Westmead Care Home – Monitoring Construction

A message is in from Sutton Council about this development….
Dear Cllr….

I held a Site Meeting with Metnor Construction’s Site Agent / Project Manager Mike Sanderson today, after first visiting the site yesterday, following receipt of your enquiry below.

Yesterday’s Site Visit established the validity of xxxx’s complaint, and I was able to convince Metnor’s Mr. Sanderson that we would not hesitate to take enforcement action against the site and its workers if he did not take steps to ensure that his site was run in compliance with the General Logistics Overview and Method Statement which they submitted to us at Planning stage.
At today’s meeting, Mr Sanderson explained the steps he had taken in the last 24 hours to control the nuisance of construction-related traffic on the neighbouring roads of Cowper Avenue, Kingsley Avenue and Byron Avenue (East).
Metnor Construction held a “Tool Box Talk” Meeting with all its sub-contractors yesterday, where 26 of the 28 sub-contractors signed to confirm their consent to comply with Instructions emailed to them by the Site’s Contracts Manager, Shaun Kent. 
Evidence from those attending the meeting suggests that many are bricklayers and plasterers. Mentor informed me today that the bricklaying and plastering operations would end this weekend, removing up to 20 sub-contractors from the site, many of whom currently seem to drive to work.As a result, it is anticipated that the on-street parking demand will be further reduced from Monday.
Metnor have also introduced a construction-related parking scheme, whereby they will henceforth issue a Metnor Parking Badge to all their staff parking on-street, to indicate how many of the vehicles parked on-street at any one time, are related to the site.

Mr Kent also emailed  xxxx yesterday, and copies of the documents referred to above are attached herewith, and I have agreed with the Site Agent that we will monitor the parking situation on a weekly basis, to ensure that it no longer deteriorate to the level observed yesterday.
Please contact me if I can be of further assistance on this matter.

Don Anyiam, M.Sc., CMIHT

Principal Engineer & Management Consultant
Highways and Transport
Kingston & Sutton Shared Service
London Borough of Sutton
Denmark Road | Carshalton | Surrey SM5 2JG
Tel: 020 8770 4979020 8770 4979

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.

Westmead House Demolition Works – Environmental Health Inspector visits…

A message is just in from the Council’s Environmental Health Inspector…

Dear Cllr Whitehead

Environmental Protection Act 1990. Re: Complaints about Dust and Noise. Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road, Sutton SM1 4JH

Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding potential dust and noise nuisance arising from the construction/demolition works taking place at the above address.

I visited the site on Tuesday 18th March and spoke to Mr Freeman, the person in charge of the site at the time. At the time of my visit, no noisy works were taking place. The front of the building is still in place and the remaining walls are sheeted. These remaining walls provide some protection from dust and noise to the properties to the south of the site.

However, demolition has already taken place to the north of the site and the perimeter is only surrounded by temporary metal mesh fencing. I witnessed a workman on the site who was trying to dampen down dusty materials with water from a hose. However, I observed that dust from the area where demolition had taken place was being wind whipped and the direction of the wind was taking the dust towards Kingsley Avenue. I discussed the control of dust with Mr Freeman and asked why there was not solid hoarding around the site. Mr Freeman explained that solid hoarding is to be erected but that some demolition had to take place first in order to provide the space for hoarding. They are now in the process of erecting the hoarding but owing to the existing concrete foundations, this will take 7-10 days to complete. I appreciate that, during this period, there is the potential for dust to leave the site boundary. Therefore, it was agreed that they would:-

a)    Increase the amount of damping down of the dust with water;

b)    Carry out regular visual checks so that they respond promptly to changes in weather conditions;

c)     Phase the erection of hoarding so that those most at risk of being affected by dust are shielded first.

I have spoken to Mr Freeman again today who has informed me that they had tried to put up temporary sheeting on the metal barriers but this was increasing the risk of the barriers toppling over and thus there was a potential to cause injury. Therefore, he is meeting with the Managing Director today and will be discussing alternative options for temporary screening until more permanent hoarding can be erected.  I am satisfied that they are taking steps to control the noise and dust on site and we will be monitoring the situation. In the meantime, residents are reminded that to contact Environmental Health, they should ring the call centre number which is 020 8770 5000. 

I hope that the above answers your enquiry and hope that an improvement will soon be noticeable.

 Yours sincerely 

Dave Trew

Acting Pollution Team Leader


Sainsbury’s and Westmead Business Centre – Latest News

Cllr Jill Whitehead says: It is now a year since the Planning Inspectorate overturned Sutton Council’s rejection of Java Capital’s application to build a 74 bed care home for elderly dementia patients on the site of Westmead House (also known as 123 Westmead Road), with integral ground floor convenience store. A site notice has recently gone up on Westmead Business Centre giving notice of a Licensing Application (26508/1729/171213103726) by Sainsbury’s in respect of the store, to sell alcohol from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week, which also states that the store will be open 24 hours per day, every day of the week. Residents are invited to send in their comments to the Council’s Licensing Department at the Civic Offices, Sutton by 15th January 2014.

Cllr Hamish Pollock adds: “As residents will be aware, your local councillors fought the planning application partly on the basis of lack of parking in narrow roads of terraced housing, and in increase in traffic congestion. The entrance to the store is given as Cowper Avenue on the plans. Long opening hours (there does not yet seem to be a planning application for these) and licensing hours will encourage more traffic and an increase in anti- social behaviour. There are already a number of outlets selling alcohol in this shopping parade. This store is right on the edge of the residential area, abutting the popular Poets’ Estate, and to date anti-social behaviour has been low but this may not remain the case.”

Cllr Alan Salter says:  A planning application has been submitted for a non-material amendment to a scheme already approved by the council (C2011/64032 and C2012/66531). This is for the rear of Westmead House where approval was given in November 2011, amended in December 2012 for:

  • Four 4-bedroom semi–detached homes on Kingsley Avenue with integral parking spaces,
  • Four 3-bedroom semi-detached homes in Cowper Avenue with insetted parking spaces away from the road in Byron Avenue East,
  • One four-bedroom detached house with integral parking space at the corner of Kingsley Avenue and Byron Avenue East.  

The planning amendment is to adjust the roof of the detached house planned for the corner of Kingsley Avenue and Byron Avenue East, as per the drawings supplied to the council. It will be decided by officers as it is a minor amendment. This activity would imply that the construction of these homes could be imminent, and may take place in 2014. Building has to take place within three years of planning permission being granted or the permission falls. Planning permission can of course be renewed. More in a future posting/FOCUS leaflet!

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

Potholes Reported by Cllr. Jill Whitehead

Cllr. Jill Whitehead has recently reported a large number of pot holes in and around the Carshalton Central neighbourhood including:-

1) The length of Gordon Road in the approach to Carshalton Beeches railway station.

2) In the centre of Cambridge Road (off Carshalton Road) where there are some wide white hashed markings.

3) By tree in Milton Avenue close to junction with Shirley Avenue (on the part of Milton Avenue that is between Shirley Avenue and Brookfield Avenue), and potholes at all four corners of Milton and Shirley Avenues junction.

4) Outside no 46 Milton Avenue close to the pavement and outside nos 52 and 54 Milton Avenue (ditto), (on the part of Milton Avenue that is between Shirley Avenue and Brookfield Avenue).

5) By tree in Milton Avenue, in middle of road close to green triangle and the junction with Byron Gardens (on the part of Milton Avenue that is between Brookfield Avenue and Erskine Road – this part of the road is in poor condition generally).

6) Benhill Recreation Ground: Large potholes in the park path alongside the children’s playground on the Harold Road side.

7) Potholes in Byron Avenue close to the junction with Westmead Road, and at the junction of Byron Avenue with Byron Avenue East.

8) Potholes in Kingsley Avenue at junction with Byron Avenue East.

9) Pothole near drain outside no 9 Kingsley Avenue.

10) Potholes at junction of Cowper Avenue and Byron Avenue East.

11) Potholes at junction of Kingsley Avenue and Shirley Avenue.

We hope that these can be attended to before too long.

Westmead House/Business Centre Planning Application

Westmead Business Centre frontage

   Cllr. Hamish Pollock says: “A planning application has been submitted by Java Asset Management to demolish Westmead House (Westmead Business Centre) and replace it with a private 74-bedroom care home over three floors plus a mezzanine and lower ground floor.  This would include a roof garden, ancillary staff and resident facilities, plant and laundry, and 20 car parking spaces to be accessed from Kingsley Avenue.   The developers also propose 325 sq metres of retail floor space on the ground floor with provision of 8 car parking spaces fronting Cowper Avenue.
   Local resident Cllr. Jill Whitehead says “Many neighbours have told me how concerned they are with this new development, which we understand is intended by the developers to partly replace the much smaller publicly-owned Oakleigh Home in Benhill Avenue which could only accommodate 35 residents.  The new proposal will result in over-development, overlook homes in Kingsley Avenue and intrude on their privacy, and will create severe parking problems in an area already known for parking stress to the extent that residents in recent years called for a Controlled Parking Zone to be set up.”
   Cllr. Alan Salter adds: “We understand that Sutton has a surplus of care home places and that a development of this size would be unnecessary, particularly bearing in mind that there are also plans to build a residential development on the same site behind the care home, in the area bounded by Kingsley Avenue, Byron Avenue East and Cowper Avenue. As none of the homes in Byron Avenue East and Cowper Avenue have garages and already suffer from problem parking, the area could not really cope with this extra pressure on resources.”
    Jill, Hamish and Alan have asked for this planning application to be brought to the Development Control Committee for full discussion and decision.

You can view the plans C2012/65431/FUL at the Council Offices at 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton or at:-

     More news in a future posting…

Westmead Road Former Bus Garage Site: New housing development on site of former trolleybus garage

Local Poets’ Estate resident and councillor Jill Whitehead who lives off Westmead Road says: “We have been advised that a planning application has been submitted to Sutton Council to develop the Access Self Storage site at 107 Westmead Road, former site of the tram/trolleybus depot/bus garage. The application is for a new road in between Harold Road and Byron Avenue, consisting of 29 new homes plus three commercial units on the Westmead Road frontage”

Cllr. Alan Salter says: “This is one of two different applications for the area submitted recently, with the proposal to redevelop part of Westmead Business Centre being approved earlier in the year. This should help regeneration of the area.“

Cllr. Hamish Pollock who used to live off Westmead Road says: “Residents have told us how keen they are to retain the transport heritage of the area, and some have even suggested the new road might be called “Trolleybus Way”. Should the planning application for the Access Storage site be approved, we will ask the council if an appropriate transport-themed name could be adopted.”