Agenda and minutes

Performance and Review Sub-Committee - Monday, 24th November, 2014 2.30 pm

Venue: Authority Chamber, Merseytravel Offices, No 1 Mann Island, Liverpool. L3 1BP

Contact: Michelle Keating 0151 330 1086 

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Declarations of Interest


No Declarations of Interest were made.




Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 62 KB


Resolved that the minutes of the Committee held on 20 October 2014 be approved as a correct record.




Chairs Announcement: Mr Gary Mahoney


The Chair drew the Sub-Committee’s attention to the sudden sad loss of Sefton Borough Councils Principal Environmental Protection Officer, Mr Gary Mahoney, who had made a significant contribution to the work on Low Emissions within the Merseyside Region, and whose data had and would be used for the work of the Low Emissions Task and Finish Group.


The Chair and Sub-Committee wished to record their thanks in recognition of the contribution to the protection of the environment the officer had made and also their condolences to Mr Mahoney’s family.





Task and Finish Groups :- Low Emission and Customer Satisfaction Update pdf icon PDF 630 KB

To receive a presentation on the two Task and Finish Group: - Low Emissions and Customer Satisfaction Update and their Action Plans.





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The Sub-Committee received two presentations on the two Task and Finish Group: the first was Low Emissions followed by Customer Satisfaction Update together with their Action Plans.


Councillor A Carr accepted that the review was mainly public transport based but enquired if the review could take in Freight and Taxis and their impact.


Officers commented that emissions were a wide field however those areas could be considered together with any other specific fields the Group considered appropriate.


Councillor J Fulham thanked the officer for the presentation and drew attention to the sites identified, with regard to air quality, in St Helens and their locality to Pilkingtons and enquired if the factory had an influence on the air quality findings.


Officer reported that not all the areas were influenced by their surrounding businesses, some were artery roads or high streets others were linked to the M6 and as such there were limits to the influence and powers the Local Authorities and Merseytravel could assert. However some further detail could be obtained, the collection of which would be useful, if appropriate, as evidence linked to, and in support of, bids for funding sources. 


Members also suggested that the business group environmental specialist be approached to get the business group perspective and any information on action they are taking with regard to emissions.


Councillor A Carr reported that Transport for London had set emission levels for 2017 which would affect their taxi fleet, with no operating vehicle over 10 years old, and therefore it was likely that many of the older vehicles would be sold on to the other city regions including Liverpool. The Government had made £500million available for the trade and he felt that bidding for funding would help the operations in the City Region and possibly combat the trend to buy in the older London taxis.


Officers confirmed that there were a number of funding streams including the Transport Fund for Growth, and there had been a recent Supreme Court case the influence of which on the use of diesel was yet to be seen. Electric charging posts were also being developed however it must be remembered that the electricity still had to be produced. Following a survey the City of Leeds had taken action with regard to lead in petrol responding to the effect on children.


Officers also confirmed that the impact and effectiveness of the previous Government tax scheme on cars, introduced to reinvigorate the car industry and encourage hybrid cars, could be reported and considered as a review had been undertaken on the initiative.


Councillor K McGlashan emphasised that the review work would link into the Combined Authority’s goals to make the Liverpool City Region the place to come for work and leisure.


Councillor A Carr enquired if Robert Hough of Peel Holdings could be approached as part of the work not only for his role as Chair Local Enterprise Partnership but for their ‘Waters’ initiatives and in particularly their freight project. Officers agreed, if possible, to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


Local Sustainable Transport Fund Outcomes Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To consider a report of the Lead Officer For Transport concerning the Local Sustainable Transport Fund Outcomes Monitoring Report.



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The Sub-Committee considered a report of the Lead Officer for Transport regarding the Local Sustainable Transport Fund Outcomes Monitoring Report.


Officers confirmed that working with partners, through regular meetings, spend and catch up spend was monitored.


Resolved that the content and findings of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund Outcomes Monitoring Report 2013/14 be noted.