Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Stephen Brian, Bill Freeman, and Mick Hayes.

 

An apologies for lateness was received on behalf of Councillor Denise Hyland, and Councillor Gary Parker advised an apology for leaving early.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Denise Hyland declared a personal interest in relation to Item 10, “Petition Response Regarding a Request to Introduce a Controlled Parking Zone Bloomfield Road and Cambridge Row”, advising that her son lives in Bloomfield Road.  Councillor Hyland remained in the meeting but did not take part in the discussion.

 

Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2018.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Highways Committee held on 6 June 2018, be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Response to a Petition - Request for Improvements in Westmoor Street, New Lydenburg Street and Herringham Road pdf icon PDF 129 KB

The Committee to note the petition requesting improvements in Westmoor Street, New Lydenburg Street and Herringham Road, SE7, and to make those streets safe and clean for the public.  To note the proposed response to the petition as set out in this report which will be summarised and reported to Council at the next available opportunity.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report introduced by the Head of Highways in relation to a petition requesting improvements in Westmoor Street, New Lydenburg and Herringham Road.  Councillor John Fahy presented the petition to the meeting of Council on 18 July 2018.  It was noted that the petitioners required that the streets should be made safe and clean for public use.

 

Speaking on behalf of his constituents, Councillor John Fahy welcomed initial work undertaken to deal with concerns highlighted in the petition.  However, businesses in the environment continue to experience fly-tipping, and illegal parking on the roads and on pavement areas was creating hazards for drivers and pedestrians.  Thus, residents were therefore requiring that proposals to deal with the issues should be expedited because safety continued to be significantly compromised.

 

In view of residents’ concerns, Councillor Fahy advised the Committee to suggest that officers should publicise details about the frequency of street cleaning and enforcement activities on the Council’s website, so that businesses in the Royal Borough of Greenwich remain confident and compliant.  It was also the view of Councillor Fahy that while £17k was spent in the past 24 months for 79 reactive maintenance repairs, that should not be used as a yardstick, but that each case should be treated on its merits.  Councillor Fahy suggested that the Committee should therefore recommend that the Council secure adequate funds in view of residents’ concerns in the petition.

 

The Committee also heard from a resident who addressed the meeting as a business owner of premises located on one of the roads listed in the petition.  Echoing concerns expressed by Councillor Fahy, the resident stated that he had, over time, observed that illegal parking and fly-tipping activities in the area were worsening.  The resident stated that he was concerned about the safety of his employees who oftentimes had to walk in the middle of the road into traffic because of obstacles on the pavement areas.  The Committee was advised that business owners would therefore appreciate it if efforts by the Council were sped up to deal with the blight in the environment.

 

In response to questions raised, the Head of Highways advised the Committee that the Council had an on-going maintenance budget.  Thus, the cost for work proposed could be met through existing budget.  Furthermore, in view of the nature of nature of the concerns, it was likely that additional resources would be derived from the Cleansweep team.

 

Commenting on submissions made at the meeting, Members acknowledged that the industrial environment exhibited deterioration.  Members thanked officers for collaborative efforts across relevant department to address residents’ concerns.  However, the Committee would review implementation in a year’s time to assess progress.

 

Action: Head of Highways

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That the petition requesting improvements in Westmoor Street, New Lydenburg Street and Herringham Road, SE7, and to make those streets safe and clean for the public, be noted.

 

2.              That the proposed response to the petition as set out in thereport which will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Response to a Petition Regarding Proposed Changes to the Parking Controls in Woolwich (Arsenal) and Woolwich (Market Street) CPZs pdf icon PDF 79 KB

The Committee to note the petition requesting that the proposed extension of controls in the Woolwich area to include Sundays does not proceed.  To note the response to the petition as set out in this report which will be reported to Council on 31 October 2018.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report introduced by the Parking Services Manager in relation to a petition not to proceed with plans to extend parking controls on Sunday in the area around the Gurdwara Sahib temple (the temple) on Calderwood Street.  The petition was presented to the meeting of Council on 18 July 2018 by Councillor John Fahy.

 

In addressing the meeting on behalf of his constituents, Councillor Fahy commented that it was not unreasonable to expect the Council to assess the impact of the proposed change on activities in a temple which had been in existence in Woolwich for the last 25 years.  Councillor Fahy expressed a disappointment that no Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) was made to identify and assess the diverse needs of the congregation, including businesses.  Councillor Fahy suggested that the Committee should therefore defer consideration of the proposed action for an appropriate consultation and assessment of the impact on worshippers to the temple and businesses that would likely be affected by the change.

 

The meeting also heard from two representatives  on behalf of the temple.  The representatives echoed statements by Councillor Fahy about the inadequacy of consultation in regards to the proposed change.  The Committee was informed that in addition to activities for young people and families with children, the temple was operating as a drop-in-centre and a food-bank source.  Furthermore, there were planned activities to support worshippers with their spiritualty, and to live a healthier and better life.  The representative acknowledged that the Council had a duty of care to implement civil parking enforcement activities.  However, a compromise for the proposed parking control to commence after 3pm on Sundays would be welcomed, in order to enable worshippers, particularly the frail and those with mobility issues to park near the temple during opening times.

 

In response to a concern, the Assistant Director (Transportation) advised Members that policy considerations had to be taken into account in the circumstance, as parking spaces in Calderwood Street and Monk Street close to the temple continue to remain under-used on Sundays.

 

The Parking Services Manager also responded to questions raised, advising the Committee that it was not usual for the Council to undertake an EIA in the circumstance.  It was stated that the consultation undertaken was considered adequate, as 1,600 letters were sent to residents who were living in areas likely to be affected by the change.  However, only 12 responses to the consultation were received. 

 

Members made further enquiries and were advised by the representatives from the temple that worshippers were not consulted about the proposal, hence the petition of 650 signatures.

 

In their conclusion, Members unanimously agreed a deferral of the proposal, in order to allow time to consult widely to those likely to be affected by the change. 

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

That it be agreed that consideration of response to the petition, which was due to be reported to Council on 31 October 2018, be deferred, in order to enable officers undertake further consultation  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Response to a Petition Regarding a Request to Allow Parking to Rear of Shops in Bexley Road pdf icon PDF 83 KB

The Committee to note the petition requesting that customers to the shops on Bexley Road be allowed to park on the car park to the rear of the shops.  To note the response to the petition as set out in this report which will be reported to Council on 31 October 2018.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report introduced by the Parking Services Manager in relation to a petition request.  It was noted that the petition was presented at the meeting of Council on 27 June 2018 by Councillor Matt Clare.

 

In considering the submission, Members unanimously endorsed a recommendation for consideration to be given to allocate additional permit to the Bexley Road businesses, in order to allow vehicles to be parked at the rea of the shops to make more space available on the service road at the front of those premises.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.               That the petition requesting that customers to the shops on Bexley Road be allowed to park in the car park to the rear of the shops, be noted

 

2.               That the response to the petition as set out in the report, which will be reported to Council on 31 October 2018, be noted.

8.

Petition Response Regarding the Introduction of a permanent One-Way traffic system in Ladysmith Road, Enslin Road and Halons Road pdf icon PDF 84 KB

The Committee to note the petition and other details presented in this report.  To note and comment upon the petition response presented in this report which is to be submitted to Full Council on 31 October 2018.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report introduced by the Group Traffic Manager in relation to a petition requesting one-way traffic system in Ladysmith Road, Enslin Road and Halons Road.

 

In addressing the meeting on behalf of her constituents, Councillor Patricia Greenwell stated that the areas affected comprised of 80 terraced homes, and a couple of detached houses and flats.  Councillor Greenwell advised the Committee that the roads were unsafe.  It was stated that vehicles’ access to Halons Road entrance and exist was from Ladysmith Road.  To access Ladysmith Road, vehicles would have to enter from the increasingly busy Footscray Road.  It was difficult for vehicles from Footscray Road to turn into Ladysmith Road.  Furthermore, parking on both sides of the roads was creating blockages because of lack of passing spaces.  Councillor Greenwell advised the Committee to endorse request in the petition, commenting that a one-way system would be likely be beneficial to residents’ quality of lives. 

 

Two residents who spoke individually also addressed the meeting.  The residents echoed statements made by Councillor Greenfell, advising that there were repeated illegal parking on yellow lines on the roads mentioned about in the petition.  It was stated that oftentimes, traffic blockages would occur in the middle of the road because of lack of passing spaces.  Therefore, drivers had to use the pavements as roads and waiting areas.  The Committee was advised that granting the petition request would reduce illegal parking, increase visibility, and improve the safety of residents.

 

Commenting on submissions made at the meeting, Members were of a view that implementation of the petition request could be considered as part of the review of the Eltham Central Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) as a means of saving on cost.  Members stated that funding for a one-way system could also be met via the neighbourhood Ward-Budget scheme, and/or the Community Infrastructure Levy money.

 

The Assistant Director clarified that although alternative funding could be arranged, it should be noted that the Council had principles for establishing a one-way road.  Thus, the petition request would be assessed in light of the policy.

 

Resolved –

 

1.               That the petition and other details presented in the report, be noted.

 

2.               That it be noted that comments to the petition response in the report be submitted to full Council on 31 October 2018.

9.

Petition Response Regarding a Request to Have Access to Parking Permits for Residents of 1 Hawthorne Crescent pdf icon PDF 81 KB

The Committee to note the petition requesting that residents of 1 Hawthorne have access to parking permits.  To note the response to the petition as set out in this report which will be reported to Council on 31 October 2018.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report introduced by the Parking Services Manager in relation to a petition requesting access parking permits for residents of 1 Hawthorne Crescent in the neighbouring Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ).   An amendment was noted that the ward in the report should be “Peninsula”, not “Woolwich Common”.

 

A resident addressed the meeting, advising that his views were similar to those of his neighbours at No. 1 Hawthorne Close.  The Committee was advised that the planning permission for new developments in the area was wrong, as car park permits were only allocated to property owners.  Those renting in the area were ostracised, and would be penalised for using underutilised empty car parking bays.  The resident suggested that that Committee should therefore recommend that parking permission should be allocated to everyone living in the area, not just property owners.

 

In response to questions raised, the Parking Services Manager advised the Committee that the car park allocations were in accordance to Section 106 Agreement when the planning permission as approved.  It was stated that the implementation of Controlled Parking Zones was to manage the extensive residential developments in the East Greenwich area.  Specific to areas within the development, Blue Badge holders were allocated ten on-street parking spaces, with a similar provision in the basement area.  Furthermore, the area had provision for eight car club bays, seven spaces for loading and visitors, and forty spaces to residents living in town houses located at the southern part adjacent to Calvert Road and Vanbrugh Hill. 

 

In considering submissions made at the meeting, Members were of the view that the underutilisation of allocated parking spaces in areas around 1 Hawthorne Crescent could be an indication that increasing number of homeowners were either using public transport, walking or cycling to their respective destinations.  Thus, the information about underutilised car spaces should be welcomed, in light of the Council’s policies to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality for residents in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

Continuing with their comments, Members stated that the planning permission granted to developers in the area was considered adequate, because the Council took account of the adequacy of the Travel Plan prior to approving the applications.  It was stated that property owners were given information about parking arrangements in the area.  Thus, residents living in rented properties at 1 Hawthorne Crescent should seek clarification from their landlords as part of their letting contracts.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That the petition requesting that residents of 1 Hawthorne have access to parking permits, be noted.

 

2.              That it be noted that the response to the petition as set out in the report will be reported to Council on 31 October 2018.

10.

Petition Response Regarding a Request to Introduce a Controlled Parking Zone Bloomfield Road and Cambridge Row pdf icon PDF 62 KB

The Committee to note the petition requesting that Bloomfield Road and Cambridge Row have a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) introduced.  To note the response to the petition as set out in this report which will be reported to Council on 31 October 2018.

Minutes:

Councillor Denise Hyland declared a personal interest in relation to this Item, advising that her son lives in Bloomfield Road.  Councillor Hyland remained in the meeting but did not take part in the discussion.

 

The Committee received a report introduced by the Parking Services Manager in relation to a petition requesting that Bloomfield Road and Cambridge Row should have a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ).   An amendment was noted that the number of petitioners outlined in the report should be “56”, not “26”.

 

Speaking on behalf of residents, Councillor David Gardner informed the Committee that he welcomed officers’ response to the petition.  However, the request was overdue, therefore, implementation should be expedited.

 

A resident who addressed the meeting echoed statement by Councillor Gardner that those living in the areas anticipated that the implementation will be expedited.

 

The Committee noted submissions made at the meeting and

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That the petition requesting that Bloomfield Road and Cambridge Row have a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) introduced, be noted.

 

2.              That it be noted that the response to the petition as set out in the report will be reported to Council on 31 October 2018.

11.

Response to a Petition Regarding a Request to Include Ingledew Road to be Included in the Controlled Parking Zone pdf icon PDF 74 KB

The Committee to note the petition requesting that Ingledew Road has a Controlled parking Zone (CPZ) introduced.  To note the response to the petition as set out in this report which will be reported to Council on 31 October 2018.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report introduced by the Parking Services Manager in relation to a petition requesting a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) on Ingledew Road.  It was noted that following recent changes to CPZ in roads in the area, a satisfaction survey was due to be undertaken.

 

In view of an enquiry, the Parking Services Manager confirmed to Members that residents’ responses to the survey would be considered as part of the plan to introduce CPZ on Ingledew Road.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.              That petition requesting that Ingledew Road has a Controlled parking Zone (CPZ) introduced, be noted.

 

2.              That it be noted that the response to the petition as set out in this report which will be reported to Council on 31 October 2018.

 

12.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich's Highway Maintenance Arrangements and Planned Maintenance Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 105 KB

The Committee to review and provide any comments on the proposed road resurfacing schemes to be delivered in 2018/19.  To note the Council’s highway maintenance arrangements and progress made in the delivery of the Planned Maintenance Programme so far this financial year.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report introduced by the Head of Highways in relation to the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s (Royal Borough’s) Highways Maintenance Arrangements and Planned Maintenance Programme for 2018/19.

 

In considering the report, Members noted that the Council was complying with published code of practice and legislation on highways matters.  It was noted that three schemes had been completed, and the remainder of the work programmed for implementation was scheduled for consultation with relevant stakeholders, and would be delivered in the municipal year.  Members also welcomed information that officers were prioritising maintenance to manage planned and reserved schemes on a rolling basis to secure value for money.

 

In response to questions raised, the Assistant Director (Transportation) advised Members there was evidence to suggest a direct link between the overall condition of the network and the rate at which potholes and other minor defects form on the roads.  Therefore, the Council had taken steps to maximise area-wide planned maintenance work where the greatest value for money would be achieved.   Members were advised that all roads within Royal Borough were inspected on a regular basis to identify defects for appropriate actions.

 

The Head of Highways also reiterated to Members that with no prior notice, officials at Transport for London (TfL) announced plans to significantly cut the funding allocation for principal road maintenance across London a range.  It was stated that TfL’s decision affected the Royal Borough’s ‘A’ Classified roads, as well as TfL’s own red route networks. 

 

In view of the constraints, Members suggested that steps could be taken to utilise resources via the Highways Improvement Local Labour Schemes, Section 106 Agreement and Community Infrastructure Level subsidy.  Members also highlighted the importance of road safety to residents, particularly the frail, children, cyclists and motor-cyclists, and they commented that there was no reason why there should not be increased effects at cross-party level to lobby for some of the road tax to be spent in London on behalf of residents.

 

In their summation, Members welcomed plans to publish the approved road planned maintenance programme on the Council’s website, commenting that it would likely enhance transparency, and serve as prior information to residents about improvements in their local areas.  The Committee

 

Resolved

 

1.               That comments on the proposed road surfacing schemes to be delivered in 2018/19, be noted.

 

2.               That the Council’s highway maintenance arrangements and progress made in the delivering of the Planned Maintenance Programme, be noted.