Venue: Committee Rooms CDE, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, SM4 5DX
|1.||Apologies for absence
No apologies received.
|2.||Declarations of pecuniary interest
There were no declarations of pecuniary interest.
|3.||Minutes of the previous meeting PDF 118 KB
The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed. However, Cllr Mundy requested that the minutes be updated with a few clarifications.
In response to Panel Member questions about street cleaning and fly tipping (page 3), it was clarified that Pollards Hill is one of the areas in the East of the borough that the Council is paying for side waste removal outside the contract.
Officers committed to action on the matter of user journeys, web improvements and increasing the limit for uploads via mobile phones (page 4).
|4.||Matters arising from the minutes PDF 75 KB
The Director of Environment and Regeneration commented on the active work being undertaken following the recommendations from the Panel in October.
One of the scrutiny recommendations agreed by Cabinet (Para 2.11) was to involve a scrutiny representative in meetings between the Council and Clarion. This matter has been discussed with the Chair outside of the meeting and she has agreed to be the scrutiny representative in those meetings.
|5.||Clarion Housing Group: Regeneration
Presentation by Clarion Housing followed by Q&A
The Chair welcomed and thanked Paul Quinn, Director of Merton Regeneration for Clarion Housing, for facilitating today’s visits to the three regeneration sites. The Councillors all found it extremely useful and informative.
Paul Quinn gave the following updates with regards to the regeneration sites;
The Chair then invited speakers to share their views on the regeneration plans;
Paul Quinn responded to the speakers comments;
In response to Panel Members questions, Paul Quinn replied;
Paul Quinn was thanked for attending.
|6.||Single Use Plastics – Action Plan PDF 46 KB
The Assistant Director for Infrastructure and Technology presented the update.
In response to Panel Members questions, the AD for Infrastructure and Technology explained that difficulties have arisen as the work sits across two directorates.
The AD for Infrastructure and Technology agreed to return in the future with an updated plan detailing the objectives and measures of success.
|7.||Budget/Business plan scrutiny (Round 1) PDF 57 KB
After inviting questions of clarification from the Panel, the Director of Corporate Services explained the following;
The Director of Environment and Regeneration confirmed there will be a consultation about Wimbledon Park and the other paddling pools/interactive water features in the borough.
Discussing ENV1920-01 which is the Parking services application to change Merton’s PCN charge band from band B to band A.
There was the additional request for information about where Merton Council sits in council rankings of parking services income in the country.
Action: The Director of E&R agreed to provide this outside the meeting
Councillor Daniel Holden raised a motion with regards to ENV1920-01 which is the Parking services application to change Merton’s PCN charge band from band B to band A. Councillor Holden proposed this The motion was seconded by Councillor David Dean and debated by the Panel.
Panel unanimously RESOLVED to make the following reference to Cabinet:
“This Panel recommends to Cabinet that the proposed saving of ENV1920-01 be accepted on the proviso that the key locations that give rise to PCN’s are checked and reviewed by the Highways inspectors to ensure that the appropriate signage, layout and road markings are clear and therefore not unfairly penalising residents.
Once the review is concluded, the results should be brought to the Sustainable Communities Overview & Scrutiny Panel for comment”.
|8.||Bishopsford Road Bridge update PDF 500 KB
The Assistant Director for Sustainable Communities introduced the update and stated that the Council is still waiting for the report conclusion into the causes and what led to the bridges collapse. A report investigating whether the bridge needs to be repaired or replaced all together is also underway. Regular updates are online at www.merton.gov.uk/bishopsfordbridge
|9.||Town Centre regeneration
Presentation by FutureMerton
The Head of Future Merton gave a presentation on the plans for Morden. In response to Panel Members questions he also clarified;
|10.||Performance Monitoring PDF 55 KB
A Panel Member asked how fly tips removed within 24 hours are monitored.
The Director of Environment and Regeneration replied that fly tips are reported via CRM through to Echo and then recorded back into CRM when collected by Veolia. Due to the high volume, we cannot check every single one has been completed therefore we accept that some residents may find they have not all been collected.
The Assistant Director of Public Space added that are some peculiarities within the data that are being looked into (i.e. private land, requiring different arrangements etc.) Action: The Assistant Director of Public Space agreed to report back any significant anomalies.
A Panel Member queried the still high levels of litter and detritus. The Assistant Director of Public Space agreed they were high but are moving in the right direction. The plan implemented in the East of the borough is bringing improvement and we are grading more stringently so we maintain that pressure to deliver. We are also looking at electric mechanised sweeping apparatus pilot for waste as an option.
|11.||Work Programme PDF 110 KB
The work programme was agreed.