Agenda and minutes

Community Safety and Environment Policy and Accountability Committee
Wednesday, 18th November, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Small Hall - Hammersmith Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Ainsley Gilbert 

Items
No. Item

20.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 189 KB

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

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

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

 

Minute 15: Future Waste and Street Cleansing Services – Involving the Citizen

Councillor Dewhirst asked why the consultation on Waste, Street Cleansing and Street Scene had not kept to the dates originally advertised. Councillor Harcourt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services, explained that he would have to look at whether the consultation had started on the correct date, as he did not have the information to hand. He explained that it had finished early as some local politicians had misinformed residents about the purpose of the consultation, meaning that it ceased to be a useful engagement exercise. He said that the administration would be retaining weekly bin collections, and also continuing to engage with residents.

21.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

22.

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.

23.

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

24.

20MPH Speed Limit Zones - Consultation Results pdf icon PDF 2 MB

This report presents the results from the borough wide consultation carried out during the summer 2015.

Minutes:

Councillor Culhane explained that on 9 June the Community Safety, Environment and Residents’ Services Policy and Accountability Committee had launched the consultation on a borough-wide 20mph speed limit with a lively debate. The Consultation ran until 31 July, with more than five thousand responses being received. The Committee now needed to consider the responses to the consultation and what the Council ought to do next. He explained that all comments made would be recorded and passed on to the Cabinet, should members choose to pass the report on.

 

Councillor Harcourt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services, explained that introducing a 20mph zone into residential streets was a manifesto commitment. He also said that the administration was committed to working with residents, and that the consultation, which TfL had funded, was part of this second commitment. He was pleased that 5,200 responses had been received, which was a very large turnout for this type of consultation. Councillor Harcourt stressed that no decision about what would happen next had been taken and encouraged those present to give their views.

 

Nick Ruxton-Boyle, Chief Transport Planner, said that about 30% of roads in the borough were already in one of seventeen ‘home zones’ and therefore already had a 20mph speed limit. He explained that the first consultation he had undertaken upon joining the council had been the introduction of the ‘home zone’ in Wormholt. There had been 25 casualties in the five years before the zone was introduced, but only 17 in the last five years, a reduction of 30%.

 

The council had decided to consult residents on a borough-wide 20mph speed limit for six main reasons. These were:

       To address a real danger

       To reduce deaths and injuries

       To reduce accidents

       To make our children and all of us healthier

       To cut delays on the road

       To make our neighbourhoods more pleasant.

 

Mr Ruxton-Boyle explained that the 20mph proposal was only one of many projects designed to improve road safety in the borough, with engineering works and education programmes also planned.

 

The first question in the consultation had been ‘Do you support a borough-wide 20mph speed limit on roads managed by Hammersmith and Fulham Council?’ 45% of respondents had been in favour of the limit being applied to all council managed roads, with a further 26% being in favour of the limit on most roads (they were asked to state which ones they wanted to be exempt). 29% of respondents were against the proposal.  Most of those who were in favour of the limit, but not for all roads, wanted to retain the 30mph speed limit on main roads. He noted however that the majority of casualties occurred on the main road network. Nick Ruxton-Boyle explained that there had been substantial opposition to the inclusion of Fulham Palace Road in a 20mph zone, but noted that there were high casualty figures as the road passed north of Lillie Road. He also said that the most  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

Cycling Update pdf icon PDF 295 KB

This report gives what will be an annual update on developments in cycling in the borough. It covers the period since the report to PAC on the subject in February 2015.

Minutes:

Richard Duffill explained that he felt the borough had shown a real commitment to cycling. This was he thought exemplified by the adoption of the new cycling strategy, his employment as cycling officer and the appointment of Councillor Cassidy as Cycling Champion. Now that the Cycling Strategy had been launched he explained that he intended to bring a report on progress back to the committee annually.

 

Richard Duffill noted that Hammersmith and Fulham had one of the highest numbers of cycle journeys in London, and that the target to increase the share of journeys from 5 to 8 percent was therefore quite a challenging one. The infrastructure for cycling in the borough was on the whole quite good, but major junctions were quite intimidating and so these were key areas to improve. Hammersmith Gyratory had been identified by Transport for London as particularly bad and had been included in TfL’s better junction’s project. Richard Duffill also noted that there was limited funding available for infrastructure improvements and felt that this needed to be communicated better to residents. A network of quietways was being developed to encourage less confident cyclists to use their bikes, and to reduce the number of cyclists using more dangerous routes. The borough also ran cycle training courses and 173 adults had been trained in 2014/15 and further opportunities would be offered over the coming year. Bicycle maintenance classes had also been run for over 100 people over the past year, whilst about 600 children had been trained to level 2 of the bikeability scheme, meaning that they could ride safely on a quiet street.

 

The Chair asked what was being done to improve the availability of bicycle parking in the borough. Richard Duffill explained that there were about 2,000 spaces in the borough with 100 having been installed in the last year. There were also 100 requests for more parking or new locations which he was dealing with. He felt that some of the borough’s cycle parking was not located where it was needed, and also hoped to install secure cycle units, especially on council estates.

 

Councillor Dewhirst asked about difficulties in cyclists and pedestrians trying to use the Thames Path and asked what was being done. Richard Duffill explained that the cycle route along the path avoided pinch points as far as possible by using diversions. He hoped to improve signage of these and encourage their use as they were generally faster than trying to ride through narrower sections of the path.

 

Councillor Dewhirst asked whether there were plans to increase the number of cycle hire docking stations in the borough. Chris Bainbridge explained that the borough was pressing TfL to install more docking stations in the borough, but that they were not currently keen on expanding the network. Where larger developments were taking place the borough sought to have docking stations installed as part of these.

 

Councillor Holder asked what additional cycle training for children took place beyond level two of the Bikeability Scheme.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

26.

Revised Statement of Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 204 KB

This report explains the proposed changes to the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Patrick Crowley explained that this was the fifth time the Statement of Licensing Policy had been updated since the 2003 Licensing Act. Only minor changes were proposed to reflect new legislation and guidance, to enhance the recognition of Child Sexual Exploitation in the document and to show that cumulative impact zones had been reviewed.

 

Councillor Culhane asked whether the public consultation was sufficient as only a very limited number of responses had been submitted. Patrick Crowley explained that there had been extensive public consultation but as the changes proposed would have limited impact and were generally technical he did not think that greater public involvement was required. Councillor Holder suggested that Safer Neighbourhood Ward meetings would be a good forum through which officers could get feedback on such proposals.

 

It was

RESOLVED

That the committee recommend that Council approve and adopt the revised Statement of Licensing Policy.

 

27.

Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2015-16 pdf icon PDF 181 KB

This report covers the 2015-16 Strategic Assessment which underpins the work of the Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Dave Page introduced the report, explaining that there were 7 priorities which were:

1.    Adult and Youth Reoffending

2.    Violent Crime. Focus on Violence Against a Person and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)

3.    Motor Vehicle Crime

4.    Environmental Crime: Focusing on Flytipping

5.    Anti-Social Behaviour: Focusing on Noise Nuisance

6.    Victims; including Child Sexual Exploitation

7.    Problem locations: Focusing on Town Centres

 

Officers explained that the Safer Neighbourhood Board had been consulted on these priorities, and it was officers intention to consult the Community Safety, Environment and Residents Services Policy and Accountability Committee at an earlier stage in 2016.

 

Councillor Culhane asked whether there was more that the council could do to help achieve the priorities. Chief Inspector Simon Causer said that the council already contributed greatly to the work, especially by funding additional officers.

 

Councillor Hamilton referred to a map on page 9 and said that he was concerned by the high number of assaults in parts of Sands End. Officers explained that this was likely to be because of higher populations in the affected Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) as a result of new developments. The boundaries of the LSOAs hadn’t been redrawn since 2011.

 

Councillor Hamilton also raised concern about the significant rise in domestic violence incidents in Sands End. Dave Page explained that this was likely to be due to better reporting, noting that the council had recently signed a new Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy.

 

Councillor Dewhirst noted that there was no CCTV on King Street West of the Premier Inn. Dave Page explained that the Council invested heavily in CCTV and the quality of the CCTV had been recognised by the Metropolitan Police. It was hoped to increase coverage using S. 106 funding. Claire Rai noted that the council had invested in more mobile CCTV cameras.

 

It was

RESOLVED

That the report be noted.

 

28.

Dates of Future meetings and Work Programming pdf icon PDF 150 KB

The Committee is asked to consider the Work Programme of future items. Dates of future meetings are:

-       18 January 2016

-       2 March 2016

-       12 April 2016

-       28 June 2016

-       21 September 2016

 

Minutes:

Councillor Hamilton asked whether the report on Emissions Linked Parking Permits would be brought to the PAC. Councillor Harcourt explained that the Commission on Air Quality would be considering the proposal before councillors would consider it.

 

It was

RESOLVED

1)    That the proposed work programme be noted.

2)    That the next meeting would be held on 18th January 2016.