Agenda item

Public Question Time

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 at least 5 working 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.


Indicative time: 25 minutes



In response to local interest the Chair read a statement provided by Martin French, Street Work Manager regarding works near Worcester Park Station.


Residents asked why the works were not mentioned on TfL’s bus route website. The Assistant Director, Safer and Stronger Communities agreed to report this concern to TfL and also mentioned and that the works could not be timed to be during school holidays due to the urgent nature of the repair.


Question 2 - By way of a supplementary question on the topic of the use of chemicals in parks the resident asked if Sutton Council has insurance in place. The Assistant Director explained that both Sutton Council and contractors using chemicals in parks have insurance in place, and that the chemicals used are the most cost effective, up to date and follow industry standards. The Assistant Director also explained that current advice is that any fruits or berries picked in parks of other open spaces is washed before being eaten. Resident asked if picking fruit from public or private land was a lawful act. While the Authority does not actively deter people from picking fruit from local park areas we would certainly recommend members of the public who are wanting to forage on private land that they first seek the land owners permission.


Question 3 - In addition to the written response on the topic of street sweeping, Paul Brockwell, Locality Lead Officer explained that the road sweeping had been contracted out by the Council and that the contract is an output based contract. The contractor inspects every road in the borough frequently and rates the cleanliness using an industry standard scale. The contract is paid by the Council on an agreed schedule and fines can be applied by the Council if the contractor does not reach the agreed standard.


Concerns about street cleaning should be reported to the Council using the website and will be passed to the contractor.


Question 5 - By way of a supplementary question on the topic of the replacement of standard pavement with decorative red tiles, the resident and Councillors asked why the red tiles are being replaced again as the tiles have been replaced several time in the past  and have proved not to be as long lasting as conventional road surface. It was suggested the replacement surface should be of good quality and long lasting.  The Senior Engineer, Highways and Transport reported that the tiles are being reviewed as explained in the written response provided.


Question 6 - By way of a supplementary question on the topic of air quality in Worcester Park, the resident asked about the high position of the air quality monitors in Central Road, as it is known that much of the pollution in this area is created by vehicles, and that this pollution is heavy and so remains below the level of the monitors. The Assistant Director explained that the air quality monitoring is carried out by the University of London and meets industry standards. The resident also expressed concern that the LIP funding agreed does not consider air quality. The Senior Engineer informed that the LIP funding will be used to support improved traffic flow in Central Road, which would lead to improved air quality.


The Assistant Director mentioned that a report Air Quality Action Plan will be presented to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee in November, and that feedback on that report is welcomed.