Agenda and minutes

Environment and Neighbourhood Committee
Thursday, 1st October, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Cassie Fraser-Shanley, Committee Services Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4990, Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Media

Items
No. Item

41.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Abellan, welcomed those present.

42.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

43.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

44.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2020 be agreed as an accurate record.

45.

Any urgent business pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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:

The Chair announced that he had accepted a petition regarding street cleansing and refuse collection in Hackbridge and would hear this under urgency following agenda item 6, Petitions Regarding the Safer, Active, Greener Streets Scheme.

 

Taken following agenda item 6 - Petition Regarding Street Cleansing and Refuse Collection in Hackbridge

 

The petition report was taken as read.

 

Upon the invitation of the Chair, the lead petitioner, Sheldon Vestey, was invited to speak to the petition for 5 minutes. Following the presentation of the petitions, the Chair invited committee members to ask questions.

 

Members discussed the impact of smart bins and the importance of the ReportIt function in terms of data collection which is used to identify trends and priorities.

 

RESOLVED: that

 

1.    the petitions received regarding street cleansing and refuse collection in Wandle Valley ward, specifically the Hackbridge area be noted

2.    the clarification of the street cleansing policies and standards and that the Head of Waste and Street Cleansing has offered to meet the lead petitioner to ensure any further concerns are addressed be noted.

46.

Petitions Regarding the Safer, Active, Greener Streets Scheme pdf icon PDF 185 KB

This report responds to petitions received from residents regarding pilot schemes at various sites across the borough

Minutes:

Simon Latham, Interim Strategic Director, Environment, Housing and Regeneration, presented the report.

 

Upon the invitation of the Chair, the lead petitioners for the four petitions set out in the report were each invited to address the committee for up to five minutes. Following the presentation of the petitions, the Chair invited committee members to ask questions.

 

Officers explained that COVID-19 had resulted in a reduction in traffic and these schemes were intended to build on this better quality of life. They confirmed that there was an increase in traffic as government restrictions were eased and that they began collecting data  prior to implementation of the schemes so that there was a baseline figure for the consultation, as there was no baseline data to use from January or February 2020, and further counts in October and November are to be taken to compare to previous data gathered. There are no diffuser tubes in the areas of the schemes, so air quality will be calculated by examining the vehicle count and speed of these vehicles, with all data being made available to view at a later date. They will also be comparing this to historical data produced in pre-COVID times.

 

In response to questions, officers also clarified that emergency services were consulted about the schemes and some issues of concern were raised, however they continue to maintain contact with the relevant parties in order to address them. It was also noted that the school streets programme is based on existing schemes elsewhere where volunteers have been heavily involved and all staff have been briefed by the team.

 

An additional recommendation was moved and seconded to revoke low traffic schemes. The recommendation was put to the vote and lost.

 

RESOLVED: that

1.    The petitions received regarding the streetspace schemes be noted

2.    The following be noted:

·         the rationale for the streetspace schemes;

·         that the schemes are experimental;

·         that feedback is positively sought from residents, businesses and community groups;

·         the intention to revise schemes in the light of evidence and feedback;

·         And that revisions have already been made.

3.    It be agreed that an update on the schemes is to be brought to the next meeting of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee.

 

47.

Authority to Consult on the Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 170 KB

As part of the Ambitious for Sutton vision to make the borough a great place to live and work, a new Sustainable Transport Strategy has been developed. This replaces the existing strategy and is focused upon providing more opportunities for local residents to walk, cycle and use public transport as their preferred options for journeys, within and beyond the borough. Our vision is that transport policy and provision within the borough should contribute to a more sustainable future, a better environment, economic prosperity, an improved quality of life and greater equality and safety, especially for children, families, those with mobility issues and those advancing in years.

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Minutes:

Andy Webber, Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, presented the report.

 

Members indicated the importance of public transport within the borough and the need to develop transport infrastructure. It was acknowledged that the document came from cross-committee working and will bring more resources which will improve residents lives and strengthen the Council’s hand at the planning stage. However, concerns were raised about how the consultation will be handled, who will be handling it and how the data will be interpreted.

 

Officers confirmed that there was a great dependency on funding by TfL and the Department of Transport in order to deliver the strategy, however the document displays that the Council are ready to lobby for Sutton for any funding opportunities which may arise. It also reinforces the need to ensure that developers play their part and begins to shape up the Council’s thinking towards how future development approaches, should funding then arise.

 

A motion that standing orders be suspended was proposed and general assent was given from members that business would conclude at 22.45.

 

In response to questions, officers clarified that the consultation for this supplementary planning document would be carried out over a six week period in accordance with the Council’s adopted Statements of Community Involvement, and an update would be brought to the next meeting of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee in January 2021. It was suggested that local committee Chairs promote the consultation through their agendas in the upcoming months.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    that the Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 (STS) for public consultation be agreed.

48.

Environment Strategy 2020 Refresh and Climate Emergency Response Plan pdf icon PDF 199 KB

The Environment Strategy and Climate Emergency Response Plan form a key component of delivering on our Ambitious for Sutton commitments. The Plan highlights the areas of action the council will continue to undertake now; and the areas where additional funding, partnerships or changes by government are needed in order to achieve our ambitions.

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Minutes:

Jennfier Sibley, Head of Strategy and Performance, presented the report.

 

In response to questions, officers clarified that they have been consulting on the South London Waste Plan which went to a recent meeting of the Strategy and Resources committee and presents a balance of how each Borough in the partnership supports each other. Officers continue to brief ward members and monitor air quality within the area.

 

Members discussed the importance of the strategy for the whole Council and highlighted several aspects of the report including fuel poverty, the Beddington Farmlands and the upkeep of new trees.

 

RESOLVED: that

1.    the updated Environment Strategy be agreed

2.    the Climate Emergency Response Plan be agreed

3.    It be noted to achieve zero carbon, significant financial investment, changes to regulation and advances in technology are required at UK and global level.