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Peter Mattey, Belmont and South Cheam Residents Association, asked the Committee why the Council was advertising the services of an “aggressive land agent” on the ‘Welcome to Cheam Village’ sign. It was acknowledged that a response had already been received from Greg MacDonald, Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability. Mary Morrissey, Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration however, reiterated that the organisation in question was legitimate and met the Council’s advertising criteria. It was emphasised that advertising was not equivalent to an endorsement and that planning applications were determined on material considerations. Following a brief Member discussion, Councillor Tony Shields requested to know the income generated from such advertising.
Keith Percy, Highfields Residents’ Association, asked whether the Chair of the Committee had any plans to visit the Ridgway. In response, Councillor Tony Shields requested a date from Matt Clubb, Executive Head of Environment Commissioning, as to when the road would be cleaned of leaves, committing to meet before and after this date. The Executive Head agreed to look into the issue and suggested that any meeting between the Chair and Mr Percy could be attended by a Council Officer. John Bradshaw, local resident of Warren Avenue, added that the Council should carefully consider the timing of when leaves are swept in the area.
Tim Rumble, on behalf of Cheam Chamber of Trade, asked whether it was known how much income would be received by the London Borough of Sutton as a result of the increased business results payment. The Strategic Director responded that she could obtain a response from the director of finance but that figures were likely to be presented at the February meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee. It was further added by Members that the financial position of the Council would be set out at Full Council in March.
Ian Berry, Friends of Cheam Park, referred to Item 77 of the previous minutes in respect of Cheam Park Depot and a meeting held in December 2016 with Mark Dalzell, Head of Parks, Biodiversity and Street Cleansing, enquiring as to any update. The Executive Head of Environment Commissioning responded that the number of vehicles operating out of the depot remained unchanged.
Eric Allen, Cheam Chamber of Trade, posed a question relating to the timing of the installation of Christmas lights and asked whether the date could be brought forward in future years. The Strategic Director apologised for any inconvenience this year and explained that a review was underway both internally and with the contractor. Members asked whether lights would be removed by twelfth night, to which the Strategic Director answered that this was planned for the 14 January.
Peter Mattey, Belmont and South Cheam Residents Association, enquired whether the Parks department had a budget to replace trees removed under the four year tree cycle. The Strategic Director responded that funding was available from public realm for local committees and the Chair added that this request could return to a future meeting.