Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

Venue: Hounslow Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre, 367 Wellington Road South, Hounslow TW4 5HU

Contact: Bill Lee on 020 8583 2068 or email  william.lee@hounslow.gov.uk or  CHAF@hounslow.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

145.

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

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received for Cllrs Puneet Grewal, Nisar Malik, Corinna Smart and Bob Whatley.

146.

Police Reports pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Presented by Sgt Mark Ogunwe.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the police reports (agenda item 2).

 

Sergeant Mark Ogunwe attended to present the reports. He advised that there had been a number of racially and religiously offensive graffiti incidents, with at least 30 reported, mainly around Hounslow South and Hounslow Heath wards since August 2015. The matter had been treated as a major investigation by the police, high visibility and plain clothes patrols were being conducted along with examination of CCTV footage. One arrest had been made and the suspect was currently on bail; Sgt Ogunwe was unable to elaborate at this stage. The sergeant drew members’ attention to reports of Operations Tinsel, Sceptre and Kaleidoscope. The police had successfully applied for a closure order from Feltham Magistrates’ Court on 19 January regarding Kingsley Grill in Kingsley Road following numerous incidents of drug dealing and violent disorder including a girl being bottled and another girl, in a separate incident, being pistol whipped resulting in a serious cut. A three month closure order had been obtained and the police were looking into the possibility of a three month extension. The premises had failed test purchases and also breached smoke free legislation and action was expected from Licensing. Sgt Ogunwe added that shisha lounges were often a source of problems across the borough, with breaches of fire regulations, incidents of drug dealing and anti-social behaviour (ASB). Finally the sergeant advised that Inspector Morrow would be leaving the borough on 5 March when he would be replaced by Jonathan Shard.

 

Cllr Pritam Grewal thanked the sergeant for the report. He stated that a survey had shown Hounslow to have the third largest number of betting shops in the UK and asked if there was truth in allegations of drug dealing connected with some premises. Sgt Ogunwe advised that police were aware of drug dealing, mainly taking place outside shops and plain clothes patrols had been conducted. Investigations were ongoing and arrests had been made. Police were looking at the possibility of using Criminal Behaviour Orders to bar individuals from shops. The problem would not be solved overnight and one issue was that only low ranking offenders were dealing drugs at the shops; police were intending to “move up the chain” and catch the more serious criminals behind the trade. Most betting shops were extremely helpful to the police although some were far less cooperative regarding issues outside the premises. The police were working to raise awareness of the problem with management.

 

Cllr Mukesh Malhotra thanked the police for their work, particularly with rough sleepers but reported that when attending an Age UK event he had been unable to park at the Montague Road Car Park because of rough sleepers, including elderly people and children. He asked what support was available. Sgt Ogunwe stated that he was personally unaware of children sleeping rough in the area but would make enquiries among colleagues. Cllr Malhotra advised that he had raised casework about betting shops in Hounslow Heath with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team  ...  view the full minutes text for item 146.

147.

Spring Grove Road CPZ Proposed Expansion - Design Consultation Results pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Presented by Amarpal Soor.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the report by Harji Hirani, Parking Management (agenda item 3).

 

Amarpal Soor, Team Leader, Parking Management presented the report. Cllr Pritam Grewal asked why the process was taking so long as he had been advised back in 2014 that it would be complete within twelve months. Mr Soor advised that staff cuts and restructuring of the team had affected progress. The matter would be expedited if the Area Forum agreed. The officer’s recommendations were unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved:

 

That Members considered the outcome of the design consultation and agreed that:

 

(a)  All roads consulted shall be included in the Hounslow Town Centre North (HTCN) Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ), namely The Drive, Spring Grove Road (between Kingsley Road and Gresham Road), Tennyson Road, Addison Avenue and Colwyn Crescent;

 

(b)  The operational times of the zone shall be the same as the existing HTCN CPZ, Mon – Fri, 9:30am – 6pm and Saturday 9:30am – 12:30pm;

 

(c)  Authority shall be delegated to the Director of Regeneration Economic Development and Environment (REDe) to proceed with the formal (statutory) consultation to amend the existing HTCN CPZ Traffic Management order (TMO) to include the roads and residents listed in 1.1 (a) with the operational times listed in 1.1 (b);

 

(d)  Authority shall be delegated to the Director of REDe to, where possible, resolve any objections received to the formal (statutory) consultation and implement the scheme and confirm the TMO. In the event of any objections remaining unresolved, the Chair of the Area Forum shall be given delegated authority to determine these objections in consultation with the Ward Councilors; and

 

(e)  Residents and businesses in the consultation area shall be informed of the Area Forum’s decision.

 

Voting to accept officers’ recommendations: Councillors Tom Bruce, Bandna Chopra, Ajmer Grewal, Pritam Grewal, Mukesh Malhotra, Shaida Mehrban and Jagdish Sharma.

 

Voting to refuse officers’ recommendations: None.

 

Abstaining: None.

 

148.

Manor Avenue Traffic Calming pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Presented by Amarpal Soor.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the report by Chris Deakins, Team Leader, Capital Projects & Network Management (agenda item 4).

 

Amarpal Soor, Team Leader, Parking Management presented the report.

 

Cllr Jagdish Sharma felt that good progress was being made in Manor Avenue but he was concerned that nothing seemed to have been done in Rosemary Avenue despite a request for traffic calming having been made over a year previously; he asked for a progress report. Mr Soor did not have the information to hand and advised that he would look into it. Cllr Mukesh Malhotra said that traffic humps placed in front of driveways caused damage to tyres and asked how the design could be amended to benefit local residents.  Mr Soor stated that the area would be surveyed to ascertain whether this would be an issue. In the event that proposed locations conflicted with dropped kerbs/driveways then the design and exact position of humps would be reconsidered. He advised that the plan in the agenda pack showed an indication only and was not an exact location map. The hump in the middle of the road would be reviewed and relocated if necessary; he would ask for site visits to ensure that humps did not conflict with dropped kerbs. There would be a 21 day consultation and ward councillors would be informed.

 

Cllr Sharma said that two traffic calming humps in Rosemary Avenue needed maintenance work but he had been informed that they were not covered by the contract. Mr Soor advised that he would ask Hounslow Highways to look into the matter.

 

Cllr Bandna Chopra said that residents had asked for smaller humps to be installed between the main ones to stop drivers speeding up between them. Mr Soor advised that there were legal restrictions on minimum and maximum distance permitted between cushions, of 80 and 150 metres respectively. There were also restrictions on where humps could be placed due to dropped kerbs etc. Cllr Malhotra expressed frustration that it did not appear possible to design a hump that worked with driveways.  

 

The officer’s recommendations were unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved:

 

That Members:

 

(a)  Noted the results of the informal consultation on the introduction of road humps in Manor Avenue, Hounslow; and

 

(b)  Agreed to proceed with the formal (statutory) consultation for the road humps and implement the scheme and, in the event of any objections to the statutory consultation remaining unresolved, agreed that the Chair of the Area Forum shall be given delegated authority to determine these objections in consultation with the Ward Councillors.

 

 

 

Voting to accept officers’ recommendations: Councillors Tom Bruce, Bandna Chopra, Ajmer Grewal, Pritam Grewal, Mukesh Malhotra, Shaida Mehrban and Jagdish Sharma.

 

Voting to refuse officers’ recommendations: None.

 

Abstaining: None.

 

 

149.

High Street Quarter, Hounslow - Proposed Stopping Up of Highway and Access Rights pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Presented by Amarpal Soor.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the report by Robert Heslop, Principal Transport Planner (agenda item 5).

 

Amarpal Soor, Team Leader, Parking Management presented the report. The officer’s recommendations were unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved:

 

That Members agreed:

 

1.1         That in view of the resolution to grant planning permission 00616/F/P19 (P/2015/0913) and subject to the applicant first paying all costs associated with this proposal, Members resolved to make a draft stopping up order in relation to:

(a)  currently adopted public highway in Holloway Street comprising the carriageway and footways between the rear of 160 and 162b High Street and the northern end of Holloway Street,

(b)  currently adopted public highway comprising Smithy Lane between 174-178 High Street,

(c)  currently unadopted public highway in Alexandra Road comprising the eastern footway of Alexandra Road from its junction with Prince Regent Road to the southern end of Alexandra Road and the carriageway of Alexandra Road between the access to Hanith Court and the southern end of Alexandra Road,

(d)  currently unadopted public highway comprising the southern footway of Prince Regent Road between its junction with Alexandra Road and the eastern end of the development site,

(e)  and currently private unadopted areas of land, to the extent that they are highway, covering Alexandra Road and Holloway Street car parks, the footpath between the car parks leading from the High Street to Prince Regent Road, the pedestrian steps and ramp leading from Holloway Street car park to Prince Regent Road, and Wells Lane between Alexandra Road and Holloway Street, Hounslow

as shown on the maps appended to the report, under Section 247 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (“the Act”);

 

1.2         That authority shall be delegated to the Director of Regeneration Economic Development and Environment (REDe) to publicise the draft stopping uporder under the procedure set out in Section 252 of the Act;

 

1.3         If no objections are received or any objections received are withdrawn, that the Director for REDe shall be given delegated authority to confirm the making of the stopping up order under the procedure set out in Section 252 of the Act;

 

1.4              If there are outstanding objections that delegated authority shall be given to the Director for REDe in consultation with the Chair of the Area Forum and Ward Members to consider the objections and determine whether or not to proceed with the proposal (which would then have to be referred to the Mayor of London as noted in paragraphs 4.3, 4.4 & 4.5 of the Report); and

 

If any additional approvals are required that approval shall be delegated to the Director for REDe in consultation with the Chair of the Area Forum.

 

 

Voting to accept officers’ recommendations: Councillors Tom Bruce, Bandna Chopra, Ajmer Grewal, Pritam Grewal, Mukesh Malhotra, Shaida Mehrban and Jagdish Sharma.

 

Voting to refuse officers’ recommendations: None.

 

Abstaining: None.

 

 

 

150.

Petition - Bath Road (Hounslow West) request for 30min free parking and other parking provisions. pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Response by Amarpal Soor.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the petition and briefing note by Amarpal Soor, Team Leader, Parking Management (agenda item 6)

 

Mr Soor presented the briefing. Cllr Mukesh Malhotra stated that local people wanted harmonised parking bays as soon as possible and did not want to wait for development. He called for the bays in Hounslow West to be run on the same terms immediately. It was necessary to ensure that cars were not left parked in the bays for long periods and half an hour free parking would help to achieve that, for the benefit of the shopkeepers.  Additionally residents with disabilities would very much like to be able to park close to the shops. Cllr Jagdish Sharma gave his full support. Mr Soor said there was concern of parking overspill onto Rosemary Avenue on Sundays.  Cllr Tom Bruce asked when the consultation would end and when the decision would be made. Mr Soor advised that the consultation should end in mid February and so March may be too soon to bring the matter to the Area Forum, therefore it would come to the July meeting. Cllr Bruce felt this was a long time to wait, however he believed that it was best to wait until the consultation was completed to enable the decision to be made with the benefit of full information. The Chair reminded members that the report before them was only for noting at this stage.

 

Cllr Malhotra did not feel that waiting to make a decision would benefit residents or businesses and it was the fourth time that the Area Forum had discussed the matter. He felt that although Hounslow Highways officers had visited the area they seemed not to appreciate the problem. Cllr Malhotra did not feel that harmonising the ticket machines would present a major problem however he wished to know why a limited area was being examined as the bays by Barclays Bank had a higher footfall. Mr Soor advised that it would be possible to harmonise the bays almost immediately and update the signage and ticket machines accordingly while still carrying out the consultation. Siddeley Drive was part of another consultation so not included.

 

Cllr Malhotra moved that the ticket machines and signage be updated as soon as possible to allow 30 minutes free parking on Bath Road Hounslow West parade from 266 to 278 Bath Road, to harmonise parking with the bays at 334 to 388 Bath Road. Cllr Jagdish Sharma seconded the motion. The officer’s recommendations were otherwise agreed unanimously.

 

Resolved:

 

a)    That the Area Forum noted the petition;

 

b)    That officers shall consider the petition as a consultation response to the Bath Road (Hounslow West) Public Realm and Cycle Improvement Public Consultation that commenced on Friday 15 January;

 

c)    That 30 minutes’ free parking be permitted on Bath Road Hounslow West parade from 266 to 278 Bath Road by amending the ticket machines and signage at the earliest practical time; and

 

d)    That business owners shall be notified of the Area Forum’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 150.

151.

Hounslow West Shops Parking Petition pdf icon PDF 34 KB

Verbal Update by Amarpal Soor.

Minutes:

Please see the petition (agenda item 7).

 

A verbal response was given by Amarpal Soor, Team Leader, Parking Management.

 

Mr Soor advised that he had spoken with Parking Operational Support Manager Tim Dowling who confirmed that no machines had been out of order for any prolonged periods since late 2015. There was an occasional issue of machines having coins jamming or having no tickets in them but these were usually resolved within 24 hours.

 

The parking enforcement team had confirmed that the double yellow lines at the entrance to the parade of shops were being enforced. Although Mr Soor could not identify any PCNs having been issued at that specific site there had been a large number issued in the vicinity so he was satisfied that the area was being covered adequately.

 

Cllr Mukesh Malhotra advised that there was a very high footfall at this parade of shops and cars regularly got blocked in. He felt that wardens should be more active in enforcement and hand out tickets to people who did not move their cars. Mr Soor stated that he had requested more enforcement and had been successful. He urged awareness that the people parking there were also usually customers of the very shops that were complaining. Officers would only enforce within the stated hours.


The Area Forum noted the petition and response.

152.

Petition regarding work on shrubs and trees on the Duke of Northumberland's River pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Response from Mark Frost.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the petition and response from Mark Frost, Head of Traffic & Transport (agenda item 8).

 

Area Participation Officer Joan Conlon read out the above petition and response.

 

Ms Catherine Cartwright spoke on behalf of the petitioners. She advised that the petition included a total of 220 signatures and was not just by the residents of Riverside Walk.  It called for the cessation of the cutting and felling of shrubs and trees along the bank of the Duke of Northumberland’s River.  She described work to date as decimation reminiscent of First World War scenes and showed member some photographs, taken on the same day before and after a tree had been destroyed.  (Please see the agenda supplement for the pictures).

 

The issue had been extensively discussed at the meeting of the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum in October and what the petitioners had been looking for was a reassurance that if any further work was to take place they would be fully consulted. Ms Cartwright stated that they had been given an indication by Mark Frost that consultation would take place before Christmas.  As it didn’t take place Ms Joyce Diment, also of Riverside Walk, undertook a survey of the residents of Riverside Walk to find out exactly what they wanted. The results of this survey had been sent to the Council on 18 December. Residents wanted no more trees and shrubs removed, although they were happy for ivy to be removed from trees. Ms Cartwright advised that residents had received reassurances from some officers of Hounslow Highways seen walking along Riverside Walk in December who had appeared to be planning work.  Residents went out to challenge them and were told that nothing else was to be cut down, but ivy was to be removed from trees along with any dangerous dead branches or branches overhanging the road. 

 

The petitioners had not had any further news from Mr Frost apart from the written response that was presented above.  The written response appeared to reassure residents that before any further works there will be a limited consultation in the immediate local area in February and that results of this consultation would be brought back to the Area Forum for consideration prior to any works commencing.   The petitioners wished to know what the consultation will consist of and if the questions would be clearer than the ones posed originally as they had been very vague and ambiguous. Ms Cartwright stated that residents had been very disappointed by that consultation as it had not indicated what subsequently occurred and they also felt that some of the matters offered had not yet been entirely honoured.  They were waiting for some replanting on the east bank in order to mitigate the devastation that had been carried out by Carillion.  Based on the work that Carillion did on the east bank residents were very afraid that if they should be allowed to do any work on the west bank results may be just as poor; Ms  ...  view the full minutes text for item 152.

153.

Open Forum for Questions from the Public (Maximum of 30 Minutes)

Minutes:

There were no questions raised.

154.

Area Forum Street Improvement Fund pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Briefing presented by Amarpal Soor.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the briefing note by Mark Frost, Head of Traffic & Transport (agenda item 10).

 

Amarpal Soor, Team Leader, Parking Management presented the briefing and invited Members to bid for funding on any projects they requested.

 

Cllr Mukesh Malhotra advised that he had put in requests to improve tree planting and maintenance but received no response from Carillion. Mr Soor stated that a request form was attached to the report; Councillors were invited to fill it in to submit requests. The funding was not s106 money and was open to all members of the Area Forum. Cllr Banda Chopra stated that she had already asked for trees in Hounslow West and asked if that precluded a further request. Mr Soor advised that it did not as this was different funding and members could reapply. All requests had to be in by the end of February and they would be informed if their requests were successful in April.

 

Resolved:

 

That Members:

 

(a)       Noted the work that had been progressed to date on ‘Street Improvement Fund’ projects for 15-16; and

(b)       Noted that applications to the Street Improvement Fund 16-17 were open and would close at the end of February 2016.

 

155.

Local Plan Reviews: West of Borough and Great West Corridor pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Presented by Louise Prew and Chris Smith.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the report by Chris Smith, Planning Policy Team Leader and accompanying slides (agenda item 11, published as supplement).

 

Louise Prew, Principal Planning Policy Officer, presented the report, assisted by Mr Smith. Members noted the presentation.

156.

Gresham Road School development. pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Developer’s presentation by Susan Crinage.

Minutes:

Please see the developer’s design statement (agenda item 12).

 

A presentation was made, with slides, by Ms Susan Crinage, Associate Architect, Pick Everard. She advised that the proposals for a new Special Educational Needs (SEN) School at Gresham Road, Hounslow were for a school and college for children and young people aged 11 to 25 who have special educational needs and profound and multiple learning difficulties.  Construction work was expected to start in the summer of 2016, with completion to allow occupation by September 2018.  Initially the school will be at approximately 50% capacity, as students and staff will relocate from the existing Oaklands School, at Woodlands Road Isleworth. The school numbers will grow over a number of years to satisfy the growing demand for SEN places in the Borough, with full occupation expected by 2023.

 

Members noted the presentation.

157.

Small Grant Application pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That £500 be granted to Hestia for the purposes indicated in the report.

 

Area Participation Officer Joan Conlon advised that a late request had been received from the Metropolitan Police for ten digital cameras, to be used by police patrols, to gather evidence regarding a spate of racial/religiously motivated hate graffiti that had appeared in the Central Area. Cllr Tom Bruce moved to accept the request and Cllr Pritam Grewal seconded the motion. The Area Forum agreed unanimously to grant.

 

Resolved:

 

That £500 be granted to the Metropolitan Police for the purposes indicated in the report.

 

Ms Conlon advised that there was currently an underspend of £4,000 in the small grant fund for the Central Hounslow Area Forum. The Area Forum agreed that community groups would be contacted and invited to apply for funding.

158.

Any other business the Chair wishes to take on the grounds of urgency.

159.

The date of the next scheduled meeting is 17 March 2016

160.

Protocol for Speaking

 

i)             Members of the public or applicants should contact the Committee Administrator, Bill Lee, on 020 8583 2068 with details of the proposed submission as soon as practicable and no later than two working days before the meeting.  The Chair will decide whether or not to grant the request to speak and notification will be given of the decision.

ii)            For all highways matters, if there are members of the public with opposing views regarding the proposal the chair will allow both sides to speak. Generally, speakers will only be allowed to speak on issues where funding is available.

iii)           Each party will be given no more than 5 minutes to speak.  The time allotted could be reduced if, for example, the chair wishes to accommodate several speakers on the same item.

iv)           The Area Committee will consider submissions on up to 3 items per meeting.

v)            Written submissions should be made to the Committee Administrator no later than 4pm on the day of the meeting. 

 

Important information on planning applications called-in to Area Forum:

The Area Forum is no longer the decision making body for planning applications, following changes to the planning procedure agreed at Borough Council on 19th June 2012.  

Planning applications can be called-in by members of the Area Forum for the purpose of agreeing whether the application should be decided by officers under delegated powers or by members at the Planning Committee.

Speakers will not be permitted to address the Area Forum on planning applications, but can submit any representations they may have on the particular application to the relevant planning case officer.  They can also apply to speak at the Planning Committee, should a report be taken to that meeting for decision.

 

161.

Minutes of the meeting held on 19 November 2015.

Minutes:

Cllrs Ajmer Grewal and Pritam Grewal advised that they had submitted apologies for the meeting of 19 November.

 

The minutes of the meeting  held on 19 November 2015 were agreed as an otherwise true and accurate record and signed by the Chair.