The Raynes Park Association - Notes from 17 January 2013
Local Business Matters It was reported that the Business Breakfast on 16 January had been a success. Diana Sterck from the Chamber of Commerce is committed to arranging a meeting with the Council to pursue a more rational parking regime in Raynes Park to meet the needs of local shops and businesses.
Parking in Raynes Park Members were pleased that the proposed free parking in Raynes Park at weekends in December was cancelled by the Council. It would have caused chaos in the town centre. Members reported that the new CPZs have caused increased parking in Cambridge Road and on the Carters Estate.
Raynes Park Enhancement Plan Chris expressed frustration that none of the plans which have been agreed seem to be happening:
List of Remaining Tasks The list was drawn up with LB Merton and agreed. It was always understood that actions would be undertaken as and when money became available. However, there now appears to be some doubts as to how much money will be available in the remainder of this financial year to make a start. Neil Milligan has said that they will prioritise some of the small improvements in West Barnes Lane.
Embankment Network Rail made a commitment to remove 20 tons of rubble from the embankment between the station entrance and the Skew Arch on the north side of the station in October. Nothing happened and we are still awaiting a date.
Wobbly Surface outside Wetherspoons We have asked for this surface to be cleared of weeds and rubbish for some time. It appears to be unclear as to which part of LB Merton would be responsible for such action. Two pieces of Land to be Transferred from, Network Rail to LM Merton This has been an ongoing matter for some years. Both sides have agreed to the transfer, but still nothing has been done.
Moving the 200 Bus Stand The proposal is to move the bus stand to the currently unused bus stand in Pepys Road, thus freeing up Lambton Road from stationary buses. Chris met with Richard Lancaster and a rep from TfL in June. All parties appeared favourably disposed at least to consider this, but it has been impossible to check out how the matter is progressing. This matter is now urgent with the imminent opening of the Medical Centre.
Rainbow Estate Members reported back on the meeting with LB Merton and developers held on 16 January. The plans are still to seek planning permission to develop a mixed site containing both light industrial and residential. At some stage formal plans will be produced. Network Rail has now agreed to let go of their claim for parking spaces opposite Station House. (This would have jeopardised the ‘Park & Ride’ plans for that area.) However, they have insisted that the developers provide replacement parking spaces on the new development. This seems an odd demand, as Network Rail’s customers would have benefited from the Park & Ride facility.
Public Notice Board Opposite Waitrose Pat E made the suggestion that the hoardings could make a good place for a public notice board. However, the main feeling was that, as we oppose hoardings anyway, we should perhaps not be asking to construct one!
Permission for Christmas Tree at the Bellmounth Pat Ericker suggested we should request this now. Chris said he would do this at the railway meeting.
Raynes Park Community Forum Members requested that we see a draft of the Agenda at our meeting prior to the Forum. Chris said he would try and facilitate this.
South of Skew Arch Tony Edwards said he and Peter Fischer have drawn up some proposals for this area and suggested bringing them to the Community Forum.
LBM Local Plan Tony reminded everyone that this is their last chance to comment on the Council’s draft plan.
South Ridgeway Residents Association Members regretted the lack of attendance from a representative of this important local residents association. Chris confirmed he’d tried to meet with the new Chair. Chris agreed to contact the previous Chair, Peter Ford, to ask if he could assist.
Raynes Park Champion It was agreed that Chris would invite Neil Milligan to one of our meetings so that together we can discuss the state of the Enhancement Plan and Neil’s role in it.
Lower Downs Tunnel The feasibility study has been completed to build a pedestrian tunnel under the railway adjacent to the road tunnel in Lower Downs Road. The result is that it is feasible, but it won’t happen because of the cost!
Merton's Builders' Code of Practice
With all the building work taking place in the Borough, Members should be aware of the code of practice governing the control of noise and pollution that must be followed by builders and the action residents make take for their infringement. The Code of Practice may be downloaded here.
Rainbow Estate - The Planning Brief is not adopted by Merton Planning Advisory Committee
Our concerns were set out in the August 2012 copy of The Guide and may be read here. These were also submitted to Merton Council, as part of the public consultation exercise
The key issues are:
- The loss of jobs from the Borough, despite what the owner claims.
- The inappropriateness of the site for a residential development of 250 dwellings, surrounded as it is by railway lines and with only a single restricted access point,
- The pressures such a development would put on infrastructure, particularly the lack of local primary school places,
- The severe lack of car parking provisions,
- The total absence of any thought being given to alternative proposals,
- The impracticality of the sketchy proposals to improve the southern access to Raynes Park Station, which were offered as a “carrot” to the community.
Further details may be found at: http://www.merton.gov.uk/environment/planning/planningpolicy/bpac.htm
Railway Meeting - 14/09/2012
In attendance: Stephen Hammond, Member of Parliament for Wimbledon; Cllr. Chris Edge, Dundonald Ward; Chris Larkman, Raynes Park Association; Tony Edwards, Place, Design & Planning; Neil Milligan, London Borough of Merton,; Terry Killeen, South West Trains, Wimbledon Station Manager; Eoin Maher, South West Trains, Assistant Manager, Wimbledon; Paula Williams, Network Rail
Railway Embankments. It was reported that following a survey of the embankment (between the station entrance and the Skew Arch on the north side) 200 tons of rubble will be removed in October. This paves the way for some planting on this embankment. The railings will be painted. It was agreed to undertake a survey of the bank once the rubble has been removed to make recommendations for planting. Network Rail has a small pot of money available towards this. It had also been suggested to get a local firm to sponsor plants. However, there are problems about accessing the bank for maintenance purposes
External Decoration at Raynes Park & Wimbledon Chase.
Stephen Hammond said he’d written three times to Richard O’Brien at Network Rail on these matters, but had not received a reply. Paula Williams to Raise with Mr. O’Brien or his Deputy.
Platform Extensions. Work will commence 0n 20 January for 4 weeks. This will entail the Cattle Arch being closed overnight from 00.00 to 05.00. (Following some clarification after the meeting, it was reported that platforms 1 and 4 will be extended at this time.) A storage area will be erected on the south of the station.
Kiss & Ride Plans for South of the Station. Some controversy has arisen because a Planning Application had been submitted to turn the Railway House into flats. The plans claim four parking spaces outside and opposite the house, thus jeopardising any plans for a Kiss & Ride. Various letters and emails have been circulating. (Paula Williams said that they had received several from Jan Bailey from the Raynes Park & West Barnes Residents’ Association. Chris Larkman said he would ask Jan Bailey to copy him in to such emails so that there was one voice coming from Raynes Park.) It was suggested that it would be useful to call a meeting of all interested parties i.e. Network Rail, South West Trains, Workspace, LBM, local Councillors and Chris Larkman, representing the Raynes Park Association. Neil Milligan said he would call such a meeting. (Post meeting note – Tara Butler, LBM, already plans to call such a meeting.) It was felt that there may be a possibility of moving on the debate if all parties could meet together.
Two Pieces of Land to be Transferred to LBM. Neil Milligan & Chris Larkman reported they’d spoken to Pip Howson in LBM. She said that the Council are about to pay a fee to Network Rail who would then action the work needed. However, Paula Williams reported that their surveyor reported no movement on this matter. Paula is concerned this is progressed swiftly. Neil agreed to follow this up with Pip and to report back asap.
Unopened Shop on North Side. Terry Killeen reported this is opening soon as Estate Agents. Whilst people were not excited at the prospect of another Estate Agent, it was agreed that it would be good for the site to be filled.
Grab Rail. A request had previously been made to provide a Grab Rail on the slope up to platforms 1 & 2 to assist frailer passengers. Terry Killeen said he would follow this up.
Bellmouth & Christmas Event. Stephen Hammond recalled the evening Christmas event at the station entrance some years ago and suggested something similar would be welcome – now that the Bell Mouth is completed. It was agreed to raise this at the Community Forum. Tony expressed disappointment at the Bellmouth with just one tree (of the wrong variety) and a brick box.
Public Meeting - Rainbow Estate
- The Council Planning Officers made a presentation,
- A question and answer session took place,
- Residents’ spoke from the floor, expressing a range of views.
`This meeting rejects the Draft Supplementary Planning Brief and urges Merton Council to produce its own planning brief in accordance with planning rules`
This was passed unanimously (the meeting objected to a brief prepared with substantial resource and input from the owner/developer and without review and consultation on alternatives to the proposal put forward in that brief), and;
`This meeting rejects residential/housing on the Rainbow site`
This was passed by approximately two thirds majority.
Rod Scott asked the Planning Department to assure that these important expressions of residents are considered and that these views are given full weight in the future plans for the Rainbow site.
For more information, click here.
Rainbow Estate - July 2012
Merton Council Planning Department has now concluded the formal public consultation phase in relation to the contraversial Planning Brief prepared by the owner of this site on behalf of the Council. However, the Brief can still be downloaded here.
A pubic exhibition of the proposals took place in Raynes Park on 29th &30th June 2012 and a public meeting, called by the Ward Councillors, was held on 10 July 2012. To read about the result of the meeting, click here.
The closing date for submitting comments on the proposals to Merton Planning Dept was 25 July 2012.
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