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Dear Wallington Residents
Welcome to your ward councillors' latest update on the goings-on in Wallington.
Skateboarders on the planters
We have received complaints about skateboarders using the planters in Wallington high street as ramps for their stunts. There are plenty of dedicated skate parks for them so they don't need our planters! The Police Safer Neighbourhood Team will be keeping an eye out and moving them on. However if this doesn't work the council will look into alternative measures to prevent the planters being used in this way.
Homes for Heroes
A number of members of the Wallington, Surrey facebook group were moved by the DIY SOS programme that refurbished a street of empty properties to make them into homes for ex-servicemen and women. The members wanted to see a similar scheme in Sutton and so they have set up a petition calling on the council to provide 'Homes for Heroes'. Jayne presented the petition to the council on behalf of the group and the Chief Executive and the Leader of the council have both said that it is a great idea. The council will now be working with the group looking into how to deliver such a scheme, but you can still pledge your support by signing the petition. The group are also collating offers of help and support from the community for when it is needed.
Gridlock at Sainsburys
A recent traffic light failure at the Sainsburys junction on Woodcote Road resulted in people being stuck in Sainsburys car park for three hours, unable to get out. Staff from the store attempting to direct the traffic away from the problem were abused and treated appallingly until they gave up.
Steve, Muhammad and Jayne are investigating why the Police did not attend to manage the traffic until Transport for London could repair the signals.
Wallington Public Hall and car park
As a result of feasibility studies undertaken on the usage of the public hall car park it has been agreed that only half of the car park will be closed and packaged up as a development site. Although not as well used as other car parks it was observed that it is needed at peak times, and also to maintain access to properties at the rear.
Having considered a range of options for the public hall site is has been decided that the council will not sell it off to a private developer but will develop the site itself for housing through its newly established housing development company Sutton Living. We are pleased with this option as we will have more say over the design of any development if it is done by the council, and the council is likely to be more considerate of its setting than a private developer. We know that there is an intention to retain retail units facing Stafford Road, and we have requested on behalf of the existing businesses there that they get first refusal on these new units.
Wallington facebook Spirit of Wallington Awards
A facebook site originally set up by local resident Ric Adams to celebrate Wallington's history has grown considerably in popularity and scope. In an attempt to capture the positive community spirit this has generated we have been pleased to be involved in helping arrange the Spirit of Wallington community awards. This was the idea of a couple of the group members who wanted to recognise some of the positive and selfless acts evidenced by local people. A list of categories for both businesses and individuals was prepared, and members of the facebook group invited to make nominations. The voting has now closed, finalists identified and an awards ceremony took place at the Woodcote Flying Club last night. Local businesses were delighted to know that they have been nominated by their local community, and a few 'local heroes' got the recognition they deserve.
We were able to present some quality awards to the winners and chocolates to the runners-up thanks to sponsorship by Penta Consulting. And Muhammad came to present the awards in his official role as Mayor. All the details, and pictures, are on the facebook site.
Hanging baskets and public realm projects
Through the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee we are currently agreeing the spend to continue our lovely year-round hanging basket displays. We know that these displays, originally requested by residents, are very popular and so we have asked that the same amount are provided in the coming year.
We are always keen to hear of ideas for public realm projects we can use our dedicated funding for. Recent projects include restoring the original flower trough that was on Woodcote Green and putting it back in its original position as a heritage feature; and some funds have been allocated to repaint the railing along Woodcote Road.
All local residents or businesses are welcome to attend their local committee meetings. The next one for our area is on 1st December 7pm at Wallington County Grammar School, Croydon Road, Wallington, SM6 7HP.
Local development matters
Harding House - This is being extended to enable the facility to be suitable for people over 55, which is a change from the current use housing young ex-offenders. We have been working with the neighbours who are happy with the change subject to key measures to protect them from overlooking.
Windmill Pub - As you will have noticed, this pub has been refurbished as a Hot Rocks restaurant. The owners originally put in an application to extend the building to also accommodate a large number of studio flats. This application has been withdrawn on the advice of Planning Officers as it would not have received planning permission. Currently all that is changed is the use from a pub to a restaurant, which does not need specific planning permission.
Wallington Arms - An application is in to extend this pub to provide a restaurant and some flats. The plans appear to show that the extension aims to retain the character of the building and its setting. To view and comment on the application click here..
Limited Edition Hairdressers Stafford Road - An application is in to extend and convert this hairdressers to a restaurant/cafe with flats above. Application number D2015/72986. Click here to view and comment.
That's all for now.
Enjoy the mild weather while it lasts.
Kind regards on behalf of Steve, Muhammad and Jayne
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Wallington South
London Borough of Sutton
Voicemail: 0208 770 5031
Blog: Diary of a Sutton Councillor
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Carshalton Central represents the roads to the "other side" of Park Lane. There are a number of categories on their web site which will be of interest to Springboard residents (e.g. Carshalton Park, High Street Carshalton, Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee amongst others. Click on their link to go Carshalton Central's web site: http://carshaltoncentral.mycouncillor.org.uk
Sutton Council is the place to visit to find details of the various local government committees. There are a lot of them - that is why we have provided this link!!
The Wallington Safer Neighbourhood Team holds a drop-in surgery on the first Saturday of each month in the Trinity Centre, Malden Road from 1000 to 1130. The Safer Neighbourhood Team has four new members and would love to meet you.
The team is there to respond to any concerns you may have on local incidents - everything from grafiti to burglaries. Everyone is welcome to come along.
Neighbourhood Watch is a national organisation and has done tremendous work over many years.
Sutton’s Local Implementation Plan (LIP) sets out how the Council intends to implement the Mayor for London’s Transport Strategy (MTS). It presents the Council’s full range of transport initiatives and projects, and shows how local transport issues will be addressed.
The Consumer Advice Bureau is a registered charity that provides information and advice on issues such as housing, welfare benefits, employment, debt and relationship breakdown etc. It is a member of "Citizens Advice" - the national citizens advice organisation. General advice service is available to people who live or work in the London Borough of Sutton.
Individual planning applications are dealt with by Development Control. The Development Service is responsible for processing planning applications, Listed Buildings, Conservations Areas and Advertisement Consents. This web site will give you ALL planning information.
Local councillors are voted in by you to serve the wider community. This link will take you to them.