Carshalton Gas Leak in West Street

Gas has been detected on West Street, close to the roundabout on Pound Street in the centre of Carshalton.

As of lunchtime today (Sunday, 15/1/23) it had not been found but the gas engineers believe they are close and it will soon be repaired. It will take 2 days for the road surface to be repaired so be prepared for single lane traffic lights (and delays) for the next couple of days.

Anthem for Doomed Youth



What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?

      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

      Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; 

      Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;

      And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?

      Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes

Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.

      The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;

Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,

And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

Community Football Tournament

‘People Arise Now’ are organising a Community Football Tournament is taking place on Saturday, 12th November 2022, 1pm to 3pm at Carshalton Boys Sports College.

‘We personally want to invite you to the tournament, which emerged after one of our Community Connect meetings. At the meeting, one of our young people shared his experiences of stop and search and how frustrated and shamed he feels by those occasions. He and the SNT police went on to have a fruitful conversation. Following that conversation, our young people felt that a football match would help break down barriers and stop the othering of each other. We are grateful to the police, particularly Sgt. James Carvey, who accepted the challenge and is making the event possible.

Therefore, if possible, please support our young people as they work to better community relations.’

Carshalton Ponds Refurbishment

A little background, Carshalton Ponds were last fully drained, cleared of silt and repaired in 1996. Carshalton Ponds take water from ground springs, road runoff (through gullies), and through an augmentation supply. The augmentation supply is a requirement of the Sutton and East Surrey Water Company under their licences to abstract water locally, whereby they pump water from The Wandle, near Watermead Lane (Middleton Road), upto the culvert under Honeywood Museum.

The Issues In recent yearshas been the silt build up in the upper pond to the point where if there is any low flow in the ponds it can be seen above the water level.

Maintaining water and water flow in the ponds can be complex because the ponds were designed to capture the spring water, but not let water flow back into the ground when the springs were not operating. This is achieved through the channels that run around the outside of the ponds and through a series of concrete plugs in the base that are designed to lift when water pressure dictates.

There is a build up of silt particularly in the upper pond that is unsightly when it is above water level. The pond’s water has in past years changed to some odd colours due to low flow, heat and oxygen levels, not helped by the amount of organic silt. These are artificial ponds that are shallow with concrete bases, so flow is slow in parts of the ponds, the water warms up quickly, and the amount of wildfowl plus road runoff creates quite a bit of silt.

The chanels around the edge of the top pond are damaged. This means that when the springs are not working water is able to flow back into the ground, which reduces the flow into the rest of the Wandle. The channels in the lower ponds are largely intact although there are some ponting requirements to make it fully water tight.

The seals between the concrete sections of the lower pond, and also around the plugs, need inspecting and if necessary repair to prevent further water loss from the River Wandle flow.

For this project the Parks Team has received £433,000 of Council capital funding to carry out works to the pond.

The Parks Team is working with specialist project managers in the Council’s Resources Team to deliver the project, and a specialist engineering contractor has been appointed to support the production of the specification and to advise on any required consents.

A tender exercise has taken place to appoint a main contractor for the project and Land and Water Ltd. have been appointed.  A pre- commencement meeting is being arranged after which the Contractor will provide a full updated programme of works. The start date for the works is still to be agreed although we anticipate being on site in November, and we also presently estimate a timescale of approximately 16 weeks duration for the work.

The funding for the project allows for all required works (silt removal and channel repairs) to be completed in the top pond (Honeywood) but based on tendered rates the works in the lower pond might need to be reduced depending on final amounts of silt removed against estimates, and any additional works that affect the contingency sum. 

There are currently no works planned for the canal area in Grove Park.

Local groups and stakeholders have and will be consulted along the way, and meetings have taken place with The Environment Agency and with Sutton and East Surrey Water on site. The Environment Agency has said that a Flood Risk Activity Permit (FRAP) is not required for this work.

The Sutton and East Surrey Water Company has agreed that for the duration of the project they will divert the Augmentation flow to just below the cascade in The Grove Park. There is a gauging station just below there that measures the flow of the water in the Wandle at that point. This will allow for the ponds to be drained down.

We expect the main contractor to carry out fish removal as far as is possible for the bigger fish that do not move naturally downstream as part of the work. We have purposely arranged for the works to start in the Autumn to avoid, as far as is practicable, the bird nesting season.

Although the Augmentation flow will be diverted. If anything compromises the diverted flow (such as a burst to the pipe) a flow will be fed into the upper pond from the south of the area. While this is unlikely we are aware of the requirement to ensure that the Wandle is kept flowing.

If the springs should start to flow the water will need to be moved out of the ponds into the river. It is unlikely given the very dry summer that we have had that this will be an issue, however we need to be ready.

Heavy rain will introduce road runoff into the ponds that again will need to be moved into the Wandle.

The above issues will be discussed with the main contractor, prior to commencement. The Environment Agency will be monitoring the works, and we are aware that any water moved into the Wandle must be clean or filtered so as not to let the works in the pond stir up silt that then pollutes the Wandle downstream. The Contractor is a specialist in their field, also working on projects for the EA.

Silt has been taken in the past and tested showing there is no pollution present. Silt testing will need to be carried out again, prior to work starting, to ensure that this is still the case, if it is not then this will affect where the silt can be disposed of, and could increase prices.

Any increased prices will need to come from within the project (reductions in other works), or potentially from the contingency sum, as there is no additional funding

Using dewatering pumps a temporary dam will be created to the lower ponds to isolate the lower pond from the canal in The Grove. Any fish will be relocated and silt will removed from both ponds and collecting channels.

The planned date for repairs which includes the collecting channels and pond bases will then take place in early December, with completion planned for mid January.

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee

The committee on 4 October, 2022 will have information on the imminent maintenance plan for Carshalton Ponds, updates on Public Realm spending, Highway works, improvements to local transport, sponsored tree planting and the cost of living support. We will also feature Carshalton Jazz.

The committee starts at 7pm at the Cryer Arts in Carshalton High Street, it would be great to see you there.

HM Queen Elizabeth II

The council has organised sites across the borough where people may wish to lay flowers to recognise the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

For Carshalton and Wallington this will be in front of the Wallington Old Town Hall.

Your local councillors will be leading the laying of tributes here from 10am on Saturday 10th September.

Waste Collection Update: Hot weather

We are expecting very hot temperatures next week, particularly on Monday (18th July) and Tuesday (19th). In order to prioritise the health and safety of Veolia’s staff, some collections will be taking place much earlier than usual, to avoid the hottest time of the day. If your collection day is Monday or Tuesday, please present your bin the night before it is due to be collected, so that it isn’t missed early in the morning.

Collections may be suspended if the weather becomes too hot for Veolia’s staff. If your collection is missed, please present your bin the following day as it will be prioritised.

Sutton Council

New Team in Carshalton Central

Sutton Liberal Democrats secured a historic victory over the Conservatives at May’s local elections. Isabel Araujo, Andrew Jenner and Jake Short were all elected to represent residents in Carshalton Central ward.

Their hard work and positive plan for Wallington won residents’ trust and they are determined to continue to stand up for Carshalton.

‘It’s been a tough start, so much information to digest! We’ve had so much support from our predecessors and colleagues… we feel we are making a real difference. It’s been a rewarding experience already!’

Traffic Monitoring For School Streets

Sutton Council will be deploying traffic monitoring at some of the proposed School Streets sites across the borough this week. This will include both the St Philomena’s School Street and the All Saints Carshalton School Street proposals.

The aim of this traffic monitoring exercise is to collect and analyse traffic pattern data to get a better understanding about how much traffic and congestion there is at the proposed sites each weekday. It will monitor all forms of traffic including pedestrians and cyclists. You’ll be able to identify the monitors on lamposts in the following locations:

Proposed School StreetTraffic Monitoring Location
All Saints CarshaltonRotherfield Road near junctions of Talbot Road, Ruskin Road and Carshalton High Street
St Philomena’s and St Mary’sShorts Road near junctions of Colston Avenue and Alma Road and and Alma Road and Carshalton Road

The data gathered through this exercise will help council officers assess the effect any potential School Street may have in the area, pending consultation going forward.

Cllrs Jake, Jill and Chris are very pleased to see that this next step is being taken in a data-led approach to measuring the impact of these proposals. From speaking to residents in those areas, the Lib Dem councillors know that local residents have generally expressed support for the schemes, and this added layer of data will go quite some way in helping to assess the positive impact School Streets have for local school children.

Carshalton Athletic Licensing Application

Further to discussions with the applicant, we are happy to work with them to state the following:

In an email sent out on 26 April 2021, about the new licensing application submitted by Carshalton Athletic Football Club, we inadvertently included a number of inaccurate statements.

We had no intention of doing so, but we made a genuine mistake in reading the application. It was wrong to publish an email to all of our residents before being certain of the content and we now realise how hamful it was to send our newletter.

For the avoidance of any doubt, we are happy to clarify that:
1. Carshalton Athletic Football Club has not applied for a license for Adult Entertainment and is not intending to do so.
2. Carshalton Athletic have not applied for a license that increases it opening hours
3. Carshalton Athletic have not applied for a license that increases it times of entertainment
4. Carshalton Athletic have not sought to serve alcohol in new areas of the ground.

We apologise the club, its members and all the residents who were misled by our incorrect statements.