Details of the Neighbourhood structure
are set out in Article 10 of the Constitution and the functions for
which Neighbourhood Committees are responsible are set out below.
Each Neighbourhood Committee is composed of the Councillors
representing the electoral wards within the
The exercise of all
the following powers and duties provided that:
they are within Council policy / there is no conflict with Council
any decision taken is properly within the remit of the
Neighbourhood Committee concerned;
any financial implications of decisions taken are cpable of being
contained within the approved budget;
they do no involve matters of a highly controversial nature as
identified by the Chief Executive in consultation with the Chair of
the Neighbourhood Committee concerned.
- To have a local
community leadership role and, in that context, scrutiny of the
provision of Council services within the area and to act as a forum
for local influence over the delivery of local services.
Responsibility for representing the interests of residents of the
Neighbourhood in relation to the provision of services by other
- To be consulted on
proposed specifications for any Borough wide contracts where
service delivery is likely to impact on the Neighbourhood and to
monitor performance of the contractor where appropriate.
- Responsibility for
Development Control matters, excluding the determination of those
of planning applications which are the responsibility of the
Development Control Committee. (Matters that, for whatever reason
(e.g. where a significant number of Members have a pecuniary
interest) cannot be dealt with at Neighbourhood level to be dealt
with by the Development Control Committee.)
- Responsibility for
Area revitalisation and minor environmental improvement schemes
within the Area, including local shopping centres. The exercise of
the powers relating to untidy land under Section 78 of the Public
Health Act 1936 and Section 34 of the Public Health Act 1961.
- Housing management
consideration of and variations to the Housing Revenue Account
(HRA) expenditure budgets allocated for the Neighbourhood taking
into account officer advice and the overall financial position on
variation of the overall repair and maintenance programme for the
Neighbourhood from that proposed, taking into account officer
advice and the Council’s contractual obligations to tenants
and lessees when so doing;
determination of the programme for capitalised repairs and
improvements to the Council’s
housing stock located in the Neighbourhood within the resources
allocated by the Council or Policy and Resources Committee;
receive representations and petitions from tenants and lessees in
relation to housing management issues affecting the Neighbourhood
generally or individual estates / groups of estates within the
- Responsibility for
the operation of Branch Libraries and the Youth Service, including
Youth Service premises, but with Place and Sustainability having
responsibility for Borough wide and strategic issues in relation to
those servies, including the mobile, housebound and school library
- Responsibility for
Licensing and Regulations functions that do not fall to be dealt
with under the Licensing Act 2003.
- The provision and
location of recycling facilities: the control of litter; the
provision and maintenance of highway trees; and the provision of
public notice boards.
- The overall
management of public parks and the promotion and control of events
- Operation and
management of community halls, the Dickerage Adventure Playground
(Maldens & Coombe) and the Market House (Kingston Town).
- Highway and verge maintenance, street signs,
traffic signs and furniture, land drainage; traffic management
where the impact of schemes is discreet to the Area; and agreements
for the execution of highway works.
- Town Centre Management. Shopmobility.
- The making and
implementation of on street parking restrictions; the approval of
advisory parking bays for people with disabilities; and the
exemption of roads from the footway parking ban.
- Within such discretionary budget as may be
allocated, the ability to incur expenditure for the general benefit
of the Neighbourhood. This could be for example, the promotion or
subsidy of courses and activities at leisure facilities, the
promotion of community use of facilities or other appropriate
activities in relation, say, to the Library or Youth Services.
- The maintenance of
Coombe Estate roads (under the Maldens and Coombe UDC Act 1933)
(Maldens and Coombe)
- The management and
operation of caravan sites.
- The making of grants
to voluntary organisations in accordance with the approved
- All the miscellaneous
powers under the Highways Act, 1980, the Acquisition of Land Act,
1981, the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, the Cycle Tracks Act,
1984, the Housing Act, 1981, the Town and Country Planning Act.
1990 and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, relating to
Public Footpaths, Highways, Bridleways and Rights of Way (as set
out in Part 1 of the Schedule to the Local Authorities (Functions
and Responsibilities) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2001.)
- The designation by
Order, as appropriate, of public places within their areas under
S.13 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, where nuisance /
annoyance to the public or disorder has been associated with the
consumption of alcohol in that place.
- Where any matter
under consideration by the Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee
relating to Kingston Town Centre is deemed to be strategic (i.e.
with implications extending significantly beyond the town centre
and impacting on other neighbourhoods) it shall be referred to the
Policy and Resources Committee for final decision along with any
recommendation for action by the Neighbourhood Committee.
- The decision as to
whether a matter under consideration by the Committee falls within
the definition of ‘strategic’ for this purpose shall be
taken by the Committee itself when considering the matter in
- In cases of doubt as
to whether a particular matter under consideration falls within the
definition of ‘strategic’, and where at least three
Members of the Committee so request, advice shall be sought from
the Monitoring Officer. In such cases no further action will be
taken in respect of the matter until the Committee has met and
considered the Monitoring Officer’s advice.
- This procedure shall not apply to:
development control matters where there is already provision within
the terms of reference of both the Committee and the Development
Control Committee for significant planning matters to be dealt with
by the Development Control Committee; or
matters where there is already provision within the terms of
reference of the Committee and the Licensing Committee for
significant licensing and regulatory matters to be dealt with by
the Licensing Committee.
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