Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

Venue: Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, Brentford

Contact: Kay Duffy on 020 8583 2067 or at Email: IBAF@hounslow.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

66.

Apologies for Absence, Declarations of Interest and any other Communications from Members

Minutes:

Apologies noted from Councillor Katherine Dunne.

 

There were no declarations of interest from members.

67.

Local Policing Update - Inspector Steven Edwards pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Minutes:

See submitted police update report, Agenda Item 3.

 

Inspector Edwards updated members on efforts by local police to tackle graffiti tagging, moped enabled crime and drug use.  He appealed to residents and members for any information they may be able to provide the police that may help in their efforts, particularly in relation to where mopeds used in crimes were being stored and who they were owned by.  Insp. Edwards assured members that advice was being offered to genuine moped owners on how to keep their vehicles safe and secure.

 

He also reminded members that the end of the current 3 year drive by the police to reduce overall crime by 20% was approaching, noting that the current statistics showed that crime was down by 22% and that further efforts were being made to reduce levels even further by the deadline at the end of March.

 

Insp. Edwards agreed to report back on the number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued for cycling on footpaths to the next meeting.

68.

Open Forum

An opportunity for members of the public to address the meeting on general issues relating to the agenda and other issues not on the agenda.  Please note that individual cases cannot be discussed. 

Minutes:

The following questions were submitted in writing in advance of the meeting:

 

From St John’s Residents’ Association:

Q1 What progress has been made in discussions with J C Decaux over the reinstatement of the Lucozade sign on the Great West Road?

Q2 Has there been a response to the letter sent in the name of the Leader of the Council in December about the state of Isleworth Station and the surrounding railway bridges?

 

From Chief Executive of Octlink (submitted on behalf of a Syon resident):

Q3  Please can the LBH explain how it intends to spend the £120,000 on the "trial" and justify using £25,000 of TFL money on air quality monitoring while actively adding to traffic pollution as a consequence of the closure of Church Street?

 

From The Isleworth Society:

Q4  During consultations on naming of the principal, Grade ll listed, building on this site, differences have arisen over retention of its name, Isleworth House, which has obtained since the late 17th Century.   The Isleworth Society seeks Members’ support for retention of this name.

 

The following responses were provided:

Q1: Councillor Curran had written this week to the Planning Inspectorate asking for an explanation on the decision taken to permit the new sign, which Councillor Curran said was not in keeping with what the Council believed should be in place at the site.  He would also ask for a review of local planning consents for the site, in addition to taking advice from colleagues in the Council’s Planning team on a way forward. 

 

Q2: Mark Frost confirmed that a response had been received from Network Rail seeking clarification on improvements to the bridges.  Mr Frost noted that the Council’s first priority was to have the graffiti removed as soon as possible.  Councillor Louki reminded members that the next meeting of the London Road Interest Group was scheduled for next Wednesday at Spring Grove House and that all were welcome.

 

Q3: Mr Frost explained that the funding was part of the allocated traffic management programme budget and had been brought forward to cover the 2 year financial periods (2016/17 and 2017/18) around the trial closure.  Approximately £60,000 would fund the travel demand management, which aimed to encourage people to choose alternative modes of transport, incorporating work with residents, schools, businesses and initiatives to reduce/ remove the barriers around the uptake of cycling.   He explained that the £25,000 would fund monitoring the traffic flows and air quality.  Mr Frost added that £35,000 had been budgeted for works on the closure itself but that, as only circa £10,000 had been spent to date, it was not anticipated that the full budget would be used.  In response to a direct question as to whether officers had needed to commission a traffic report at a cost to the Council, Mr Frost clarified that the traffic report could only be based on traffic models and that the evidence already gathered from the live trial showed that there was a large amount of variation in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.

69.

2016-17 Budget presentation - Councillor Dennison pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Minutes:

See presentation slides from the meeting, attached with the electronic agenda pack for reference, Agenda Item 6.

 

Councillor Dennison took members through the presentation slides.  In response to questions he sought to assure residents that, whilst it was inevitable that there would be some impact on frontline services given the scale of the budget cuts required, the Administration was committed to protecting statutory services and ensuring that the impact on services was kept to a minimum. 

 

 and answered questions from attending residents.  He indicated that the revised Mid Term Financial Statement would be available from Wednesday 27 January 2016 and that a copy would be published with the electronic agenda pack of this meeting for reference.

 

The revised Medium Term Financial Statement would be available on the Council’s website from Wednesday 27 January 2016 (See Budget Savings Proposals 2016-17 report to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting 2 February 2016):

https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=211&MId=9345

70.

Review of Citizen Participation - Councillor Dennison pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Minutes:

See report from the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement, Agenda Item 7.

 

Councillor Dennison indicated his intention to set up a working group to look at how to establish best practice on local consultation, including the involvement of local residents in decisions on minor planning and traffic schemes.  He confirmed his expectation that consultation by developers of major planning schemes should thoroughly involve local residents as early as possible in the process to allow residents the opportunity to influence the design of the scheme.

 

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the report on the Review of Citizen Engagement, approved by Borough Council on 15 September 2015.

·       The Area Forum noted the revised procedure for call-ins of minor applications from the Pending List.

·       The Area Forum noted the new procedure for call-ins of proposed enforcement cases on the Pending List and the procedure for authorising enforcement notices.

·       The Area Forum noted the recommendations for engagement in major planning applications.

71.

Avenue Road, College Road (between London Road and Ridgeway Road) and Grove Road, Isleworth CPZ - Detailed Design Consultation pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Minutes:

See report from the Executive Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment, Agenda Item 14.

 

With the permission of the Chair, Mr Buchanan (Grove Road) addressed the meeting to make the following points:

·       Grove Road was greatly impacted by commuter parking, including long-term parking.  The situation was exacerbated by the fact that West Thames College did not allow students to park on the college site. 

·       The situation was deteriorating and it was claimed that the proposed new London Square development on the old Marlborough Skoda site had been marketed to prospective residents on the strength of assurances that a new CPZ would be introduced for the sole use of residents of that development.

·       The majority of local residents supported fully day parking controls, as in the Spring Grove CPZ, with some overnight parking protection.

 

Again with the permission of the Chair, Mr Wardle (College Road) addressed the meeting to make the following points:

·       College Road residents suffered from displaced commuter parking both day and night.  It was an issue that residents had raised with the Council for some considerable time.

·       Residents sought protection from daytime and night-time parking and Mr Wardle proposed a split hours CPZ, which would deter commuter parking but not penalise visitors to homes in the area who would otherwise have to pay to park during the day.

·       The operational hours of the Spring Grove CPZ would not suit College Road residents.

 

Mark Frost took members through the consultation results and explained the options available to them, ranging from taking no action to proceeding with statutory consultation.  Members discussed the possible reasons behind the low response rate to the consultation and drew similarities between the impacts of new residential development on residents in this area and those in Brook Road South, Brentford prior to the introduction of parking controls within the last year. 

 

In view of the discussion at the meeting, Councillor Louki proposed rejecting the officer’s recommendation and instead proceeding with formal (statutory) consultation on controlled parking with residents of Avenue Road, College Road (between London Road and Ridgeway Road including Beechen Cliff Way and Henley Close), Grove Road, Overton Close and Parklands Grove.  He proposed that the matter should only be brought back to this Area Forum where consensus could not be reached and added that, should the decision be made to proceed with the parking controls, a review be carried out within a year of any parking controls being implemented. This proposal was seconded by Councillor Curran. 

 

Mark Frost indicated that the statutory consultation would propose the expansion of the current operational hours of the Spring Grove CPZ, in line with Government guidance to minimise potential confusion for drivers.  He added that residents could then propose alternative operational hours as part of their response to the consultation. 

 

Councillor Mayne expressed support for Councillor Louki’s proposal and suggested that the Area Forum should delegate authority to the Chair and ward members to approve the details of the scope and operational times of the proposed zone  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

Great West Corridor, Local Plan Review presentation - Christopher Smith and Louise Prew (LBH) pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Background information and the consultation documents can be accessed via the following link to the Council’s website: http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/environment_and_planning/planning/planningpolicy/local_plan/greatwest_corridor_plan_review.htm

 

18.01.16 – presentation slides included with meeting agenda for reference.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Executive Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment, Agenda Item 4.

 

Members supported a renaming of the area west of Chiswick Roundabout from the suggested   ‘Kew Gate’ to ‘Brentford Gate’, which it was felt better described its location.   Whilst he acknowledged the reference to “improved linkages with Brentford Town Centre” (Hounslow Local Plan, Policy SV1 (f)), Councillor Lambert requested that the differences in the features of the town centre and the Great West Road were also reflected so that it wasn’t treated as one area. 

 

Mark Frost responded to members’ questions on how Transport for London fit into the consultation by providing assurances that TfL colleagues were helping to draw together a strategic transport study, which included public realm on the Great West Road.  TfL was also working on the evidence base and on infrastructure planning in response to further growth.  

 

Louise Prew reported that the Interim Planning Framework would include the new Brentford FC site and ‘Brentford Gate’ and would ensure that the guidance was in place to inform the proposals that were submitted before the final plan had been agreed.

 

Residents noted concerns at the lack of publicity given to this consultation and the fact that a number of key documents had not yet been published.  Christopher Smith assured members that the evidence gathered as part of the consultation would inform the documents being prepared for the summer.  He reiterated that the consultation was still in its early stages and assured members and attending residents that comments on the consultation would be accepted by email or letter, including partially completed questionnaires where residents wished only to comment on particular sections. 

 

Resolved:

The Area Forum noted the Issues Consultations for the Local Plan Reviews: Great West Corridor and West of Borough and encouraged stakeholders and community representatives to use this opportunity to shape the content of the Plans. 

 

Councillor Carey had left the meeting by this point.

73.

Chiswick Roundabout Proposals - Presentation by the developer pdf icon PDF 9 MB

Minutes:

See presentation slides on the proposal, attached with the electronic agenda following the meeting for reference, Agenda Item 5.

 

Resolved:

Members noted the presentation from the developer.  

74.

Petitions Received

Minutes:

The following four petitions had been submitted in advance of the meeting:

 

1.     Park Road Allotments: (12 signatures) requesting that the Council “directs the Northumberland Estate to keep the allotments within Isleworth and relocate within the estate at the Park Road boundary, ensuring that the site is suitably screened.”

 

The following two questions were raised by an allotment holder from the site: 

a)    Will the Council consider suspending the deadline of 31 January 2016 for plot holders at Park Road allotments to apply for an allotment at another site in the borough, until after a decision on the development of 120 flats planned for Park Road?

b)    Will the Council consider designating Park Road allotments as a Local Green Space in the Local Plan, outside of the usual review period?

 

Members noted the submitted petition and requested that the questions were taken back to the relevant department and a response prepared for allotment holders and members of this Area Forum at the earliest opportunity.

 

2.     Chestnut Avenue, Plum Garth, Cherry Garth and Apple Garth, Brentford: (65 signatures)  “We the undersigned require Hounslow Council to install a CPZ to Chestnut Avenue, Plum Garth, Cherry Garth and Apple Garth, Brentford.”

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, proposed carrying out an informal consultation with residents once the extent of the consultation had been defined in discussion with ward members.  This was supported by all members present.

 

3.     Worple Road: (online petition - 33 signatures) “Introduce a permanent CPZ in Worple Road from South Street to 51 Worple Road.”

 

Mark Frost reminded members that the 2015 Rugby World Cup CPZ extension had included homes up to 51 Worple Road.  Members agreed to the suggested informal consultation with residents. 

 

4.     Burlington Road, Isleworth: – (31 homes included - emailed petition) “We the residents of Burlington Road, Isleworth are asking Hounslow Council to consider implementing parking restrictions for two hours from 10am-12noon Monday to Friday only (apart from Bank Holidays).”

 

In light of officers’ recommendations to proceed to statutory consultation on controlled parking in the adjacent roads for the operational hours of 9.30am-5.30pm, Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, proposed carrying out an informal consultation with residents once the extent of the consultation had been defined in discussion with ward members.  This was supported by all members present.

75.

Thornbury Road, Isleworth - Extension of Spring Grove CPZ - Detailed Design Consultation pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Please refer to the enclosed plan for all CPZ briefing notes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Executive Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment, Agenda Item 10.

 

The Chair proposed that the following four reports should be taken as a block, which was supported by members present. 

 

Taking into consideration Mark Frost’s proposal that matters should be delegated to officers and brought back to the Area Forum if consensus could not be reached, following a brief discussion on the matter, members present voted unanimously with the officer’s recommendations. 

 

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the results of the controlled parking zone (CPZ) detailed design consultation.

·       It agreed to allow officers to proceed to statutory formal consultation on an unchanged bay design for the extension of the Spring Grove CPZ into Thornbury Road (between Spring Grove Road and Eversley Crescent, including Stanleycroft Close and Weston Gardens).

·       It agreed that residents of roads referred to above be notified of the consultation results and this Area Forum’s decision.

76.

Thornbury Avenue Area, Isleworth CPZ - Detailed design consultation pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Minutes:

See report from the Executive Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment, Agenda Item 11.

 

Taking into consideration Mark Frost’s proposal that matters should be delegated to officers and brought back to the Area Forum if consensus could not be reached, following a brief discussion on the matter, members present voted unanimously with the officer’s recommendations. 

 

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the results of the controlled parking zone (CPZ) detailed design consultation.

·       It agreed that officers should proceed to statutory consultation on a new ‘stand-alone’ CPZ operational Monday to Friday 10am–12Noon in Thornbury Avenue, Thornbury Road (between the Great West Road and Church Road), Church Road (between Thornbury Road and Osterley Road) and Osterley Road (between Church Road and the Great West Road).

·       It asked that residents of the roads listed above were notified of the consultation results and this Area Forum’s decision.

77.

Spencer Road, Isleworth CPZ - Detailed Design Consultation pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Minutes:

See report from the Executive Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment, Agenda Item 12.

 

Taking into consideration Mark Frost’s proposal that matters should be delegated to officers and brought back to the Area Forum if consensus could not be reached, following a brief discussion on the matter, members present voted unanimously with the officer’s recommendations. 

     

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the results of the controlled parking zone (CPZ) detailed design consultation and agreed to allow officers to progress to formal statutory consultation on a new CPZ for Spencer Road, operational Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. 

·       It agreed that the residents of Spencer Road be notified of the consultations results and the decision of this Area Forum.

78.

Naseby Close and Ravenswood Gardens, Isleworth - Extension of Spring Grove CPZ - Detailed Design Consultation pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Minutes:

See report from the Executive Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment, Agenda Item 13.

 

Taking into consideration Mark Frost’s proposal that matters should be delegated to officers and brought back to the Area Forum if consensus could not be reached, following a brief discussion on the matter, members present voted unanimously with the officer’s recommendations. 

 

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the results of the controlled parking zone (CPZ) detailed design consultation.

·       It agreed to allow officers to proceed to statutory formal consultation on an amended Permit Holder Past this Point (PHOPTP) scheme as an extension of the Spring Grove CPZ into Naseby Close and Ravenswood Gardens.

·       It agreed that the residents of Naseby Close and Ravenswood Gardens be notified of the consultation results and this Area Forum’s decision.

79.

Street Improvement Fund Update - Mark Frost pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Head of Traffic and Transport, Agenda Item 15.

 

Mark Frost provided members with details of those schemes already undertaken, acknowledging that not all had been completed as quickly as some may have hoped.  He encouraged further bids to be submitted for the current period.

 

Councillor Mayne submitted the proposal for improvements to Brent Lea Close, specifically where the kerb had been destroyed by heavy vehicles.

 

Councillor Louki proposed improvements to the amenity area at Cranford Close, Isleworth, including the railings and kerbs.

 

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the work that had been progressed to date on ‘Street Improvement Fund’ projects for 2015-16.

·       It noted that applications to the Street Improvement Fund 2016-17 were now open and would close at the end of February 2016.

80.

Minutes of the meeting held on 12 November 2015 and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 169 KB

20.01.16 – London Cycling Campaign’s Ward Ask Sheet attached with the electronic agenda pack for reference.  (AOB item at the November Area Forum)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 12 November 2015 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

Matters Arising:

 

Minute 51: Consultation on Hounslow Bus Routes:

Mark Frost confirmed that he had a scheduled meeting with Transport for London in two weeks. 

 

Minute 64: Urgent Business: Community Engagement Fund:

The Chair noted that proposals were being drawn up for remedial works to the Brentford War Memorial.  Members acknowledged the recent death of local resident, Mr Keith Thomas, who had been an advocate of remembrance ceremonies at the memorial. 

81.

Area Forum Action Plan - Mark Frost (LBH) pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Minutes:

This item was deferred to the next scheduled meeting on 3 March 2016.

82.

Urgent Business

Any other items which the Chair accepts for consideration on grounds of urgency.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

83.

Date of next scheduled meeting - Thursday 3 March 2016

Minutes:

The date of the next meeting was noted.