Hounslow Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Hogarth Hall, Chiswick Town Hall

Contact: Chaspal Sandhu on 020 8583 2065 or at Email: CAF@hounslow.gov.uk 

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Appointment of the Chair of the Area Forum

The Clerk will open the meeting and seek nominations for the Chair of the Area Forum




Councillor Paul Lynch was nominated, seconded and appointed as Chair of the Chiswick Area Committee for the municipal year 2017/2018.




Appointments of the Area Forum for the municipal year pdf icon PDF 106 KB

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That the following appointments be made to the Chiswick Area Committee for the municipal year 2017/2018.



  • Councillor Gerald McGregor as the Vice-Chair of the Chiswick Area Forum for the municipal year 2017/2018.


  • Councillor Paul Lynch as the Committee’s representative on the Community Investment Advisory Panel.


  • That the Area Forum agreed to postpone the nomination of co-opted members to the beginning of the new administration in 2018 (see paragraph 3.1.2)


·         That the Area Forum would consider the establishment of a sub-group outside of the main meeting.




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·         That the Area Forum noted the terms of Reference of the Consultation Advisory Panel (See Appendix A – Consultation advisory Panel Terms of Reference).


·         Councillor Sam Hearn be appointed as the Chiswick Area Forum representative on the Consultation Advisory Panel.




Area Forum Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 207 KB

To note the Terms of Reference document, as confirmed at Borough Council on 23 May 2017





The Area Forum noted the terms of reference document, as agreed at Borough Council on 23 May 2017. 



Apologies for absence, declarations of interest or any other communications from Members


Declarations of Interest


Item 8: Dukes Meadows:

·         Councillor Todd declared that he was on the Dukes Meadows steering group.

·         Councillor Lynch declared that he was a member of the Dukes Meadows Trust.



Issue Tracking pdf icon PDF 191 KB


See the report by the clerk – Agenda Item 6




That the report was noted.




Update on the status of Planning Applications previously considered by the Chiswick Area Forum pdf icon PDF 15 KB


See the report by the clerk – Agenda Item 7




That the report was noted.





Dukes Meadows update


Stefania Horne, Head of Parks, gave an update on Dukes Meadows. She advised that there would be a public consultation in the autumn before a planning application was submitted. A funding strategy was also being finalised.

Ms Horne advised that the Council had held talks with national governing bodies of the sports organisations currently based in Dukes Meadows such as the football, rugby and hockey clubs with a view towards funding and shared facilities. Further bids for funding to Sport England and other funding agencies would also be submitted. The funding strategy would be focused on attracting funding for public realm improvements and the improvement of the Thames path with a pedestrian bridge.


In response to a question from Councillor Thompson, Stefania Horne advised that it was estimated that approximately £10million funding would be required but the figures would change depending on feasibility. She advised that there had already been very positive responses from funders.


Ms Horne advised that there had been a good response to the consultation event and 61% of the feedback received had been from local Chiswick residents and there had been strong support for the plans. Suggestions made had included the towpath pedestrian link, better space for walking and cycling, the inclusion of more toilets and more signage and benches for the site. Ms Horne advised that the Council had already introduced improvements such as improved access to allotments, traffic calming measures, filled potholes, improved litter enforcement, improved the nature reserve, improved access to the Thames path, improved ground maintenance and there was a more visible presence by Carillion to manage the site more effectively. 



Kathleen Healy spoke on behalf of the Dukes Meadows Trust. She expressed concern that she and her colleagues on the Dukes Meadows Trust had struggled to engage with the Council regarding the future of Dukes Meadows. She expressed concern that the public had not been allowed to attend a meeting last February with stakeholders and sporting bodies. She expressed concern that since November 2016 repairs to the playgrounds were delayed. She advised that the Dukes Meadows Trust had the funds available to carry out the repairs but were not allowed to do so and that the repairs had not been carried out by the Council or Carillion either.


Ms Healy asked the Chiswick Area Forum to work with the Dukes Meadows Trust to help safeguard the informal areas of the Dukes Meadows site that were used by members of the public. She requested that Members scrutinise the Council’s plans to manage the parks in the future and to ensure that CIL funding was used for urgent repairs to the parks declining infrastructure. She urged the Council to consider a devolved management model and requested that Dukes Meadows be kept on the agenda so that members of the public could receive regular updates.


In response to concerns raised about the maintenance and repairs, Ms Horne advised that it was not a funding issue. There had been a delay in completing the repairs  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


Hounslow Highways


The Chair welcomed Sabeel Khan, Clientside Manager LBH and Martin Clack, Divisional Director Hounslow Highways, to the meeting.


Mr Khan advised that in September they would be giving a full presentation to the Area Forums on the plan for the PFI project in 2020. The purpose of attending the meeting today was to take back any high priority issues that could be investigated before the September meeting.


The following priorities were identified:


·         There were dangerous potholes on Cavendish Road. It was noted that if Cavendish Road was reclassified as a major route it would be priority to get the road resurfaced and the potholes repaired. The Chair recommended that Cavendish Road be reclassified as a major route and this was seconded by Councillor Barwood. A vote on the recommendation was unanimous.

·         Chiswick Back Common leading to Belmont Terrace, Grosvenor Road and Chesterfield Road were also identified as high priorities for resurfacing works.

·         Turnham Green Terrace had recently been resurfaced by the utility company to a poor standard. It was suggested that Hounslow Highways inspected roads after resurfacing by utility companies.


In response to concerns raised, Mr Clack advised that Hounslow Highways did liaise with the Traffic and Transport team at the Council about proposed CPZ lines and other works when scheduling resurfacing works.


Mr Clack advised that he would investigate the concerns raised and the roads identified as priority works and come back with a detailed presentation to the September meeting.


The Chair thanked Mr Khan and Mr Clack for their comments.




Public Forum


Cycle Routes


Ruth Mayorcas, a member of the public, expressed concern that cycle routes within Chiswick were not being maintained. She stated that the implementation of Cycle Superhighway 9 had been delayed and until it was implemented there were no safe routes on which to cycle. She expressed concern that car ownership was increasing and negatively impacting on air pollution and health. Until there was a proper and maintained cycle infrastructure in place the levels of car ownership would continue to increase. Ms Mayorcas emphasised that cycling was beneficial for everyone as it made the environment much quieter, safer and cleaner. Therefore, she asked the Chiswick Area Forum to support the implementation of Cycle Superhighway 9.


Minutes of the meeting held on 14 March 2017 pdf icon PDF 156 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 14 March 2017 were agreed as an accurate record.




Urgent Business


Any business which the Chair agrees to accept on grounds of urgency.


There was no urgent business.


Date of next meeting - 26 September 2017


The date of the next meeting was noted.