Agenda and minutes

Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee
Thursday, 25th April, 2019 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Paul Brockwell, Locality Lead Officer, Tel: 020 8770 6020 | Email:  Cathy Hayward, Committee Services Officer, Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:


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Welcome and introductions


The Chair, Councillor Tom Drummond welcomed those present.


The Chair explained that a list of current and historical consultations being run by the London Borough of Sutton were available at the meeting.


A local resident noted that Worcester Park had not been included in the recent consultation about Heathrow expansion.  Concern was raised about possible reduction in flying heights above the local area which could lead to increased noise and pollution levels. It was noted that this recent consultation is one part of the ongoing Heathrow consultation. Members of the Committee urged residents to take part in the future aspects of the consultation and suggested they contact their MP, Paul Scully, if they had comments or concerns.


The Chair wished Alan Plant, CHAPRA, Community Representative a speedy recovery.



Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies for absence.



Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.



Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2019.


RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2019 be signed and agreed as a correct record.



Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team

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


Indicative timing: 20 minutes


PC Andrew Lovell provided a presentation.


The PC explained that the crime figures for quarter 1, 2019 have now been published, and showed crime in the area remains low, compared to the remainder of London. Theft from vehicles and burglary remained priorities for the team, work with Surrey Police has been completed which proved successful and will continue.  Security tips were provided, these tips are available on the website.


The PC confirmed the Police were aware of the vandalism to the street trees at the Nonsuch junction and issue will be addressed within the next few weeks. Council officers have visited the site reviewed and re secured the trees, the site will be monitored and trees replaced as necessary.


The PC informed that his team had access to mobile CCTV, and that this can be requested for use at hotspots. The preferred option is, however, that static CCTV is installed at known hotspots. The PC mentioned there are 13 cameras within this cluster.




Public questions pdf icon PDF 89 KB

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 workings 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: 25 minutes



Residents at the meeting were invited to ask questions, and those who had submitted and received a response to a question outside of the meeting (published as an addendum to the agenda) were invited to ask a supplementary question.


As a supplementary question a resident asked if the cost of the proposed Quietway is worthwhile as much of the route is dangerous and not ideal for use by cyclists.


Lynn Robinson, Senior Engineer explained the scheme would be part of TfLs Healthier Streets campaign which aimed to benefit all residents not only cyclists. It was noted that if the consultation showed the preferred option as not to proceed, this would be the outcome. The Senior Engineer explained the any scheme introduced would have to meet TfLs requirements for Quietways in order to be funded.


Paul Brockwell, Locality Lead Officer explained that funding provided by TfL is subject to criteria and timescales for spend. The Senior Engineer reported the Council aimed to take advantage of monies offered by TfL wherever it is able, and bids as appropriate for money.


A local resident expressed concern that there appears to be no overarching plan for traffic in the area, but a piecemeal approach which may not produce the best results for the whole of the area in the long term.


A local resident asked about parking issues in Kingsmead Avenue, particularly outside the schools, and explained that recently fire engines had not been able to get along the road due street parking.


The Locality Lead Officer explained that Highways officers were in discussion with the Fire Brigade and that a written response to the resident’s question would be provided.


It was noted that the Parking strategy for the borough was agreed by the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, and this is a holistic approach to parking issues across the borough. However, the parking issue in Kingsmead Avenue would be dealt with if it was reported there was a danger to life.


Members noted that the Council, the school and the police needed to work together to consider and manage the issue.





Windsor Avenue Area Consultation pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Officers undertook an informal consultation on highway improvements in the Windsor Avenue Area between 22 February and 17 March 2019.


This report provides a summary of the responses received and recommends the measures to proceed.


Indicative timing: 20 minutes


Additional documents:


Lynn Robinson, Senior Engineer presented the report.


The Senior engineer explained the consultation process, from informal consultation, to statutory consultation, resulting in notice of intent for the zebra crossing and change to law for the 20mph speed limit.




  1. Officers proceed with the zebra crossing in Molesey Drive and the 20mph zone
  2. Officers do not proceed with the no entry plug in Hamilton Avenue
  3. Note all the comments received during the informal consultation and investigate further measures to include in a phase 2 of measures.



Central Road Development

An update on the agreed plan to develop Central Road to help address local congestion issues and reduce idling volumes in the area.


Indicative timing: 20 minutes



Lynn Robinson, Senior Engineer provided a presentation.


The Senior Engineer explained that funding had been provided to improve the traffic flow and the bus corridor in Central Road.


In discussion residents suggested that if side roads which fed into Central Road were blocked those roads remaining open would suffer knock on effects.


Members and residents asked about the parking bay installed in Central Road opposite Lynwood Drive. The Senior Engineer explained the design showed there was space and not a need to park on the footway, she was aware the design had needed to be amended due to the location of underground services and street furniture. Carriageway bays are preferred to footway bays. The installed bay will be checked against the designs.


Residents explained that they were aware that much of the traffic using Central Road was not local residential traffic but through traffic, this through traffic creates issues for traders. Residents suggested traffic issues needed to be considered over a wide area in order to alter the pattern of traffic use on this road.


The Senior Engineer explained that yellow lines could be included in this work as it was part of a LIP scheme. Parking permit and other controlled parking type schemes can only be considered as part of the Parking Strategy.


The Locality Lead Officer asked that residents send ideas for planting in Central Road for consideration.






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: 20 minutes


Additional documents:


Paul Brockwell, Locality Lead Officer presented the report.


The Locality Lead Officer urged residents to send suggestions for Neighbourhood Grants.


Residents and Members discussed suggestions of how the Worcester Park Library garden could be brought back into use.  




  1. £3,000 for two additional Sutton Common Park welcome signs from Public Realm Capital be approved.
  2. £2,000 for a Worcester Park Heritage War Memorial information boardfrom Public Realm Capital be approved.



Any urgent business

To consider any items which, in the view of the Chair, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances (in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972).


There was no urgent business.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee will take place on 27 June 2019 at 7 pm at The North Cheam Sports and Social Club.



The next meeting is on 27 June 2019.