Summaries of Listening Forums 2018

Listening Forums held in 2018

 

A summary of the issues raised and questions asked at the Listening Forum held on 30 October 2018 at Chelsea Academy

We’d like to thank everyone who attend this Listening Forum.

Approximately 25 people came to the event to share their thoughts and ask questions of our Leadership Team. Local ward councillors and police officers also attended.

The key questions and issues raised included: 

Councillors heard how the proposed changes to buses in the Chelsea area were going to reduce residents’ ability to get around. What could the council do? 

Councillors shared resident concerns and committed to continuing to raise the issues with Mayor’s office and TfL. They encouraged people to respond to the TfL consultation, and clarified they have articulated our borough’s legitimate concerns. 

Councillors listened to resident concerns regarding over-development in Chelsea, and the impacts of construction sites on local communities in terms of noise and nuisance. What was the council doing to reduce the disruption? 

Councillors discussed the Chelsea Pilot which was set up to address residents’ concerns about the impacts of construction sites on local communities. Read more information on the Chelsea Pilot. The Council Planning department have launched a consultation running from 30 November 2018 to 25 January 2019 to feed into a re-draft of the Code of Construction Practice. More details are available and you can respond to this consultation using our easy-to-use on-line questionnaire. Please note you must register or login to submit your comments. Once logged in, you can also sign up for notifications about this consultation. 

If residents have any concerns about any construction schemes in Chelsea they can let the Pilot scheme team know and they will follow up. You can contact the team by email or by phone on 020 7361 3650.

The Noise and Nuisance Team can send officers to assess the level of disruption or noise arising from different sites. You can call the team on 020 7361 2003.

The councillors and local police officers took questions on community safety, policing and the deployment of police resources. What’s was our joint approach to community safety? 

The police answered many questions on the night regarding specific concerns. Councillors confirmed they have also spoken with the Police to ensure that ward officers are aware of specific local issues and have shared concerns about the number of police on local streets with senior police officers. Residents were encouraged to visit the OWL website to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch and Business Watch groups.

Meetings and further follow up work was arranged on additional issues including estate maintenance, local traffic speed surveys, the use of Chelsea Academy’s Multi-Use Games Area, parking issues associated with specific sites and street cleaning. For more information on the issues raised during the Forum, please email the Governance Team.

A summary of the issues raised and questions asked at the Listening Forum held on 20 November 2018 Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

We’d like to thank everyone who attended this Listening Forum. 

Approximately 20 people came to the event to share their thoughts and ask questions of our Leadership Team. Local ward councillors and police officers also attended.

The key questions and issues raised included: 

Many residential roads have become shortcuts, with speeding posing real dangers. Will the Council take steps to control traffic speeds and incentivise electric car use through more charging points?

The Council is aware this is a problem in many parts of the Borough and is willing to look at tackling speeding through various traffic control measures. It has already increased the number of electric charging points but is willing to look at the need for more.

What more can be done to tackle drug dealing?  

The Police at the meeting stressed that they react to all intelligence received from the public, if necessary by changing shifts and bringing in additional resources. Residents should email Daniel Coggan at the Met Police or call non-emergency police on 101 or call Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 with information.

What more can the Council do to tackle the problem of dog fouling?

This is a problem in many areas of the Borough and the provision of more dog bins is an option. The Council reminds people that it is possible to use normal street bins.

Can the Council do more to raise environmental awareness (such as plastic recycling and water fountains)?

The Council is taking steps itself to reduce single-use plastic at the Council and will happily consider all suggestions for measures to improve recycling rates.

Can the Council do anything to maintain diverse ‘shopping ‘parades’ and incentivise local entrepreneurialism? 

The Council’s ability to influence the mix of local retail is limited but we can grant business rate relief in some circumstances and is discussing ‘bookending’ some shopping parades as a way of revitalising them. In relation to entrepreneurialism, the Council is aware of local talent and is taking steps to encourage this by creating more start-up spaces with support, such as ‘desk plus mentoring’.

Can more be done to preserve Holland Park as a space for local people rather than as a London ‘showpiece’?

The Council is open to discussing whether there is anything the Council can do in its Parks Strategy to place greater emphasis on our parks being for local people’s health and wellbeing.

Can the Council help local residents secure improved broadband speeds?

The Council had become increasingly aware of this problem and its implications for local businesspeople including those working from home. It would happily work with residents to establish what might be done.

Can the Council do more to tackle pavement cycling?

Where the Council is made aware of ‘hotspots’ it will take all possible enforcement action, in liaison with Police PCSOs. Residents should raise such issues with Ward Councillors who had contact with the local Police and Enforcement Teams.

For more information on the issues raised during the Forum, please email the Governance Team.