Agenda and minutes

Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee
Tuesday, 28th April, 2015 7.30 pm

Venue: Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton Beeches, SM5 3NL

Contact: Victoria Lower, Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services) Tel 020 8770 4640 Email  victoria.lower@sutton.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

48.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Steve O’Connell (GLA member), John Faulkner (Woodstock Road Residents Association), Terry Haswell (Clockhouse Residents Association), Arthur Spirling (Carshalton Fields Residents Association) and Barry Todman.

 

49.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

50.

Minutes of last meeting pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 10 February 2015.

 

Indicative time: 3 minutes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 10 February 2015 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

51.

Report from Safer Neighbourhoods Teams

To receive an update outlining the priorities and work of the Safer Neighbourhood Team in the local area.

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes.

Minutes:

Inspector Ian Hicks reported that while crime had increased in the borough over the past year, it had dropped within the two Carshalton wards within the local committee areamaking them some of the safest wards in London. In Carshalton Central there had been a drop in crime by 9% and across the two wards by 21%.

 

The Safer Neighbourhood Team were concentrating on criminal damage and violence within the area, with particular emphasis on licensed premises, youths and domestic violence.

 

In Papermill Close there had been concerns of anti-social behaviour, with particular concerns surrounding drug abuse by youths. The Safer Neighbourhood Team had conducted two drug warrants in this area in the last year.

 

Speeding concerns on Woodmansterne Lane had been raised at a previous Local Committee meeting and Inspector Hicks informed the committee that his team had looked into the concerns, however had not found any evidence of persistent speeding. Inspector Hicks suggested that Mr Brown may wish to join Speed Watch.

 

Inspector Hicks informed the committee that he had received reports of an abandoned vehicle by Stanley Park High School on Diamond Jubilee Way. Community Representatives informed the Inspector that the car had been there for several months, but was taxed and questioned whether the Police were able to remove it as it was causing congestion issues along the road. Inspector Hicks stated if the car is taxed, insured and lawfully parked then the Police would not be able to do anything; however he would look into the current situation of the car and try to contact the current owner of the car. Inspector Hicks assured the committee that feedback would be provided to the ward councillors.

 

Councillor Amy Haldane informed the committee that a Safer Neighbourhood Team Ward Panel meeting for Carshalton South & Clockhouse ward was taking place on Thursday 30 April at 7pm at Crosspoint House, Stafford Road, Wallington.

 

Resolved: To note.

 

52.

Community Representatives round-up

An opportunity for Community Representatives to update the Committee on the work of their organisations.

 

Indicative time 15 minutes.

 

Minutes:

Mrs Kelsall of the Friend of Honeywood Museum informed the committee that it had been three years since the museum underwent refurbishment and the Friends of Honeywood Museum supported the activities of the museum by purchasing artefacts, toys for children, and engagement materials. The Friends of Honeywood fundraise and provide volunteers for the museum and would welcome new members and/or volunteers for the museum. The group was working with the Trade Association to plan the Carshalton-on-the-Sea event in Carshalton in June 2015 and leaflets were circulated to the committee on future events being heldat the museum.

 

Mr Liffen of the Carshalton on the Hill Residents Association informed the committee that the Association would be having its 30th anniversary in 2016 and were considering organising a street party, similar to the one held for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The Association’s Annual General Meeting was being held on 13 May 2015 and would be a public meeting. Around half of the households in the Carshalton on the Hill area were members of the Residents Association.

 

Mr Freeman of the Friends of the Grove informed the committee that the group had been formed to keep an eye on the park, however there were a lack of members and committee members and so they were unsure whether there was a long term future for the group. Recently a new cycle track and footpath had been put into the park and the Old Mill roof which had been vandalised a number of times had been replaced with a new vandal-proof roof. Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector had put in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for The Grove House and research was ongoing on the history of the building and park as part of this project. A Summer Walk had been arranged for 30 June 2015 at 7.30pm.

 

Mr Brown of the Friends of Oaks Park informed the committee that the group became constituted in 1997 and now had over 130 members. The group was created to improve and preserve the character of the park, and works in partnership with the Council, a local archaeological society and Honeywood Museum. The park had received green flags and London in Bloom awards. The Friends of Oaks Park was grateful for the contributions made by the Local Committee for interpretation boards and the mapping out of the oaks. It was felt that the challenges for the future would be the effect of the Council’s decision to outsource ground maintenance.

 

Mr Jacobs of Queen Mary’s Park Residents Association informed the committee that the Association was formed in 2000, and in the last 15 years had held street parties to improve the community feeling. The sale of the Orchard Hill land for the new Stanley Park High School and 150 new houses had been a challenge, however there had been some rewards with a good relationship formed with the school. The new homes had also brought in the possibility of new members to the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.

53.

Carshalton High Street Traders

To receive an update from the Carshalton Traders Association.

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes.

Minutes:

Mr Andrew Candy and Mr Chris Blanks of the Carshalton Traders Association gave the committee an overview of their organisation. The Association had arranged a Christmas market for the last five years, a monthly craft market with the Friends of Honeywood Museum, and were currently planning a Carshalton-on-the-Sea event for June 2015 with the Friends of group.

 

The Association were aiming to increase footfall to Carshalton High Street and support the independent businesses by making Carshalton a destination for shoppers and visitors. The markets aimed to engage with the whole community, and the Association were happy to hear from any local groups which wanted a stall at future markets.

 

Local businesses were previously unhappy when outside traders were organising markets in the high street which took trade away from the local independent businesses. The Trade Association was formed to be a point of contact for people to consult with the local businesses and as a way for businesses to work together to increase footfall to the high street. The Association saw the markets and fairs as an opportunity to showcase the independent businesses and talent within the borough.

 

The markets took place in the front of the small car park on Carshalton High Street on the last Saturday of the month, except for the market in June which was taking place over the weekend of 19 -21 June to coincide with the Carshalton-on-the-Sea event. Mr Candy stated he was happy to hear from any groups who were interested in having a stall at the market. It was hoped that the markets would grow and enable the market to be spread across Carshalton to increase footfall down the whole High Street and into Honeywood Museum.

 

Resolved: To note.

 

54.

Christmas Lights Scheme 2015 pdf icon PDF 80 KB

An initial discussion about Christmas Light displays for 2015.

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes

 

Minutes:

The Town Centre Manager informed the committee that the council was in the process of looking to procure a new contractor for the Christmas lights. However it was important he had a steer from the Local Committee as to a basic outline of what would be requested.

 

The committee thanked the Town Centre Manager and his team for their work on the Christmas light schemes in previous years. It was noted that events were built around the Christmas lights, such as markets and the Frost Fair and the scheme was important to local traders.

 

Councillor Moira Butt requested that lights be placed in Stanley Park Road and informed the Town Centre Manager that she had provided a map of locations to the previous Locality Lead Officer. The Town Centre Manager confirmed that he had begun investigations into lighting for Stanley Park Road.

 

The Chair requested that Councillors and Community Representatives provide comments to the Locality Lead Officer as soon as possible.

 

Resolved: That requests for Christmas lighting locations be sent to the Locality Lead Officer.

 

55.

Robins Way - Introduction of 'at any time' waiting restrictions pdf icon PDF 94 KB

This report outlines the proposal for the introduction of ‘at any time’ double yellow lines in Robins Way and requests Committee approval for the delegation to officers of the statutory traffic order process for their introduction.

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Transport Planning and Programme Manager presented a report on the introduction of ‘at any time’ waiting restrictions on Robins Way, off Colston Avenue, a road owned by the Council but was not a public highway. Obstructive parking had been experienced along the road, particularly on match days.

 

Mr Brockwell stated that the football club had painted approximately 40 metres of double yellow lines, which were not official but the public appeared to be adhering to. While parking and access was not an issue on match days, it was the mornings when there was a children’s nursery taking place which caused the problems as cars were coming and going in different directions.

 

Concerns were raised that if yellow lines were painted along the length of the road that allotment holders would not be able to park to access their allotments. In addition, on Sundays the allotment shop was open and customers needed somewhere to park. Safety concerns were also raised as the road was used by parents and the parking along one side provided a safety barrier for parents to use as there was not pavement along the road. Mr Brockwell stated there should be single yellow lines near the allotments with restrictive parking.

 

Councillor Jill Whitehead suggested that some discretion be given to allotment holders and that speed restrictions could be considered. The Transport Planning and Programme Manager stated that road humps were in place on the road and any further speeding restrictions would be unenforceable. Furthermore it was felt that if any parking was allowed it would still cause obstructions.

 

Mr Dipre informed the committee that the Club had over 1800 members and following planning approval for a new pitch the club will have an increased usage in the evenings by around 100 people. The road was busy and likely to get busier following the installation and there had been dangerous situations along the road. The Club felt that parking restrictions were necessary and that parking was only an issue for the allotment holders on Sundays.

 

Mr Dipre informed the committee that the Club had surveyed those who parked along the road and found a number of people were commuters looking for free parking and parents picking their children up from school. There was sufficient parking within the Clubs grounds for users, with the issue being the blocking up of Robins Way and safety of all users.

 

The Transport Planning and Programme Manager informed the committee that there was at least one other road in the borough which was not public highway but restrictions were enforced by ordinary traffic wardens.

 

The committee felt that it would not be possible to make a decision without further consultation of road users.

 

It was moved by Councillor Hamish Pollock, seconded by Councillor Alan Salter and:

 

Resolved: That a further report on waiting restrictions in Robins Way come to the localcommittee following discussions with road users.

56.

Public Realm pdf icon PDF 166 KB

The Locality Lead Officer to give an update on Public Realm Projects.

 

Indicative time: 20 minutes.

Minutes:

The Locality Lead Officer informed the committee that the community noticeboard for the corner of Beeches Avenue had been ordered. Four schemes had also been completed since the last meeting, including the outdoor gym equipment scheme for Carshalton Park, which was completed after the agenda was published.

 

The Locality Lead Officer informed the committee that the remaining budget for 2015/16 was £42,102, and that an allocation of £4,100 was necessary for the completion of the ‘Welcome to Carshalton’ signs. The committee thanked Mr Faulkner for his dedication to the project and looked forward to its completion.

 

Mr Brown stated the scope for scheme CC/1415.3 (Natural play area and dog free zone in Oaks Park) was very wide and relied on match funding. It was suggested that the scheme was amended to be for a dog free zone which the Parks team and residents were happy to accept. The Chair requested that any suggestedamendments to current schemes and proposals for new schemes were taken to the Public Realm Allocation meeting on Wednesday 20 May.

 

Resolved: That an additional £4,100 be allocated towards the completion of the ‘Welcome to Carshalton’ signs scheme.

 

57.

Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 101 KB

The Locality Lead Officer to present a report on Neighbourhood Grant applications.

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes.

 

Minutes:

The Locality Lead Officer informed the committee that three applications had been received from Helpp for £500, Carshalton Fields Residents’ Association for £500 and The Friends of Honeywood Museum for £850.

 

After a review of the Neighbourhood Grants scheme the Locality Lead Officer informed members that applications for between £50 and £1,000 could be submitted per year per group. The Local Committee had been allocated £5,000 for 2015/16 and would be informed whether the under spend from 2014/15 would be carried over following the Strategy & Resources Committee on 29 June 2015. The committee requested that the report to the Strategy & Resources Committee request for the carry-forward to go to the relevant Local Committees and not be re-divided.

 

Community Representatives stated they were surprised that Neighbourhood Grants were increasing during a period of financial cut backs. The Head of Local Place and Engagement informed the committee that the budget for Neighbourhood Grants had not changed, however the amount that could be applied for had been increased in response to feedback from groups.

 

The Lead Locality Officer informed the committee information about Neighbourhood Grants was available on the Council’s website and would be recirculated to Members and Community Representatives.

 

Resolved: That the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee award:

a.    £500 to Helpp for sound equipment and library books.

b.    £500 to the Carshalton Fields Residents Association for the production of newsletters.

c.    £850 to the Friends of Honeywood Museum for the Carshalton-on-Sea Summer Festival.

 

58.

Public Question Time

An opportunity for members of the public to ask questions about issues not otherwise considered on the agenda.

 

Please be advised that it may not be possible to provide a response on the night, but questions will be noted.

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes.

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

 

The committee noted that the online blogger ‘Diamond Geezer’ had recently reviewed the borough and noted that all the heritage sites and areas of interest, except Whitehall in Cheam, were within the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee area.

 

The committee discussed that part of the Local Committee area was a dry parish and queried whether there was an application for a wine bar near Carshalton Beeches Station. The Chair stated that the Local Committee were not able to discuss Licensing matters, however Councillor Moira Butt stated that there was no application.

 

59.

Next meeting

To note the next meeting of the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee is to take place on 16 June 2015 at Hillcrest Halls, 42 Fryston Avenue, Coulsdon CR5 2PT.

 

Minutes:

The committee noted that the next meeting of the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee would take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 at Hillcrest Halls, 42 Fryston Avenue, Coulsdon, CR5 2PT.