Agenda and draft minutes

Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee
Thursday, 26th September, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: North Cheam Sports & Social Club, 658 London Rd, North Cheam, Sutton SM3 9BY, UK

Contact: Paul Brockwell, Locality Lead Officer, Tel: 020 8770 6020 | Email:  paul.brockwell@sutton.gov.uk  Cathy Hayward, Committee Services Officer, Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

13.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Tom Drummond, welcomed those present and informed residents there was a list of open consultations which are being carried out by the council available on the tables.

 

In his opening statement, the Chair, paid tribute to the local community and emergency services for their response to the fire at the Hamptons. He also paid tribute to Terry Aves, a founding member of the Worcester Park Residents Association, who had passed away on Sunday.

14.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Jenny Batt.

 

15.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

16.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2019 be signed and agreed as a correct record.

17.

Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team

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

Minutes:

The Safer Neighbourhood Team were unable to attend and a copy of their presentation was made available at the meeting.

18.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 136 KB

This item is an opportunity for members of the public to raise points or questions about local issues that are not already on the agenda.

If you wish to submit a question prior to the meeting, please send it to localcommittees@sutton.gov.uk at least five workings days in advance and we will endeavour to obtain a written response for the meeting. 

Please be aware your question and name will be published in the minutes of the meeting.

Minutes:

Question 1 - Kenneth Ireland, a resident, asked about the Council’s parking proposals for St Margarets Avenue. Mark Johnson, Parking Programme Manager, responded that the parking strategy will be discussed in agenda item 8. He highlighted that the strategy is available on the Council website and that he would not comment on specific cases during the meeting..

 

Question 2 - Kenneth Ireland, a resident, asked who the Neighbourhood Services Officer was who inspected the alleyway in his initial question and why no action had been taken to deal with the issues listed. Andrew Chandler, Head of Waste and Street Cleansing Services responded that the Neighbourhood Services Officer who conducted the inspection was present at the meeting and will look into it.

 

Question 3 - Yvonne Ali, a resident, asked about the one-way system at Stone Place car park which she believes is operating outside of planning conditions. The Chair agreed to forward her question to Andy Webber, Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, and ask that he responds to the resident.

 

Question 4 - Bob Sparrow, a resident, asked if Sutton had a policy in regards to converting retail premises into residential properties. Councillor Heffernan agreed to speak to Andy Webber, Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, to clarify the Council’s position and get back to the resident. 

 

Question 5 - No follow up

 

Question 6 - Alan Plant, Church Hill and Priory Residents Association (CHAPRA), thanked the committee for their support, whilst he had been ill in hospital. He asked if the committee would support him in putting pressure on Homegroup to demolish Victoria House. Councillor McDermott Hill responded that it was up to both residents and members to hold Homegroup to account.

 

Question 7 - Richard Johnson, a resident, asked why a recent Liberal Democrat leaflet listed increased bus services as more important than the introduction of electric buses on a list of the demands for improving air quality.

 

Councillor Heffernan responded that the demand list was not in order of priority and the Liberal Democrats would continue to lobby Transport for London for electric buses.

 

In addition, the resident had asked why the London Borough of Sutton had received the least funding from the Mayor of London out of all of the London Boroughs.

 

Councillor Stoneman asked Councillor Heffernan what was being done to lobby for Mayoral funding. Councillor Heffernan responded that there was an Air Quality plan in place across the borough and agreed to respond to the member regarding efforts to secure further funding from the Mayor of London.

 

Question 8 - Richard Johnson, a resident, asked why the Liberal Democrat members had recently said that the £2,000 public realm funding for further Central Road air quality monitoring from the Local Transport Fund was not a good investment. Councillor Heffernan responded that lowering the height of the equipment increases the risk of tampering and he believed that the money could have spent on tackling the high pollution levels.

 

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19.

Neighbourhood Services Overview pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Officers to provide an overview of the services they provide including waste collection, street cleansing, and related parks services.

Minutes:

Andrew Chandler, Head of Waste and Street Cleansing Services, provided the committee with an overview of the services provided which  included waste collection, street cleansing, and related parks services. He highlighted that he was unable to comment on specific cases at the meeting, but offered residents the opportunity to complete a form which he would use to follow up queries.

 

Councillor Stoneman asked about the ongoing discussion with Veolia about the definition of a missed bin. The Head of Waste and Street Cleansing Services confirmed that discussions were still ongoing.

 

Councillor Stoneman also asked for clarification on whether the waste sent to incinerators was counted in the recycling rates provided within the presentation. The Head of Waste and Street Cleansing Services confirmed that it was.

 

Councillor Dwight asked for clarification on the number of London Borough of Sutton officers responsible for street cleaning for the whole borough. The Head of Waste and Street Cleansing Services confirmed there were six officers.

 

Members asked the Head of Waste and Street Cleansing Services questions regarding street cleaning. The Head of Waste and Street Cleansing Services responded that Veolia defines the frequency of cleaning and the street cleaner’s “beats”, however his team are monitoring this. He urged members to use the “Report It” function to report streets which need to be cleaned and to contact him, should there be any issues.

 

Residents asked further questions regarding relevant services, such as fly tipping and bin collections, and the Head of Waste and Street Cleansing Services agreed to take their feedback on board.

 

Yvonne Ali, a resident, asked why the trees on Central Road had been pruned back in the summer and the trees on Langley Avenue had been cut down. The Head of Waste and Street Cleansing Services agreed to ask the Tree Officer to get back to the resident, as tree maintenance had a separate contract.

20.

Parking Strategy Consultation Introduction pdf icon PDF 175 KB

An introduction to the parking strategy consultation and how residents can feed into the direction of the strategy within their local area.

 

Minutes:

Mark Johnson, Parking Programme Manager, gave an introduction to the parking strategy consultation and how residents can be fed into the direction of the strategy within their local area.

 

Attendees asked questions regarding the practicalities of the parking strategy. The Parking Programme Manager could not confirm any details, as the strategy is still in consultation and the schemes had not been confirmed. He confirmed that any Strategy would take account of residents’ feedback during the consultation.

 

Councillor Heffernan asked for clarification on an option for no scheme to be introduced. The Parking Programme Manager confirmed that this was an option. 

 

Richard Johnson, a resident, asked for clarification on if all respondents voted for no scheme to be introduced. The Parking Programme Manager said that the Council were looking to find a compromise for residents and they will be looking at the area strategically. If the majority of residents say no scheme then no scheme will be introduced assuming surrounding roads say the same.

21.

Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 159 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:

Paul Brockwell, the Locality Lead Officer, presented a report on the Public Realm budget which introduced new schemes for consideration by the committee and remind committee members of new Neighbourhood Grant schemes agreed through delegated decision.

 

A resident asked when they expect to receive a response to their neighbourhood grant application. The Locality Lead Officer responded that there was a 4-6 week turnaround and he would look into the progress of their application.

 

In respect of recommendation 2, Councillor McDermott Hill asked for clarification that the anti-idling signs proposed would be enforceable. The Locality Lead Officer confirmed that they would be.

 

In respect of recommendation 3, Councillor Allen asked if the street trees proposed would be in addition to the two which has already been approved funding at the previous meeting. The Locality Lead Officer confirmed that they would be.

 

Resolved that:

 

1.    £2,229 for a Worcester Park tree planting scheme from Public Realm Revenue be approved

2.    £1,118 for Anti-idling signage from Public Realm Capital be approved

3.    £1,000 for street trees in Lynwood Drive - phase 2 from Public Realm Capital converted to Revenue be approved

4.    £7,000 for an inclusive play equipment item from Public Realm Capital be approved.

 

Councillor Dwight asked that Councillor Batt investigate further funding for inclusive play equipment, Councillor Heffernan agreed to investigate possible additional funding opportunities for easy access play equipment and will report back to this Committee.

22.

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.

23.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the local committee will take place on 28 November 2019 at North Cheam Sports and Social Club.

 

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Cheam North and Worcester Park local committee will take place on 28 November 2019 at North Cheam Sports and Social Club.