Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wallington South Councillors’ Spring Update 2019

It’s officially Spring, but the weather appears less certain. Some days we get a bit of sunshine, the next a downpour of rain. Well it is April! Here is what we have been up to since our last update.

WARD NEWS

The pond and fountain in the library gardens

Works to restore the pond and fountain in the library gardens have had to be put on hold thanks to repeated vandalism and theft of the pump. There is also a slow leak in the pond that will be expensive to fix.

We do not think that we should let the activities of a few thoughtless people with no respect for the property of others deprive us of our fountain, which is part of the original design of the library, so we have asked for options and costings to repair the pond and fountain.

Do you agree it should be restored or should we give up on it and remove the pond?

If you witness anyone involved in vandalism please do call the police on 999 immediately.

The gates to the library gardens are meant to be left open for access even when the library is closed, however we are still finding the gates are locked on Sundays. The railings are so low they clearly are not a deterrent to those planning access for criminal activity, and in fact more people using the gardens means they are less attractive to vandals.

We have therefore raised this with the council to ensure that the gates remain unlocked so all our residents can enjoy the gardens.

One-way trial for Tharp Road

Those of you who use Tharp Road will be aware that the on-street parking means that the road is effectively single-lane. It is also used as a cut through from Demesne Road to Plough Lane. Residents in Tharp Road complain of regular problems of cars unable to pass in the road resulting in broken wing mirrors of parked cars and road rage incidents. They asked the council to look into potential solutions and it has been agreed to trial a one-way system from east to west along Tharp Road.

There are obvious concerns about the impact of this on Demesne Road, however the traffic modelling expects the impacts to be minimal. The only real way to test this is to trial it, so that is what have agreed to. The benefit of a trial is that if, after a few weeks for drivers to get used to the one-way system, the impacts are significant and clearly not working, it can be easily cancelled.

Residents in affected and neighbouring roads will be advised of when the trial is due to start.

 

No cycling through Wallington Square

There are signs showing that cycling is not permitted through the pedestrianized Wallington Square, however we have had a number of complaints about youths cycling in the square without due regard to pedestrians and making a nuisance of themselves with the businesses.

When challenged the youths claimed the signs meant they could cycle in the square. This is a simple failure to understand Highways Code signage however, to ensure that there is no misunderstanding and help residents and the police challenge cyclists, we have arranged for simple ‘No cycling’ signage to be added.

Any incidences of cyclists involved in anti-social behaviour likely to cause an accident or intimidation should be reported to the police. Use 999 if it is currently taking place, or you can report it online if it is after the event.

 

Shall we get the Old Town Hall chiming again?

The clock on Wallington Old Town Hall used to have bells chiming out the hours. The chimes were deactivated whilst Orchard Hill College occupied the ground floor so as not to disturb the students. However, Sutton College have now taken over the whole building since Orchard Hill moved to other premises, and they have said that they have no objection to the chimes.

A trial is planned after the Easter holidays and if there are no complaints we will have the bells ringing out the time once again.

 

The Parking Strategy is finally coming to Wallington South

Residents seeking solutions to local parking problems have had to be very patient whilst the council has changed its approach from small ad-hoc schemes to an area-wide review and more holistic approach. The Wallington area was last on the list of areas to be addressed but it is finally our turn.

The strategy involves a three-stage consultation process with Stage 1 seeking information from residents of where the parking problems are in our area. Council officers will combine this information with their own data compiled from other sources and will put out some initial proposals to address the problems for consultation as Stage 2.

Stage 3 will see the proposals revised or withdrawn in response to feedback from stage 2 and final proposals put out to statutory consultation under a required Traffic Management Order.

The final stage of the process will be implementation of the schemes.

From discussions with residents about parking problems we have a rough idea of where the main parking problems are, such as the Ross Road area. Also from talking to residents it is thought that some form of controlled parking is the only way to resolve the worst of the parking problems.

Experience from other areas already going through the stages shows that there can be significant disagreement even within the same road as to what solutions would be acceptable, so we would like to have some early conversations with residents most likely to be affected. We are planning to arrange some meetings with residents in the near future.

 

Wallington Music Festival

The Wallington Music Festival returns once again and will take place on Saturday 15th June.

It will start once again with performances in the Mallinson Room of the library in the morning, with the bandstand in the library gardens being the focal point for performances in the afternoon.

There will be fantastic food provided by Chef RF and the Woodcote Flying Club, as well as other delicacies and a mobile bar.

In the evening the event will spread to local pubs and restaurants offering free entry to enjoy live music late into the evening.

The event is organised by the local community with the help and sponsorship of local businesses and some funding from the council. The aim is to showcase local musical talent and provide an enjoyable event for the community in the heart of Wallington.

 

Wordsworth Road/Sandy Lane South/Foresters Drive junction

For many years residents have raised concerns about this junction. Working with our Beddington South ward colleagues we now have council officers looking at proposals to make this junction safer. When we have some firm proposals they will go out for consultation and we will keep you updated.

 

Telecoms Mast stopped from blighting Woodcote Green

When we learnt of proposals to locate a telecoms mast and cabinets on Woodcote Green just where we had reinstalled the old horse trough and erected a noticeboard we were not happy. Together with local residents we registered our objections and got the plans pulled.

The mast is now to be located on the other side of Woodcote Road near the roundabout where it will be screened among the trees.

Cancer Research UK shop closes

Sadly, despite our efforts, the Cancer Research UK charity shop has now closed. When we heard how badly the volunteer staff had been treated we set up a petition against the closure and currently over 500 people have signed. Tom Brake MP also raised his concerns having met with the staff involved.

Despite this the shop was very quickly closed. We still think we should voice our concerns with the charity about the way they treat its volunteers. You can sign the petition here.

Wallington High School for Girls school events

Wallington Girls school keeps us informed of events at the school that are likely to see an increase in traffic and parking so local residents are pre-warned. Here are the upcoming events for the summer term:

April

  • 24 Welcome to WHSG evening from 5pm-6.30pm* (1)
  • 25 Year 10 Parents Evening from 4-7pm*

May

  • Year 7 Parents’ Evening from 2 – 6.30pm*
  • Welcome to WHSG evening from 5pm – 6.30pm*(2)

June

  • 13 Art Exhibition from 5-6pm*
  • 20 Wellbeing Festival 2-4pm*
  • 27 Sixth Form Induction Day*

July

  • 3 New Year 7 Induction Day**
  • 4 Open Evening 4-8.30pm**
  • 15-17 Enrichment Days (may be coaches arriving/departing beginning and end of school day)

 

PLANNING NEWS

 

DM2018/01835 25-27 Beddington Gardens And 18 Holmwood Gardens Wallington SM6 0JG   Outline planning application to determine access, layout and scale for the demolition of existing houses and the erection of a part 4 storey building and basement comprising a total of thirty seven self-contained flats, with associated hard and soft landscaping, refuse and cycle storage and thirty nine off street parking spaces        Refused

DM2018/01282 40 Wallington Square Wallington SM6 8RG Permission has been granted for change of use of the cab office to become an ice cream parlour.

DM2018/01976 34 Heathdene Road Wallington SM6 0TB Demolition of existing dwelling and the erection of a two storey building with roof accommodation comprising 7 self-contained flats with 5 parking spaces, cycle store, re-cycling store, terraces leading to the rear garden and new front boundary wall and railings. Please note that the current elderly owners of this property intend to still be residing in this property in one of the new flats.

New Applications:

DM2018/01957 Old Town Hall Woodcote Road Wallington SM6 0NB Installation of 2m high gates and railing to the rear

DM2019/00194 No 1-2 Ross Parade & 7-13 Woodcote Road Wallington SM6 8QL Erection of a first floor rear extension, installation of 21 rooflights (front and rear ) to convert roofspace into living accommodation and creation of a shared garden with secure refuse and cycle parking in connection with the provision of seven self contained flats (6X 2-bedroom and 1X 3-bedroom).

 

BEDDINGTON AND WALLINGTON LOCAL COMMITTEE NEWS

The last Beddington & Wallington Local Committee took place on 22nd January at Croygas Sports Club. Items of interest to our ward were:

Capital funding for local schemes

Funding was agreed to continue the planting and maintenance of the hanging baskets and flower troughs in Wallington high street and along Stafford Road. Two flower towers for in front of the old town hall were also agreed for summer, and hanging baskets for the bandstand in the library gardens.

Funding was agreed for the extinguishing of the public right of way through the Ross Parade alleyway to Woodcote Mews and for the alley to be gated.

We were pleased to note that the School Keep Clear markings had been implemented at Sherwood Hill School on Stanley Park Road.

BBQs and Parking Enforcement in Beddington Park

As the trial enforcement has come to an end and had been effective in reducing some of the anti-social behaviour associated with the use of the BBQs proposals were presented to be able to continue with an outside organisation managing enforcement in the park.

Councillors at the meeting did not think there was sufficient information about each of the options and that further discussions with resident groups was required to determine a suitable solution.

As a result the decision was deferred for further work and discussions to be undertaken.

Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Update

We were advised that there had been a reduction in anti-social behaviour in the area thanks to the introduction of alcohol prohibition notices deterring street drinking. However a rise in street beggars on the high street has been noted and the police are monitoring the situation.

The next meeting of the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee will be on 30th April at 7pm again at the Croygas Sports Club.

 

BOROUGH NEWS

Building Council Houses

Ludlow Lodge, Wallington

When the government changed the rules on funding for housing Sutton Council immediately took the opportunity to start building new council housing. The first development at Fellowes Road is already completed with new tenants already in. There are 93 homes being built with full completion due by the summer.

Further funding has been made available so the council is working on plans to build more council homes for local people.

 

EU Citizens Settlement Scheme

In light of Brexit the UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union on citizens’ rights. This will cover those already resident in the UK and those arriving during the period to 31 December 2020.

The agreement protects the rights of EU citizens after the UK leaves the EU and enables them to continue to live their lives as now. It also covers their close family members. The EU settlement scheme is a new service introduced by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) the scheme will open fully from 30th March 2019.

Sutton Register Office will offer a FREE in-person service to scan and verify biometrically chipped passports and ID cards using a device which has been purchased by the Register Office.

In Sutton, Citizens Advice will be providing support to residents to enable them to complete the online application process.

 

Help the Council improve its online services

The council is seeking input from residents to help improve how you access services via the website.

It is holding a number of workshops up until the end of June that you can participate in to shape the council’s digital offer.

You can register here to take part in a workshop to suit you. 

 

So that is it from us for now. We wish you all a happy Easter, and don’t forget your umbrella when you venture out.

Cllr Steve Cook, Cllr Jayne McCoy & Cllr Muhammad Sadiq

Your Lib Dem team for Wallington South

 

 

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Wallington South Councillors’ December Update

Christmas is upon us – where did the year go?

Before we find ourselves welcoming in 2019 it is time for the latest update from your ward councillors.

WARD NEWS

 

Elles House Crossing

In response to requests by residents your ward councillors have been working on getting a safer crossing point from Elles House across Shotfield . We are pleased that the council has now implemented a scheme to make it easier for residents with mobility issues cross the road at this point.

Leaf bags

Under the new contract with Veolia the leaves in tree-lined roads will have two special leaf-clearing visits over a ten-week period once most of the leaves have fallen. The leaf clearing was initiated in November so local streets should have had their first round of sweeping.

Leaf bags can also be provided to residents or groups who wish to clear leaves themselves from the pavement and public areas in their area. You will need to arrange for Veolia to collect the full bags. To receive the bags and arrange collection please call the council’s contact centre on 020 8770 5000 and ask for Neighbourhood

Services. Alternatively you can email Neighbourhoodservices@Sutton.gov.uk.

Park Hill Road replacement trees

Residents in Park Hill Road were upset to learn that a number of trees in their road were diseased and had to be felled. Unfortunately with the relentless cuts to local government funding the council is no longer able to afford to automatically replace felled trees. However Sutton Council does provide a small amount of capital funding to Local Committees for local residents to use for local schemes. At the request of residents we successfully bid for funding to replace the trees in Park Hill Road and are pleased that they have now been replaced by new ones.

Christmas Waste Collections

Recycling and waste collections will change during the weeks commencing 24 December 2018, 31 December 2018 and 7 January 2019. Please note collection changes for Wallington below:

Usual Collection Day Revised collection Day
Tuesday 25 December 201 Thursday 27 December 2018 2 days later
Saturday 29 December 2018 Sunday 30 December 2018 1 day later
Monday 31 December 2018 Wednesday 2 January 2019 2 days later 
Tuesday 1 January 2019 Thursday 3 January 2019 2 days later 
Saturday 5 January 2019 Sunday 6 January 2019 1 day later
Monday 7 January 2019 Tuesday 8 January 2019 1 day later
Tuesday 8 January 2019 Wednesday 9 January 2019 1 day later
Saturday 12 January 2019 Sunday 13 January 2019  1 day later

Collections return to normal from Monday 14 January 2019.

 

REAL CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTIONS

Drop Off Points for trees
For Christmas 2018, Christmas tree drop off points are being piloted in the borough. This will provide more options for residents to dispose of their real Christmas tree.
From Saturday 5 January to Sunday 13 January, there will be three locations across the borough where you can drop off your real Christmas tree to be recycled.

The sites will be open from 9:30am-3:30pm:

  • The Mount, Clockhouse – on the green opposite the Jack & Jill pub, CR5 2QY
  • Roundshaw Park, Lindbergh Road, SM6 9HB
  • Kimpton Refuse and Recycling Centre, Kimpton Park Way, SM3 9QH

All decorations and tree pots must be removed prior to disposal.

Kerbside collections

From Monday 14 January to Saturday 26 January 2019, real Christmas trees will be collected free from houses on the standard kerbside collection service. All decorations and tree pots must be removed.  Trees will need to be placed out for collection by 6am on the day of the brown wheelie bin collection.

 

Assisted bin collections

There appear to be ongoing issues with assisted collections not being carried out by the Veolia bin crews. If you are meant to have an assisted collection but it is not being done on a reliable basis then please get in touch with us so we can make sure Veolia are aware and try to get the problem addressed.

Wallington Foodbank

The Foodbank is now open in St Michael and All Angels church in Milton Road, Wallington. Organised by the Roundshaw Community Network with funding from Metropolitan Housing and a grant from the Sutton Council  Beddington & Wallington Local Committee.

All the Foodbanks in Sutton work on a voucher referral system issued by local agencies. For more information visit the website.

Wallington Christmas Festival brought local cheer

The tree is up and it’s a whopper! The annual celebrations centred around the switching on of the festive lights in Wallington took place on Friday 30th November heralding the start of Christmas festivities.

Steve, Jayne and Muhammad were pleased to have contributed to the event in various ways: Steve putting up the tree and decorations, Muhammad stewarding , Jayne manning the Grotto as an Elf and all helping with the planning and organisation.

The Festival is brought to you by local residents and businesses  forming the voluntary group AllinWallington. Special thanks to Carpenters & Co for their generous sponsorship, Sutton Council for Neighbourhood Grant funding, Your Move for the fabulous tree. The Woodcote Flying Club are always generous with their contribution in terms of a meeting venue and food and drink stall, Sutton College organised the indoor market at the Old Town Hall and Ginger Frog lent us Phil Deguara as our excellent MC.

Small Dog Area Petition

After an horrific attack by a large dog on her small Jackapoo, Brody that resulted in immediate euthanasia by the vet, local resident  Gaye Fisher is calling for better protection for small dogs. Gaye is working with MPs to see legislation changed to make such attacks a criminal offence. After learning of an increasing number of attacks locally Gaye also wants to see a designated area for small dogs in Beddington Park where owners can feel able to let their small dogs run off the leash safely. There is an online petition to demonstrate your support for this scheme.

 

PLANNING NEWS

 

DM2018/01282 40 Wallington Square Wallington SM6 8RG Permission has been granted for change of use of the cab office to become an ice cream parlour.

DM2018/01097 11 Hall Road Wallington SM6 0RT Change of Use from a Care Home to a House in Multiple Occupation  Refused

New Applications:

DM2018/01835 25-27 Beddington Gardens And 18 Holmwood Gardens Wallington SM6 0JG                     Outline planning application to determine access, layout and scale for the demolition of existing houses and the erection of a part 4 storey building and basement comprising a total of thirty seven self-contained flats, with associated hard and soft landscaping, refuse and cycle storage and thirty nine off street parking spaces

DM2018/01976 34 Heathdene Road Wallington SM6 0TB Demolition of existing dwelling and the erection of a two storey building with roof accommodation comprising 7 self-contained flats with 5 parking spaces, cycle store, re-cycling store, terraces leading to the rear garden and new front boundary wall and railings. Please note that the current elderly owners of this property intend to still be residing in this property in one of the new flats.

 

BEDDINGTON AND WALLINGTON LOCAL COMMITTEE NEWS

The Beddington & Wallington Local Committee took place on 30th October at Wallington Boys Grammar School. Items of interest to our ward were:

Implementation of outstanding Double Yellow Lines

Officers confirmed that outstanding schemes for Cranley Gardens, Stanley Gardens and Mulberry Mews  were going ahead and we expect to see them implemented soon.

Capital funding for local schemes

Projects approved for funding included new gates for the rear terrace area of the old town hall to enable performances to take place; replacement trees for Woodcote Green and Park Hill Road and a pedestrian improvement scheme for Woodcote Road.

The next meeting of the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee will be on 22nd January at 7pm at the Croygas Sports Club, 48 Mollinson Drive.

 

BOROUGH NEWS

 

Tramlink Consultation

Transport for London (TfL) are consulting on options for a new transport link for Sutton. This is your chance to have your say on whether you want to see a Tramlink connecting to Morden or Wimbledon or the alternative of a Rapid Bus Transit. Details of the routes and options are available on the consultation site: tfl.gov.uk/sutton-link. Consultation runs until 6th January.

 

Air Quality Action Plan Consultation

The council is seeking resident input into its draft Air Quality Action Plan.  You can read the plan and give your views here: https://sutton.citizenspace.com/environment/draft-air-quality-action-plan-consultation. The consultation runs until 6th February.

 

So that is it from us for now. We wish you all a lovely Christmas and happy New Year.

 

Jayne, Steve and Muhammad

 

 

 

 

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Wallington South Councillors’ Spring Update

Spring appears to be playing peek-a-boo with us, with one day the bulbs and seedlings starting to show, the next they are lost under a pile of snow. But the promise of warmer days and lighter nights is definitely there, so it is time for an update from your ward councillors.

Ward News

Street cleaning

Veolia have taken over responsibility for keeping the borough’s streets clean, and they are required to maintain them to a certain set standard. Whilst most of our streets are being maintained, there are a few areas that persistently fall well below standard and we have had to chase Veolia to do a proper clean. One of the key issues has been clearing up the debris left by leaf fall.

Please do let us know if your street is not being cleaned to a good standard as we will inform the council which has the power to levy fines if Veolia are not meeting the standards in the contract.

Bins

Most households are now receiving a regular collection, with just an occasional missed bin due to the weather or roadworks. However there are still a few persistent problem areas, usually flats. In the first instance please report a missed collection online, however if the bin is not collected after a couple of days then please let your ward councillor know. We can escalate the matter and ensure that the council is aware that Veolia are not performing and penalise them accordingly.

Veolia are no longer issuing new bins or recycling boxes in response to new requests. However if you put in a request prior to November 2017 let us know as they should still be honouring these requests. The same goes if you never received the correct receptacle in the first place.

Tree pruning

It is tree pruning season for Wallington South this spring, and the biggest problem our contractors face are vehicles ignoring the temporary No Parking signs so they cannot access the trees. Please note the date if notices go up in your road and try to park your vehicle elsewhere on that day.  However we realise that in many cases it is not residents but commuters or non-residents who are the worst offenders. However they are more likely to take notice if there are not lots of other cars parked despite the signs.

Wallington Music Festival

On to happier things: the Wallington Music Festival will be back again on Saturday 23rd June and the local team are already busy arranging for the best local talent to perform for your delight.

 

Beddington & Wallington Local Committee feedback

Road safety schemes

The Beddington & Wallington Local Committee deals with requests for road safety improvements and the committee and community representatives decide on which schemes should be prioritised for funding out of the (shrinking) TfL funding allocation.

The committee agreed that funding should be allocated to implement School Keep Clear markings outside Sherwood Hill School on Stanley Park Road and for improvements to the vehicle access here.

It was agreed for HGV restrictions in Clyde Road to be put forward for funding from the TfL allocation.

A further junction assessment will be undertaken of the Woodcote Road/Stafford Road (Sainsburys) junction to see if it can be improved without increasing delays to the wider highways network.

Design options to improve the Foresters Drive/Wordsworth Road/Sandy Lane South junction are being drafted.

Speed activation signs are to be installed to slow vehicles approaching the Sandy Lane South/ Hillside Gardens mini-roundabout following concerns raised with us by residents.

Other local projects

With funding cuts the council can no longer afford to automatically replace trees that have had to be felled due to disease or damage, but using local committee public realm funding we have been able to replace a number of felled trees across the area including two in Wallington town centre and six in Heathdene Road.

A damaged bench in Woodcote Road close to Woodcote Avenue will also be replaced and funding was agreed for the lovely hanging basket displays around the Local Committee area.

Slightly further afield but within the local area a new heritage post was purchased for Wallington Green to support hanging baskets there.

The committee had also agreed for two pieces of play equipment for disabled children to be installed at Roundshaw Park.

Mellows Park will have its tennis courts relined and the Multi-use Games area pressure-washed and relined.

A zebra crossing will be installed in front of Highview Primary School.

All of the projects and safety schemes were suggested by local residents either directly or through their ward councillor. So if you have any ideas for projects to spend the funds allocated to the Local Committees do get in touch with us. There are also Neighbourhood Grant schemes available for community events which have been used to help support the Wallington Music Festival and Christmas Lights Switch on as well as for community street parties.

Bandon Hill Cemetery WW1 war graves project

Most of our war dead were buried in graves on the continent but did you know that there are 55 war graves in Bandon Hill Cemetery? With funding from the Heritage Lottery fund the Council, with support from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, is running an initiative to help care for these war graves and to research the lives of those buried there. For more information about the project and to get involved email steve.penneck@sutton.gov.uk.

Working with the Local Police Team

Steve, Muhammad and Jayne attend the Safer Neighbourhood Team Ward Panel quarterly meetings along with residents to discuss local policing matters. We were pleased to learn that Wallington South is one of the safest wards in the borough, and therefore in London. However nowhere is crime-free and the most frequent incidences are burglaries, motor vehicle crime and moped enabled crime. The advice to prevent the first two is simple: ensure your car and house are locked and don’t leave valuables on display. The local team advised however that the biggest criminal activity they face across the board is online scamming.

You can find out more about the local team’s work on their website or like their facebook page

More worrying was learning about the cuts to London’s Police funding by the Treasury, meaning that there are proposals to merge boroughs in order to make savings. For us that would mean Sutton merging with Bromley and Croydon under one Area Commander. This is concerning as it is expected that most of the resources would go to Bromley and Croydon as they have higher crime rates, leaving Sutton exposed. The over-stretched police force would also have to make compromises in the way it deals with crime. We have a petition running against this merger.

Wallington High School for Girls

Wallington Girls circulates information about upcoming events at the school which may result in additional traffic in the area:

  • April 18th Parents’ Evening 4 -7pm
  • April 24th e-Safety Evening 6.30pm and Welcome to WHSG evening (for prospective 6F students – to be confirmed)
  • April 26th Parents Evening 4 – 7pm
  • May 24th GCSE Art exhibition in the hall 5pm

Planning News

The application to develop the Wallington Public Hall site was agreed unanimously at the Planning Committee on Wednesday 21st March.

There is an application in respect of Wallington Square to allow construction work between the hours of 6pm and 11pm over a six week period to allow the installation of the canopy over the square. This is to prevent having to close the square during the day which would impact on businesses. Although the consultation deadline for this application is 2nd April, work has already started out of hours. It is therefore subject to an enforcement notice.

If you are disturbed by noise as a result of this out of hours working you should report it to the council’s Environmental Health team – call 020 8770 5000 – there will be a 24/7 duty officer who can take calls out of hours if necessary.

Borough News

The council elections will be held on 3rd May and we appear to be already into the silly season of misinformation, smears and in some cases, downright lies. Sadly some people think that this is the  way to do politics. We would disagree – if you can’t make your case based on the truth, then you have no case. We would rather give you the facts, even if some of them are uncomfortable, or you disagree with our decisions, at least we are being honest with you.

It is very easy to make allegations, but harder to defend, more especially now social media allows things to be reposted and shared repeatedly. It would be impossible to post the facts in response to every single time misinformation is posted or reposted on social media, not to mention time consuming, but that does risk the lies and misinformation becoming accepted as fact.

Your Lib Dem councillors would rather spend their time working for residents, which is what we were elected to do. So please take the claims you read with a pinch of salt, and if you do come across stories on social media or election leaflets that particularly concern you then please contact us to get the bigger picture and the facts.

Local events diary

Wallington Community Wellbeing Group

Come and Meet Us Event Friday 27th April 11am to 3pm. Get healthcare advice and try taster sessions for new activities like yoga, hand drumming, singing and Tai Chi. Lunch provided by Chef Arif. www.wallingtoncommunitywellbeing.org. This group also collates a calendar of local activities and groups for the over 50s.

Carshalton & Wallington Morning Townswomen’s Guild

A new guild is opening and looking for new members. The grand opening will be on Wednesday 11th April 10am at The Scout Hall, 72B Woodcote Road, Wallington, SM6 0LH. For info call Mary 0208 395 1161

Get Active and make new friends

Hillside Gardens Tennis Club is offering free cardio tennis sessions throughout March. For more info contact tenniswallington@gmail.com

Walk for health meets every Tuesday at 10.30am outside Wallington Girls School for a 30 minute walk, with options to extend the walk. Call 0208 647 3000/07770 533000 email: walks@wallington-community-group.org

Wandle Valley Regional Park also organises walks every Monday at 10am in front of the Pavilion Café in Beddington Park and Fridays at 10am in front of St Mary’s Church Beddington. Contact Anna on anna.desogus@wandlevalleypark.co.uk tel. 07809458494

Beddington Park Gardening Club

Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 10.30am. Contact sarah.price@sutton.gov.uk or call 020 8770 6060

Councillors Ward Surgery

We hold a drop in surgery every third Saturday of the month (except August) 10 – 11.30am in the Wallington Sainsburys at the Wallington Square end. No appointment necessary, or feel free to just drop by and say hello. Our next surgery is Saturday 21st April.

Other News

Jayne is walking 25 miles to fundraise for UK Sepsis Trust

Jayne is doing the 25 mile Easter Walk on 31st March together with her husband and youngest son to raise funds for UK Sepsis Trust. Any donations for this worthy cause would be very much appreciated: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/colin-mccoy1

 

That is it from us. Don’t be fooled by the glimpses of sunshine yet – remember the saying Ne’er cast a clout ‘til May is out so keep a coat handy so you don’t get caught out by a chill wind or April shower.

Have a lovely Easter

Jayne McCoy, Steve Cook & Muhammad Sadiq

Liberal Democrat Councillors for Wallington South

London Borough of Sutton

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