16 Mill Lane – Planning Application granted

Alan ​represented local residents at the Council’s Planning Committee in January recently to oppose a planning application for a used car business at 16 Mill Lane, near its junction with Rochester Road.

Many residents had signed a petition against the plans due to the impact on traffic and parking. Mill Lane is well-used for parking by commuters for Carshalton Station, by visitors to local public houses, and of course local residents. The 16 Mill Lane site had previously been used for industrial purposes, so there were few grounds available for the Council’s Planning Committee to reject this application and the committee’s view was that the second hand car use would create much less traffic and parking than an alternative industrial/workshop use which is already permitted on the site.

The planning permission is only for the storage/sale of cars and not for the maintenance of them.

Protecting our Carshalton heritage

Like you, we value our local heritage and we want to protect it for generations to come. There are several exciting developments and as your local councillors, we thought you’d like an update.

In 2011 the Council started looking at the future use of buildings in Carshalton. We undertook widespread consultation on possible options for the sensitive use and protection of historic heritage buildings all situated within the Carshalton Village Conservation Area, and the parkland in and around Carshalton Ponds and The Grove Park. In total six thousand local residents were contacted by the Council to ask them for views, and six Carshalton Friends groups were also consulted.

This led to a special meeting of the Carshalton Local Committee in September 2011, attended by over seventy local residents. As residents were clear that they wanted such assets to stay in community hands where possible, they voted for progressing the Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (SCVS)proposal for a voluntary sector centre at The Grove House and Ecolocal proposals for use of The Lodge as an ecological centre.

The Lodge.

Ecolocal has submitted final proposals to the Council for a mixed use office/classrooms and residential development at The Lodge, a much loved Victorian building. Ecolocal’s proposals were considered to offer best value and to provide the basis for a sustainable long term use of The Lodge that would provide significant benefits to the community.

The Ecolocal proposal was debated and agreed at a meeting of Full Council on Monday 2nd November at the Civic Offices in Sutton.

The Old Rectory.

The Old Rectory is a Grade 2 Georgian house and is of major historical importance. Carshalton Friends groups have formed a new organisation Carshalton Old Rectory Association (CORA) proposing to convert the building into an Arts Centre with residential flats. This proposal is subject to CORA obtaining funding, and they have been given until March 2016 to find this.

Commitment was given in 2011 that the Council would not sell the Old Rectory, due to its importance locally.


Stonecourt, situated at the corner of Grove Park with Mill Lane and North Street, will be sold for residential use either by freehold or on a long lease by private treaty. This will ensure future control over the use of the building, parking restrictions (The Grove Park is car free) and maintain full public access to the park. This matches residents’ wishes as expressed in 2011.

The Grove House.

Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (SCVS) in partnership with The Volunteer Centre Sutton and the Friends of the Grove, will be applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund in March 2016 for a grant to restore the large 1840s house, set up a trust of local people to manage Grove House, record and celebrate a 200 year story of giving from philanthropy to voluntary action, and to deliver heritage skills training and a heritage volunteer programme.

SCVS have recently consulted local people about their plans. Comments can be sent to Your ward councillors have been reporting back on how these proposals have progressed through Focus leaflets, through Carshalton Local Committee and other meetings. We are pleased to say that theproposals are progressing well.



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…

Jill Alan and Local MP Tom Brake join others to ‘Make a Difference’

The vision of Community Service Volunteers is to build strong and inclusive communities through various local and national campaigns. CSV encourages people to take an active role in their communities and supports them to engage in activities which improve, and benefit, their neighborhoods.

Councillors Alan Salter (pictured second from left) and Jill Whitehead (pictured centre) joined Tom Brake MP, his team and local constituents of Carshalton and Wallington took part in the CSV’s campaign to make a difference on Saturday 12th October. After listening to constituents’ advice on what area to clean, Tom decided to pick up litter along the River Wandle.

Meeting at the bridge in Papermill Close, off Mill Lane in Carshalton, volunteers helped pick up litter during the afternoon.

Wellies and garden gloves were worn by our kind helpers who helped made the day fun and enjoyable, as well as environmentally helpful!

Tom, said, “I was pleased to be able to do something about the litter, found in and around the River Wandle, local residents have been worried about.”
Tom Brake and local Councillors after the big clean-up along the River Wandle
“I want to extend my thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped in our CSV Action Day. Sometimes it’s fun to get stuck in and your hands dirty.”

The River Wandle in Carshalton is now cleaner due to the efforts of Tom, his team and local people.

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 www.sutton.gov.uk 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 730pm

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; Stanley Park Road; Park Lane/Ruskin Road Traffic Lights/Crossing; Woodmansterne Road Pedestrian crossing;  Butter Hill Traffic Management proposals; fBandon Hill Primary Woodfield School Pedestrian Crossing- Stanley Park Road; Woodcote Road/Woodcote Green Traffic Management update for noting

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.

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

PUBLIC REALM: There will be an update on Public Realm Projects. Applications for Neighbourhood Grants will also be considered.

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOODS TEAM: There will be a report.

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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Mill Lane Footpath Graffiti

Cllrs. Jill Whitehead, Alan Salter and Hamish Pollock reported recently the rash of graffiti on the fence opposite the footbridge over the River Wandle by Paper Mill Close.

We are pleased to learn that the team have started graffiti-removal work should be completed this week. 

Please let us know if there is some other graffiti that needs removing.

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