Agenda and draft minutes

St. Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee
Thursday, 17th June, 2021 7.00 pm

Contact: Claire Smith, Engagement Manager, Tel: 020 8770 5937 | Email:  claire.smith@sutton.gov.uk  Ben Kiang, Committee Services Officer, Email:  committee.services@sutton.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Annie Moral, welcomed those present.

2.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Hanna Zuchowska.

3.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

4.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2021 be agreed as an accurate record.

5.

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).

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

6.

Update from the safer neighbourhood teams

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

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes

Minutes:

The Chair announced that the representative for the Safer Neighbourhood Team had sent his apologies due to urgent and unforeseen work demands meaning he was not present to provide the update as planned.

7.

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 Susan Peters to represent the St Helier Music and Community Festival on the Local Committee.

 

Indicative time: 5 mins

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that Susan Peters be appointed as a community representative of the local committee on behalf of the St Helier Music and Community Festival.

8.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 123 KB

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 using the form available on the council’s website at least five working days in advance of the meeting.

 

Where possible, written responses will be provided before the meeting. The Chair has also allocated 15 minutes during the meeting to hear supplementary questions.

 

Your question will be published, along with your name and any organisation you are representing (if applicable) and will also be included in the minutes of the meeting.

 

Indicative time: 15 mins

Minutes:

Mr David Tchilingirian and Mr Sheldon Vestey, community representatives, were invited by the Chair to ask a supplementary question.

 

Mr Tchilingirian asked about the progress in making the Goat Road / London Road junction safer since the July 2018 local committee meeting where the issue was previously raised.

 

Hitesh Wadher, Senior Professional Engineer responded that delays to the work had been caused by a loss in the council’s funding by Transport for London (TfL) as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Wadher clarified that investigation work had been completed, in partnership with Merton Council, and that a number of options for potential traffic schemes at the junction had been considered. Mr Wadher also explained that the project was a complex one and there was ongoing uncertainty around future TfL funding for large schemes.

 

The committee discussed the possibility of sharing the expenditure with Merton Council. The committee agreed on the need to improve road safety at the junction and it was suggested that an update be provided to a future meeting of the committee.

 

Mr Vestey asked why residents at New Mill Quarter had suffered heat network outages that day and whether further outages were to be expected. Mr Vestey also asked about a current investigation into SDEN by Trading Standards and a legal waiver introduced by Barratt Homes’ solicitors for new purchasers to sign.

 

Tom Bremner, Interim Assistant Director of Housing and Regeneration, responded that Mr Vestey’s questions would be noted and that a written response from the appropriate officer would be provided.

9.

Petition relating to lighting and CCTV in the Thomas Wall Car Park, Rosehill pdf icon PDF 229 KB

The Council has received a petition to consider the implementation of lighting and CCTV to be placed in the Thomas Wall Car Park, Rosehill.

 

Indicative time: 15 mins

Minutes:

The Chair invited Ms Michelle Barry, lead petitioner, to address the committee for a maximum of five minutes.

 

The main points raised by Ms Barry were:

·         That the car park gets very dark in the evenings, particularly in the winter.

·         It is very dark when parents pick up their children from the nursery.

·         The alleyways surrounding the building are dark which can feel unsafe, particularly for a mostly-female workforce.

·         There is a high degree of drug-use in the area and staff often find nitrous oxide canisters lying around.

·         The car-park is also a spot for fly-tipping.

·         The car-park is also used by motorists to practice wheel spins, endangering pedestrians and other vehicles.

·         Visitors and staff to the Bingo Hall and Boxing Club often have to park elsewhere meaning they must walk through the dark to get to and from the car park.

 

The committee agreed the need to improve public safety in the car park and to reduce anti-social behaviour. It discussed the different possible options for the installation of street lighting and CCTV.

 

Mark Dalzell, Head of Parks and Open Space, confirmed that some investigation into options for lighting and CCTV had already taken place and he was confident that a practical and affordable scheme for the area could be designed with further investigation. Mr Dalzell noted that there was no funding in place currently for this work to be carried out so further exploration of possible funding schemes was required. Mr Dalzell also encouraged residents to report incidents of drug use and anti-social behaviour to encourage ongoing monitoring and intervention by the police.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To note the petition received.

2.    To note that officers will complete investigations of the possible solutions to provide lighting and CCTV at Thomas Wall car park, which will also include potential options to fund the scheme.

10.

Street Cleaning: Your Views

A live public engagement session to provide all residents with an opportunity to have their say on the local street cleaning services.

 

Indicative time: 30 mins

Minutes:

Andrew Chandler, Head of Waste and Street Cleansing, presented to the committee and encouraged those watching to join the interactive engagement session.

 

The committee discussed the council’s ‘report it’ function and the ways in which residents can follow up issues they have raised. Mr Chandler confirmed that improvements were being made to the website improving the capability of the council to provide residents with live updates and more detailed feedback.

 

The committee also discussed fly-tipping and enforcement, including developers leaving equipment in public places and the build-up of waste outside charity shops. Mr Chandler confirmed the council’s plans to employ additional enforcement officers to tackle fly-tipping and explained the council’s process for levying fines. Mr Chandler also confirmed that work is done with charity shops to support them in responding to fly-tipping and that material is provided to all charity shops in the borough, as part of the council’s ‘Scrap It’ scheme.

 

The committee noted the difficulty in sorting street waste into correct streams for recycling. Scott Edgell, Managing Director of Veolia, confirmed that they would be introducing clear bags to make it easier to sort material. Mr Edgell also confirmed that part of the strategy was to increase awareness of this issue, and ensure signage on street bins are clear and emphasised the need for the public to take responsibility for the waste they put into street bins. Mr Chandler also explained that the council was leading targeted campaigns, materials and bins on high streets in trial areas around the borough.

 

The committee discussed community involvement in street cleaning including reporting, and resident-led litter picks. Mr Chandler encouraged residents to take part in the online engagement and provided the details on how to do so through the council’s website.

11.

COVID-19 Recovery pdf icon PDF 336 KB

A brief update on the council response to COVID-19 and next steps, followed by an update from Sutton Housing Partnership on the St Helier Community Food Shop, accessing training and employment in your local area and how you can get involved.

 

Indicative time: 30 mins

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Tom Bremner, Interim Assistant Director of Housing and Regeneration, presented to the committee.

 

The committee discussed resident feedback on the use of the local area since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Martin Miranda-Antelo and Yvonne Evans, Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP), also presented to the committee.

 

The committee discussed the community investment and development work undertaken by SHP, including the food hub and credit union. Ms Evans and Mr Miranda explained the work that SHP were doing to support people in debt and help local people to plan and manage their spending. Mr Miranda also claimed plans for the food hub, including the introduction of cooking lessons or a lunch club.

12.

St Helier Open Space Engagement and Rosehill Area Renewal

An update on the St Helier Open Space engagement and Rosehill Area Renewal scheme.

 

Indicative time: 10 mins

Minutes:

Mandar Puranik, Programme Manager, Area Renewal and Regeneration, provided a verbal update to the committee.

 

The committee discussed the key priorities for the area renewal scheme in St Helier, developments since the last committee and the next steps.

13.

Public Realm and Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 86 KB

A report on applications, a presentation on the Public Realm budget, and a reminder of new Neighbourhood Grant Schemes agreed through a delegated decision. 

 

Indicative time: 10 mins

Minutes:

Claire Smith, Engagement Manager, presented to the committee.

 

Following a question, Ms Smith outlined the process for the delegated decision-making in regards to the public realm.