Agenda and minutes

Venue: St. Bede's Conference Centre, St. Anthony's Hospital, London Road, North Cheam

Contact: Andrew Horrod  Senior Area Co-ordinator

Items
No. Item

590.

apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Tony Brett Young, Richard Butt, Kirsty Jerome, Helen Senior and Graham Whitham.

591.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 18 APRIL 2007 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Members are asked to approve the Minutes subject to the following proposed amendments to Minute no. 5  - Carlton Crescent Bridleway:

 

a) the replacement of “Stonecot Ward Councillors” with “Nonsuch Ward Councillors” in the fourth line of the first paragraph;

 

b) the insertion of the following text after the first sentence of the second paragraph:

 

“Councillors who had been present at the hearing expressed concern that the Inspector had allowed hypothetical questioning.  It was also felt that the Inspector had very early on in the Inquiry formed a view about the actions taken by Sutton Council and had allowed quite oppressive questioning of its witnesses. Councillor Dunlop pointed out that he had written to object to the reopening of the bridleway and that the Inspector had been in error in her report in listing it as a letter in support of keeping the bridleway closed.

 

Councillor Pinfold suggested that the Council’s legal team seek Counsel’s opinion.”  ….

 

The remainder of the Minute to follow on.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2007 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair subject to the following amendments to Minute no. 5  - Carlton Crescent Bridleway:

 

a) the replacement of “Stonecot Ward Councillors” with “Nonsuch Ward Councillors” in the fourth line of the first paragraph;

 

b) the insertion of the following text after the first sentence of the second paragraph:

 

“Councillors who had been present at the hearing expressed concern that the Inspector had allowed hypothetical questioning.  It was also felt that the Inspector had very early on in the Inquiry formed a view about the actions taken by Sutton Council and had allowed quite oppressive questioning of its witnesses. Councillor Dunlop pointed out that he had written to object to the reopening of the bridleway and that the Inspector had been in error in her report in listing it as a letter in support of keeping the bridleway closed.

 

Councillor Pinfold suggested that the Council’s legal team seek Counsel’s opinion.”  ….

 

The remainder of the Minute to follow on.

 

Arising, Councillor Eleanor Pinfold said that the Cheam Village Ward Councillors had asked to be copied into the written response to Mr Hyslop’s question asked at the last meeting, but it seemed that this had not been done.  Councillor Pinfold added that a number of cricket pitches in Cheam Park had been taken out, apparently to be replaced by football pitches.  Neither the Friends of Cheam Park nor the ward councillors had been consulted, which was of further concern in the light of Mr Hyslop’s question.  She asked that Mark Dalzell be requested to attend the next meeting.  Chris Reid said he would take these points forward.

 

The Chair said that he had just received a response to a letter he had written to the Council, in his capacity as Secretary to the Friends of Cheam Park, regarding The Lodge.  He would copy this letter to all Area Committee members.  Councillor Eleanor Pinfold said that whilst this Committee did receive updates from time to time, detailed information only seemed to appear in papers for the Asset Management Group.  Her request that there be a report on The Lodge, Cheam Park to the next meeting was agreed.

592.

questions from members of the public

Fifteen minutes are allowed, if required, at this point in the agenda for questions from Sutton residents on relevant matters other than those, which appear on this agenda.

Questions must be submitted in writing to the Chief Executive in advance or to the Area Co-ordinator at least 10 minutes before the meeting begins.

 

The detailed rules regarding questions are set out on the back of the covering sheet to this agenda.

Minutes:

The questions asked by members of the public are set out in the appendix to these Minutes.

 

In relation to the question from Mr J Pritchard, Councillors Christopher Dunlop, Stuart Gordon-Bullock, Eleanor Pinfold and Misdaq Zaidi all declared a personal interest as they knew Mr Pritchard through his association with the Conservative Party.

593.

REMOVAL OF LOADING RESTRICTIONS OUTSIDE NOS. 92 TO 116 KINGSTON AVENUE pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Transport, Planning and Highways (ENCLOSURE)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Transport and Traffic submitted a report on a proposal to remove loading restrictions in Kingston Avenue, opposite Cheam Park Farm School.

 

The ward councillors were not clear who had asked for the removal of loading restrictions and pointed out that the Council was in the middle of its STEP Zone 3 consultation.  As this site lay within the Zone it might be better to defer consideration of this proposal.

 

            Resolved: That consideration of the report be deferred.

594.

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAMS (SNT)

An opportunity for SNT representatives to update the Committee on any current issues affecting the area.

Minutes:

Sgt. Andy Passingham reported that the reduction of anti-social behaviour continued to be the no.1 priority for the Nonsuch Safer Neighbourhood team.  This would remain the case until the Police community panel decided otherwise.  Following a recent initiative there had been an increase in crime reduction figures and councillors were aware of the possibility of gating Fairlands Park, which might help further.   Sgt. Passingham was aware that there had been an improvement in crime reduction figures for the other wards within the Committee’s area of responsibility, even though his colleagues were not present to report the specifics.

 

            Resolved: To thank Sgt. Passingham for his update.

595.

STEP ZONE 3 - NORTH CHEAM

There will be a verbal update by the Interim Head of Transport and Traffic.

Minutes:

Faran Foghani, Transport and Highway Works Manager, apologised for the fact that the public consultation had not progressed as quickly as had been hoped, due to staff sickness.  The consultation leaflet had been revised for reasons that were reported and he would send copies to members.

 

            Resolved: To note.

596.

STEP ZONE 32 - SOUTH CHEAM

Verbal update by the Interim Head of Transport and Traffic.

Minutes:

Faran Forghani reported that staff sickness had also affected progress with this STEP Zone.  He was unable to give a date for when the consultation would go ahead or answer detailed questions.  Members expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of hard information.  

 

            Resolved: To note.

597.

OUTSTANDING STEP ZONES

The Interim Head of Transport and Traffic will give a verbal update on the current position with other STEP Zones in the Committee’s area of responsibility.

Minutes:

Faran Forghani reported that work on STEP Zones 1 and 5 was essentially complete.  Proposals for STEP Zones 2 and 4 had been rejected as Transport for London had not accepted the cost benefit basis.   Despite the delays already reported it was still intended that STEP Zones 3 and 32 be completed this year.  STEP Zone 9 proposals had been withdrawn.

 

Arising, Councillor Brendan Hudson urged members of the public to reply to the STEP Zone 3 consultation.   Regarding STEP Zone 32, the Chair said that the reply from Surrey County Council dated 30 May (that had been copied to all members of this Committee) had been quite positive.  If members had any ideas that could further assist with the issues in the letter then he would be pleased to receive them.

 

            Resolved:  To note.

598.

COMMITTEE WORKPLAN pdf icon PDF 56 KB

An updated work plan is an ENCLOSURE.

Minutes:

Faran Forghani reported that the scheduled implementation date for the time-limited opening of the barrier in Kimpton Road was 9 July.  The necessary traffic orders had been done.  In response to a point about the warning signs needing to being large and some sited in advance of the Kimpton Road/Gander Green Lane junction, Mr Forghnai said that there had been a useful meeting involving LBS and KIPPA representatives recently, and it was sincerely hoped that the measures being put in by the Council would be sufficient.

 

Mr Forghani said that officers had met with colleagues in Kingston to discuss traffic conditions around Central Road and Green Lane.   It had been agreed that a joint effort to improve traffic conditions was needed and officers would meet again.  It was possible that a new consultant would be employed to look at the whole area with a bid for funding to Transport for London.

 

Councillor Eleanor Pinfold requested an update at the next meeting regarding the Lumley Road no right turn proposal.

 

            Resolved: To note the work plan, the updates given and endorse Councillor Pinfold’s request.

599.

Worcester Park Forum pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 15 May 2007, for information  (ENCLOSURE)

Minutes:

Resolved: To note the Minutes of the Forum meeting held on 15 May 2007.

600.

FUTURE MEETINGS

Verbal update.

Minutes:

Andrew Horrod reported that the scheduled date of this Committee’s next meeting was 26 September but it was expected that this would be precluded by the introduction of the new local committees, the dates for which would be widely advertised. 

appendix to minutes pdf icon PDF 50 KB