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 for Councillors Bill Freeman, Mark James, Paul Morrissey, Cherry Parker and Matt Clare.

 

Apologies for lateness were received from Councillor Mick Hayes.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent items of business for consideration.  However, attention was drawn to written comments from Councillor Gardner, tabled in relation item 7 – request for Parking Controls on Masons Hill.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 47 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 Brain advised that he presented the petition, at Item No. 5 – Planning of Street Trees in Ballot Street, to Full Council as the Ward Councillor.

 

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 67 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 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:

Members noted officers further information, as requested, in respect of Cycle Hangars.  With the agreement of the Committee, the Chair advised that he would raise the issue with the appropriate Scrutiny team for Borough wide consideration.

 

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Highways Committee held on 30 November 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Response to a Petition - Request for the Planting of Street Trees in Bellot Street, SE10 pdf icon PDF 90 KB

The Committee is requested to note the petition requesting that street trees are planted by the Council in Bellot Street, SE10.  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 Head of Highways gave a brief PowerPoint presentation and advised the Committee that the Borough had over 14,000 street trees with an additional 400 planted annually and an anticipated loss, due to disease or damage of 300 per annum.  He continued that the planting of street trees was a managed process taking account of a range of considerations; the suitability of the location; the effect on any underground municipal services, local ground conditions and the size of the tree at maturity were all factors.

 

He continued that the planting of trees in Bellot Street would have a positive impact on the street scene and environment.  Further, it appeared that this was a suitable area, as the pavements were wide enough and there was residents support.   A ground survey would identify the most suitable locations for trees, to avoid gas, water and other underground pipework.   He conclude that, if the officers recommendations to proceed with tree planting in Bellot Street were agreed, residents would be formally consulted on the tree types and locations.

 

Members noted that a number of surrounding streets already  have tree planting and that this street, with a mix of styles of housing due to bombing in the 2nd World War, appeared to have been overlooked for unknown reasons. Members were pleased that this may be rectified.

 

The Committee accepted an address from the lead petitioner who advised that there was strong support from the majority of residents in Bellot Street for the planting of street trees.  That resident’s had expressed positive interest in an ‘adopt a tree’ scheme for the area.  He advised that Hyde Housing, who were the landlord of the 18 unit block in the street, had confirmed to him that they were happy to comply with the wishes of the residents.

 

The Chair advised the lead petitioner to encourage the residents of Bellot Street to respond to the Officers formal consultation, when it is circulated.

 

Resolved unanimously –

 

1.     That the petition requesting that street trees are planted by the Council in Bellot Street, SE10 be noted.

 

2.     That the proposed response to the petition, as set out in the report, be noted and that it be agreed that the summarised proposals be reported to Council at the next available opportunity.

6.

Response to a Petition - Request for amendment of parking controls on Anchor and Hope Lane pdf icon PDF 76 KB

The Committee is requested to note the petition from residents of Atlas and Derrick Gardens requesting introduction changes to the parking controls in Anchor and Hope Lane.  To note the proposed response to the petition as set out in this report which will summarised and reported to Council at the earliest opportunity.

Minutes:

The Head of Parking gave a brief PowerPoint presentation advising the Committee that Anchor and Hope Lane fell within the Charlton CPZ (Controlled Parking Zone).  That Anchor and Hope Lane was an area of mostly commercial and industrial activity, with a growing retail area in close proximity with some isolated pockets of residential properties. Atlas and Derrick Gardens were off of Anchor and Hope Lane and have parking controls enforced by Wings Security, whereas Anchor and Hope Lane was controlled by single yellow lines with a mix of ‘resident’ bays and ‘1 hour free’ parking bays.

 

He advised that a review of the Charlton CPZ was included in the current two year works programme and which would include this area.  That the first stage of the review would be a Public Attitude Survey (PAS), which it was anticipated would commence in March 2018 and consideration of the revision or the existing controls  would be prepared in consideration of residents responses to the survey.   

 

In response to Members questions, the Head of Parking confirmed that there was a major residential development proposed for the vicinity, which would require a review of the highway and parking enforcement but this was still in an early stage.

 

The Committee accepted an address from the lead petitioner who advised that there were plans for a new development of 700 units with 200 parking spaces.  That it was unlikely that this would be completed for 4-5 years and it would be 3 to 5 years before residents only parking would be brought in.  He continued that residents only parking had been given to them in 2000 but then taken away in 2001 with the two crescents only retaining residents only parking.  Since 2001, the residents of Anchor and Hope Lane had been seeking the re-instatement of residents only parking but had continually been told there was no budget or it was being reviewed.

 

He continued that it was becoming impossible for residents to park and, as a shift worker he even had difficulties finding a space gone midnight and as a result had had to park on the yellow lines and received tickets.  The road was used by workers on the industrial areas and Retail Park; commercial vehicles; commuters to Charlton Station; football game attendees and users of the retail park.  There was an increase in abandoned shopping trollies being left in the road.  He felt that the residents had a right to park in the road and it needed to be addressed sooner rather than later as elderly people were unable to use taxis, as they could not get close to the homes and there were no other roads for residents to use without getting parking tickets.  He requested that, whilst the review was being undertaken, the free parking be removed.

 

The Committee accepted an address from Councillor John Fahy, Ward Councillor, who welcomed the review of the Charlton CPZ but was also concerned that the situation had existed in Anchor and Hope Lane since  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Response to a Petition - Request for amendment of parking controls on Masons Hill, Woolwich pdf icon PDF 73 KB

The Committee is requested to note the petition requesting increased enforcement patrols, removal of ‘2-hour free parking’ and the lengthening of the operational hours of parking controls on Masons Hill, Woolwich.  To note the proposed response to the petition as set out in this report which will be summarised and reported to Council at the earliest opportunity.

Minutes:

Members noted that tabled comments from Councillor Gardner, Ward Councillor and presenter of the petition to Council, in relation to the petition and response presented to the Committee.

 

The Head of Parking gave a brief PowerPoint presentation and advised the Committee that all the Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) in Woolwich were due for imminent review and it was anticipated that the Public Attitude Survey (PAS), for the area that Masons Hill fell in, would be commenced in March 2018.

 

Members noted Councillor Gardner’s proposal for a slight amendment to be made to the parking controls, whilst the review was being undertaken to remove the one hour free parking.  Clarification was sought as to the feasibility of undertaking this proposal.

 

The Head of Parking advised that to remove the one hour free parking would have implications for the wider CPZ, where similar problems are also experienced.  Following the Public Attitude Survey (PAS) and subsequent consultation on detailed proposals and statutory traffic order process, the changes could be implemented in late 2018 / early 2019.

 

The Committee accepted addresses from the lead petitioner and three members of the public who noted that there were 10 spaces available for residents which incorporate one hour free parking, which is not being enforced.  They advised that non-resident cars were often left for over 8 hours, without a ticket being issued.  It was also noted that the residents of the 1970’s block, Enthoven House, had resident only parking but could not park in the Masons Hill CPZ but the Masons Hill residents could not park in Enthoven House bays.  Any CPZ permit holders, who as a result of not being able to park in the CPZ bay parked in vacant bays in Enthoven House received a parking ticket.  A number of the speakers noted that they were unable to park in the residents bays, on Masons Hill, directly prior to attending the meeting.

 

The speakers were concerned that the situation, which was already exacerbated by the proximity of the train station, town centre, Sikh temple and local Gospel church, would get worse when the Wilko shop would be replaced with a new leisure centre.  Currently the spaces were full 7 days a week, for most of the day and night.   It was noted that a vehicle was parked, unmoving and with no CPZ permit for 8 days and did not receive a ticket. 

 

The Head of Parking responded to members that the 1hour free parking in WA permit bays was a common practice brought in some time ago.  Its aim was to allow visitors to the residents or the town centre periods of short stay.

 

The public speakers accepted why 1 hour free parking had been brought in but noted that it was not being enforced and, as a result, they would like it removed.

 

Members asked that, given the relatively small number of spaces involved was there any possible way of adopting Councillor Gardner’s proposal to remove the 1 hour free parking before the consultation  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.