Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Report back from October 2017 Beddington and Wallington Local Committee

Councillor Muhammad Sadiq has provided below a summary of the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee meeting held on 10 October at Wallington County Grammar School attended by your Wallington South Councillors.

Various issues were discussed in this meeting and some ward related and general interest issues are listed below for your information.

Tackling Anti Social Behaviour in Beddington Park

Andrew Chandler, our Neighbourhood Manager presented a report. The main concerns which had been raised by the local Councillors, Community representatives and the local residents were discussed.

One of the main issues which was leading to Anti Social Behaviour was people using either fixed or disposable barbecues and the excessive use of alcohol. Disposable barbecues were also considered to be a major health and safety risk.

It was proposed that a temporary licence, at a small cost, should be introduced for people to be allowed to come into the park and use fixed barbecues. A similar system is being used in Epsom which appeared to be successful and has reduced Anti Social Behaviour considerably. Enforcement officers will be deployed to enforce this and the police will also be there to help if necessary.

Some new communal barbecue models were considered  – such as 2 metre x 2 metre barbecues fixed in the park which people could share.

The above was discussed in detail and the final proposals will be submitted to the Local Committee at the meeting in January 2018.

Waste and Recycling Service

The waste and recycling service was discussed and in general everyone at the meeting was in agreement that the service has improved considerably. Scott Edgell (General Manager Veolia) and Mark Dalzell, a Sutton Council Officer, were also in attendance to answer any waste related questions.

In general the feedback was positive that things were moving in the right direction.

Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grants

New Public Realm projects for additional festive lighting, Royal British Legion ‘Silent Soldiers’ to commemorate Armistice Day, a zebra crossing in The Chase and  repairs to Mellows Park tennis courts and multi-use games area were considered and approved as appropriate.

There are still some funds available for Neighbourhood Grants and if you have any projects which might benefit the local community then please get in touch with us and we will put you in the right direction as to how to apply for this grant.

Highways Updates

The Senior Highways Engineer, Ian Price, (Kingston and Sutton shared services) provided an update on all ongoing and new projects including:

Clyde Road Traffic Survey

This survey had been conducted completed and the results showed that there was a need to address speeding and HGVs in this road. Mr Price assured us that the results will inform a scheme design to be presented and discussed with the local residents in due course.

Traffic Junction At Woodcote Road with Stafford Road and Stanley Park Road

Some improvements to the Traffic Junction at Woodcote Road with Stafford Road and Stanley Park Road are being discussed with Transport for London and the results will be shared with the local Councillors and residents before any work will be carried out.

Outstanding double yellow lines in Onslow Gardens and Cranley Gardens were also discussed and Mr Price promised to come back to your local Councillors with a further update.

Full papers and minutes of the meeting can be read online.

The next meeting of the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee will be held on 9th January 2017 7pm. Venue to be confirmed.

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October 16, 2017 Posted by | Committee Meeting, Information | , , , , | Leave a comment

Report back from July Beddington & Wallington Local Committee

Cllr Steve Cook has provided the following summary of the July Beddington & Wallington Local Committee meeting attended by your ward councillors:

The meeting started with Public Question Time which majored on the current situation with Veolia, collection of waste, street cleaning and re-cycling.

Scott Edgell (local area manager from Veolia) and Mark Dalzell (Sutton Council Head of Waste Services) were in attendance to answer questions on this area. Many questions were put by local residents and councillors alike, wanting updates and answers on the new service which began in early April this year. It has been a lack lustre start-up which has received countless complaints and queries on to the council web-site. However, the answers received from both Scott and Mark were most helpful and we finally felt the tide was turning in resident’s favour. Scott said in closing “We (Veolia) will not rest until the service is better than it was previously” which gave us all cause for encouragement, as the prior service provided by Sutton Council directly, was of the highest quality

A petition was then heard from Mr Bernard Rofe of Elles House, Shotfield in Wallington. He was requesting the highways department look into creating a central refuge to help pedestrians crossing Shotfield outside Elles House. This was approved in principal and the department concerned will look at the options available for this proposed scheme. The immediate difficulty was the current positioning of the bus stop between the entrance and exit of the library car park, which obstructs the view of pedestrians crossing at this point.

Another petition was heard, this time from Mr Peter Coughlan, who expressed concern about the random and illegal pavement parking that takes place outside his bakery shop and the impact on his business on Stafford Road and the corner of The Chase. He is seeking a Controlled Free Parking Zone and this will be explored by the councils Chief Parking Officer.

Sgt O’Brien on behalf of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams delivered an up-date which covered all the Beddington and Wallington wards and gave an in-depth view of the current policing plans and a report of recent local activity in fighting crime and dealing with anti-social behaviour.

A presentation was then given by Mandar Puranik and his colleague Holly on the exciting plans for the improvements to Beddington Village and the new traffic scheme.

Following this, Christine Lindsay gave an interesting and rewarding talk about the Wallington Wellbeing Group and their calendar of activities for the up-coming summer. Health and Wellbeing amongst our community is at the forefront of all our concerns and these events are of particular interest to the retired and more elderly residents in our borough, especially those who may feel isolated.

All the new Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grant applications were unanimously approved.

Finally we received a Highways up-date from Sutton Principal Engineer Ian Price.

Full papers and minutes of the meeting can be read online.

The next meeting of the B&W Local Committee will be held on 10th October 2017 at 7pm.

The venue is yet to be confirmed.

We hope you will be able to attend and join in.

July 24, 2017 Posted by | Committee Meeting, Information | , | Leave a comment

   

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