Agenda and minutes

Environment and Neighbourhood Committee
Thursday, 28th June, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices - St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA. View directions

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Link: Audio recording

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Welcome and introductions


The Vice Chair Councillor Richard Clare, acting as Chair, welcome those present. Members recorded their thanks to members of the Environment & Neighbourhood Committee (2014-18).


Apologies for absence and notifications of substitutes


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Jillian Green, Councillor Manuel Abellan (for whom Councillor Annie Moral was substituting), Councillor Ryan Stoneman and Councillor Hanna Zuchowska.


Minutes of last meeting pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 1 February 2018.


RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 1 February 2018 were agreed and signed as an accurate record, subject to the minor amendment that Councillor Manuel Abellan be stated as Vice Chair.


Declarations of interests


No declarations of interest were made.


Proposed Charges for New Library Spaces pdf icon PDF 114 KB

The refurbishment and reallocation of space within Sutton Central Library has enabled the Libraries, Heritage and Arts to create new spaces for use by the community and as opportunities for income generation.


Hire charges for these newly created spaces were not included in the 1 February Environment & Neighbourhood Committee report as research was still being carried out at the time the report was finalised.


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Jan Underhill, Assistant Director (Wellbeing) and Madeline Barratt, Head of Libraries, Heritage and Arts, presented the report.


Under Standing Order 20.2, Councillor Nick Mattey was permitted to speak to the Committee. The Councillor raised his concerns with regards to the use of the area previously known as the Europa Gallery.


Members discussed the use and footfall of the library since the refurbishment and considered the changing direction of libraries in the 21st century. Further debate focussed on the design and marketing of The Pod, previous use of the library space for Full Council and gallery charges for solo artists and large groups.


Members enquired whether the introductory discount could be extended beyond September and the Head of Service committed to consider this.


RESOLVED: that the fees and charges set out for the new and extended services to be delivered at Sutton Central Library be agreed for The Gallery, The Community Zone and The Pod.


Sustainable Transport Strategy Indicators pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To report progress in relation to the Sustainable Transport Strategy (STS) and a review of the agreed Action Plan and targets.

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Duncan Clarke, Strategic Planning Manager, and Dimitros Dikmpasanis, Transport Planner and Research Officer, presented the report. Particular context was provided by the Strategic Planning Manager with regards to air quality indicators in the report.


Under Standing Order 20.2, Councillor Nick Mattey was permitted to speak to the Committee. The Councillor spoke on particulates in the Beddington area, the future impact of the Energy Recovery Facility and the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Warren Shadbolt, Assistant Director - Safer and Stronger Communities, informed the members that a report on the air quality strategy could be expected at committee later in the year.


Members raised the issues of high car use in the borough, the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) Policy, public transport provision by Transport for London and the nature of school travel plans. 


Consideration was again given to air quality within the borough, while concerns were raised over road conditions for cyclists. The Assistant Director referred members to ongoing improvements for cyclists in the borough in line with the strategy and acknowledged national concerns about deteriorating road conditions.



1.    Progress on the implementation of sustainable transport measures within the strategy be noted.

2.    Progress in achieving targets set out in the strategy be reviewed and it be agreed to continue to monitor on an annual basis.

3.    Progress in implementing the cycle network and other initiatives as set out in the Borough’s cycling strategy be noted.

4.    Officers be instructed to start work on a replacement Sustainable Transport Strategy to take effect from 2020 with the strategy being given the status of a Supplementary Planning Document.


Any urgent items brought forward at the direction of the chair


Councillor Richard Clare, acknowledged the questions submitted by Councillor Tony Shields on the subject of the Charles Cryer Theatre, and stated that these would be answered outside the committee by the appropriate Assistant Director.


Date of next meeting

The next meeting will be taking place on 20 September 2018 at the Civic Offices.


The date of the next meeting was confirmed as 20 September 2018.