Agenda and minutes

St. Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee
Thursday, 7th July, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Riverside Centre, 113 Culvers Avenue, Carshalton, SM5 2FJ

Contact: Fiona Bywaters, Committee Services Team Leader, Tel: 020 8770 5122, Email:  fiona.bywaters@sutton.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed those present to the local committee.

 

2.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were given on behalf of Councillor Hannah Zuchowska and Councillor Margaret Court as well Niall Bolger.

 

3.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 April 2016.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes from the meeting held on 21 April 2016 are agreed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

 

4.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

5.

Order of Items

Minutes:

As Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom & St Helier Trust had to attend another Council meeting in Epsom that same evening, the Chair reordered the items so that Item 8 ‘Briefing to Local Committee on St Helier Hospital’ could be taken next.

 

6.

Briefing to Local Committee on St Helier Hospital pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Tim Hamilton (Director of Communications) and Ruth Charlton (Medical Director) of the Epsom and St Helier NHS Health Trust have been invited to discuss the progress of the Trust to the Committee on behalf of the Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles.

 

Indicative time: 20 minutes

Minutes:

A presentation was made to the local committee by Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of the Epsom & St Helier Trust, Tim Hamilton, Director of Communications and Ruth Charlton, Medical Director.

 

The Chair invited questions from those there present:

 

·         Ken Fish, Local Resident asked how many staff had left or retired given the mention of 300 new staff, to which it was responded that this was a net figure. The resident also questioned how many services had moved to St George’s Hospital, to which it was responded that none had been transferred in the past year.

 

·         Councillor Colin Stears asked if staff of the hospital could be prevented from smoking in front of the building, even if this was off-site. This was endorsed and supported by the representatives of the Trust. Roger Thistle, local resident, added that at Mayday Hospital a smoking shelter had had a positive impact in this respect.

 

The Chair concluded the item by recognising the problems of the old hospital building but underlined that it is loved by the local community and wish to keep it. Thanks were added for permitting the recent projections onto the hospital in commemoration of the Battle of the Somme.

 

 

7.

Order of Items

Minutes:

As Dick Bower, Member of the World War I Commemoration Steering Group was in attendance as a speaker, the Chair reordered the items so that Item 12, ‘Public Realm Projects and Priorities, could be taken next.

 

8.

Public Realm Projects and Priorities pdf icon PDF 322 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:

Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, gave a brief presentation on plans to commemorate the men of Wrythe Green who had lost their lives in World War I. Dick Bower, Member of the World War I Commemoration Steering Group, and Chair of the Arts and Culture Sub Group, was then invited to speak to the local committee.

 

Dick Bower extended an open invitation to the community to collaborate in a working group on a new war memorial for Wrythe Green as well as bringing attention to a current art exhibition at Honeywood Museum on ‘Acid Drop Copse.’

 

Councillor Colin Stears suggested that information on the project be displayed on the Wrythe Green noticeboard. Councillor Jean Crossby stressed the importance of finding out all the names of those who lost their lives for the new memorial to which the Locality Lead Officer highlighted cooperation with the Royal British Legion.

 

9.

Recommendations Tracker pdf icon PDF 148 KB

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

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes

 

Minutes:

Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, presented the recommendations tracker.

 

Councillor Jason Reynolds raised a question with regards to the speed of traffic mentioned in the tracker. Ian Price, Team Leader Strategy & Commissioning, Highways & Transport, offered to share this information outside of the meeting.

 

10.

Public Questions

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: 10 minutes

 

Minutes:

Susan Peters, resident of Wandle Valley Ward, asked for the Council’s viewpoint on hedges which obscure views. Councillor Colin Stears answered that this could be reported to the Council if the hedge protruded onto a public footpath. Councillor Jason Reynolds concurred and reported that he is doing ward walks to verify such issues, which the Chair and Councillor Gonzalez were also doing.

 

11.

Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Teams pdf icon PDF 108 KB

In his absence, Inspector Neil Tyre has provided a briefing note to update the Committee on the activities of the Safer Neighbourhood Team in the three ward areas.

 

Indicative time: 5 minutes

Minutes:

Rather than requesting an update in person from Inspector Neil Tyre, the Chair pointed to the inclusion of a written update in the agenda pack.

 

12.

Local Needs Assessment - Consultation on Expenditure of Public Realm Budget to Promote the Agreed Priorities

An engagement session regarding the health and wellbeing priority agreed at the 21 April meeting and to discuss how public realm can be spent to make a positive impact on the 3 priorities for St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley.   

 

Indicative time: 50 minutes

Minutes:

Victoria Jeffrey, Head of Local Place and Engagement, gave a brief presentation on the public realm projects for Middleton Circle.

 

Dr. Nicola Lang, Director of Public Health, then gave a presentation on health and wellbeing in the local committee area as an agreed priority.

 

Following the presentations, questions were invited by the Chair:

 

·         Ken Fish, local resident, asked how the health check available for the over forties was being communicated. The Director of Public Health responded that the GP should be issuing invitations but a campaign had also been run in the Sutton Guardian aimed at those aged 40-74.

 

In discussion, the Chair suggested that the public realm ideas for Middleton Circle could be integrated into the agreed priority plans. The Director of Public Health suggested the connection of the library space as the means to do this. Councillor Colin Stears clarified that not all health services are commissioned by the local authority but also the Sutton CCG.

 

An engagement session with those present then took place for a duration of twenty minutes.

 

13.

Local Implementation Plan for the 2017/18 Budget pdf icon PDF 253 KB

Officers from Highways to attend to present a report on proposals for the Local Implementation Plan budget 2017-18.

Indicative time:
10 minutes

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ian Price, Team Leader Strategy & Commissioning, Highways & Transport presented the Local Implementation Plan report.

 

Following the presentation, Members raised questions with regards to:

 

·         The prioritisation of cycle schemes, particularly with regards to Camden Road, to which the Officer responded that this was currently under investigation.

·         Whether certain priorities had been determined under consideration of accident data, which was confirmed by the Officer.

 

Resolved: that the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee:

 

1.    Considers and agrees the proposed schemes for this local committee as contained in Appendix A of this report.

2.    Recommends that the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, as the Highways Authority for the London Borough of Sutton, include the list of schemes in Appendix A in its submission to TfL for LIP funding for 2017/18.

 

14.

Feedback on Parking Engagement Sessions from Two Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Highways officers are invited to provide feedback on the parking and engagement sessions at the previous meetings, to include information on CPZs - what's in place already, possible hours, charges, impact, wider agreement process (via E&N).

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes

Minutes:

Ian Price, Team Leader Strategy & Commissioning, Highways & Transport, presented a report providing feedback on parking engagement sessions at the two previous meetings of the local committee.

 

The Chair questioned the priority of areas in the roll-out of a borough-wide parking strategy, stating her belief that hospitals and schools had been agreed as a priority, not the town centre. The Officer offered to take this feedback away from the local committee.

 

Councillor Colin Stears underlined the importance of taking into account cross-ward natural traffic flow and also highlighted how some areas were determining charges by vehicle emission level.

 

The Chair questioned whether information was available on the hours and charges concerned to which the Officer responded that further strategic determination was required for cross-borough consistency and this information could be given at the next meeting of the local committee. The Chair conveyed her disappointment that this information was yet to be provided. The Officer apologised and indicated that the charging regime would be in line with current levels but that there were a whole range of issues to be considered.

 

The Chair asked whether information would definitely be provided at the next meeting of the local committee, following the meeting of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee in September, to which the Officer responded positively.

 

A local resident made a comment in relation to the suggestion of similar charges to other areas, highlighting the income disparity of these wards compared to others within the Borough, asking why the town centre had been made a priority. The Officer responded that the first implementation tranche will consist of the town centre, Sutton North and St. Helier.

 

Resolved: that the St Helier, the Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee:

 

1.    Agrees that further investigation and action is undertaken at the following locations:

·         Winchcombe Road/Waltham Road – assess junction for additional waiting restrictions;

·         Middleton Road – review parking between Green Wrythe Lane and Alphabet Gardens;

2.    Agrees that further investigation and action are undertaken for the following parking scheme requests:

·         Denmark Gardens – access review and consideration of waiting restrictions,

·         Ash Close – access review and consideration of waiting restrictions,

·         Tewksbury Road – access review and consideration of waiting restrictions,

·         Pershore Grove – access review and consideration of waiting restrictions in vicinity of disabled bay.

3.    Notes the progress on Groveside Close.

 

15.

Neighbourhood Grants

The Locality Lead Officer to present a report on any new applications for neighbourhood grant consideration.

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes

Minutes:

Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer gave a brief presentation on neighbourhood grants, highlighting the recent St Helier Festival.

 

Ken Fish, local resident, asked whether there were criteria in place for hosting a street party not related to a national celebration. Victoria Jeffrey, Head of Local Place and Engagement, responded that street closures could be requested at any time of the year, as long as it was a community-based project requested by an established group.

 

Judy Smith, local resident, asked whether the limitation on an organisation only applying once a year could be relaxed. The Head of Local Place and Engagement responded that criteria were reviewed on an annual basis and that perhaps the Chair might consider raising this on behalf of the local committee at the next review.

 

16.

Any urgent business brought forward at the direction of the chair

The Chair must approve the reason for the urgency.

 

Minutes:

No urgent business was raised.

 

17.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee will take place on 13 October 2016 at 7 pm at All Saints Centre, New Road, Mitcham, CR4 4JN.

 

Minutes:

The next meeting of the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee was noted to take place on 13 October 2016 at 7 pm at All Saints Centre, New Road, Mitcham, CR4 4JN.