23.1 Mr Newsham, Integrated Transport Officer, introduced the report, explaining that there had been a complaint about vehicles obstructing the outbound bus stop on Cliff Lane, near Elmhurst Drive. Officers had investigated this complaint and had observed the problem.
23.2 Mr Newsham explained that bus stop clearways were proposed to deal with this issue, and a consultation had been carried out on the proposals. Objections had been received to the proposals and following discussions with Ward Councillors, the relocation of the bus stops had been proposed and consulted on. The relocation of the stops had also been objected to, and a petition raised against this proposal. The issue had therefore been brought to the South East Area Committee for determination.
23.3 Mr Newsham explained that officers recommended that the bus stop remain in the present location and that clearways be introduced. The objections to this proposal related to the loss of on-street parking, however, Mr Newsham said that this was considered to be outweighed by the proposal not requiring the relocation of the bus stop.
23.4 A Local Resident explained that they were against any relocation of the bus stop to outside the King George V Memorial Homes as this would reduce parking for the vulnerable people who lived there and for their carers. This issue would be compounded by the fact that the scheme had insufficient parking. The resident also commented that if the bus stops were relocated this would mean that the stops would be unevenly spaced and would inconvenience residents of the Rivers Estate.
23.5 Councillor Harsant commented that the officer’s recommendation of a clearway in the present position seemed to be the best option.
23.6 Councillor Harsant asked whether the painting of the clearway could be combined with the proposed double yellow lines at the corner of Elmhurst Drive and Cliff Lane. Mr Newsham explained that only Suffolk County Council could introduce new double yellow lines and so this would have to be done separately, although he understood that the proposed scheme was progressing well. SCC Councillor Clements explained that the scheme was currently being reviewed by the SCC Safety Management Team and once it had received their approval, it could be implemented.
23.7 Mr Newsham confirmed that residents would be able to access their driveways across the clearway.
23.8 A Local Resident asked what the cost of moving the bus stop would be. Mr Newsham explained that the cost of moving a bus stop was around £1000 if a new post was required. The cost of painting the clearway would be £500.
23.9 A Local Resident said that without a clearway the bus stop was dangerous and explained that one resident had already been taken to hospital as a result of an incident.
a) that a bus stop clearway restriction, in force at all times, be installed at the bus stop on Cliff Lane adjacent to the side of 74 Elmhurst Drive and the objections received against this proposal be overruled accordingly.
Reason: To ensure that bus passengers can easily and safely board and alight from buses, and to determine the objections received against this proposal.
b) that a bus stop clearway restriction, in force at all times, be installed at the bus stop on Cliff Lane adjacent to the side of 2 Lee Road.
Reason: To ensure that bus passengers can easily and safely board and alight from buses.