Agenda and draft minutes

Local Spending Board - Walton-On-Thames
Monday, 18th March, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Rooms 1 & 2 - Civic Centre, High Street, Esher

Contact: Committee & Member Services: Miss. S. Ullah  Direct Line: 01372 474177 E-mail:  sullah@elmbridge.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

12/18

To Appoint a Chairman for the 2018/19 Municipal Year

Minutes:

The Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board appointed A. Kelly as Chairman for the 2018/19 Municipal Year.

13/18

Declarations of Interest

All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

 

(i) any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

(ii) other interests arising under the Code of Conduct

 

in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting.

Minutes:

 

In respect of the bid submitted by Elmbridge Borough Council, whilst not a disclosable pecuniary or any other interest under the Code of Conduct, Mrs C.J. Cross wished that it be noted that her son worked at the Xcel Leisure Centre.

 

In respect of the bids submitted for the Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board, whilst not a disclosable pecuniary or any other interest under the Code of Conduct, Rachael I. Lake wished that it be noted that she was the Walton-on-Thames Surrey County Councillor.

 

In respect of the bid submitted by the Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance, whilst not a disclosable pecuniary or any other interest under the Code of Conduct, A.R. Palmer wished that it be noted that he was the Chairman of the Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance.

 

 

14/18

Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 March 2018 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board on      6 March 2018 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

15/18

Chairman's Opening Remarks

Minutes:

The Chairman informed the Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board that apologies were received from Mrs. C. Elmer, M. F. Howard and A. Samuels.

Matters of Report

16/18

Walton on Thames Local Spending Board Report Application pdf icon PDF 181 KB

Minutes:

The Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board considered a report that summarised the five applications received by the Council which sought Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds:

 

·         Walton Baptist Church, which was seeking £100,000 to install an access ramp and new doors at the entrance of the building.

 

·         Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance, which was seeking £13,740.64 to install directional signage totems, banner flags and planters along the high street of the town centre.

 

·         Elmbridge Borough Council, which was seeking £2,920.92 to install directional signage for traffic flow for the Xcel Leisure Complex and Xcel Sports Hub.

 

·         Elmbridge Borough Council, which was seeking £25,000 to improve the footpath network around Cowey Sale, Walton Bridge and to desilt the river.

 

·         Surrey County Council, which was seeking £20,000 to complete the off-carriageway cycle facilities along the northern side of Terrace Road.

 

The Chairman clarified that there was £240,397.24 available for the settlement area of Walton-on-Thames to spend on local infrastructure improvements and if Members were minded, the Board could fund the applications in full; part fund or not fund at all

 

The Chairman also asked the applicants to present their respective applications in a timely manner.

16/18(a)

Appendix A - Walton Baptist Church - Improving Access Application pdf icon PDF 177 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board invited Rev. S.A. Sparks and Ms. A. Hayes to the meeting. Rev. Sparks presented the application and provided Members with background information in respect of the request for funding to improve the Church’s accessibility.

 

Rev. Sparks explained that the entrance of the building had been a problem for those users with pushchairs and with mobility issues and by installing a ramp to the entrance and by changing the doors it would make the church more user friendly and accessible.

 

On this occasion, Members were of the view to not fully fund the application and requested that the representatives of the Church consider using the church’s available reserves as funding in addition to any CIL monies awarded to complete the project.

 

Accordingly on consideration of the application the Local Spending Board

 

Resolved that £90,000 be awarded to the Walton Baptist Church in respect of funding towards improving accessibility.

16/18(b)

Appendix B - Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance - Walton Beautification Project Application pdf icon PDF 387 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board invited Ms. J. Gordon and Ms. T. Blandford to the meeting. Ms. Blandford and Ms. Gordon presented the application and provided Members with background information in respect of a request for funding to upgrade and improve the look and feel of the Town Centre.

 

Ms. Blandford and Ms. Gordon explained that the selection of Union Jack flags and planters had been recommended by Councillors Tricia W. Bland and Mrs. M.C. Sheldon and assurances had been provided that these products were of a good quality.

 

Members were fully supportive of the application and on consideration of the application the Local Spending Board

 

Resolved that £13,740.64 be awarded to the Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance in respect of funding towards improving accessibility installing totems and flags and replacing banners and planters. 

16/18(c)

Appendix C - Elmbridge Borough Council - Xcel Car Park Signage Application pdf icon PDF 184 KB

Minutes:

The Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board invited Ms. L. Taylor, Leisure Facilities Manager to the meeting. Ms. Taylor presented the application and provided Members with background information in respect of a request for funding to provide the provision of signage for the Xcel Leisure Complex and Xcel Sports Hub.

 

Although some Members did not consider that the design of the signage was satisfactory, the Chairman explained that the designs had already been approved by the North Area Planning Sub-Committee on 7 January 2019.

 

Members were supportive of the application and on consideration of the application the Local Spending Board

 

Resolved that £2,920.92 be awarded to Elmbridge Borough Council in respect of funding towards installing directional signage for traffic flow for the Xcel Sports Complex and Xcel Sports Hub.

 

16/18(d)

Appendix D - Elmbridge Borough Council - Desilting River & Improving Footpaths Application pdf icon PDF 385 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board invited Mr. H. White, Countryside Officer to the meeting. Mr. White presented the application and provided Members with background information in respect of a request for funding to improve the footpath network around Cowey Sale, Walton Bridge and to desilt a section of the river.

 

Members were supportive of the application and on consideration of the application the Local Spending Board

 

Resolved that £25,000 be awarded to the Elmbridge Borough Council in respect of funding towards improving the footpath network around Cowey Sale, Walton Bridge and to desilt a section of the river.

 

16/18(e)

Appendix E - Surrey County Council - Cycles Facilities Application pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

The Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board invited Mr. N. Healey and Mr. P. Druce, representatives of Surrey County Council to the meeting. Mr. Healey presented the application and provided Members with background information in respect of a request for funding to complete the cycle facility located on Terrace Road.

 

Mr. Healey explained that a section of the current cycle lane facility along Terrace Road was incomplete and this had resulted in cyclists merging with traffic along a portion of the route. Therefore, this was a safety concern for both cyclists and motorists.

 

Mr. Healey highlighted that Elmbridge Local Committee had awarded Surrey County Council £3,500 to carry out feasibility studies and subsequently feedback received had supported the facility of a cycle path on Terrace Road.

 

A. Kelly and A.H. Kopitko wished that it be noted that they did not support the application.

 

On consideration of the application the Local Spending Board

 

Resolved that £20,000 be awarded to Surrey County Council in respect of funding to complete the cycle facility on Terrace Road.