting will focus on a particular theme. This meeting we would be hearing from the Patrick Ladbury from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and from Councillor Ruth Brown (North Herts Council) giving an update on Hitchin Station Eastern Entrance.

 

(2)   The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council policy, this meeting would be audio recorded as well as filmed. The audio recordings would be available to view on Mod.Gov and the film recording via the North Herts Council YouTube Channel.

 

(3)   Members were reminded to make declarations of interest before an item, the detailed reminder about this and speaking rights was set out under Chair’s Announcements on the agenda.

 

4.

NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS

Members should notify the Chair of other business which they wish to be discussed at the end of either Part I or Part II business set out in the agenda. They must state the circumstances which they consider justify the business being considered as a matter of urgency.

 

The Chair will decide whether any item(s) will be considered.

Decision:

There was no other business notified. 

 

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

To receive any petitions, comments and questions from the public.

Decision:

The Chair advised that there would be an opportunity for public to ask questions and make comments following the presentations from Patrick Ladbury and Councillor Ruth Brown.  

6.

GOVIA THAMESLINK RAILWAY (GTR) UPDATE

To receive an update from Patrick Ladbury, from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), regarding:

 

·         The current service and performance in the area, with a particular focus on recovery from industrial action and other service interruptions.

·         The current financial state of the rail industry, taking into effect current strike action.

·         The restoration of service frequency at Knebworth station.

·         The Access For All funding bids made for Baldock and Knebworth stations.

 

Decision:

Patrick Ladbury, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), provided an update regarding the current service levels and performance of the railways in North Herts, including the impact of ongoing strike action. He also provided updates on stations in North Herts.

7.

UPDATE ON HITCHIN STATION EASTERN ENTRANCE

To receive an update on the eastern entrance at Hitchin Station.

Decision:

Councillor Ruth Brown provided a verbal update on the Hitchin Station Eastern Entrance project.

8.

GROUP DISCUSSION

The Chair to lead a discussion with Members, Officers and the public present on topics raised at the meeting and potential action points to be noted.

Decision:

The Chair led a discussion amongst Members, Officers and public present on the topics detailed in the presentations received.

 

9.

ACTIONS ARISING, WORK PROGRAMME & FUTURE DISCUSSION TOPICS

To record any actions arising from the Group Discussion for inclusion in the Panel’s Work Programme for 2022/23.

Decision:

The Chair led a discussion between Members, officers and public organisations to identify agenda items for future meetings.