Agenda and minutes

Additional Meeting, Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee
Thursday, 11th February, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

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Welcome and introductions


The Chair, Councillor Manuel Abellan, welcomed those present.

The Chair explained that the items for consideration at this meeting had, with the agreement of the committee, been deferred from the previous meeting on January 28 2021 following a High Court judgement against Transport for London (TfL) in January. The Chair confirmed that an addendum report for the Safer, Active, Greener Streets item had been published and circulated to members on 10 February 2021. The recommendations of the addendum report were to withdraw the schemes and so it was confirmed that, if agreed, these would supersede the recommendations in the original report. The Chair also confirmed that a legal note had been circulated to members ahead of the meeting as a background document.


Apologies for absence


There were no apologies for absence.


Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


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).


There was no urgent business.


Petitions regarding Traffic Schemes pdf icon PDF 149 KB


The Chair explained that as the recommendations in the petition report would potentially be superseded by the recommendations in the Safer, Active, Greener Streets addendum report, the committee would still hear and debate the petition but would consider the recommendations later in the meeting.


Upon the invitation of the Chair, the lead petitioner, John Keys, was invited to address the committee for up to five minutes. His main points were as follows:

  • Residents wanted to know what was happening with money accrued from the fines on the bridge closure.
  • The format of any future consultations would be important. 
  • That future consultations must be fair, based on reliable and up-to-date data.
  • That residents of Butter Hill had mixed feelings about the closure but that the majority wanted resident access to the bridge.
  • All residents should be consulted, including local business and the disabled.
  • Asked for a date when the bridge would be reopened.


Following the presentation of the petition, the Chair invited committee members to ask questions.


The committee discussed the potential options for any future traffic management schemes in the Butter Hill area.


The committee discussed public consultation on the Butter Hill Bridge scheme, including with the elderly. The committee also discussed the use of reliable traffic data as part of the consultation.


The committee discussed displaced traffic in the area caused by the scheme and reduced speeding on local roads reported by residents.


The Chair advised that the recommendations would be addressed as part of the next item on Safer, Active, Greener Streets.



Safer Active Greener Street Scheme pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Additional documents:


The Chair explained the process for handling the debate. He also provided the committee with background information on the introduction and progression of the traffic schemes to date. He confirmed that the report was recommending the removal of all Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes following the High Court judgment against Transport for London. He stated that the council was committed to reducing traffic and pollution on residential roads and that the report would recommend the council bring back a new process to consult with residents on possible future schemes in two areas, Butter Hill and Worcester Park, and with schools and residents on future School Streets schemes. It was clarified that no other schemes would be brought forward under the existing programme and that other highways schemes would be dealt with via the Local Implementation Programme. 


Alex Constantinides, Interim Assistant Director for Highways, Transport and Regulatory Services, presented the report.


Members discussed the High Court’s ruling against Transport for London, its impact on Sutton's traffic schemes, and the responses of other local authorities. The Interim Monitoring Officer confirmed that, whilst Sutton’s existing schemes were and continued to be lawful, the ruling could create uncertainty about the future legal position.


The Interim Assistant Director for Highways, Transport and Regulatory Services, confirmed that, if agreed by the committee, existing traffic management schemes would be removed within the coming weeks subject to safety considerations in undertaking the engineering works and that a paper setting out the timetable for future schemes would be presented to the committee in March. The Chair clarified that it was the council’s intention that income accrued from traffic fines levied would be reinvested into the borough’s Highways department.


The committee discussed the legal advice provided to the committee as well as the advice provided by Transport for London and the Mayor of London when the experimental “Streetspace” schemes were originally introduced.


The committee emphasised its commitment to improving road safety and reducing air pollution and agreed that popular elements of the existing schemes such as school street schemes and 20mph hour restrictions could be considered as part of the future consultation. The committee discussed the need for fair and inclusive public consultation on future traffic management schemes. 


The Interim Assistant Director for Highways, Transport and Regulatory Services confirmed that the council would be bidding for funding through the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) process but would also explore additional sources of funding.


Having been asked a clarifying question about recommendation 2.4, the Chair confirmed that members were being asked to agree that a plan for setting out the process for consultation be brought to the next meeting in March. He clarified that it was not asking members to support or oppose any particular scheme.



  1. That the council’s ongoing commitment to environmental improvements and carbon reduction be noted.
  2. That the recommendations outlined in the Safer, Active, Greener Streets report be withdrawn.


  1. That the Safer, Active, Greener Streets programme be concluded and that all related Experimental Traffic Management Orders  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.