Agenda item

Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grants

This report contains information on Public Realm spending since June 2017, details any new requests for Public Realm Funding and confirms the available budgets for 2017/18.

Indicative timing:  15 minutes

 

Minutes:

Chantelle Swaby, Locality Lead Officer, presented the public realm projects and neighbourhood grants update.

 

In respect of Neighbourhood Grants, members were  updated that 3 additional schemes had been approved by committee since the last meeting in June which was the Banstead Road Community Yule Feast taking place on 1 December where £500 was provided to help to fund the event. Regarding the the Men of the Wythe event held in July funding was provided by this local committee.  The Frost Fair has been revised to a Friends of Honeywood museum event called Christmas at Honeywood and and they have been granted £500 towards the event which will take place on 2 December this year.  

 

Slides were shown on the proposed Christmas lights motifs for the local ward areas.

 

Members and Residents were advised that the Budget allocation meeting will take place on 14 November and attendees were requested to submit proposals to the Locality Lead Officer Chantelle Swaby by Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Councillor Crowley asked about completed schemes on page 17 regarding the  charge for removal of the Woodmansterne Road speed sign. He asked if it is correct that this committee should be funding that.  Ian Price, Highways Team Leader Strategy and Commissioning advised that originally the scheme was to add additional signage to advise local people of the speed limit changes along that Road.  However the type of signage used was incorrect.  Ian Price has confirmed that the charge for removing incorrect signs should not be made to this committee therefore the £1500 will be refunded to this committee budget. A local resident asked if the speed sign could be painted on the road to indicate the speed limit. The Highways Team Leader Strategy and Commissioning advised that the use of painted roundels is only done when the speed changes on a road, so in this case where the speed is a standard speed of 30MPH no additional signage is needed. Mr Brown highlighted that as part of the discussion on Woodmansterne Road it was previously agreed that the  two gateways on either side of the road that were in poor condition would be  maintained - The Highways Team Leader Strategy and Commissioning  advised he will look into this and arrange for work to be taken forward.

Councillor Whitehead highlighted a parking issue in Robin Way, Officers advised this would be looked at as part of the Parking strategy.

RESOLVED: that

  1. £180 of additional costs be approved for the supply and installation of a welcome sign for Grove Park Cafe from Public Realm capital.
  2. £1075 be approved for the supply and installation of a bench in Queen Mary’s Woodland from public realm capital
  3. £2000 be approved to purchase 20 Silent Soldier Silhouettes as part of the commemoration of Armistice Day in 2018 from Public Realm Revenue.
  4. The progress on the Public Realm schemes listed in Appendix A be noted.

Members raised questions regarding the 20 Silent Soldier Silhouettes and asked for confirmation on when they will be installed and removed  and queried time frame for deciding where to place the Silhouettes. Members also wanted confirmation on what would happen to the silhouettes at the end of the display period, for example if the committee would own them and if they could then be sold like the commemorative poppies at the Tower of London.  The Locality Lead Officer agreed to investigate and revert to the Committee Members on these points.

 

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