Report by Executive Director of Place Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning
The Committee is asked to preview the Cabinet Member’s proposed decision, and to consider the measures undertaken to improve the accuracy of budgeting for future schemes.
98.1 The Committee considered a report by Executive Director of Place Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning (copy appended to the signed minutes).
98.2 Matt Davey, Director of Highways, Transport and Planning, Alex Sharkey, Manager Highways Projects and David Lambert, Project Manager - Major Projects introduced the report with a presentation (copy appended to signed minutes) which highlighted that this project is one which is being delivered in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership, Coast to Capital and that this is therefore time critical. It is also part of a larger programme of road improvements in the area.
98.3 The Committee made comments including those that follow. It:
· Welcomed the report was broadly supportive, appreciated the importance of delivering this project and noted the support that this project has with the local community.
· Questioned the impact on other programmes of maintaining funding for this programme. Questioned whether such cost escalations inhibited our corporate desire to commit to future major infrastructure projects.
· Raised concerns that this is another major scheme where the budget has risen significantly and wanted reassurance that processes are being put in place to reduce this risk in future.
98.4 Resolved – That the Committee has reviewed the decision and recommends that this is passed to the Cabinet Member for approval and look forward to the process review being undertaken as soon as possible.