Agenda, decisions and minutes

Online Meeting, Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee
Tuesday 27 April 2021 7:30 pm

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Items
No. Item

85.

The Chair

Minutes:

Councillor Schaper was the Co Chair in ‘the Chair’ for the meeting.

86.

Public Questions

A period of no more than 30 minutes for questions on issues unrelated to items on the agenda (please refer to the ‘Welcome’ Information pages).

Minutes:

Mr Leo Di Lieto asked the following question:-

 

With regard to the King Charles Road LTN, and now that traffic levels are back to normal, some would say above normal, are the councillors aware of the increasing number of traffic snarl-ups, traffic jams, potential road rage incidents, call them what you will, in Hollyfield Road in particular, Alexander Drive and even Raeburn Avenue.

 

A number of Committee members commented on the question, confirming that they were aware of concerns raised regarding the King Charles Road LTN, but also that a significant number of residents had also come forward with a more positive view on the operation and impact of the LTN scheme. The Chair confirmed that all of the comments received would be fully evaluated by officers before a report was submitted to the Committee on the matter in June.

 

 

87.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Foulder-Hughes.

88.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests and any non- pecuniary interests (personal interests) relevant to items on this agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

89.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2021.

Minutes:

Resolved, that the minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee on 11 March 2021 be confirmed as correct.

90.

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 is 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.

91.

Community Grants pdf icon PDF 100 KB

 

Report by Assistant Director Culture, Communities and Engagement on the Community Grants Programme.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved, that the following Neighbourhood Community Grants be approved:-

 

(a)  Zoological Society of London (£3,000); and

 

(b)  The Community Brain (£3,000)

Minutes:

Members had before them the report by the Assistant Director Culture, Communities and Engagement on two applications for Neighbourhood Community Grants.

 

The Zoological Society of London had applied for £3,000 to support Kingston Hogwatch. This project would be part of the capital wide London Hogwatch, which aimed to help halt hedgehog population decline in London by understanding the abundance and distributions of major hedgehog populations in the capital and help others to develop better conservation management strategies.

Hedgehogs in the UK had experienced a dramatic decline over the last 20 years, with estimates suggesting that numbers had fallen from 1.5 million in 1995 to under 1 million in 2015. The causes of this decline were complicated, as many factors were likely to be interacting to produce this effect. These factors included habitat loss (in urban environments, lack of access to gardens and parks), use of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, road traffic and possibly also the increasing badger population.

A key problem with conservation efforts for Kingston’s hedgehogs was a lack of knowledge about the occurrence, size and levels of connectivity of the populations. The project was seeking to inspire Surbiton residents to actively participate in these conservation activities by helping the Zoological Society to locate hedgehog populations within the neighbourhood.

Running until the Autumn of this year the project would recruit 30 Surbiton residents who were willing to volunteer as ‘Hedgehog Champions’ to deploy state of the art camera traps in their garden to investigate local hedgehog activity. These camera traps would be sent to the local volunteers by the Institute of Zoology (IOZ) and the Champions would receive online training which would enable them to effectively deploy the camera traps.

The IOZ would process and evaluate the video records generated by the camera trap investigation. This would inform the Kingston Biodiversity Action Plan and help to develop appropriate conservation actions to protect and increase the local hedgehog population.

The project would also include two Hedgehog Talks, one before the trapping exercise and a second upon its conclusion. These talks, held locally, were open to all and would seek to encourage the general public to take an active interest in hedgehogs and local wildlife.

The Committee heard a presentation from Mr Chris Carbone in support of the application and his confirmation of evaluating the outcomes of the scheme.

 

The Community Brain had applied for £3,000 to fund the development of a walking guide which sought to encourage residents to explore the neighbourhood’s open spaces. The exact route for the proposed walk was to be confirmed but it would begin in Tolworth and end in the vicinity of Malden Manor. The majority of the walk would take place within Alexandra and Berrylands wards and would include:

·         Six Acre Meadow

·         Sunray Recycle - Sorting Centre and Community Plot

·         Sunray Avenue to Vincent Avenue Walk

·         Kingston Edible Forest Garden - Knollmead

·         The Circulatory - Save the World Club

The Community Brain had already produced a walking guide detailing a route  ...  view the full minutes text for item 91.

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
Kingston Hogwatch - Neighbourhood Community Grant Motion Carried
The Community Brain - Neighbourhood Community Grant Motion Carried
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  • 92.

    Neighbourhood Manager's Verbal Update Report

    Minutes:

    The Neighbourhood Manager updated members on the Friends of Surbiton Station initiative.

    93.

    Work Programme pdf icon PDF 50 KB

    Minutes:

    The work programme was received.

    94.

    Urgent Items Authorised by the Chair

    Minutes:

    There were no urgent items.

    95.

    Exclusion of the Press and Public

    The following resolution is included as a standard item which will only be relevant if any exempt matter is to be considered at the meeting for which the Committee wish to resolve to exclude the press and public:

     

    To exclude the public from the meeting under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that it is likely that exempt information, as defined in paragraph x of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act, would be disclosed and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

     

    Minutes:

    The motion to exclude press and public was not required.