Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

Venue: Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Alice Way, Hanworth Road, Hounslow TW3 3UA

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

Items
No. Item

59.

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

Minutes:

Chair Cllr Bandna Chopra welcomed everyone to the meeting which commenced with a minute’s silence for the victims of the Westminster Bridge attack.

 

There was a change in the order of business due to a request from Hounslow Highways to speak as early as possible and the fact that the police officer’s arrival was delayed. Petitions and Open Forum were merged into a single item as the resident who asked to speak at Open Forum wished to speak to a petition.

60.

Minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2017 pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2017 were agreed to be an accurate record and signed.

61.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

62.

Response to storm damage pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Presentation by Hounslow Highways.

Minutes:

Please see the slide presentation (agenda item 10).

 

Ian Lennock, Operations Manager Hounslow Highways, made the presentation assisted by Martin Clack, Divisional Director Hounslow Highways and Sabeel Khan, Highways Contract manager attended.

 

In response to questions from members Mr Lennock advised that trees were regularly inspected for damage and disease, including ultrasound roots checks as well as a visual inspection, and were not just checked after events like the storm. Fallen trees on the network were replaced like for like where possible, ie with saplings of a similar species. The Chair advised that a number of trees had been removed from her ward and not replaced. Mr Clack stated that Hounslow Highways were responsible for approximately 124,000 trees, of which an average of 200 were lost each year and all were replaced. Trees were also maintained by methods such as pollarding which was effective in minimising the damage done by high winds, making such intervention a very worthwhile investment. Thanks to this investment in infrastructure Hounslow lost just six trees in Storm Doris, compared with 200 in Ealing. Damage done by falling trees, ie to cars, was covered by insurance on the property in question. The property owners’ insurance companies claimed from Hounslow Highways, not the Council. A collapsed wall was not the subject of an insurance claim against the authority; if rubble fell into the road Hounslow Highways removed it but such damage was otherwise up to the owner to rectify.

 

Area Forum members went on to express concerns about flytipping, which had increased considerably recently. Mr Clack advised that Hounslow Highways carried out education as well as enforcement, visiting schools, leafleting homes and always tried to educate people caught flytipping before taking legal action. An issue was the large number of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in central Hounslow which housed a largely transient population with little or no sense of community. 700 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) had been issued for the offence in 2016. Responsibility for clean ups was highlighted on a coded map but in general HH did not cover unadopted roads; if completely unadopted the Pollution Team would deal with it. Members expressed concern that perhaps the authority’s efficiency in cleaning up dumping only encouraged people to do it and it was noted that it had become harder to find culprits and they rarely included addressed envelopes and other evidence as had occurred in the past. Mr Khan advised that ongoing education programmes were aimed at encouraging better recycling and reducing waste of all kinds and a campaign to be launched in summer 2017 was aimed at trying to stop people using recycling collection points for general waste, being largely aimed at shops. The authority was working with Keep Britain Tidy and had won KBT’s Team of the Year Award for 2016. Education was the key to work done, with a great deal of domestic leafleting. It was acknowledged that CCTV was not particularly effective as offenders were aware of the cameras and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 62.

63.

Police Reports pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see agenda item 2 for the reports. Sgt Dave Turtle presented the reports. He described the overall picture as reasonable but stressed the service was not complacent. There had been an increase in recorded crime but it was from a low base, so an apparently large increase of 20% did not represent a large number of offences. There had been a spike in burglaries in November and December, which was usual for the time of year plus an increase in car crimes which had been attributed to a small number of criminals originating from outside the area, mainly the Thames Valley. There was no evidence that blocking devices had been used to interfere with electronic security measures but Sgt Turlte acknowledged that, although rare, such incidents did occur. Police used ANPR to prevent car crime and mobile crime, such as burglary teams travelling in and out of the borough by car and they also targeted drivers using mobile phones, with some success, often working with officers from other London Boroughs and Thames Valley Police. Regarding anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the High Street, police had arrested a small number of beggars and he called on attendees to work with the police in tackling this issue by reporting ASB, begging, littering, threatening behaviour etc.

 

Members asked if the five knives found in the weapon’s sweep had been found in hiding places or taken from suspects. Sgt Turtle advised that knives and drugs had been found hidden under bushes, a common tactic used by gangs to avoid police searches. Officers were requested to increase patrols in Beaversfield Park as well as areas around parades of shops. The officer advised that with several demonstrations coming up in London the service would be stretched but would do their best. The police were examining plans to allocate two dedicated officers to every ward although PCSOs were no longer being actively recruited. There was no longer a dedicated Drug Squad either as that had been felt to be too specific as well as being part of the CID rather than the SNTs. The majority of drug offences were low level and dealt with at ward level, with any organised activity being referred to CID. Members advised of having personally witnessed drugs being sold to children and referred to high levels of crime and ASB at Hounslow East underground station, including two stabbings during a gang fight. Police were aware and were doing all they could to disrupt the activity.

64.

Big Lottery Fund pdf icon PDF 249 KB

Presentation by Ella Mizo, Funding and Relationship Manager, Big Lottery Fund.

 

 

 

Minutes:

Please see the presentation (agenda item 5). The presentation was given by Ella Mizon, Funding and Relationship Manager, BLF.

 

Ms Mizon advised that the Fund was moving to a local way of working and building up local contacts to improve its decision making. She called on members to put forward any groups they knew of that were doing good work and deserved support.

65.

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

Minutes:

The Open Forum was given to discussion of the petitions (please see agenda items 7 and 8).

66.

Petition for CPZ Maswell Park Crescent pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Briefing by Amarpal Soor, Team Leader, Parking Management.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the petition and briefing note (agenda item 7).

 

Lead petitioner Ms Christine Hay spoke about issues regarding parking in the area during the Open Forum (minuted here for clarity). She advised that parking had become a major problem in recent years and residents had to park a considerable distance from their homes, often a few streets away, more often than they were able to park nearby. This was partly due to an increase in car ownership, partly due to houses being divided into flats, but was to a very large extent caused by people avoiding payment for neighbouring CPZs and commuters parking in the roads for free. There were even instances of people flying from Heathrow and leaving vehicles parked for weeks at a time.

 

The briefing was presented by Amarpal Soor. Members questioned the officer and discussed the matter in full. Cllr Bob Whatley moved that the recommendations be agreed, which was seconded by Cllr Shaida Mehrban. The recommendations were agreed unanimously.

 

Resolved:

 

The Central Hounslow Area Forum agreed that:

 

(a)   An informal preliminary consultation shall be undertaken to gauge support or otherwise on the need for a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) with residents of Maswell Park Road and surrounding roads as highlighted in Fig.1 of the briefing.

(b)                (i)         If the informal preliminary consultation receives majority support the Area Forum agreed that the scheme shall progress to a design consultation and the results  of that consultation be reported to Ward Councillors for consideration; or

 

(ii)          If little or no support is received to the informal preliminary consultation that the proposed scheme shall not progress, subject to approval from Ward Councillors;

 

(c)   Residents of the proposed CPZ shall be kept informed of the consultation and its outcome; and

 

(d)   The lead petitioner shall be notified of the Forum’s decision.

 

 

67.

Petition for Attic Club Plaque pdf icon PDF 190 KB

No report – to be discussed at Open Forum.

Minutes:

Please see agenda item 8. Members discussed the request.

 

Cllr Colin Ellar moved that the Council do what it could to commemorate the location of the former club. Cllr Bob Whatley seconded the motion, which was agreed unanimously.

 

Resolved:

 

That an officer be requested to investigate the possibility of installing a commemorative plaque to mark the former location of theAttic/Zambezi/Ricky Tick Club at 1a Hounslow High Street.

68.

New Civic Centre pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Update by Frances Houston, Head of Transformation.

Minutes:

Please see the slides (agenda item 6).

 

The presentation was given by Cllr Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement.

 

Following questions, Cllr Dennison confirmed that police officers would continue to be embedded on the new building and that Lampton Park would not be built on beyond the boundaries of existing buildings and paved parking areas. The project was to have been cost neutral, unfortunately in 2015 the Government reduced Council housing rents, resulting in what had been a financially perfectly balanced project now costing £10 million. Nonetheless it still represented excellent value for money given the large amount of new housing that would be built and would pay for itself within ten years.

69.

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

70.

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. 

 

71.

The date of the next scheduled meeting is 11 May 2017