The Grove Park – New Finger Post Signs now in…

The three Lib Dem councillors Jill, Alan and Hamish visited the Grove Park yesterday to inspect the new finger post sign and the start of the works to form the new cycle path that is planned to cross the park from Papermill Close to the High Street and to Westcroft Leisure Centre.

Alan and Hamish by The Ponds, Carshalton

Alan and Hamish by The Ponds, Carshalton

Jill and Alan by the New Finger Post sign

Jill and Alan by the New Finger Post sign


Jill and Hamish on the new cycle path in The Grove Park

Jill and Hamish on the new cycle path in The Grove Park leading towards Westcroft Leisure Centre

Cllr. Jill Whitehead takes up Littering Issues in North Street and Papermill Close, Carshalton…

One of two of the New Road Name Plates for Papermill Close

Cllr. Jill Whitehead reported the following matters to the council officers as raised by residents recently. She has asked officers if they could be dealt with soon.

1) A resident of Palmerston Road has complained that someone at or near the business/office block on North Street Carshalton, next to Tyrell Court and adjacent Station Approach, has allegedly been leaving bags of litter out next to the litter bin on the corner with the Carshalton Station Approach every day, and that these look unsightly. Jill says that she saw these bags and there were two or three of them that appeared to have been dumped. Could they be removed and the business (or whoever has dumped them) be asked to place litter in the appropriate place?

2) A resident of Grove Mill Place has complained about the regular fly tipping taking place at the Papermill Close entrance to Grove Park. Could this be removed and the perpetrator caught?

The Hog Pit Pond starts to fill up…. Jill and Hamish inspect Carshalton Waterways

Some photos taken today 9th February 2014 by Hamish of the historic Hog Pit Pond, Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road.

Yesterday some operatives were observed by Hamish and Jill clearing debris from the grilles at the northern end of the Hog Pit pond to ease water flow.  The water table is obviously rising rapidly after the two very wet months of weather. 

Jill and Hamish undertook a tour of the waterways of Carshalton yesterday 8th February 2014 from The Grove Park/Papermill Close area southwards to Carshalton Park via Carshalton High Street and the (normally-dry) canal in Carshalton Place (again operatives from Thames Water were observed dredging and clearing debris in the large drain “outlet” at the junction of Carshalton Place and the side of the new barbers in the High Street) at about 12.30pm yesterday.


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.

Proposed Cycle Path in The Grove Park & The Next Meeting of the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee


Councillor JilL Whitehead pictured in The Grove Park by the bridge to Westcroft Leisure Centre

Councillor Jill Whitehead pictured in The Grove Park by the bridge to Westcroft Leisure Centre

Cllr. Jill Whitehead reports:

“On Tuesday, 15th October 2013, your local councillors all attended the regular committee meeting of the Friends of The Grove Park of which Cllr. Hamish Pollock is chair and of which I am a past chair and now a committee member. We learned of the proposals by an organisation called Sustrans about their proposal for a new cycle path (to be shared with pedestrians!) in The Grove Park between the gate at Papermill Close and the ballcourts by the bowls pavilion towards the High Street, Carshalton, together with a link up using the existing footpath leading to the newly refurbished Westcroft Leisure Centre.” 

The footbridge near to the Westcroft Centre (see picture)would be widened to 3 metres also. Generally speaking, the existing/old paths would be followed but widened substantially, as the route of the cycle path which would be approx. 3 metres wide (10 feet in old money). 

This proposal is part of a borough wide strategy to improving cycling routes following requests from local residents and cycling organisations.  Proposals are being developed for cycle paths in both Carshalton Park and The Oaks Park in Carshalton.

Much was discussed  on Tuesday- including removal of the existing footpath’s “blind spot” by the bowls pavilion, the proposed colour of the path’s surface and the metal edging, the surface of the path being durable and non-slip for the steeper parts, directional signs and notices for cyclists and pedestrians.  A land drainage pipe would be taken under the path where it crosses the ditch near Papermill Close

Further details will be available and will be discussed at the next Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee to be held from 730pm on Tuesday, 19th November at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton Beeches, quite near the parades of shops.  Please let us know what you think.

Papermill Close – Rubbish problem

Cllr. Hamish Pollock once again reported the rubbish/litter that he spotted recently by the bin store at the western side of Papermill Close near to the fence by The Grove Park.  This seems to be a recurring problem. A response is now in from the officers dealing with it.

Dear Cllr Pollock

Thank you for contacting the waste service and advising us of a fly tip in Papermill close Carshalton. Our ref for this enquire is 304,093I have passed on the details to Tunde Varga at Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) who manages this estate and who is responsible for the removal of the waste. I have asked her to contact you direct to confirm once this has been cleared.  We will monitor this location and continue to provide any additional support required by SHP to ensure a prompt resolution to this issue. Thank you once again for bringing this to our attention and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information or clarification.

Regards, Charlie   

Charles Baker, Strategic Business Manager, Environment and Neighbourhoods Directorate, Street Scene Services, London Borough of Sutton. Tel:  07872510125. e mail:

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.

Mill Lane area Yellow Lines and Westcroft Road Yellow Lines near Scawen Close

Jill, Alan and Hamish have asked the Council officers to get the yellow lines in the Mill Lane area refreshed at various junctions with side roads such as Gurney Road, Papermill Close, and Palmerston Road and some of these have since been attended to by the Council.

We have asked that the yellow lines in Westcroft Road near the junction with Scawen Close be repainted as well, as they have almost completely worn away. We’ve been told that the work will be done soon.

Papermill Close off Mill Lane gets two new road nameplates

The two original road name plates (from the 1990s) at the entrance to Papermill Close off Mill Lane had become rather worn away and have been replaced in recent months by Sutton Council following request by the local councillors that they be either repainted/repaired or replaced (whichever was the most economic option).

One of two of the New Road Name Plates for Papermill Close

One of two of the New Road Name Plates for Papermill Close