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Cllr  Vidhi  Mohan
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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Surrey Street - Notes
10/01/2017 22:31:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

Here are my notes from the Scrutiny Meeting 10th January 2017 where Surrey Street market public realm improvements were discussed.

My questions

·        How much money has been set aside for the public realm improvements?  Where is this from and is it likely to increase?  

I didn’t ask this question because Cllr Watson covered it in his commentary - £500k capital and half s106 match funding

·        Market benchmarking. London Street Trading Benchmarking Group.  The Council has not been engaging much with this group and I believe there is a lot to be gained from learning about other markets in London.  I asked that the Council becomes more involved.

No answer to this

·        Who was invited to the public meeting about Surrey Street on 12th January?  I wasn't and I have not found anyone who was? 

This was answered in Cllr Watson’s commentary.  It was clear that the meeting on 12th Jan is aimed at stall holders and local businesses.  They conceded that residents can come if they like but it will be a bit boring as it is about the nuts and bolts of the public realm improvements. 

·        Access for residents?  When can they have deliveries?

Apparently they have talked to residents about this but I’m not aware of how or when. 

·        Residents have put a lot of work into this but their views seem to have been ignored.  What about the signage over the entrance to the market? 

Cllr Watson pointed out that there are practical considerations that limit what we can deliver in terms of signage.  He claims that residents have been consulted.  They certainly have not been consulted about the designs for Surrey Street because the first visuals were only available today.  They want to start work in February.

Comments on plans from Cllr Watson.  Notes about the planned changes for Surrey Street:

·       Improve lighting – lighting under the bridge

·       More space between stalls

·       Public art

·       Issues of how emergency services will access street

·       More wayfinding signs

·       Want new Sunday market and evening markets

·       Free wifi in the market

·       Level carriageway New trader power facilities

·       Colour on air conditioning units

·       Lighting for building facades - need to get permission from property owners

·       More uniform stalls that look better overall

·       Offer businesses the opportunity to try out the market e.g. from £15/stall on Sundays.

·       More bars being planned for Surrey Street

Public realm works will start by end of Feb.  Couldn't give completion dates.  Aim to complete in 6-8 weeks.

Cllr Bonner concerned as likely to be delays in the project.

Cllr Watson talks about how to attract more people to the market - but doesn't involve residents!

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Chatsworth Road Conservation Area
22/06/2017 20:08:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with residents and council officers to discuss plans for signage for the Chatsworth Road Conservation Area.  Discussed road signs, information boards and 'welcome' signs.  Council officers will look into costing and residents will produce ideas for designs.



Planning Meeting - Mulgrave Road
22/06/2017 11:13:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Supported residents by speaking in opposition to a new development in Mulgrave Road.  Once again, the Planning Committee ignored residents and gave the scheme the go-ahead.



John Ruskin College
21/06/2017 20:06:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the awards evening at John Ruskin College.  A very uplifting experience and it was great to see students so engaged with their learning and making such great progress. 



Fairfield Halls
19/06/2017 20:03:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with BH Live who will be the new operator for Fairfield Halls.  Spent some time discussing their plans.

Then attended a Cabinet Meeting in the Town Hall where BH Live gave a presentation.  They set out their objectives and targets they want to achieve and seem very committed to the venture. 



Croham Road
13/06/2017 07:23:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Met with officers at the Council to discuss possible improvements for the shops in Croham Road.  This area was not included in the South End upgrade and could benefit from assistance to make it a more appealing place to shop.



06/06/2017 22:16:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Councillor surgery in Matthews Yard was due to take place today but when I turned up the cafe was closed and building work was underway.  Apologies to anyone who turned up.  I have contacted the owner of Matthews Yard and am assured it will be open for the next surgery in July.



Local Plan Hearing
30/05/2017 15:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the Local Plan Public Hearing today.  The Planning Inspector was taking submissions on things related to views and Heritage Status.  I spoke in support of Whitgift Residents' Association who are hoping the Whitgift estate will get protected status in the Local Plan.



Park Hill Park
30/05/2017 08:41:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


I was in Park Hill Park this weekend and was sad to see the lack of flowers in the flower beds.  The only plant that seemed to be thriving in this neat pile of wood chips is the thistle.  The grass-cutting was erratic with some areas that had been mowed and others that had not.  Shame to see such a lovely space neglected.



Overflowing bin
29/05/2017 08:39:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


I was in Park Hill Park yesterday and saw this bin overflowing with rubbish.  I reported it to the Council to clear.  Doesn't give a very good first impression to visitors to the Park. 



Issues in Old Town
28/05/2017 09:16:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the afternoon talking to residents in Old Town.  Residents had a number of issues with bins and anti-social behaviour - I will be following these up with the Council.



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