Agenda and minutes

Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee
Thursday, 5th October, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: North Cheam Sports & Social Club, 658 London Rd, North Cheam, Sutton, SM3 9BY

Contact: Davena Palmer, Committee Services Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4990, Email:

Link: Audio Recording

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions

Opening of the Local Committee meeting.



The chair welcomed all those present.



Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Davey and Councillor Hookway.


Declarations of interest


3. Declarations of interest.


Councillor Nick Emmerson, Non Pecuniary, member on the Sutton Hosuing Partnership Board.


The Chair received a petition from Paul Prior requesting the installation of pelican crossing outside Glenthorne High School.




Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2017.



RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2017 be signed and agreed as a correct record.



Sutton Film Makers Update

Sutton film makers to showcase the first video piece created for the local committee and update on the current progress of the project.


Indicative timing: 20 minutes



A film created by the Sutton Film Makers was showcasing The Hamptons development in Worcester Park, was played for the meeting. It highlighted the difference the development has made to the local community.


Chair explained that the filmmakers funded the film using a community grant intended for the creation of three relevant documentaries regarding the local area. The Hamptons film is the first of the three.


Peter Geiringer, local resident, commented that there were previous social housing problems in the development and asked if the problems had now calmed down. Paul Brockwell, Lead Locality Officer explained that the partnership does appear to now be working and the public areas are well used by the community.



Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team

An update on the three ward priorities in the area and community safety issues. Theme to focus on burglaries and robberies as well as an update on the One Met Model.


Indicative timing: 20 minutes


PC Mark Harper and PC Drew Lovell updated the committee on the new One Met Model and introduced the dedicated officers that will be serving the committee area. The constables then welcomed questions from both members and residents.


Members asked if an update could be provided regarding a major incident that occurred at the HG Wells public house. PC Harper explained that an incident involving a firearm and a knife had taking place and the Flying Squad who specialise in armed robberies had now taken over the investigation.


Members asked for an update on the potential closure of the Worcester Park Police Station. PC Harper confirmed that a consultation had now taken place. The station open 7 days a week and staffed by volunteers, so it is relatively inexpensive to operate and its closure won’t give significant savings. There is a link from the Council website to the consultation to provide feedback. Members said the committee were opposed to the closing of the front counter.


Members asked the constables to expand on the work taking place at Cheam North Primary School. PC Harper said officers had conducted speed watches outside the school resulting in several sanctions being issued in regards to speeding and mobile phone use.


Peter Geringer, local resident, asked if any members had been in touch with Steve O'Connell in the London Assembly regarding the Worcester Park Police Station closure. Members explained that the Council had been in touch with him and Councillor Bourne said she would be happy to start a petition to give to Steve O’Connell.



Neighbourhood Services Update pdf icon PDF 594 KB

Service update from Neighbourhood Manager Robert Woodbridge that will focus on the new service comprising of Waste, Street Cleansing and Parks.


Scott Edgell from Veolia to also update the Committee on the progress of the new waste collection service and address any concerns.



Indicative timing: 45 minutes


Robert Woodbridge, Neighbourhood Manager gave an update on Neighbourhood Services including waste, street cleansing and parks.


Members asked for clarification on the ongoing arrangements for shrub bed maintenance on Central Road. The Neighbourhood Manager said there had been some issues due to the contract change over, and this issue has been picked up and works started.


Members reported that some smaller roads such as Merrilands and Windbourne Court, are inaccessible for trucks are still having missed waste collections and asked if these individual incidents could be looked at. The Neighbourhood Manager said that there were smaller access vehicles that can help and asked for further details of the specific roads that need looking into.


Members explained that the Council is taking the waste issues seriously, the scrutiny committee has concluded its investigations into the contract and recommendations have been put forward the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee. The Chair gave an apology to residents within the local committee for the poor service.


Local residents raised concerns regarding verges in North Cheam and hedge cutting times. The Neighbourhood Manager explained that they work with both Idverde and TfL and that he would have to provide information on when work will start in North Cheam at a later date. The Neighbourhood Manager also confirmed that hedges are cut outside of the bird nesting season, generally between late July and early February. However if there are safety concerns hedges on highway site lines are cut as required on safety reasons..

Members pointed out that no parks in Nonsuch or Worcester Park had friends group and encouraged anyone residents who want to start one to get in touch with the Council.


Ken Haagman, of Friends of Sutton Common Park, commented that the park is often locked when people are still in the park. The Neighbourhood Manager explained that Iverde are instructed to call the police and people can call the out of hours council number if locked in. They will also will look into installing more signs, sounding a horn and making the park police aware if there are ongoing issues


Further questions were raised by residents in regards to waste, however the Chair felt these questions would be better answered if fed back to Scott Edgell of Veolia following the meeting.



Appointment of Community Representatives

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


It is recommended that the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee appoint Robert Arthur Sparrow to represent the Worcester Park Residents’ Association on the Local Committee, with Elizabeth Bennett appointed as a substitute.



RESOLVED: that Robert Arthur Sparrow be appointed to represent the Worcester Park Residents’ Association on the Local Committee, with Elizabeth Bennett appointed as his substitute.


Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 172 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 time: 15 minutes


Additional documents:


The Lead Locality Officer, Paul Brockwell, presented the report, and gave a presentation showcasing the completed neighbourhood grant schemes.


The Lead Locality Officer outlined the potential options and prices for a new scheme to install either planters, barrier baskets or trees on the corner of Church Hill and Priory Road.


As members raised concerns regarding the ongoing costs incurred by different options and the committee had mixed opinion on which options to select, the Chair motioned for the recommendation to be amended to include an additional spend of £1400, and for the options to be decided in conjunction with the Nonsuch Ward Councillors.


The additional £1400 was to come from an underspend on the barrier to be reflected at the next committee meeting.


The motion was seconded by Councillor Richard Marston


RESOLVED: that £1,552 for the installation of barrier baskets and trees or planters located on the corners of Church Hill Road and Priory Road, funded from Public Realm capital
converted to Revenue be agreed, with agreement for an additional spend £1400 with decisions on the options thereafter to be made in conjunction with the Nonsuch Ward Councillors.



Public Question Time

This item is an opportunity for members of the public to raise points or questions about local issues that are not already on the agenda.


If you wish to submit a question prior to the meeting, please send it to at least 5 days in advance and we will endeavour to obtain a written response for the meeting. 


Please be aware your question and name will be published in the minutes of the meeting.


Indicative time: 20 minutes



Francis Wright, local resident, asked what can and will be done regarding local air pollution.

Members outlined that the Council is working with the GLA and TfL to address the issue and the Council is looking to implement quiet ways, hybrid buses, electric car charging points and cycle schemes.


Members said a key challenge was to find ways to incentivise choosing public transport over cars. Through the Local and London Plan they are reducing the amounts of parking spaces developers can provide, with car clubs and shares being encouraged through Planning as well.


Peter Geringer, local resident, reported that the blue gate next to Beckett House had not been repaired and no anti-slip paint was on the fence. He questioned why it had not been dealt with as people are still continuing to access the building.


Members said they had been told this was being dealt with and will follow up on the points raised to rectify the issue.



Any Urgent Business

The Chair must approve the reason for the urgency.



There is no urgent business.



Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee will take place on 4 January 2018 at 7 pm at the North Cheam Sports & Social Club.



The next meeting will be taking place on the 4 January 2018 at the North Cheam Sports and Social Club.