New Sutton waste service will see weekly food collection and more recycling

Sutton Council has approved plans to outsource waste collection and street cleaning services from next year that will see borough households have a new weekly food waste collection service and almost double the amount of recycling capacity.

The plans to outsource services have been developed by the four boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership – Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton.

The maintenance of parks, cemeteries and ground maintenance in Sutton and Merton will be under another contractor.

On 1 August 2016, Sutton Council endorsed:

  • Veolia as the recommended preferred bidder for a contract to provide a waste collection, street cleaning and winter gritting service across the four boroughs. Subject to approval from the other boroughs, the new service will start in Sutton in April 2017.
  • The Landscape Group as the recommended preferred bidder for a contract to provide maintenance of parks, cemeteries and ground maintenance services to Sutton and Merton. Subject to approval from the other boroughs, the new service will begin in February 2017.

Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee approved the preferred bidders at a meeting on 27 June 2016.

Sutton Council has agreed to the shared service approach with its neighbours due to the unprecedented Government cuts to the council’s budget, along with the opportunities to increase recycling rates. Currently Sutton has to save £31m from its annual budget due to Government cuts. The council’s annual budget is £148.4m.

The new contracts will enable Sutton Council to save £10.3m over the first eight years. It is estimated that Sutton’s recycling rate will increase from 37 per cent (2014/15) to 42 per cent by the end of the first year of the contract.

What it will mean for Sutton

Once the appointment of the approved contractors has been approved by all four boroughs, the process will enter a fine-tuning stage. Subject to this, the new services are likely to include:

Contract One (Veolia) – refuse, recycling, street cleaning and winter gritting

The changes will include:

  • A new weekly food waste collection. Food waste currently accounts for 40 per cent of residual waste in Sutton. This will mean less waste to go to landfill, which is good for the environment.
  • Increasing the amount of monthly recycling capacity per household from 480 litres to 810 litres. This includes a new smaller food waste bin collected weekly and an alternate-weekly collection of other recycling, with paper and card collected one week and tins, plastic and glass the next. The existing green recycling wheelie bin will be used to store paper and card, and a new recycling box will be provided for plastics, tin and glass bottles.
  • Residual waste (brown wheelie bin) will be collected fortnightly rather than weekly. At present around 40 per cent of brown-bin waste is food waste, so the additional recycling capacity will mean residents will be able to reduce significantly the amount of waste in their brown bins.
  • Garden waste collections for paying residents will be extended from nine months a year to all year round. This will be collected in the same green and brown wheelie bin.
  • Street cleaning operations will be extended to 10pm from the current 6.30am start.

Contract Two (The Landscape Group) – maintenance of parks, cemeteries and ground maintenance

The Landscape Group will be responsible for the maintenance of parks, cemeteries and ground maintenance. Sutton Council will continue to own and manage borough parks and open spaces, while:

  • Local Committees will continue to make decisions about replacing or adding equipment to parks, such as play and gym equipment and benches.
  • Friends of Parks will continue to be involved, and will also monitor the standard of maintenance of our parks, alongside the council.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We are trying our best to manage the unprecedented Government cuts to our budgets, while also maintaining excellent services for our residents. The partnership with our neighbouring boroughs is an innovative approach to enable us to do that through weekly food collections and more opportunities to recycle. The new services will mean Sutton saves more than £10m by 2025, as well as increasing our recycling rate from 37 per cent (2014/15) to 42 per cent by the end of the first year. We will do this by almost doubling the amount of recycling available to households in Sutton, including the new weekly food waste collection, which will help us go towards meeting the One Planet Sutton targets.”


  • Veolia is a UK leader in environmental solutions and The Landscape Group is a multi-award-winning horticultural, landscaping and grounds maintenance specialist.
  • The contracts would be for an initial eight years. If, after eight years, the contracts are performing well, there are options to extend them for two further periods each of eight years by mutual consent.
  • The procurement objectives are to reduce spend, increase income opportunities, and maintain high-quality services and customer satisfaction through environmentally-sustainable, carbon-effect, innovative solutions.
  • One Planet Sutton is a vision for the borough where people lead happy, healthy lives with a fair share of the Earth’s resources. Sutton Council has committed to becoming a One Planet Borough by 2025. The council is working in partnership with a wide range of local voluntary and community groups to deliver this vision under the themes of cutting carbon emissions, cutting waste, valuing our natural environment, supporting healthy communities and supporting the local economy. Find out more about the One Planet Sutton initiative here.
  • The South London Waste Partnership was formed in 2003 and has a proven record of providing cost-effective waste management services through the procurement of waste disposal, recycling and Household Refuse and Recycling Centre contracts.

Sutton’s proposed new waste collection service:

Service Container Collection frequency
Food Waste New bin and kitchen caddy Weekly
Residual Waste Existing brown wheeled bin Fortnightly
Recycling Existing green wheeled bin and new recycling box Alternate weekly (paper and card one week; tins, cans and glass the next)
Garden Waste Existing garden waste bin Fortnightly


Current waste collection services provided by partner boroughs:


Service Container Collection frequency
Food Waste Outside bin and kitchen caddy Weekly
Residual Waste Black wheeled bin Fortnightly
Recycling Blue box and green box Alternate weekly (paper and card one week; tins, cans and glass the next)
Textiles Resident supplied plastic bag Weekly
Garden Waste Black bin with brown lid Fortnightly



Service Container Collection frequency
Food Waste Outside bin and kitchen caddy Weekly
Residual Waste Sacks Weekly
Paper/Card Purple box (comingled) Weekly
Recycling Purple box (comingled) Weekly
Garden Waste Brown bin Fortnightly



Service Container Collection frequency
Food Waste Outside bin and kitchen caddy Weekly
Residual Waste Black wheeled bin Fortnightly
Recycling Wheeled bin with a blue lid, and green box Alternate weekly (paper and card one week; tins, cans and glass the next)
Garden Waste Black bin with brown lid Fortnightly

Colston Avenue and Robin’s Way: Parking along entrance to CAFC:

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.

sutton_council_logoThe next meeting of the Carshalton Local Committee will be held from 7.30pm on Tuesday 16th June 2015 at the Clockhouse Community Centre, The Mount, Richlands Road, Coulsdon.

Missing archives finally restored to the Sutton collections, as Carshalton history lovers help out council


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

A magnificent tree in Ashcombe Court grounds, The Park, Carshalton

A magnificent tree in Ashcombe Court grounds, The Park, Carshalton in the Carshalton Park Conservation Area

Trees in Conservation Areas

It is offence to carry out the following works:

  • Cut down
  • Uproot
  • Top
  • Lop
  • 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:

  1. Received a decision; or
  2. 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.

Conservation areas

There are 15 Conservation Areas within the Borough which have been designated because of their special historical, architectural, townscape and landscape qualities.

Sutton’s cultural gems on display for Open House weekend

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.

Honeywood in full bloom on 22nd September

Honeywood Museum

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 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.”

Sutton Life Centre

Sutton Life Centre

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)


Lib Dems clean the War Memorials and Build A New WW2 memorial for Carshalton


The WW2 memorial at Carshalton

The New WW2 memorial at Carshalton

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”.

Councillors Jill Whitehead, Alan Salter and Hamish Pollock

Councillors Jill Whitehead, Alan Salter and Hamish Pollock by the Newly Completed WW2 Memorial

Carshalton Village – Focus Team’s Actions

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.

More and More Housing…

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.

Parker Close as completed April 2014

Cedar Close as completed April 2014

Carshalton Springs Walk To Be Repeated Twice on Sunday, 9th March 2014 11am and 2pm

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.

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee Tuesday 18th March 2014

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.
Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church