Residents in the area of Colston Avenue and Westmead Allotments holders have expressed concern to Hamish, Alan and Jill about maintaining access to facilities from Colston Avenue during the excavation for and construction of Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s (CAFC) “3G” playing pitch.
The access road to CAFC is being renamed Robin’s Way. “Informal” double yellow lines were put in by the club along the length of Robin’s Way on one side only, but Sutton Council was not consulted about this by the CAFC. As the highways authority, Sutton Council must consult local residents and interested parties about a proposed new entrance scheme which meets everyone’s needs.
Allotments holders say that access to their allotments is being blocked and parking access is being denied them by the CAFC, including to the parking space provided by the Council’s Carshalton Local Committee a few years’ ago, and to the allotments shop.
At the last Carshalton Local Committee held in late April 2015, councillors agreed that the Council should bring forward plans for Robin’s Way to the next meeting on 16th June 2015, and that these should take into account allotments holders’ views as well as those of local residents.
Meanwhile Sutton Council is meeting local allotments representatives to look at possible options going forward, which can be considered at the next meeting of the Carshalton Local Committee.
Society president Margaret Coombs, publications officer Jacky Oliver and secretary Richard Fitch.
No one knows how some of the records from Sutton’s archives went missing maybe more than 100 years ago, but thanks to the generosity of the local history community, Sutton Council has been able to buy them back.
The records about Carshalton, purchased by the London Borough of Sutton Archives Service from Bloomsbury Auctions in central London last year, were revealed to about 25 local history buffs yesterday, Thursday 16 April at Sutton Central Library.
The purchase of the records was mainly funded by The Friends of National Libraries, but the local history community kindly stepped in to fill the gap.
The Carshalton & District History & Archaeology Society agreed to fund the 20 per cent difference and some local historians came forward offering to anonymously donate £100 each if there was any shortfall.
Margaret Coombs, The Carshalton & District History & Archaeology Society President, said:
“Our mandate is to respect and enhance the history of the district – it’s our reason for being, so we were more than happy to support the service in purchasing these records. However, I have been surprised at the interest they have generated – there are certainly more people here today than I expected. Hopefully some people may be inspired to visit the archives again.”
Kath Shawcross, Borough Archivist & Local Studies Manager at Sutton Council, said:
“I am delighted that the local history community has banded together to help us add these very valuable records to the Sutton collection. Not only are these records fascinating, but they will allow the history of the borough to be preserved in a more complete form for generations to come.”
The three lots included:
- Court Baron for Carshalton dating from 1682 to 1833. No one knows when these records went missing, but it may have been at least 50 years ago during which time the court records were in the hands of a predecessor authority. As the manorial records held for Carshalton date from 1346 to 1936, one of the most extensive and important collections in the Sutton archives, obtaining this volume was a priority.
- The minutes of the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor in Carshalton, 1691 to 1746. The volume contains a great deal of account information, including details of those in receipt of parish relief. The existence of these records was known due to a 1913 article in Surrey Archaeological Collections, which, at the time, described it as being “in private hands”, so it was exciting to purchase them against strong competition from a telephone buyer.
- A thin volume containing a valuation of the Parish of Carshalton, 1839, made for the purposes of the Parochial Assessment Act of 1839 by John Foakes and William Roberts. The volume very much complements the existing Carshalton tithe and rate book collection and is out-of-the-ordinary in including all rateable properties, not just largely agricultural land. It includes owners, occupiers and descriptions of properties. Unfortunately, the map that would have accompanied the valuation is missing.
The documents have been accessioned into the archive collection (Accession 914) and are available to researchers during local studies opening times.
Trees in Conservation Areas
It is offence to carry out the following works:
- Cut down
- Wilfully damage or
- Wilfully destroy
to any tree located within a conservation area that measures more than 75 millimetres in diameter when measured 1.5 metres above the ground.
Anyone wishing to carry out works to.such a tree in a Conservation Area must give notice to the Council in writing at least 6 weeks before they wish to carry out the work:
It is an offence to carry out the works unless you have given notice in writing to the Council, and you have either:
- Received a decision; or
- 6 weeks have expired since you served a valid notice on the Council and you have not received a decision.
Anyone found guilty of this offence is liable, if convicted in a Magistrate’s Court, to a fine up to £20,000.
If the Council does not determine the application within the 6 weeks referred to above the works may automatically proceed providing the works are carried out within 2 years of the notice.
Sutton’s cultural gems on display for Open House weekend
The magic and majesty of Sutton’s heritage will be open to the public this month as part of the capital’s annual Open House Weekend. Twelve historic or innovative buildings will be open for free to the public for the annual event which takes place on Saturday, 20th September and Sunday, 21st September 2014.
Residents can explore historic buildings, see exhibitions and discover more about sustainable architecture.Among the buildings taking part this year are The Circle Library in Carshalton, Whitehall in Cheam, BedZED & Regeneration of Hackbridge and Little Holland House in Carshalton. The Sutton Life Centre will be hosting kids activities and tours on Saturday, 20th September. Two guided walks have also been organised on Sunday, 21st September 2014. One is ‘A Look at Old Carshalton’, led by local historian Andrew Skelton. The other is a 75-minute tour of sustainable buildings in the borough, starting in Sutton.
More information can be found by visiting www.londonopenhouse.org and check if you need to book in advance.
Councillor Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:
“We have a rich heritage right here on our doorstep and Open House weekend is a great chance to uncover the borough’s past. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the kind of modern buildings we all see on TV and look at the technology behind sustainable buildings. Not only that but there are special activities going on for all the family so there is something for everyone.”
Buildings in Sutton taking part are:
The Circle Library, Green Wrythe Lane, Carshalton (Sat only)
Sutton Life Centre, Alcorn Close, Sutton (Sat only)
All Saints Church, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)
Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)
Whitehall, 1 Malden Road, Cheam (Sat & Sun)
St Nicholas Church, Gibson Road, Sutton (Sun only)
BedZED & Regeneration of Hackbridge, 24 Helios Road, Wallington (Sat only)
Carshalton Water Tower & Historic Gardens, West Street, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)
Lumley Chapel, St Dunstan’s Churchyard, Cheam (Sat & Sun)
Little Holland House, 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton (Sat only)
Russettings, 25 Worcester Road, Sutton (Sun only)
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. To commemorate this, your Lib Dem run council has spring-cleaned the existing WW1 Memorial at Carshalton Ponds and has just built a brand new WW2 Memorial in the Memorial Gardens in Honeywood Walk by Carshalton Ponds as agreed by the Council’s Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee and built to a design carried out by Cllr. Hamish Pollock.
Cllr. Jill Whitehead says: This includes the names of names of 400 people who lost their lives. It is planned to hold a number of local events in Carshalton over the coming months to recognise the role of local people in the “War to end all Wars”. These will involve local Friends Groups, faith groups, businesses and others”.
In recent years we have been fully involved amongst many other matters with the following activities:-
1) More School Places. We successfully worked with Carshalton All Saints C of E Primary School and with local residents to bring a new form of entry.
2) Preserving and Enhancing our Heritage. We designed and obtained funding for a new Carshalton Second World War Memorial to be completed this year. We are also deep cleaning all the borough’s war memorials.
3) Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour. We worked with local police to ensure that anti-social behaviour is minimised and Carshalton High Street and local parks kept safe.
4) Heritage Centre. We refurbished the Heritage Centre at Honeywood Walk, Carshalton with improved displays, using Lottery Funding.
5) Improved Leisure Facilities. We refurbished and modernised Westcroft Centre including a new Carshalton Library.
6) Invested in our High Street. We secured funding for new Carshalton village signs which will be installed soon, introduced the Carshalton Christmas lights and brought the new Frost Fair to help local businesses thrive.
7) Listening to You. Carshalton Council buildings including The Lodge and The Grove House: We consulted extensively with local residents and Friends Groups over re-use of the redundant council buildings whose future re-use is now assured.
8) Better Transport. We successfully campaigned with Tom Brake MP and other Lib Dem councillors to save the cross London Thameslink loopline trains service.
9) Safer Roads 1. We installed safer crossing facilities at the junction of Ruskin Road and Park Lane following the All Saints School expansion nearby. We got pavement bollards installed at the junction of Ruskin Road and Woodstock Road.
10) Safer Roads 2. We successfully campigned for TfL to install new railings around Carshalton Ponds.
11) Carshalton Park. We installed marker posts to protect the air raid shelter discovered in 2012 and various brick piers to the park railings rebuilt/repaired. We have got the “Ornamental Garden” between Talbot Road/The Square junction and Ruskin Road improved.
12) The Grove Park. We install a new waste bins and a new multi-gym at the award winning park.
A lot of new housing and special care/residential developments have been completed in Carshalton Central ward in recent years:-
1) Coleridge Avenue, Poets’ Estate (4 detached houses) replacing one 1920s detached house.
2) Carter House/Denny House/Jennings House, 229-245 Carshalton Road/1B and 1c Shorts Road, Carshalton (44 flats) on site of a former terrace of 9 shops with flats above.
3) Nicole Lodge, 2 Carshalton Park Road (on the site of former Texaco Garage) (12 flats in a new “conservation-area-sympathetic” neo-Georgian block, plus 2 flats at no. 33 Pound Street).
4) Doric House, Carshalton Grove (11 flats).
5) Hillside, 163 Carshalton Road (3 new roof top flats above a 1970s block of flats).
6) Lakin Close/2-4A Rotherfield Road (6 new houses in the close, 3 new houses in Rotherfield Road replacing 4 inter-war detached houses/bungalow).
7) The Park/Corbould Close (conversions/alterations of former 1920s Carshalton War Memorial Hospital) (13 houses). In the Carshalton Park Conservation Area.
8) Ashcombe Court, The Park (10 new flats replacing former nurses’ care home).
9) Corbould Close (8 new residential care flats in grounds of Carshalton War Memorial Hospital).
10) Cedar Close off Salisbury Road (9 new mews style houses replacing former special health care bungalows/houses).
And there’s more to come:-
1) Cowper Avenue/Byron Avenue/Kingsley Avenue/Westmead Road (74 bed care home and some 2 storey houses on former Westmead House site). Now under construction.
2) Former Trolleybus Depot site, Westmead Road. Redevelopment/construction work still to start.
To be held on Sunday 9th March 11am and 2pm – Special guided walk to the water features of Carshalton
Make the most of Carshalton’s beauty and join Sutton Museum Service on a guided walk around the many historic water features of Carshalton Village! Meet outside Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton. Tickets £3.50 (£3 for Heritage Friends). Book in advance from 020 8770 4297.
Please ensure you have sturdy waterproof footwear as some areas will be extremely muddy. As the walk will include a visit to the grounds of Carshalton House, unfortunately we cannot take dogs.
Local committee chair and Carshalton Central ward councillor Hamish Pollock says: “The next local committee will be held from 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 March 2014 at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton Beeches. For satnavs the post code is SM5 3NL. You are most welcome to attend and take part.”
- Hear about Environmental Improvements in your area
- Get updates on One Planet Sutton and The Honeywood Museum
- Get updates on various Traffic and Parking schemes being promoted
- Find out more about how the local committee spends money on Public Realm Improvements.