Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wallington South Councillors’ June Update

Its June already and certainly feeling summery – in between the showers!  So time for an update from your Wallington South Ward Councillors:

Ward News

High Street Loading Bays

The bay outside the KFC has now been changed to goods vehicles loading only, and for the first time in ages we have seen the bay being used correctly.

We expect a few complaints when people get a parking ticket if they haven’t realised it has changed, but it should make the bay much safer all round.

Road safety schemes implemented

​We are pleased to see the implementation of a number of schemes residents requested through us. Yellow lines have gone in in Woodcote Road and Elgin Road, with new signs to deter HGVs from using residential roads at Boundary Road, Elgin Road and St Michaels Road.

The new build-out is now in place in Beddington Gardens to provide a safe crossing point across this road to Shotfield.

Where next?

Double yellow lines have been requested for the junctions of Clyde Road with Carew Road and Ross Road. Speed surveys are currently being undertaken in Clyde Road too as part of the evidence gathering following a petition submitted by residents concerned about speeding and rat-running in this road.

Following a petition from residents in Tharp Road (actually Beddington North ward) it is proposed to trial a one-way system for a year in this road. There is to be a further meeting with councillors and residents before this goes ahead.

​We have had concerns raised about the safety of the mini-roundabout at the junction of Hillside Gardens and Sandy Lane South which we have raised with the council and officers will be looking at this and seeing what might be done to improve the situation here.

Residents have also pointed out that there needs to be a safe crossing point across Demesne Road near the Carew Road junction, especially as this area is widely used by primary school children.

It has also been pointed out that the Park Hill Road junction with Stanley Park Road is extremely difficult to get out of.

Please let us know your views which will help us campaign for improvements to these junctions.

A number of lines and road markings have been refreshed. If you notice lines that have become very faded please let us know and we can get them refreshed too.

Wallington Music Festival Saturday 17th June!

Our free music festival, brought to you by dedicated local residents and businesses, is back for its third year on Saturday 17th June. It will be opened at noon by the Deputy Mayor in the Wallington Library Gardens with a fabulous line up in the bandstand and gardens through to 4pm. There will be stalls selling a variety of delicious food alongside the Library Café. Then the Brook, the Wallington Arms, Byrnes Eel & Pie House, Sizzle & Shake, Hotrocks, The Woodcote Flying Club and The Duke’s Head will all be hosting live music acts from early evening until late.

The event has been kindly sponsored by The Real Coffee Company Wallington and Carpenter And Co, in association with Arts Network Sutton. The Gary Mason Charity and also funded by a Neighbourhood Grant from the council.

Bins!

The transition to a new collection system delivered by an external contractor – Veolia, has proved difficult and frustrating. We are still a long way off from them delivering a service to match the efficiency of the previous in-house delivery. We have been given lots of reasons and excuses from IT failures to lorry breakdowns to unexpected recycling volumes. However, in the end we just want our bins emptied on time, and in the right lorry after we have gone to the trouble of sorting it.

Your ward councillors have met with Veolia reps and are escalating matters where we can, although we haven’t always been happy with the responses.

We are starting to see improvements, but there are a number of areas in our ward where the problems are persistent and the resolution of them feels frustratingly slow.

These are the places where we know there are continuing problems that we are keeping an eye on:

Waleton Acres, Tansley Court, Sycamore Manor, Birdhurst Court, Jefton Court, Ellerslie Court, Beech House, Coriander Court, Mulberry Mews, various flats above shops, Hannah Mews, Brambledown Road flats, Derwent Walk, Woodbourne Gardens, Burns Court, Hinton Road, Charlotte Road & Francis Road.

If you are having persistent problems with your waste collection and it isn’t listed here then please let us know so we can try and help get it sorted.

The general advice is that if your expected collection isn’t taken on the due day, leave it out and it should automatically be collected the next day. Only if it is not collected by 8.30pm on the second day should you report it as a missed collection. However if yours is the only uncollected bin, report it after 8.30pm on the due day. We recommend using the online tool rather than telephoning, as the council’s contact service is often busy and they will only be logging your problems using the same online tool. We are happy to report it for you if you can’t get the online tool to work.

The green garden waste bins are being delivered but there is a backlog. You are only charged once you have the bin and collections started.

Similarly if you have ordered additional recycling boxes or wheelie bins these are being delivered, but again there is a backlog. If you placed your order at the beginning of the service change we would recommend you reorder as we are not confident that all these orders have been logged.

Veolia are also responsible for collecting the waste from the street bins and the green sacks from the street cleaning. Again you can report overflowing bins using the online tool.

One bit of good news is that the level of recycling has increased enormously because you have all been prepared to do your bit so diligently. So well done you all at lightening the load on our planet. I know that as a result of greater awareness of the waste we produce a number of residents have told us they are trying to seek out items with less packaging and be more careful about using up leftover food.

Open Day Alert

Wallington Girls School have given advance warning of their Open Evening on 28th June from 4 – 8pm which usually sees an increase in traffic and parking pressure in the vicinity of the school. Woodcote Nursery has agreed to let parents use their car park on the day to help alleviate the problems.

Planning News

Julien House in Ross Road is recommended for approval by officers so it will be decided by councillors at the Planning Committee on 20thJune from 7.30pm at Sutton Civic Offices. Jayne & Steve will be supporting residents in their objections to this application. Do come along if you want to show the strength of objection to this application.

Flooding

The short sharp but torrential downpours like the one experienced recently are likely to result in localised surface flooding as the drainage system is simply unable to cope with high volumes of water in one go. However they should drain away quickly. Any flooding that takes a long time to drain away should be reported so it can be checked to see if there is an underlying problem.

We are aware of persistent flood problems in Demesne Road and Beddington Gardens. The council is undertaking work to map areas across the borough that regularly suffer from flooding so they can source funding for mitigating measures. A survey is now online so please do complete it if your area suffers from flooding.

Steve’s term as Deputy Mayor ends

Steve spent a fair amount of time in the last twelve months representing the borough as deputy mayor. He has met with some amazing groups and organisations and had the opportunity to take part is some interesting events. I know he feels privileged to have had the opportunity to represent both Sutton and Wallington in this role, and we think he has done us proud.

Borough News

Sutton in Bloom

There is still time to enter your garden for the Sutton in Bloom competition. Closing date is Friday 16th June. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a winner from Wallington!

Trading Standards

Flyers are currently in circulation for work such as roofing and driveways, some claiming to be on the Checkatrade scheme when they are not. Advice is to be extremely cautious about responding to leaflet drops for such work and instead recommend using the Safer Sutton Trader Scheme.

Carers Week

12th-16th June is National Carers Week where we recognise the informal support many of us provide to family, friends and neighbours. This saves the NHS and social services many thousands of pounds, but can prove very stressful for the carer. Sutton Carers Centre has a number of events to both recognise and celebrate the work of these many carers, and also highlight the support that is out there for them. For more information visit the website.

 

Have a lovely summer, and good luck to all those currently sitting exams.

Jayne McCoy, Steve Cook & Muhammad Sadiq

Liberal Democrat Councillors for Wallington South

London Borough of Sutton

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Things are happening in Sutton Town Centre

Exciting things are happening on Sutton High Street as some of the council’s projects and work to promote the town centre come to fruition.

Look up at Market Place Sutton to admire the improved frontages

Check out the new pubs

Our green wall looking succulent

Planters brighten up Trinity Square

Times Square renamed and refurbishment almost complete

TKMaxx reopening 15th June

Painting the Carshalton College ‘Live Art’ mural

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The award-winning entrepreneurs market

The Empire Cinema is also undergoing refurbishment and a big brand retail outlet is planning to move into Sutton.

With the additional development bringing housing, a new hotel, and new retail units around the station, and the new Sainsburys, flats and restaurants at the north end, Sutton certainly feels like it is booming.

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Wallington Music Festival 2017

Final line up confirmed, and additional sponsorship from Carpenter & Co:

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Ward walkabout with Veolia

On Wednesday Cllr Cook & I took Veolia reps around the ward to show them some areas where there are persistent issues with the new waste collection service.

At some places we called on the residents who had complained so Veolia could hear direct the problems they were having.

 

It was clear that the existing bin stores and range of bins at some blocks of flats do not work with the new system, and it will require some discussions with residents and the managing agents to make it work.

We will continue to monitor the situation and Veolia’s response.

 

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Sutton honours Wallington WW1 Victoria Cross Hero

A ceremony was held on 29th April 2017 to commemorate the centenary of the action that led to the award of the Victoria Cross to 2nd Lieutenant Pollard VC. At the ceremony in Wallington Library Gardens a memorial stone to Alfred Pollard was unveiled by the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Richard Clifton.

2nd Lieut. Pollard was born and raised in Wallington, and members of his family were in attendance.

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Phone mast threat to Woodcote Green seen off

Cllr Steve Cook views the proposed location with residents

Vodafone recently put in notification of their intention to put a telecom mast and large cabinets on Woodcote Green, next to the air raid shelter.

Not only would this be an eyesore on a beautiful village green opposite Wallington Girls School, it was right where local residents had asked the Local Committee to locate a new heritage sign explaining the history of the green.

Through the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee residents have previously secured restoration of the air raid shelter on the green, moved the the horse trough back to its original position, and received funds for spring bulb planting. So what an insult to spoil it all with an ugly mast and cabinets.

Your ward councillors worked with our Beddington South ward colleagues and the local residents association to submit our objections to the plans. This has paid off and the council’s planning officers agree that it would be wrong to allow the mast here and have now refused the application.

So thanks to a bit of people-power the mast threat has been seen off and the lovely new heritage board is now in place.

 

The original plans

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Safer crossing in Beddington Gardens

The council is currently undertaking works in Beddington Gardens to make a safer place to cross near to the junction with Shotfield.

There are a number of older people living in special residential accommodation in this area and some of them told Steve, Muhammad and me that they found it daunting trying to cross Beddington Gardens. Many of them regularly use the Jubilee Health Centre or the library.

We put a request in for this to be looked at. A zebra crossing was not possible as it would have required removing part of the hedges, which are protected as a heritage feature of the area.

Officers are therefore building out the pavement here, which both slows down traffic and narrows the road to reduce the distance pedestrians have to get across the road.

We hope that when complete this will make life a little easier for our more senior residents.

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Reporting your bin collection issues

Please report your issues online via the council website to free up the phone lines for people who don’t have internet access.

There is a dedicated webpage with information and special links for reporting issues – look under Waste and Recycling on the Sutton Council website.

This page also allows you to check the collection days for your recycling and general waste at your address. The address finder is a bit quirky, especially for flats. If you enter your address and it says it is not recognised try entering your flat or house number, and then the street rather than the name of the flat block. Then enter your postcode. If that doesn’t work just enter your flat number and postcode.

All issues reported online will be logged for action.

If you still have problems reporting your issues online then contact your local ward councillor. You can find who are your ward councillors and how to contact them here.

If you have still not received new recycling bins; or your street does not appear to be on a scheduled round; or you are in a block of flats and it is clear that Veolia still do not understand what your collection should be, then please raise this with your ward councillor as well as reporting it to the council. That way we can understand the extent of the problems and take it up with senior council officers and Veolia.

Not sure what goes in which bin? There is an A-Z of rubbish and recycling on the council website.

 

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Sutton wins Small Business Friendly Borough Award 2017

Heather Evans and Sarah Lomax from the Opportunity Sutton Team with Cllr Amy Haldane

I was very pleased to hear that Sutton was joint winner with Lambeth for the Small Business Friendly Borough Award presented by London Councils and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Our award was for the ‘Best Programme of Support’ by our Opportunity Sutton Team for the Pop Up Sutton Entrepreneurs Market.

Pop Up Sutton is an initiative to enable entrepreneurs to get a foot on the business ladder.

Over the course of the 18-month programme participants are able to access a series of workshops and one-to-one advice sessions designed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of setting up and running a business. Once a month a free pop-up stall is also provided to give entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their products or services to a ready made audience in Sutton town centre.

The scheme has been developed by Opportunity Sutton as part of its remit to stimulate and support new business in the borough.

We have had excellent feedback from participants in the scheme saying how much they have learnt that has enabled them to establish their business and develop their product lines.

There were 18 nominations for this category – the highest number of nominations, with 9 shortlisted, so congratulations Sutton for this achievement.

 

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Wallington South Councillors’ Spring Update

Here is our latest round-up of local news and what your ward councillors have been up to:

Ward News

Faulty speed sign
We reported the faulty speed sign on Stafford Road that was somewhat erratic in its speed measurements. We are advised that this sign will be replaced in the next couple of months.

Car Park Ticket Machines
The keypads on the ticket machines in Wallington Library car park have faded and are difficult to read. We have been advised that these machines are to be replaced with new ones which will also accept the new one-pound coins. The half an hour free parking for the 84 bays in the library car park will still be available.

High Street loading-only bays to change
The loading bays outside KFC in Woodcote Road are set to change shortly to Goods Vehicle Only loading. This is because of the continued abuse of the bays and dangerous reversing across the cycle lanes into oncoming traffic. These will be strictly enforced and tickets can be issued after two minutes of contravention rather than the current 10 minutes applicable for a general loading bay. Vehicles will be required to park parallel with the road and not reverse out of the bays.

Staff changes to Wallington South Police Safer Neighbourhood Team
We have learnt that Sgt Suzannah James, who headed up the Wallington South Safer Neighbourhood Team is moving on. She will be leaving the Police altogether and taking up employment that better fits around her family.
We have very much enjoyed working with Suzannah and wish her all the best for her future. We are yet to be advised of her replacement.

Changes to Wallington Library
Work to ensure our libraries continue as vital parts of the community have led the council to plan the co-location of health and social care teams in parts of Wallington library. They will be making use of the large meeting room and some of the library offices. Experience elsewhere shows that co-locating social care staff teams close to the residents they work with has all-round benefits and efficiencies.
The Mallinson Room will be adapted to allow its use as a meeting room, however, we have received reassurances that it will still be available to the public when not booked for meetings.

Service of Hope and Reconciliation following the terror attack in Westminster
Steve, in his role as Deputy Mayor, will be representing Wallington and the borough at a special memorial event at Westminster Abbey next Wednesday following the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge.

Planning News

News just in! Phone Mast threat to Woodcote Green averted
Vodafone recently put in notification of their intention to put a telecom mast and large cabinets on Woodcote Green, next to the air raid shelter. Not only would this be an eyesore on a beautiful village green, it was right where local residents had asked the Local Committee to locate a new heritage sign explaining the history of the green. Through the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee residents had also secured restoration of the air raid shelter on the green, restored the horse trough to its original position, and funds for spring bulb planting. So what an insult to spoil it all with an ugly mast and cabinets.

Your ward councillors worked with our Beddington South ward colleagues and the local residents association to submit our objections to the plans. This has paid off and the council’s planning officers agree that it would be wrong to allow the mast here and are recommending refusal of the application.

Permission granted for St Bernadetts, 19 Stanley Park Road
Planning permission has been granted to demolish St Bernadetts and build a three-storey block of 9 flats.

Wallington Arms to extend
The Wallington Arms pub has received permission for a rear extension to extend the pub use to the second floor, and also to provide additional residential accommodation on the upper floors.

Planning application in for flats in Ross Road
There is an application just in to demolish the garages next to Julian House and build a four storey block of six flats, with seven parking spaces. The application number is D2017/76681 and you can view and comment on the plans here. You can view the Design and Access Statement here.


Work starts on old BP Garage Site Stafford Road

After seeing off the McDonald’s drive-through application and helping affected residents get amendments to the more acceptable flats proposed for the site, we are pleased to see work finally start on the site. Obviously, there will be disruption for local residents so please let us know if the contractors start to operate at unsociable hours or there is excessive dust and we can seek enforcement of the conditions of construction. You can also report it direct to the council via the website.

Borough News

Drop in day TODAY for all your questions about the new Waste Collection service:

Tuesday 28th March 10am – 8pm at Resident Lounge, Shearing Drive (no 46) SM5 1BL

The new waste collection service starts from 3rd April so once your recyclables have been collected this week you will need to start separating paper and card from your glass, plastic and tins.

There are four different leaflets being distributed depending on whether you have a kerbside wheelie bin collection, in flats with communal bins, have black bag collection, or live above shops. Some people have received the wrong leaflet – for example, some flats have wheelie bins rather than communal bins. If you think you have received the wrong leaflet contact the council to let them know.

You don’t need to spend money on compostable bags for your food waste caddy, you can use newspaper to wrap up your food waste. Alternatively, Sainsbury’s sell paper bags to line your food caddies which Jayne has been using for her compostable waste and finds them stronger and yet much faster to degrade in her composter.

Don’t forget to sign up for your Garden Waste collection service, which will now operate all year round.

Council investment secures London Cancer Hub plans
The council has agreed to acquire land from the Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust that will secure the site for the development of the London Cancer Hub in Belmont, on the site of the old Sutton Hospital. It was originally planned to acquire the land through a joint venture with the Institute of Cancer Research, but further work showed that this was an unnecessarily clunky vehicle and it was far simpler for the council to acquire the land itself. The council and the ICR are still working closely along with the Royal Marsden to achieve the long-term vision for the site, and this investment will provide certainty for prospective investors.

More information here.

Government cuts to School Funding
In Sutton, we have some of the best schools in the country – but the Government is putting them at risk with massive cuts to school funding.

98% of schools face a real terms cut in funding, with £3 billion cut by 2020. The average loss for each pupil is staggering: £339 for each primary school pupil and £477 for each secondary school pupil.

These cuts will have a catastrophic impact on schools that are already struggling with numerous financial challenges.

Your Lib Dem team is campaigning to stop the government making these cuts to school budgets and you can add your support by signing the petition here.

Upcoming Events and Activities

World War 1 commemoration ceremony in Wallington Library Gardens
As part of a national initiative to honour all those who were awarded the Victoria Cross in the WW1, the Mayor will be unveiling a memorial stone in honour of Lieutenant A O Pollard on 29th April at 11am. Lieutenant Pollard lived in Wallington and is the sole recipient of a Victoria Cross from WW1 with connections to the Borough. He went on to have a successful career writing crime fiction and died in 1960. The Local Committee have chosen the Library Gardens as the most suitable place for the commemorative stone. Around the time of the event, there will be a small display in the library.

The event is being held in conjunction with the army. Lieutenant Pollard was a member of the Honourable Artillery Company, and the programme will include a short service of remembrance and a one minute’s silence.

The Mayor’s Charity Quiz
Friday 21 April 6.30 for 7pm – 10 pm Robin Hood Junior School Thorncroft Road, Sutton, SM1 1RL

All proceeds to the Mayor of Sutton’s Charities: Sutton Shopmobility and The Alzheimer’s Society. Tickets are £12.00. Pizza Supper included in the Ticket price (Please advise if vegetarian alternative required).

Tickets can be purchased from the Mayor’s Macebearer, Luke Stephens at luke.stephens@sutton.gov.uk or phone 020 8770 5167 or 07400 062488
Make up your own table of eight, or contact us and we will fit you into a table

That is it for this update. Have a very happy Easter, and go easy on the chocolate.

From,

Steve Cook, Jayne McCoy, Muhammad Sadiq
Lib Dem Councillors for Wallington South
London Borough of Sutton

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