Agenda item

Public Questions

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.

 

Indicative time: 15 minutes

 

Minutes:

85.          

A local resident asked a question about abandoned vehicles on Green Wrythe Lane

Roy Douglas, Lead Officer Environmental Enforcement responded accordingly and pointed out that he would cover this fully within his presentation, and that he will take the details for this specific case from the resident for investigation

 

A local resident Nikki Sutton raised a concern regarding fallen trees and branches on Hackbridge Green. She pointed out that notices had also be attached to the trees which should be removed. Councillor Moral advised that this would be looked into.

 

A local resident David Tchillirian asked if Councillors were aware of a discussion between Sutton and Croydon Councils regarding HGV use of local Roads, and if they agreed with the view that the greatest air pollution threat is from traffic rather than from the output from the incinerator. Councillor Andrew advised he is not a pollution expert but that he had been assured that the incinerator is not a threat.

 

A local resident Mr Ken Fish asked if the Council are aware that Sutton had been chosen to trial new Smart Busses. He asked if this was a concern regarding air pollution as there would be more busses on the roads.  Councillor Andrew advised in his view this is good news as public transport will reduce the number of individual car journeys.  Simon Latham, Assistant Director, Housing, Planning and Regeneration, advised that an officer in the strategic planning team will provide a response regarding what type of fuel will be used by these new smart bus service

86.         UPDATE FROM THE SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAMS

PC Mark Harper and  Sgt Dan Ellen presented an update on the three wards.  

 

The Committee were advised that in February this year Sutton, Croydon and Bromley teams were merged into a new South Eastern Cluster team. He confirmed that the merger had gone smoothly and there had been no reduction in the number of calls the team  responded to nor any detrimental impact on response times.

 

The officer advised that In Wandle Valley there had been an increase in theft from Motor vehicles, and confirmed that three people had now been arrested for these crimes. He further confirmed that In St Helier a number of warrants had been conducted in relation to drugs offences.

Dan Ellen the new Ward Sergeant for all three wards and took questions from residents. He confirmed that his team are aware of issues with mopeds speeding outside St Helier hospital and that the traffic team were patrolling that area to deter that behaviour.

 

A local resident asked what the police could do to help with the issue of cyclists riding without lights in Green Wrythe Road and Middleton Road. The Officer confirmed that police are setting up patrols in that area to tackle that.

 

Members asked for clarification regarding if police ask victims of crime to provide CCTV to the police where that is available. The Officer advised that as an example for low level retail crime shopkeepers may be asked to review their CCTV.

 

A local resident advised the Officers of drug related issues in the Pocket Park in Hackbridge The officer advised that they are aware of this and are taking action to visit that site as often as possible.

 

Members asked about re-establishing ward panel meetings between the Police local Resident Representatives and Councillors.   The Officer responded that this is under review as previously there had been very few attendees.  He advised that the new Chief Inspector had suggested this could be set up as an online meeting as a trial. Feedback from the Committee was that if meetings were online only that would exclude some residents, and therefore face to face meetings should continue.  Feedback from residents was also that Ward panel meetings need to be better advertised so that people know about them.  Residents suggested using the borough notice boards to advertise the meetings in addition to them being advertised online.  The Locality Lead Officer suggested dates for Panel Meetings she could be advised to Community Reps via the Localities team. The Officer advised he would take back these suggestions.  

 

 

85.          

A local resident asked a question about abandoned vehicles on Green Wrythe Lane

Roy Douglas, Lead Officer Environmental Enforcement responded accordingly and pointed out that he would cover this fully within his presentation, and that he will take the details for this specific case from the resident for investigation

 

A local resident Nikki Sutton raised a concern regarding fallen trees and branches on Hackbridge Green. She pointed out that notices had also be attached to the trees which should be removed. Councillor Moral advised that this would be looked into.

 

A local resident David Tchillirian asked if Councillors were aware of a discussion between Sutton and Croydon Councils regarding HGV use of local Roads, and if they agreed with the view that the greatest air pollution threat is from traffic rather than from the output from the incinerator. Councillor Andrew advised he is not a pollution expert but that he had been assured that the incinerator is not a threat.

 

A local resident Mr Ken Fish asked if the Council are aware that Sutton had been chosen to trial new Smart Busses. He asked if this was a concern regarding air pollution as there would be more busses on the roads.  Councillor Andrew advised in his view this is good news as public transport will reduce the number of individual car journeys.  Simon Latham, Assistant Director, Housing, Planning and Regeneration, advised that an officer in the strategic planning team will provide a response regarding what type of fuel will be used by these new smart bus service