Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wallington South Councillors’ Autumn Update

When Autumn leaves start to fall… we start to worry about blocked drains and slippery pavements!

But we hope that you all still have the chance to enjoy this mild autumn weather, and maybe visit our beautiful (and award-winning) local parks to appreciate the fall colours and busy wildlife.

It also means that it is time for an update on the work of your ward councillors and news of activities and events in and around Wallington.

Ward News

Goodbye to the Lavender Lights

Sadly the lavender lights along Woodcote Road have come to the end of their life and are beyond repair. The Beddington & Wallington Local Committee, made up of the local ward councillors and community representatives, reviewed the costs of replacing them, but because they are not a standard design they would cost almost double that of traditional festive lights – £73,000 compared with £39,000 over a five year supply contract.

The committee, therefore, decided to replace them with traditional festive lighting which will be put up and taken down each Christmastime along with the Stafford Road lights.

But we are still having a Wallington Switch-on event!

Ric Adams our stalwart community events man wants this year’s event to be bigger and better than ever, so we hope to have more stalls, more food and a return of Santa’s Grotto.

The Christmas festivities will take place on Friday 24th November starting at 5pm with festive live music, local choirs and stalls including children’s activities, rounding off with the lights being switched on at 7pm.

Do come along and join the Wallington community in welcoming in the festive season.

High School Open Days

The local secondary schools Open Days always cause traffic congestion and complaints about inconsiderate parking.

Wallington Girls school alerted local residents to the Open Evening and had made special arrangements with a local business to provide extra parking on the day, and we had arranged additional Parking Enforcement Officers to patrol the area. However, we later discovered that other local schools, Wilsons and Wallington Boys, had also held their Open Evenings on the same day. As a result, there was traffic congestion across the area.

In response, we have asked the Council to encourage the schools to stagger their Open Days to avoid this widespread chaos and to enable the council to use its limited number of Parking Enforcement staff to help deter inconsiderate parking by attendees at these events.

Your help needed to Keep Wallington Tidy

Veolia have taken over the street cleaning contract. Previously residential roads were swept fortnightly, no matter how dirty they got in between times. The new contract requires all streets to be maintained to a set standard, with cleaning to take place as often as is necessary to meet that standard. The standards are set out on the council website here.

There will be a period of learning as Veolia get to know which streets are more prone to littering. We need your help to let Veolia know when our streets fall below the standard. Simply go online and report a street in need of cleaning here.

District centres will continue to be cleaned daily.

Of course, the best way to keep Wallington tidy is for people not to drop litter in the first place!

It will also help to keep Wallington looking spruce if you report overflowing litter or dog bins here. You can also use the Report it function to report blocked drains, especially in areas with excessive leaf fall.

Local Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team call for Community Speedwatch volunteers

Wallington South SNT are currently looking at organising a Volunteer Community Speedwatch for the area. They need a few members of the community who are Coordinators and all others will be Volunteers.

Coordinators will be organising a time and date with a few of the other Volunteers in their area and collect a speed gun from Sutton Police Station and will then go to a location that has been risk assessed by the police.

The group will then spend time watching the cars with the speed camera and noting down the speeding vehicles/their speed/times/vehicle make/model/registration number etc.

The Coordinator will then feedback a list of the offending vehicles to the police and a warning letters system can be used for the drivers of the vehicles which are doing over a certain percentage of the speed limit.

There will be training given by the Police for use of the camera and the process etc.

If this is anything that you feel you might be interested in please email your: Name, Address, a Contact Number and whether you would be interested in being a Coordinator or not to: wallington.snt@met.police.uk

Planning News

Wallington Public Hall site development

The Council is drafting plans for developing the Public Hall site comprising residential units in two blocks with a commercial frontage onto Stafford Road. We know that residents were very fond of the hall and its history, and you can read about the reasons it has had to be closed on Jayne’s blog. Your ward councillors have asked that the new development reflects the Art Deco style of the original hall and have been pleased to see these elements incorporated in the plans. We will keep you updated when plans are formally submitted.

Old BP Garage site Stafford Road

Having successfully seen off the McDonalds Drive-through proposal, construction is now underway of a three and four storey block of flats on this site with ground floor retails at the front.

Garages next to Julian House, Ross Road

The application to build flats in place of Julian House garages was refused by the council’s Planning Committee, however, the developers, A2Dominion have now exercised their right to appeal that decision and it will be reviewed by the independent Planning Service based in Bristol.

Wallington Square

Will it ever be complete? Well it is getting there and current work excavating the land in the middle of the square is for the supports for the new transparent canopy intended to make the square rainproof. It will incorporate lighting. Works are expected to continue here beyond Christmas.

Construction site Alcester Road next to Trinity Church

This is the old Ludlow Lodge site, and although it is in Wallington North not Wallington South, we are rather proud that it is where the council is building its first new council houses for over thirty years.

Local events diary

Thursday 26th October 1pm African and Caribbean Heritage Association AGM

Community Hall, 1st Floor Phoenix Centre, Mollison Drive, Wallington attended by the Sutton Mayor

Friday 27th October 7pm Cancer Research UK Charity Quiz Night

The Woodcote Flying Club are hosting a Charity Quiz Night on behalf of our local Cancer Research UK charity shop. Tickets are £7 per person and all funds raised go to this excellent charity. Call into the Cancer Research UK shop in Wallington town centre to book your place, or get them from the Woodcote Flying Club.

Saturday 11th November 9.30am Poppy Planting Ceremony

The annual Poppy Planting ceremony takes place on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday in front of the Wallington Old Town Hall. Arranged by the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

Sunday 12th November Remembrance Day

Acts of Remembrance at local war memorials are led by churches across the borough with the Civic Act of Remembrance this year taking place at the Manor Park War Memorial 10.45am in Sutton followed by a service in St Nicholas Church.

Our nearest local service will be in Holy Trinity Church, Maldon Road, Wallington at 10.30am followed by a march to Wallington Green War Memorial for wreath laying at 11.45am.

Monday 20th November 7.30pm Beddington Park Lecture Series

Beddington Park Lecture Series presents a free talk on The Tudors and Jacobeans in Beddington Park by John Phillips at St Mary’s Church Centre, Church Road Beddington.  To book call 020 8770 6060 or email: sarah.price@sutton.gov.uk.

Friday 24th November Wallington Festive Lights Switch on Celebration

Starting at 5pm in Wallington Town Centre.

Saturday 25th November 10am – 3pm Wallington Stem Cell Donor Registration event

You may have read about Terry Dawkins. Terry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and has been told his only chance of survival is to find a matching stem cell donor.

Moved by Terry’s story, some local residents are organising a registration event in Wallington, alongside DKMS, who have registered more than 300,000 people as potential blood stem cell donors in the UK alone.

The event will take place on Saturday 25th November, 10am to 3pm in the meeting room on the first floor of Wallington library and will involve completing a registration form and allowing your mouth to be swabbed. The whole thing taking no more than 15 minutes. To find out if you are eligible as a donor, please visit https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/match4terry.

Terry is currently being treated at St. George’s Hospital, in Tooting.

That is it from us. Don’t forget the clocks fall back on Sunday 29th October this year!

Best wishes,

 

 

Jayne McCoy, Steve Cook & Muhammad Sadiq
Liberal Democrat Councillors for Wallington South

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Report back from October 2017 Beddington and Wallington Local Committee

Councillor Muhammad Sadiq has provided below a summary of the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee meeting held on 10 October at Wallington County Grammar School attended by your Wallington South Councillors.

Various issues were discussed in this meeting and some ward related and general interest issues are listed below for your information.

Tackling Anti Social Behaviour in Beddington Park

Andrew Chandler, our Neighbourhood Manager presented a report. The main concerns which had been raised by the local Councillors, Community representatives and the local residents were discussed.

One of the main issues which was leading to Anti Social Behaviour was people using either fixed or disposable barbecues and the excessive use of alcohol. Disposable barbecues were also considered to be a major health and safety risk.

It was proposed that a temporary licence, at a small cost, should be introduced for people to be allowed to come into the park and use fixed barbecues. A similar system is being used in Epsom which appeared to be successful and has reduced Anti Social Behaviour considerably. Enforcement officers will be deployed to enforce this and the police will also be there to help if necessary.

Some new communal barbecue models were considered  – such as 2 metre x 2 metre barbecues fixed in the park which people could share.

The above was discussed in detail and the final proposals will be submitted to the Local Committee at the meeting in January 2018.

Waste and Recycling Service

The waste and recycling service was discussed and in general everyone at the meeting was in agreement that the service has improved considerably. Scott Edgell (General Manager Veolia) and Mark Dalzell, a Sutton Council Officer, were also in attendance to answer any waste related questions.

In general the feedback was positive that things were moving in the right direction.

Public Realm Projects and Neighbourhood Grants

New Public Realm projects for additional festive lighting, Royal British Legion ‘Silent Soldiers’ to commemorate Armistice Day, a zebra crossing in The Chase and  repairs to Mellows Park tennis courts and multi-use games area were considered and approved as appropriate.

There are still some funds available for Neighbourhood Grants and if you have any projects which might benefit the local community then please get in touch with us and we will put you in the right direction as to how to apply for this grant.

Highways Updates

The Senior Highways Engineer, Ian Price, (Kingston and Sutton shared services) provided an update on all ongoing and new projects including:

Clyde Road Traffic Survey

This survey had been conducted completed and the results showed that there was a need to address speeding and HGVs in this road. Mr Price assured us that the results will inform a scheme design to be presented and discussed with the local residents in due course.

Traffic Junction At Woodcote Road with Stafford Road and Stanley Park Road

Some improvements to the Traffic Junction at Woodcote Road with Stafford Road and Stanley Park Road are being discussed with Transport for London and the results will be shared with the local Councillors and residents before any work will be carried out.

Outstanding double yellow lines in Onslow Gardens and Cranley Gardens were also discussed and Mr Price promised to come back to your local Councillors with a further update.

Full papers and minutes of the meeting can be read online.

The next meeting of the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee will be held on 9th January 2017 7pm. Venue to be confirmed.

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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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Lib Dem Councillors working hard for Wallington

Muhammad, Steve and I have had lots of casework to keep us busy this autumn. Here is an update on some of what your ward councillors have been up to and some items we think you might find of interest:

Redevelopment of Lidl Store in Beddington Gardens

Lidl have alerted residents informally of their plans to redevelop their Wallington store. We had been advised that their aims were to improve the look of the store, improve the customer experience, and expand the parking facilities. To do this they propose underground parking with access moved to the right hand side of the store, and it would necessitate the demolition of the existing building. The new building would also incorporate some flats on top to provide much needed residential accommodation for the borough. We saw that a planning application went in in December, but has now been withdrawn. We understand that new management at Lidl have changed the plans for the store and so the application is being redrafted to take account of that. We will keep you informed.

img_4609Flyposting

Not only does flyposting look untidy, it can cause problems with sightlines for motorists at junctions such as here in Ross Parade. We have been reporting any flyposting we come across to get it removed and so the council can advise the culprits that it is an offence to flypost. I am on a mission removing out of date planning notifications from lampposts as they look so scrappy.

Faulty traffic lights

We noticed that the green light at the Sainsburys junction on Stafford Road with Woodcote Road had not been working for some time. We reported this to Transport for London who have responsibility for traffic lights and it has now been repaired.

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There were panels missing from the bus shelter in Woodcote Road which meant it was useless at sheltering waiting bus passengers from the elements. We contacted Transport for London asking for panels to be reinstated, which they have now done. Tom Brake your MP has also asked for benches to be put in and we hope to see this implemented soon.

Parking issues and enforcement requests

Obstructive parking is one of the most regular complaints we hear about as your ward councillors. In the past few months we have been asked for additional parking enforcement patrols in Beddington Gardens due to parents blocking access in the vicinity of Bandon Hill Primary School; in Ross Road in connection with the Nursery there; and in the area around Wallington Girls School. We are currently liaising with residents and the nursery in Ross Road to see if solutions can be found, and as part of a bigger strategic approach the council will be doing work over the next four years looking at how the parking pressures the borough faces might be alleviated, possibly through controlled parking zones. Any proposals will be worked up and consulted on with residents, and have a range of options that can be tailored to fit the problem.

Fixing bollards and other obstructions

We were alerted to and secured repair/replacement of the bollards at Bridge Road off Clarendon Road, and at the Shotfield entrance to the library. We also continue to report any wobbly kerbstones, overgrown hedges and flytipping we come across.

Local Flooding Issues

We advised you of local flooding issues as a result of the June downpours. As a result the council has secured some funding to look into ways to reduce the flooding issues at the railway bridge in Demesne Road.

Planning Issues

We have been monitoring and assisting residents with a number of planning applications including opposing backgarden development at 109 Boundary Road, rear of 13-23 Boundary Road and in Woodcote Avenue; advising on residential conversions in Holmwood Gardens and Woodcote Avenue; providing information on the St Bernadett’s application and advising Wallington Girls’ School on their application to improve their library.

Please note that Muhammad does not get involved in ward planning applications as he is a member of the Planning Committee at the council. This ensures that he fulfils his obligations to view each application brought to the committee with an open mind and without pre-determination.

Road safety measures

We have assisted local residents in petitioning for speed reduction measures in Clyde Road and yellow lines at the junctions with Carew Road and Ross Road. The petition will be formally presented by residents to the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee on 10th January when we hope that the committee will agree to look into these matters.

We also previously secured funding from the same committee to make safety improvements in Elgin Road and we have been working with residents to decide what measures would be best within the limited budget. We have also arranged for improved signage in respect of the one-way stretch of Boundary Road, and yellow lining at pinch points in Woodcote Road. Residents have called for a one-way scheme to be implemented in Tharp Road and we are supporting residents in the surrounding area in calling for a study of the consequential traffic impacts before any scheme is agreed.

Working with the Wallington Community

We are very lucky in Wallington to have such community-minded businesses and residents with lots of bright ideas for bringing people together. We have therefore been very pleased to assist in the Festive Lights Switch-on and the Spirit of Wallington Awards delivered by the Wallington Facebook Group. Both events were well attended and well received. There are more plans for the new year including a repeat of the fantastic music festival, and hopefully something sports-related. Watch this space! We have also continued to support the Wallington Community Group which provides information on the wide programme of activities and groups in Wallington available for the over 50s. We also attended the Wallington and Council Remembrance Day services in November.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our residents a very Merry Christmas, a restful holiday period and a Happy New Year

Steve Cook, Jayne McCoy, Muhammad Sadiq

Liberal Democrat Councillors for Wallington South

London Borough of Sutton

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Muhammad is the new Mayor!

Muhammad mayorWallington South ward has the honour of providing the First Citizen of the borough as our Cllr Muhammad Sadiq has been appointed as the new Mayor of Sutton for 15/16.

The official Mayor-Making took place at Civic Offices on 18th May and I was very proud to be Muhammad’s official proposer. This gave me the opportunity to talk about Muhammad’s work and commitment to the residents of the borough, but also the chance to crack a few jokes at his expense. Cllr Joyce Melican, Chair of the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee seconded Muhammad’s nomination, and was then asked to support him as his Deputy Mayor, a role Joyce has undertaken previously.

Muhammad’s Mayoress will be his wife Aasia, and he will be assisted by his son and daughter. I know that his family were very proud to see Muhammad duly elected as mayor.

The charities that Muhammad will be officially supporting and raising funds for during his term as Mayor are St Raphael’s Hospice in Cheam and The Change Foundation in Beddington.

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