Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Public Meeting Room, Feltham Library, Feltham High Street

Contact: Wendy Merry 0208 583 2061 or Email: wendy.merry@hounslow.gov.uk 

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17.

Apologies for Absence, Declarations of Interest and Any Other Communications from Members

Decision:

The Chair welcomed all present.

 

Apologies

Apologies had been received from Councillor John Chatt, Councillor Sachin Gupta and Councillor David Hughes and apologies for lateness from Councillor Candice Atterton.  Councillor Atterton joined the meeting during this item.

 

The Chair welcomed Councillor Harleen Atwal Hear and Councillor Daanish Saeed, Chair and Vice Chair of the Heston and Cranford Area Forum who were attending to observe the work of another Forum.

 

Declarations of Interest

The Chair noted the display boards in respect of the two planning applications for Hanworth Park House and Hounslow Heath Golf Club on which there would be presentations (Items 6 and 7 of the agenda). In respect of declarations of interest, the Chair noted that she and Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Councillor Hanif Khan and Councillor Khulique Malik were members of the Planning Committee and as such would reserve comments for that Committee.

 

Communications from Members

 

1. Councillor Tina Howe presented a petition on behalf of the Royal Naval Association in Park Road. She explained that the Royal Naval Club had been in the borough since 1943, originally near Hanworth House in the gate lodge and now in Park Road. The Council had not declared an interest in renewing the lease for the premises. This had caused upset to local people, hence the petition which Councillor Howe handed in. She had presented the same petition to Borough Council that week. The petition had been signed by 555, mainly older people.

 

The Chair asked that there should be a progress update to 19 November 2015 Area Forum meeting.

 

2. Councillor Alan Mitchell advised of the next Community Clean Up Day which would be held on Thursday, 29 October 2015 to clear the area around the railway line. Residents were invited to participate.

 

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed all present.

 

Apologies

Apologies had been received from Councillor John Chatt, Councillor Sachin Gupta and Councillor David Hughes and apologies for lateness from Councillor Candice Atterton.  Councillor Atterton joined the meeting during this item.

 

The Chair welcomed Councillor Harleen Atwal Hear and Councillor Daanish Saeed, Chair and Vice Chair of the Heston and Cranford Area Forum who were attending to observe the work of another Forum.

 

Declarations of Interest

The Chair noted the display boards in respect of the two planning applications for Hanworth Park House and Hounslow Heath Golf Club on which there would be presentations (Items 6 and 7 of the agenda). In respect of declarations of interest, the Chair noted that she and Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Councillor Hanif Khan and Councillor Khulique Malik were members of the Planning Committee and as such would reserve comments for that Committee.

 

Communications from Members

 

1. Councillor Tina Howe presented a petition on behalf of the Royal Naval Association in Park Road. She explained that the Royal Naval Club had been in the borough since 1943, originally near Hanworth House in the gate lodge and now in Park Road. The Council had not declared an interest in renewing the lease for the premises. This had caused upset to local people, hence the petition which Councillor Howe handed in. She had presented the same petition to Borough Council that week. The petition had been signed by 555, mainly older people.

 

The Chair asked that there should be a progress update to 19 November 2015 Area Forum meeting.

 

2. Councillor Alan Mitchell advised of the next Community Clean Up Day which would be held on Thursday, 29 October 2015 to clear the area around the railway line. Residents were invited to participate.

 

18.

Minutes of the meeting held on 16 July 2015 and matters arising pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on 16 July 2015 were confirmed with one amendment:

 

Page 4 – Item 5 b) - Traffic Issues – first sentence to be corrected to read: ‘Nic Moore, from the Tudor Estate Residents Association,…

 

There were the following matters arising:

 

Page 5 – Item 9 - 20 mph Consultation Update

The Chair drew attention to copies of consultation leaflets which were available at the meeting for residents to complete and submit. It was confirmed that the consultation closed on 30 September.

 

Page 5- Item 11 – Beech Road Petition

Councillor Keith Anderson noted that Councillor Sachin Gupta had been leading on this issue. There had been meetings in Page Road. The Chair advised that the matter had been taken off the Area Forum agenda because of the meetings taking place and ongoing discussions. Kim Mitchell, Housing Services Manager, was involved in these discussions. The Chair noted that this was a lot of money to spend when only a minority of residents wanted it.

 

Item 6-7 – Item 14 b) – Update on Feltham Vision and Concept Masterplan

Kate Tomkinson, Area Participation Officer, noted that the consultation on the Masterplan was still open and there would be an update when the consultation closed. The Chair proposed to bring this item to the November meeting of the Forum.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 16 July 2015 were confirmed with one amendment:

 

Page 4 – Item 5 b) - Traffic Issues – first sentence to be corrected to read: ‘Nic Moore, from the Tudor Estate Residents Association,…

 

There were the following matters arising:

 

Page 5 – Item 9 - 20 mph Consultation Update

The Chair drew attention to copies of consultation leaflets which were available at the meeting for residents to complete and submit. It was confirmed that the consultation closed on 30 September.

 

Page 5- Item 11 – Beech Road Petition

Councillor Keith Anderson noted that Councillor Sachin Gupta had been leading on this issue. There had been meetings in Page Road. The Chair advised that the matter had been taken off the Area Forum agenda because of the meetings taking place and ongoing discussions. Kim Mitchell, Housing Services Manager, was involved in these discussions. The Chair noted that this was a lot of money to spend when only a minority of residents wanted it.

 

Item 6-7 – Item 14 b) – Update on Feltham Vision and Concept Masterplan

Kate Tomkinson, Area Participation Officer, noted that the consultation on the Masterplan was still open and there would be an update when the consultation closed. The Chair proposed to bring this item to the November meeting of the Forum.

19.

Police Update Presentation pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

  1. Members noted the police report and the addendum with the report for Feltham North ward and the presentation.
  2. It was noted that the Hanworth Park information had been late and so not included in the report.
  3. Councillors were asked to email specific questions for the police inspector in advance of the meeting to enable Inspector Treacy to gather the information to respond. The public were also invited to put any specific questions via their ward councillors.
  4. Councillor Bishnu Bahadur Gurung requested data by email on notices of enforcement against anti social behaviour in Feltham North and how many cases had been solved.

Minutes:

See the police reports in the agenda pack, the addendum report for an additional ward, Feltham North, and the presentation – Agenda Item 3.

 

Inspector Nigel Treacy introduced the report and presentation. Councillor Hanif Khan noted that Hanworth Park did not appear to have been included in the ward updates.

 

Inspector Treacy had circulated a leaflet to members about the 1 Life Project, a three day project for young people on the periphery of crime in Feltham. The young people attended a three day course intended to change their mindset. The course had been run with the assistance of the Fire Brigade and the Council and had a focus on gang crime. It had gone well with all 15 participants attending. This was a first for West London and would be repeated next spring and summer. Inspector Treacy appealed for more funds to support this worthwhile work.

 

The Chair proposed that the Area Forum might look again to the Small Grants budget if members had no objection as she considered that this had been money well spent.

 

Inspector Treacy turned to the presentation which gave figures for the whole borough on the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) 7 key crimes. (The MOPAC 7). The Sanction Detection (SD) rate shown in the charts varied. There were figures for the number of emergency calls and the percentage of calls related to anti-social behaviour, compared with previous years.

 

There had been an increase in residential burglary in some wards across the borough but there had been a good reduction in this area especially in Hanworth Park. Inspector Treacy explained a Metropolitan Police initiative – Met Trace – which targeted 220,000 homes to provide residents with a ‘smart water’ kit to mark property and jewellery so that any stolen items could be tracked. Feltham North ward and Syon ward had been chosen within the borough for this initiative. The kit cost £75 but the take up had been poor in some areas even though the kit was offered free.

 

Using the ‘traffic light system’ the figures showed a lot of red for criminal damage in the Feltham sectors. Most of the damage was at night across a wide range of property and vehicles. However, figures in Feltham West, Hanworth and Bedfont had decreased. Robbery in Feltham generally was not as high as in central Hounslow. Most would be in Feltham West in the town centre around the station. Pick pocketing was an issue in Feltham West in the centre although the figures were level compared with last year.

 

Vehicle crime and theft had increased significantly in Feltham North and Hanworth Park especially and the police needed the help of the community and Neighbourhood Watch to address this. Theft from cars was an issue in Feltham centre, Feltham North and Bedfont but 20-30 crimes could be the work of 1 to 2 people.

 

There had been an increase in Bedfont of violence with injury. There had been a recent stabbing with 14  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Open Forum - for a maximum of 10 minutes

 

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. 

 

It would be helpful where possible if issues can be submitted in writing prior to the meeting. A pro-forma is included at the back of the agenda pack to assist this. It is helpful, but not essential, if written submissions are made at least one full working day before the date of the meeting, as this may allow the opportunity for a response to the question or issue raised to be given at the meeting.

 

Please note that you can also use the pro-forma to submit suggestions for any topics you would like to see discussed at future Area Forum meetings.

Decision:

The Chair had received a significant number of requests to speak in the Open Forum. Two of the people who had requested to speak were not present. One item had been covered in the reference to the 20 mph consultation which was still ongoing.

 

  • Councillor Sam Christie was pursuing an issue raised by Mr Barnes in respect of a Telecom Box in front of Bethany Church in Staines Road, Bedfont and close to the memorial. Councillor Christie was pursuing through Hounslow Highways to ask the developer to look at an alternative site which was not right outside the church.

 

  • The Chair invited Angela Parton, a local resident, to speak about the upkeep of the Freddie Mercury Memorial. Ms Parton raised serious concerns about the position of the current memorial compared with the original, the poor standard of upkeep and the general appearance. This was of particular concern considering that tourists came specifically to see the memorial and because of the important connection with the area. Members shared the concern. Councillor Khan confirmed that he would organise a meeting with the public to discuss the specific issue. Members would also pick up this issue in considering the Feltham Vision Statement and Master Plan at the next Area Forum meeting on 19 November.

 

  • A resident questioned when the public would have access to the Feltham Vision Statement and Master Plan document. Members undertook to check when the document would be published. It was confirmed outside the meeting that the document would be fully available on line with hard copies available at the launch event on 8 October, at the Civic Centre and in Feltham Library.

 

  • Tim Harris spoke of the Space for Cycling petition submitted to Borough Council. There was a particular issue in respect of a cycle lane by Oak Hill Academy to allow parents and children to cycle to school without conflict with motor vehicles and Mr Harris wished to remind members about further information in respect of facilities for cycling. The Chair and Councillor Alan Mitchell advised that this cycle provision was included within the Vision Statement. Councillor Mitchell would email Mr Harris with the information.

Minutes:

The Chair had received a significant number of requests to speak in the Open Forum. Two of the people who had requested to speak were not present. One item had been covered in the reference to the 20 mph consultation which was still ongoing.

 

  • Councillor Sam Christie was pursuing an issue raised by Mr Barnes in respect of a Telecom Box in front of Bethany Church in Staines Road, Bedfont and close to the memorial. Councillor Christie was pursuing through Hounslow Highways to ask the developer to look at an alternative site which was not right outside the church.

 

  • The Chair invited Angela Parton, a local resident, to speak about the upkeep of the Freddie Mercury Memorial. Ms Parton raised serious concerns about the position of the current memorial compared with the original, the poor standard of upkeep and the general appearance. This was of particular concern considering that tourists came specifically to see the memorial and because of the important connection with the area. Members shared the concern. Councillor Khan confirmed that he would organise a meeting with the public to discuss the specific issue. Members would also pick up this issue and the importance of commemorating Freddie Mercury’s connections with the area in considering the Feltham Vision Statement and Master Plan at the next Area Forum meeting on 19 November.

 

  • A resident questioned when the public would have access to the Feltham Vision Statement and Master Plan document. There were concerns raised about lack of transparency and when residents would have access to the document. Members undertook to check when the document would be published. It was confirmed outside the meeting that the document would be fully available on line with hard copies available at the launch event on 8 October, at the Civic Centre and in Feltham Library.

 

  • Tim Harris spoke of the Space for Cycling petition submitted to Borough Council. There was a particular issue in respect of a cycle lane by Oak Hill Academy to allow parents and children to cycle to school without conflict with motor vehicles and Mr Harris wished to remind members about further information in respect of facilities for cycling. The Chair and Councillor Alan Mitchell advised that this cycle provision was included within the Vision Statement. Councillor Mitchell would email Mr Harris with the information.

 

Councillor Foote left the meeting during this item as he was unwell.

21.

Hanworth Park House - Presentation on Future Planning Application

Decision:

Members noted the presentation.

Minutes:

The Chair invited the developers – the owner, the agent and the architect – to give a brief presentation to the Forum.

 

The owner explained that the building was Grade 2 listed on the ‘at risk’ register but these proposals allowed a restoration strategy under English Heritage enabling development criteria. He explained that they were working with conservation consultants and the planners. They hoped to offer a solution for the Royal Naval Club as part of the house would be space for a museum or a public function venue. They stressed the importance of the history of the site and recognising the historical context. The architect, David King-Smith, and the planning consultant, Nick Taylor, explained that the cost of restoring the house would be in excess of £10m so the intention was to have a residential development as enabling development on the location previously used as aircraft hangers. These were brown field sites. The site would be the extent of the park and they proposed a new avenue to service the site along the side of the house. The intention was to preserve most trees and certainly mature trees. However, some were self seeded and would be removed to open up views of the house and open visibility. It was intended to build a mixture of town houses and apartments at 3-6 storeys high. A low rise development was considered appropriate for the site.

 

The developers stressed that this was an emerging design which was not yet complete. There had been excellent feedback from the consultation and they would be meeting with the Greater London Authority (GLA) the following week, pre application. There was work with a landscape architect to introduce play space in the grounds and formal gardens. Part of the main house would be converted to 11-12 large apartments with other areas refurbished for public access so there would be a heritage gain. The benefits would be saving the building and providing open access to the site, re-opening views and landscaping. The intention was to provide a diverse mix of quality housing with family and other units, plus employment and economic benefits to the area.

 

The Chair thanked the developers for the presentation. She drew their attention to the Hounslow Local Plan and the number of storeys recommended within that Plan. The Chair advised that whilst she would not take questions from the public in the meeting, there was the opportunity to speak to the developers outside the meeting.

 

Resolved:

 

Members noted the presentation.

22.

Hounslow Heath Golf Course - Presentation on Future Planning Application

Decision:

Members noted the presentation.

 

Minutes:

Nick De Candole, the developer of the Hounslow Heath Golf Course site, gave a presentation to the Forum on the proposed development. He explained he represented a company called KidSpace which had three visitor attractions in Romford, Epsom and Croydon. There had been a public tender for development of the Hounslow Heath Golf Club which was underused and subsidised. His company had won the tender to provide a mixed leisure development with redevelopment of a 9 hole golf course, a new club house and other forms of golf. His particular brief was the development of a children’s adventure playground, Hobbledown, which provided tree houses and adventure play, not mechanical rides. There would be aerial trekking, comparable to ‘Go Ape’. Its focus was the use of imagination and he considered this would be an asset to the community. The outline planning application included a surfing lagoon but this element had been withdrawn because of technical constraints.

 

Mr De Candole advised that the proposal was fully funded, subject to planning permission and would focus on the northern part of the site. They could start work on the site in the New Year. Transport improvements were being discussed with Transport for London with the option of a new bus stop and possible extension of the 237 route to terminate on the site. The Hobbledown project and the golf and other areas would generate around180 jobs consisting of small core teams and larger numbers of seasonal workers.

 

The Chair invited questions from members.

 

Councillor Khulique Malik advised that the traffic in this area was heavy in the mornings and afternoons. He asked how this would be managed.

 

Mr De Candole explained that the attraction was around children who would come supervised by adults as the top age was 12-13 years old. So the busy time for attendance would be school holidays and weekends. Monitoring surveys and information from the present Hobbledown facility suggested that the traffic would be within the acceptable range. The peak times would start from 10.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

 

Councillor Alan Mitchell asked where it was envisaged that customers would come from since where people were coming from might have an impact around the park and raise concerns about managing traffic beyond the area. Mr De Candole advised that this would be a local attraction. They envisaged attracting visitors from a radius of a 20 minute drive. The busiest week was February half term week coming out of winter when families looked for activities. The concentration of visitors over the summer holidays was spread over a longer period. The peak hours were 10.00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Councillor Candice Atterton had raised concerns via email about competition with the Urban Farm. She expected, as a parent, that families might use both but asked whether anything in the provision would be too similar. She welcomed the provision but asked whether there would be a discounted price for local families. This was particular important in an area where there were  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

Feltham People's Centre - update

Decision:

  1. Members noted that the Planning Inspector had approved the application, although a further application to determine planning conditions was expected. This would not reconsider the planning decision.
  2. Members of the public were advised that they could email planningcomments@hounslow.gov.uk with comments.
  3. Members suggested writing to the developers to ask them to secure the site. Matthew Rees, Planning Officer, would relay that request and respond to the Chair to disseminate the answer when planning had heard from the developers.

 

Minutes:

Matthew Rees, Planning Officer for the West Area, provided a verbal update to the Forum on the proposals for the Feltham People’s Centre. He explained that there had been long public engagement on discussion of change of use to a largely residential scheme. An appeal had been considered and approved by the Planning Inspectorate. An application was expected relating to planning conditions but this would not review the decision.

 

It was agreed that if members of the public wished to make contact on the issue they should email via the planning comments email- planningcomments@hounslow.gov.uk.

 

The Chair advised that there were questions concerning the way the Council had lost the appeal which she would take up separately with the Head of Development Management. She asked when the developers would start on site as the site was insecure. Matthew Rees advised that the developers had three years to implement the planning application and had not been in contact with the planning authority. Members acknowledged that the developer had no obligation to respond but asked that the Planning Officer should write to them about securing the site. Mr Rees agreed to relay that request and respond to the Chair to disseminate any reply on the matter.

 

Resolved:

 

  1. Members noted that the Planning Inspector had approved the application, although a further application to determine planning conditions was expected. This would not reconsider the planning decision.
  2. Members of the public were advised that they could email planningcomments@hounslow.gov.uk with comments.
  3. Members suggested writing to the developers to ask them to secure the site. Matthew Rees, Planning Officer, would relay that request and respond to the Chair to disseminate the answer when planning had heard from the developers.

 

24.

Parking Petition for Fawns Manor Road and Briefing Note Response pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

  1. Members received a petition from residents of Fawn Manor Road and representation showing the concern of residents about parking on the green which was having an adverse effect on the quality of life and privacy for residents.
  2. Members noted the officer’s briefing note in the agenda pack, considered the report on the petition received and agreed the recommendations as follows:

 

2.1   Members noted that there is no funding to support the provision of additional parking as requested in the petition;

2.2   Members agreed that residents be informed of the option of Disabled Bays for holders of Blue Badges;

2.3   Members agreed that officers seek the views of the fire service regarding access at the ‘cul-de-sac’ end of Fawns Manor Road.

2.4   Members agreed that parking in the road is not formalised in order to preserve existing on-street parking.

 

  1. Photographs provided by the petitioner showed commercial vehicles parking and the Chair asked for consideration of why commercial vehicles were allowed to park in residential areas.
  2. Members proposed that officers should look at the feasibility of funding fencing to prevent parking on the greens. Mark Frost, Traffic officer, would discuss the issues with the petitioner.

 

 

Minutes:

See the petition and officer briefing note – Agenda Item 4.

 

The Chair had rearranged the agenda order to allow for the arrival of the Traffic and Transport officers who were attending another Area Forum the same evening.

 

The Chair invited Ms Elaine Lloyd, a resident of Fawns Manor Road, to address the Forum. Ms Lloyd showed photographs to illustrate concern about cars parking on the green open space. She stated that some residents had two or three cars and that the road was saturated in respect of parking. Ms Lloyd spoke of appreciation of the area in which she lived and the loss of privacy and outlook from her home arising from vans parked on the green. She explained that the road was narrow with no front gardens, merely the path and the road. She feared that continued parking might result in the loss of the green open space with this being built over for parking. Ms Lloyd stressed the need to save the open space which was very precious for all. Ms Lloyd also advised that this was an un-adopted road and that there was disturbance to privacy in the houses from car lights from cars parking close to the houses on the greens.

 

The Chair thanked Ms Lloyd for her explanation.

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, had joined the meeting and addressed this item. He referred to the briefing note from the traffic section which related to a petition to extend or provide off street parking on the green area. He explained that part of the road was adopted highway and some was Hounslow Housing. There had been a lot of requests received but there was no funding to introduce parking bays. He explained that there was a need to build something to take the weight of a vehicle, especially if there were utilities underneath. There were issues around the revenue budget and the need to build so that ongoing revenue costs were avoided. The expenditure would be tens of thousands. The formal position of the Highway Authority and Hounslow Housing was that a scheme could be considered if residents paid for the cost but they could not sell allocated space. Most residents did not want to do this. So the local authority’s response to the initial petition was that it could not support the proposal unless residents paid for the scheme.

 

The briefing note also proposed contact with the local fire officers to seek their views on fire access. In respect of disabled access, disabled bays could be considered. Footway parking was not an option for this road as the path was too narrow. Bays could be marked on the carriageway but this would decrease the number of spaces available. Officers’ conclusions, having considered the issues, were set out in the recommendations in the briefing note.

 

Councillor Keith Anderson understood the point about costs. He considered that it was important going forward to establish the principle of dealing with such proposals as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

Civic Pride - Update by Councillor Hanif Khan, Community Champion

Decision:

Members noted the following activities related to Civic Pride:

 

  • Clean Up Day at Feltham Pond
  • Ongoing working group with the community on Feltham Pond area. There would be more detail on this initiative at the next meeting.
  • Working Group with parish priest, police, residents and councillors - St Lawrence’s Church – engagement with young people.
  • Work on pocket park
  • Clean up of Feltham Station area – 29 October.
  • Work with Tescos concerning mopeds and not filling petrol cans.
  • Project for walkabouts, a health initiative– Beat the Streets

Minutes:

Councillor Hanif Khan, Community Champion, gave an update on activities in the area related to the Civic Pride initiative. There had been significant clean up work with a Clean Up Day for Feltham Pond. Councillor Atterton had worked on the pocket park and Councillor Mitchell was working on the Feltham Station area and residents were invited to get involved with the Clean Up Day on 29 October. People were passionate about getting the area clean. Councillor Christie had worked with Tescos concerning mopeds and not filling cans for petrol.

 

There was a working group with Father Chris at St Lawrence’s Church, police, councillors and residents to deal with issues and seek a solution for engaging with young people and combating a worrying influence of younger people being drawn into gangs. There had been complaints about the Feltham Pond area and Councillor Khan invited residents to get involved with community leaders. He would progress this facility initially and more detail would be available at the next meeting.

 

The Chair noted the involvement of the Community Pay Back scheme and Councillor Bishnu Gurung advised that he was leading a project to encourage walking. Leaflets were available for the ‘Beat the Streets’ project to get healthy and this linked with parks and cycling.

 

The Chair considered that Feltham was forging ahead of the rest of the borough with these initiatives and urged residents to get involved.

 

Resolved:

 

That members noted the following activities related to Civic Pride:

 

  • Clean Up Day at Feltham Pond
  • Ongoing working group with the community on Feltham Pond area. There would be more detail on this initiative at the next meeting.
  • Working Group with parish priest, police, residents and councillors - St Lawrence’s Church – engagement with young people.
  • Work on pocket park
  • Clean up of Feltham Station area – 29 October.
  • Work with Tescos concerning mopeds and not filling petrol cans.
  • Project for walkabouts, a health initiative– Beat the Streets

26.

Feltham Traffic & Transport Project - Network Rail Presentation pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Decision:

Members noted the presentation from Network Rail. The Chair noted that Network Rail’s aim in respect of a deadline to submit for planning was February so she suggested the Area Forum in January might be used to remind everyone to take up comments.

 

Minutes:

Representatives of Network Rail attended the meeting to give a presentation on proposed changes to Feltham Station. There were handouts available at the meeting and the presentation was made available on line with the agenda papers.

 

Network Rail explained that it was proposed to make changes to the railway in order to increase the capacity on the line to Reading so trains would consist of ten carriages. In order to do this, it was necessary to extend the platform at Feltham Station and it was proposed to do this by May 2017. It was not possible to extend the platform at the London end because of the need to close the bridge so the extension would be at the other end closing the level crossing. There was traffic remodelling and it was proposed to introduce a shared pedestrian/cycle foot bridge. There were two proposals for this bridge – one was functional and the other aesthetic. Network Rail was working with the London Borough of Hounslow to invite comments. There were issues of affordability and programming to consider. The Chair stressed the desire to have something which looked good in Feltham, not necessarily the cheapest option.

 

The Network Rail representatives explained that the first proposal discussed with the borough was a steel structure but this was not considered as fitting the surroundings or appropriate as a gateway to Feltham. So the architect had developed a different concept. Eric Hills of Acanthus Architects explained that a landscape design team had developed a footbridge and ramp in dialogue with stakeholders and considering the Feltham Master Plan. He explained that there were fragmentary areas and issues around the level crossing as a health and safety hazard. However, there was a strong vision for Feltham, particularly with regard to accessibility, and the opportunity to create high quality public space. The concept around Hounslow Road and New Road was as an extension of public realm, connecting with the town centre. The proposal was for a new wall and ramp with landscaped terraces. The gradient would be 1:21 and the path would be wide, potentially allowing for some seating. Planting on the terraces would be encouraged. It was hoped that this would be a pleasant route which was easy to navigate, integrated with the public realm. There would be conservation paving in line with any development in the area. The intention was to look holistically with the remainder of the town in respect of landscaping and seating. There were examples elsewhere to draw on.

 

Councillor Hanif Khan asked whether this was affordable. The architect explained that the south side of the station was a more difficult site, given the position to the platform, the car park and shop access. So there had been a utilitarian approach. He welcomed feedback on proposals before a planning application was submitted. The Chair expressed a preference for the second proposal. The Network Rail representatives explained that the options were at both ends of the spectrum. They did not have funding so  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Southern Rail Access - Briefing Note pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

 

That Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth Area Forum members:

 

  1. Noted the study undertaken by the council on a potential alignment to achieve rail access to Heathrow Terminal 5 from the ‘Windsor lines’, currently served by South West Trains – known as ‘southern rail access.’
  2. Noted the potential impacts of this proposed alignment on the area in terms of a reduction to some extent of green belt as a result of rail line infrastructure being constructed, visual intrusion caused as a result of a potential rail viaduct, the impact on residential properties at Wooldridge Court, and construction disruption on Bedfont Road and Clockhouse Roundabout/A30. Members further noted that all options to minimise the negative impacts outlined above would be taken if this alignment was progressed to the next stage of feasibility for consideration by the Department of Transport and Network Rail.
  3. Noted that an alignment broadly in line with that proposed is the only way that a new rail station in the Bedfont area could be provided.
  4. Noted that the enhanced public transport access this station would provide improves public transport access to the area for existing residents and businesses and may potentially unlock opportunities for more homes and jobs as well.
  5. Noted that the proposal to progress southern rail access can be considered independently of any decisions around the third runway and has merit in mitigating the transport impact of the airports existing operations, regardless of whether expansion occurs or not.
  6. Noted and commented on the proposal to consult on this alignment, with the results of this consultation to be considered by the council’s Cabinet.
  7. Noted that any decisions as to whether the ‘southern rail access’ scheme will go ahead, and if so on which alignment, have been taken and would likely fall to central government working with Heathrow Airport Limited. There will be further opportunities for engagement of local members and residents in the optioneering process as it continues.

Minutes:

See the officer’s briefing note – Agenda Item 11.

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, introduced the item. The intention was to improve public transport to Heathrow Airport. The key was a link from South West train services to Heathrow Terminal 5. An Airtrak proposal from Staines to Terminal 5 had been rejected because of concerns about the traffic and environmental impact of the proposal. A consultants’ report was commissioned to consider an alternative alignment via Feltham and Bedfont with a station in the vicinity of the Clockhouse Roundabout. A station here would change access for residents and employers. The line would involve two pieces of rail infrastructure – a viaduct over Bedfont Road and a tunnel underneath Stanwell Road. The station would have eight trains per hour providing a direct service to Waterloo and Surrey. There would also be additional buses.

 

Mark Frost explained that whilst there was currently no funding to build the link, it was understood that Network Rail, the Department for Transport and Heathrow Airport were likely to consider opportunities for an alignment between the Windsor lines and Heathrow later this year and so the Council wished to ensure that a station in the Bedfont area could be provided in any such alignment. This was nothing to do with a third runway or new development but was about benefits for current residents and workers in the area. Central government would be consulting soon and it was key that the borough engaged with the consultation and developed a position statement.

 

There were some disadvantages in that some land would need to be taken to create the viaduct and it would overshadow the road in some places. The biggest impact would be to the flats in Woodbridge Court as they would be very close to the railway in Bedfont Road. However, the scheme would bring public transport to the area. They might be the opportunity for relocation and building nearby but this was a separate consideration.

 

If members were minded to agree, it was intended to consult people directly affected and take a report to Cabinet to seek support in principle so that the scheme could be promoted to Central government.

 

The Chair drew members’ attention to the recommendations in the briefing note. These were for noting so members were aware of what was proposed. These recommendations were agreed.

 

Resolved:

 

That Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth Area Forum members:

 

  1. Noted the study undertaken by the council on a potential alignment to achieve rail access to Heathrow Terminal 5 from the ‘Windsor lines’, currently served by South West Trains – known as ‘southern rail access.’
  2. Noted the potential impacts of this proposed alignment on the area in terms of a reduction to some extent of green belt as a result of rail line infrastructure being constructed, visual intrusion caused as a result of a potential rail viaduct, the impact on residential properties at Wooldridge Court, and construction disruption on Bedfont Road and Clockhouse Roundabout/A30.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Hanworth Road Traffic Calming pdf icon PDF 100 KB

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Decision:

Resolved:

 

That Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth Area Forum Members:

 

  1. Noted the results of the informal consultation held with local residents on the traffic management proposals during August 2015.
  2. Approved the development of detailed design, undertaking of statutory consultation and construction of the proposals as set out in Appendix A of the report.
  3. Delegated authority to the Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment (REDe) or such officers acting under his authority to resolve where possible any objections received to the statutory consultation.
  4. In the event of any objections remaining unresolved, Members delegated authority to the Chair of the Forum to determine these objections in consultation with the Ward Councillors.
  5. Once any objections are resolved, Members agreed to delegate authority to the Director of REDe to authorise officers to implement the scheme.

Minutes:

See the report by the Traffic and Transport section – Agenda Item 12.

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, introduced the report which related to road safety. There had been consultation with residents in Hanworth Road about the introduction of a 20 mph zone and physical traffic calming measures to achieve this. There were suggested improvements in the form of build outs and 20 mph roundels to reduce speed, to improve safety and to improve accessibility. It was suggested that Option 1, as detailed on page 31 of the report should be implemented.

 

Councillor Hanif Khan asked whether roundels achieved their aim of slowing traffic and whether there were other alternatives. He was informed that they did have an impact as a warning to motorists. The enforcement of the speed limit rested with the police. Physical measures in the side streets such as build out to the main carriageway also helped to slow traffic. Proposals for traffic humps were not supported. Chicanes were another alternative where speeds were very high but caused issues with buses.

 

The Chair drew members’ attention to the five recommendations in the report. These were considered individually by members and agreed. In agreeing recommendation 1.4, delegation authority to the Chair and ward councillors in respect of any objections remaining unresolved, members noted that there were sometimes objections to bring back so it was proposed these should be brought to the Chair and ward councillors. If there was no agreement, the matter would be referred back to the Area Forum. Members noted that this offered another opportunity for residents’ concerns to be considered.

 

Resolved:

 

That Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth Area Forum Members:

 

  1. Noted the results of the informal consultation held with local residents on the traffic management proposals during August 2015.
  2. Approved the development of detailed design, undertaking of statutory consultation and construction of the proposals as set out in Appendix A of the report.
  3. Delegated authority to the Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment (REDe) or such officers acting under his authority to resolve where possible any objections received to the statutory consultation.
  4. In the event of any objections remaining unresolved, Members delegated authority to the Chair of the Forum to determine these objections in consultation with the Ward Councillors.
  5. Once any objections are resolved, Members agreed to delegate authority to the Director of REDe to authorise officers to implement the scheme.

29.

Browells Lane Cycle Track pdf icon PDF 77 KB

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Decision:

Resolved:

 

That the Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth Area Forum Members:

 

  1. Noted the results of the consultation held with local residents on the proposed cycle track during June 2015.
  2. Approved the development of detailed designs, undertaking of statutory consultation and construction of the proposals as set out in Appendix C of the report.
  3. Delegated authority to the Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment (REDe) to resolve where possible any objections received to the statutory consultation.
  4. In the event of any objections remaining unresolved, Members delegated authority to the Chair of the Forum to determine these objections in consultation with the Ward Councillors.
  5. Once any objections are resolved, Members agreed to delegate authority to the Director of REDe to authorise officers to implement the scheme.

 

 

Minutes:

See the report by the Traffic and Transport section – Agenda Item 13.

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, introduced the report. This related to a proposal to provide a cycle link between the Longford River and Browells Lane. This would provide a link from Cineworld to Hanworth Park. There would be a designated cycle track which was continuous off road. There had been little feedback from the consultation. The plans were not controversial and were supported by Transport for London.

 

The Chair drew attention to the five recommendations in the report and these were agreed individually by the Area Forum.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth Area Forum Members:

 

  1. Noted the results of the consultation held with local residents on the proposed cycle track during June 2015.
  2. Approved the development of detailed designs, undertaking of statutory consultation and construction of the proposals as set out in Appendix C of the report.
  3. Delegated authority to the Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment (REDe) to resolve where possible any objections received to the statutory consultation.
  4. In the event of any objections remaining unresolved, Members delegated authority to the Chair of the Forum to determine these objections in consultation with the Ward Councillors.
  5. Once any objections are resolved, Members agreed to delegate authority to the Director of REDe to authorise officers to implement the scheme.

 

 

30.

Mill Way Controlled Parking Zone Review pdf icon PDF 132 KB

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Decision:

Resolved:

 

That the Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth Area Forum Members:

 

  1. Noted the results of the controlled parking zone (CPZ) review consultation and agreed that no changes are made.
  2. Agreed that officers notify frontages within the CPZ of the consultation results and of the Forum’s decision.

Minutes:

See the officer briefing note – Agenda Item 14.

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, introduced the report. Residents had been consulted as to whether they wanted a change of hours for the controlled parking zone but the results suggested that no changes should be made.

 

Members were asked to note and agree the recommendations and the recommendations were duly agreed.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth Area Forum Members:

 

  1. Noted the results of the controlled parking zone (CPZ) review consultation and agreed that no changes are made.
  2. Agreed that officers notify frontages within the CPZ of the consultation results and of the Forum’s decision.

31.

Kings Road Controlled Parking Zone - Results of Consultation pdf icon PDF 97 KB

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Decision:

Resolved:

 

That the Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth Area Forum Members:

 

  1. Noted the results of the preliminary consultation and agreed, given the overall negative response, that no further action is taken in respect of the introduction of a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in this area at this time.
  2. Agreed that all residents are advised of the results of the consultation and this Forum’s decision.

Minutes:

See the officer’s briefing note – Agenda Item 15.

 

Mark Frost, Head of Traffic and Transport, introduced the report. There had been an earlier consultation in respect of introducing a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in roads north of the Hanworth Road. The Area Forum had proposed in March to also consult roads south of the Hanworth Road. The results of this consultation showed residents to be overwhelmingly against the introduction of a CPZ – 85 had said ‘no’ compared with 24 saying ‘yes’.

 

The Area Forum had agreed in March to progress to the design stage for those areas north of the Hanworth Road, such as Kings Road, which supported a CPZ.  Action on this had been deferred, pending the consultation in the roads to the south of the Hanworth Road. It was now proposed to progress to the design stage for the areas north of the Hanworth Road where there was support for a CPZ. There would then be further consultation on the detailed design. It was also recommended that there should be no further action for the roads south of the Hanworth Road where the response had shown the majority of residents did not want a CPZ.

 

Councillor Hanif Khan and Councillor Sam Christie had reservations about pursuing a CPZ north of the Hanworth Road without the south side. However, Mark Frost clarified that the consultation had shown residents did not want a CPZ in this area. He accepted that there was often displacement but this could not be known. Previously, the Traffic and Transport team had only introduced a CPZ where there was support over large areas because of the risk of displacement. The problem was that the parking difficulties might relate to a particular specific area such as roads near a station and the wider approach did not offer a solution for those residents who felt their parking situation was intolerable. So if there was a reasonable level of support for controlled parking in a network of roads, officers would now support a CPZ which dealt with identified issues. A CPZ was considered as a solution to the problems faced by residents north of the Hanworth Road. If there were to be displacement, then a solution would be sought for residents in the area affected.

 

Councillor Khan suggested officers might go back to the roads and ask the same questions but also look at number plates as he believed that numbers of the cars parked did not belong to residents. He believed the CPZ would impact severely on the area south of the Hanworth Road. Mark Frost explained that there was no satisfactory way of linking cars to residents. They could be visitors’ cars, although it was also true that Feltham was a desirable place to catch a train.

 

Mark Frost also pointed out that no CPZ decision was permanent as all schemes were subject to review. They had never taken a CPZ scheme out but had changed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Items for Future Meetings

Decision:

The following items were proposed for the next meeting:

 

  • Update on Feltham Vision and Masterplan
  • Bedfont Lakes – presentation
  • Update on progress – Petition concerning Royal Navy Association.

 

Minutes:

The following items were proposed for the next meeting:

 

  • Update on Feltham Vision and Masterplan
  • Bedfont Lakes – presentation
  • Update on progress – Petition concerning Royal Navy Association.

 

33.

Any other business, which the Chair wishes to accept on the grounds of urgency

Decision:

Councillor Sam Christie submitted a request for a small grant of £500 for St Mary’s Church, Bedfont towards to cost of cutting the topiary birds outside the church. It was noted that the total cost would be £3,000.

 

Members agreed a small grant of £500 to the church in principle, subject to confirmation of how the remaining sum of £2,500 would be funded and to proper procedure for the grant application.

 

The Chair also proposed that members should email ideas for organisations which might benefit from a small grant, for, for example, Christmas activities.

Minutes:

Councillor Sam Christie submitted a request for a small grant of £500 for St Mary’s Church, Bedfont towards to cost of cutting the topiary birds outside the church. It was noted that the total cost would be £3,000.

 

Members agreed a small grant of £500 to the church in principle, subject to confirmation of how the remaining sum of £2,500 would be funded and to proper procedure for the grant application.

 

The Chair also proposed that members should email ideas for organisations which might benefit from a small grant, for, for example, Christmas activities.

34.

Date of next meeting is 19 November 2015

Decision:

The date of the next meeting was noted as 19 November 2015.

Minutes:

The date of the next meeting was noted as 19 November 2015.