There is an application in to demolish the existing Methodist church in Beddington Gardens at the junction with Shotfield and build a new modern church.
The Church members made a presentation of the proposals to councillors, the MP and local residents earlier this year and explained the rationale behind the plans. We heard that the Church could no longer afford to maintain the existing building, which required significant investment, and with a lot of soul-searching had agreed that the way forward was to build a new church. This would incorporate better facilities for community work as well as worship, and the cost would be supported by the development of new flats also planned to be developed on the site.
The application for the new church only was submitted over the summer, and will be decided at the Planning Committee on Wednesday 17th September Meeting Room 1 at Civic Offices in Sutton.
Only eight objection letters have been received, largely from residents living close by. Naturally these express concern about the loss of the existing church building, as well as having concerns about parking and access.
Comments can still be submitted up to the date of the committee, and there is an opportunity for resident representatives to speak at the Planning Committee as long as notice is given. The application can be viewed and commented on here.
As a result of residents contacting the ward councillors with their concerns we have arranged an informal meeting in advance of the Planning Committee with representatives of the Church and local residents to further discuss the plans and answer any questions. Any additional local residents who would like to attend to learn more would be welcome, but please contact me first so I know the numbers to expect. The meeting will be this Saturday 13th September at the church itself.
Sutton is offering a business rate reduction of 50% for one year to new or expanding businesses occupying empty premises in Sutton town centre. Alongside that offer Opportunity Sutton, the Council’s business and investment support arm is offering a range of clinics and workshops to give business advice and help people create their business plans.
To promote the offer a mock-up of a florist was set up in the High Street to entice people to think about setting up shop in the town centre.
This local offer complements the Governments new national assistance for small businesses across the borough in the form of additional business rate reliefs.
For more information or to apply for the relief visit the Opportunity Sutton website or call 020 8770 5000 and ask for Opportunity Sutton.
You can also access business support and advice via the Sutton Business Support Programme.
I was very pleased to be able to attend this touching event marking the centenary of the start of World War One. The ceremony also unveiled the new World War Two memorial stone. Members of the public were invited to float poppies on the ponds in memory of those who had lost their lives in the wars, or had since died. I sent my poppies in remembrance of my Godfather Albert Hall, a tank driver in the Royal Artillery and a veteran of the Battle of Anzio. He was an active member of the Royal British Legion and died in 2010 at the age of 89.
The council has to find up to £40m worth of savings from its annual budget in the next five years.
This is in addition to £32m already saved since 2011.
We have taken a careful and measured approach to the budget in difficult circumstances and squeezed all we can to protect frontline services and vulnerable citizens. But this cannot be sustained given the scale of further funding reductions.
We need your help to shape Sutton’s Future.
Sutton’s Future is an opportunity to have your say on the challenges facing us.
Please visit the Sutton’s Future website and complete our Sutton’s Future Survey to let us know your views about council services and what is important you.
There are also a number of events that you can attend to ask questions and have your say:
Please join the conversation with Cllr Ruth Dombey and other leading Councillors
Wednesday 30 July from 7.30 – 8.30pm
Meeting Room 1
St Nicholas Way
RSVP by Wednesday 23 July to email@example.com or telephone 020 8770 5000.
Follow the discussion live on Twitter #suttonsfuture
Local Area Committee Events
|Sutton South Cheam and Belmont||11 September 2014||7pm, Chiltern Church|
|Sutton||16 September 2014||7pm, Salvation Army|
|St Helier, the Wrythe and Wandle Valley||16 October 2014||7pm, Riverside Centre|
|Beddington and Wallington||21 October 2014||7pm, Beddington Park Primary School|
|Cheam North and Worcester Park||23 October 2014||7pm, Christchurch with St Philip|
|Carshalton and Clockhouse||4 November 2014||7.30pm, Venue TBC|
The 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to help with this important project.
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
- Books, CDs and DVDs
- Mobile phones and used printer cartridges
- Electricals (but please check with the shop before you donate these items)
There will be a celebratory opening of the new bandstand this Saturday 14th June at around 10am when a Jazz Trio from Carshalton Boys School will perform for an hour or so.
This is also Farmers Market Day so there is more than one reason to visit the Wallington Library Gardens this Saturday.
The Bandstand was the idea of local resident and Rotary Club member Colin Wadeson whose ambition was to have a small stage area in Wallington for small local groups and schools to perform. Thanks to public realm funding from the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee, and Colin’s tenacity against various bureaucratic obstacles we are pleased to see this ambition finally realised.
If you are interested in using the bandstand please speak to the Wallington Library manager.
PICTURES FROM THE DAY