Agenda and minutes

St. Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee
Thursday, 24th January, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Horizon Church, Assembly Walk, Carshalton, SM5 1JH, UK

Contact: Cathy Hayward, Committee Services Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4990 Email:

Link: audio Recording

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Welcome and introductions


The acting Chair, Councillor Annie Moral welcomed those present.



Apologies for absence


Apologies for were given by Councillors Colin Stears, Nali Patel and Hanna Zuchowska absence.


Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 11 October 2018.




the minutes of the meetings held on 11 October 2018 be agreed as an accurate record.


Public Questions pdf icon PDF 96 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 time: 15 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.


A local resident expressed concerns about fly tipping and abandoned vehicles in the area. Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer explained that Neighbourhood Officers have agreed to provide regular patrols in the area, and that she would discuss the issue with the Police.


Members responded to comments on the question about air quality which had been submitted by a local resident and a response provided. Members mentioned they are working to create an air quality action group in the Hackbridge area. Concerns were expressed about air quality and the monitoring of air quality in the area, particularly around local schools.


Councillor Nick Mattey posed a question, relating ‘the smell’ of the local landfill and associated seagull population. The Locality Lead Officer agreed to provide a response outside the meeting.



Presentation on hate crime awareness pdf icon PDF 670 KB

A presentation to inform people about Hate Crime and how it affects different people in the community.


Indicative time 30 minutes


Abu Ullah, Hate Crime and Prevent Lead for Sutton, Olivia Griffiths, Malookoo and Mike Ainsworth, Stop Hate UK, provided a presentation.


Local residents were encouraged to consider becoming Hate Crime Champions and attend Hate Crime - Bystander & Upstander Seminar on 1 February 2019. Please visit to sign up.


Stop Hate UK agreed that national data provides some evidence of a link between lack of activities for people, and hate crime, and therefore the need to encourage people towards activities which can divert them from behaviour linked to hate crime.


Hate crime work in Sutton aims to involve all groups within the community to bring people together and reduce the occurrence of the hate crime.



Update from the safer neighbourhood teams

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


Indicative time: 20 minutes


Sgt Mark Harper presented an update on the three wards.


The Sergeant reported there had been thefts of number plates in the area, the Police are able to provide residents with anti theft screws. The Sergeant explained that if number plates are stolen this should be reported to the Police as soon as possible. The DVLA are able to re-register vehicles if requested.


The Basic Command Unit (BCU) structure will come into place from 5 February 2019, the new model will included a dedicated officer for the local area. Local residents expressed concerns about the journey times for police travelling within the BCU area, that this may result in a lack of visibility of police in the locality.


The Sargent explained that the future arrangements for the use of the custody suite at Sutton Police station remain under review.



Age UK pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Presentation on the services and help provided by Age UK.


Indicative time 20 minutes


Nicola Upton, CEO - Age UK (Sutton) provided the presentation.


Local residents asked about the link between Sutton Housing partnership (SHP) and Age UK (Sutton) as both organisations are now based in the same offices at Sutton Gate. The organisations are working together, this work will include a review of loneliness amongst older people.


The CEO, Age UK (Sutton) explained that Age UK (Sutton) have provided a response to the current parking consultation, and that public transport remains a concern for older people in being able to combat loneliness and carry out daily activities.


The Locality Lead Officer can provide contact details of Age UK (Sutton) to local residents.



Adult Social Care in Sutton pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Updating residents on how we are supporting vulnerable residents in Sutton and addressing key priorities.


Indicative time 15 minutes



Lynne Brown, Acting Head of Service: Carshalton Locality, Hospitals and Reablement provided the presentation.

The Head of Service agreed she will follow up that the contact numbers of the new locality teams are not available on the Sutton Council website.


In discussion local residents and Officers acknowledged that resources for social care in local authorities nationally, including Sutton had been impacted by austerity. Sutton aims to take advantage of all funding available, but that some of this funding is time limited or can only be used for certain activities. The link between Council Tax uplift and adult social care funding was also noted.



Public realm projects and neighbourhood grants pdf icon PDF 99 KB

The Locality Lead Officer will present a report to the Committee, which outlines new public realm schemes for approval and gives an update on the progress of current schemes.


Indicative time: 15 minutes


Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer presented the report and presentation.


The Locality Lead Officer explained that the tree work on London Road had not been completed yet as expected as the contractors had found a stump on the site which has caused a delay. It is expected this work will be completed within a few weeks with no additional costs.



Recommendations Tracker pdf icon PDF 69 KB

The recommendations tracker allows Committee Members to monitor responses, actions and outcomes against their recommendations or requests for further actions. This is updated following each Committee. Once an item is completed it will be removed from the tracker.


Indicative time 10 minutes



Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer presented the report and presentation.

The Council’s parking team have agreed to patrol the public areas around Saxon House, and the landowner has agreed to start parking enforcement on their land in that area.


The Locality Lead Officer agreed to investigate why the cones have been removed from in front of the shops in the area and also if a dumped car is on Council land and can be removed by its contractors. It was explained that local residents could report cars dumped on Council land using the Sutton website ‘report it’ function.


The Locality Lead Officer confirmed that the bollards on London Road Hackbridge would be looked at by the highways team.


The Chair informed residents that printed copies of information about the Air quality Consultation was available at the meeting. The Air Quality consultation is open online until 6 February 2019.



Any urgent business brought forward at the direction of the chair

Urgent items at the discretion  of the Chair - 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 St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee will take place on 2 May 2019 at 7 pm at Riverside Community Centre.



The next meeting will be held Thursday 2 May 2019.