Agenda and minutes

Housing, Economy and Business Committee
Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA

Contact: Susanne Wicks, Committee Support Team Leader. Tel:020 8770 6540, Email:  susanne.wicks@sutton.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Jayne McCoy thanked all present for attending, particularly those speaking to the Outer London Fund Project Review Hackbridge item.

2.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor David Hicks.  Councillor Tony Shields attended as a substitute.

 

3.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

4.

Minutes of the meeting held on 3 March 2015 pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To agree as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 3 March 2015.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 3 March 2015 are agreed as an accurate record of the meeting.

5.

Outer London Fund Project Review Hackbridge

To receive a petition and receive a presentation (as detailed below).

 

Indicative timing:  60 minutes

Minutes:

The Chair of the Committee introduced this item, and explained that a range of speakers had been invited to speak on this matter, as detailed below.  The Area Renewal Programme Manager, Sally Blomfield, delivered a presentation on the Heart of Hackbridge project.  The presentation covered the objectives and outcomes of the scheme, the road safety audit process and findings and the results of post-implementation surveys with residents.

 

Conor Moloney, Chair of the Heart of Hackbridge delivery board and Head of Sustainable Places at BioRegional addressed the Committee.  He noted the success of the project and thanked all involved, and reported that the GLA are pleased with the outcome of this locally led project.  He presented some very recent photographs highlighting the positive changes to the area, including the very recent improvements to the pocket park at the gateway to the Wandle Valley Regional Park.    

 

Helena Barrowclough, a resident of Hackbridge, member of the Heart of Hackbridge delivery board and Chair of the Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group also addressed the meeting.  She noted her delight with the scheme and the positive impact it has had on the area, and highlighted the need to continue with new schemes such as the Farmers’ Market, to ensure the area builds on the improvements and continues to thrive.  

 

In response to questions, Sally Blomfield advised that a cycling forum was involved in the consultation and did not wish to have a segregated cycle lane.  She advised that evidence showed that there was a direct correlation between reduced road width and traffic speed. The Cycling Forum representatives acknowledged that it would be difficult to achieve all the scheme’s objectives within the space and therefore, on balance, if traffic speed could be reduced cyclists would be happy to cycle with the traffic. However, they requested that a contra flow scheme be implemented along Elm Road which was subsequently agreed to as part of the Project.    

 

Conor Moloney advised that BioRegional had worked closely with local businesses advising on a range of energy saving measures.

 

Sally Blomfield added that local traders were involved in the consultation, and had asked for free stop and shop parking to increase passing trade.  

 

Tracey Collins addressed the meeting.  She formally presented the petition, the prayer for which had been circulated within the agenda.  She reiterated the points made that whilst the area has been much improved, all people, including the vulnerable, must feel safe to go about their daily lives, which they do not feel at the moment.

 

Michael Parsons, a local resident and Vice-Chair of Sutton Vision addressed the meeting.  He agreed that the area is much improved and footfall has increased, but unfortunately it is not accessible for people with disabilities.  He advised that the Access Group, of which Sutton Vision was part, closed before the consultation on this scheme commenced, and asked Councillors to support its reinstatement. Michael Parsons explained that he met the designers of the scheme at the outset who quoted from the “Manual  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

5a

Petition from Hackbridge Safety First

A petition bearing 319 names and an online petition bearing 549 names has been received from Hackbridge Safety First, calling on the Council to install formal crossings in Hackbridge following completion of the Heart of Hackbridge Scheme.

 

The prayer reads as follows:

 

I’m sure you will agree that Hackbridge looks a much nicer place since the completion of the ‘Heart of Hackbridge’ scheme.  However, is it as safe as before?

 

Put yourself in the shoes of an 11 year old child travelling to high school independently or an elderly resident walking to the chemist, or a visually impaired pedestrian trying to cross the busy roads of Hackbridge.

 

We now have no formal crossings to help pedestrians cross the busy roads safely, especially those mentioned above or anyone who may have a disability.

 

If you feel as strongly as we do, and would like to offer your support in persuading the Council to install formal crossings in Hackbridge, please sign our petition and encourage your friends and family to do likewise.”

 

The Chair has agreed that the petition organiser, Tracey Collins, may address the Committee.

Minutes:

The minute for this item is contained within the minute for item 5.

5b

Presentation from the Area Renewal Programme Manager pdf icon PDF 6 MB

Minutes:

The minute for this item is contained within the minute for item 5.

 

6.

Housing Strategy Delivery Plan 2015-16 pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To seek the Committee's approval of the 2015/16 plan to deliver on the strategic objectives in Council's Housing Strategy.

 

Indicative timing:   15 minutes

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Simon Latham, the Executive Head of Housing and Regeneration, introduced this report and invited comments and questions.  In responding to questions raised about improving energy efficiency in the borough’s housing stock, Simon Latham undertook to bring a report to the next meeting of this Committee on the Fuel Poverty Strategy, to include an update on possible bids for funding in this area. 

 

RESOLVED:  That the Housing, Economy and Business Committee:

 

1.         Approves the Housing Strategy Delivery Plan 2015/16.

2.         Delegates authority to the Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration, in consultation with the Chair of the Committee, to make further and final amendments to the Delivery Plan.

3.         Agrees that a progress report be provided to the Committee’s December meeting.

 

Councillor Neil Garratt abstained from voting.

 

7.

Annual Review of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Indicative timing:  15 minutes

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Julie Turner, the Head of Revenues, Benefits, Insurance and Pensions, introduced this report and invited questions and comments. 

 

Councillor Joyce Melican noted the good work being carried out by the welfare reform outreach officer.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Housing, Economy and Business Committee agrees that the Council Tax Reduction Scheme remains unchanged for the 2016/17 financial year and recommends it to Full Council in July.

 

Councillor Neil Garratt abstained from voting.

 

8.

Temporary Accommodation Strategy pdf icon PDF 148 KB

Indicative timing:   30  minutes

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Lorraine Thomas, the Housing Needs, Homelessness and Support Brokerage Service Manager, delivered a presentation to the Committee outlining the need for the strategy, the homelessness profile in Sutton, prevention of homelessness, future projections of homelessness, the impact of the increase, current provision of temporary accommodation, future need and Sutton’s approach to temporary accommodation procurement.  She welcomed comments and questions from the Committee.

 

The Committee expressed their support for a Y Cube development, although it was noted that these properties should not be viewed as a permanent home for the homeless.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Housing, Economy and Business Committee

 

1.    Approves the Temporary Accommodation Strategy 2015-18

2.    Agrees to receive a further report in six months on progress made in delivery the strategy, and to receive annual reports thereafter.

 

9.

Revisions to the Council's tenancy conditions pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Indicative timing:   30 minutes

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Sue Holbrook, Head of Neighbourhoods, Sutton Housing Partnership,  introduced this report.  She outlined a number of amendments to the tenancy conditions that had been made following comments received after agenda publication, as follows:

 

Ending the Tenancy, has been amended to read: we can only make you leave your home or take away your rights as a secure tenant by getting a court order, and we may obtain an order for certain reasons (“grounds”) which are set out in the Housing Act 1985 as amended, updated, extended or replaced.”

 

Your Responsibilities has been amended to read: “you are expected to cooperate with the management of your home and neighbourhood by, for example, complying with reasonable requests, not to obstruct staff carrying out their duties and by keeping appointments made with your landlord, their agents and contractors”.

 

Demoted Tenancies, has been amended to read: “we may make an application to the court to demote your tenancy under Section 82A of the Housing Act 1985 (as amended by the Anti-Social Behaviour Act) and any legislation which amends or succeeds it....”

 

Pets: the four breeds of dangerous dogs will be listed after “permission will not be given for Dogs specified under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and any legislation that succeeds it”.

 

Sue Holbrook confirmed that she had sought legal advice to confirm that the changes did not necessitate further consultation. 

 

With regard to the impact of the proposed changes on users of mobility scooters, Simon Latham advised that only a small number of people are affected.  He advised that if the issue of safe storage cannot be resolved, consideration must be given to re-housing the tenants. 

 

Councillor Joyce Melican suggested that tenants’ rights be set out in the handbook, and also encouraged the use of plain English. 

 

RESOLVED:  That the Housing, Economy and Business Committee approves the proposed changes to the current Conditions of Tenancy, to be implemented from 1 October 2015.

 

10.

Sutton Housing Partnership Delivery Plan 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Indicative timing:  10 minutes

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Brendan Crossan, Executive Director of Resources, Sutton Housing Partnership introduced this report. 

 

The Executive Head of Housing and Regeneration, Simon Latham confirmed that the membership of the Task and Finish Group had not been impacted by changes to the Committee’s membership made in May.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Housing, Economy and Business Committee approves the Sutton Housing Partnership Delivery Plan 2015/16.

 

11.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (Sutton Local Plan) pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Indicative timing:   5 minutes

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability, Eleanor Purser introduced this report, and confirmed it had been overseen by the Task and Finish Group. 

 

Councillor Jayne McCoy suggested that the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust should be a formal consultee on the Local Plan.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Housing, Economy and Business Committee

 

1.         Agrees to publish the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping report for consultation for a period of five weeks.

2.         Agrees to publish the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping report on the Council website

3.         Delegates authority to the Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability in consultation with the Chair of the Committee, to make any minor alterations to the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping report prior to consultation.

 

12.

Economy Watch

This report, providing the borough's economic indicators for Quarter 4 of 2014/15 (January to March) has been circulated to the committee and is available online at:

 

http://www.opportunitysutton.org/economy-watch/ 

 

Minutes:

Noted.

13.

Any urgent business brought forward at the discretion of the chair

Minutes:

No urgent items were brought forward.