Agenda and draft minutes

Beddington and Wallington Area Committee
Wednesday, 7th March, 2007 7.30 pm

Venue: Bandon Hill Primary School, Sandy Lane South, Wallington

Items
No. Item

243.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors John Keys and Richard Bailey.

 

In respect of item 8 on the agenda, apologies were received from Roundshaw Community Board and Wallington Methodist Youth Club.

244.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 10 JANUARY 2007 pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 10 January 2007 were agreed and signed as a correct record. 

 

Further to minute number 13/07, Relocation Options for Guy Road Recreation Ground Youth Shelter, members were informed that the Working Party had met on 27 February 2007 but due to the timescale were not able to produce a report for this meeting.  A report would be presented to the next meeting on 2 May 2007.

 

Further to minute number 7/07, References from Other Committees, this item was not available for this meeting.

245.

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Fifteen minutes are allowed, if required, at this point in the agenda for questions from Sutton residents.  Questions must be submitted in writing, in advance.  The detailed rules regarding questions are set out on the back of the covering sheet to this agenda.

Minutes:

Members of the public asked questions and answers were given as set out in Appendix A of these minutes. 

246.

REFERENCES FROM OTHER COMMITTEES

Minutes:

None.

247.

STRATEGIC MATTERS DELEGATED FROM STRATEGY COMMITTEE

Minutes:

None. 

248.

LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FUNDING 2007/08 TRANSPORT SETTLEMENT pdf icon PDF 237 KB

Report of the Traffic and Highway Works Manager

Minutes:

Further to minute 609/06, Paul Blunt, Traffic and Highway Works Manager, advised Members of the report detailing the funding allocation from Transport for London (TfL) for transport schemes for the coming financial year, 2007/08.  The schemes submitted for funding were reported to Strategy Committee on 10 July 2006. The funding allocation to the Council amounted to just over £4.5m, which was fifty percent higher than the current year’s allocation.  This was partly due to increased provision for the Hackbridge reconstruction project.  However, an additional £548,000 had been allocated for cycling schemes, and the allocation for local safety schemes and 20 mph zones was fifty percent more than last year’s allocation.

 

Members were pleased that Transport for London had, at long last, allocated funding for two traffic signal slots for the Pelican crossing in Mollison Drive and improvements to the Stafford Road/Woodcote Road junction.

 

It was confirmed that the Local Safety Scheme ‘Stafford Road/Woodcote Road junction – partial pedestrian facilities and linking to adjacent signals’ and ‘the Bus Priority scheme – Stafford Road/Woodcote Road – provide anti-skid to junction approaches plus link all signals between Beddington Gardens and Sainsbury’s access’ were part of a joint scheme and both funded by the two relevant programme managers from TfL.

 

Members remarked that when the scheme relating to ‘Foresters Drive – Sandy Lane South’ was first presented to committee, they had expressed concern that there might be difficulty for traffic negotiating the mini-roundabouts; in particular double-decker buses and this might cause more problems than it would solve.  It was pointed out that the scheme was flexible, and could be altered to something more suitable.  The reason the scheme was back on the list was related to road safety statistics, as there had been a fatal accident in Foresters Drive approximately a year ago.

 

In connection with the Station Approach bus priority scheme, Members felt that consideration should be given to moving the 463 and S4 stop to facilitate crew changing. 

 

Resolved:  (i)   To note the 2007/08 LIP funding settlement and the programme for which TfL has agreed the grant.

 

(ii)               To agree the list of schemes relevant to this Area Committee.

 

(iii)             To delegate to the Executive Head of Planning and Transportation, in consultation with the Chair and Ward Councillors, to agree details of individual schemes.

249.

BEDDINGTON PARK IMPROVEMENTS pdf icon PDF 29 KB

Report of Executive Head of Street Scene Services

Minutes:

Members received a report, which set out proposed improvements in Beddington Park, to be funded from a Section 106 contribution linked to the  Beddington Farmlands site through Thames Water. The money was for strategic recreation purposes.  In consultation with the Friends of Beddington Park and The Grange, and local Ward Councillors, proposals for tennis courts, a ball court and Little League area/old grass tennis court area had been drawn up.  Bill Wyatt, Assistant Parks Manager, reported that four tennis courts would be installed where there were previously eight tennis courts, and anti-vandalism features would be used.  The surfacing would be to Lawn Tennis Association standards.  Further works, for which there currently was no money, would be to remove excess chain-link fencing in that area.  The Friends Group had written in support of these proposals and had been in touch since the report had been written to ask for more facilities if possible.  Meetings with them would be taking place in the future to explore further funding possibilities

 

Members welcomed the provision of the tennis courts and thanked officers.   It was confirmed that further tennis courts were being refurbished and installed throughout the borough. 

 

Members were informed that The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents had recently inspected the five main playgrounds in the Borough.  Four playgrounds achieved five star status.  Beddington achieved four stars due to a lack of junior and youth facilities.  It was hoped that these improvements, together with the installation of a path to deal with the mud issues around the half-pipe for the skateboarders, would achieve a five star status next year.

 

Resolved:  (i)  That the proposed improvements outlined in the report be agreed.

 

(ii)               That the Section 106 funding from the planning agreement relating to the Thames Water (Viridor) site be used for the proposed improvements

 

(iii)       To refer the report to Strategy Committee, requesting that capital estimates be amended by £118,226 and such financial provision be released, so that improvements could be made to Beddington Park with funding provided from the developers’ contribution (Scheme M991-8483).

250.

A VISION FOR WALLINGTON TOWN CENTRE pdf icon PDF 31 KB

a.         Draft Urban Design – Public Consultation

Report of the Executive Head of Planning Transportation and Highways

 

b.         Draft Car Clubs Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Report of the Executive Head of Planning Transportation and Highways

 

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION WITH WARD COUNCILLORS, OTHER RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON

‘A FUTURE VISION FOR WALLINGTON TOWN CENTRE’.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair explained the procedure for this agenda item, which included short presentations from Darren Richards, Head of Planning and Transportation, Sally Blomfield, Principal Planner and Graham Willins, Economic Renewal and Regeneration Officer, setting out the planning and economic context, which formed the backdrop to the discussion sessions with residents.

 

a.         Draft Urban Designs SPD – Public Consultation

 

Sally Blomfield explained that this was one of the supplementary planning documents, which, once approved, would form part of the Local Development Framework.  The Urban Design document had been prepared following extensive consultation and its aim was to make sure that all development created places that were attractive, vibrant and which respected local character.  It was explained how this document related to Wallington, which had been identified in the Unitary Development Plan as a community regeneration area and it was recognised that there were elements of urban decline within the centre.  Improving the local environmental quality and urban landscape would be an essential part of economic and community regeneration in the area.  It was hoped that the urban design document would help with that.  Planning applications would be looked at and assessed against this document in relation to urban design.  The document was out to consultation until Tuesday 13 March, and all comments would be welcomed.

 

b.         Draft Car Clubs Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

 

Sally Blomfield reported that this was an up-dated document originally approved in 2002.  The main focus of the document was how car clubs operate, the benefits of car clubs and where car clubs were likely to be successful.  Members were informed that Wallington North and Wallington South had been identified as high priority areas for car club development.  The document was out to consultation until Tuesday 13 March, and all comments would be welcomed.

 

A presentation followed by Darren Richards, Head of Planning and Transportation, who informed members that Sutton had to abide by Government Guidance and the Mayor’s London Plan in relation to the Local Development Framework; therefore, there were some constraints.  The Mayor of London, for example, set housing numbers, and we were obliged to meet these requirements.

 

Consultation had taken place on three options, which were Environmental Protection, Neighbourhood Renewal and Economic Renewal.  The need to look at Sutton and Wallington for increased housing development was explained, but we would want to resist the loss of employment land and may look at finding a higher quality of sites for business to attract employers to the borough, which might provide opportunities for local jobs, and promote some housing development on low quality, open space outside the areas of deficiency.  Of the three options, Sutton and Wallington appear in all three because they were the most obvious places to have higher density of development due to their public transport accessibility and they had a high level of retail and employment within them.

 

Wallington Town Centre an Economic Perspective - Graham Willins, Economic Regeneration and Renewal Officer, gave a further presentation on an economic perspective of Wallington Town  ...  view the full minutes text for item 250.

251.

MINUTES OF THE WALLINGTON FORUM pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 14 February 2007 for noting.

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes be noted. 

252.

ANY URGENT BUSINESS, INCLUDING THAT OF MEMBERS, BROUGHT FORWARD AT THE DIRECTION OF THE CHAIR, WHO HAS APPROVED THE REASON FOR URGENCY

Minutes:

None.

253.

DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING

The next meeting is due to be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2 May 2007, at Bandon Hill Primary School, Sandy Lane South, Wallington.

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the next meeting be held at 7.30pm, on Wednesday 2 May 2007, at Bandon Hill Primary School, Sandy Lane South, Wallington. 

Appendix to Minutes pdf icon PDF 38 KB