The lovely Wallington Arms is once again inviting our local senior residents to celebrate Christmas with them on Tuesday 20th December at 1pm. The pub will be providing a free festive lunch for Wallington’s older people.
Please do call and reserve your place so the pub knows how many to expect: call 0208 773 0404.
Since the Wallington Arms took up residence in Wallington it has put on a number of free lunch events for our older residents that have been well attended and much appreciated.
Whilst of course my first preference for London Mayor would be Caroline Pigeon, I can offer a warm welcome to the new incumbent, Sadiq Khan. I can do that because Sadiq’s achievement is an embodiment of Liberal Democrat principles, which is that you should have an equal opportunity to succeed irrespective of your background, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, nor should you be enslaved by poverty. He has also worked as a human rights lawyer, and the Liberal Democrats have always been strong upholders of the principle of basic human rights for everyone. I therefore have confidence that Sadiq will be working hard in City Hall for all Londoners.
The only slight downside is that he is one of the candidates who didn’t make a firm commitment to bringing the tram to Sutton. However I can allow him that on the understanding that it would be presumptuous to make spending promises before he has had the opportunity to scrutinise TfL’s budgets and existing commitments as well as our economic case. Caroline of course has the benefit of eight years on the Assembly and a detailed briefing from us.
But most promising of all is Sadiq’s pledge to deliver the affordable housing that London so desperately needs. This is a pledge that Sutton fully supports and we look forward to working with the new mayor to help make that happen, so that young Londoners, overcrowded Londoners, low income and average income Londoners, elderly Londoners and disabled Londoners no longer feel priced out of the capital but are all able to find homes and communities within our wonderful and diverse city.
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.
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!
We met recently with our local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team
Sergeant Suzannah James who updated us on the work they are
undertaking to deter and detect crime over the Christmas period. We
also received some helpful advice to pass on to our residents.
As in previous years the local teams will be focussing on Operation
Santa – increasing the police presence in the smaller shopping centres
to deter shoplifting, and deal with any incidents.
Sgt James also brought our attention to a series of local burglaries
where Asian households have been particularly targeted, with the
burglars looking for gold jewellery. These have taken place during the
day, with access from the rear of properties. These households are
being advised to be extra vigilant, especially when it is likely to
be obvious when they are out, at Friday prayers for example.
Burglaries are more of a problem over the Christmas period, and if you
are going away, or are even likely to leave an empty house until later
in the evening, the police advice is to make sure it is not obvious
that the property is empty. Leave a light on, or put them on a timer
switch, cancel milk and deliveries, let your neighbours know if you
will be away and ask them to push through any post left sticking out
of letter boxes and replace your wheelie bins. We can help by looking
out for each other in this way.
There are also a number of scams being run by unscrupulous people,
particularly courier scams targeting the elderly & vulnerable. If you
have any doubts about people calling at your house do ring the police.
Have a lovely time this Christmas, and keep safe.
Jayne, Colin, Monica & Muhammad.
SAVE WALLINGTON CROWN POST OFFICE
Monday, 24th June 2013, 7pm
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH
Wallington, Maldon Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 8BL
Speakers (others to be confirmed):
Tom Brake MP
Ian Ward, Communication Workers Union
A representative from The Post Office has been invited to attend
TUESDAY 25TH JUNE: update from last night’s meeting
The Post Office is looking to find a commercial partner for the Wallington Post Office to share premises etc. However we received reassurances from the Post Office representative that if a commercial partner is not found, there are no plans to close the Wallington Post Office.
On Thursday Colin & I facilitated a meeting between a local business looking to expand its premises and OGRES – the Onslow Gardens Residents Association.
The business – The Monarch Partnership, located in Stafford Road close to Onslow Gardens, had had a previous planning application turned down after significant objection from local residents. On advice the Managing Director, Mr Dosanjh contacted us to explain the purpose of his development and see if we could help him find a way forward.
As we were aware that much of the opposition related to the proposed access to the site from Onslow Gardens, and misunderstandings about the nature of the development, we suggested that the businessman met with the local residents association to discuss his plans.
This duly took place and proved to be a productive and fruitful meeting. The business is now clear about what would be acceptable to local residents in terms of development , and the OGRES representatives were reassured about the business’ plans and positive contribution to the area.
Cllr Hall & I recommended that the business sought pre-application advice and then when revised plans were drafted they be discussed with the residents association prior to submission to ensure there were no issues still of concern.
All parties seemed very happy with the outcomes of the meeting and it was good to see a local business willing to work with residents and respecting the impact its operation has on the locality. OGRES also appreciated the benefits of having an expanding business providing employment and supporting other local trading outlets.
A planning application C2012/66514 has been submitted to convert the old Stanley Park High School into a primary school. It will form one of a pair of sites making up Bandon Hill Primary school, to be known as the Woodfield Site. The current Bandon Hill site will be known as Meadowfield.
This resourceful use of the old school site will help address the significant pressures on primary school places that the borough is facing. The application represents a departure from the original expectation for the site to be sold for residential development.
You can view and comment on the application online.
Following representations by local residents at the last Beddington & Wallington Local Committee calling for action to prevent further illegal encampments in Mellows Park by Travellers, it was agreed that the best solution was to install earth mounds along the open perimeters of the park. It was noted as a method that had been used successfully in Croydon parks and would not spoil the look of the park.
Today work began at the park to build the earth mounds. These will be sown with grass seed and will therefore blend in with the verges in time.
Only time will tell if they prove effective. Let’s hope so.