Agenda, decisions and minutes

Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee
Wednesday 23 June 2021 7:30 pm

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Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chair and Vice-Chair for the Municipal Year 2021-22

To appoint the Chair and Vice Chair of the Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee for the municipal year 2021-22.

Minutes:

Nominations for the position of Chair and Vice Chair of Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee and the Planning Sub Committee for the 2021/22 Municipal year were put forward:

Chair – Councillor David Ryder-Mills, proposed by Councillor Olly Wehring.

Vice Chair – Councillor Katrina Lidbetter, proposed by Councillor Zain Abbas.

 

RESOLVED that:

Councillor David Ryder Mills is appointed as Chair of the Neighbourhood Committee and Planning Sub Committee and Councillor Katrina Lidbetter is appointed as Vice Chair of the Neighbourhood Committee and Planning Sub Committee.

 

Voting:  Unanimous

 

 

2.

Public Questions

A period of no more than 30 minutes for questions on issues unrelated to items on the agenda (please refer to the More Meeting Information sheet).

Minutes:

A question was received from Ms Karen Rodgers regarding cycling with a suggestion on parking options in North Kingston.

A partial answer was provided by an officer from Highways. The Council would like to introduce cycling facilities in North Kingston but had to consider all road users. Council policy did not allow reducing grassy walkways to introduce cycle lanes and to create cycle lanes the council would need to identify areas where residents were willing to not park on the road. Many of the alleyways referred to were not wide enough to have a cycle lane and was private land. There were more cars than parking spaces and residents needed to be educated to have only 1 car and use other modes of transport. The Chair undertook that a full answer would be provided to Ms Rodgers in due course.

3.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Councillor Lidbetter

4.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests and any other personal interests relevant to items on this agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest at the time but Councillor Moll, before the consideration of the St John’s Primary School – Experimental School Street item (item 13), declared that her children attended that school.

5.

Petitions

To receive petitions submitted by Councillors or members of the public who live work or study in the Borough. The petition must contain at least 20 signatures*, and notice of the intention to submit the petition must be given in writing to democratic.services@kingston.gov.uk by 10am on the last working day prior to the meeting.

 

*The Chair may waive the 20 signature threshold where the petition relates to a community or geographical area with a limited number of residents.  

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

6.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2021.

Minutes:

Resolved, that the minutes of the meeting held on 3 March 2021 be signed as a true record.

7.

Neighbourhood Manager's Report

The Neighbourhood Manager will report on current Kingston Town Neighbourhood issues and topics. 

Minutes:

The Neighbourhood Manager reported:

Local Plan

The next phase of engagement on Kingston’s new Local Plan was being launched during the week commencing 28 June. The team would be adding to the views heard in 2019. There had been an unprecedented amount of change since then - the London Plan had come into force, Covid, changed planning rules, Brexit, and the Council had declared a climate emergency.

The big questions being asked was what should our borough look like in 20 years’ time? It covered a range of topics and was the final step before creating the draft plan. Residents and stakeholders would also have the chance to review sites that had been submitted to the council as potential future development opportunities. The key message was- it’s our Local Plan

Covid

More than 100,000 PCR test kits had been distributed during the programme of surge testing and vaccinations across the borough. The number of completed tests already returned for processing was over 36,000. Kingston’s rates remained at above 70 per 100,000 population per week, with a much higher concentration of rates among our young people.

Kingston Community Lottery

The launch of the Kingston Community Lottery was imminent, the aim being to support and raise funds for good causes in the borough.

A member expressed unhappiness that the matter had not come to Council to discuss and was assured that the matter would come before a committee.

 

8.

Community Grants pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To consider applications for Neighbourhood Community Grants (NCG) and, to agree the Committee’s Councillor Ward funding arrangements for the 2021/22 municipal year.

Decision:

The Committee agreed the following Community Grants:

 

1.     £168.25 to Kingston Tour Guides and the Kingston Heritage Service

 

2.    £500.00 specifically for printing costs, to the Thames Sailing Club (The Chair and 2 Members of the committee will meet with the applicant to explore the possibility of further funds.)

 

The Committee further agreed to retain the existing working arrangements for the allocation of Councillor Ward funding.

Minutes:

 

 

Two applications for Neighbourhood Community Grants (NCG) were received with evaluations of each.

 

Applicant

Amount requested

Amount Granted

Grant conditions

Kingston Tour Guides and Kingston Heritage Service

 

£168.25

£168.25

 

Thames Sailing Club

 

£3000

£500

£500 specifically for printing costs. The Chair and 2 Members of the committee will meet with the applicant to explore the possibility of further funds.

 

RESOLVED that the following Community Grants be awarded subject to the conditions below:

 

1.     £168.25 to Kingston Tour Guides and the Kingston Heritage Service

 

2.    £500.00 specifically for printing costs, to the Thames Sailing Club (The Chair and 2 Members of the committee will meet with the applicant to explore the possibility of further funds.)

 

3.    The existing working arrangements for the allocation of Councillor Ward funding be retained.

 

Voting: Unanimous

 

9.

Funding for Weir Archer training facility relocation pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To request the allocation of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money held by the Council to part-fund the re-positioning of the Weir Archer training facility closer to the Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium track.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

1.     £138,000, being 50% of the total project costs of £276,000, of CIL funding, be allocated toward this project, to be paid on terms to be agreed with the Education and Skills Funding Authority (ESFA).

 

2.    Members note that further authority for contract with ESFA, and surrender/renewal of existing lease to WAA will be subject to a further decision.

Minutes:

The committee had before it a report by the Executive Director – Place, requesting the allocation of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money held by the Council, to part-fund the re-positioning of the Weir Archer training facility closer to the Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium track.

The proposed relocation of the current Weir Archer training provision would enable this important community organisation, which provided wheelchair athlete and coaching support and expertise across all levels and abilities, to expand and enhance its facilities.

The report noted that the relocation may also enable the site for the proposed Church of England secondary school to be disposed of, subject to the Council’s formal s123 consultation and decision-making processes, with vacant possession.

The proposal was to relocate the existing container construction type facility closer to the Weir Archer Athletics Stadium, which would be more convenient for its wheelchair athletes.

WC and shower facilities would be provided internally at the new facility. Athletes currently used facilities in the main Weir Archer Athletics and Fitness Centre which did not have a full shower facility. The new facilities would be better than those currently provided, providing a larger footprint to meet the increasing demand of its service users.

The bid was linked to the proposed new Kingsmeadow secondary school project and noted that if the school project were not to happen for any reason, RBK would, in any event, support the delivery of this project directly and as a consequence, a future bid for the remaining cost element of the total works may be required.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    £138,000, being 50% of the total project costs of £276,000, of CIL funding, be allocated toward this project, to be paid on terms to be agreed with the Education and Skills Funding Authority (ESFA).

 

2.    Members note that further authority for contract with ESFA, and surrender or renewal of existing lease to Weir Archer Academy will be subject to a further decision.

 

Voting: Unanimous

10.

Canbury Gardens Masterplan pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To obtain endorsement from the Neighbourhood Committee for Canbury Gardens design report and associated masterplan.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED that –

 

1. The Neighbourhood Committee endorse the document.

 

2. The Neighbourhood Committee supports the setting up of a working party to provide momentum and steer the plans delivery.

Minutes:

The Committee received a reportrequesting endorsement from the Neighbourhood Committee of the Canbury Gardens design report and associated masterplan. The report which was originally due to come to the Committee in February 2020 had been delayed due to the coronavirus’s impact on council services and committees. The Canbury Garden Design Report set out a masterplan and guiding principles to help guide landscape and public realm improvements to both protect and enhance the gardens for existing and future users. It was developed by LDA on behalf of Kingston Council and financed through the New Homes Bonus. The report noted that the document has been co-developed through observations, conversations and workshops with various local stakeholders between April and September 2019. It built on earlier design and investigation work undertaken by the Council to improve the riverside, including Thames Landscape Strategy and the Kingston Riverside Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (2018). It went on to note that the contents of the design report will support other wider public realm initiatives being brought forward by the Council and community which seek to bring about a holistic landscape and public realm improvement to both protect and enhance the park for existing and future users. It went on to note that within the design report, projects were prioritised based on engagement feedback, local member engagement, best practice knowledge on improvement impacts and funding availability. There were no costs to follow the recommendations set out in the report.

 

RESOLVED that –

 

1. The Neighbourhood Committee endorse the document.

 

2. The Neighbourhood Committee supports the setting up of a working party to provide momentum and steer the plans delivery.

 

Voting: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.

River Regulation and Management pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To update on the proposal to consult on changes to unauthorised moorings on the riverside.

To update on recent enforcement action along the riverside

To update on recent action regarding sunken boats

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    The information contained within the report is noted.

 

2.    The Neighbourhood Committee supports the principle of introducing mooring fees and a by-law subject to consultation and formal adoption

 

3.    The existing informal riverside working group be formalised and Members of this committee be invited to join.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report by Assistant Director, Highways, Transport, and Regulatory Services. The purpose of the report was to update the committee on the proposal to consult on changes to unauthorised moorings on the riverside, on recent enforcement action along the riverside and recent action regarding sunken boats. The report noted that unlawful moorings created a high volume of complaints from the public and were of concern. The report further noted that notwithstanding our responsibilities as a riparian landowner, the regulation and enforcement of river moorings was an essential and effective management tool to meet the needs and expectations of boaters, other river users, businesses, local residents and visitors. It protected and supported the high quality environment and contributed to Kingston’s thriving local economy. The report went on to note that the Council did not have bylaws to regulate the use of its moorings, although there was legislation unique to Kingston that could be used to remove unlawfully moored boats after the service of a notice. This was effective for unoccupied boats, but had proved ineffective where boats were occupied, as the Council adopted a civil law-based approach to enforcement. The council’s intention was to introduce a mooring fee schedule which would facilitate lawful use of the moorings and deter long term unlawfully moored boats. The Council further intended to introduce bylaws to regulate moorings and activities on their land. These bylaws would need to be approved by the Secretary of State and could be used to make it an offence to moor unlawfully, increasing the robustness of enforcement activity. A proposal to add an additional clause to the resolution, setting up a new formal working group was lost with 2 votes for (Councillors D Cunningham and M Netley) and 2 against (Councillors D Ryder-Mills and Z Abbas) with the Chair using his casting vote against.

 

After discussion it was RESOLVED that:

 

1.    The information contained within the report is noted.

 

2.    The Neighbourhood Committee supports the principle of introducing mooring fees and a by-law subject to consultation and formal adoption

 

3.    The existing River User group be formalised and Members from North Kingston wards be invited to join the group.

 

Voting: Unanimous

12.

Result of local consultation on the introduction of 20mph in the neighbourhood pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To comment on the results of the various streams of engagement undertaken on proposals to introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential roads across the borough, and the officers recommended proposals.

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    That the committee resolves to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on roads in Kingston Town, in Seven Kings Way, Surey Basin, Henry Macauley Way, Skerne Road, Down Hall Road and Thames Side

 

2.  The committee further resolves to seek the views of residents in certain other roads with a view to introducing a 20 mph limit where specific safety issues would be addressed by so doing. This would possibly include boundary roads in adjacent neighbourhoods, subject to those neighbourhoods' agreement.".

Minutes:

The committee had before it a report by Matthew Hill, Assistant Director Highways, Transport and Regulatory Services. The report provided comment on the results of the various streams of engagement undertaken on proposals to introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential roads across the borough, and the proposals recommended by officers. The report considered that the proposals would make our roads safer, reduce the number and severity of road casualties caused by excessive speed, and make roads easier to use and more attractive for residents. It was anticipated that this would help reduce air pollution and encourage more people to travel by sustainable active travel modes. The report went on to note that the consultation results being reported on were from January/February 2020, and appropriate reports had been prepared for the Council’s Committee cycle in March 2020, to allow consideration of the data and feedback. Unfortunately, it had not been possible to report to those Committee meetings, due to the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic. This report was now reviewing the results of that consultation, and Appendix A provided an analysis of the consultation results along with conclusions and recommendations on the way forward. It went on to note that the borough’s key Transport Strategy, the Local Implementation Plan 3 (LIP3), and the Corporate Plan were aligned in terms of focussing on consulting on the introduction of 20mph speed limits to improve safety and traffic flow. It was important to consider that the majority of the boroughs collisions occurred on the main road network, and often at junctions where people were leaving or joining that network. The project had considered what was meant by residential roads and what is meant by main roads, as to all intents and purposes both were A and B roads which had a high level of residential properties, but served an important function from a network perspective. As such, a fuller consideration needed to be given to those roads and the impacts of changes to any speed limit. It was clearer to think about roads on the main road network vs roads which make up the local networks. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) and Transport for London (TfL) Healthy Streets and Vision Zero approach to road safety, both also offered a strong direction with lowering speeds identified as one of the most important things that could be done to make Kingston’s streets safer.

 

At the end of the discussion, it was RESOLVED that:

 

1.    The committee introduce a 20 mph speed limit on roads in Kingston Town, in Seven Kings Way, Sury Basin, Henry Macaulay Avenue, Skerne Road, Down Hall Road and Thames Side

 

2.  The committee further resolves to seek the views of residents in certain other roads with a view to introducing a 20 mph limit where specific safety issues would be addressed by so doing. This would possibly include boundary roads in adjacent neighbourhoods, subject to those neighbourhoods' agreement.

 

Voting:          

For: Councillors Z Abbas, F Boult, C Kerr, E Davey, D  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

St John's Primary School - Experimental School Street pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To consider and agree to the implementation of a trial School Street scheme at St John’s Primary School in Portland Road.

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

1.     A School Street at St John’s Primary School is approved to operate using an Experimental Traffic Management Order as a trial for a minimum of 6 months and up to 18 months, between 8:30-9:30am and 2:45-3:45pm, Monday to Friday, during school term times only and will be enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

 

2.     A Monitoring plan is developed, setting out an assessment process to measure the impact of the trial on the local area, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of this committee and ward councillors.

Minutes:

In accordance with the Members Code of Conduct, Councillor Moll declared before the consideration of the matter that her children attended St John’s Primary School. 

The committee received a report by the Assistant Director - Highways, Transport and Regulatory Services which asked that the committee considered and agreed to the implementation of a trial School Street scheme at St John’s Primary School in Portland Road. The report noted that a School Street created a safer environment for children going to and from school and would encourage the use of sustainable modes of travel and improve air quality in the vicinity of the school. The report outlined the proposed trial of a School Street at St John’s Primary School using an Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO) as a trial for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 18 months, operating between 8:30-9:30am and 2:45-3:45pm, Monday to Friday, during school term times only and which would be enforced by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras. The report asked for the committee’s approval on the way forward.

 

After discussion it was RESOLVED that:

 

1.    A School Street at St John’s Primary School is approved to operate using an Experimental Traffic Management Order as a trial for a minimum of 6 months and up to 18 months, between 8:30-9:30am and 2:45-3:45pm, Monday to Friday, during school term times only and will be enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

 

2.     A Monitoring plan be developed, setting out an assessment process to measure the impact of the trial on the local area, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of this committee and ward councillors.

 

Voting: Unanimous

 

14.

URGENT ITEMS AUTHORISED BY THE CHAIR

Minutes:

There were no urgent items authorised by the Chair.