Agenda and minutes

St. Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee
Thursday, 19th January, 2017 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Committee Services, Tel: 0208 770 5122, E-mail: 

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions


Councillor Jean Crossby, Chair, welcomed all those there present.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Nali Patel and Chief Executive Niall Bolger (with Tom Alexander, Head of Strategic Business, acting as substitute).


Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 October 2016.


RESOLVED: That the minutes from the meeting held on 13 October 2016 were agreed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair, subject to the minor amendment that under Minute 23, the resident’s surname read ‘Gigg’.


Reminder: Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 169 KB


No declarations of interest were made.


Recommendations Tracker pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To review the recommendations tracker.


Indicative time: 10 minutes




The item was introduced by Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, in collaboration with Hitesh Wadher, Highways Engineer.

The crossing in Reigate Avenue was discussed specifically with the Chair expressing her determination for this to be made safe, particularly for local children. The Highways Engineer agreed to pass this feedback to Transport for London (TfL).


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:


Indicative time: 10 minutes



Julia Armstrong, Hackbridge and Beddington Neighbourhood Development Group submitted a question the day of the meeting: “Residents are concerned that Hackbridge is becoming over populated with the new developments that have been approved (1200 homes) without the necessary infrastructure improvements to cope with it.  How can Sutton Council reassure residents this will not be the case?”

Duncan Clarke, Principal Policy Planner responded that the new infrastructure planned for Hackbridge included a new school, a new health centre, new shops, modern industrial units at Felnex, and the Wandle Valley Trading Estate, to provide local employment, and a local community facility at Culver Lodge. It was also understood that Govia Thameslink intended to increase the frequency of trains to and from Hackbridge in peak hours and the Council is pressing for increased frequency throughout the day. In response to resident concern relating to on-street parking, the Felnex development planning permission includes 580 spaces for residents, 30 for the assisted living units, 100 for the foodstore, 13 for the health centre and 57 for the business units. The Felnex development also secured £4m in Section 106 obligations.


A local Resident, Hackbridge, enquired as to the health provision in place to meet the increase in housing stock when some health centres are closing. Councillor Stears, Lead Member for Health, assured the residents that the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were working jointly with planning officers to look at capacity, but did underline that GPs are private practices. The Councillor offered to raise this concern at a meeting with the CCG and pass on any update to the Chair. Councillor Hanna Zuchowska asked whether this could be considered as a future agenda item, with a representative of the CCG present.

Nicki Sutton, Hackbridge resident, enquired as to a specific timeline with regards to infrastructure in Hackbridge. The Principal Policy Planner responded that much of the infrastructure related to the Felnex development under construction and therefore related to their timeline. The Chair suggested that this be considered as an item at the next local committee.


Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team pdf icon PDF 62 KB

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


To follow


A written update on the three ward priorities in the area, and community safety issues, was included in an additional agenda pack.


South London Waste Partnership

An engagement session on the impact of the implementation of the South London Waste Partnership contract upon waste collection and street cleansing.


Indicative Timing: 60 minutes




Matt Clubb, Executive Head of Environment Commissioning, and Elsie Grace, Veolia representative, presented the item. An engagement session of twenty minutes followed.


Following discussions in groups, a local resident complained that the boxes for glass and tin etc., were too small. The Executive Head responded that residents could have more than one and that they are stackable. In response to additional feedback, the Executive Head also highlighted assisted collection facilities.

The Chair noted the feedback provided by residents and assured those present that this would be passed onto Veolia, with the item returning to Committee for ongoing discussion.


Local Plan

An introduction to the next consultation phase of the local plan that sets out the Council's strategic policies and includes policies that decide planning applications.


Indicative Timing: 30 minutes


Duncan Clarke, Principal Policy Planner, presented the item.


A local resident enquired as to the gasometer in Plumpton Way and whether it would be demolished. The Principal Policy Planner responded in the negative as a proposal for housing had not come to fruition.


In relation to the presentation, a local resident asked how many houses or flats were proposed under the local plan and how many people this accounted for. A further question related to whether the new schools met a current shortage or took into account a future increase. The Principal Policy Planner replied that the local plan proposed 427 new homes per year for 15 years, totalling 6405 homes. There was a recognised housing need of a 1000 homes per year but there was concern that this would harm the character of the Borough against resident wishes. It was clarified that the school proposals took into account both current and projected needs.


Further questions were raised with regards to the Wandle Valley Nature Reserve and the railway bridges there. The Principal Policy Planner recognised that this issue had been well-documented in the press and the Council continued to resist the proposal, with the Leader recently writing to Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport.


A local resident of Hackbridge asked for clarification on the term “suburban heartlands.” The Principal Policy Planner explained that certain areas around town and district centres permitted increased housing density (subject to other policies in the local plan) and these were called “Sustainable Residential Quality Areas.” In the new plan, these areas are renamed as “Areas of Potential Intensification.” Areas falling outside of this are referred to as “suburban heartlands.”


Julia Armstrong, Hackbridge and Beddington Neighbourhood Development Group, asked whether a proposal for an eleven storey development near Hackbridge statement was being supported by the Principal Policy Planner stated he could not comment on a site without planning permission.


Members of the Circle Residents’ Association wanted to know if there were any specific plans in the area of The Circle. The Principal Policy Planner referred to Assembly Walk where there was a plan for affordable or social housing with community facilities.

Maeve Tomlinson, Sutton Green Party, asked about the Felnex development and heating provided by SDEN as she was concerned about the price for residents with low income. The Principal Policy Planner responded that there was a planning application in progress regarding pipework connections and no comment could yet be made as to the final price.


Public Realm Projects and Priorities pdf icon PDF 117 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


Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, presented the report providing a brief additional verbal update. The Officer reported that the War Memorial had now been approved and an order sent to the stonemasons. The Middleton Circle Project was also at the commissioning stage. The Chair added that Councillors were also in touch with the owner of Blockbusters in The Circle area.Councillor Crossby also added that they were in touch with the owner of Blockbusters.

Finally, the Chair requested that an update on the War Memorial feature on a future local committee agenda.


Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 412 KB

A written report on any new applications for neighbourhood grant consideration.



Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, gave a brief presentation


Any Urgent Business brought forward at the Direction of the Chair

The Chair must approve the reason for the urgency.



No urgent business was raised.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee will take place on 27 April 2017 at 7 pm at Riverside Centre, 113 Culvers Avenue, Carshalton, SM5 2FJ.



The next meeting of the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee will take place on 27 April 2017 at 7 pm at Riverside Centre, 113 Culvers Avenue, Carshalton, SM5 2FJ.