Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Chair’s update on the work of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee

HEB meeting held on Tuesday 19th June 2018

Key items of business:

  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme Annual Review 17/18 –  No changes to scheme required but set up Task & Finish Group to consider amendments to care leavers support and impact of inflation. Agreed.
  • Beddington Village Conservation Area Appraisal – Community drafted appraisal to be used as a material planning consideration – Agreed by majority vote. Independant voted against, all three Conservatives abstained.
  • Building a Sustainable Sutton – Local Plan Technical Guidance Note – approval of guidance on the Carbon Offset Fund, Biodiversity Calculator and Greenspace Factor – Agreed
  • Rents for Housing Revenue Account New Build Properties – proposal to set rents for new build council housing at up to 65% of market rent – Agreed
  • Set up of Task & Finish Group to consider reducing Empty Property Exemptions for council tax – for decision at September HEB

Other business since previous meeting

 

Tram extension to Sutton

There was a joint presentation by Merton & Sutton to the Mayor’s Good Growth Board on 28th February where the Deputy Mayor for Transport confirmed backing of the Sutton Tram extension.

 

Mayor’s Draft London Plan and changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Both of these plans set much higher targets for housing delivery than we included in our Local Plan. We think the proposed targets are based on flawed calculations and are undeliverable. Robust responses have been submitted to both: Draft London Plan  NPPF

 

Employment and Skills Board Meeting on 11th June 2018

Agenda included:

  • An update on the Disability Confident Event on 19th June delivered by DWP & LBS
  • An update on the work of the Early Help Board
  • An update on the Big Bang Festival of Science on 9th – 14th July
  • Opportunity for joint bid to Young Londoners Fund
  • Feedback on South London Partnership Skills Strategy work
  • Regular Partners Updates

 

SHP

I have continued attending regular Fire Safety Meetings of SHP, the Council and the Fire Brigade following the Grenfell Fire.

I also met with SFTRA chair and vice-chair  for quarterly discussions.

 

Council housing new build

Work is progressing well at Fellowes Road, Richmond Green and Ludlow Lodge. An unauthorised person gained access to the Ludlow Lodge site and climbed the crane there. The police and council’s project manager were on site whilst the man remained in situ.

Members had visited the site previously and confirm it was secured, but following this incident the council will be making an inquiry into the security of the site.

 

Regeneration

Consultation with residents is ongoing about potential regeneration schemes at Elm Grove in Sutton Central and Beech Tree Place in Sutton West. The ward councillors are briefed and involved in the process. Elm Grove is more progressed and viability work is now underway using the feedback from residents on needs and preferences.

Work is being done looking into building housing on garage sites at Alexandra Gardens in Clockhouse. Ward councillors have been briefed.

 

Other

As Trustee on the Wandle Valley Regional Park board representing the council’s interests I attended board meetings in March and May.

I represented Sutton Council at a Camden-organised Resident Safety Event focussed on the Dame Hackett Review into Building Regulations following the Grenfell Tower fire on 26th March.

Sutton was co-sponsor of the Sutton Business Awards held on 21st June at the Holiday Inn.

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