The Apostles Residents' Association
The Apostles Residents' Association

Notes of the Raynes Park Community Forum meeting 


19 September 2019.


Chair Eloise Baily

Nigel Ware from RPA

Residents 40

Cllrs 5


Open Forum

A3 street lights at Shannon Corner not working since end of Feb. Who responsible? 

Street cleaning – street cleaning not in relation refuse collection but collection is creating litter.

Tennis for free scheme Saturday 10-12 at Joseph Hood; 1-3 at Tamworth Rec – users being charged by Idverde. Cllr Fairclough said free tennis had been proposed at Council last night, but administration said collection of charges were contractual. LBM agreed to look at option for an annual pass.

Air pollution – LBM needs to take faster and further action. LBM has agreed to enforce anti-idling, through no idling zones and enforced through Kingdom re-tender. 



PC John Donnellan, PCSO Cushing, Raynes Park SNT

Two new officers starting, one in RP one in Cannon Hill, brand new, will start by Christmas

Raw chicken being left on streets – has been analysed and not poisonous. Video recording online of someone dumping chicken has been pursued and the driver has been fined for littering. 

Theft of number plates. SNT has anti vandal screws to give out so you can protect your car.

Joint operation with Trading Standards looking at construction in homes in RP 

Aggressive begging reports at station or Waitrose

Fraud scams –; ‘Facebook’ fraud – message to say they had won a prize and asked for cash up front to release. Dating sites where partner asks for money. Call from ‘bank’ asking for personal details as they say they have detected a fraud on your account. Door-to-door salesman says they are from contractor down the road but then cause damage in works before asking for extra cash and then disappearing. HMRC tax fraud phone calls. 

Banks don’t ask for personal details by email or phone. If you are approached go to your branch for clarification.

Q Amazon deliveries stolen from outside houses? Please report via 999 if you see them.  

Q Speed checks, Copse Hill. A Contact local SNT (Village). Did a speed operation in Cambridge Road some years ago. Resources depend on demand. 

Q Travellers incursion on Bushey Road – site broken into and owner had to negotiate with Travellers to get them to leave, still left considerable fly tipping. One traveller arrested for assault. 

A Breaking lock is criminal damage but unless there is evidence as to who did it there is no chance of prosecution. Risk of this group or another returning to the site so best bet is to install additional barriers to prevent vehicles accessing the site. Vehicles can also be reported.



Neil Milligan

Pinch point south of railway station, land transfer. NR permission to use land has been granted. LBM will put together plans for improving the junction

557 Kingston Road – Dundonald Chucrch – no new activity

Manuplastics – have submitted new application for 124 flats on top of the one granted.

South side of Wyke Road – no appeal 

Rainbow industrial site – have begun works to industrial area. Kiss and ride won’t be done yet

Bushy Road – pre-application submission but no full application yet

32-34 Bushy Road – discussion on affordable housing

Railway pub – planning granted for 9 flats but no works taking place. 

Transmitter mast on Blenheim Road – could go to PAC

Q Planning representations not going online

A GDPR complaints were coming in about personal details being published online and ICO was looking into this. Looking at alternative solutions, with new IT or email if possible

Q Access to Bushy Road site through Edna Road

A NM – will have looked at access as part of application. Owner - No car parking on site

Q Tesco site representations and PAC

A Will get back on numbers. Still negotiating so not ready to go to PAC yet, but possibly November. 

Q Police using café on Edna Road leaving engine running

A Can pass on.

Q Policy on converting to flats

A Difficult to do in small properties like the Apostles


Climate Change

Katie Halter, Climate Officer

Climate Emergency declared in July

Reduce emissions

0.5m tonnes of emissions in borough – domestic use and vehicles; double if you include activities outside of Merton by residents (flying).

3 commitments in declaration:

1. Specific dates to reduce emissions

LMB 2030; Borough 2050

Means 12% annual reduction to achieve this.

3000 properties improved a year 

75,000 cars registered in Merton – will need to be replaced by electric or active travel = 2,500 off streets per year 

2. Action Plan

3. Working group

Q Production emissions

A Production outweighed by driving

Q Unable to sustain electricity demand at peak time so how will move to electric

A Electric grid now 25% sustainable and this is increasing. Solutions could include micro generation like solar panels on homes. 

Q LBM fleet is diesel and buses are as bad. Need for electric charging points

A Council has a lot of work to green up their fleet but it is only 0.01% of vehicles in borough. Will work with TfL to green buses and lorries but this is still only 4% of traffic.


Getting involved 

Individual choices are critical – energy, diet, travel

Sustainable Merton Checklist on website

Community Projects – would like to support setting them up or hearing about them

Climate action plan – consultation, welcome ideas

Climate Strike protests tomorrow – national policies have a huge impact so welcome pressure on politics. 

Solar Power Together leaflets – run by Mayor of London – they have vetted solar panel providers through collective bargaining power. Depending on how many sign up they will agree a supplier who will conduct a survey and agree a final price. Last year got 35% discount. Had good feedback on installations from last round and have worked on making process simpler.


Parking Charges

Cllr Fairclough update

Cabinet agreed plans in July, this was called in Lib Dem and Cons Cllrs to OSC. Committee heard evidence in August. Sent back to Cabinet on grounds that Equalities rules were not followed. LBM spoke to additional groups and revised impact assessment. Cabinet then reconsidered in September and will come in following TMO process. 




Farmers Market at Wimbledon Chase School every other Sunday. No agreement yet for a site in RP. 

Safer Merton Consultation



Dates of future meetings: All at 7.15pm in the Library Hall

Thursday 5 December 2019 Cllr Pauline Cowper

Tuesday 31 March 2020 Cllr Adam Bush



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