Agenda and minutes

Sutton Local Committee
Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 7.00 pm

Venue: Salvation Army, 45 Benhill Avenue, Sutton, SM1 4DD

Contact: Peter Snow, Committee Support Team Leader  Tel: 020 8770 5119 | Email:  peter.snow@sutton.gov.uk

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29.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 16 September 2014.2 minutes

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 16 September 2014 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

30.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

There were apologies from Councillors Ruth Dombey and Wendy Mathys.

 

31.

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM

Update by Inspector Kathy Morteo.                                                                10 minutes

Minutes:

Inspector Kathy Morteo reported that a suspect had been arrested and charged in connection with a serious sexual assault in The Grove, Carshalton and that a suspect had been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Angel Hill, Sutton.  Operation Equinox, led by one Sergeant and six Constables, had been launched to combat an increase in incidents of violence with injury.  There would be an increase in visits to licensed premises as part of the police annual campaign to combat drinking and driving.

 

During the past summer officers had implemented a community engagement plan, undertaken ‘speed gun’ initiatives at Sutton Green and had worked with Sutton Housing Partnership to re-position closed circuit television cameras to combat arson attacks on the Benhill housing estate.

 

The objectives of safer neighbourhood teams were unchanged.

 

Inspector Morteo responded to questions about specific issues regarding the slashing of car tyres and anti-social drinking.

 

            Resolved: To note that a further report on the position regarding the arson attacks on the Benhill housing estate would be made at the Committee’s next meeting.

 

32.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

Members of the public, at the Chair’s discretion, may ask questions about local issues that are not on the agenda for this meeting.  If it is not possible to answer the question at the meeting the questioner will receive a written response.

 

The Local Committee cannot take a decision on any matter that is not on the agenda.    15 minutes

Minutes:

Questions were invited from the public.

 

Question 1

 

In respect of the storage of scaffolding in Rectory Road, Councillor Steve Penneck undertook to raise the issue with officers and report to local residents.

 

Question 2

 

In respect of concerns about the absence of street lighting in the area of Anton Crescent (Northspur Road) the questioner was informed of a meeting to be held on 27 November with a view to forming a residents’ group to deal with this and other local issues.

 

Question 3

 

In respect of the proposed supermarket for J Sainsbury on the former gasholder site at the northern end of High Street, Sutton, it was reported that the applicant had sought permission to reduce the size of the store and increase the proposed number of flats.

 

33.

SUTTON STATION GATEWAY - UPDATE pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Presentation by Brian Bainbridge, Station Gateway Project Manager.   10 minutes

Minutes:

Members noted the objectives, progress and current position of the scheme.  In particular the side entrance to Sutton Railway Station had been opened and increased bicycle storage had been provided.  Work on kerbs and footways between the railway bridge in Brighton Road and the junction with Cedar Road was planned to be completed in November 2014.  Work would not be undertaken in High Street or Brighton Road from 24 November to 17 December 2014, but would continue in Mulgrave Road and The Quadrant.  The improvements to shop fronts and the installation of the Civic Clock and signage were planned for early 2015.  Transport for London would provide a new ‘bus shelter as soon as possible.

 

            Resolved: To note.

 

34.

PETITION: ELGIN ROAD, SUTTON

A petition bearing 16 names has been received from residents of Elgin Road, Sutton calling on the Council:

 

            To extend restricted parking to the full length of Elgin Road to stop large commercial vehicles and car traders using the lower end of Elgin Road for long term van and lorry parking and selling cars from the street.

 

            The petitioners call on the Council to extend the limited parking restrictions in Elgin Road to the full length of the road and also increase the restrictions until 8:00 pm Monday to Saturday to stop weekend parking.

 

The Chair has agreed that the organiser of the petition, Mr Alastair Young, may address the meeting for a maximum of five minutes.                                                      10 minutes

Minutes:

It was reported that a petition bearing 16 names had been received from residents of Elgin Road, Sutton calling on the Council:

 

            To extend restricted parking to the full length of Elgin Road to stop large commercial vehicles and car traders using the lower end of Elgin Road for long term van and lorry parking and selling cars from the street.

 

            To extend the limited parking restrictions in Elgin Road to the full length of the road and also increase the restrictions until 8:00 pm Monday to Saturday to stop weekend parking.

 

The organiser of the petition, Mr Alastair Young, was permitted to address the meeting.

 

            Resolved: That officers report on the action that might be taken in response to the petition, and on the alleged speeding in Elgin Road also referred to by Mr Young in his address.

 

35.

AREA IMPROVEMENTS AND PUBLIC REALM PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Update on existing projects and report on proposed projects.                  10 minutes

Minutes:

Completed public realm schemes, schemes in progress and potential schemes were reported.  The Local Committee had an allocation of £41,263 from public realm capital funding, an allocation of £16,505 for transport related schemes and £10,000 direct revenue funding available in 2014/15.  One scheme was submitted for funding in 2015/16, subject to financial provision for public realm funding being made.

 

It was noted that the scheme for solar-powered lights in trees in Manor Park, Sutton had proved to be more complex than expected and could not proceed at reasonable cost.

 

            Resolved: (i) To note the progress made on public realm schemes, the Local Committee’s current financial position and the balance of £23,507 public realm funding remaining in 2014/15.

 

            (ii) That the remaining £505 of Transport for London funding be used on a scheme to improve parking in Calthorpe Gardens, or failing that such other parking scheme determined by the Executive Head of Commissioning in consultation with the Chair.

 

            (iii) That, subject to financial provision being made in revenue estimates 2015/16 for public realm funding, the sum of £7,250 be allocated for barrier baskets and floor planters in that year.

 

            (iv) That the scheme for solar-powered lights in trees in Manor Park, Sutton be not proceeded with and the provision of £2,000 be re-allocated to another scheme in the Park as yet to be determined.

 

Councillor Kevin Burke declared a non-pecuniary interest in the scheme for road name signs in the Landseer Conservation Area.

 

36.

NEIGHBOURHOOD GRANTS pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider approved applications for grants.                                             10 minutes

Minutes:

Neighbourhood grants, normally of between £50 and £500, were available to assist local community and voluntary organisations to play an active part in their area.  A sum of £30,000 had been allocated for all Local Committees in 2014/15 and a sum of £7,525 remained unspent from 2013/14.  The total had been allocated equally between the six local committees, giving each £6,254.  The Local Committee had allocated £3,645 so far in 2014/15 leaving a balance of £2,609 available.

 

            Resolved: To note that, since the previous meeting of the Local Committee, a grant of £500 has been made to the Benhill Social Club for a pantomime on 28 November 2014.

 

37.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Local Committee will be on 20 January 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Salvation Army, 25 Benhill Avenue, Sutton, SM1 4DD.

Minutes:

            Resolved: To note that the next meeting of the Local Committee will be on 20 January 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Salvation Army, 25 Benhill Avenue, Sutton.