Agenda and minutes

Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee
Thursday, 22nd February, 2018 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Sharon Major, Committee Services Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4990, Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Link: Audio Recording

Items
No. Item

27.

Welcome and Introductions

Minutes:

The chair welcomed all those present.  The Chair lead a Tribute to Councillor Adrian Davey.  Each Ward Councillor spoke of their memories and gave thanks for both his work and his friendship.

 

28.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies, Councillor Sangster was absent.

 

29.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

Councillor Nick Emmerson, Non Pecuniary, as a Sutton Housing Partnership Board Member.

 

30.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2017

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2017 be signed and agreed as a correct record.

31.

The Sutton Plan pdf icon PDF 263 KB

A briefing to cover the Sutton Plan and what work is being done to help improve the boroughs holistic approach

 

Indicative timing: 30 minutes

Minutes:

Gerald Almeroth, Strategic Director Resources, presented the Sutton plan briefing. The presentation document is published in the agenda pack.  Key points highlighted were:

·         Plan will be formally launched in June this year, and is jointly owned by 23 partners in Sutton for our residents.

·         Objective of the plan is to deliver a more responsive and seamless service

·          Further borough wide engagement within this local committee area will take place during February and March.

·         4 priorities have been identified: Tackling domestic violence; Providing early help to young families at risk of disadvantage; Supporting older people within the borough; Making Sutton a better place to live and work for all age groups.

In their groups residents were then asked to share their thoughts on the priorities that have been identified and also to share their ideas on potential additional priorities.

 

32.

Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team

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

 

Indicative timing: 15 minutes

Minutes:

PC Mark Harper updated the committee on the 3 Ward Areas priorities and community safety issues as follows:

  • Current Safer Neighbourhood team consists of 9 officers.
  • Since last meeting significant reduction in burglaries has been seen, but an increase in theft from motor vehicles has been identified.
  • In respect of structure changes, the Officer confirmed a merging of police cover for Sutton with Croydon and what it means for residents. Currently Sutton are in top 3 for response times.  However in Croydon response times are not so good, the merging of resources should help to spread the workload.  The current dedicated PCs for Sutton will remain in place.
  • Sutton police station was opened in 2005 and is owned by Carillion who are in administration, and are looking at all their assets so there is a possibility that the police station at this location may close but there is no decision on that currently.

Members asked if there was any news on when Worcester Park police station Office will be closed, PC Harper advised it will be between now and 2020. Councillor Wingfield raised the issue of other closures of police stations and raised concerns regarding resources in Sutton being reduced. Councillor Bourne asked who is responsible for agreeing if the police station building in Sutton will be retained. The Officer advised that the custody suite in Sutton will close and suspects will be taken to Croydon. Councillor Broadbent asked why Sutton were merged with Croydon rather than Merton and Kingston. PC Harper did not have full answers to all queries.

 

A local resident Norman Summerfield expressed his worry regarding the impact this merger will have on response times as a result of this change.  A local Resident from Egham Crescent contributed that knife crime in Croydon has increased and he is concerned that this trend will spread to Sutton.  The officer responded that Sutton has the lowest knife crime, currently of all London Boroughs.

 

33.

World War 1 : Our War Graves

A project briefing to inform the Committee about a project to raise awareness and commemorate First World War service men and women who are buried in Sutton Cemetery.

 

Indicative timing: 30 minutes

Minutes:

The project briefing was presented by Lord Tope to raise awareness and to commemorate First World War service men and women who are buried in Sutton Cemeteries. He advised there are 130 Commonwealth War graves from the First World War within Sutton. The aim of the project is to look after the graves within Churchyards, and also the two Council Cemeteries. Lord Tope invited residents to take part in this project both in researching the war dead and also in adopting a grave to maintain.  He highlighted the Brox Memorial which is within Sutton Cemetery, the aim this year is to get this memorial cleaned restored and repaired with the help of people from this committee area.  Councillor Bourne supported this request and would like to put herself forward to help and this was seconded by Councillor Emmerson who would also like to help with this with the support of Stonecote Councillors.  Residents were requested to make it known if they would like to take part.  It was also suggested that local schools may also wish to become involved. The war memorial grant scheme was discussed which may help with funding.

 

In view of the support shown during debate Councillor Javelot asked for costings to be put together to work on these projects in due course and for these to come back to local committee for further consideration at a later date.  This was seconded by Councillor Wingfield. This will be actioned by the LLO.

 

34.

World War Stories

Local resident Mr Terrence Reddin tells of his experiences during the war and what life was like serving in the British army.

 

Indicative timing: 45 minutes

Minutes:

Mr Terrence Reddin a local resident shared his experience of what life was like to live through the War and also of serving in the British Army in National Service.  Other residents and members of the committee also shared their stories. The Chair gave his thanks to all participants.

35.

Petition on new pedestrian crossing outside Glenthorne School pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Local resident Mr Paul Prior presented a petition to have an updated pedestrian crossing outside Glenthorne School following concerns raised by local residents

 

Indicative timing: 10 minutes

Minutes:

The lead petitioner Mr Paul Prior, sent his apologies as he was unable to attend.   Lynn Robinson Senior Engineer, briefly responded to the petition by presenting the report. It was underlined that as there were no accidents at the location and speeds of motorist are within the required speed limit it is recommended that the type of crossing is not changed as requested in the petition but that the existing crossing is up-graded.

 

Councillor Wingfield highlighted the number of local people who were interested in this petition and wanted to give full consideration to the points raised by the petitioner. In debate Members discussed what changes could be made to the existing crossing.  The officer further confirmed that this road is due to be upgraded.

 

 RESOLVED: that:

  1. It be agreed not to progress the conversion of the zebra crossing to a signal controlled crossing on Sutton Common Road outside Glenthorne High School, but to progress with the upgrade of the existing zebra crossing using the funding available from Transport for London (TfL) via the Local Implementation Plan (LIP)  allocation for 2018/19.



 

36.

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 localcommittees@sutton.gov.uk at least 5 working 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 timing: 15 minutes

 

Minutes:

An addendum of the questions raised in advance of the meeting and responses are to be published.  New and supplementary questions and responses are provided below. Alan Plant from CHAPRA asked Councillor Bourne for an update on improvements to 93 bus routes and bus standing provision.   Mr Plant also wanted to offer thanks from CHAPRA to Councillors Bourne and Broadbent for all their work in assisting residents.

 

Councillor Bourne provided an updated, that new plans regarding 93 bus have been drafted and the reasons for the delays to these.  Plans are due to be shared with residents in Mid-March. It is hoped that informal consultation will take place before the pre-election period.

 

Mr Robert Sparrow asked a supplementary question on the traffic pollution issue The Chair asked that the officer who made the initial response, Mr Trew, should revert to Mr Sparrow to discuss his concerns.  Councillor Broadbent highlighted the previous schemes that were agreed for LIP funding he explained the priorities that had been put forward and how they were prioritised. Lynn Robinson also advised of the funding for bus priority work and the aim of that scheme is to reduce congestion and improve the flow of traffic in Central Road to address these concerns.

 

Residents were advised by the Chair that questions relating to planning could not be responded to from this Local committee and should be address to the planning department. In respect of Mr Sparrows question the Chair asked that he address his query to Mr Williams in the planning team

 

Supplementary question from Angela Marriott regarding waste collection. Mrs Marriott previously used bags for her waste rather than a wheelie bin. She has recently found out that the bag service has been withdrawn.  She asked that people that are incapacitated be allowed to continue with the bag service.  Victoria Jeffrey Head of Local Place and Engagement advised that anyone with mobility issues may request an assisted collection.  She also advised that residents should have received a letter about the change-over of the bag collections, and apologised that this letter had not been received.  She offered to discuss this particular issue outside of the meeting with Mrs Marriott.   Councillor Hookway apologised for the shortfall in service and encouraged residents to highlight issues to their local councillors who can help get resolution from Veolia.

 

Question from Mr Richard Johnson regarding Worcester Park library garden was taken as read.  Councillor Bourne confirmed that there was no conflict of interest as the information requested from her was after the planning meeting had taken place.

 

Question 6 from Mr Johnson also taken as read - a response had been provided.  Mr Johnson asked a supplementary question querying why funding had been given if this friends group is not a registered charity. Paul Brockwell the Lead Locality Officer advised the project started in 2013 the large majority of the funding was from Mayor of London and some matched funding, and also a neighbourhood grant in 2015 and public realm funding  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 160 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:

Minutes:

The Lead Locality Officer Paul Brockwell, presented the report and video for the Local committee area to share some of the work that the residents have taken part in, working together with Ward Councillors.

 

He advised there is a small amount of money left within this budget for this year and reminded residents to apply for funding where needed.

 

RESOLVED: that:

  1. It be approved that £455 for an additional litter bin to be situated in Browning Avenue from Public Realm Capital.
  2. It be approved that £292 for two street trees to be planted in Ash Road, one outside number 95, and the other outside 73-75 Ash Road from Public Realm Revenue.
  3. It be approved that £180 for one street tree to be planted in Church Hill Road outside no 200 from Public Realm Capital converted to Revenue.
  4. It be approved that £740 for four street trees to be planted in Lynwood Drive using existing tree pits from Public Realm Capital converted to Revenue.
  5. It be approved that £2,135 for a tree planting scheme in Cuddington Recreation Ground from Public Realm Capital converted to Revenue.
  6. It be approved that £1,830 for a tree planting scheme in Fairlands Park from Public Realm Capital converted to Revenue.
  7. It be approved that £1,830 for a tree planting scheme in Yardley Recreation Ground from Public Realm Capital converted to Revenue.
  8. It be approved that £2,500 for Sutton Common Road junction with Asda access from the Local Transport Fund.
  9. It be approved that £6,771 be earmarked from the 2018/19 Public Realm budget for the annual hanging baskets for the local committee area from Public Realm Revenue.
  10. It be approved that the net underspend amount of £6,790 Public Realm Capital, as detailed in Appendix A, Section 5, be added to unallocated balances.

 

38.

Any Urgent Business brought forward at the discretion of the Chair

The Chair must approve the reason for the urgency.

 

Minutes:

The Chair thanked all Members who are standing down for their work and contribution.


A local resident Norman Summerfield advised the committee that local resident Mr Colin Newton had been awarded the title of Sutton Business Champion from Sutton Chamber of Commerce. He further commented on the contribution to sport in the locality from Sutton United Football teams.