Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Tuesday 7th April 6pm

Russell Court Residents Association Inaugural Meeting

Cllr Richard Bailey & I attended this first meeting to set up the Russell Court Residents Association at the request of Sgt. Peter LeShirley. He was keen for the ward councillors to be on hand to offer advice & help with any issues that might be relevant. Also at the meeting was Leon Graham the local manager for A2 Dominion housing association and his area manager.

 We were pleasantly surprised at the turnout in the end – much better than we had anticipated. Some good discussion followed with a number of issues being raised and some solutions proposed.

 One issue was around flytipping. At the suggestion of the residents it was agreed to return to a system of locking the doors to the bins and issuing each resident with keys. It would be the responsibility of each resident to look after the keys and pay for replacements should they be lost.

 It was also generally agreed that an on-site caretaker might help improve the appearance of the area and Leon agreed to investigate this. He advised that new cleaning contractors had been employed.

 Another issue of concern was sub-letting of garages and cars parked in front of the garages blocking access. There would be some investigation into those who were causing this problem.

Dog fouling was a big problem in the area. Richard was able to advise that extra street cleaning was done in Ross Road and the street cleaners will pick up dog mess whilst cleaning, but were reluctant to empty the bins specifically for dog mess. Richard had got notices put up in the area advising of the fines for not picking up after your dog but at a recent inspection it was found that many of the notices had already been picked off the lampposts. We were advised by Leon that residents needed express permission to have a cat or dog in the property and they were forbidden in flats.

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 Despite a bit of tension at the end I got the general impression from residents I spoke to afterwards that the meeting was worthwhile and they would come along to the next one, and encourage their neighbours to come too.

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