Agenda and minutes

St. Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee
Thursday, 8th October, 2015 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Angela Guest, Senior Business Support Officer (Committee Services), Tel: 020 8770 5122, Email:  angela.guest@sutton.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

15.

apologies for absence and introductions

Minutes:

An apology was received from Steve O’Connell, GLA Member.

 

16.

minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2015.

 

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 4 June were agreed as a correct record subject to the inclusion of the following amendment under Minute 3 and signed by the Chair.

 

That under Public Question 1 the first line of the response should read as follows:

‘There had been an archaeological dig at the site...’

17.

Public Question Time

An opportunity for members of the public to raise points or questions about local issues that are not already on the agenda for this meeting.  If it is not possible to answer the question at the meeting, a written response will be issued.  Please submit your questions to:  localcommittees@sutton.gov.uk.

 

Indicative time: 5 minutes

 

Minutes:

1.    A resident described how she had suffered malicious damage by young people to her property and racist targeting over a number of years which had been reported to the police but nothing seemed to have been done about it.  She had made recent calls regarding youths at the mini roundabout at Wrythe Lane.

 

Response from Ian Kershaw, Safer Sutton Partnership:

Ian Kershaw from the Safer Sutton Partnership undertook to talk to the Safer Neighbourhood Team about this issue and report back to the resident on actions taken or to be taken.

 

2.    Tracy Collins requested that a pedestrian crossing be installed by Waltham Road/Green Wrythe Lane.  She explained that the bus stop was too close to Waltham Road and the crossing too far up the road from the bus stop.  She also asked if there were any plans to improve Middleton Circle.

 

Response from the Chair, Councillor Crossby:

The Chair undertook to request that an officer contact Tracy regarding these issues.

 

18.

Chris Donovan Trust

Vi and Ray Donovan to present on the Restorative Justice Sutton project and the work of their Charity.

 

Indicative time 25 minutes

Minutes:

Ray and Vi Donovan explained how they had set up the Trust following the death of their son who had been kicked to death by three young men on drugs and alcohol some 14 years ago.  They met the young men that had killed their son and had become passionate supporters of restorative justice – working in prisons and schools.  Their aims were to prevent re-offending, to stop young people at of offending turning to crime and to show young people the reality of crime. They cited Gloucester as a good example of where restorative justice was working well.

 

Restorative Justice Sutton was a charitable organisation with no government funding.  Volunteers/facilitators were needed to run it and donations were welcome. Facilitators would receive training. Ray and Vi described some of the work they had done locally in schools and prisons and said that three teachers had received training as facilitators.  An event had been arranged at the Limes College for 10 December at 6pm where a speaker from Gloucester had been arranged – all were welcome to attend.

 

The Chair thanked Ray and Vi and said that this service was important for the borough and encourage the Committee Members to get involved.

 

19.

Hackbridge pdf icon PDF 731 KB

A verbal update will be provided on progress of the audit report.

 

Indicative time 15 minutes

Minutes:

The Head of Highways and the Area Renewal Programme Mangager presented the Committee with a slide show that set out the four possible options following the Road Safety Audit and Accessiblity Audit results which had been discussed at the Housing, Economy and Business Committee on 23 June 2015.  Officers had discussed the possible options with a wide range of organisations which had helped shape the four options put forward.

 

The benefits and compromises for each of the following options were given:

·         Option 1: The proposal to signalise the Felnex junction and the conversion of the informal crossing point outside of Number 1 Hackbridge Road to a zebra crossing is constant across all four options

·         Option 2: Option 1 plus the conversion of the informal crossing point outside of Number 156 London Road to a zebra crossing

·         Option 3: Option 1 plus the conversion of the informal crossing point outside of Number 25 London Road to a zebra crossing

·         Option 4: Option 1 plus the creation of a new zebra crossing outside of number 146 London Road.

 

The Council’s engineers were satisfied that all the options could be safely delivered and all options would be assessed by independent safety auditors.  Stage 1 of 2 Road Safety Audit of the four options should be completed by end of October 2015 with a possible redesign following that which may take a further two weeks. Formal public consultation would commence in November and run for three weeks. The final decision would be made by the Strategic Director for Environment and Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee. Traffic Management Orders would commence December 2015 and implementation could commence by January/February 2016.

 

A lady whose son had recently been knocked over at Hackbridge and taken to St Helier Hospital asked why it had to take so long and if there were any measures that could be put in place now.  Her son was not seriously hurt but the next child may not be so lucky. 

 

The Chair and the Highways Manager explained about time needed for consultation and safety audits but also said that the Council were trying to get things through as quickly as possible.

 

The Council's Schools Travel Plan Officer spoke about the safety talks and high visibility jackets that children had received at Hackbridge Primary School and would arrange for this to happen at Culvers Primary School where this child attended.

 

There was some discussion about the length of walks, for those with mobility issues that would be needed in Option 4.

 

In response to other issues raised it was reported that:

·         The lighting by Hackbridge Primary School had been improved and was not thought to be an issue of concern.

·         Enforcement and signage would be looked at regarding parking in respect of disabled bays and unlawful lorry parking along London Road.

·         It was noted that the new 20mph zone to be installed would mean that signage would change and improve speeds.

·         The issue of disable parking  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Transport for London pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Residents will be given an opportunity to ask questions of a representative from Transport for London (Steven Heeley, Borough Engagement Manager – south) relating to red routes in the locality.

 

Indicative time 20 minutes

Minutes:

Steven Heeley, Borough Engagement Manager, TfL gave a Powerpoint presentation that covered the following areas:

 

·         Highway Responsibilities

·         TfL Responsibilities

·         Sutton’s Road Network

·         Active Traffic Management

·         Rosehill Roundabout Improvements

·         Enforcement

·         Keeping London Moving, and

·         Tramlink Extension

 

Several residents complained that the traffic was worse since the recent works at Rosehill roundabout with more back up of traffic going through to Sutton, and drivers cutting each other up.  Mr Heeley explained that there were cameras in the area and engineers would continue to tweak the system to improve these issues.  There would also be better lane management with road markings.  Any system had to go through a safety audit to pick up any safety issues.  Mr Heeley encouraged residents to report issues on the TfL website.

 

Other issues raised by residents and traders included:

·         the pedestrian crossing at Middleton Circle was too near the roundabout and that there were near misses in this area

·         bus drivers not using bus boxes properly and requested that TfL be more assertive with drivers on the use of boxes

·         that the guardrail along the 40mph Reigate Avenue should be reinstated for safety reasons

·         enforcement issues at Rosehill roundabout, and

·         putting in yellow boxes on Rosehill roundabout.

 

Resolved:

1.    To request that TfL reinstall the removed guardrail in Reigate Avenue.

2.    To request that TfL install yellow boxes on the Rosehill roundabout for safety reasons.

 

21.

Minor Parking Requests Funding 2015-16 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

This report outlines the process for the prioritisation and request of funding for minor parking schemes by the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee area for 2015-16.

 

Indicative time 15 minutes

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report that requested funding for minor parking schemes for the area for 2015-16.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That £11,500 Local Transport Fund allocated to this committee, was approved, to cover the investigation, Traffic Management Order and implementation costs for the following schemes:

 

·         Paisley Road  - Extension of ‘at any time’ waiting restriction (double yellow lines) from opposite the junction protection of Tewkesbury Road (No 84) to opposite the junction protection of Rushen Walk (No 23) markings to prevent obstruction, improve sightlines, and improve road safety by reducing the probability of a road traffic incident. Protection to the boundary of property No 1 & 3 on the south western kerbline to prevent obstruction, improve sightlines, and improve road safety by reducing the probability of a road traffic incident.

·         Limes Close junction with Limes Avenue - Introduction of ‘at any time’ waiting restriction (double yellow lines) junction protection markings to prevent obstruction, improve sightlines, and improve road safety by reducing the probability of a road traffic incident.

·         Limes Close junction with Limes Avenue - Extension of ‘at any time’ waiting restriction (double yellow lines) from the junction protection on the north western kerb line to the boundary of property No 15 & 16 on the south western kerb line to prevent obstruction, improve sightlines, and improve road safety by reducing the probability of a road traffic incident.

·         Limes Close junction with Limes Avenue - Introduction of ‘8:00am – 6:30pm’ waiting restriction (single yellow lines) markings around the inner island to prevent obstruction, improve sightlines, and improve road safety by reducing the probability of a road traffic incident.

·         Nightingale Road - Extension of ‘at any time’ waiting restriction (double yellow lines) from the junction protection on the south western kerb line to the junction with Carshalton College to prevent obstruction, improve sightlines, and improve road safety by reducing the probability of a road traffic incident.

·         Nightingale Road - Extension of ‘8:00am - 6:30pm’ waiting restriction (single yellow lines) from the boundary of property No 13 & 15 on the south western kerb line to Bus Stop K to prevent obstruction, improve sightlines, and improve road safety by reducing the probability of a road traffic incident.

·         The Causeway junction with River Gardens - Introduction of ‘at any time’ waiting restriction (double yellow lines) junction protection markings to prevent obstruction, improve sightlines, and improve road safety by reducing the probability of a road traffic incident.

·         Lodge Close - Extension of ‘at any time’ waiting restriction (double yellow lines) from the junction protection on the south western kerb line for the entire length, to prevent obstruction, improve sightlines, and improve road safety by reducing the probability of a road traffic incident.

·         Whitby Road - Extension of ‘at any time’ waiting restriction (double yellow lines) from the junction.

 

2.    To delegate responsibility to process, consider and resolve any objections received to the Traffic Management Orders, to the Executive Head of Safer and Stronger Communities in consultation with ward councillors and the Chair of the St Helier, The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

proposed cycle facilities on the transport for london highway network pdf icon PDF 108 KB

This report will seek support from the committee regarding cycling infrastructure schemes on TfL roads.

 

Indicative time: 5 minutes

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report that outlined a number of cycling infrastructure schemes on the Transport for London highway network that had been suggested by the Sutton representatives of the London Cycling Campaign and supported in principle by officers. With the support of Councillors, the cycling infrastructure schemes would be presented to Transport for London for consideration.

 

Members were not happy with the proposal for cycle lanes on Rosehill roundabout due to safety concerns because the redesign of the roundabout would likely reduce the width of traffic lanes for cars.  Improvements and concerns relating to the Rosehill roundabout had also been discussed in detail under item 6 – Transport for London.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the scheme A217 - Upgrades to the segregated cycle paths on Reigate Avenue and St. Helier Avenue be presented to.

 

2.    That the scheme involving Rosehill roundabout would not be presented to Transport for London for consideration.

 

23.

Rosehill Traders Market pdf icon PDF 3 MB

There will be a presentation on the bid funding progress and next steps for the Rosehill Traders Market project.

 

Indicative time: 15 minutes

 

Minutes:

Fabio Schifano, Economic Regeneration Officer, supported by Tony Provenzano, local trader, gave a Powerpoint presentation on progress to obtain funding to reinstate the traders market at Rosehill in order to rejuvenate the area.  £4,333 was still needed and donations from the community were being encouraged and donations could be pledged online.  There was to be a launch event on 20 November to coincide with the Christmas light switch on.

 

Fabio responded to questions from residents.  He said that the types of stallholders could be targeted to compliment traders already there; that the days of operation would originally differ as, if the market becomes increasingly popular, its operation would expand and may coincide with the days the Sutton market operates.

 

The Chair thanked Fabio Schifano and Tony Provenzano for attending.

 

24.

Wandle Valley big green fund project pdf icon PDF 32 MB

Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust's CEO Sue Morgan to give a presentation on the completion of the Wandle Gateway Project.

 

Indicative time 15 minutes

Minutes:

Sue Morgan, Chief Executive Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust, gave a presentation to the Committee that gave an overview of the Trust and regional park.  She then went on to show a ‘before and after’ slide show of local projects that had been completed.  It was emphasised that a stakeholder group and Friends group was now needed to help maintain and keep the area vibrant for local people.

 

The Chair thanked Sue Morgan for her presentation.

 

25.

local plan engagement strategy pdf icon PDF 3 MB

A Councillor will give a presentation and lead on a discussion for the Local Plan Engagement Strategy.

 

Indicative time 30 minutes

Minutes:

Councillor Reynolds gave a Powerpoint presentation regarding the Local Plan and encouraging residents to get involved.  The Local Plan is the Council’s core planning document that contains planning policies which the Council considers planning applications against.

 

As part of the preparation of this new Local Plan the council wishes to engage in early discussions with residents and businesses. Whilst there are ‘formal’ stages of consultations the council will engage with residents throughout.  The Local Plan covers a period of 15 years and could take up to two years to complete.  It is needed to meet changing demands and trends and ensure that growth is controlled and directed to appropriate areas to protect the quality and suburban nature of Sutton.  It should set out a clear vision and be user friendly.

If residents would like to get involved or receive Local Plan notifications please email ldf@sutton.gov.uk.

Due to the lateness in the evening a resident requested that this be shown at the next meeting of the Committee to give time for a longer discussion on it.

 

Resolved:  That the Local Plan be on the agenda for the next meeting of this Committee.

 

26.

public realm projects and priorities pdf icon PDF 166 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:  10 minutes

 

Minutes:

The Committee consider a report that contained information on Public Realm spending since 4 June 2015, details any new requests for Public Realm Funding and confirmed available budgets for 2015/16.

 

Resolved: That the net balances of £2,117 be recycled back to unallocated capital balances as detailed under Appendix A, section 6 of the report.

 

27.

neighbourhood grants pdf icon PDF 98 KB

A report on any new applications for neighbourhood grant is attached for information.

 

Indicative time: for noting only

 

Minutes:

Resolved: To note the agreed awards of £1000 for the Riverside ‘The Big Draw’ art project and £500 for St Paul’s Close Resident Association annual BBQ party.

 

28.

update from the safer neighbourhood teams pdf icon PDF 30 KB

An update paper on the three ward priorities in the area, and community safety issues are attached for noting.  The SNT will not be attending this meeting.

 

Indicative time: for noting only

 

Minutes:

The Committee had received a written briefing for noting.

 

29.

any urgent business brought forward at the direction of the chair

The Chair must approve the reason for the urgency.

 

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

30.

date of next meeting

The next meeting of the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee will take place on 28 January 2016 at 7 pm at the Riverside Centre, 113 Culvers Avenue, Carshalton, SM5 2F.

 

Minutes:

To note that the next meeting would be held on 28 January, 7pm, at the Riverside Centre, 113 Culvers Avenue, Carshalton SM5 2FJ.