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

1.

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

Minutes:

Apologies were recorded on behalf of Councillor O’Reilly.

 

There were no declarations of interest or communications from members.

2.

Local Policing Update - Inspector Steve Edwards

Minutes:

Sergeant Al-Hashimi deputised for Inspector Edwards at this meeting and, in the absence of a submitted report, provided a verbal update on policing priorities across the four wards.  He responded to questions on graffiti, police efforts to tackle drug crime, the promotion of SmartWater by police to allow stolen possessions to be returned to their owner in the event of a burglary.

 

Members requested the inclusion of statistical information on crime levels in the police reports for future meetings, which Sgt. Al-Hashimi agreed to report back to his superiors.

3.

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:

Councillor Lambert, took the Chair temporarily during the Open Forum whilst Councillor Collins left the meeting.

 

Questions on the Hounslow Highways PFI contract in relation to the repair of potholes were raised.  Mark Frost suggested that members might find further clarification helpful on the technical criteria used by Hounslow Highways to assess whether a particular location should be prioritised for repair.  This criteria would be circulated to members for their attention.

 

Councillor Collins returned to the meeting and resumed the position of Chair.

 

In response to a question on the quality of aspects of the Council’s contractor in charge of the upkeep of the borough’s parks, Stefania Horne (Head of Parks) sought to assure members that, where the contractor’s performance fell below the agreed standards, the Council’s contract manager was using the available sanctions.

4.

Verbal update on Gunnersbury Park Regeneration - Stefania Horne

Minutes:

Stefania Horne, Head of Parks, provided a brief update on progress made in relation to the Sport Hub, café and the heritage restoration project.  She agreed to send members a timetable of proposed works on site following this meeting.

 

In response to a request for a progress update on the presentation taken to the May meeting in relation to the Park Road Allotments planning proposals, Ms Horne agreed to report back to Christopher Slack asking him to circulate more detailed information to members. 

5.

Verbal update on proposals for Carville Hall Park, Brentford - Stefania Horne

Minutes:

Stefania Horne, Head of Parks, provided an update for members on proposed works to improve the southern section of the park, specifically the basketball site, play area, pond and boundary.  It was anticipated that improvement works would be completed by Spring/Summer 2017.

 

Residents were being invited to submit comments for improvements to the northern section of the park until late July.  Corporate Property colleagues were looking into the request by Spartans FC to extend their current lease.

6.

Boston Manor Road Cycle Scheme - Results of consultation - Liam Judge pdf icon PDF 257 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

With the Chair’s permission Brian Smith, representing Hounslow Cycle Campaign, addressed the Area Forum in support of a cycle lane along Boston Manor Road, which he said would link the Great West Road to Boston Manor station, Boston Manor House and schools north of the A4. 

 

Also with the Chair’s permission Owen Kennedy, Boston Manor Road North resident, addressed the Area Forum in objection to the proposals.  He called for existing cycle lanes to be brought up to standard.  He drew attention to proposals to remove all crossings between the A4 and Boston Manor station together with 50% of the existing footpath, which he said removed the safety buffer between parked cars and cyclists.  Mr Kennedy also drew attention to cars regularly speeding along Boston Manor Road. 

 

Liam Judge, Traffic and Transport, introduced the submitted report, confirming that only one bus stop would be removed under the proposals.  He highlighted the 1mtr buffer between the cycle path and footway and acknowledged that better signage for cyclists and rumble strips before shared surfaces could be incorporated into the scheme. He confirmed that there would be a net loss of four parking spaces under the proposals.  The proposals were aimed not only at those confident cyclists using the current cycle path but at providing safer provision away from the main thoroughfare that would encourage more people to cycle.  The submitted proposals addressed a number of issues that had been a matter of concern for a number of years.  Members sought clarification on how much farther people would have to walk to the next bus stop following the removal of the bus stop north of Swyncombe Avenue and noted concerns in relation to the loss of grass verges and crossing points. 

 

Councillor Dennison moved the approval of the officer’s recommendations, subject to assurances that Boston Manor residents would be kept informed on progress, which was seconded by Councillor Collins.  At a vote members voted by majority to approve the recommendations in the submitted report, with the exception of Councillor Curran who was not in the meeting for the vote and Councillor Louki who abstained from the vote. No members voted against the proposals and, therefore, the vote was carried.

 

Resolved:

The Area Forum agreed the recommendations in the submitted report as follows:

1.1   The Area Forum delegated authority to the Executive Director for Regeneration, Economic Development & Environment (REDe) to undertake detailed design for the proposals set out in Appendix A.

1.2 The Area Forum delegated authority to the Executive Director for REDe to carry out the required statutory consultations on the proposals.

1.3 The Area Forum delegated authority to the Executive Director for REDe to resolve where possible any objections received to the statutory consultation.

1.4 In the event that any objections received remained unresolved, the Area Forum delegated authority to the Chair of the Area Forum to determine the objections in consultation with ward councillors.

1.5 If no objections were received or once any objections received were resolved, the Area Forum delegated  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Boston Manor Controlled Parking Zone: results of review consultation - Mark Frost pdf icon PDF 353 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See submitted report from the Head of Traffic and Transport, Agenda Item 7.

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, presented the submitted report.  It was agreed that, due to the relationship between this item and the report at Agenda Item 8, that both items should be discussed at the same time.

 

At a vote all members present, with the exception of Councillor Curran who was not in the room for the item, agreed the officer’s recommendation.

 

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the results of the controlled parking zone (CPZ) review consultation and agreed that no changes should be made to the existing scheme.

·       The Area Forum agreed that all residents of this current consultation be advised of the consultations results and the decision of the Area Forum.

8.

Boston Manor Controlled Parking Zone - Boston Gardens and Swyncombe Avenue: Results of expansion consultation - Mark Frost pdf icon PDF 346 KB

Minutes:

See submitted report from the Head of Traffic and Transport, Agenda Item 8.

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, presented the submitted report.  It was agreed that, due to the relationship between this item and the report at Agenda Item 7, that both items be discussed at the same time.

 

At a vote all members present, with the exception of Councillor Curran who was not in the room for the item, agreed the officer’s recommendation.

 

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the results of the consultation and agree to allow officers to progress to formal statutory consultation on the extension of the Boston Manor CPZ into Boston Gardens and Swyncombe Avenue

·       The Area Forum agreed that residents should be notified of the consultation results and of this Area Forum’s decision.

9.

Consultation on Draft Noise Supplementary Planning Document - Surinderpal Suri pdf icon PDF 170 KB

Members’ and residents’ views are sought on the published Supplementary Planning Document.  This document can be viewed on the Council’s web pages using the following link:

https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=578&MId=9696

Minutes:

See the submitted briefing note from the Principal Environmental Strategy Officer, Agenda Item 9.

 

Surinderpal Suri, Planning Policy, briefed members on the proposed Noise Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) consultation.  New guidance aimed to ensure broad principles were in place for developers and planners to achieve good acoustic design in their developments whilst ensuring compliance with noise level standards.  Members suggested that the SPD was relevant to all, not just planners and developers and asked for the consultation deadline to be extended until after the summer holidays to ensure maximum return. 

 

Resolved:

The submitted briefing note and members’ comments were noted.

10.

Area Forum Action Plan - Mark Frost pdf icon PDF 221 KB

A verbal update will be provided at the meeting.

Minutes:

See submitted report from the Area Participation Officer, Agenda Item 10.

 

Resolved:

The Area Forum noted the submitted report and the verbal update provided at the meeting.

11.

Minutes of the meeting held on 26 May 2016 and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 414 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 26 May 2016 were agreed and signed as a correct record by the Chair. 

 

Matters Arising:

 

Minute 97 – Appointments of the Area Forum for the new municipal year:

The Clerk confirmed that the recruitment of co-opted members was not a constitutional requirement for Area Forum meetings but was at the discretion of each area meeting.  Members were broadly supportive of recruiting co-opted members to this Area Forum and agreed that the matter would be discussed at the forthcoming Area Forum Chairs and Vice-Chairs’ meeting in September.

12.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

Members received an update on the planned improvements for the Brentford War Memorial site.  The Clerk confirmed that the majority of the required funding for the proposals at the Brentford Library site was now in place and that consideration was being given to the availability of S106 funding to complete the agreed works in time for the remembrance ceremony in November.  

13.

Date of next scheduled meeting - Thursday 15 September 2016

Minutes:

The date of the forthcoming meeting was noted.