Agenda and minutes

Sutton Local Committee
Tuesday, 5th September, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Sutton Baptist Church, 21 Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1 1SN

Contact: Aimee Wittams-Smith, Committee Services Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4990, Email:

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions


The Chair welcomed those there present to the meeting.


Apologies for absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Ruth Dombey.


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2017.


The minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2017 were agreed and signed as a correct record.


Parking Strategy Update

Highways Officer Mehmet Mazhar to deliver a presentation and verbal update on the current parking strategy.

Indicative timing: 20 minutes


Hitesh Wadher, Highways & Transport, provided the Committee with an update on the Parking Strategy, including:

·         The survey to map existing parking restrictions around Sutton Town Centre had been completed.

·         Officers would be engaging with Ward Councillors to supplement the research undertaken with residents to complete the picture of parking issues in the area.

·         No proposed changes would be implemented without consideration of the input received from those affected by the changes.

·         21 day traffic management consultations were being undertaken and all representations would be considered.

·         A 30-minute free period in certain pay and display bays was being considered in order to attract customers to local businesses.

·         Subject to the outcome of the stage 1 consultation, a stage 2 consultation would be undertaken with residents in the local area.


The public took the opportunity to ask questions regarding the charge for CO2 emissions, the timetable of the consultation, and the proposed limit of 3 permits per household and its effect on households with more than 4 independent adults with their own vehicles. Councillor Penneck responded that the council was aware of concerns about the effect of the the limit of permits per household and were considering the best way to move forward with this in mind. Hitesh Wadher confirmed that he would obtain a full response from Mehmet Mazhar for some of the questions, including what form the consultation on timings of parking restrictions would take.


Resident Safety Theme pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Residential safety theme to inform and advise local residents on local safety issues. Guest speakers to include representatives from the London Fire Brigade, Sutton Housing Partnership, Sutton Council, Police and Trading Standards.

Indicative timing: 1 hour 40 minutes


Steve Tucker (Sutton Housing Partnership), Simon Latham Assistant Director, EHR Directorate (Housing and Regeneration), PCSO Colin Allen, Inspector Ian Hicks, and Kim Stephens (Team Leader - Regulatory Services) attended to lead an engagement session with the public and the Committee on safety.


Steve Tucker gave a presentation on the work of Sutton Housing Partnership in order to protect tenants, then Simon Latham addressed the committee regarding the repercussions of the Grenfell Tower fire, including the government’s review of building regulations. He confirmed that councils were aiming to gain an understanding of what can be done to ensure safety for tenants of private blocks, beyond the council’s own tenants which it was much simpler to assess. Following a question from a resident, Simon Latham confirmed that there was no central body that could approve retro-added cladding and that it was hoped that this may be an outcome of the government’s review.


Steve Tucker went on to respond to further questions, confirming that although tenants living in blocks higher than 6 floors were being particularly targeted, there would also be inspections carried out on blocks with less than 6 floors, and explaining that Sutton Housing Partnership would ensure that anybody identified as disabled living in their high rise housing would undertake an assessment including whether their current homes are suitable and what can be done to improve evacuation in the instance of emergency. Councillor Steve Penneck asked whether the Building Control regulations were the only control that the council had to ensure that tenants in buildings were safe, and Simon Latham responded that it was not currently known which guidance would become regulation and what powers were likely to be strengthened, but that councils could ensure that materials used for such buildings were safe.


PCSO Colin Allen addressed the committee regarding crime prevention, in particular avoiding scams and protecting homes from burglary. He discussed home security measures, things that could be done to assist the return of stolen property, Neighbourhood Watch, and using ATMs in public. Inspector Ian Hicks added that Sutton had recently been announced as the borough with the lowest crime rate in London.


Inspector Ian Hicks gave a verbal update on the “One Met Model”, a scheme to consider how best to make use of the estate currently used by Police, how the Police could work “smarter” using improved ICT, and to review the supervisory structures. He explained that part of the plan was to merge boroughs, which had been carried out recently elsewhere in London, and that the most recent option being considered was for Sutton to merge with Croydon and Bromley. He outlined a scheme in Sutton to “upskill” which had involved assigning two Dedicated Ward Officers per ward.


Kim Stephens gave a presentation on scams and rogue traders. She responded to a question from a resident regarding ‘missed calls’ scams, which rely on people ringing a premium rate telephone line usually on their mobile and that sometimes scammers will call a victim and dupe them into  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.


Epsom & St.Helier University Hospitals Trust pdf icon PDF 560 KB

ESTH 2020 - 2030 to provide an update/consultation on the longer-term plans for delivering local health care in the area.

Indicative timing: 30 minutes


Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, and Dr James Marsh, Medical Director at the Trust, attended to lead an engagement regarding the Trust’s 2020-2030 engagement programme. Daniel Elkeles gave a short presentation and then a video was shown, (available at:


The public and Committee members took the opportunity to ask questions regarding the proposals. Dr James Marsh confirmed that the proposal was to build a brand new building for acute medical or surgical needs, and Daniel Elkeles added that there were no plans to reduce the number of sites offering accident and emergency department.


Further questions were asked about the employment of agency staff and the poor state of the buildings at the St Helier site. Residents raised concerns about the future of St Helier hospital, in particular its closure, and the allocation of staff between the sites.


Appointment of Community Representatives

An application for the appointment of a Community Representative has been received.

It is recommended that the Sutton Local Committee appoint Tony Cullen to represent Manor Park Friends' Group on the Local Committee.


Indicative timing: 5 minutes


Resolved: that the Sutton Local Committee appointed Tony Cullen to represent Manor Park Friends' Group on the Local Committee.


Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Locality Lead Officer, Paul Brockwell, to deliver a report on the Public Realm budget, introduce new schemes for consideration by the Committee and remind committee members of new Neighbourhood Grant Schemes agreed through delegated decision.

Indicative timing: 10 minutes

Additional documents:


Paul Brockwell, Locality Lead Officer, presented a report outlining public realm schemes. He highlighted that the Sutton Green toilet block refurbishment project was at the stage where the proposals were with the Planning department and it was likely that the scheme would be complete before the end of the year, and took the Committee through the ongoing schemes set out in the appendix to the report.


Resolved that Sutton Local Committee:


1.    Approved £1,500 for a planting scheme on the green space in Grennell Road from Public Realm capital converted to revenue.

2.    Approved £6,500 to supply and install an outdoor gym along the footpath area connecting Perrett's Field to Seears Park from Public Realm capital.

3.    Approved £1,800 to supply and plant 10 replacement trees in Sutton West ward from Public Realm revenue.

4.    Approved £10,460 to conduct feasibility study to investigate potential highways adoption of Rosebery Gardens from Public Realm capital converted to revenue.


Any urgent items brought forward at the discretion of the Chair

The Chair must approve the reason for urgency.


There were no urgent items brought forward.


Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the Sutton Local Committee will take place on 5 December 2017 at 7pm at a venue to be confirmed.


The next meeting will be held on 5 December 2017 at a venue to be confirmed.