Agenda and minutes

Sutton Local Committee
Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Susanne Wicks, Committee Support Team Leader  Tel: 020 8770 6540 | Email:

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions


The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.


Apologies for absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Ali Mirhashem.


Apologies were also received from the following community representatives: Gabrielle Andrews, Friends of Sutton Green, Rob Hardy, Sutton United FC, David Browne, Collingwood Residents’ Association and Paul Nathan, Benhill Residents’ Association.


Declarations of Interest


No declarations of interest were made.


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2015.


RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2015 are agreed as an accurate record of the meeting.


Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) and community safety

A presentation by Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) from Homefield Preparatory School, to the Local Committee on the Park and Walk initiative around their school. The YTA initiative focuses on:

·        Encouraging more walking and cycling  

·        Sharing important road safety messages

·        Promoting responsible behaviour on public transport and out and about

·        Giving fellow pupils the skills and confidence to travel safely and independently


Indicative timing:  15 minutes



Three pupils from Homefield Preparatory School, Rohan Patel, Ben Burton and Ved Nathwani, delivered a presentation to the Committee on the Park and Walk initiative around their school. 


At the conclusion of the presentation, the pupils were congratulated on their presentation.  It was suggested that they could link up with Robin Hood Primary School which is close to their school.


Councillor Ruth Dombey noted that other schools should be encouraged to take up similar initiatives, and, with the school’s permission, undertook to approach the Sutton Guardian in order to promote the project. 


Councillor Marlene Heron invited the school to come back to a future meeting of the Committee in order to feedback on the outcome of the project.


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 .


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Members of the public in attendance were invited to put questions to the Committee.  The questions and answers are attached in an appendix to the minutes.


Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team

An update on the three ward priorities in the area and community safety issues.


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Inspector Kathy Morteo was unable to attend the meeting, due to unavoidable circumstances.  Councillor Marlene Heron invited the community representatives to deliver a short update on activities carried out recently by their organisation.  Updates were given by:


Maggie Sheppard, Friends of Quarry Park

Councillor Simon Wales, on behalf of Rob Hardy, Sutton United FC

Paula Gowing, Friends of Rosehill Parks

Chris Carter, Sutton Garden Suburb Residents’ Association

Valerie Grant, Friends of Collingwood

Amanda Munro, Manor Park Friends Group.


Councillor Marlene Heron reported that Sutton Local Committee will be presenting a wreath at the Remembrance Service, and thanked the Manor Park Friends Group for organising the event.


Outcomes from the Sutton Northern Gateway Area Improvements consultation

The Area Renewal Project Manager Manmohan Dayal to present the Committee with the outcomes and next steps from the two 'Have your Say' High Street pedestrianised area community consultation events near Asda held in September 2015.


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The Area Renewal Project Manager, Manmohan Dayal, delivered a detailed presentation to the Committee regarding the outcome of the Sutton Northern Gateway improvements consultation.  At the conclusion of the presentation, he welcomed comments and questions.


A local resident asked if the “fire path” (i.e. a clear access route for emergency vehicles) still exists on the High Street.  Councillor Marlene Heron suggested that was the case.


Mr John Lever suggested that Councillors must support the project but questioned if the introduction of the tram may encourage people to go away from Sutton, as much as bring them in.


Councillor Marlene Heron advised that the Licensing Committee will be reviewing fees and charges imposed on premises, including those for outside seating. 


Manmohan Dayal confirmed that the consultant recruited for the project with have experience of High Street design and will look at all aspects of the project.


In response to suggestions that the likelihood of improving the area was slim, Manmohan Dayal acknowledged that the way people shop is changing, but that does not mean that the area cannot attract shoppers and visitors.


Proposed cycle facilities on the TfL Highway Network pdf icon PDF 93 KB

A report from Lynn Robinson, Senior Engineer, Highways and Transport to the Committee, outlining suggested cycling infrastructure schemes on the Transport for London (TfL) highway network that are within the local area. With support from Councillors, these schemes will be presented to TfL for consideration.


Indicative timing: 10 minutes

Additional documents:


This reports was introduced by Lynn Robinson, Senior Highways and Transport Engineer.  She welcomed comments and questions from the Committee.


Councillor Simon Wales noted his support for improving cycling facilities.  His support was echoed by Councillor Ruth Dombey who noted that LB Sutton has one of the highest rates of car ownership in London, and cycling is one of the ways to get people out of their cars. 


RESOLVED: That the Sutton Local Committee


1.    Agrees the list of cycling infrastructure schemes for this local committee, as shown on Appendix A.


2.    Agrees that the list of schemes be presented to Transport for London for consideration.



Planning for Traffic and Parking: Sutton Local Committee Area Engagement Outcomes pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Following the engagement session held at the meeting on 8 September, the Head of Highways and Transport to present a report on possible schemes to resolve parking and traffic issues.


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Additional documents:


The Head of Highways, Gary Smith, introduced this report and explained the information contained within the report and appendices.  He explained that the aim is to optimise parking within the borough, and to look at the key problems around parking and speeding motorists and to consider solutions for entire areas rather than introduce solutions on a street by street basis.  Where not needed, parking restrictions will be removed.


Gary Smith also advised that a parking strategy is to be determined, which will introduce parking rules, which could assist with issues such as commercial vehicles parking in residential streets, leading to problems with parking, access and visibility for other road users.


It was agreed that comments should be taken on each of the three wards centrally.  Comments raised are detailed below.


Sutton Central ward


·         Benhill Road – a resident advised that a car dealership operating in the area parks as many as 16 cars in the road. 


·         Elm Grove - there are no restrictions on parking on Sundays and Bank Holidays which causes problems for residents.


·         St Barnabas Road – Gary Smith advised that the whole area is being considered with a view to imposing parking and speed restrictions.


Sutton West ward


·         Village Row – is at the end of the Mulgrave Road CPZ, so is used for parking by many motorists, with large vans causing real problems for access and resident parking. 


Sutton North ward


·         Woodside Road – is used for parking by vans and lorries, causing a range of problems for other drivers.


·         Montrose Gardens – is more dangerous now because of the restrictions in place.


·         All Saints Road – there are problems with speeding motorists as well as parking.


Residents raised complaints about Parking Enforcement and Gary Smith explained that the new contractor has been in place since April and rates of enforcement are now increasing.  He advised that most officers either travel on foot or by moped and go out on set routes, so are unlikely to respond to personal calls.  He confirmed that photographs or CCTV footage cannot be used as evidence to issue a penalty charge notice, the enforcement officer must be physically present.


Chris Carter asked how officers can reconcile the division of opinion between local residents when consulted on issues such as CPZs.  Gary Smith explained that residents will be presented with a range of options for consideration. 


In conclusion, Gary Smith outlined the next steps.


RESOLVED:  That the Sutton Local Committee


1.    Approves £7,505 Local Transport Fund  to cover the investigation, Traffic Management Order and implementation costs for the proposed minor parking schemes listed below; and


2.    Delegates authority to process, consider and resolve any objections received to the Traffic Management Orders, to the Executive Head of Safer and Stronger Communities, in consultation with ward councillors and the Local Committee Chair.


3.    Agrees to commence informal consultation on the possible Parking Control Zone areas identified on the plan in Appendix C.


4.    Agrees to commence informal consultation on the possible 20mph  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37.


Public Realm Projects and Priorities pdf icon PDF 180 KB

The Locality Lead Officer will present a report to the Committee, which outlines  new public realm schemes for approval and gives an update on the progress of current schemes.


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The Locality Lead Officer, Chantelle Swaby, presented this report and welcomed comments and questions.


Check questions on recording.


RESOLVED: That the Sutton Local Committee


1.         Approves the locations and installation of eight Landseer conservation area heritage signs for £3,000 funded from Public Realm capital

2.         Approves a new outdoor table tennis table for Collingwood recreation ground for £3,000 funded from Public Realm capital

3.         Approves two public noticeboards. One for Seears Park and one for Quarry Park costing a total of £3,800 funded from Public Realm capital

4.         Approves the provision of one litter bin to be placed outside of the Sutton West rail station for £185 public realm capital

5.         Agrees to earmark a sum of £6,865 for floral arrangements to be funded from 2016/17 Public Realm Revenue Budget, and £350 for column testing, subject to budgets being made available within the 2016/17 budget cycle that will be approved in March 2016.




Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 96 KB

The Locality Lead Officer to present a report on grant applications approved under delegated authority since the last meeting of this Committee.


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The Locality Lead Officer, Chantelle Swaby, presented this report. She reminded all present that community groups can apply for a grant of £50 to £1000 each year.


RESOLVED:  That the Sutton Local Committee notes that Sutton United have been awarded £734 towards equipment, trophies and promotional materials for the Collingwood Recreation Sports Day.


Any urgent items brought forward at the discretion of the Chair

The Chair must approve the reason for urgency.


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No items were brought forward.


Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the Sutton Local Committee will take place on 15 March 2016 at 7 pm at the Salvation Army Centre, Benhill Road, Sutton.


The next meeting of the Sutton Local Committee will take place on 15 March 2016 at 7 pm, at the Salvation Army Centre.