About Councillors Jill, Chris and Hamish

Carshalton Central has elected local Liberal Democrat councillors in varying numbers since 1986 (although the first one was originally elected as Lib/SDP Alliance).

“FOCUS” is our regular newsletter to all residents for the last 31 years delivered by dedicated volunteers and councillors FREE to all households about every 2-3 months, ever since 1985.

As Liberal Democrats we believe that the work of politicians should ALWAYS be accountable, open and transparent. We work for YOU! By detailing some of the work we are engaged with we can be accountable to the residents of Carshalton Central ward who voted us to be their representatives on Sutton Council.

Carshalton Central ward which we represent consists of parts of both the Carshalton SM5 and Sutton SM1 postal districts. Carshalton Central ward is bounded by Brookfield Avenue, West Street down to the Colston Avenue roundabout and the railway line (that runs between Carshalton and Hackbridge Stations) to the north, The Grove Park, Rotherfield Road, and Woodstock Road to the east, Ashcombe Road, Blakehall Road and Harrow Road to the south, and King’s Lane, Sutton Grove, Harold Road and Florian Avenue to the west.

You can contact any of your three Lib Dem Councillors for Carshalton Central ward at the phone numbers or email addresses below: –

Councillor Jill Whitehead: jill.whitehead@sutton.gov.uk
020-8642 9766 Home address: 32 Milton Avenue, Sutton SM1 3QB

Councillor Jill Whitehead has lived on the Poets’ Estate in Carshalton Central Ward for the last 19 years, and first moved to Sutton at age 11 years attending Wallington High School for Girls. She is married with two adult sons, one of whom attended Sutton Grammar School. She first joined the Liberal Party in 1973, and then the Liberal Democrats. Jill retired four years ago and has considerable work experience specialising in the environmental, economic and community development, leisure and cultural fields.
Jill has been Chair of the Council’s important Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee since 2012. Her portfolio covers green issues, waste and recycling, highways and transport, parks and trees, air and water quality, leisure, arts, heritage, libraries and culture. In this capacity, Jill Chairs the Council’s Public Transport Liaison Group of transport stakeholders, is a Trustee of the Wandle Valley Regional Park, sits on the South London Waste Partnership, and is part of the councillor group overseeing the Sutton-Kingston shared Highways service. Jill is also a member of the London Councils Transport and Environment Committee.
Jill has also been a member of the Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee since 2012, and the Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee since 2010. She served for two years (2010-12) as Vice-Chair of both Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee and the Council’s Scrutiny Overview Committee.
Jill has recently chaired the Carshalton Forum of Carshalton Friends Groups. She is also an active member of several local groups, being a former Chair of Friends of the Grove, the former Chair of the Erskine Village and Benhill Community Association and a former school governor at All Saints’ Primary School. She is currently a committee member of the Friends of the Grove, a member of The Friends of Honeywood Museum, and a member of the Carshalton Central Police Safer Neighbourhood Team. Jill’s interests include the environment, transport, community engagement and local heritage.

Councillor Chris Williams: chris.williams@sutton.gov.uk 020-8647 6653 Home address 45 Mill Lane, Carshalton SM5 2JY. 

Councillor Chris Williams was elected in a by-election on 28th July 2016  and is thus the newest member of the team of Liberal Democrat councillors representing Carshalton Central ward.  Chris has lived in Carshalton Village since 2009 and has worked in the borough since 2002; he taught English and Drama at Wallington County Grammar School.  Previously, Chris worked as a Deputy Headteacher in Twickenham from 1984 until 2001. 
Originally from Gloucester, Chris was a student at Swansea and Manchester universities and worked in Northampton and Chester before moving to London.  Always interested in politics, Chris joined the Liberal Democrats when he retired from teaching in 2014 and immediately became active in the ward, working closely with Jill and Hamish.  He is Vice Chair of the Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee and has so far been appointed to the Scrutiny Committee on Sutton Council. 
Chris is also a member of the PCC at All Saints Church in Carshalton.  Chris is particularly keen to be involved in heritage and environmental issues and hopes to be as involved as possible in working to improve the cultural and leisure facilities available to residents of the ward and the borough.

Councillor Hamish Pollock: hamish.pollock@sutton.gov.uk
020-8647 8202 Home address: 117 Sandy Lane South, Wallington SM6 9NW.

Councillor Hamish Pollock has represented Carshalton Central ward on the Council for over 18 years, from 1990-4 and continuously since May 2002 being re-elected for a 5th term on 22nd May 2014. He was born in Sutton, and got married at All Saints’ Church, Carshalton, and has lived in and around the Carshalton area for 27 years, including the Westmead Road area and Carshalton Village, although five years ago he moved to Wallington to be closer to and to help care for his disabled parents. He grew up in Cheam and spent much time at Sutton Cricket Club, Cheam Road where his parents played sports for many years. He has family connections with many parts of the borough going back to the 1880s and his two grown-up children have both attended local primary and secondary schools.
Hamish joined the Social Democratic Party in 1981, joining the merged SDP/Liberal Alliance party in 1987 after university.  A former founder-member and later chairman of Carshalton Forum, he is a member of the council’s Planning Committee (now over 16 years’ service) and more recently the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee, of which he was elected Chair in May 2010 and again in May 2014, and a member of the local Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team. Hamish was the Deputy Mayor of the borough for the Council Year 2011-2.
Hamish is interested in the local parks, being a long-serving committee member and founder-member of the Friends of Carshalton Park created in 2003, and a member of the Friends of the Grove Park for many years. He is a former governor of two Carshalton secondary schools. His interests include looking after the historic conservation areas of Carshalton, Sutton, Wallington and Cheam. His other interests are local history and architecture, the environment and improving local public transport, particularly our local bus services.
Hamish designed the new World War Two memorial for Carshalton by the Ponds, completed in May 2014.

As your councillors, we deliver regular FOCUS Newsletters throughout Carshalton Central ward every two or three months with the very welcome help of a network of volunteers, as the Lib Dem Team have done continuously for over 31 years. We always welcome volunteer help with this immense task. We will work hard for our area all year round and we welcome phone calls during normal hours whenever possible, please. Please leave a message on one of our answerphones if you don’t get through.

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