Agenda and draft minutes

Beddington and Wallington Local Committee
Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

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

Media

Items
No. Item

11.

Welcome and Introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Steve Cook, welcomed those present.

12.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

13.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Sunita Gordon declared a non-pecuniary interest that she lives in the Butter-Hill area.

14.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 6 October 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2020 be agreed as an accurate record.

15.

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.

16.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 124 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 prior to the meeting, using the form available on the Council’s website at least five working days in advance of the meeting.

The Chair has indicated the time for questions will be limited to 15 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. Please be aware that if you submit a question your name will appear in the minutes of the meeting.

Minutes:

Two Public questions were received in advance of the meeting, responses were provided and published on the council website.

 

Question 1: Mr Stephen Grant, Resident, had asked a question (question 1 in the supplement to the agenda) and confirmed he had received a written response. He asked a supplementary question about access issues to the butter hill bridge exiting the estate, should the Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme go ahead. Alex Constantinides, Interim Assistant Director for Transport, Highways and Regulatory Services explained that there are no current plans for LTNs and that there would be full, meaningful engagement with the community for any future plans regarding LTNs.

 

Mr Grant asked Mr Constantinides how these consultations would take place to ensure meaningful engagement. Mr Constantinides replied that TFL had introduced the various schemes, including the Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme, setting out how measures should be implemented and said that this should be done as quickly as possible. The speed required to meet the government recommended time scales, meant that proper dialogue could not be performed properly. Following the high court judgement against TFL, these schemes were removed, but there was still a commitment to resolving road safety issues around the Local Authority, working with the community and ensuring proper consultation and engagement.

 

Members discussed the LTNs further and about how to approach these schemes in the future. They further reiterated the importance of making sure that residents are consulted to come to a mutual agreement.

 

Question 2: Ms Sheila Berry, Resident, had asked a question (question 2 in the supplement to the agenda) and confirmed she had received a written response. Her supplementary question was regarding having independent scrutiny when the consultations are due to happen. Mr Constantinides replied that the schemes were aligned with the guidance issued and that there is a commitment to working together with residents and the community for future consultations.

17.

Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team pdf icon PDF 59 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Sgt Phil Clifton was unable to attend and sent a short brief on crime figures and the ward panels which were added to the agenda as a supplement.

18.

COVID-19 Update and Next Steps

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

Minutes:

Dr Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health, presented to the committee. His presentation included an overview of the local rates of COVID-19 infections, testing and vaccinations as well as the re-emphasis of key Public Health messages and government guidance such as, ‘hands, space and face’.

 

Dr Imran Choudhury continued to encourage residents to take the COVID-19 vaccine, in particular those listed in the key groups.

19.

Public Realm Projects Update pdf icon PDF 93 KB

The Locality Lead Officer 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 delegated decision.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, presented the report.

 

RESOLVED That:-

 

£1,775 from Public Realm revenue for a memorial tree at Mellows Park be approved.

£4,721 from Public Realm revenue for crossover alterations between Elmwood and Killburns Mill Close be approved.

£1,675 from Public Realm revenue for 5 x additional at bollards at Boundary Road be approved.

 

There were no further questions.

20.

Beddington Park Conservation Area pdf icon PDF 2 MB

A presentation to inform residents about the consultation, and information on how they can give feedback.

Minutes:

Dean James, Strategic Planning Manager, delivered a presentation regarding the consultation on the Character Appraisal and management plan for the existing Beddington Park, Carew Manor and Church Lane conservation areas.

 

He encouraged everyone to take part in the consultation through the website or via email to planningpolicy@sutton.gov.uk. He asked for feedback on the Character Appraisal, thoughts on the improvements being proposed and any general comments.

 

Members asked how people who are not able to access computers would partake in these consultations. Mr James answered that residents were informed through direct notification of this consultation. They did a letter drop to all residential and commercial properties, it was noted that a lot of the information was directed to the website due to restricted activities as a result of the pandemic.

 

Members also expressed concerns regarding some unlisted buildings. Dean James said they would look into potentially adding these buildings to the list of locally listed buildings.

21.

Sustainable Transport Strategy pdf icon PDF 8 MB

A new public consultation of the council's Sustainable Transport Strategy began in January 2021. Residents are encouraged to take part and have their say on the future direction of the strategy.

Minutes:

Phil Crockford, Principal Policy Officer (Strategic Transport) presented the report. He encouraged committee members and residents to respond to the Sutton Sustainable Transport Strategy consultation which had opened 14 January and would remain open until 25 March 2021.

 

Members expressed concerns about the cycle lanes on Beddington Lane. Kevin Williams, Senior Professional Engineer, answered that the Beddington North Major Scheme was currently being delayed by other works. He also added that Beddington North councillors would be consulted when the programme is ready to be finalised and any cycle lanes that were going to be implemented should be used for its purpose.

 

Community Representatives asked for consideration of segregation between pedestrians and cyclists that were using the pavement. Mr Crockford emphasised that the message of the report was to promote choice and the ability for people to remain active in later life and to travel safely. There would be continued work with Highways, Parking Enforcement and colleagues dealing with Climate Emergency to look at enforcement issues and maintaining assets.

 

Members questioned whether the objective of this strategy was to focus on limiting car usage in the borough, and asked for improved public transport services. Mr Crockford stated that they were in consultation with TFL, DFT and the London Mayor’s Office for ‘metroisation’ of the South London lines to increase the frequency of trains and that there had been consultations on improvements to bus services within the borough.

22.

Parking Strategy pdf icon PDF 372 KB

The Parking Programme Manager will give a presentation with updates on the Parking Programme within the Local Committee wards; how we got there and what's next.

Minutes:

Gurcharan Durhailay, Parking Programme Manager, delivered the Parking Strategy Consultation for the Beddington and Wallington areas. The statutory consultation ran between 25 February 2021 to 18 March 2021.

 

Community Representatives asked if the parking restrictions on yellow lines would be enforced. Mr Durhailay confirmed that they were working closely with the parking enforcement team to ensure the measures, such as the yellow line restrictions, were enforced.

 

Members requested that they be involved in the meetings regarding the parking strategy so they could relay any concerns from residents.

23.

Highways Updates

The Principle Highways Engineer to give an update on highways projects in the ward areas.

Minutes:

Kevin Williams, Senior Professional Engineer, gave a verbal update on highways. He said they were looking at a revised programme for the 2021-22 financial year. They were in consultation with ward councillors and residents’ associations so they could put in a bid to TFL regarding issues and concerns in the local area. He stated that once all of the information had been collated, a paper would be taken to the Environment, Strategy and Transport Committee on 18 March 2021.

 

Members asked about ensuring that speed limits were being adhered to, for example on Beddington Lane. Mr Williams answered that data was continually being collected and the situation was being monitored. Once definitive data was gathered, they would work to resolve this issue.

24.

Neighbourhood Fund pdf icon PDF 719 KB

A presentation updating the Committee on the projects funded so far and how people can get involved.

Minutes:

Gavin Calthorpe, Business Development Manager, delivered a presentation on the Neighbourhood Fund and invited Members and residents to get involved in improving the local area.

 

Members asked how much of CIL funding was specifically allocated to those groups with neighbourhood plans. Mr Calthorpe explained that of the CIL funding, 85% was assigned to the strategic element and 15% was assigned to the Neighbourhood Fund element. Areas with neighbourhood plans were given an increased amount of 25%.

25.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the local Committee will take place on 8 June 2021.

 

Minutes:

It was noted that the date of the next meeting would be 8 June 2021.