PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
An opportunity for members of the public to raise points or questions about local issues that are not already on the agenda for this meeting. If it is not possible to answer the question at the meeting, a written response will be issued. Please submit your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indicative time: 30 minutes
There was one written question submitted prior to the meeting that had received a written response.
1. Written question from Elizabeth Bennett, local resident
Asked why she had not heard anything from the Council about planning application for McMillan House, 54 Cheam Common Road as she was a close neighbour. Why was Lingfield Road not included when it was closer to the premises that others that were included such as the HG Wells pub?
A Senior Planning Officer had responded that all neighbour notifications were carried out in accordance with Statutory Regulations and the Council's adopted Statement of Community Involvement, which specify the size and scope of neighbour consultation and whether a site notice was required. The Statement of Community Involvement can be viewed on-line at
Ms Bennett resolved to take up the offer to contact the planning officer following the meeting.
2. Edna Rowland, resident of Beckett House requested an update on Victoria House as she believed that rats were now coming from that site.
Councillor Broadbent responded that he had asked council officers and Home Group to investigate if the rats were coming from Victoria House. There had also been a recent traveller incursion and the rubbish left behind should be cleared this week. Home Group were still working on revising their scheme, taking into account comments from the public consultation.
3. Ambrose Sullivan requested that pressure be put on Home Group to block off the stairwell on the Victoria House site as it was dangerous. He had recently had to call the police regarding youths on the roof of the building.
Councillor Broadbent reported that he had raised this issue with Home Group and with Church Hill, Abbotts and Priory Residents’ Association. Alan Plant reported that Home Group had told him they would review their security but felt they would be reactive rather than proactive. Councillor Broadbent undertook to raise the issue again with Home Group.
4. Graham Jones asked about compensation to businesses that were losing trade due to the extended road works at Church Hill Road.
Councillor Bourne stated that there had been a problem with unmapped services which only became apparent when the road was dug up. Councillor Broadbent explained that the speed ramps put in were not high enough and were now waiting for an officer from Kingston to survey the works. Councillor Javelot pointed out that everyone using the area had been affected and not just the shops.
5. Ken Haagman pointed out that the waste recycling was closing at Tesco’s site and that Kimpton site was far too slow because of waiting traffic.
There was various advice given on this topic which included looking at the traffic camera online before making a journey. It was also reiterated that most residents were able to recycle mixed materials at home rather than travel. Fly-tipping would also need to be monitored.