Chessington District Residents’ Association
For the meeting to be held on 6th March 2018
At St Paul’s Centre, Hook Road – 8pm
1. CHESSINGTON DISTRICT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION NOTICES
2. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
3. VISITING MEMBERS QUESTIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
4. MAJOR NEW ISSUES ONLY
5. MATTERS ARISING AND MINOR ISSUES
6. HEALTH ISSUES
7. EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
8. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
9. PLANNING NEWS
10. POLICE REPORT 11.ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Of the meeting held on the 6thFbruary 2018
Chairman – Colin Punch, Treasurer - Diane Brannan, Francis Brannan,Brian Ekins, Graham Hedley,Jenny Lewington, Rob Robb, Colin Suckling, Peter Shakeshaft, Sue Towner, Dick Ware, Sheila Watkins.
Councillor Andrew Day, Councillor Margaret Thompson, Joan Carter, John Raistrick.
Vice Chairman – Mike Hoare, John Botterill, Colin Dance, Councillor Patricia Bamford.
1.CHESSINGTON DISTRICT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION NOTICES
There were none.
2.MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes were agreed as a true and accurate record of that meeting.
3.VISITING MEMBERS QUESTIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
There were none.
4. SUMMARY OF MAJOR ISSUES
There were no Major new issues
5. MATTERS ARISING AND MINOR ISSUES
There were no matters arising.
6. HEALTH ISSUES
( a ) Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group – Rob Robb one of our Executive members attended a Kingston CCG Patient Forum today 6th of February. Below are some of the issues that were discussed:-
New Social Prescribing Project for Cancer Patients and their Carers.
Macmillan Cancer Support has partnered with Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to create an innovative health and wellbeing service for residents living with cancer.
The Macmillan Social Prescribing Service will help improve the quality of life of cancer patients by giving practical, emotional and personal support. It will do this by providing better access to community-based services, such as employment or benefits advice, carer support and counselling, as well as help accessing activities, including gardening groups, yoga and community choirs.
Grace Shorthouse, the new Macmillan Social Prescribing Link Worker, based at Surbiton Health Centre, will help people affected by cancer on a one-to-one basis. Grace will offer personalised support, exploring the practical needs and personal goals of patients, including getting back to work, becoming more active and socialising.
Grace said of her exciting new role:
"I am really looking forward to supporting local people affected by cancer, their families and carers. Whether it’s by phone or in person, we can explore which community-based services and activities are the best fit and help patients get back to living their lives. I aim to help them whatever their needs may be, and wherever they are in their journey".
Macmillan and Kingston CCG has launched this service in response to the growing recognition that cancer creates significant physical and psychological challenges and can have far-reaching social and economic consequences.
Cancer patients, family members or carers can access the social prescribing scheme via referral through GP practices, hospitals and by self-referral. You can ring 07795 334 941 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information, access criteria and a referral form.
Warfarin INR Testing - Chessington resident Ian Kirkpatrick and CDRA Executive member Rob Robb have campaigned vigorously on behalf of patients taking Warfarin. Warfarin is the main oral anticoagulant used in the UK. In the Kingston area patients taking Warfarin currently either go to their GP or to Kingston hospital for a regular blood test to check their INR (international normalised ratio ) which is a measure of how long it takes the blood to clot. The blood sample gets sent to Kingston Hospital Haematology department who test it and send the GP notification of their required medication.
However, there is a machine called a Coagu chek machine which allows the patient to monitor their own INR. The campaigning resident has one of these machines which he uses. However because this is not a system used by GP’s in the Kingston CCG area his GP does not take its results into account.
Our Executive member and this resident would like all GP’s to have access to a Roche Coagu chek IN Range machine which would test and notify what medication is required immediately. As well as being more convenient for the patient it will provide an immediate result and would reduce the workload for Kingston Hospital. Our resident asked a question of Kingston Hospital under the ‘freedom of Information act ’ and has been told that they deal with approx. 6000 INR Patients and take some 40,000 blood samples a year. Therefore, this machine would reduce their workload enormously.
One of our Executive members who goes to Bourne Hall Health Centre in Ewell has subsequently told us that they use a Coagu chek machine there. She goes there to be tested and leaves knowing the result and with her new prescription and next appointment date. This is the service that we want the Kingston CCG to provide us with.
Kingston CCG have agreed to consider providing one GP surgery with a machine on a trial basis. Let’s hope they don’t take too long.
The Kingston Extend GP Care - The three weekend Hubs were discussed . They are at Surbiton Health Centre , Kingston Health Centre and Chessington Merritt Centre.
The opening times are :-
Surbiton Health centre – extended Weekday Mon – Fri 6.30pm– 8pm Saturday and Sunday 8:am – 8pm
Kingston Health Centre – extended Weekday Mon – Fri 6.30pm– 8pm Saturday and Sunday 8am – 8pm
Chessington Merritt Centre – extended Weekday Mon – Fri 6.30pm– 8pm Saturday and Sunday 8am – 2pm
Weekend appointments can be accessed by calling NHS 111 or the dedicated weekend telephone number 0203 841 9942.
Activity and usage is tracked on a monthly basis and at one point Kingston CCG considered reducing the opening times of Chessington due to poor usage. However, as the usage has recently increased it was decided to delay taking any action for the time being. It seems that the message is Use it or lose It!
7. EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
( b ) Chessington Community College - Colin Punch said that he will arrange for our Executive members to meet with the Head Teacher Ash Ali in order to get an update on the current situation of the school.
8. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
There was none of any significance.
9. PLANNNG NEWS
There was none
( c ) Our local Police team were unable to attend. Sergeant Simon Baxter sent apologies stating “The crime figures for the wards as shown on the Met site are accurate.
Burglaries are always a concern but these are quite low at the moment. Vehicle crime is very sporadic and could happen anywhere vans and cars targeted for tools or sat nav's, wallets, cash, mobiles”
11.ANY OTHER BUSINESS
( d ) Councillors Discretionary Budgets - The Councillors each receive an annual £2,000 discretionary budget to spend on their chosen cause.
Last month we reported that Councillor Margaret Thompson is intending to spend her 2017 discretionary budget on a defibrillator for the Hook Centre. Councillor Andrew Day has agreed to spend his budget on contributing to a project for Yorda Adventures.
Councillor Patricia Bamford has advised us that her £2,000 Ward Funding is being allocated to improvements in Parks and Open Spaces in Chessington South Ward.
( e ) Kingston Conversation Meeting - CDRA Executive member Dick Ware attended the Kingston Conversation meeting held in Kingston on the 13th of January. This was hosted by Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council Councillor and Terry Paton, Deputy Leader of the Council. Below are some of the more pertinent questions and answers:-
Q - Richard Ware: You have issued the Tolworth Area Plan for consultation. When will all the other area plans be issued to complete the whole of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, particularly in the light of the latest issue of the London Plan and its revised housing targets?
A – Cllr Kevin Davis: Let me deal with housing targets first. We do have a core strategy at the moment that sits at the bottom of the pile of plans we have to conform with - above that is the London Plan and above that the National Plan. We’re dictated by national and regional policy. The housing targets are within the London plan and the last one reflected a figure around 364, it has now increased to 640. We did our own strategic housing market assessment and that figure showed the need was around 740. There is an accumulative effect of all these, if we don’t build enough homes the problem gets worse. The housing target issue is a very complex one. We started our development of our Kingston Plan back in the summer last year, we’ve done a lot of preparation and a lot of call for sites. It became clear the mayor would publish his plan in November and we thought it might be different, so we decided not to go out for consultation for that very reason. I feel you’d have got cross with us if we’d have done that. We’ve paused that until the mayor’s plan will be published and it will go to consultation. We will be publishing the next draft of our own local plan in summer this year. There are some areas we’re looking at in terms of development plans. The core strategy identified a number of areas we could develop property, including Tolworth. There is another area near the Hogsmill Water Treatment Works. It’s brownfield land not greenfield. And there are other areas because of Crossrail 2 - New Malden Station for example and the area around Chessington South. But, and this is a big but, my view on this is we can’t do all this if nobody gives us the infrastructure to go with it. We are growing at 2% a year, we’ve accommodated that in the past by extending homes etc… but this doesn’t give us new council tax, and therefore doesn’t give us the ability to manage better. We did publish a document called the ‘Direction of Travel’, which you can download from the council website, which lays out some mayor infrastructure improvements we feel we need if we’re going to deliver anywhere near the housing target.
Q - Questioner: What input does Kingston have into the London Mayor’s plan? Surely the council has a voice in that?
A - Cllr Kevin Davis: We have a voice and I meet the mayor and the deputy on a regular basis, but you must always remember the driver for the mayor is more homes. People will judge him on how many homes did you build?, how many more police are on the streets? and how many of those homes you built are affordable? He still has big targets that we haven’t been hitting so far - the target is to build 60,000 homes, and we’ve only been building 25,000. So we do have a role in discussing this with him, but he’s taken the view to move the house building out of central London and into the outer boroughs - that is his view about the way it should go. Outer boroughs have had an increase of 97%. There’s a view there’s a lot more outer boroughs can do and there is an argument that housing is cheaper in outer London, although you may not feel it here in Kingston. It’s his position and I’m not sure we’ll be able to change it.
Q - Richard Ware: If there has to be 800m around transport hubs such as Surbiton - was it no cars are allowed on the road? Or no cars of the resident of the house?
A - Cllr Kevin Davis: It’s no cars in the development. To implement that you need a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in the area, otherwise how would you monitor it? If you don’t have a CPZ it is hard to manage. If there’s anything that divides residents it is when you try to implement CPZ’s. There is a bit of an issue around parking for new developments and parking on the streets.
Q - Richard Ware: We do have affordable homes, but we also have totally unaffordable land which is the reason why all building has to be flats. Being from south of the borough, some of the land goes into Elmbridge and Epsom and Ewell, so sometimes we’re not in control of the traffic. Cars use our borough as arteries to get into London. Kevin mentioned possible development around South Chessington Station. This is already bad and if there could be a second runway at Gatwick too, that would make it worse. How can we build more homes when we’re already getting lots of traffic from other boroughs?
A - Cllr Kevin Davis: The mayor has said local authorities should decide on the density. I’m not a fan of tall buildings. And tall buildings aren’t actually about density. You’re meant to have dual aspect, so you’re only ever going to get 4/6 flats for each storey. So in terms of numbers, towers don’t solve the problem, but they do create value. There are other forms of building that are as dense as going up in a tower. Old Victorian mansion blocks with half dropped floors are more appropriate to this borough. And some of the densest housing the country has built were back to back terrace blocks. In my view the A243 prevents anything whatever happeningin Chessington. It’s difficult because there’s a major leisure activity, access to the M25 etc. We have a number of plans though, some of which are dependent on others. If Crossrail 2 comes down, my view is it will cause more problems. We’re talking to Crossrail 2 about extending the line beyond Chessington South. There’s already a track bed that’s unused. Equally, what would solve it is to do something at Malden Rushett bypass. We’re talking to the Department of Transport about whether it can be done again to move traffic behind Malden Rushett and down the back of Chessington World of Adventures. If we return it back to what it used to be, it means we can look at more homes at Hook etc. Because of developments at Tolworth, there is a new scheme for Tolworth roundabout. But, you can’t do something about Tolworth unless you do something about Hook. So what’s been discovered in the analysis is a big percentage of traffic in Tolworth is coming from Hook and back around to get onto the A3. The suggested scheme will open up Hook roundabout to go straight onto the A3 at the back of Claygate. The roundabout will happen fastest of all, as it is the one issue that would help the area.
Q - Questioner: What is the strategy for air quality in the borough?
A - Cllr Kevin Davis: This has risen up the agenda. There are of course hot spots we know of, but there could be others, so monitoring is key. We are looking to see if schools can have a monitor for air quality that children can have as they travel around the borough. Tolworth and near Tiffins School and Cromwell Road are all hot spots and there are traffic issues. In Tolworth it is hard for us to do much about the A3 as it’s not our road, it’s TfL’s. The shifts we need to see are London and UK wide, as well as some we can make in Kingston. We have a plan in our Direction of Travel document around covering over the A3. I would like to see the A3 underground from New Malden to Hook. It could change the nature of the whole area. At the moment, we’re looking at capping over it, which creates a platform for a park/public realm. It also lets you filter air. In the longer term it will resolve itself through different vehicles, as we get more electric cars. I have sat with some experts recently to talk about electric cars and they have said they’re not completely clean either, so there are other things to consider. I have also been looking at what can be done around Cromwell Road and we have been speaking to TfL about buses. We’re working with the mayor to have no diesel buses in Kingston by 2020, because as they’ve turned central London buses greener, they’ve moved diesel ones to outer boroughs. More widely we need to be careful how we plan - housing needs to be more environmentally friendly, we need to plant more trees, we need to continue with the Go Cycle programme and find other ways of moving people around the borough.
Dates for your Diary –
The next Chessington District Residents Association Meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 6th of March at 8pm followed by Tuesday the 3rd of April at St Pauls Church Hall in Hook Road which is the small hall attached to the side of the Church.
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