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.

Wall at junction of Milton Avenue and Westmead Road

The formerly potentially dangerous loose render on the wall at the junction of Milton Avenue and Westmead Road on the Poets’ Estate has recently been removed, at long last.

Jill, Alan and Hamish took up many local residents’ concerns about the loose and cracked areas of render that had been evident since the spring of 2013 and enforcement action by the council at last seems to have had an effect on getting the owners to remove the loose render.  For some months pedestrians had to walk around the barriers around the said wall.

The formerly infamous rendered wall now minus the render!

The formerly infamous rendered wall now minus the render complete with newly-planted street tree!

Carshalton Central’s Street Tree Planting Schedule 2013

Cllr. Hamish Pollock who is a tree enthusiast asked the council’s tree expert for a list of the newly planted street trees recently and here it is. Sorry that it is such a long list but it demonstrates the council’s commitment over recent decades to improving our all-important street scene in Carshalton Central ward and indeed through the borough of Sutton.

Sutton is great place to live and work

Sutton is a great place to live and work

Ashcombe Road, Carshalton 17 Prunus Sunset Boulevard
Browning Avenue, Sutton 1 Prunus Amanogawa
Browning Avenue, Sutton 13 Prunus Virginiana Canada Red
Browning Avenue, Sutton 42/44 Prunus Amanogawa
Byron Gardens, Sutton 12 Prunus Amanogawa
Byron Gardens, Sutton 3 Prunus Tai Haku
Court Drive, Sutton 20 Malus Trilobata
Croft Road, Sutton GDN 1 Acer Campestre
Florian Avenue, Sutton 07-09 Acer Campestre
Florian Avenue, Sutton 30 Crataegus Monogyna
Florian Avenue, Sutton 43 Acer Campestre Streetwise
Harrow Road, Carshalton 83/85 Prunus Amanogawa
Harrow Road, Carshalton Opp 49(Island) Prunus Sunset Boulevard
Harrow Road, Carshalton s/o 57 Wales Avenue Prunus Unidentified Species
Mead Crescent, Sutton 14 Prunus Unidentified Species
Meadow Road, Sutton 06-08 Prunus Amanogawa
Meadow Road, Sutton 23 Prunus Amanogawa
Milton Avenue, Sutton 27 Prunus Amanogawa
Milton Avenue, Sutton S/O 137 Westmead Road Prunus Amanogawa
Orchard Way 26 Acer Campestre Streetwise
Orchard Way, Sutton 1 Malus Trilobata
Orchard Way, Sutton 30 Crataegus Monogyna
Park Close, Carshalton Opp 13 (Adj fence) Acer Pseudoplatanus
Shirley Avenue, Sutton 14 Prunus Sunset Boulevard
Shirley Avenue, Sutton 71 Prunus Amanogawa
Westmead Corner, Carshalton OS Babyland (Paved Area) Acer Campestre Streetwise
Westmead Road, Sutton 164 Crataegus Monogyna

Blakehall Road

O/S 7-9

Sorbus Aria ‘Majestica’

Byron Gardens


Amalanchii Lamarkii ‘Robin Hill’

Coleridge Avenue


Acer Campestre ‘ Streetwise’

Meadow Road


Crataegus Laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’

Court Drive


Acer Campestre ‘ Streetwise’

Laburnum Avenue

O/S 18

Laburnum X Watereri


O/S 9

Prunus Royal Burgundy

Carshalton Park Rd


Tilia Tormentosa ‘Chelsea Sentenel’ Agreed By Two Properties

Woodstock Road


Sorbus Aucuparia

Woodstock Road


Crataegus Laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’


opp 2  -side of 1

Amalanchii Lamarkii ‘Robin Hill’

Laburnum Ave


Laburnum X Watereri

Laburnum Ave


Laburnum X Watereri


s/o 18 Carshalton Place  (nr 15 Brookside)

Laburnum X Watereri ‘Vossi’

Salisbury Road

O/S 31/33

Prunus Royal Burgundy

Brookfield Avenue

O/S 9

Sorbus Aucuparia

Poets’ Estate News

Westmead Road Drainage: Following a number of residents’ complaints taken up by the Lib Dem FOCUS team recently, local Poets’ Estate resident and local Cllr. Jill Whitehead reports: “Thames Water have just completed a dredge of drainage outlets in Westmead Road and roads off it. They cleared out years of silt and sludge as well as other things blocking the flow, such as builders’ rubble.

Shirley Avenue Resurfacing: Jill adds: “Work has just been completed on completely resurfacing the road and pavement in Shirley Avenue together with a cut back of the grass verge, which has now been given a new metal border.   The double yellow lines on the corner with Milton Avenue have also been repainted as well as the pothole filled in at this site”.

Corner of Milton Avenue and Westmead Road, Sutton

Jill, Hamish and Alan have taken up residents’ very understandable concerns about the state of the rendered wall of a privately-owned house abutting the pavement on the right hand side of Milton Avenue as you enter from Westmead Road, Sutton.  We have asked the council officers some weeks’ ago to enforce the building’s owners to carry out repairs after the pavement has been temporarily closed for some time now.   See also our posting for 3rd August 2013.  More in a future posting…

Jill and Alan inspect the crumbling render on the Milton Avenue pavement to the side of the house in Westmead Road

Jill and Alan inspect the crumbling render on the Milton Avenue pavement to the side of the house in Westmead Road

Poets’ Estate Street care issues: Corner of Milton Avenue and Westmead Road and corner of Milton Avenue with Shirley Avenue

Your local councillors have received a number of complaints in recent weeks about the footpath on the east side of Milton Avenue being closed off with the use of temporary barriers, close by the bend and junction of Milton Avenue with Westmead Road. This is due to an extensive area of render on the side of the house on the corner in Westmead Road being in a dangerous condition.

Following our request for action the council’s officers are taking enforcement measures with the owner(s) of the property concerned. A “Dangerous Structures Notice” has now been served on the owner of this property.  This gives the occupier 7 days (this is the minimum length of time specified in the legislation) to comply with the notice which asks for the render to be made safe.

We are hopeful that before long the render will be properly and safely replaced and that the closed footpath will be re-opened. More in a future posting.

We have also raised an enquiry regarding the new street light not working/old light still working in Milton Avenue, at the west side of house number 23 in Shirley Avenue. Regrettably there had been an oversight by council officers in getting the electrical connection works completed at this location. They have just told us that they will arrange for the necessary work to be ordered and completed within the next three weeks.

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


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.

Highways Repairs: King’s Lane, Wrythe Lane, Milton Avenue, Rotherfield Road and elsewhere…

Jill, Alan and Hamish have been asking for potholes to be repaired in various parts of the Carshalton Central neighbourhood in quite a number of areas following the cold winter and cold spring with the frost often breaking up the road surfaces and sometimes pavement surfaces…

Locations include the section of Wrythe Lane near West Street, Carshalton, and Milton Avenue, Sutton.  There has been a recent outbreak of orange markings in roads and on pavements in our ward from the borders with Sutton Central ward down to West Street – indicating where potholes wait to be repaired. Repairs in the area in and around Rotherfield Road were undertaken on Friday 3rd May 2013, for instance.  Cllr. Jill Whitehead says: “We have also asked for the pot holes in King’s Lane between the two railway bridges to be dealt with”.