Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Tuesday 11th January 2011 7pm

Wallington South Safer Neighbourhood Team Ward Panel Meeting

This was the postponed meeting rearranged from December.

As the ward councillor representative I provided the regular update on matters of interest in the area. I spoke of the planning application for Wallington Square, progress on the Wallington Integrated Transport Package, explained that we had now exhausted our grit bin allocation and clarified that residents could use grit from any of the existing bins. I also advised of the ongoing problems with Tesco delivery lorries parking on the bus stop instead of the loading bay.

Sergeant LeShirley provided an update on progress against the three ward priorities set at the last meeting along with other issues arising during the period. It was noted that much of the local crimes were committed by just one or two individuals. A local resident said how pleased he was with police action that had resulted in the temporary removal of some key troublemakers. His area was much more pleasant to live in now.

We were advised that the increased police presence in Wallington high street was having a positive effect both on reducing crimes, shoplifting in particular as more businesses reported these crimes, as well as making the area feel safer.

Panel members put a vote of thanks to the local team in recognition of the excellent work they were doing in Wallington.

The proposal for joint funding of replacement fencing in Ross Road around the Russell Court estate was discussed. The aim is to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area, improve the street scene and make the area feel safer. The project had the full support of the panel and I agreed to take it forward at the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee to see if we could agree public realm funding to cover a third of the cost, with the remaining contribution shared between the police and the housing association.

The priorities for the following quarter were discussed. It was agreed to keep two of the three from the last quarter and residents suggested adding litter in specific areas as the third priority. The three priorities are therefore:

i)          Burglary – covering Woodcote Avenue; Woodcote Road; Park Hill Road; Boundary Road, Brambledown Road; and Ross Road

 ii)         Road Safety – concentrating on Woodcote Road (south of Sainsbury/BHF junction); also Onslow Gardens and Blenheim Gardens

 iii)        Litter and Environmental Issues – in the vicinity of the High Street, including Ross Parade, Clyde Road, Beddington Gardens and Shotfield

 The Safer Neighbourhood Team regularly holds street briefings where anyone who wishes to discuss local issues or concerns can drop in for a chat. The next sessions will be held as follows:

  • What: Drop-in surgery
    When: 22/01/2011 – 09:00 – 10:00
    Where: Wallington Library
  • What: Street briefing
    When: 04/02/2011 – 16:00 – 17:00
    Where: O/S Wendon Court
  • What: Street briefing
    When: 24/02/2011 – 09:00 – 10:00
    Where: O/S Shotfield Magistrates
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January 16, 2011 - Posted by | Meeting

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