Carshalton Environmental Fair, Carshalton Park, Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August 2016 – 10.30am-8pm

Your local Lib Dem councillors will be helping at a stall at the Environmental Fair….!

The fair is on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August – 10.30am-8pm

Put this date in your diary – come and visit Carshalton Environmental Fair for one of South London’s best days out!

Over 150 stalls, children’s activities, local craft, interactive demonstrations, farmers’ market, music and performing arts, lots of tasty food, a bar with real ales and more, information, campaign groups and more…. showcasing local sustainability initiatives. There’s even a FREE bus to get you there! On average around 10,000 people attend. The event is organised by EcoLocal with a team of volunteers.

The Carshalton Environmental Fair is held in Carshalton Park , Ruskin Road, Carshalton, SM5 3DD. FREE bus service to and from the fair

Children under 12 years: FREE
Concessions (including senior citizens & under 16 years): £3
Adults: £5
Discount family ticket for up to 2 adults and up to 3 teenagers under 16: £15

Contact details:
Twitter: @envfair
Postal address – The Environmental Fair, Ecolocal, The Old School House, Mill Lane, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2LY


What’s On

There’s something for everyone at Carshalton Environmental Fair. Lots of children’s activities from facepainting, to craft activities and a pedal powered cycle challenge! Music and entertainment on three different stages to suit different tastes from rock to acoustic folk. Browse through over 150 stalls, craft, local produce. Speakers and info on environmental issues in the Carshalton Community Allotment marquee. Lots of tasty food, a bar and a cafe! Make a day of it! … [Read More…]

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities

Carshalton Environmental Fair is on August Bank Holiday Monday in Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road. We look to recruit 60 volunteers for the weekend before, the day itself and the Tuesday after so we’d be delighted if you could help out. … [Read More…]

Main Stage

Main Stage

The Main Stage presents a range of rock, pop and other genre. We aim to show case local and regional talent on this stage which is set in an amazing natural open air amphitheatre in the park. … [Read More…]

Music Cafe

Music Cafe

This stage provides a great atmosphere with folk, country, bluegrass and other acoustic music from around the world. Tea and home made cake is served in the marquee so this is the ideal spot to sit and relax! … [Read More…]

West Street/Margaret’s Pool Garden off Pound Street

Chris, Jill and Hamish received the following message from the council recently about the overhanging branches by the pavement here following our request for some action to prune them back.

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

I can advise that the overhanging vegetation alongside West Street, which is within the grounds of Margaret’s Pool, is due to be cut back shortly by our grounds maintenance team. With regard to the trees overhanging the pavement and highway at the same location, our term tree contractors are due to be lifting the lower part of the canopies of the trees to clear the highway and the footway, this will allow better clearance for the general public use and vehicle traffic.  We hope to get this arranged within the next couple of weeks, subject to traffic management, which is currently being organised.  I have asked for both of these tasks to be carried out as a matter of urgency.

St Philomena’s School expansion

stphilomenaslogo_1A planning application has been submitted for the expansion of St Philomena’s school (C2015/71900) to provide an additional one- form entry of 30 pupils totalling 200 extra pupils over seven years. As there are currently 1303 pupils this will take the overall total to 1503 pupils.

In 2015/16, the first year after expansion, the number of year 7 (first year) pupils will rise from 204 to 234 pupils. The school has undertaken that all the expansion will come from Sutton Borough children. The expansion will consist of eight new classrooms in a two storey building.

At present 60% of pupils come from outside the Sutton boundaries. The 2012 School Travel Plan shows that 27% of pupils were driven or drove to school, or shared cars or “parked and strode”.  A total of 41% caught the bus, 18% used rail and 15% walked or cycled. The 2013/14 school travel survey showed a slight increase in bus users at 44%.

However, no new car parking or vehicular access arrangements form part of the application. But a parking study has been conducted by the school in the Poets Estate area  – bounded by Shorts Rd/Alma Rd, Colston Avenue and stretching along Westmead Rd from Westmead Corner to Browning Avenue and Highfield Rd. This shows an existing capacity of 84% of parking spaces when max capacity is defined as 85%.

Many residents report parents parking across their drives and on double yellow lines, especially in Shorts Rd/Alma Road, and in the area around Westmead Corner. Jill and Alan recently met the Head Teacher to discuss options. They asked that the school stagger opening and closing times, encourage more pupils to use public transport or walk/cycle, older children in particular. They asked for proactive enactment of the School’s travel plan and greater enforcement of parental behaviour at school start and finish times.

To comment on the school plans please visit Sutton Council’s online planning register at: or visit the Planning Dept, 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JG Tel 020 8770 5070 or email  by 17th July 2015.

About Alan Jill & 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 29 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: 020-8642 9766 Home address: 32 Milton Avenue, Sutton SM1 3QB Jill Whitehead has lived on the Poets’ Estate in Carshalton Central Ward for the last 17 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 two years ago and has considerable work experience specialising in the environmental, economic and community development, leisure and cultural fields. Jill is currently Chair of the Council’s important Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee. Her portfolio covers green issues, recycling, One Planet Sutton, highways, public transport, street cleaning and lighting, parks and trees, air and water quality, registration, leisure, arts, heritage, libraries and culture. In this capacity Jill Chairs the Council’s Public Transport Liaison Group of transport stakeholders She is also a member of the Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee which is chaired by the Leader of the Council, Cllr. Ruth Dombey. Jill also sits on the Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee and she served for a number of years as Vice-Chair of both Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee and the Council’s Scrutiny Overview Committee. Jill also Chairs the Carshalton Forum of Carshalton Friends Groups. Jill 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 and Friends of Carshalton Park, 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, education, community engagement and community safety.

Councillor Hamish Pollock: 020-8647 8202 Home address: 117 Sandy Lane South, near Woodcote Green, Wallington SM6 9NW. Councillor Hamish Pollock has represented Carshalton Central ward on the Council for over 16 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 over 25 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 Sutton Cricket Club, Cheam Road where his parents played sports for many years. He has family connections with many parts of the borough and his two grown-up children have both attended local primary and secondary schools. Hamish joined the SDP in 1981, joining the merged SDP/Liberal Alliance party in 1987 after university. Hamish was the Deputy Mayor of the borough for the Council Year 2011-2. 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 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 in April 2012 he was elected Chair of the Friends of the Grove Park of which he has been a member 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 as a chartered architect the new World War Two memorial for Carshalton, completed in May 2014.

Poets Estate – 10 Big Actions by the FOCUS Team

Some things we’ve done for you in the Poets’ Estate:-

1) Benhill Rec. We installed new play facilities, planted lavender beds and removed the old skateboard ramp.

2) Westmead Road/Carshalton Grove. We asked the Council to investigate and prevent future floods in this area.

3) Colston Avenue/Coleridge Avenue/Court Drive. We installed new yellow lines to reduce commuter parking.

4) Free Grit. We installed new grit bins in many locations in the Poets’ Estate/Westmead area of the Carshalton Central ward, including at the junction of Sutton Grove/Waterloo Road.

5) Street Trees. We have got planted 81 street trees in Carshalton Central ward many of them in the Poets’ Estate.

6) Mead Crescent. Road was resurfaced.

7) Shirley Avenue. Road and pavements were resurfaced.

8) Westmead Allotments. Better secure fencing installed.

9) Shorts Road/West Street Footpath. We asked the council to clear dog mess and asked police to monitor the area.

10) Wrythe Rec. We installed new play facilities in the rec. We asked that the railings are refurbished and work is underway.

And….We have also kept residents informed and supported residents in the various planning applications affecting our area. Examples are the Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s applications for 3G plastic surface for the football pitch and extended hours of lighting both of which were unanimously refused by Sutton Council’s planning / development control committee.

Honeywood Museum Events Coming Up….

Honeywood Museum

Honeywood Museum

Sunday 16th March 2 – 4.30pm Animate: Re-working the David Knights-Whittome  Archive
An opportunity to meet Pamela Wheeler, the artist behind the works on show in this innovative current exhibition, and to ask any questions FREE ENTRY
Wednesday 19th March 7.30pm Carshalton and the London Countryside in the Georgian Age. Part 1 The Rich
John Phillips explores the countryside around 18th century London, now lost to suburban development. A pair of illustrated talks Tickets £3.50 (£3.00 Friends). Please telephone 020 8770 4297 to book

Wednesday 2nd April 7.30pm Carshalton and the London Countryside in the Georgian Age. Part 2 The Middling and the Poor

John Phillips continues his exploration of the countryside around 18th century London, now lost to suburban development Tickets £3.50 (£3.00 Friends). Please telephone 020 8770 4297 to book

Flooding Update …now over the worst?

The flood alert for the River Wandle is no longer in force and despite the water table being extremely high Sutton has so far avoided the devastating levels of flooding seen in neighbouring boroughs.

Concerned residents should check the Environment Agency website for updates or call their floodline on 0845 988 1188 using quickdial 173813 for up-to-date flooding information.

Sutton Council is continuing to work with partner organisations to monitor local flood risk, respond to issues and clear up storm damage.

36 trees came down in the strong winds on Friday night and further damage was caused to an additional 16 large trees. The council’s environment team is managing the clear up and ensuring that the trees are safe.

The work that Sutton Council and partners Thames Water and the Environment Agency carried out ahead of the storms last week reduced the potential for flooding to affect homes and businesses in Carshalton.

Over the weekend there was some overrun of the Grotto Canal into Carshalton High Street, but the road gullies were able to cope and directed the water away from properties.

The council is still on the ground in Carshalton, and we will continue to work with partners to identify flood risk and avoid flood damage.

If you are worried about flooding then please contact the Environment Agency via:

•   Floodline: 0845 988 1188
•   Twitter: @EnvAgency
•   Website:
•   If, for some reason, you lose power in your home or business premises please contact:
•   UK Power Networks (emergencies and power cuts) on 0800 028 0247 or via Twitter @UKPowerNetworks
•   National Grid (Gas emergency) on 0800 111 999 or via Twitter @nationalgriduk

General advice and information

•   Avoid flood areas and make sure to keep children and pets away
•   Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch flood water as it may be contaminated
•   Basements, cellars, garages and ground floors may be affected
•   Be prepared to protect yourself, family, pets and property
•   Check pumps and any other flood protection equipment you may have
•   Keep a regular eye on local water levels and weather conditions
•   Tune into weather updates, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio
•   Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water
•   Be aware that flooding can cause manhole covers to come off


Local authorities do not have a statutory duty to provide sandbags to residents or businesses, however we do hold a stock of sandbags which we will use to protect the most vulnerable residents.

We are working with the Environment Agency, Thames Water and Transport of London to monitor rising water levels and we will prioritise protecting infrastructure such as electrical sub stations or keeping essential access routes open for emergency and essential services.

Householders are encouraged to plan for and put in place their own flood protection and they should contact their local builders’ merchants for stocks of bags and sand. Alternatively, suppliers of modern non-sand bags designed for flooding can be found on the National Flood Forum Blue Pages Directory –

For further information on preparing for flooding, please visit the Environment Agency’s website or call their floodline on 0845 988 1188 using quickdial 173813.

Flood Risk Management

In 2010, the Flood and Water Management Act received Royal Ascent. As a result of this legislation the London Borough of Sutton (‘Sutton Council’) is now a Lead Local Flood Authority. This means that the council is responsible for co-ordinating the management of flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses.

Christmas Shopping News:

sutton_council_logoCar park charges across Sutton are being dropped on three weekends in the run up to Christmas. It will be free to park in eight council car parks in Wallington, Carshalton and Cheam on  the weekends of 14 and 15 December and 21 and 22 December.

Charges are being dropped as the council is supporting the “small business Saturday” initiative.  The aim is to encourage people to spend money with local traders.

It will also be free to park in the main Gibson Road multi-storey car park in Sutton on 14, 15, 21 and 22 December.

Free parking is as follows:

 Car park(s)    Dates  Cost
Wallington: Wallington Library, Shotfield Public Hall (Woodcote Road) Melbourne Road   Saturday 14 December

Sunday 15 December

Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December

Carshalton: Carshalton High Street The Square   Saturday 14 December

Sunday 15 December

Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December

Cheam: Cheam Library Kingsway Road   Saturday 14 December

Sunday 15 December

Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December

Sutton: Gibson Road multi-storey   Saturday 14 December

Sunday 15 December

Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December 


Parking charges will apply – and be enforced – at all other times.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, who’s in charge of boosting the local economy, said:

“Despite talk of the economy getting stronger, we know some of the borough’s small businesses are still finding it tough. I want to do everything I can to help them. By offering free parking on these weekends in December, I hope people are encouraged to visit traders in our fantastic town and district centres”.

Carshalton Central ward Cllr Jill Whitehead, who has responsibility for car parking, said:

“The council has an important role to play in supporting Sutton’s economy. I am delighted that we have been able to offer free Christmas parking again this year. I encourage residents to shop and buy locally from our fantastic town and district centres.”

Smartening Up Carshalton

Cllr. Jill Whitehead says: “Work will shortly start in this area to make various improvements such as the repainting of faded yellow and white lines on roads, pruning of existing and planting of new street trees and repairing of potholes. These improvements will make a real difference to the look of the area.”sutton_council_logo

Local Employment News…. Tom Brake MP reports….

The number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) in Carshalton and Wallington has fallen for the seventh consecutive month and is now at its lowest in over three years.

The figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of JSA claimants locally has fallen by 423 since September 2012. The news coincides with the release of the latest GDP figures (released on Friday 25 October) showing that UK’s economy grew by 0.8% in the last quarter.

Commenting on the news, Tom Brake MP said: “Liberal Democrats in Government have helped to create a million jobs and over one million apprenticeships. I am delighted and proud to see that we are delivering a stronger economy and a fairer society. Fixing the economy was always going to take time, but these figures show that we are on the right path. It is clearly great news, but we must remain focused on creating jobs, ensuring that all hardworking people benefit from the recovery and are able to get on in life.”

A million more people across the UK are currently in work compared to early 2010, and the number of unemployed people nationally has dropped by 18,000 in the last three months.