Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wallington Summer traffic disruption

men at work 2The Junction Improvement Scheme at Woodcote Road/Woodcote Green/Sandy Lane site has been scheduled to take place during the school summer break to minimise disruption. Some works to the junctions have already been completed, but the major works of installing a bespoke domed mini-roundabout is due to start on site on 24th July 2014. Although unlikely to cause as many problems as it would during term time, residents can still expect delays and diversions whilst the works are ongoing and are advised to find alternative routes where possible.

The works are expected to take eight weeks and so will run into the beginning of September.

At the same time we have learned that an urgent gas main replacement is required in Boundary Road from the roundabout at Stanley Park Road to Grosvenor Avenue. Again these works have been negotiated to take place during the school holidays, but due to the urgency – a number of leaks have occurred – it cannot be put off any longer. The Gas Company will start work on 23rd July and run through to 29th August. There may need to be some restricted weekend working to ensure that the work is done within the agreed timescales.

Our Traffic & Highways Work team do not expect these two sets of works to impact on each other, but it does represent the potential for traffic disruption in Wallington throughout the summer.

Perhaps some good weather will tempt residents to leave their cars at home and walk or use public transport instead!

July 10, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Walking Out Of Darkness – Fundraising for CLASP

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I have entered the Walking Out Of Darkness  25 mile overnight walk around the London Thames Path fundraising for the charity CLASP.

CLASP raises awareness, support and funds for those suffering the stigma surrounding mental and stress related illness and suicide. The charity states that suicide is preventable with help and support.

I have set up a JustGiving page and any support for this worthwhile cause would be very welcome.

The walk takes place on 19th July, and I have been fitting  my training around my council work as best I can.


Update July 2014

Participants in the Walking Out of Darkness Event have been advised that the event has sadly had to be postponed until either September or October as there have been problems getting permission from some of the London Boroughs through which the walk planned to go. I am hoping that as the event has the support of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson he will be able to assist the charity in finding a way through this difficulty. The silver lining is that I have have longer to train for the event! If the worst case scenario occurs and the event cannot be rescheduled then I pledge to undertake an individual  25 mile walk on the weekend of 27th September in a circuit around London as planned. All donations will go to CLASP as intended.

Thank you to all those people who have very generously donated already.



June 25, 2014 Posted by | Information | , , , , | Leave a comment

School calls for local business managers’ help for students training


Industry Week at Stanley Park High School

Stanley Park School has an urgent need for local business owners/managers to give two hours of their time and plenty of their experience to benefit the employees of the future during their Industry Week beginning 7th July 2014. Please contact Lorraine Walsh at Stanley Park High School on lwalsh1@suttonmail.org if you are willing to help with this important project.

June 23, 2014 Posted by | Information | , | Leave a comment

Wallington Cancer Research Shop needs your donated items

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The Cancer Research shop in Wallington town centre needs more of your donated items.

The shop is one of three quality charity shops in Wallington town centre but tends to miss out on donations because it is furthest away from the library car park. Because of its location at the Ross Parade end most donations get dropped off at the Oxfam or British Heart Foundation shops first.

If you arrive with a bag load of donations (which they hope you will) the nearest place to park is in Ross Parade where there are plenty of dedicated 30 minute free parking bays and usually spaces available. There are also similar bays in Beddington Gardens opposite Lidl, and of course there are the 84 half hour free spaces in the Library car park. Or you can pay to stay a little longer in the library car park and combine dropping off your donation with a bit of shopping or visit one of Wallington’s popular cafes.

When you drop your donated items into the shop make sure you ask for a Gift Aid form. If you fill this in the shop benefits from an extra 25% of the value of your donation when sold.

Items you can donate include:

  • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing
  • Accessories including shoes, belts, handbags and jewellery
  • Quality homeware – anything from cushions to crockery
  • Linens
  • Books, CDs and DVDs
  • Mobile phones and used printer cartridges
  • Electricals (but please check with the shop before you donate these items)

June 17, 2014 Posted by | Information | , , , | 1 Comment

Dog fouling top nuisance for Wallington residents

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When talking to residents on the doorstep in Wallington South very many of you told us that you are happy with your area, with the cleanliness of the streets, the efficiency of the waste & recycling collection and the general maintenance, apart from one thing: dog mess. This was a recurring gripe from residents. Owners failing to pick up after their dogs is seen as anti-social behaviour and a nuisance to others using the area.

Dog mess is a health hazard that can cause blindness in humans, so it is not something you want to accidentally trample into your house.

It is an offence to let your dog foul the pavement or public land and if caught you can be fined up to £1,000. As a result of complaints from residents additional warning notices have been put up in Carew Road and Heathdene Road.

If you report dog fouling to Sutton council, officers will aim to clear it up within a couple of hours. The street cleaners will clear up any dog mess they find as part of their work. If a large number of complaints are received about a particular area the council will send out a special patrol to try and catch the culprit’s owner.

June 2, 2014 Posted by | Information | , , , | 1 Comment

Thank you!

Thank you to all those residents who have generously placed their trust in us and re-elected Colin Hall and myself, and newly elected Muhammad Sadiq, to represent them on Sutton council.

We look forward to continuing to work with our residents to ensure that Sutton, and especially Wallington South, remains a lovely place to live.


May 23, 2014 Posted by | Information, Liberal Democrats | , , , | Leave a comment

Old Police Station gets new lease of life

Restored police station

Local people were concerned for the future of the old police station when they learnt that the police would be moving out of their premises on Stafford Road in Wallington, so Colin & I got the building locally listed to give it some additional protection from development.

We were therefore very pleased to learn that a central London business AquaGlobal, were keen to relocate in the station and sensitively adapt the building for their needs.

AquaGlobal is an IT company specialising in financial solutions. They are also a very sustainably-minded company. They relocated to Wallington as they wanted to reduce commuting times for their staff, and enable the partners to cycle to the office. They have a charging point for electric vehicles on site too.

The business owners invited Colin & myself to look around the refurbished building and we were very impressed by what they had done, improving the exterior whilst making the interior both efficient and employee-friendly.

We wish the business every success in Wallington.

Jayne & Colin with the business owners

Jayne & Colin with the business owners

May 14, 2014 Posted by | Information | , , , | Leave a comment


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