Agenda and minutes

Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee
Thursday, 11th December, 2014 7.00 pm

Venue: Sutton Life Centre, Alcorn Close, Sutton, SM3 9PX

Contact: Angela Guest, Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services), Tel:020 8770 5122, Email: 

No. Item


apologies for absence


Apologies were received from Councillors Richard Broadbent and Adrian Davey, Gerald Almeroth, Alan Plant, Ken Haagman, Tony Brett-Young and Hugh Byrne.


Simon Densley substituted for Hugh Byrne whilst Graham Jarvis substituted as a representative for the Friends of Daisy Field.  Ken Hillman attended as substitute for Alan Plant.



minutes of last meeting pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 23 October 2014.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 23 October 2014 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



safer neighbourhood teams - update

To receive an update outlining the priorities and work of the Safer Neighbourhood Team in the local area.


Indicative time 10 minutes


Inspector Neil Tyre gave an update on the Safer Neighbourhood Teams priorities for each ward:


Worcester Park Ward: priorities were arsons in Central Road area, burglaries across the ward.  The next panel meeting was to be held on 15 December 2014.


Stonecot Ward: priorities were given as burglary, anti social behaviour at Tesco car park and theft from motor vehicles. A new contact point had opened in the Tesco foyer. Opening time for that had been advertised in the local press and a sign would be put up at Tesco.


Nonsuch Ward: priorites were anti social behaviour at Sainsbury’s car park and McDonald’s and burglary.


Inspector Tyre also reported on Operation Equinox which was a London wide operation to reduce violent crime. 




1.    To thank Inspector Tyre for his attendance.


2.    That a news piece on the 101 telephone number for the SNT be advertised as widely as possible in newsletters.



public question time pdf icon PDF 92 KB

An opportunity for members of the public to enquire on local area matters, at the Chair’s discretion.


Please be advised that it may not be possible to provide a response on the night, but questions will be noted.


Indicative time 15 minutes


Questions submitted in writing by Chris Price, Alan Plant and Graham Jarvis prior to the meeting, and which had received a written response is attached as an appendix to these minutes.


Mr Price was unhappy with his written response which stated the link road is not a priority at the moment and much discussion ensued regarding lorries using Gander Green Lane and the possibility of a link road.  It was stressed that London Councils is responsible for enforcement of the lorry ban; that everyone should update their satellite navigation systems and the link road was not possible.  Members reiterated that every other avenue was being explored on this long standing issue.


Regarding the second question, Mr Price agreed the old 16.5T weight limit sign doesn’t have to be removed. The possibility of extending the 18T weight limit to include the section between Kimpton Road and Oldfields Road was also discussed.  


Question 1


Peter Pankhurst raised the issue of the lights in Sutton Common Road by the Woodstock pub were not working properly especially at night when the sequencing seemed to be out.  Officers would pass this information onto Transport for London.


Question 2


Michael Freter reported that the yellow lines on Green Lane were faded with wear and tear and causing dangerous parking.  Hamptons Estate were willing to pay for the lines and labour if this was acceptable.  In response Mr Freter was asked to send the detailed information to Faran Forghani who agreed to look into reinstating the yellow lines.


Question 3


Graham Jarvis raised the issue of traffic calming measurements in Sutton Common Road.   Mr Jarvis said that people were parking too close to the islands. Faran Forghani confirmed that a written response was sent to Mr Jarvis and that short lengths of yellow lines could be put in to allow safe movement of vehicles but not too long so as to increase the speed of traffic again. It was agreed that short length of yellow lines to be implemented to prevent dangerous parking.


Question 4


A resident raised the issue of lorries, from the proposed new ASDA on the Woodstock site, using Sutton Common Road.  Councillor Javelot responded that this had been raised with ASDA and the council would work with them to find the right solutions.


Question 5


Ken Hillman raised the issue of yellow lines needing replacement following refurbishment works on the Priory Crescent Leisure Centre.  Councillor Bourne reported that she had already spoken with the head of highways and Transport and she would get back to Mr Hillman on this.



Epsom Coaches

This item is to be led by the Vice Chair.


Indicative time 10 minutes


Huw Barrington, Commercial Director for Epsom Coaches, gave an update on the E16 hail and ride bus route that Epsom Coaches had tendered for and had got the contract.  The Vice Chair explained that she had invited Mr Barrington because she had several queries from residents regarding the timing of buses which they could not understand.  There was also a problem with the first bus coming to the area at 9.23am and concessionary passes could not be used until 9.30am.  Mr Barrington had offered a compromise by which concessionary pass holders could travel before 9.30am by paying for a child fare at ninety pence on any of the local Epsom ‘E’ Routes.  This would be put on the website for Epsom Coaches and be advertised on the bus.




To thank Huw Barrington for attending and reaching a compromise over concessionary pass holders.



Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 121 KB

The Locality Lead Officer to present a report on Neighbourhood Grant applications.


Indicative time 10 minutes


The Committee considered two Neighbourhood Grant applications for approval.




1.    To award £500 to the 5th Worcester Park Guides towards a trip to Adelboden in Switzerland


2.    To award £500 to the Worcester Park Traders Association towards the Worcester Park Christmas Night.



Public Realm pdf icon PDF 165 KB

This report contains information on Public Realm spending since 23 October 2014, shows confirmation of budgets available for 2014/15 and provides new requests for project funding support.


Indicative time 10 minutes


The Committee considered a report that updated Public Realm spending since 23 October 2014; showed confirmation of budgets available for 2014/15 and provided new requests for project funding support.


One Councillor, whilst understanding the economic benefits of hanging baskets wanted justification for spending money on this when the Council were having to make very difficult budget cutting decisions across the services.  The Chair explained that whilst he understood the concern, the spend per capita on hanging baskets was very small and was very popular.  The Locality Lead Officer explained that the Committee were being asked to earmark the money from next year’s budget if it was available. She added that orders needed to be raised by the end of January 2015. There followed a discussion about traders raising the money to fund hanging baskets.




1.    To earmark a sum of £6,600 for hanging baskets and barrier baskets, as set out in Appendix A, Section 1, to be funded from 2015/16 Public Realm Revenue Budget, subject to budgets being made available within the 2015/16  budget cycle that will be approved in March 2015.


2.    To speak with the Traders Associations regarding finding sponsors for hanging baskets from 2016 onwards.



Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 43 KB

The forward plan of future agenda items is attached for discussion and amendments.




To add Sutton Common Pavilion to the forward plan.



date of next meeting

The next meeting will be held on 5 March 2015, commencing at 7.00pm, at Sutton Life Centre, 24 Alcorn Close, SM3 9PX.



The next meeting will be held on 5 March 2015, 7pm, at the Sutton Life Centre.