Sunray Community Contract

Sunray

The new Sunray Community Contract is a unique agreement that sets out the ways Kingston Council, Kingston Police and the Sunray & Egmont Residents’ Association (SERA) will work together to protect and improve your public space, and enforce against anti-social rubbish dumping and fly tipping.

By now every home on the estate should have received a copy of the contract. The contract is signed by the Chair of SERA, the Chief Superintendent, the Council Leader and your three Conservative ward councillors.

The Council has agreed to continue supporting SERA as a link with Sunray Estate residents.  Also, where appropriate, use powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act alongside existing powers to enforce against anti-social rubbish dumping and fly tipping.

The Police have agreed to work with the Council and SERA to gather evidence and intelligence on people committing the acts of fly tipping.

Your three local councillors are happy to support the Residents’ Association who are doing such great work. However, we are aware that there is still much work to do to ensure the agreement is followed through.

Sunray councillors

The Sunray Community Contract

This agreement sets out the ways Kingston Council, Kingston Police and the Sunray and Egmont Residents’ Association (SERA) will work together to protect and improve your public space, and enforce against anti-social rubbish dumping, particularly in the service roads, and fly tipping.

The Council will:

  • Continue to support SERA as a key link with residents in the Sunray Estate
  • Where appropriate, use powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 alongside existing powers to enforce against anti-social rubbish dumping and fly tipping

The Sunray and Egmont Residents’ Association (SERA) will:

  • Continue to represent the views and needs of local residents to the Council and Police
  • Continue to work with residents to raise community spirit and improve conditions on the Estate
  • Support the Council and Police in their activities to enforce against anti-social rubbish dumping by residents and fly tipping through providing an essential local focus

Kingston Police will:

  • Work with the Council and SERA to gather evidence and intelligence on people committing the acts of fly tipping
  • Locate identified individuals wherever possible and where there is sufficient evidence follow this through to court so that they can be held responsible for their actions
  • Increase patrols within the area to reassure residents and deter others from using the area for criminal activity

Leading the way….

Built in the 1930’s, the distinctive Sunray Estate houses are tucked away in a quiet part of Tolworth, in an area with strong community roots and a reputation for being a great place to live.

Whilst many of the service roads remain largely clear, there are unfortunately a number of properties where occupants still dispose of unwanted material outside their fence line or in the recess of their garage.

To a smarter Sunray

The local community is supported by the Sunray and Egmont Residents’ Association (SERA) which represents local residents and has led on improving conditions on the estate as it adapts to the demands of a changing population. We continue to support the tremendous work that SERA and the community have undertaken to improve the local environment and keep the Sunray Estate clean.

An outstanding achievement of SERA has been to address the serious problems related to the estate’s two miles of neglected service roads, with large volumes of dumped material from the houses, overgrown vegetation and occasional fly tipping. SERA recognised that these roads are the legal responsibility of tenants and homeowners; however, some residents were unaware or unable to take responsibility. SERA mobilised residents and over the last four years, they have led on clearing over 80% of the roads, removing more than 50 tons of unwanted material and vegetation – with removal costs paid for by the residents and Council through community grants.

This may constitute a criminal offence under Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, or may lead to the service of a community protection notice requiring the removal of the rubbish, under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which it is a criminal offence to contravene. If you have any material deposited on service roads, please remove this within two weeks of the date of this letter. Roads will be checked after this time.

On behalf of the local community, SERA have negotiated an agreement that clearly sets out expectations for the Council, Police and local residents in a community contract.