Diary of a Sutton Councillor

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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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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Wallington Festive Lights Switch-on Friday 25th November 2016

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Wallington booming and blooming

IMG_0284 (1)There are a few things that indicate when an area is on the rise: one is the presence of cranes overhead, the other is estate agents Barnard Marcus moving into town. We have both of these in Wallington as work on the redevelopment of Wallington Square continues, and Barnard Marcus has moved into one of the units at Canon House.

The owners of Wallington Square decided the time was right to invest in IMG_0301 (1)redevelopment following our own investment into improving Wallington town centre. This is part of a borough-wide initiative, Opportunity Sutton, the council’s programme of work aimed at growing and supporting the borough’s existing businesses and attracting new  investment. A key part of the programme is investing in key areas, like Wallington, to make them more attractive to shoppers and therefore boost local business.

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As well as Barnard Marcus there have been other new businesses moving into Wallington including Byrnes Pie & Eel Shop, Paddy Power, a new florist in the Square, the Cactus Grill, Sue Ryder, Cox’s Pippin, a new cake shop in Stafford Road and the Wallington Arms which has taken over from the Jon Jackson. The pub is a particularly pleasing addition as it is a very welcoming community pub which also puts on live music and good food.

Since the town centre improvements local people have told us that they have returned to shop in Wallington, the parking is plentiful and the shopping area is particularly good for people with disabilities to navigate.

Richard Mark Menswear who are located in Wallington Square are keen to highlight that they are open for business as usual whilst the redevelopment work is ongoing and they will remain a key store in the square once it has been redeveloped.

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May 25, 2015 Posted by | Information, Liberal Democrats, Opinion | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clear up behind Crosspoint House

Before

Before

As these before and after pictures show, the area between Crosspoint House and Sainsburys looks much tidier thanks to the owners of Crosspoint House agreeing to deal with the overgrown shrubbery that was attracting litter in this area following a request from your ward councillors.

We have asked the council to now look at improving the areas around the trees close to Rosemount Tower as these too are overgrown with shrubs and weeds and attract litter. We are hoping to replace the weeds with either grass or pebbles.

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March 17, 2015 Posted by | Information | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lighting to the rear of Wallington Square

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Whilst pleased to see work started on site to redevelop Wallington Square, residents have noted that since one building has been demolished the rear of the square is now very dark. This is especially problematic with it being the time of year when it gets dark very early and when people are travelling home from school and work.

In response to residents’ concerns we asked the Council’s planning department to contact the developers to ask them to rectify the problem.

I am pleased to advise that the contractors responded promptly saying that they will have battery powered lighting installed within the week. They noted that there is no power supply on site so the alternative would be a generator, however they were reluctant to use that as it may cause a noise nuisance.

It is very pleasing to have considerate and responsive contractors working in our borough.

We hope that this will make people feel a little safer as they use the square.

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Wet in Wallington

I was out and about delivering in Wallington yesterday and managed to get drenched in a downpour. However it proved a useful exercise in checking for blocked drains and gullies.

I identified some flooding in Wallington Square and have arranged for the drains here to be cleaned, and I had reported to me blocked drains in Avenue Road and Hall Road, which I have also asked to be investigated.

A good chunk of the money that was spent on Wallington town centre was for five large soakaways. These are a less evident part of the improvements but it is very pleasing to note that they are doing their job well and we have not had a recurrence of the major flooding under the railway bridge since they were installed.

ross paradeI also came across the signpost for Mulberry Mews pointing in the wrong direction, and flytipping in the alleyway in Ross Parade, both of which I have asked to be addressed by the council. The flytipping of rubbish in the Ross Parade alleyway is a continuing and pernicious problem and is causing great concern to the residents who use this public walkway to access their properties. Various measures have been undertaken but it is proving difficult to identify who is responsible. If anyone does have any information please do contact the council. This is unhygienic, unsightly and unfair to others who do dispose of their rubbish responsibly

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January 8, 2014 Posted by | Information | , , , , | 2 Comments

New development plans for Wallington Square submitted

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Exciting new plans to redevelop Wallington Square in Wallington high street have been submitted and are out for consultation.

The square has been looking very tired for years with a number of empty units and needs redeveloping to be able to attract new businesses. Work was done recently to turn the derelict offices facing onto the high street into affordable residential flats and this has been a vast improvement to the main entrance to the square, so we are pleased that the owners are now looking to address the rest of the square.

Cllr Hall and I met with the architect to learn about their plans. We understood that in order to make the redevelopment financially feasible it needed to incorporate additional housing units. Previous proposals had looked at building a tower block to rival Rosemount Tower, but this was rejected after strong objections from local residents, and from your ward councillors, as we felt it would be too overbearing on neighbouring properties and did not provide sufficient parking space. The new proposal has tried to be much more sympathetic to the neighbouring properties by incorporating two blocks of three story flats on top of the retail units – effectively making them four storeys high, with green amenity space and parking facilities. We talked with the architect about the importance of minimising overlooking of properties in Rosswood Gardens – the nearest residential street that would be impacted.

As well as improving the retail units there is a proposal to cover the square with a transparent canopy.

The full plans can be viewed on the Planning section of the council website and are listed under reference D2013/67339. Your comments can be submitted online through the council’s Online Planning Register, emailed to developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk, or posted to Development Services, Environment & Leisure, 24 Denmark Road Carshalton SM5 2JG. Do be sure to include the reference.

The developers also have a dedicated website which gives artist’s impressions of the plans and more background to the proposals which were used for the public consultation prior to submitting the planning application.

The Square as it looks now

May 6, 2013 Posted by | Information | , , , | 4 Comments

Windows smashed in Wallington Square

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A single person caused thousands of pounds worth of damage in Wallington Square on Tuesday evening. The windows of five shops were smashed in an isolated and unusual incident. Police were on the scene within minutes after being alerted by CCTV and were able to prevent the vandalism spreading to other shops in the square or the high street. The perpetrator has been placed under arrest.

Cllr Hall and I visited Peacocks and Richard Marks today to talk to the owners. Peacocks was the worst affected, and are working to replace the windows as quickly as possible. It is important to get this done as boarded up windows and doors can attract further vandalism and make the area appear less safe than it really is. Well done to the discount shop for having replaced their broken windows already.

We also discussed with the shop managers the need to keep some lights on at night. Richard Marks was recently broken into in what appears to have been a targeted robbery. Police believe that lights in shops at night can be a deterrent to burglars and also enable the local SNT teams to check inside the shops for intruders.

As well as the building works to the front we know that the owners of Wallington Square are working hard to find tenants for the empty shops. The more shops we have occupied here the safer the area will be, as well as providing a welcome complement to the range of shops in Wallington.

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