Agenda and draft minutes

Beddington and Wallington Local Committee
Tuesday, 10th March, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Wallington County Grammar School for Boys, Croydon Road, Wallington, Surrey, London, SM6 7PH

Contact: Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, Tel: 020 8770 5937 | Email:  claire.smith@sutton.gov.uk  Committee Services Officer, Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

30.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Steve Cook welcomed those present.

Councillor Cook invited residents to attend the Parking Consultation Update event at Wallington Library, Shotfield for Geographical Area 3 (Ross Road area) on 11 March at 9.30am -1pm. The consultation for Geographical area 3 runs from 2 March to 17 April 2020, residents were encouraged to complete the online survey.

Councillor Steve Cook explained the 1st Beddington (Guy Road) Cub Pack, which is over 100 years old, was at threat of closure due to lack of adult leaders. He asked if  residents or Councillors were aware of anyone who would be interested in becoming an adult helper could they contact either him or Councillor Barry Lewis to support the pack to continue as a resource for young people in the area.  .

31.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Barry Lewis, Mo Saqib, Manuel Abellan and Jillian Green.

32.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

33.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2019 be agreed as an accurate record.

34.

Public questions

This item is an opportunity for members of the public to raise points or questions about local issues that are not already on the agenda.

If you wish to submit a question prior to the meeting, please send it to localcommittees@sutton.gov.uk at least 5 workings days in advance and we will endeavour to obtain a written response for the meeting. 

Please be aware your question and name will be published in the minutes of the meeting.

Indicative time: 15 minutes

 

 

Minutes:

There were no questions from the public received in advance of the meeting.

 

A local resident asked for an update on securing a tenant for the Carew Manor site. Councillor Jayne McCoy explained that the Council as the owner of the site had responsibility for securing a tenant.

 

A local resident asked about the Lodge at Bandon Hill cemetery and suggested the appearance of the property had declined recently.

 

Councillor Edward Joyce explained the property is rented to a tenant at present, and that the Bandon Hill Cemetery Committee were looking to tidy up that area, although at present there were no long term plans for the property. Concerns about the current state of the property will be passed to the Council’s Asset Management team.

35.

Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team

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

 

Indicative time: 15 minutes

 

Minutes:

PC Steve Routledge provided an update on issues in the Local Committee area.

 

The PC explained that theft of catalytic converters was a concern in the area and across London. Residents should report any incident they are aware of, the Police are carrying out surveillance operations in the area.  To reduce the risk of this type of theft residents could purchase ‘metal cage’ which can be fitted to the vehicle or park with the back of a vehicle close against something. A range of vehicles are targeted although hybrids are a common target.

 

PC Routledge informed residents that smart water was available from the police, and that as far as he was aware there is no lifetime limit on the effectiveness of smart water.

 

The Police agreed that both CCTV and alarms act as deterrents.

36.

Petition for Small Dog Area in Beddington Park pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Committee to consider a petition for a small dog area in Beddington Park.

 

Indicative time: 20 minutes

 

Minutes:

Mr Peter Fisher presented the petition, the main points raised were:

 

There are a number of parks in the Borough of Sutton.

Beddington Park has a range of activities and facilities which cater for  both local residents and visitors from further afield of all ages and interests.

Beddington Park has become less safe for small dogs and their owners over time. This includes the physical safety of the dogs and concerns about the mental welfare of owners.

The mental welfare of owners is caused by the stress to owners of small dogs caused as their  dogs or themselves are at risk of attacks by larger dogs.

Concern for small dogs in parks is a national issue and is being discussed at a national level.

 

In discussion Members claritied the following points:

 

Mr Fisher did not have information about the number of attacks on dogs which have taken place in the park over the past three years, although his own dog was killed, and he is aware that not all attacks are reported.

PC Routledge reported that there had been 12 reports of issues with dogs in Beddington Park in the past two years.

If an area for small dogs was set aside in a park for small dogs it would need to be near to an entrance, and dogs could either be taken to it on a lead or carried to the area.

An issue is the control of dogs by their owners, and that it is this which should  be addressed rather than isolation of certain dogs.   

Any dog which is not on a lead and is out of control or there is fear of harm to either a dog or a person should be reported to the Police..

 

 

The Chair read a statement from The Chair of the Friends of Beddington Park, the main points raised were: the group are not in favour of an area for small dogs as this would create maintenance costs, and issues for grass cutting. There were concerns about the definition of a small dog in terms of size or weight. There have been instances of aggressive behaviour by small dogs.

 

Mark Dalzell, Head of Parks and Open Spaces presented the report.

 

The Head of Parks and Open Spaces explained that any area set aside for small dogs would be self policed. Attendees suggested that the petition request raised  issues about the control of dogs in parks and open spaces both locally and nationally.

 

Councillor Sunita Gordon raised a motion that a small dog area being set aside within Beddington Park is declined, this was seconded by Councillor Tim Foster. 

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    A setting up of a small dog area within Beddington Park be declined.

 

2.    It be noted that the Parks and Open Space Strategy was approved by the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee in December 2019 and this includes a commitment to work with the police and other partners to review the byelaws to ensure they remain fit for purpose  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

Climate Emergency pdf icon PDF 981 KB

Head of Environment Strategy Jennifer Sibley to update the Local Committee on the Climate Emergency with a brief presentation followed by a breakout session that will seek the views of local residents.

 

 

Indicative time: 45 minutes

 

Minutes:

Victoria Jeffery, Head of Local Place and Engagement provided the presentation.

 

Councillor Nick Mattey raised the issue of carbon emissions from the ERF and the Suez incinerators located in the Sutton borough.

 

Attendees provided feedback on the issues raised within breakout groups. These responses will be analysed.

38.

Highways Updates

Principal Highways Engineer to give an update on Highways projects in the ward areas.

Indicative time: 15 minutes

 

Minutes:

Kevin William, Senior Highways Engineer provided a verbal update, the main points raised were:

 

·         Forresters Drive - the consultation is now closed and results are being analysed.

·         Plough Lane - the project had two parts (The Broadway and the bridge), the Broadway having a clear option for consultation. The bridge consideration is needed due to engineering difficulties. Members raised relating to cycling in the bridge area.

·         Forrester School - works will be on site during the Easter break.

·         Tharp Road - After implementation data will be gathered during British Summer Time, concerns about knock on effects to surrounding roads will be included within analysis.

·         Beddington Lane - The Highways team are aware of frustrations due to issues on the Highway related to utility works.  The Senior Highways Engineer agreed to keep ward councillors updated.

·         Residents and Members raised issues in the following areas: Boundary Road, Onslow Gardens/Blenheim Road - (becoming a rat run), Shirley Road/Woodcote Road (parking blocking junctions), Church Road (speeding minibuses)  the VAS sign on Woodcote Road near Farm Lane hasn't been working for some time. The Senior Highways  Engineer agreed to look into these matters and report back.

39.

Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Locality Lead Officer, Claire Smith, to deliver a report on the Public Realm budget, introduce new schemes for consideration by the Committee and remind committee members of new Neighbourhood Grant Schemes agreed through a delegated decision.

 

Indicative time: 10 minutes

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer presented the report.

 

Councillor Jayne McCoy motioned that recommendation 2.5 be amended to :£70 from Public Realm Revenue to supply several replacement  keys for the notice board outside Wallington Town Hall be approved.   This was seconded by Council Muhammad Sadiq.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    £454 from Public Realm Capital to install “Happy to chat” signs in Beddington and Wallington Local Committee area be approved

 

2.    £1,805 from Public Realm Capital for the installation of a new directional sign post at the junction of  Acre Lane/Westcroft Road be approved.

 

3.    £750 from Public Realm Capital to install a new bench outside the British Heart Foundation on Stanley Park Road be approved.

 

4.    £60 from Public Realm Revenue for additional funding to pay for the use of a copyright photograph for the information board at Beddington Park be approved.

 

5.    £70 from Public Realm Revenue to supply several replacement  keys for the notice board outside Wallington Town Hall be approved.

 

6.    £21,193 from 2020/21 Public Realm Capital converted to Revenue funding be earmarked for the annual hanging baskets scheme across all ward areas. (Subject to funding being available from Public Realm following approval of budgets at full Council in March 2020)

 

7.    £2,200 from Public Realm Capital to provide extra funds - Ross Parade gated closure be approved.

 

8.    £3,655 from Public Realm Capital to supply and install 10 x bollards at junction of Woodcote Green/Woodcote Road be approved.

 

9.    £2,418 of recycled Public Realm Capital funding to be added back to the Local Committee budget (detailed in Appendix A, Section 4) be approved.

40.

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.

41.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the local committee is TBC.

 

Minutes:

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 9 June 2020 at Croygas Sport Club.