The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Environment and Transport regarding the outcome of the consultation on the Passenger Transport Policy and Strategy (PTPS) and seeking approval to adopt the PTPS as the basis for future management of passenger transport services. A copy of the report, marked ‘10’, is filed with these minutes.
Members noted the comments of the Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee, a copy of which is filed with these minutes.
Mr. Pain CC thanked everyone who had responded to the consultation which had informed the final Strategy, and noted that the Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee would receive an annual report on the performance of passenger transport services financially supported by the Council.
a) That the comments of the Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee be noted;
b) That the results of the consultation on the draft Passenger Transport Policy and Strategy (PTPS) be noted;
c) That the response to the consultation, as set out in paragraphs 49 to 55 and appendices to the report, be agreed;
d) That the draft PTPS, attached as Appendices A and B to the report, be approved;
e) That the reallocation of £145,000 from the current passenger transport budget be approved for assisting in the delivery of the PTPS, including the development of local solutions and building public understanding of and confidence in Demand Responsive Transport;
f) That a PTPS Operational Handbook be developed (as set out in paragraphs 56 to 58 of the report) to ensure a clear, consistent and effective approach to the day-to-day operational delivery of the PTPS;
g) That the Director of Environment and Transport, following consultation with the Cabinet Lead Member for Environment and Transport, be authorised to make such minor amendments to the PTPS and associated Operational Handbook as necessary to ensure that they remain current and conform to legislation (provided that such changes have no material effects on the PTPS).
REASONS FOR DECISION:
The PTPS will ensure that the Council meets its statutory duties, delivers value-for-money passenger transport services and supports the 2018/19 to 2021/22 Medium Term Financial Strategy.
The new PTPS will provide a robust and transparent framework for determining decisions on the provision of passenger transport services. This will also help to mitigate the risk to the Council from changing circumstances in the commercial market.