Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wednesday 5th January 2011 7pm

Wallington Integrated Transport Package – Steering Group Meeting

The Steering Group is made up of Wallington North and Wallington South Ward Councillors, representatives from Wallington resident associations and groups, and local businesses. Its purpose is to make decisions on matters relating to the implementation of the Wallington Integrated Transport Package (WITP) and be kept informed of progress. Fresh invitations to resident and business representatives had been sent out to expand the membership of the steering group as it was now at the crucial stage of making decisions about materials and street furniture for the scheme. Although originally invited onto the steering group, attendance from resident and business representatives had been poor so it was pleasing to see that the fresh push had generated a broader representation and new members for this meeting, including representation from the owner of Wallington Square.

Lee Parker the project manager provided a summary of progress on the project to date. The project arose from a new approach to funding by Transport for London (TfL) whereby funds were provided to address a range of transport issues over a wider area rather than on a scheme specific basis tackling individual junctions or issues such as cycle lanes or bus stop accessibility as previously. The funding is to implement a package of transport and public realm improvements which will encourage walking, cycling and public transport use in Wallington and strengthen the role of the district centre.

The project started with an informal consultation with a broad range of residents, local businesses and visitors asking them what they liked and disliked about Wallington and what improvements could be made to encourage them to use more sustainable transport options. Over 1,000 responses were received and a compilation was made of ‘Wallington Stories’ from some of the local people interviewed as part of the process. Generally the feedback showed that people liked and used Wallington but the main problems were congestion and difficulty crossing at key points, clutter and areas that were untidy and run down.

A set of proposals was then drawn up by Sutton council engineers to address the issues raised in the consultation and a formal consultation conducted on the proposals. The scheme was exhibited in Wallington library over the summer in 2010 with consultation leaflets distributed to all residents and businesses within an 800m range of the district centre. The consultation was also accessible online. Around 2500 people attended the library exhibition and the online site was visited over 400 times.

The results of this formal consultation were compiled and reviewed at an earlier steering group meeting. Significant amendments were made to the project as a result of the feedback from the consultation. These changes included amendments to the area around the library gardens and old town hall, and also the addition of more loading bays and disabled parking.

The project manager and senior engineer, Russell Troup went through the final scheme details and also highlighted the drainage improvements they wanted to incorporate into the area.

 The group was then asked to ratify the decision to continue the heritage style lighting columns and paving slabs used in the station access scheme into the high street area. This was agreed. The group was then presented with a variety of paving materials for the loading bays and other specific areas to choose from. There was a general consensus on this.

Other decisions needed to be made on street furniture including bins, cycle stands and ash tray stands which were chosen by general agreement from a range of styles. A range of seating styles wasn’t available for this meeting so it was agreed to provide one for the local committee meeting and seek a decision there, on the proviso that the majority of the steering group members would be in attendance.

 The group was advised that the aim was for work to start in February, but the length of the contract was uncertain until the contractors had been finalised.

It was agreed that residents and businesses should be kept informed through a newsletter issued by the steering group, and that local businesses would be advised of the project schedule once agreed so that they had advance warning of any potential disruption to their customers.

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