Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wednesday 16th February 2011 7.30pm

Wallington Integrated Transport Package Steering Group

As Cllr Hall had a last minute emergency I stepped in to chair this meeting with key stakeholders about the Wallington High Street works.

The stakeholders included representatives of local residents’ associations, Scola & Orchard Hill, local businesses, the Farmers’ Market & Friends of the Wallington Library and Gardens as well as the ward councillors and local police SNT Sergeant.

Russell Troup the senior project engineer updated the group on the progress and timetable of the works.

The first decision required was whether the left hand turn ban into Beddington Gardens from Woodcote road should remain per the original plan or whether both right and left turns be permitted. Strong views were expressed from resident reps for either option and a vote was taken. By a small majority it was agreed to remove the left turn ban.

The group was advised that the funding would not cover all of the proposed works so certain parts of the scheme could be held back and completed if budget permitted. The group was asked to prioritise the three potential areas.

There was discussion around the planning application to lower part of the wall alongside the Old Town Hall and top with railings to improve the lighting and safety of the pedestrian access from Woodcote Road into the library car park. Objections were heard from the Friends of the Library and the Farmers Market. Resident representatives felt very strongly that this was a key part of the scheme. A vote was taken and the majority were in favour of the application which will be heard at Development Control Committee on 16th March.

It was decided that the steering group should meet fortnightly during the implementation stage of the project and that the plans and timetable of works be displayed in the library.

 Please note that Cllrs Hall & Coleman are posting the latest information from our weekly on site updates with the senior engineer on their websites.

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March 10, 2011 - Posted by | Meeting

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