The Men of The Wrythe Memorial Event, Saturday, 15th July 2017

One of the largest community events to be staged in the borough this year will take place in the Wrythe area of Carshalton on Saturday July 15. It marks the unveiling of a new memorial to commemorate the local men that sacrificed their lives in The Great War.

Everyone is invited to attend a unique remembrance event to honour ‘The Men of the Wrythe’.
“This will be a fitting tribute to the 245 soldiers that signed up to serve in WW1 from just four streets on the Wrythe: St Andrew’s Road, St James Road, St John’s Road and William Street,” said Chair of Wrythe Memorial Events, Dick Bower. “In those days, the Wrythe was an ‘outlying portion’ of Carshalton village with 195 tiny cottages, occupied by very large and poor working families. They had no running water and had to use a communal pump. There were five small shops, one public house and two beer houses and cows grazed in the fields where the petrol station now stands.”

Many of the men did not return and 45 of those who died will be commemorated by a new cross to be unveiled on the Wrythe at a public ceremony on the morning of 15th July, thanks to the initiative and commitment of the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee.

“The event has been arranged by members of your local community. We should like to thank all the performers and stallholders for their support. We want to pay tribute to the men whose names appear on the cross. Please help us to honour their memory and make this a day to remember,” Dick added.

Programme of the day’s events
All the events will start at 12 noon and finish at 5pm.

Join us in the marquee on Wrythe Recreation Ground for:
o 12:00 Band of the Surrey Yeomanry
o 12:45 Songs from around 1917, performed by ‘Songs on Wheels’
o 13:30 A talk by local author and WW1 researcher, Andrew Arnold
o 14:15 Retro tunes from twin singers, Rob and Anthony Scales
o 15:00 A big band from the Surrey Yeomanry
o 15:45 The Impromptu Choir
o 16:30 Musicians playing tunes popular 100 years ago

On the Rec you will also find the Carshalton Charter Fair for 2017, a traditional-style Punch and Judy show for children and vintage children’s games run by the Circle Residents’ Association near to the children’s playground at the top of the park.

Other must-see attractions are: an exhibition of the Circle Library’s Research on the Men of the Wrythe, and a specially commissioned sculpture of a war veteran and display of poppies by Hackbridge Primary School.

Also on offer are free guided walks round the Wrythe, led by local historian John Phillips, to point out sites of historical interest. Ask at the marquee for further details.

Refreshments will be on sale. A special attraction is a vintage beer, brewed for The Hope according to a genuine 1914 recipe from Page and Overton, the brewery that supplied The Cricketers, the pub that used to stand on The Wrythe.

At Carshalton High School for Girls you can see the world première of The Roughs of the Wrythe, a new play by Ann Pattison (Chair of Sutton Writers), based on research carried out at the Circle Library and directed by Dick Bower (President of Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club). Performances will be held in the school hall at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Tickets for the play, price £2, are available on-line at tickets for the show are available at www.roughs.eventbrite.co.uk or from The Hope, Wrythe Newsagents and, on the day, a stall on the Rec. The ticket price includes a souvenir programme.

At Carshalton Athletic Football Club, there is a tea dance in The Robins’ Nest from 12-3pm, followed at 3pm, by a retro-style football match between a Carshalton Athletic Youth Team and a team from Carshalton High School for Boys.

News just in from The Woodland Trust……

 

It’s great news – but…

The fight is not over yet - Woodland Trust

Breakthrough in fight to protect ancient woodland

It’s great news – the Government’s Housing White Paper has conceded that ancient woods and veteran trees need better protection. But the fight’s not over yet – we must keep pushing to ensure this becomes official policy. Our blog explains what needs to be done.

Read now

A new horizon for Tring

Thanks to amazing support, we have secured almost £430,000 towards our target to buy farmland to extend Tring Park. We are still fundraising for the shortfall – please help us put the final piece in place at Tring Park.

Find out more

Vote now or it will be Eurovision all over again!

After being crowned England’s Tree of the Year, the Sycamore Gap needs your votes to be in with a chance of winning the European Tree of the Year contest.

Vote now

When does winter end? How will we know?

It may seem as if it’s going on forever but winter will end – honest! Our blog explains what to look for.

Have you seen any signs?

Join the fight against tree disease

Plant our Targeting Tree Disease pack of trees to renew your landscape, please restore existing woodland and hedgerows and regenerate countryside that is threatened by disease.

£60 for 45 trees – part funded by Woodland Trust

 

St Philomena’s School – Car Boot Fairs 2017

The following information about St Philomena’s School’s Car Boot Fairs in blue Italic text has been gleaned from the St Philomena’s School Web Site and we thought local particularly affected residents might wish to know….the first car boot fair date this year is Sunday 19th March 2017…..

Car Boot Sale

COST:

Cars – £10
Vans – £15

Pedestrians – Entry £1.00 all day
Please note pedestrians are not permitted before 7.00am.

All proceeds go to St Philomena’s School

Gates open for sellers at 6.00am (please use the main gates at the junction of Shorts Road and Alma Road)

Please note:

  • No prebooking required
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No dogs allowed except Guide Dogs
  • No refreshments to be sold by stall holders

St Philomena’s will not accept any responsibility for damages or loss to any vehicles or persons whilst on school grounds.

Please note that some areas of the grounds are not suitable for mobility scooters or for those that need assistance as the surface can be uneven. There is a vehicle access ramp from the car park field which may be hazardous for mobility scooters.

Toilet facilities are available on site. Please note these are unisex toilets with a female attendant. These toilets are for the use of car Boot Sale visitors and sellers only.

For all other enquiries please call: 07891 717787

Trading Standards

We have been advised by Trading Standards that they are implenting random checks on all Car Boot Sales in the local area. This is to ensure that traders who operate within the London Borough of Sutton keep within the law. For all buyers and sellers proposing to attend a St Philomena’s Car Boot Sale please click on the link below for the local authority guidance. Please ensure, if you are selling goods, that they comply with legislation.
Trading Standards Car Boot Sales Regulations

Electrical goods

SPA (St. Philomena’s Association) and St. Philomena’s School, take no responsibility for electrical items at car boot sales and recommend you do not sell or purchase these goods.

Gates open for sellers at 6.30am (please use the main gates at the junction of Shorts Road and Alma Road)

  • No prebooking required
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No dogs allowed except Guide Dogs
  • No refreshments to be sold by stall holders

Parking

Parking is available on site for £2.00 per vehicle. We would recommend, whenever possible, to park on site to keep the roads surrounding the boot sale as free flowing as possible.

Vendors and buyers at St Philomena’s bootsales are reminded of the need to be considerate of our neighbours. Parking restrictions will be actively enforced by VINCI Park who have been contracted by Sutton Council to deal with illegal parking. Blocking driveways will result in parking tickets being issued or vehicles being towed. Local residents are advised to call the parking enforcement team direct on 020 8661 0096 to report illegal parking.  The following link provides further information.

London Borough of Sutton Parking Enforcement Contractor

Please ensure you do not park your car on the Red Routes near the school, such as the one on Pound Street (no stopping any day 7am to 7pm). Red Routes are in place to ensure buses can travel without impediment. Transport for London (TFL) have Enforcement Officers checking on these routes during our Car Boot Sale and if you park on one you will be fined.

Vacating the Site

All vendors are to vacate the school by 2.00pm. If a vendor remains on site after 2pm a charge of £10 will be issued. If the vendor refuses to pay the charge they will be refused entry to future boot sales.

Car Boot Sales Dates
Academic Year September 2016 –  July 2017
1. 11th September 2016
2. 9th October 2016
3. 6th November 2016
4. 19th March 2017
5. 23rd April 2017
6. 21st May 2017
7. 9th July 2017

Sutton United score FA Cup success

Our local team Sutton United are celebrating a fantastic run in this year’s FA Cup!

After swatting aside AFC Wimbledon and humbling Leeds United, Sutton face the mighty Arsenal FC at Gander Green Lane on Monday 20 February. Whatever the result we’d all like to say how proud we are of the team for this incredible achievement – it’s Sutton’s best run in the Cup since 1989.

If you can’t make the match or didn’t manage to get tickets never fear! The encounter will be live on BT Sport 2 from 7pm. Make sure you support the borough’s footballing heroes and you never know… This could be the year!  

Parks News

 

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Dear Hamish,

Last week was an important one for those of us interested in the UK’s parks and green spaces.

On Saturday the long-awaited report from the Parliamentary Communities and Local Government Committee’s Public parks inquiry was published, setting out a series of recommendations for government and calling for clear leadership of the sector.

Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC Breakfast TV and Sky News to respond to the report and champion our parks and playing fields. The report came just days after the publication of the Housing White Paper which could open the door to increased housing development on recreational land. We will be monitoring these policy developments over the forthcoming months and publishing our own research findings.

The CLG Committee’s report recommends recognising the wider value of parks to contribute to the health and wellbeing of communities; our new research report focussed on Centenary Park, Rugby illustrates, in microcosm, the value that access to green space provides for communities across the UK.

Also this month, our ezine highlights some funding opportunities that may be available for green space community projects and shares information about the Great British Spring Clean, a campaign we are supporting.

Remember, between ezine updates you can keep in touch with Fields in Trust via social media: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thank You

Helen Griffiths appears on BBC Breakfast
Parliamentary Inquiry reveal our parks are at a “tipping point”

Over the last few months the Communities and Local Government Committee has been reviewing the future of Public Parks, examining the impact of reduced local authority budgets on our open spaces and considering their future. The Inquiry report warns that parks face a period of decline from their current tipping point with potentially severe consequences unless their vital contribution to areas such as public health, community integration and climate change mitigation is recognised.

Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths appeared on radio and TV to respond to the report and champion our parks and recreation spaces.

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Centenary Park, Rugby – A Case Study

The creation of a new public park on derelict land in Newbold, Rugby has resulted in local residents feeling healthier, happier and becoming more active.

The findings in a newly published research report focussed on Centenary Park, Rugby illustrates, in microcosm, the recommendations of the CLG Parliamentary report and demonstrates the value that access to green space provides for communities across the UK.

Our case study of this newly opened park shows the positive impact on the local community that has resulted from having local access to open space.

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New Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play

Our new Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play has been published in versions which take account of the devolved planning administrations in Scotland and in Wales, including a Welsh language version. These new benchmark guidelines for the design of spaces for outdoor sport and play and will provide a crucial tool for local planning authorities, developers, planners, urban designers and landscape architects in the design of outdoor sport, play and informal open space.

Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play front cover
Since the 1930s the Six Acre Standard has provided valuable information to planners and designers creating and maintaining sports and play infrastructure.

These new, updated versions are available as free to use interactive PDFs on the Fields in Trust website.

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The Great British Spring Clean

Fields in Trust is supporting the Great British Spring Clean, a UK-wide campaign with one simple ambition – to bring together like-minded people from all walks of life to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

The campaign aims to get half a million people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us, over the weekend of 3-5 March 2017. By bringing people together organisers hope to create new community bonds and inspire volunteers to take further action to improve their neighbourhoods. Community groups, Friends of Parks, schools, charities, sports clubs, and Housing Associations are all invited to sign up and take part.

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Focus on Funding

As well as legally protecting sites for play, sport and recreation, Fields in Trust is also keen to see these facilities supported and improved. It can be difficult to secure funding for improvement projects; to help identify sources we have upgraded our advice note detailing a wide variety of external funding sources available for parks and playing fields, which is available on the Fields in Trust website.

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Tom Brake MP, RMT and local Train Services Meeting 16th February 2017 starting at 7pm at Wentworth Hall, 80 Ruskin Road

Hamish —

It’s fair to say that in the last few months we’ve endured the biggest rail crisis in a generation.

Over the last two years, Southern’s shambolic service (ranked the worst in the UK) and the recent strikes have cost local residents unnecessary stress, time, money and sometimes even their jobs.

Whilst I welcome the recent announcement that Aslef and Southern have reached an agreement, the RMT and Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) are still in a deadlock to settle the long-standing dispute over the role of conductors on Southern trains.

You will recall that last Summer I organised a public meeting, attended by over 100 residents, with a Southern Rail representative and a local ward Councillor to give you the opportunity to hear directly from them, ask questions and make your voice heard.

I want to give you the chance to do the same with the RMT. That’s why I will be hosting a public meeting with a representative from the RMT. I will also be joined by Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council.

Date: Thursday 16th February
Time: 7.00pm-8.30pm
Venue: Wentworth Hall, 80 Ruskin Rd, Carshalton, SM5 3DH

Please do attend for your chance to put the RMT on the spot personally. Feel free to bring along other people who have been affected.

If you’re unable to come to the meeting, please email me with any questions you would like to ask RMT and I will do my best to get as many answered as possible.

Hope to see you there.

Best wishes,

Tom Brake MP

PS. You can see a short summary of my recent work on transport issues here.

London Wildlife Trust introducing…. the Wandle Rain Gardens Project

A message is in from Wandle Rain Gardens

Dear Ward Councillors

I would like to introduce you to a project that London Wildlife Trust is running with communities along the course of the Wandle in Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth.

The Wandle Rain Gardens project aims to increase resilience to climate change and flooding through creating small scale ‘sustainable urban drainage schemes’ (SuDS) with local communities, often focusing on estates managed by Registered Providers. These projects include creating rain gardens, building biodiverse green roofs with groups of volunteers, taking up impermeable surfaces to create free draining and wildlife-rich gardens and installing rainwater harvesting systems.

The project will showcase and raise awareness of household-scale ways in which people can work with nature to reduce flood risk and increase local resilience to climate change in a catchment of a dynamic and accessible river.

As well as creating SuDS as local demonstrations, we also run events to raise awareness of climate change and its predicted impacts on the Wandle, deliver training workshops to give community champions the skills and knowledge to go about creating their own SuDS and produce an informative guidance leaflet based on the local area to support people in making adaptations in their own gardens and communities (based on this one that we produced for a similar project LWT has been running in Lambeth since 2013).     The Wandle Rain Gardens project is currently funded for 12 months by the HLF through the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership. 

In Sutton we have engaged with residents of Bedzed to assist them with advice on their rainwater harvesting and ponding issues in their garden area.  We have also talked to Dani Ford, flood risk manager who has said that she will be able to use the community guidance leaflet.   We haven’t yet found a housing site that is interested in working with us to develop a SuDS scheme,  but if you are aware of anywhere that this might be possible I’d be very happy to know more.    

If you have any questions about the project, or would like to suggest ways that we can work with residents close to the Wandle please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Best wishes

Joanna Ecclestone, Wandle Rain Gardens Project Officer, London Wildlife Trust

I work on the Wandle Rain Gardens project on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Centre for Wildlife Gardening, 28 Marsden Road, London SE15 4EE

Direct dial: 020 7252 9186

Mobile: 07891 004154

All our lives are better when they’re a bit wild. Share why wildlife and wild places matter to us all at www.mywildlife.org.uk  

A Message from the Leader of Sutton Council, Cllr. Ruth Dombey & Get your tickets for Sadiq Khan’s Question Time when he comes to Carshalton!

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Dear Hamish,

Lots going on at the moment. Here are just a few things that I hope you’ll find interesting:

Preventing homelessness

Sadly homelessness is a growing problem across the country. While here in Sutton it’s not as bad as some inner cities, the problem is growing and we need to do what we can to help people in difficulty and in particular to help prevent them becoming homeless in the first place.

So Sutton, Kingston and Merton councils have joined together to radically rethink homelessness prevention and together we have managed to obtain £1 million in government funding to help families avoid crisis and prevent them becoming homeless.

Only 28 out of 122 bids to central government were successful and we will be developing a range of innovative, pro-active approaches that will radically reshape the way we tackle homelessness. We will be working together with the voluntary sector, in particular, the charity SPEAR and the aim is to work closely with families at risk of homelessness so fewer people will need to be housed in temporary accommodation.

This is an enormous opportunity to provide tangible, sustainable support to people to prevent them becoming homeless and to help them stay in their own homes.

Tackling London’s air quality

The Mayor of London has announced funding for six innovative “Neighbourhoods of the Future” across London which will combine new green technology to improve London’s air quality. The Beddington Industrial Area will be one of these 6 neighbourhoods and electric vans and trucks will be loaned to local businesses to reduce pollution and encourage businesses to adopt greener business methods.

Ask Sadiq a question

And finally – if you’re fed up with the appalling train service, if you think Sutton should get better and more frequent public transport, if you’re worried about air quality, if you think the Mayor of London should spend more on policing – and you’d like to ask the Mayor of London a question, then I’ve got good news for you.

Sadiq Kahn is coming to the Borough for People’s Question Time. We think this is the first time it has happened since the Mayoralty and the Greater London Authority were first set up in 2000. Tickets are free but numbers are limited so sign up soon. It will be held at the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton at 7pm on Thursday 2nd March. You can get your tickets here.

That’s all for now. Thank you to everyone who has replied with positive comments about these emails – I really appreciate it. And if you think there are issues (good and bad) that it would be helpful to address and provide information, do let me know.

Best wishes,

Ruth

Cllr Ruth Dombey
Leader of Sutton Council

News in from Caroline Pidgeon- Lib Dem London Assembly Member

Tackling congestion and air pollution

In the last week the issue of air pollution affecting London has received extensive media coverage – and rightly so, with some reports saying that air pollution has recently been worse in London than in Beijing.

Another big issue, which has attracted much coverage, is that of tackling the growing level of congestion on London’s roads.  An issue it seems everyone has views on from cyclists through to taxi drivers, not to mention every motorist and van driver.

The two are of course connected, with traffic, especially from diesel vehicles, being a major contributory factor to air pollution.

Tackling congestion

In recognition that all parts of the capital have been seeing a significant growth in congestion, the London Assembly Transport Committee (which I chair) recently undertook an extensive investigation with evidence submitted from hundreds of organisations and individuals.

Congestion annoys everyone.  However it also has a staggering financial cost.  The overall annual cost to London from traffic delays on busy roads now stands £5.5 billion.  This figure represents a huge 30 per cent increase in just two years (£4.2 billion in 2012/13).

Our investigation revealed that the causes of congestion are far wider and more complex than many people imagine – stretching from pressures caused by a growing population through to the growth in internet deliveries.

Our report London Stalling’ calls on the Mayor to reform the Congestion Charge and ultimately replace it with road pricing. The Committee suggests a way of charging people for road usage that is targeted at areas of congestion and at the times when it is most severe.

In the short-term, the Congestion Charge should be reformed to better reflect the impact of vehicles. The daily flat rate should be replaced with a charging structure that ensures vehicles in the zone at peak times, and those spending longer in the zone, face the highest charges.

The report also recommends:

  • reducing restrictions on night-time deliveries
  • piloting a ban on personal deliveries to offices starting with TfL and GLA staff
  • reconsidering ‘click and collect’ at Tube and rail stations
  • devolving Vehicle Excise Duty to the Mayor
  • piloting a local Workplace Parking Levy

I am pleased to say that the report has received extensive media coverage and initiated a serious debate about how to end gridlock on our roads, including front page coverage in the Financial Times.  Many groups have supported or broadly welcomed the recommendations, stretching from the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Campaign for Better Transport, through to the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Tackling air pollution

Last week Sadiq Khan was absolutely right to issue a high air pollution alert.  Every Londoner is entitled to know just how poor air quality is in London.

But the real challenge is to reduce the high levels of air pollution.

While traffic is not the only cause of air pollution, diesel fumes are the most significant contributory factor and that is why London Liberal Democrats have long advocated a number of measures to:

  • switch London buses and taxis from running on diesel, with a switch to running entirely on electricity where possible
  • ensuring that walking and cycling are made far safer and more attractive forms of transport
  • advocating sustainable forms of improved river crossings as opposed to the proposed Silvertown road tunnel, which will generate many long distance car journeys.
  • improving public transport and ensure that there are real alternatives to private transport in areas of London with poor public transport links

Some useful information on this issue can be found at the Clean Air for London website.

Helping parents return to work

With last week being a busy week for news one announcement that might have gone unnoticed was the Mayor’s decision to introduce a childcare loan scheme to allow employees of the GLA Group (including the Met, London Fire Brigade and TfL) to receive a loan to cover upfront costs such as the deposit and first month’s nursery fees, that are faced by parents returning to work.  The loans will work in a similar way to loans offered to many employees to cover season tickets on public transport.

This proposal is just a further example of the Mayor adopting ideas that I first proposed before last year’s Mayor and London Assembly elections.  The idea was set out in a package of policies I proposed to make childcare more accessible in London.

Some interesting Mayoral Answers

I hope some of the following Mayoral Answers to questions I have recently asked are of interest:

The Mayor admits that both the Piccadilly Line and the Central Line failed to provide the scheduled numbers of trains on every week day during the whole of December.

Mayors confirms London police numbers were at 31,067 officers in December, despite the objective being a police force of 32,000 officers

Confirmation that noise levels, including helicopter noise, will be included in the Mayor’s new environment report published this Spring for consultation with the public

The Mayor confirms that the earliest starting date for strengthening work on Hammersmith Bridge is Autumn 2018

Keep in touch

I try to tweet on a regular basis.  If you would like to follow me, my twitter handle is @CarolinePidgeon.

Finally, if you would like me to raise an issue, especially through Mayor’s Question Time, please send your suggestions to info@glalibdems.org.uk