Hounslow Council

Agenda and minutes

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

No. Item


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



Apologies had been received from Councillors Bandna Chopra and Mukesh Malhotra.


Declarations of Interest

Councillor Tom Bruce declared that his wife was employed at Hounslow Town Primary School.



Revising Hounslow's Housing Allocations Policy - Consultation pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Presentation by Liz Smale, Senior Strategy Officer, Housing Strategy, Investment & Performance



Ben Tomlinson led Members through the presentation, explaining how the current process of allocation was inefficient.  The key proposed change would see a move to a preference based system, that could take into account private rental accommodation as well as council-owned.


Members noted that the consultation period began on 9 May 2016 and would continue until 31 July 2016.  Members and residents were encouraged to respond to the consultation with comments and feedback. The revised policy would go to Cabinet in October 2016.


Ben Tomlinson answered many questions from Members on the information contained in the presentation.


Police Reports pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Additional documents:


Police Sergeant Scott Bannister had provided a report, which was attached to item 3 of the Agenda pack.  Although there was no information in the report for Hounslow South, Sgt Bannister confirmed that he was that Ward's Sergeant. He answered many questions from Members, which were specific to their individual Wards.


The main concerns for specific Wards were:

Central Hounslow   -           Shoplifting and purse-dipping in the High Street

Hounslow Heath      -           Car boot sale problems. Operation Tightrope had resolved these (monitoring by plain clothes officers)

Hounslow West        -           Drugs and anti-social behaviour (noise)


Members noted that local police officers no longer met with Hounslow West Ward Councillors on a regular basis.  Sgt Bannister advised that he could contact the relevant Officer – Sgt Pugh – and ask him to contact Cllr Sharma.


Minutes of the meeting held on 17 March 2016 pdf icon PDF 107 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 17 March 2016 were agreed as a true and accurate record, with the following amendments, and were signed by the Chair:


a)    Item 167 – Hounslow Heath car park management, para 3:

Amend “Carillion” to “Hounslow Highways” in lines 1 and 9.



Matters arising:


a)    Item 169 – Electric  vehicle charging infrastructure

Residents had been asking Councillors where the charging points were in the Central Hounslow area.  Mark Frost (Team Leader, Transport Planning)  confirmed that Councillors would shortly receive more information from his team on behalf of  Source London.  He advised that most charging points would be sited in leisure centre car parks.


Hounslow Heath Car Park management - Update pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Briefing Note by Chris Slack (Carillion)


Chris Slack updated Members on the situation with Hounslow Heath Car Park.  This comprised 2 or 3 inches of top surface over gravel; it was noted that repairs to the surface in the past had not lasted very long, and a more permanent solution (eg tarmac) was desirable. However, there was no funding available at present to do this.


Members discussed a variety of options, which would be discussed further.  These included bollards or wooden posts to stop indiscriminate parking, particularly on days when the mosque is busy.  If bollards were installed and marked parking bays, a traffic management order could be placed.  Discussion with Hounslow Highways would also take place to establish if any compensation should be paid for damage caused to the car park surface.


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


a)    Hounslow Heath

Councillor Tony Louki, Mr Chris Hearn and other residents spoke in support of keeping Hounslow Heath as a free resource for all residents.  They believed that the Heath was an asset to the whole Borough and were trying to involve local residents in their campaign to save Hounslow Heath.


Hounslow Town Primary School Development pdf icon PDF 278 KB

Presentation by Dan King of Countryside.


Members received a presentation from Dan King, Associate Director of Countryside, on the proposals for the development on the Hounslow Town Primary School site.


Members learned that the number of school places on the site would increase from 856 to 1200+, as well as providing 284 new homes.  Parents and teachers had been largely supportive (70% of 150 people attending a meeting after school).  Objections had mainly related to parking.


Members asked many questions of Dan King, a large proportion of which related to parking on the site.


Residential Crossovers and Off-Street Parking Policy pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Presented by Mark Frost.

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Mark Frost presented the briefing note attached at Item 8 of the Agenda Pack, which was for information only.  He reminded Members that the consultation period would begin shortly and run for eight weeks.  Members and residents were invited to submit comments.


Proposed Inclusion of Standard Road (southern arm) in the Hounslow West Controlled Parking Zone pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Proposed Inclusion of Standard Road (southern arm) in the Hounslow West Controlled Parking Zone

Objections Received to Traffic Management Order

Briefing by Mark Frost


Members noted the recommendation made by Officers, and unanimously resolved that:

Notwithstanding the objections received, officers should proceed with the extension of the Hounslow West controlled parking zone (CPZ) to incorporate the southern arm of Standard Road.


Former Hounslow House, 714 -746 London Road, Hounslow. pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Presentation by Tricia Patel (PTE Architects) and Jamie Pearson (Meyer Homes)


Mr Andrew Beharrell gave a presentation on behalf of Meryer Homes, on their proposal for this site.  Members noted that Tesco had obtained planning permission in 2012, but had withdrawn.  A new proposal was now being  brought forward.


Members asked questions on parking on the development, including the potential for a CPZ.


Queen's Birthday Applications


Members noted that twelve applications had been received, for a grant of £250 each, from community groups to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday with street parties, etc.


As the small grant funding balance was £2499.99, not all applications could be approved.  Joan Conlon (Area Participation Officer) confirmed that details of all applications would be e-mailed to Members, so that a decision could be made before the deadline.  Members agreed that appropriate weighting would be given during this process: ie preference given to those requests with higher numbers of participants.


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


a)    Midsomer Avenue – parking

Councillor Ellar reported that he had been approached on a number of occasions by residents who were no longer able to park close to their homes, due to the new housing development being built on that site.  He noted that the problem would increase when the new flats were occupied.


b)   Thanks to Councillor Mehrban

Councillor Shaida Mehrban advised Members that this would be her last meeting as Chair of the Area Forum.  Councillor Colin Ellar proposed a vote of thanks to her for her work as Chair.  


The date of the next scheduled meeting is 30 June 2016.


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.