Mill Lane / Butter Hill junction

Cllr. Jill Whitehead has asked Sutton Council officers to enforce the traffic signs at this junction. She says:

“Could traffic be enforced at the junction of Mill Lane and Butter Hill at busy times of day please? Councillors have received complaints of driver anger, with refusal to give way over the narrow bridge.  We hope some additional/better signage would also help.”

More in a future posting…

Mill Lane/Butter Hill area: Father and daughter fined for letting their dogs foul the pavement

A father and daughter have been fined for letting their dogs foul the pavement after a sophisticated investigation by Sutton Council officers.

A man, 52, and his daughter, both of Mill Lane, Carshalton, were fined a total of £340 by Croydon Magistrates on 3 September after admitting to two counts each of letting their dogs foul the footpath.

mill laneSutton Council officers mounted an operation to catch the culprits in response to a number of complaints from locals about the disgusting behaviour of the pair.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “This prosecution is a tribute to the hard work and ingenuity of our officers.

“It is a revolting offence that understandably upsets our residents. We reacted swiftly to their concerns and in order to maintain a clean and safe environment that our residents expect and deserve.”

In December 2012 enforcement officers sited mobile CCTV cameras at the junction of Mill Lane and Butter Hill. Carefully sifting through the footage in January, they spotted a pattern to when offences were committed.

When the pattern of times was established, officers carried out live surveillance early in the mornings and established the identities and address of the pair.

After they failed to pay a fixed penalty, Sutton pressed on with the prosecution and magistrates fined them both £50 for each offence plus £50 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

To report dog fouling in your area log on to and click on ‘report it’ or call 020 8770 5070.

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee to be held on Tuesday 10th September 2013 at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church from 7.30pm

Chairman Councillor Hamish Pollock says: “Do come along to our meeting of the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee on Tuesday 10th September 2013 from 7.30pm. We’ll be meeting at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton, which is quite near the shopping parades.”

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church
Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church

The agenda items will include:

LOCAL TRAFFIC AND PARKING SCHEMES for Grosvenor Avenue Traffic Calming Measures; Environmental Improvements Programme Report, then Stanley Park Road; Park Lane/Ruskin Road Traffic Lights/Crossing; Woodmansterne Road Pedestrian crossing;  Butter Hill Traffic Management proposals; Bandon Hill Primary Woodfield School Pedestrian Crossing- Stanley Park Road; Woodcote Road/Woodcote Green Traffic Management update for noting

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT: Local Councillor Jill Whitehead is to give an update on Future Plans for Sustainable Transport in Sutton.

HEALTHWATCH SUTTON: Doris Richards is to introduce the new organisation

PUBLIC HEALTH: Sue Tree, Senior Public Health Commissioning Manager to talk about new local Public Health Functions.

THE WANDLE TRUST: Tim Longstaff, Development Officer to talk about The Wandle Trust’s projects including riverside improvements by Mill Lane etc.

USE OF STANLEY PARK RECREATIONAL GROUND: To note the decision of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee.

PUBLIC REALM: There will be an update on Public Realm Projects.

Applications for Neighbourhood Grants will also be considered.

The next meeting will be held on 19th November at the same venue with the same start time. SEE YOU THERE!

Butter Hill Traffic Issue

Butter Hill bridge on a sunny day...!

Butter Hill bridge on a sunny day…!

Sutton Council recently undertook a consultation recently regarding schemes to make the Butter Hill/ London Road junction much safer. 

Recently there was a widespread local public consultation about which direction to give priority to in Butter Hill. This consultation included: distributing over 1,300 leaflets to homes and businesses in the Mill Lane and Butter Hill area; a public exhibition in the Westcroft Leisure Centre on 12-13th June; and a public meeting in Elm Grove Hall on 25th July.  In addition, all the emergency services, London Buses, organisations with an interest in road safety and cycling and local residents’ associations were consulted.

The consultation resulted in a small majority for option 1 which is to give priority to traffic travelling from west to east through Butter Hill. So this option will now be implemented. 

Butter Hill resident and local Councillor Alan Salter said: “I would like to thank all the residents and businesses that took the time and trouble to express their preferences as to which direction to afford priority to.  While it was a close run thing, there was a majority in favour of the west to east option, so this scheme will be implemented to increase road safety in this narrow and busy road.”

Councillor Jill Whitehead said: “The scheme includes a new sign giving priority to traffic coming from west  to east will be installed opposite the entrance to Caledon Road, with a sign saying traffic coming from the opposite direction has priority will be installed by 1 Butter Hill.  Work on the whole scheme, which includes – improvements to the London Road/Butter Hill junction,  a slight widening of the road by the Rose and Crown car park, as well as giving priority to traffic travelling along Butter Hill from west to east – is expected to start in the second half of October”.

Councillor Hamish Pollock said: “Once the scheme is up and running, the Council  will need to study the impact on the area very carefully.  If giving priority to traffic travelling along Butter Hill from west to east were to result in a back-up of traffic on the busy London Road, then it may be necessary to consider reversing the direction priority is given to. But let’s wait and see what the impact of the preference expressed by local residents is before we start considering any further changes.”      MORE IN A FUTURE POSTING….

Mill Lane/Butter Hill Bridge Update

Butter Hill bridge on a sunny day...!

Butter Hill bridge on a sunny day…!

Alan, Jill and Hamish recently received the following update from the Wandle Trust about the on-going road silt trap works in Butter Hill (where there are roadworks affecting Mill Lane and Denmark Road flows of traffic and temporary traffic lights). The works are designed to improve the water quality of the River Wandle and the river environment.

Dear Councillors,

We are making great progress with the installation of the third and final silt trap. We did hit some groundwater which was a slight nuisance but the Contractors, R.J.Dance, have been doing a sterling job. The chamber itself was delivered last Friday (21st) and was all lowered into place first thing Monday. We are currently in the process of connecting up the pipework, building the monitoring chambers before the chamber will go live. It is anticipated that the road will be reinstated and fully open in the early part of next week. 
The Butter Hill/Mill Lane junction has been working very well under the three way lights, perhaps even an improvement over normal conditions.
Thank you for your interest in the project and I look forward to speaking with you in the future regarding other projects that the Wandle Trust have planned.
Kind regards,

Toby Hull Catchment Project Officer

The Wandle Trust

07810 007 107

c/o Environmental Sustainability
London Borough of Sutton
24 Denmark Road
Reg Charity No 1091000


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Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee meeting 11th June 2013 at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road

Local committee chairman, Cllr. Hamish Pollock says: “Today’s Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee meeting is being held from 7.30pm at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton Beeches, quite near the shops.  The meeting is held in public and you are most welcome to attend and to take part.”

We will be discussing Tramlink (the proposals for connecting Sutton to the Tram system from Wimbledon), the local health services scheme called “Better Services Better Value”, local public realm improvements and local neighbourhood grants, some reports from the police’s safer neighbourhood teams, and quite a number of highways and safety improvement schemes.

Topics affecting the Carshalton Central ward in particular include updates on the Butter Hill traffic scheme near Mill Lane, the pedestrian crossing scheme at the traffic lights at Ruskin Road/Park Lane, and the proposed traffic calming/safety measures in Grosvenor Avenue.

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church

More on Mill Lane & Butter Hill Bridge: Trout plan for River Wandle on the way to becoming London’s cleanest river

WTlogofinal(1)A £150,000 clean-up project on the River Wandle will see trout swimming in what is hoped will become London’s cleanest river.

The two-year plan will prevent tonnes of silt from entering a one-kilometre stretch of the Carshalton arm of the Wandle River and make it more habitable for a range of wildlife such as brown trout and kingfishers.

During the first six weeks the Wandle Trust will install three silt traps beneath the road on Denmark Road, Mill Lane and Butter Hill before work on the river itself proceeds.

Toby Hull, Catchment Project Officer for the Wandle Trust which is managing the DEFRA-funded project, said: “This is a very exciting plan which will help the river achieve Good Ecological Potential, the first river in Greater London to reach that status.”

Once the silt traps are in place, work will begin on bringing the Wandle back to a more natural state by removing silty deposits already in the water, narrowing the river to cope with future drought conditions, adding meanders and planting before aiming to re-introduce the trout in 2015.

Burying the silt traps under the roads will cause some traffic disruption and Sutton Council’s highways department and the Wandle Trust have been working very hard to ensure that inconvenience to drivers and residents is kept to an absolute minimum.

The work at Butter Hill and Mill Lane will mean that traffic will have to be regulated using temporary traffic lights at night. Denmark Road, however, will have to be closed for up to two weeks while the dig is completed.

Carshalton Central ward Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “We know road closures are very frustrating to residents. However, our highways team has worked very hard to organise a schedule which will minimise the impact and keep roads flowing as smoothly as possible.”

Mill Lane & Butter Hill area: Temporary Road Closures

Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Council’s Environment & Neighbourhoods Committee, says: “The Wandle Trust on behalf of Thames Water will shortly be carrying out some restoration work to the River Wandle by installing pollution-removing silt traps in the river banks in Mill Lane, Butter Hill and Denmark Road. When completed, this work will make the River Wandle one of the cleanest rivers in London, allowing wildlife such as fish and wild birds to thrive and prosper in an urban environment.” 

Cllr. Hamish Pollock, Chair of the Council’s Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee says: “These traps will be buried under road drains and should intercept most road run-off pollution. Unfortunately there will need to be some disruption to normal traffic flow in the area during May and June, so that the silt traps can be installed. However, disruption will be kept to a minimum to reduce impact, and the Council has ensured that appropriate traffic lights and diversions will be put in place.

Butter Hill bridge on a sunny day...!

Butter Hill bridge on a sunny day…!

Cllr. Alan Salter added: “Works in Mill Lane will take place from Monday 13th May to Saturday 18th May. Two way traffic signals will be used to manage traffic. Temporary parking suspensions will be put in place in Mill Lane to ease traffic movements. Delays to journeys should not be greater than one minute. Access to Mill Pond Place will temporarily need to be via Butter Hill.” 

Denmark Road works will take place during half term (Monday 20th May to Monday 3rd June) and Butter Hill works from Tuesday 4th to Monday 17th June. The Denmark Road works will entail temporary closure of the very end of Mill Lane, with diversions in place.  For the Butter Hill works there will again be temporary parking suspensions in Mill Lane, and access for Mill Pond Place will need to be via Mill Lane.

 For questions about the river restoration works contact Toby Hull on 020 8770 6463 or For questions about road works contact David Waugh on 020 8770 6431.

Traffic Order: Mill Lane/Butter Hill bridge area

In order to facilitate the hydrodynamic vortex (silt traps known as Hydrodynamic vortex ) installation for the Wandle Trust, the London Borough of Sutton intends to make a Temporary Traffic Management Order for closure of -Butter Hill: Saturday 18th May to Friday 31st May.

This means from time to time road closure of Butter Hill from Mill Lane to Elm Grove Parade/Vellum Drive. There will be diversions via Mill Lane and North Street, or Acre Lane/Manor Rd North. There will be parking restrictions along Mill Lane which will apply from time to time. More in a future posting!

Butter Hill bridge on a sunny day...!

Butter Hill bridge on a sunny day…!