What are Community Area Transport Groups? (CATG’s)
The CATG is a sub group of the Community Area Boards that specifically deals with highway issues.
Who are members of the CATG?
The CATG is normally be made up of not more than 10 members from the following groups:
- Members of the Area Board
- Town and Parish Council representatives
- Community representatives
Meetings will be attended by relevant officers from Wiltshire Council including a senior transport planner, a senior traffic engineer and a local highway maintenance engineer as necessary. Their key purpose is to offer advice and support to the group but they do not vote on the issues raised. The CATG may also invite representatives from local organisations to its meetings to give technical advice or to share pertinent local knowledge.
How often does the group meet?
It is recommended that the CATG meet at least four times a year. Meetings are intended to be limited to the Membership set out above, and is open to other members of the Area Board who wish to attend. It can be open to public if the Area Board wishes. It should be noted that CATG is an advisory body, it does not exercise delegated decision making powers.
How are CATG’s funded and what can the monies be spent on?
A discretionary highways budget has been allocated to each Area Board by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. The amount allocated is dependent on the geographical size and population for each community area with the typical allocation in 2012-13 approximately £14,000 per group. The funding allocation is for capital funding and can only be used to provide new and improved highway infrastructure. It is suitable for small scale schemes that improve safety, increase accessibility and sustainability by promoting walking; cycling and public transport and improve traffic management. It cannot be used to fund revenue functions such as maintenance schemes or the provision of passenger transport services.
How are highway issues considered by the group?
Typically individuals raise highway issues through their respective Area Board. Representation for individuals at the CATG is typically made through their local Parish or Town Council and it would be for a Parish / Town representative to attend the group and endorse the highways concerns / suggestions being made.
How are decisions taken?
The CATG has no formal decision making authority on operational matters or budget expenditure but acts as an informal discussion forum making recommendations to the Area Board. Recommendations must be agreed at a full CATG meeting before being brought to the next Area Board for approval.
With only a limited allocation, each group will look carefully at all the issues raised. Where a solution has been identified it will be prioritised along with all other received requests.
What is a substantive CATG scheme?
If the estimated cost of an identified CATG scheme is found to be excess of the total discretionary amount available, the group consider submitting a bid for funding from the centrally held substantive funds. Bids from the respective groups are made annually around May and a decision made in July. Each bid is subject to a full assessment appraisal and scored against set criteria before funding is allocated.
Last updated: 12 April 2016