Agenda and minutes

Borough, Bankside and Walworth Community Council
Monday 22 April 2013 7.00 pm

Venue: Walworth Academy, Shorncliffe Rd, London SE1 5UJ

Contact: Alexa Coates  Phone: 020 7525 7385 E-mail:  alexa.coates@southwark.gov.uk

Items
Note No. Item

1.

Welcome and introductions

2.

Apologies

3.

Disclosure of members' interests and dispensations

    Minutes:

    Members made the following declarations regarding items on the agenda.

     

    Agenda Item 9 - Cleaner, Greener, Safer Funding.

     

    Councillor Catherine Bowman, Non Pecuniary, as she used to have an allotment on the Rockingham Estate, which she had, however, given up recently.

     

    Councillor Neil Coyle, Non Pecuniary, as he is a member of the Walworth Society.

     

4.

Items of business that the Chair deems urgent

    Minutes:

    The chair drew the attention of the meeting to two supplementary agendas which had been circulated containing reports regarding the following items:

     

    6. Petitions and Deputations

     

    16. Community Streets – Liverpool Grove

     

    17. Section 106 release report - £887,506 of regeneration projects from 07-AP-2267 Bankside Hilton, Great Suffolk Street 11/AP/1341, St Ives House 11/AP/0671, Great Guildford Business Square and 10/AP/3316 Land at Ewer Street.

     

    The chair announced that item 16 would be considered after the community announcements, and that item 17 would be considered under item 12.

     

5.

Minutes

6.

Petitions and Deputations

    The chair to advise on any deputations or petitions received.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillors considered the information contained in the report.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the deputation from the Kennington and Walworth Neighbourhood Action Group be heard.

     

    John Bayley, the spokesperson for the deputation explained that while the group broadly supported the Northern Line extension, they opposed the construction plans Transport for London (TfL) had put together. Works would be taking place from 2015 to 2019, and would cause noise and air pollution, and great disruption to residents in the area. There would be heavy construction traffic, and this would originate across the street from a nursery. There would also be disruption to all users of Kennington Park and to the eco-hub while the underground junctions were being constructed in the north-eastern part of the park. A permanent shaft would also be constructed there. Furthermore, there were plans to create stabilization tunnels underneath the streets to the north of the park which could make the buildings rise or fall somewhat, depending on who one talked to. TfL’s current plans were flawed,  because the station was too small for the volume of commuters who would use the station and change trains. Work to the station was needed first. The deputation’s spokesperson asked:

     

    • What would Southwark do to minimise disruption to residents?
    • How Southwark would approach the public enquiry, and who would be responsible from the officer side?
    • How would Southwark liaise with Lambeth council? A working group should be put together.

     

    Responding to questions from councillors, the members of the deputation said that they were most concerned about the construction traffic, and the proximity of Keyworth Primary school to major building works. They also had concerns about the impact on Kennington Park and Kennington Street. Proper supervision of contractors was needed. The meeting heard that Southwark and Lambeth councils needed to work together, because TfL’s assumption about the tube station did not make sense.

     

    Councillors discussed making this topic the subject of the community council question to be asked at the Council Assembly meeting on 3 July 2013. 

7.10 pm

7.

Community Announcements

    • Southwark Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent John Sutherland

     

    • Southwark Registration Surgery – local history and community space etc.

     

    • Pavements/resurfacing in East Street  

     

    • Walworth Town Hall fire – update

     

    If you have a community announcement please email details to community.councils@southwark.gov.uk before the meeting.

     

    Minutes:

    Police update

    Southwark Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent John Sutherland, introduced himself to the meeting and informed the meeting that crime figures for residential burglaries had gone down. This was in line with an overall downward trend in crime figures including violent crime. There remained, however, some challenges regarding robberies, violence against young people and knife crime. Operation Trinity had been launched in January to tackle these three areas. The operation would continue into next year, and was running in partnership with Southwark council.

     

    The Metropolitan Police faced the financial challenge of having to make £500 million in savings. This meant changes had to be made in terms of the policing model used. There would be no reductions in frontline policing, however, some police stations would be closing. He outlined that Walworth police station would remain a 24/7 front counter, with Peckham police station open 16 hours 6 days a week and Southwark police station 8 hours, 5 days a week. Rotherhithe and Dulwich police stations would likely be closed and sold.  The Safer Neighbourhoods Teams with dedicated local officers would remain, but would in future be cluster-based, with some staff moving from one ward to another. There would, however, still be one named Sergeant, Constable and PCSO per ward. The southwest cluster would be based at Camberwell police station, the southeast cluster at Peckham police station, and the northwest cluster at Walworth police station. The base for the northeast cluster was still to be confirmed.

     

    Responding to questions from the floor, Chief Superintendent Sutherland said that stopping violence against women was one of his personal priorities, and that all offences against women would be pursued. In terms of “stop and search”, the Chief Superintendent said that this was a hugely emotive issue, and that levels of “stop and search” had fallen in volume. He did not know Southwark’s ranking in terms of “stop and search”, and said that the issue needed work. It was an important power the police had at their disposal especially with regards to knife crime, but the police had to dispense this power professionally, lawfully and with respect.

     

    The chair told the meeting that he himself had been stopped more than 40 times and asked to empty his pockets under the “suss” laws, one year when he was growing up. These kind of experiences alienated young people. Heavy handed policing did not serve the community.

     

    In response to further questions, the Chief Superintendent explained that operation Trinity focussed on the fact than young people are more likely to be victims. The police were working with the Southwark Anti-Violence Unit (SAVU), and with volunteer sector organisations like the Damilola Taylor Trust and Kids Company. In terms of the numbers of police officers, overall police numbers would be lower than two to three years ago. This was partly due to the extra officers had been hired for the Olympics. Furthermore many functions had been transferred from boroughs to centralised units, such as telephone answering services for 999 calls.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

7.40 pm

8.

Youth Community Council

    Minutes:

    Emma Corker, from Southwark Youth Services, and Kirsty from the Borough, Bankside and Walworth Youth Community Council updated the meeting on the latest activities of the youth community council which included:

     

    ·  making links with youth clubs to increase participation in the youth community council

    ·  championing young people’s need for employment and training to combat unemployment 

    ·  mapping of young-people-friendly spaces along Walworth Road, and working to prevent the establishment of  more payday loan shops

     

    Councillor Claire Hickson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Economic Wellbeing, explained that the council funded different programmes to help people into work, especially young people. She said she would send through this information to the youth community council. In terms of payday loan shops, Councillor Hickson explained that councillors had tried to limit their proliferation through the planning process. This had, however, proved difficult, as the planning rules currently did not support the council’s efforts. Councillors were therefore campaigning for an introduction of a separate class of use for loan shops and betting shops.

     

    The meeting heard that the council had rejected the application for a new loan shop on Tower Bridge Road three times, but had been overruled.


    In response to a question from the floor, Councillor Hickson explained that under the previous Section 106 regime, the council had negotiated with developers, so that training and employment for local residents, especially young people, would be provided - for example, at the Shard.  There was more scope for this, as part of the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime. The meeting heard that Section 106 had also funded workplace coordinators, measures to support young people into work, as well as the Waterloo job shop. There was, however, not a lot of feedback about whether these measures were actually working, especially from young people. Councillor Adele Morris encouraged residents to get in touch with her and share their experiences of these services. Emma Corker responded that young people were looking for paid employment with career prospects, not unpaid internships.

     

    Nathan from Newington Estate Youth Club asked the community council to help the club get more frequent access to the Penrose TRA hall where they met regularly. Councillor Neil Coyle informed the meeting that he had already intervened on behalf of the group.

     

    The chair thanked the members of the youth community council for attending. 

     

7.50 pm

9.

Cleaner, Greener, Safer Funding

    Andrea Allen, to explain CGS process and highlight a successful application from 2012/13.

    Minutes:

    Andrea Allen, Senior Project Manager, introduced a representative from the Walworth Allotment Association / Fielding Street Allotments, one of last year’s successful applicants who explained that the CGS funding had paid for general works on the fence line, for planting on the allotment itself, and for the provision of a waterless toilet. This had been a valuable injection of funding for the group.

     

9.1

Cleaner, Greener, Safer Capital Fund 2013/14

    Note: This is an executive function.

     

    To consider applications for the CGS capital fund 2013/14.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillors considered the information contained in the report.

     

    Note: This is an executive function.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the following amounts of Cleaner, Greener, Safer capital funding 2013/2014 be allocated to the projects listed below: 

     

    Cathedrals ward

     

    Proposal Name

    Funding awarded

    Pedestrianisation of Lamlash Street

    £8,500

    The Perronet House TRA War on Pee and Poop

    £5,000

    Community Garden at Sumner Street

    £10,000

    Styles House Christmas decorations

    £980

    Bountiful Borough Road

    £5,400

    Redman Green on the Lant & Bittern Estate

    £8,210

    Webber Row estate children's playground

    £10,000

    Covered seating at Sports Garden at Marlborough Playground

    £13,320

    Crossbones Meanwhile Garden

    £21,600

    Victorian Spirit at Red Cross Garden

    £18,000

    Play Out at Sports Garden

    £540

    Unallocated

    £39,674

    Total allocated

     

    £141,224

     

     

    Chaucer ward

    Proposal Name

    Funding awarded

    Rockingham Community Allotments

    £6,000

    Albert Barnes House Grounds Renovation

    £9,000

    Hankey Hall improvements

    £25,000

    Alice Street Improvement

    £17,000

    The Big TBR Clean Up

    £15,000

    Street lights aren’t just for Christmas!

    £32,000

    Unallocated

    £19,334

    Total allocated

    £123,334

     

    Decision deferred until June 2013

     

    Avon Place - To reassess the improvements needed following recent tree planting.

     

     

    East Walworth ward

    Proposal Name

    Funding awarded

    Southwark Community Cricket Academy

    £1,675

    Surrey Square Park Wildlife Garden Improvements

    £20,000

    Salisbury estate rose beds

    £4,500

    Security Fence for Congreve Community Garden project

    £10,000

    Greener, cleaner Walworth SE17

    £2,000

    East Walworth Conservation area improvement

    £10,000

    Walcorde Avenue bin stores

    £7,000

    Southwark Sea Cadets HQ at All Saints Hall

    £10,800

    Robert Browning School gates and weather shelter

    £16,200

    Unallocated

    £17,477

    Total allocated

    £99,652

     

     

    Faraday ward

    Proposal Name

    Funding awarded

    Fencing at James Stroud House

    £8,800

    Bridport Floral Improvement Project

    £2,700

    Greener, cleaner Walworth SE17

    £8,000

    Gateway Estate Community Gardens

    £10,000

    Improve and increase youth work facilities in Aylesbury- Taplow area

    £8,000

    St Peter's Monkey Park and Churchyard community space project

    £30,000

    Unallocated

    35,074

    Total allocated

    £102,574

     

     

    Decision deferred until June 2013

     

    Liverpool Grove Public Square - Further information on wider project required before a decision on CGS funding.

    Newington ward

    Proposal Name

    Funding awarded

    Chapter Road - additional funding

    £15,000

    Fun and educational projects to welcome visitors to Walworth Garden Farm

    £10,070

    Improvements to Walworth Garden Farm entrance and Public Tree Art

    £6,350

    St Paul's: horticultural training and development

    £1,000

    Community Garden for Brandon 1

    £14,000

    Safer Paths on Brandon 1

    £5,000

    Pullens after school gardening club

    £1,140

    Pullens window boxes in bloom

    £5,400

    Newington TRA - football pitch

    £6,000

    Newington TRA Play and Keep Fit - new lighting

    £6,000

    Conant House - re-vamp outside storage areas

    £10,270

    Improve Rutley entrance passageways and provide additional planting

    £8,500

    Penrose Youth Club Safer Access

    £720

    CoolTan Arts Mobile Gardening in Newington & Walworth

    £2,200

    Unallocated

    £6024

    Total allocated

    £97,674

     

9.2

Cleaner, Greener, Safer Revenue Fund 2013/14

    Note: This is an executive function.

     

    To consider applications for the CGS revenue fund 2013/14.

     

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillors considered the information contained in the report.

     

    Note: This is an executive function.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That following amounts of Cleaner, Greener, Safer revenue funding 2013/2014 be allocated to the projects listed below: 

     

    Organisation

    Proposal Name

    Ward

     Awarded

    Bankside Open Spaces Trust

    Crossbones Meanwhile Garden

    Cathedrals

    £7,500

    Bankside Open Spaces Trust

    Play Out at Sports Garden

    Cathedrals

    £4,200

    Bankside Open Spaces Trust

    Victorian Spirit at Red Cross Garden

    Cathedrals

    £1,400

    Avon Place

    Cleaner Greener Safer Avon Place

    Chaucer

     Deferred

    Tabard Gardens North T&RA

    Tabard North Gardening Fun Day

    Chaucer

    £640

    Tower Bridge Road Alliance CIC

    The Big TBR Clean Up

    Chaucer

    £2,500

    Friends of Nursery Row Park

    Green Shoots & Safe Play Club Nursery Row Community Involvement Outreach Programme 2013/14

     

    East Walworth

    £11,000

    Walworth SE17

    Greener, cleaner Walworth SE17

     

    All Walworth

    £2,000

    Robert Browning School [Governors]

    Growing Project

    East Walworth

    £2,000

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    Organisation

    Proposal Name

    Ward

     Allocated

    Burgess Park Colts Cricket Club

    Southwark Community Cricket Academy at: Burgess Park Community Sports Centre, Cobourg Road, London SE5 OJD

    East Walworth

    £5,000

    The Community Project

    Community Allotment Project at Chumleigh Gardens

    Faraday

    £2,000

    Divine Rescue

    Homeless, Drug and Alcohol awareness Day

     

     

    £1,000

    Aylesbury Youth Centre

    Improve and increase youth work facilities in Aylesbury-Taplow area improve the facilities inside  the Youth centre to engage and encourage diverse range of young people  from the ages 10-21

    Faraday

    £7,000

    St Peter’s Church

    St Peter's Monkey Park and Churchyard community space project

    Faraday

    £7,000

    Tykes Corner Nursery

    Tykes Corner Nursery

    Faraday

    £3,000

    Walworth Garden Farm

    New Public Art Fence for the Farm

    Newington

    £1,500

     


     

    Organisation

    Proposal Name

    Ward

     Allocated

    Walworth Society

    Walworth Road Conservation area

    All Walworth

    £3,390

    Walworth SE17

    Greener, cleaner Walworth SE17

    All Walworth

    £5,000

     

    St Paul's: horticultural training and development

    Newington

    £600

    Pullens Mums’ Club

    Pullens after school gardening club

    Newington

    £3,540

     

    Conant House - planting and re-vamp outside storage areas

    Newington

    £2,970

    CoolTan Arts

    CoolTan Arts Mobile Gardening in Newington & Walworth

    Newington

    £3,000

     

    Note: This leaves an under spend of £6,900 for Cathedrals ward, and an under spend of £16,860 for Chaucer Ward.

     

    The chair said that those groups, who had not been successful on this occasion, should speak to their ward councillors for feedback and for information on alternative sources of funding.

     

8.10 pm

10.

Housing Commission

    Part of the consultations about the future of council housing in Southwark for the next 30 years.

    Minutes:

    Kevin Dykes, Senior Development Officer (Inclusion), introduced this item explaining that it was part of a larger consultation exercise which looked at the future of council housing in the borough. This consultation was designed to inform the council’s decisions such as: who should council housing be for, how should it be maintained and who should manage it.

     

    A poll with the aid of voting buttons was abandoned due to technical problems. The chair suggested residents should speak to their ward councillors and feed into the consultation that way. Kevin Dykes also invited people to attend some of the other community conversation sessions, such as sessions in East Street Library.

     

    Responding to questions from councillors Kevin explained that new focus groups could be set up and that there would be 70 community conversation sessions, with one focus group especially for young people.

     

    The meeting heard comments from the floor that the consultation process was not in-depth enough and that many residents had not heard about it. Given the size of the waiting list for council housing, there was a need to build new council housing stock.

     

    The chair said he would invite the deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for housing management to a future meeting, and that the council and councillors understood the seriousness of this issue.

     

    Some members expressed the view that the provision of council housing should be expanded in the borough. There was a tension between expanding council housing and improving the current stock, which was difficult to resolve in the current financial climate. There was agreement that the issue of housing needed to be addressed. Residents were encouraged to feed their views into the consultation events, or to use the feedback form. 

9.10 pm

11.

Proposed New Community Infrastructure Project List

    Note: This is an executive function.

     

    To consider proposals for the new community infrastructure project list. To guide Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy expenditure in each community council replacing the community project banks.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    Note: This is an executive function.

     

    Councillors considered the information contained in the report.

     

    Zayd Al-Jawad, Section 106 Legal Agreements Manager, introduced the report and responded to questions from councillors. He explained that the community infrastructure project list was continuously open and would be refreshed formally once a year.

     

    Councillors discussed the process of adding projects to the lists, and new projects for addition were suggested.

     

    A motion to defer this item to a future meeting was proposed, seconded and fell.

     

    A motion to agree this item as on paper, with an additional project, was proposed, seconded and carried.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.  That a project to put in place a pedestrian crossing in Upper Ground be added to the list of proposed projects.

     

    2.  That the list of proposed projects set out below, and including the additional project above, be agreed as the new community infrastructure project list for this community council, which replaces the previous community project bank for the same area.

     

     

    Mint Street Playground community space

     

    Mint Street Playground

     

    Borough High Street public realm and road safety improvements

    Borough Road public realm / greening

     

    Christchurch Gardens improvements

     

    Copperfield Garden (All Hallows) improvements

     

    Cross Bones Meanwhile improvements

     

    Disney Place public realm improvements

     

    Ewer Street public realm improvements

     

    Farnham Place public realm and urban greening

     

    Flat iron square public realm improvements

     

    Great Guildford Street public realm improvements

     

    Great Suffolk Street public realm improvements

     

    Grotto Podiums public realm improvements

     

    Holland St. Improvements public realm improvements

     

    Pedestrian routes through landmark Court

     

    Lant Street Weller Street public realm and green links

     

    Lavington Street public realm improvements

     

    Little Dorrit Court and Park entrance

    Little Dorrit Park improvements

     

    Canopy to London Bridge Tube station entrance (west)

    Low line Railway viaduct pedestrian and cycle route

     

    Marlborough Sports Garden improvements

     

    Nelson Square improvements

     

    Prices Street public realm improvements

     

    Red Cross Garden Improvements

    Redcross Way public realm

     

    Pedestrian route behind Hop exchange

     

    Southwark Bridge Road road safety improvements

     

    Southwark Street road safety improvements

     

    St George's Garden improvements

     

    Stoney Street public realm and ped safety

     

    Sumner Street public realm and ped safety

     

    Tabard Street open Space

     

    Toulmin Street public realm and ped safety

     

    SPAM Tenants & Residents Association Hall

     

    Park Street open space improvements

     

    Waterloo Road public realm improvements

    Paisley Park Masterplan

     

    Tate Community Garden Extension

    Winchester palace garden

    Walworth Road, footways and greening, Fielding Street to Camberwell

     

     

     

9.20pm

12.

Section 106 Release Reports

12.1

Section 106 release report - Pasley Park, Pelier Park and Kennington Open Space

12.2

Section 106 release report - LSBU leisure centre on London Road SE1

9.35pm

13.

Public Question Time

    A public question form is included at page 63.

     

    This is an opportunity for public questions to be addressed to the chair.

     

    Residents or persons working in the borough may ask questions on any matter in relation to which the council has powers or duties.

     

    Responses may be supplied in writing following the meeting.

     

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    The meeting heard that a meeting organised by tenants and residents to discuss the response to the proposed cuts to the fire brigade service in Southwark would be held on Tuesday 7 May at the Queensborough Community Centre, Scovell Road, SE1 1PX .

     

    The following public questions were put to the meeting:

     

    1. Trees on Redman Green have been cut down, presumably to improve the view of a freestanding billboard. Who agreed to this?

     

    1. Councillors claim too much in expenses. How much have these gone up in the last year?

     

    1. Some East Street shopkeepers use as much as a third of the public footpath without paying. Can this be looked into?

     

    1. What will happen to Manor Park Depot. Can details of this be provided?

     

    1. Why has the building of the box park gone ahead without planning permission?

     

    1. Why have the trees in St Mary’s churchyard been cut down?

     

    1. Can reports (like the one on pages 52-54) be presented in larger print?

     

     

    The following question had been submitted in writing prior to the meeting:

     

    "I would like to raise a question about the recent proliferation of commercial bins in Walworth Road. The four outside the entrance to Liverpool Grove are the most visually oppressive and out of character with the work being done to improve the public realm of this area. Quite why other retail premises which are not selling hot food require these unsightly bins is difficult to understand. The bins for the Red Lion were designed by an artist as part of the planning permission to have them, it is a pity this precedent has not been retained."

     

    Responses to all the above questions will be presented at future meetings.

     

    A resident also asked about the 400 lorries a week which were going to use Oswin Street for two to three years. Councillor David Noakes responded that there had been public meetings about this issue, and that the demolition lorries would go down Oswin Street as this had been agreed with TfL. For the construction phase of the new leisure centre and the residential block, the lorry traffic was still under discussion. Councillor David Noakes said he would speak to the resident after the meeting.

     

    A further question was raised regarding water meters in particular properties. The chair asked the resident to speak to his local ward councillors after the meeting.

9.40pm

14.

Local Parking Amendments

9.50pm

15.

Community Council Question to Council Assembly

    Each community council may submit one question to a council assembly meeting that has previously been considered and noted by the community council.

     

    Any question to be submitted from a community council to council assembly should first be the subject of discussion at a community council meeting. The subject matter and question should be clearly noted in the community council’s minutes and thereafter the agreed question can be referred to the constitutional team.

     

    The community council is invited to consider if it wishes to submit a question to the ordinary meeting of council assembly on 10 July 2013.

    Minutes:

    Councillors discussed which question the community council should formally raise at the next appropriate Council Assembly meeting.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the following question be put to the July meeting of council assembly:

     

    “What actions are being taken by Southwark council to address the very considerable impacts on local residents that will arise from the proposed  Northern Line extension, and the shaft which is being constructed in Kennington Park, and with specific regard to:

     

    1.  the impact on Kennington tube station

    2.  the structural issues arising from the construction process

    3.  the impact of the construction process on the very important green space of Kennington Park

    4.  and the planning and parking control issues which arise from the construction programme?” 

16.

Community Streets - Liverpool Grove

17.

Section 106 release report - £887,506 of regeneration projects from 07-AP-2267 Bankside Hilton, Great Suffolk Street 11/AP/1341, St Ives House 11/AP/0671, Great Guildford Business Square and 10/AP/3316 Land at Ewer Street.

    To comment to planning committee on the proposed Section 106 release report.

     

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    Note: This is an executive function.

     

    Councillors considered the information contained in the report.

     

    The meeting heard comments from councillors that there had been insufficient consultation about the projects, and that some residents’ comments had not been included. A concern was expressed that while councillors were broadly supportive of the proposals, some of the projects were not part of the project bank, which undermined it. Furthermore, members had not been told that revenue projects had also been an option.

     

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the community council agrees with the proposed release of funds totalling £887,506 from 07-AP-2267 (a/n 359) Bankside Hilton also known as land bounded by Prices Street, Bear Lanes and Great Suffolk Street 11/AP/1341 (a/n 584) St Ives House also known as the Crane Building, 11/AP/0671 (a/n 612) Great Guildford Business Square and 10/AP/3316 Land at Ewer Street (a/n 594) be released for:

     

    Employment during construction (Project 1)

     

    Employment and training (Project 2)

     

    Ewer Street / Great Guildford Street / Lavington Street public realm

    and transport improvements (Project 3)

     

    Great Suffolk Street regeneration project (Project 4)

     

    Marlborough Playground open space improvements (Project 5)