Agenda and draft minutes

Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee
Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual meeting

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:  committee.services@sutton.gov.uk

Media

Items
No. Item

57.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Martina Allen  welcomed those present and those watching on the live stream.

58.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for lateness were received  from Councillor Param Nanda.

59.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

60.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    that the minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2021 be agreed as an accurate record.

61.

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:

The Chair announced the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee would mark the recent death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with a minute’s silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.

 

At the request of the Chair, Alex Constantinides, Assistant Director Highways, Transport & Regulatory Services updated the committee about LTNs and School Streets schemes in the Local Committee area. Alex Constantinides explained the process of the stages of consultations, and that at present the School Streets consultation was closed and the results were being analysed by officers. He further added that ward members would be briefed on the findings of the results. In response to questions from Members in respect of Butter Hill and Worcester Park Alex Constantinides explained that the two proposed areas and scope of the consultation was outlined in the report to the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee, 18 March 2021. It was confirmed that if pandemic restrictions allow the consultation process would include face to face meetings with residents.

 

The Chair announced that agenda item 8 was withdrawn as the Sergeant was no longer available to attend the meeting.

62.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 131 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 5 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.

Public question time: 20 minutes

Minutes:

Four questions had been received from members of the public, and written responses provided.

 

Question 1: Rob Sidebottom, resident had received a written response, but had been unable to attend the meeting.

 

Question 2: Richard Johnson, Worcester Park Residents Association had received a written response and asked a supplementary question about the use of plastic carrier bags when the council had delivered information leaflets to residents about managing cold callers.

 

Alex Constantinides explained that the leaflets had been delivered in plastic bags due to the weight of the leaflets. The team would have preferred biodegradable bags, and had requested biodegradable bags which had not been available at the time (some years ago) when the leaflets were originally purchased. Although the bags were not recyclable they were reusable and would be reused where necessary which avoided unnecessary disposal.

 

Question 3: Nolan Miller, resident had received a written response, but had been unable to attend the meeting.

 

Question 4: Alan Plant,CHAPRA  had received a written response and asked a supplementary question about  the sale of e scooters, and that Sutton was not within the trail areas for the use of escooters on public roads.

 

Alex Constantinides explained that officers were working with premises that sold e-scooters, at present it is legal to either buy or sell an e scooter. It is however not legal to ride an e-scoooter on the public highway, or on other public land.

63.

Neighbourhood fund pdf icon PDF 803 KB

A presentation explaining what the newly formed Neighbourhood fund has financed so far and the promotion of the next round of funding available.

 

Indicative timing 20 minutes

Minutes:

Gavin Calthorpe confirmed that requests for funding from the Neighbourhood Fund must be submitted by the end of June 2021 and that further guidance about the process was available at https://www.sutton.gov.uk/neighbourhoodfund2021.

 

Gavin Calthorpe explained that it may be suggested that requests for funding of small values use other funding such as Public Realm as the process for applying for funding from the Neighbourhood Fund was lengthy. Projects funded  through the Neighbourhood Fund must create infrastructure improvements which benefit residents.

 

Gavin Calthorpe explained that the funding value available through the Neighbourhood Fund covered the three wards in the Local Committee area.

64.

Update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team

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

 

Indicative timing 20 minutes

Minutes:

This item had been drawn.

65.

Parking Strategy Update - Worcester Park, Stonecot and Nonsuch pdf icon PDF 375 KB

An update following the latest phase of the parking strategy.

 

Indicative timing 25 minutes

Minutes:

Gurcharan Durhailay, Parking Programme Manager provided the presentation.

 

Gurcharan Durhailay explained the process used for the consultations which were being run as part of the parking strategy. Further explaining that material objections included issues such as concerns related to design and the location of bays or lines. Gurcharan Durhailay added that the results of the consultation would be presented to and discussed with ward councillors when they had been analysed.

 

Gurcharan Durhailay confirmed that the yellow line scheme in Woodstock Avenue had now been abandoned.

 

Members thanked Gurcharan Durhailay for the work completed in responding to residents and consulting with ward councillors.

 

Two questions had been received from members of the public, and written responses provided.

 

Question 1, Carolyn Felton, Worcester Park Residents Association had received a written response and asked a supplementary question about the completion of an Equality Impact Assessment related to the parking scheme area and the surrounding roads.

 

Gurcharan Durhailay confirmed that an Equality Impact Assessment had been completed at the start of the Parking Strategy and that it could be provided to Ms Felton.

 

Question 2, Michael Freter, The Hamptons Estate Company Ltd had received a written response and asked a supplementary question that a delay in the development of a CPZ during the period when major works were being carried out in the Hamptons area which would continue until 2022 should be considered.

 

Gurcharan Durhailay was aware of the issues in the area. He explained that at this time no decision had been made about potential parking schemes in the area. It was noted that the budget for the delivery of schemes was time limited. Officers offered to meet Mr Freter to discuss concerns about potential parking schemes in the Hamptons area.

 

Councillor Param Nandha joined the meeting at 8pm

66.

Progress Report – Area Improvements and Public Realm Programme pdf icon PDF 161 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.

Indicative timing: 10 minutes

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Paul Brockwell, Engagement Manager presented the report.

 

Paul Brockwell explained that an audit of the litter bins, including grit bins was being carried out. It was suggested that purchase of bins in the area from the Public Realm budget should be delayed until the audit had been completed.

 

Members asked about air quality monitoring in Central Road. It was reported that data collection had been affected by restrictions caused by the current pandemic and that the data collected would have been affected by changes in travel patterns due to restrictions. Members discussed that the data from the new stations could be used to provide robust evidence of the air quality issues in the area  and that may better support any request for measures to support air quality improvements in the area in the future.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    £2,150 for a new Community Noticeboard on Staines Road from Public Realm Capital be approved.

2.    £3,500 for The Mayflowers playground improvements from Public Realm Capital   be approved.

3.    £7,000 for inclusive play equipment for Sutton Common Park from Public Realm Capital be approved.

67.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the local committee will take place 8 July 2021.

 

Minutes:

The next meeting will be held on 8 July 2021.