The Cabinet considered a report detailing a proposed scheme for the widening of Railway Road, the reconfiguration of the junction, including improved cycle crossing facilities, and tie in with parallel zebra crossing with improved public realm and cycle route at the Wellington Road South and Railway Road junction that would require the acquisition of the land edged red on the plan attached to the report at Appendix 1.
The Cabinet noted that attempts had been made by officers to acquire the land through agreement, however these have been unsuccessful to date due to a sizeable difference in values between the parties.
Consequently, the Cabinet has:-
(1) Agreed in principle to the use of CPO powers, if necessary, to acquire land and property and existing rights and interests in the proposed order land, where acquisition by agreement is not possible;
(2) Agreed to authorise officers to take all necessary steps to commence the process for the making, confirmation and implementation of a CPO, including securing the appointment of suitable external advisors and preparing all necessary CPO documentation;
(3) Noted that a further report will be presented to the Cabinet to approve the making of a CPO and to confirm the extent of the order land to be acquired following the finalisation of the necessary preparatory work.