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: http://gis.sutton.gov.uk/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=C2015%2F71900 or visit the Planning Dept, 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JG Tel 020 8770 5070 or email developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk  by 17th July 2015.

Carshalton Athletic Football Club & Carshalton High School for Girls sports plans

Residents in the vicinity of the football club off Colston Avenue, Carshalton will receive from Jill, Alan and Hamish in the next day or two a Special FOCUS leaflet. Please see link to the leaflet at the bottom of this posting.

We will be delivering the leaflet to all households in nearby roads in the Poets’ Estate (northern, eastern and middle sections as far as Kingsley Avenue) and also eastern end of Westmead Road, and all of Highfield Road and Rossdale. The leaflet contains the following text:-

Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Council’s Environment & Neighbourhoods Committee, says: “Your ward councillors and three local resident representatives recently met the Carshalton Athletic Football Club Chairman (CAFC) and his team to discuss their plans for a new all-weather football pitch, to replace the current earth pitch. They intend to apply for substantial funds from the Football Association and submit a planning application to Sutton Council in the autumn, with building starting in summer 2014. They plan to replace current training activity in Wrythe Recreation Ground with activity on the all-weather pitch in the ground, thus reducing traffic and parking stress along Brookfield Avenue.

Cllr. Alan Salter adds: “In order to reduce other parking and traffic stress in the Colston Avenue area, the club plans to seek double yellow lines and road signage for its entrance in Colston Avenue, and also direct visitors to park in a largely unused alternative car park at the rear of the ground next to the Woodland Trust nature reserve, which can accommodate significant numbers of cars. We have asked the club to look at ways the new pitch (if it is agreed) could be shielded from residents in Mead Crescent to reduce noise and light problems e.g. by planting trees or erecting a noise barrier. CAFC is currently going door- to- door in local roads to seek local residents’ views on their proposals, and will report back shortly on their consultation exercise.

Cllr. Hamish Pollock, Chair of the Council’s Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee added: “We have also just been alerted to plans by Carshalton High School for Girls to build a new sports hall, on the adjacent site next to Carshalton Athletic Football Club. This could put extra parking pressure on residents in Brookfield Avenue, who have already commented to us about parental parking, and in other roads on the Poets Estate, as well as problems of lighting and noise currently referred to by local residents.”

More in a future posting.

FOCUS Special June 2013 Carshalton Athletic

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