Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow. View directions

Contact: Irene Bowles, email  irene.bowles@hounslow.gov.uk, telephone 020 8583 2075 

Items
No. Item

21.

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

Decision:

Apologies had been received from Councillor Daanish Saeed.

 

Councillor Manjit Buttar declared an interest in item 3 (Master Robert Hotel).

Minutes:

Apologies had been received from Councillor Daanish Saeed.

 

Councillor Manjit Buttar declared an interest in item 3 (Master Robert Hotel).

22.

Police Report

Report to follow

Decision:

The Chair introduced Inspector Chris Brown, who had been in post for three weeks, and welcomed him to the meeting. 

 

In response to requests from Members, Inspector Brown agreed to:

a)            Liaise with the Clerk to produce a proforma report template, to ensure information required by Members is included for each meeting.  Members were asked to advise the Clerk accordingly.

b)            Provide figures for the Hounslow day of Operation Sceptre (to tackle knife crime) to Councillor Virdi, which was outstanding from the March 2016 Area Forum meeting.

c)            Ensure that officers patrol Hounslow West Car Boot Sale at weekends, to try and prevent the sale of knives.

d)            Check on what was being done in response to a serious assault that had taken place on the Great West Road, and advise Councillor Purewal.

e)            Provide data for road traffic accidents in Cranford High Street in the last two years, and to request the Ward Officer to target speeding vehicles in the vicinity.

 

 

Councillor Mann reminded Members that he was the Cabinet Member for the Environment, and traffic management came under his remit.  He noted that Council Officers were investigating the traffic/speeding problems in Cranford High Street, and time was required for this.  Councillor Mann agreed to talk to Mark Frost (Head of Traffic and Transport); if the Council decided to introduce traffic calming measures, the support of the Police to enforce this would be welcomed.

Minutes:

The Chair introduced Inspector Chris Brown, who had been in post for three weeks, and welcomed him to the meeting. 

 

Members raised concerns on:

i)             Travellers on Heston Services, Green Lane and Norwood Green;

ii)            Prostitution in Hounslow West;

iii)           Drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in Heston East;

iv)           Knife crime in a number of wards

v)            Road safety on Cranford High Street

vi)           Incident on Great West Road

 

In response to requests from Members, Inspector Brown agreed to:

a)            Liaise with the Clerk to produce a proforma report template, to ensure information required by Members is included for each meeting.  Members were asked to advise the Clerk accordingly.

b)            Provide figures for the Hounslow day of Operation Sceptre (to tackle knife crime) to Councillor Virdi, which was outstanding from the March 2016 Area Forum meeting.

c)            Ensure that officers patrol Hounslow West Car Boot Sale at weekends, to try and prevent the sale of knives.

d)            Check on what was being done in response to a serious assault that had taken place on the Great West Road, and advise Councillor Purewal.

e)            Provide data for road traffic accidents in Cranford High Street in the last two years, and to request the Ward Officer to target speeding vehicles in the vicinity.

 

Councillor Mann reminded Members that he was the Cabinet Member for the Environment, and traffic management came under his remit.  He noted that Council Officers were investigating the traffic/speeding problems in Cranford High Street, and time was required for this.  Councillor Mann agreed to talk to Mark Frost (Head of Traffic and Transport); if the Council decided to introduce traffic calming measures, the support of the Police to enforce this would be welcomed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.

Master Robert Hotel - revised proposals pdf icon PDF 486 KB

Decision:

Nick Davey, JTS Partnership LLP, gave a presentation on the design changes to the proposals for the planning application on the Master Robert Hotel.

 

Members and residents were concerned about access to Palmer Close and the impact on traffic congestion in the local area.  Mr Davey advised that traffic surveys and projections had been carried out that suggested impact would be low.  Members asked that the survey and projection results be provided to the Planning Committee as part of the application pack.

Minutes:

Nick Davey, JTS Partnership LLP, gave a presentation on the design changes to the proposals for the planning application on the Master Robert Hotel, following the initial refusal from the Planning Committee.  The new design had a much smaller footprint, and had been reduced from six to four storeys.

 

Members and residents were concerned about access to Palmer Close and the impact on traffic congestion in the local area.  Mr Davey advised that traffic surveys and projections had been carried out that suggested impact would be low.  Members asked that the survey and projection results be provided to the Planning Committee as part of the application pack.

24.

Minutes of the meeting held on 26 May 2016 pdf icon PDF 228 KB

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on 26 May 2016 were agreed as a true and accurate record with the following amendment, and were signed by the Chair.

 

Addition to Item 5 – Police Report

Members asked Sgt Pigot about the Police policy on charging people for criminal offences.  Sgt Pigot informed them that there was a rigid standard for charging offenders, with the decisions to prosecute being taken by the CPS.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 26 May 2016 were agreed as a true and accurate record with the following amendment, and were signed by the Chair.

 

Addition to Item 5 – Police Report

Members asked Sgt Pigot about the Police policy on charging people for criminal offences.  Sgt Pigot informed them that there was a rigid standard for charging offenders, with the decisions to prosecute being taken by the CPS.

25.

Matters arising from the Minutes

Decision:

a)            Item 2.2 – Area Forum Representative on the Community Investment Advisory Panel

Councillor Rajawat confirmed that he had liaised with Councillor Kaur, who was content that he should be nominated as the Area Forum representative.

Members agreed to appoint Councillor Rajawat as their representative.

 

b)           Item 11 – Update on petition requesting play equipment for the Redwood Estate

Members had received no response to their request from Ms Mitchell for the pursuance of this petition using S106 monies, and requested that this be an Agenda item at the September meeting.

Minutes:

a)            Item 2.2 – Area Forum Representative on the Community Investment Advisory Panel

Councillor Rajawat confirmed that he had liaised with Councillor Kaur, who was content that he should be nominated as the Area Forum representative.

Members agreed to appoint Councillor Rajawat as their representative.

 

b)           Item 11 – Update on petition requesting play equipment for the Redwood Estate

Members had received no response to their request from Ms Mitchell for the pursuance of this petition using S106 monies, and requested that this be an Agenda item at the September meeting.  Ms Mitchell, Head of Specialist Services, Resident Services, had agreed to attend the meeting in September.

26.

The Hermitage - Update pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Decision:

Robert Coomber, Central Area Planning Manager, gave a presentation on The Hermitage, with a brief history as well as an update on the current position.

 

Members noted that there were new owners (March 2016), who had opened lines of communication with the Council.

 

Members noted the report and invited officers to undertake the following courses of action:

1.    The Council’s Conservation Officer, supported by Ward Members and with any necessary legal and property advice, should contact the new owners of the site to discuss long term measures, based on the advice in Robert Coomber’s report.  The Council’s Conservation Officer should report back to Heston and Cranford Area Forum in six months’ time (26 January 2017) with a forward plan with fully costed options.

2.    The Interim Head of Building Control, in consultation with Historic England and the Conservation Officer, should take whatever action is necessary without harm to the architectural and historic interest of the listed building to prevent the site from remaining as a public danger.

3.    The Development Management Service should explore whether it is necessary, or appropriate, to serve a further S215 notice – and to do so, if it proves to be the case.

 

Minutes:

Robert Coomber, Central Area Planning Manager, gave a presentation on The Hermitage, with a brief history as well as an update on the current position.

 

Members noted that there were new owners (March 2016), who had opened lines of communication with the Council.

 

On 1 July 2016, the Council had served a Dangerous Structures Notice on the owners, which had required the effective exclusion of people from the site.  Measures had been put in place.

 

Mr Coomber asked Members to consider their aspirations for the site.  Although there was no guarantee that the Council and Owners could meet those aspirations, it would be useful to have them.

 

Members noted the report and invited officers to undertake the following courses of action:

1.    The Council’s Conservation Officer, supported by Ward Members and with any necessary legal and property advice, should contact the new owners of the site to discuss long term measures, based on the advice in Robert Coomber’s report.  The Council’s Conservation Officer should report back to Heston and Cranford Area Forum in six months’ time (26 January 2017) with a forward plan with fully costed options.

2.    The Interim Head of Building Control, in consultation with Historic England and the Conservation Officer, should take whatever action is necessary without harm to the architectural and historic interest of the listed building to prevent the site from remaining as a public danger.

3.    The Development Management Service should explore whether it is necessary, or appropriate, to serve a further S215 notice – and to do so, if it proves to be the case.

 

Mr Coomber had yet to meet the new owners to discuss the way forward, but advised Members that there was a need for specialist input to either remove or replace the building.  Members also noted that there was an abundance of Japanese knotweed on the site, which had spread to neighbouring properties.

 

Members acknowledged that there had been a litany of failures by the Council since 1994; the Area Forum had supported residents as much as possible to seek resolution, but Council Officers had not seen things through. 

 

Members stated that, if a S215 Order was served in the future, it must be enforced.  Mr Coomber reminded Members that the last S215 Order was complied with – by the Council carrying out the necessary works – but the costs were not recovered.

 

It was agreed that this issue should be revisited at the January 2017 Area Forum meeting.   Members thanked Mr Coomber for his report.

27.

Noise Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 170 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The consultation document had been omitted from the Agenda pack; the Chair confirmed that it would be circulated on 15 July 2016.

 

Members noted the consultation.

 

Minutes:

Surinderpal Suri, Principal Environmental Strategy Officer, explained to Members that consultation would be starting in the near future.  As the school summer break was fast approaching, the consultation period was to be lengthened to 8-10 weeks.

 

Councillors had not seen the document, which had been omitted from the Agenda pack.  The Chair confirmed that it would be circulated on 15 July 2016; it was published as a supplementary report.

 

28.

Open Forum for questions from the public (maximum of 30 minutes)

Protocol:

       Questions will be allowed at the Chair’s discretion.

       The Chair will normally only allow one question per item.

       Items on the main agenda should not be raised in the open forum.

       Individual cases cannot be discussed.

       Items submitted to the Chair in advance of the meeting are welcomed.

Decision:

a)    Land at Kings Arbour, Heston West (Cllr Rajawat)

Councillor Rajawat reported that Ward Councillors for Heston West had worked with Officers over the last few years to get the private company who owns this land to maintain it properly.  Ward Councillors had urged Aled Richards (Director – Community Safety, Environment and Regulatory Services) to issue a S.215 notice to enforce the owner to meet their obligations.  This had not been done.

 

Councillor Lily Bath confirmed that she has received many complaints and casework about this land.

 

Resolved that:

The Council be asked to compel the land owners to carry out their maintenance obligations, so that residents do not have to live with an infested and overgrown area outside their properties.  A report, with action points, is requested as soon as possible, and no later than the next Area Forum meeting on 15 September 2016.

 

 

b)   Hoarding site, 331 Great West Road (Ms Ferguson)

Ms Ferguson was disappointed that Harpreet Natt (Team Leader, REDE - Community Safety Environment & Regulatory Services) had informed her that there was nothing more her team could do on this matter, and referred her to the Planning team.  The Chair agreed to pursue this with Planning Officers in the near future.  Members agreed that a maintenance plan was needed for this site.

 

 

c)    Cranford High Street (Mr Malik)

Mr Malik voiced his concern that there had been many accidents involving children over a number of years on Cranford High Street, largely caused by speeding drivers.  He noted that there were no pedestrian crossings, although the High Street served three local schools.

Mr Malik requested:

Ø  A clear plan to stop speeding be put in place

Ø  Pedestrian crossings be installed

Ø  Traffic calming measures be considered.

Gareth James (Senior Transport Project Officer, and Area Participation Officer for the Area Forum) assured Members and residents that his Traffic and Transport colleagues were already working on seeking resolution for the issues in Cranford High Street, and were liaising with the Police.  Members were reminded that Inspector Brown had, earlier in the meeting, agreed to provide statistics on accidents on Cranford High Street.

 

Members agreed to consider this further at their September meeting.

Minutes:

a)    Land at Kings Arbour, Heston West (Cllr Rajawat)

Councillor Rajawat reported that Ward Councillors for Heston West had worked with Officers over the last few years to get the private company who owns this land to maintain it properly.  Ward Councillors had urged Aled Richards (Director – Community Safety, Environment and Regulatory Services) to issue a S.215 notice to enforce the owner to meet their obligations.  This had not been done.

 

Councillor Lily Bath confirmed that she has received many complaints and casework about this land.

 

Resolved that:

The Council be asked to compel the land owners to carry out their maintenance obligations, so that residents do not have to live with an infested and overgrown area outside their properties.  A report, with action points, is requested as soon as possible, and no later than the next Area Forum meeting on 15 September 2016.

 

 

b)   Hoarding site, 331 Great West Road (Ms Ferguson)

Ms Ferguson was disappointed that Harpreet Natt (Team Leader, REDE - Community Safety Environment & Regulatory Services) had informed her that there was nothing more her team could do on this matter, and referred her to the Planning team.  The Chair agreed to pursue this with Planning Officers in the near future.  Members agreed that a maintenance plan was needed for this site.

 

[Afterminute:  the Chair had received an assurance from the Planning Enforcement Team that they would contact the site operators to request that the site is periodically maintained in a condition that does not impair the visual amenity of the site in future. Whilst they could not demand a management plan to this effect, they would ask that measures are taken to adhere to this condition.]

 

 

 

c)    Cranford High Street (Mr Malik)

Mr Malik voiced his concern that there had been many accidents involving children over a number of years on Cranford High Street, largely caused by speeding drivers.  He noted that there were no pedestrian crossings, although the High Street served three local schools.

Mr Malik requested:

Ø  A clear plan to stop speeding be put in place

Ø  Pedestrian crossings be installed

Ø  Traffic calming measures be considered.

Gareth James (Senior Transport Project Officer, and Area Participation Officer for the Area Forum) assured Members and residents that his Traffic and Transport colleagues were already working on seeking resolution for the issues in Cranford High Street, and were liaising with the Police.  Members were reminded that Inspector Brown had, earlier in the meeting, agreed to provide statistics on accidents on Cranford High Street.

 

Members agreed to consider this further at their September meeting.

29.

Date of next scheduled meeting is 15 September 2016

Decision:

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 15 September 2016 at 7pm in Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Civic Centre.

Minutes:

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 15 September 2016 at 7pm in Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Civic Centre.

30.

Any other business, which the Chair considers to be urgent

Decision:

There were no items of urgent business.

 

The meeting closed at 9.00pm.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.