Agenda and minutes

St. Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee
Thursday, 21st April, 2016 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Fiona Bywaters, Senior Business Support Officer (Committee Services), Tel: 020 8770 5122, Email:  fiona.bywaters@sutton.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and Introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Jean Crossby, opened the meeting and welcomed all in attendance.

 

2.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Margaret Court.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

4.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 241 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 28 January 2016.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes from the meeting held on Tuesday 8 December 2015 are agreed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

 

5.

Recommendations Tracker pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To review the recommendations tracker.

 

Indicative time: 5 minutes

Minutes:

The Committee noted the recommendation tracker.

 

Officers and Members provided an update to some items on the tracker. Further updates were requested on the following items:

 

  • Reinstatement of guard rails by TfL on Reigate Avenue.

 

  • A timescale for the installation of a zebra crossing at Winchcombe Road.

 

  • A timescale for the installation of a zebra crossing at London Road, Hackbridge.

 

6.

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:

There were two public questions and responses given as follows:

 

1.      Ken Fish reported that during the week he had observed many discarded bags of dog faeces on Muschamp Road, and asked that officers continue to look at ways to improve this situation.

2.      Jim Willoughby reported that he had also observed many bags of discarded
bags of dog faeces in the area. Mr Willoughby thanked the Chair and the Head of Local Place and Engagement for arranging the clearance of bags previously, and noted that there had been no further issues since Mr Willoughby had placed notices on the bags.

 

7.

Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Teams

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

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes

Minutes:

Inspector Neil Tyre provided an update from the SNT on crime in the three wards within the local committee area.  He advised that overall crime for the wards has decreased, as well as burglary, criminal damage and robbery. Motor vehicle theft, and theft from motor vehicles is also down.

 

Inspector Tyre welcomed comments and questions from all in attendance.

 

 

 

 

8.

Sutton Housing Partnership - Decent Homes Programme Works Contract pdf icon PDF 776 KB

Officers from Sutton Housing Partnership to attend to present an update on the recent works on St Helier.

 

Indicative time 30 minutes

Minutes:

Jerry Austin, Executive Director of Property, Sutton Housing Partnership gave a presentation on lessons learnt from the works carried out on the St Helier estate as part of the Decent Homes initiative. This presentation is available to view online with the meeting agenda.

 

Concern was raised over the need for the contractors undertaking the work to ensure they clean up after the works and minimise disruption to neighbours. The Executive Director of Property advised that if residents experience any issues they should alert Sutton Housing Partnership.

 

Judith Smith, Horizon Church, presented additional photographic evidence showing the impact of the works upon the local area.

 

The Chief Executive, Niall Bolger, apologised for the inconvenience in the area around the church, and thanked Judith Smith for bringing the issues to Sutton’s attention. He personally undertook to ensure that action was taken to deal with issues raised regarding fly-tipping.

 

9.

Local Needs Assessment pdf icon PDF 166 KB

This report will discuss local needs analysis and request agreement of local priorities.

 

Indicative time 20 minutes

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Victoria Jeffrey, the Head of Local Place and Engagement delivered a short presentation on the local needs assessment and priorities for the local committee area and asked all present to agree the priorities for the local committee to focus on. A copy of the presentation is available on the Sutton website.

 

The Head of Local Place and Engagement advised all present that she would be happy to supply the background data to community groups in order to support applications for grant funding. 

 

Residents present agreed that it was important to reduce Environmental Anti-Social Behaviour and that should be a priority for this local committee.  Councillor Hanna Zuchowska questioned what initiatives could be taken in regards to the health & wellbeing of residents. The Head of Local Place and Engagement advised that it would be ideal to look at one priority at each of the next three meetings to explore them together in further depth, and also to follow some examples from other wards, for example approaching GP surgeries or St Helier Hospital to discuss possible initiatives.

 

It was requested that the theme for the July meeting be Health and Wellbeing and Environmental anti-social behaviour (ASB).

  

RESOLVED: To agree the following three priorities:
 

1.    To focus on the needs of the younger population

2.    Address causes of environmental anti-social behaviour (ASB)

3.    Health and wellbeing of residents

 

10.

Parking Engagement Session

Highways and Parking Officers to lead a further community engagement exercise in order to gather public concerns and issues related to traffic and parking in the local area

 

Indicative time 20 minutes

Minutes:

Attendees at the meeting took part in an engagement session led by the Head of Traffic and Highways. They were asked to discuss parking and traffic in their wards and note concerns and possible solutions. 

 

Councillors and council officers engaged with the residents to discuss parking issues in the area. These will be looked at by officers and either put forward for the minor parking schemes or fed back to the overall parking strategy for the borough which is currently ongoing.

 

11.

Public Realm Projects and Priorities pdf icon PDF 370 KB

The Committee to note progress of current schemes.

 

Minutes:

The committee noted the progress of the current projects. It was suggested that some of the public realm budget could be used towards the promotion of the three priorities agreed earlier in the meeting.

 

12.

Any Urgent Business Brought Forward at the Direction of the Chair

The Chair must approve the reason for the urgency.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

13.

Date of Next Meeting

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

Minutes:

The next meeting will take place at 7pm on 7 July 2016, at the Riverside Centre, 113 Culvers Avenue, Carshalton, SM5 2FJ.