Agenda and minutes

St. Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee
Thursday, 8th October, 2020 7.00 pm

Contact: Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, Tel: 020 8770 5937 | Email:  Cassie Fraser-Shanley, Committee Services Officer, Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:

Note: Link to public question form is here 


No. Item


Welcome and introductions


The Chair, Councillor Moral, welcomed those present.


Apologies for absence


There were no apologies for absence.


Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 3 October 2020.


RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 3 October 2019 be approved as a correct record.


Public questions

This item is an opportunity for members of the public to raise points or questions about local issues.

As the meeting is being held online questions must be submitted prior to the meeting, using the form available here at least 5 workings days in advance of the meeting.  The Chair has indicated the time for questions will be limited to twenty minutes. Questions will be taken in the order of receipt, if you have asked more than one question only one will be taken at the meeting. If your question is accepted you will be invited to ask a follow-up question at the meeting.

Please be aware that if you submit a question your name will appear in the minutes of the meeting.




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.


As a supplementary question, David Tchilingarian, from the BedZeds Resident Association, asked if the SDEN system had been supplying heating and hot water from the incinerator (the ERF), as per the green credentials and carbon reduction measures which were promised? In addition, the resident requested to know how many times the system has failed residents of New Mills Quarter; has it been a consistent service or has it broken down many times?


Councillor Andrew responded that he has been contacted by many New Mill Quarter residents within the last two month, regarding the number of hot water outages. He has spoken to SDEN, who has informed him that the problem is occurring from a piece of kit onsite which is to be replaced soon.


In response to Mr Tchilingarian’s second question, Councillor Andrew responded that his understanding was that the heating has not been coming from the ERF for that long and that there has been an onsite generator which has been providing the heat. He clarified that the long term plan was for the heat to come from the ERF itself, which would be a form of green energy and would bring an end to the hot water outages.


David Tchilingarian, from the BedZeds Resident Association, asked a final supplementary question, asking the committee at what point do they become concerned about the levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide being released into the area from the ERF.


Councillor Andrew responded that members take guidance from officers and short breaches outside of the permitted levels may be due to the material which the ERF is burning, but these are not considered dangerous within the permit.




Order of items


The Chair announced that she would be bringing an update from Transport for London (TfL) forward under urgency and this item would be taken as the next item on the agenda.


Sutton Bus Review Update


Rob Varney from TfL presented the update. He confirmed that a consultation about the bus services across the borough would run from 15 October until late November.


Members discussed the proposed changes to bus services in the area. Mr Varney confirmed that some changes linked to the development of services would not come into force for some time; an example of this being the number 80 terminating at the Royal Marsden Hospital.


Post COVID-19 Recovery, Flu Vaccine and Local Achievements pdf icon PDF 571 KB

A brief update on the council response to COVID-19 and some key public health messages for the community.

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Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health, presented an update. During his presentation he encouraged residents to consider becoming community champions and to get the flu jab, if they are eligible. 


In response to questions, the Director of Public Health confirmed that there had been a small outbreak of COVID-19 at St Helier Hospital, however the hospital’s response was exemplary in ensuring transmission was stopped and the wards became safe. He explained that the Council are in regular contact with partners such as the CCG, PHE and the police in regards to the borough’s COVID-19 response.


Alison Navarro from Community Action Sutton and Judith Smith from Horizon Church presented short updates regarding their organisations’ work in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The committee thanked both speakers, and their partners, for their work in helping the community.


Appointment of community representatives

An application for the appointment of a Community Representative has been received.

It is recommended that the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee appoint Sheldon Vestey to represent the New Mill Quarter Residents Association, and Dave Tchilingarian to represent the BedZeds Resident Association, on the Local Committee.



RESOLVED: that Sheldon Vestey be appointed to represent the New Mill Quarter Residents Association and Wandle Valley Neighbourhood Watch, and Dave Tchilingarian to represent the BedZeds Resident Association, on the Local Committee.


Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 15 MB

The Locality Lead Officer to present a report to the Committee outlining new public realm schemes for approval and updating on the progress of current schemes.


Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, presented the update.


Any urgent business

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).


Councillor Stears highlighted that he had received communications from highways about a rerouting of the Wandle River from Culvers Retreat into the Wandle Valley. He expressed concerns about the suggested reroute and that he did not receive a response from officers before the meeting. He asked that the development be delayed until such time that there is reassurance and for Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, to speak to the Chief Executive. The Chair requested that Claire look into this.