Carshalton Park’s New Cycle Path gets underway

Cllr. Hamish Pollock reports: “The construction works in Carshalton Park are getting underway for the new cycle path from the Ashcombe Road gate (quite near the junction with Park Avenue) to the main gate in Ruskin Road.”

Carshalton Park's new cycle path looking south

Carshalton Park’s new cycle path looking south

Looking south towards Ruskin Road with the children's playground on the right

Looking north towards Ruskin Road with the children’s playground on the right

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee to be held on Tuesday 10th September 2013 at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church from 7.30pm

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; Environmental Improvements Programme Report, then Stanley Park Road; Park Lane/Ruskin Road Traffic Lights/Crossing; Woodmansterne Road Pedestrian crossing;  Butter Hill Traffic Management proposals; Bandon Hill Primary Woodfield School Pedestrian Crossing- Stanley Park Road; Woodcote Road/Woodcote Green Traffic Management update for noting

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

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.

PUBLIC REALM: There will be an update on Public Realm Projects.

Applications for Neighbourhood Grants will also be considered.

The next meeting will be held on 19th November at the same venue with the same start time. SEE YOU THERE!

Grosvenor Avenue Traffic Issue Update

Local councillors Alan, Hamish and Jill have received a copy of the highways officers’ recent letter (dated 22nd July 2013) to residents in Grosvenor Avenue and Park Avenue. The officers have confirmed that the letter went to residents last week and that they have not heard any response from any resident since. We have not heard from any resident since either….as yet!

Grosvenor Avenue Carshalton in quieter times...

To Residents of Grosvenor Avenue and Park Avenue

Dear Residents/Occupier,

Grosvenor Avenue – Proposed Traffic Islands and Flashing Speed Signs

I would like to thank all local residents for their representations, including two petitions, with respect to the proposed islands in Grosvenor Avenue. It is clear from the responses received that residents are deeply concerned about the proposed islands for various reasons.

Sutton Council officers met with the Chair of the Local Committee and your three local Ward councillors on 16 July to review the proposed measures in the light of residents’ responses. It was agreed to abandon the original proposals for traffic islands as residents have totally rejected them and it was also agreed that residents be informed of this decision at the earliest opportunity to alleviate their concerns.

They also agreed that Sutton Council officers consider alternative ideas including a 20mph speed limit in the road with speed tables at its junction with Park Lane and Glebe Road. The 20mph proposal will be tabled at the next meeting of the Local Committee on 10th September 2013, to be held at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, from 7.30pm, subject to it being feasible and acceptable to Transport for London. Local residents may wish to attend this meeting. There will be an opportunity for residents to take part and ask questions at the meeting.

Some residents have requested a public meeting to discuss the proposals. However, because of the holiday season it would be difficult to find a date before the next Local Committee meeting

Mohamad Kabash

Highways, Transport and Smarter Travel

Grosvenor Avenue Traffic Calming Update

 

Grosvenor Avenue Carshalton in quieter times...

Grosvenor Avenue Carshalton in quieter times…

The Council is conducting a consultation about traffic calming proposals in Grosvenor Avenue: all households in that road and Park Avenue are being consulted on these proposals. 

Transport for London has provided Local Implementation Plan funding of £30,000 for traffic calming measures in Grosvenor Avenue. They have agreed to fund three traffic islands, two speed indicator signs and double yellow lines at the islands if these are also required. TfL do not encourage the use of road humps, cushions or any other form of vertical deflection as a method of controlling speeds.  Subject to consultation it is proposed to install traffic islands outside Numbers 34, 84 and 98 Grosvenor Avenue and flashing speed signs outside Numbers 19 and 74.

A letter and plan showing details of the proposals were distributed 10 June, to all residents in Grosvenor Avenue and Park Avenue. The consultation finishes on 5 July 2013.

The results of consultation will be discussed with the Chair of the Committee, Cllr. Hamish Pollock and the other local councillors.

If residents don’t wish to have the currently-proposed traffic calming measures put in place, then all they need to do is to say so in the current consultation.  There is no proposal for 20MPH or road closures or anything else on the table for Grosvenor Avenue, only the proposals being consulted on.

The six councillors on the Carshalton & Clockhouse local committee will then make a decision accordingly at the next local committee meeting. Residents can also make their detailed points of view known on the enclosed consultation form and also by actually attending the next local committee on 10th September 2013 when this matter will be discussed.  The meeting will be held at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton Beeches. You are welcome to attend and take part in the discussion.Local residents were indeed consulted about previous traffic calming options a few years’ back (in around 2009/2010 when a more expensive scheme was then proposed) when the committee was under a different chairmanship.
 
Many residents have asked a number of local councillors for some measures to be put in place for some years… This demand for traffic calming goes as far back as around 1991 or so when something called the Glebe Residents Association (which covered the three roads that abutted Glebe Road, namely Grosvenor Avenue, Gordon Road and Blakehall Road) was founded by residents primarily concerned about traffic issues.

Grosvenor Avenue Traffic Calming

Cllr. Hamish Pollock reports as chair of the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee: “We are planning to tackle the problem of speeding on Grosvenor Avenue, residents asked ward councillors and me for a solution that did not involve speed humps and did not cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. Finally money has been found for the works in the Council’s Local Implementation Plan.

Grosvenor Avenue Carshalton in quieter times...

Grosvenor Avenue Carshalton in quieter times…

Officers have put forward a “traffic calming” scheme (but no humps!) to the LIP (Local Implementation Plan) fund, which will hopefully meet residents approval by introducing road islands at strategic points.

Until now this long running issue has had been tackled by the police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team with Speed Enforcement Operations.  A Carshalton South & Clockhouse ward councillor Lib Dem Peter Fosdike (who used to live in the road for many years) has taken part on these operations and was surprised to to see just how fast people go along the road. 

Grosvenor Avenue is just outside Carshalton Central ward with the boundary at the junction with Park Avenue.

Public Rights of Way: Bridle Way Footpath, off Woodstock Road

One of Carshalton’s many hidden historic treasures is the Bridle Way Footpath.

The footpath starts at the green space off Woodstock Road and which runs between Woodstock Road, Park Avenue and Park Close/Blakehall Road running down the back of the houses in Grosvenor Avenue and Ashcombe Road. Here are a few pictures of its current state.

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View of the path behind Woodstock Road houses

View of the path behind Woodstock Road houses

Councillors’ Casebook: Keeping Carshalton Smart and Tidy

Local Lib Dem councillors Jill, Alan and Hamish have as usual reported a few matters in the past few days that need the council officers’ attention in recent weeks and these have included the following matters that might be of interest to residents in the Carshalton area:

Finger post sign, Festival Walk. We have asked that the elegant heritage style finger post signs are repainted, near the recently-revamped Honeywood Museum.  These are about 20 years old and looking rather in urgent need of some fresh paint.  We’ve asked if these could be painted in time for the Olympic Torch procession of Monday, 23rd July 2012!

Litter in the Pond…. We have also asked whether the litter in the west or Upper Pond near the junction of the A232 with North Street be cleared out. There has been a noticeable amount of flotsam and debris.

Brookside: We asked for cleaning on one side of the high-level “flag post” street name plate/sign in Brookside at the junction with Carshalton Place. One side we noticed the other day was clean, the other very filthy/mossy.  Since that report, the sign is now cleaned on both sides!

Park Avenue:  We recently asked the council if street trees could be installed in Park Avenue, on local residents’ behalf – a so-called “avenue” that currently has no street trees!  More in a future posting…