Agenda and minutes

Community Safety and Environment Policy and Accountability Committee
Tuesday, 9th June, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Small Hall - Hammersmith Town Hall. View directions

Contact: David Abbott 

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 180 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 21 April 2015.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 April 2015 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

2.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Councillor Sharon Holder.

3.

Declarations of interest

If a Committee member has any prejudicial or personal interest in a particular item they should declare the existence and nature of the interest at the commencement of the consideration of that item or as soon as it becomes apparent.

 

At meetings where members of the public are allowed to be in attendance and speak, any Councillor with a prejudicial interest may also make representations, give evidence or answer questions about the matter. The Councillor must then withdraw immediately from the meeting before the matter is discussed and any vote taken unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Standards Committee.

 

Where Members of the public are not allowed to be in attendance, then the Councillor with a prejudicial interest should withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is under consideration unless the disability has been removed by the Standards Committee.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

4.

Appointment of Vice Chair

The Committee is asked to elect a Vice Chair from its membership for the 2015/16 Municipal Year.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

That Councillor Steve Hamilton be appointed Vice Chair of the Committee for the 2015/16 Municipal year.

5.

Public Participation

To invite questions from members of the public present.

 

Members of the public with more complex issues are invited to submit their questions in advance in order to allow a more substantive answer to be given. Questions can be sent to the contact officer shown on the front page of the agenda.

 

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Culhane, invited members of the public present to make any comments in relation to issues on the agenda as part of that item.

6.

Borough-Wide 20mph Speed Limit pdf icon PDF 1 MB

This report sets out a draft programme for the feasibility study, consultation, and delivery of a borough-wide 20mph speed limit.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Graham Burrell, Projects and Development Manager, presented the report that set out the draft programme for the feasibility study, public consultation, and potential delivery of a borough-wide speed limit of 20mph.

 

Officers informed the Committee that reducing road accidents and injuries was a key priority for the Council and a target had been set to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on roads in the borough to 65 or under by 2020. Research from the Transport Research Laboratory showed that 20mph zones reduced injuries and accidents by up to 60%.

 

Officers noted that historically the borough had operated a mixture of 20mph zones and 20mph limits on individual streets. In addition to these measures, traffic calming devices (road humps, cushions etc.) were introduced to enforce slower speeds. The majority of roads in the borough experienced average speeds of around 20-30mph.

 

The Council wanted to hear from as many residents as possible to get their views on the proposed changes. An online consultation was set up and consultation leaflets were posted to every resident and business in the borough. A key question for the consultation was whether the 20mph limit should include main roads or be limited to residential areas and accident hotspots.

 

The Chair, Councillor Culhane, opened the discussion to the floor and the following contributions were noted:

 

Tony Boys, Hammersmith Embankment Residents Association, addressed the Committee and the following points were noted:

·         The Council should not unfairly prejudice drivers. Drivers were not always to blame for accidents, cyclists and pedestrians were also culpable.

·         Road safety was a priority but traffic flow issues should not be ignored. What schemes would be put in place to improve traffic issues in the borough?

·         Vehicle speed was not statistically the most common reason for accidental collisions, factors such as; drivers being distracted, failures to judge the speed of other vehicles, and failures to see obstacles ranked higher. The Council should address the most common reasons for accidents before lowering the speed limit across the whole borough.

·         More was needed to discourage people from taking journeys by car unnecessarily, such as extending the congestion charge.

 

The Chair, Councillor Culhane, noted that the proposal was not intended to punish drivers but rather was a way to make the roads safer for everyone, including drivers.

 

Ruth Mayorcas, resident, addressed the Committee and the following points were noted:

·         Other countries, such as Holland, had far lower serious accident rates than the UK and they continued to fall. The numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed had actually increased in the UK in recent years.

·         Countries with lower speed limits had lower rates of serious accident.

·         Drivers were often inconsiderate, not slowing for pedestrians or taking proper consideration of cyclists.

·         The infrastructure of the borough was not cyclist friendly in many areas, for example raised tables were needed on the corners of roads.

·         There was a significant elderly population who could not drive but still needed to get to the shops, town centres and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Provision of Sport and Leisure Facilities pdf icon PDF 195 KB

This report sets out the context for the encouragement of greater physical activity in the borough, with particular reference to younger people.

Minutes:

Ullash Karia, Acting Director and Head of Leisure & Parks, presented the report that set out the context for the encouragement of greater physical activity in the borough, with particular focus on young people. Officers noted that the current community sports and physical activity strategy was a ‘live’ strategy that would be modified to reflect changes to partner funding arrangements (e.g. Public Health).

 

The Chair, Councillor Culhane, noted that he would be interested to have a special meeting of the Committee on sports provision in the borough and invite schools and other key stakeholders. Officers noted that the existing Community Sports and Physical Activity Network (CSPAN) meetings already cover this area and agreed to circulate the dates of the meetings to the Committee.

 

ACTION: Ullash Karia

 

Councillor Dewhirst asked officers what the key issues facing the service were. Officers responded that funding cuts from Section 106 and Public Health were the key issues affecting the service although they were working with partners to mitigate reductions where possible.

 

Councillor Fennimore noted that they were exploring opportunities to work closer with Public Health on issues such as childhood obesity.

 

Councillor Dewhirst asked officers for an update on the Fulham Pools contract. Officers responded that it was a 50 year contract but they hoped to receive a better service through closer monitoring of the contract.

 

RESOLVED

That the report be noted.

8.

Update on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Schemes pdf icon PDF 2 MB

This report provides an overview of the various Sustainable Drainage Systems projects being undertaken within the borough.

Minutes:

George Warren, Flood Risk Manager, presented the report that provided an overview of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) projects being undertaken in the borough. Officers noted that they had worked closely with the community on the schemes and in a number of case they were incorporating their ideas into the projects.

 

It was now mandatory for major developments (i.e. ten or more residential homes, or 10,000 square feet or more of commercial space) to consider the inclusion of SuDS within their design and the Lead Local Flood Authority, LBHF, are now a statutory consultee for all major planning applications on surface water issues.

 

The Chair, Councillor Culhane, asked officers if there had been any resistance from developers. Officers responded that, while in the past SuDS had been considered an add on, through better education developers had seen the benefits of early adoption, such as; lower overall costs, a reduced need for irrigation, and a reduced need for storage tanks on site.

 

Councillor Hamilton noted that it was good to see progress in this area and asked about the Thames Water projects being implemented on alternate streets. Officers responded that Thames Water wanted to see the impact of SuDS so they identified a number of streets and were due to begin works imminently. Thames Water would be paying for the construction and the maintenance costs for two years. They were also funding an engineering graduate to be involved with the project.

 

Officers invited Councillors to view the SuDS works projects in person. Councillors should contact George Warren to register their interest.

 

ACTION: Cllrs / George Warren

 

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, thanked officers for their pioneering work in this area.

 

RESOLVED

That the report be noted.

9.

Work Programming pdf icon PDF 75 KB

The Committee is asked to consider the work programme for the 2015/16 Municipal Year.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED

That the work programme for 2015/16 be noted.

10.

Dates of future meetings

Future meetings of this Committee for the 2015/16 Municipal Year are scheduled for:

·         16 September 2015

·         18 November 2015

·         18 January 2016

·         02 March 2016

·         12 April 2016

Minutes:

Future meeting dates of this Committee for the 2015/16 Municipal Year are scheduled for:

·         16 September 2015

·         18 November 2015

·         18 January 2016

·         02 March 2016

·         12 April 2016