Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

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

Items
No. Item

38.

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

Minutes:

Apologies were submitted on behalf of councillors Carey, Curran (attending the Brentford Dock AGM), Mayne, O’Reilly, Savin and Sampson.

 

There were no declarations of interest.

39.

Local Policing Update - Inspector Steve Edwards pdf icon PDF 240 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See police update report and crime statistics (year on year 2015-2016), Agenda Item 2.

 

Inspector Steve Edwards briefed members on the submitted crime statistics, which he noted were broadly similar to those statistics recorded for the wider London area.  He provided assurances that police colleagues were working to support both the safer neighbourhood ward panels and local neighbourhood watch groups. The stated aim was to reduce further the number of crimes committed.  Police colleagues were also responding to feedback that more visible policing was needed by increasing engagement with residents. 

 

In response to questions the following points were raised:

·       In the absence of an appointed chair for the Brentford Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel (panel), Councillor Lambert volunteered to act as chair until a replacement was identified.  Richard Eason, Chair of the Isleworth panel, offered his help in developing the Brentford panel.   

·       A request was made for neighbourhood wardens to sit again on panels, as they were able to provide very useful information at meetings. Insp. Edwards supported this, highlighting the excellent work carried out by wardens.

·       It was also suggested that the police updates to Area Forum could incorporate elements from the panel meeting minutes.

·      Facewatch’ was a new subscription service that allowed businesses to share information and CCTV images with each other.  This could also be shared with the police and used as the basis of further investigation into suspected criminal activity.

·       Insp. Edwards agreed to pass information to the local policing teams on Brentford and Syon in relation to new graffiti tags appearing in those wards. 

40.

Open Forum pdf icon PDF 406 KB

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 raised during the Open Forum:

 

1.     How the Council proposed to monitor traffic speeds in 20MPH zones:

Mark Frost reported that the current focus was on rolling out across the borough.  Once complete a programme of monitoring would be linked to collision data and recent resident feedback.  Advice from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) was that the combination of a 20MPH zone with traffic calming measures was most effective, however signage only still acted to reduce traffic speeds.  It would be a decision for the police whether they enforced the lower speeds within those zones.

 

2.     Request for flashing speed sign indicators on St John’s Road, Isleworth:

Mark asked for more details on the proposed site before consideration could be given to this request.

 

3.     Whether air quality monitoring was undertaken in Isleworth and Osterley & Spring Grove wards:

Mark acknowledged the increasing public interest and awareness of this issue. He confirmed that permanent monitoring stations were located at Boston Manor Road near the M4 motorway elevated section.  Readings from these stations could be supplemented by random diffusion tube samples temporarily sited across the area, such as one at Busch Corner in Isleworth. 

 

Responding to questions on what the Council planned to do to reduce harm to air quality in this area, Mark confirmed that the Council had made representations to the Mayor of London’s proposals on the extension of the existing low emissions zone.  He added that Chiswick High Road was to be a low emissions bus zone, necessitating the upgrade of all buses, including the 267, which used Twickenham Road as part of its route.  The Chair reiterated the Council’s stated position on Heathrow Airport as ‘better not bigger’.

 

4.     Whether members had agreed to proceed with recruiting co-opted members:

The Chair confirmed that the recruitment of co-opted members to the Area Forum would be deferred to the first meeting of the new administration following the forthcoming council elections in Spring 2018.  [Clerk’s additional note: This was confirmed for all Area Forum meetings at the January Area Forum Chairs and Vice-Chairs meeting]

 

5.     An update was sought on the introduction of controlled parking for residents of Clayponds Estate, Brentford:

Informal consultation had been completed. Negotiations were required with Hounslow Highways on the scheduling of the road resurfacing.  Statutory consultation was anticipated to be carried out in February with the view to implementing the parking controls by early summer.

 

6.     Residents noted concerns at the lack of detailed information and sought an update on the submitted change of use planning application for Brentford Lodge, Boston Manor Road:

Councillor Dunne suggested convening a meeting with the Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local residents on the matter.  It was noted that the question could be raised at the Brentford and Isleworth locality patient group was due to meet tomorrow (27 January).   An update could then be taken to the March Area Forum. 

 

A response would be prepared and circulated to the resident and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.

41.

Update on the Duke of Northumberland River project - Gaye Galvin (LBH) pdf icon PDF 22 KB

Please note that Ms Galvin will also respond to matters raised in the submitted petition on Silverhall Park and Mill Plat.

Minutes:

See submitted petition submitted by the Friends of Silverhall Park requesting the retention of the ivy covered wooden fence along Mill PLatt and to have a proper management of Silverhall Park on both sides of the Duke of Northumberland River, together with the Duke of Northumberland River Project Update, Agenda Item 6.

 

Gaye Galvin, Parks Projects Manager, provided an update on the work undertaken to date and responded to the issues raised within the submitted petition.  She provided assurance that the fence was not proposed for removal in the near future, as the Council wanted to work with residents to produce a suitable solution.  Officers would work together with local residents and key stakeholders on options for future improvements and sustainability of the site.  

 

Ms Brintha Malingham spoke on behalf of the petitioners, requesting proper management of the park and the retention of the ivy covered wooden fence on grounds both of the amenity and security provided by the existing fence.

 

The discussion that followed included mention of the parks patrol service, which was focused on educating people against ASB. Proposals for the site included clearing overgrown shrubbery and lifting tree crowns to increase visibility and safety. Officers supported the formation of a friends group and the setting up of a management plan and working towards Green Flag status. Members were supportive of the work already achieved on the site and proposals to work together with residents and officers to further improve the park.  It was acknowledged that the ivy was not present when the park opened in 1991 and had been allowed to grow to its current level as a result of reductions in funded maintenance over a number of years, making it vulnerable to falling down.  One suggestion was to replace the fence with hawthorn hedges, as an equally ecological solution.

 

In response to questions Gaye confirmed that the second phase of proposed works would be carried out by Carillion but that the ecological aspect of this would be carried out with local residents. Carillion would then be responsible for maintaining the park and managing the site on behalf of the Council. 

 

Gaye stated that trees marked for removal further away from the river may have been identified as dead or dangerous or non-native.  A review was due to be carried out one year on from the initial plan being drawn up.

 

Stefania Horne, Head of Parks, thanked all for their input.  She suggested that a list of options could be drawn up and put out for consultation.  The results of that consultation would then form the way forward for the site.  It was suggested that visual representations could be produced to illustrate the various options and petitioners asked that these drawings and options were co-produced so that local residents and the existing Friends of Silverhall Park were afforded input at the earliest design stages.

 

Concerns were raised by a resident in respect of the conduct of Park Guard staff and allegations of the somewhat overzealous working practices  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.

42.

Osterley Station Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) Consultation - Results of review of parking in St Mary's Crescent, Osterley - Mark Frost (LBH) pdf icon PDF 582 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, introduced the submitted documents.  With the permission of the Chair, representatives from Osterley Bowls Club addressed the meeting to raise concerns that their members had not been made sufficiently aware of the consultation to take part. They were also concerned that the all-day parking restrictions dissuaded those wishing to visit the library and park.

 

9.25pm – Councillor Dennison joined the meeting at this point.

 

In discussion on the matter Mark suggested moving to statutory consultation on the neighbouring Jersey Road area’s operational hours (10am-12pm) and including an element of enhanced engagement around that consultation.

 

Councillor Louki supported the officer’s suggestion and moved to progress to statutory consultation on that basis.  This was seconded Councillor Green and unanimously supported by all members present.

43.

Area Forum Action Plan - Mark Frost (LBH) pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Minutes:

See Action Plan submitted by the Area Participation Officer, Agenda Item 8.

 

Mark Frost provided a brief update on the submitted document, noting plans to hold the Area Forum at a venue in Isleworth for the September meeting.

44.

Minutes of the meeting held on 17 November 2016 and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 245 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 November 2016 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.  There were no matters arising.

45.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

Councillor Louki noted that a public meeting on the planning proposals for the Gillette development site would be held at St Francis of Assisi Church, Isleworth on Monday 30 January from 7.30pm. 

46.

2017-18 Budget Presentation - Councillor Theo Dennison pdf icon PDF 946 KB

Minutes:

See presentation slides submitted in support of this item and included with the electronic agenda pack for reference following the meeting, Agenda Item 4.

 

Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement, led members through his presentation and invited questions.

 

9.50pm – in view of the lateness of the hour, members agreed to suspend Standing Orders to complete the business of the meeting. 

 

Responding to a resident’s question on Council Tax obligations for those individuals in receipt of benefits, Councillor Dennison indicated that local councils had taken on responsibility for council tax benefits in 2013.  He was keen to stress that this transfer of responsibility had been followed by a 10% reduction in government grant funding to local government.  Whilst the Council did take a significant number of those individuals who were not paying Council Tax to court, Councillor Dennison also provided assurances that the full Council Tax discount would be re-introduced as soon as the Council could afford to do so.

47.

Date of next scheduled meeting - Thursday 23 March 2017 from 7.30pm

Minutes:

Members noted the date of the forthcoming meeting.