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

14.

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

Minutes:

Apologies were received on behalf of Councillor Savin.  Councillor Mayne noted that he would have to leave the meeting early due to work commitments.

 

Councillor Carey declared an interest in Agenda Item 7: Burlington Road Area – results of initial controlled parking zone consultation, on grounds that he was resident within the consultation area.

 

Councillor Collins reported that he had been presented with a letter requesting traffic calming on Bedford Road and Green Dragon Lane in Brentford, adding that a petition was also being prepared for submission on the matter.

15.

Local Policing Update - Insp. Steve Edwards pdf icon PDF 313 KB

Minutes:

See submitted reports from the Sector Inspector, circulated in hard copy at the meeting and published with the electronic agenda pack for reference, Agenda Item 2.

 

Sergeant Mark Saunders deputised for Inspector Edwards and introduced the submitted policing update.  He welcomed continued intelligence from residents in relation to ASB and drug related activities on Ivybridge and Worton estates in Isleworth ward.  He confirmed that officers had been using drug warrants and getting results in Brentford ward.  Sgt. Saunders agreed to report members’ concerns to Sgt. Fane in Osterley & Spring Grove in relation to young people racing cars and bikes in and around the Tesco store site on Syon Lane. 

 

Councillor Louki joined the meeting at this point.

 

Sgt. Saunders acknowledged members’ concerns about street drinking and anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of The Dell in Brentford, noting that PCSOs had patrolled the area and spoken to residents.  He assured the meeting that residents and members could report crimes anonymously using the Crimestoppers number (0800 555 111).

16.

Church Street Trial Closure - Mark Frost (LBH) pdf icon PDF 1014 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See submitted report from the Head of Traffic and Transport, together with the presentation slides from the meeting that were published for reference with the electronic agenda pack, Agenda Item 4.

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, and joined by Lee Deacon of Steer Davies Gleave, introduced the submitted report and drew attention to the key findings.  He explained that insufficient data meant that it was too early to assess definitively the impact of the trial closure on air quality levels and collision statistics, although more detailed data was expected later in the trial period to inform the final decision on the closure.  Members heard that a full breakdown of the consultation results, together with an officer response to each submission, would be made available ahead of any formal decision on the matter. 

 

With the Chair’s permission David Lazenby, representing the Syon Park Wyevale Garden Centre, and Tamsin Turner addressed the meeting to raise concerns about the impact of the trial road closure.  Mr Lazenby pointed to the lost sales to his employer, noting that approximately 35,000 fewer people had visited the store this year in comparison to last year, which he attributed to the road closure.  Mrs Turner stated that there were four outstanding complaints with the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO). She challenged the validity of the presented data on the impact of the trial closure on air quality readings, traffic flows, accident data and bus timetables, adding that she had requested but not yet received copies of the raw underlying data.  She urged residents to request copies of the available data from the Council and asked members to consider the results of the survey undertaken by the Chamber of Commerce before making their decisions.

 

Also with the Chair’s permission Ian Woods asked members to make their decisions based on the facts before them.  Mr Woods highlighted the positive impacts of the trial closure including the opening of Church Street for the whole community to enjoy, the shift towards more sustainable modes of transport and the resulting improvements in the environment.  He pointed to letters of support for the closure received from residents, businesses, organisations such as the Hounslow Cycling Campaign and charities and urged members to support the continuation of a traffic free Church Street.

 

Questions were received from members and attending residents in relation to the following points:

·       Clarification was sought on the impact of the closure on parking and traffic flows on Park Road, Snowy Fielder Waye and West Middlesex University Hospital.  Whilst it was acknowledged that part of the original proposal was to consult on introducing a CPZ on Park Road, Mr Frost noted that officers did not want to introduce controls during the trial closure period.  

·       Was a breakdown available of the response to the consultation by road, including how many were in favour and against on each road?

·       Was data available for bus routes H37, 237, H28? Could further details be provided on whether H37 and 237 routes were terminating  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.

17.

Layton Road, Brentford - presenting the planning proposals in respect of Floreat Education Academies Trust pdf icon PDF 6 MB

Presentation slides from the meeting published with the electronic agenda as a reference following the meeting date.

Minutes:

See PowerPoint slides presented at the meeting and later published with the electronic agenda pack for reference, Agenda Item 5.

 

Katy Davis of Carter Jonas LLP, Dom Chapman of JTP Architects and Melanie Nixon of Floreat Academies Trust, presented the proposals to members and took questions in relation to the proposed level of affordable and family housing, the use of the footbridge to the south of the site and the programming of works to the pavements around the site in line with Hounslow Highways works programme for the surrounding roads.  It was confirmed that the existing sales site entrance would become the car park entrance.

 

Discussions on a fixed catchment area and sustainable modes of transport were proposed to mitigate the need for high car use during the school run.  Consideration was also being given to safe points where pupils could be dropped off before walking to school.  Members heard that the school would accommodate 420 pupils when full. 

 

Concerns were raised by members and local residents in respect of overdevelopment on the site, what mitigation was proposed in respect of air quality for both the residential and school elements of the scheme and whether there was sufficient and appropriate residential amenity space provision.  Concerns were also raised in respect of the level of parking provision for 149 homes and proposals by the developer to mitigate the negative impact to existing residents of Layton Road both during and after the construction phase.  Members drew attention to a proposed resident consultation for controlled parking on the nearby Haverfield Estate.

18.

Presentation on Bring Sites - Melanie Gadd (LBH)

Minutes:

Mark Frost informed members that the Council proposed to withdraw the three existing communal recycling sites in the borough, now that household recycling collections were well established.  As none of these sites lay within the Isleworth and Brentford area this item was for members’ information only.

19.

Burlington Road Area, Isleworth - results of initial Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) Consultation - Mark Frost pdf icon PDF 258 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See briefing note from the Head of Traffic and Transport, Agenda Item 7.

 

Following a brief discussion, members voted by majority to approve the officer’s recommendation, with the exception of Councillor Dennison who abstained from the vote and Councillor Carey, who did not take part in this item having declared an interest at the beginning of the meeting.

 

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the results of the consultation and agreed to allow officers to progress to detailed design consultation on a CPZ operating Monday to Friday 10am – 12Noon in Burlington Road, Eversley Crescent, Spring Grove Road (between the railway bridge and Thornbury Road), The Close, Vincent Road, Witham Road.

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

20.

Consultation Advisory Panel - Mark Frost pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Head of Community Partnerships Unit, Agenda Item 8.

 

The Chair noted that Councillor Green had expressed an interest in representing this Area Forum on the Panel, which was supported by all members.  Councillor Dennison added that all members were welcome to attend future meetings of the panel.

 

Resolved:

·       The Area Forum noted the Consultation Charter, adopted by Borough Council on 19 July 2016 (See Appendix A of the submitted report).

·       The Area Forum nominated Councillor Linda Green to sit on the Consultation Advisory Panel.

21.

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:

Park Road Allotments planning presentation – July 2016 Area Forum:

The developer’s written responses to questions submitted at the July meeting had been circulated to members and residents who had submitted written questions.  A full copy of the responses would also be appended for reference with the July 2016 agenda pack on the Council’s website.

 

Following on from discussions at the July Area Forum, residents sought clarification as to when a public meeting would be held with the developer in respect of the proposed build on the Park Road Allotment Gardens.  Members agreed that there was merit in holding a public meeting on the proposals.  However, despite repeated attempts by officers to follow the matter up with the developer, no agreement had been secured to hold a public meeting before the matter was brought to Planning Committee for decision.

 

Mill Plat Avenue area – May 2016 Area Forum petitions:

The May minutes indicated proposals to move to detailed design consultation with a view to securing a bespoke traffic management proposal for the area and to hold a further public meeting with residents.  It was further noted that, in light of reference to increase traffic issues and the expansion at Isleworth Town School, members requested a report on school travel plans and how they affected neighbourhoods.  The Area Forum was asked for an update on when it was proposed to hold a public meeting and when the requested report on school travel plans would be presented to this Area Forum.

 

Mark Frost indicated that the school travel plans report would be included on the agenda for a future meeting of this Area Forum, possibly as early as November, subject to space being available on the agenda.

22.

Minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2016 and Matters Arising

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting were unavailable for this meeting and would be included on the November meeting.

23.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

Brentford War Memorial renovation:

The Chair sought an update on the planned renovations to the Brentford War Memorial and surrounds in the expectation that works would be completed in time for this year’s commemorative service.

 

Damaged wall at Waterman’s Park, Brentford:

Members noted travel disruption along Brentford High Street following the damage to the wall at Waterman’s Park. Work had already commenced to repair the damage.

24.

Date of next scheduled meeting - Thursday 17 November 2016 from 7.30pm

Minutes:

The date of the next scheduled meeting was noted.