Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wallington South Councillors’ Spring Update

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

Ward News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Planning News

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

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

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

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

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


Work starts on old BP Garage Site Stafford Road

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

Borough News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information here.

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events and Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

From,

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

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