St Philomena’s School – Car Boot Fairs 2017

The following information about St Philomena’s School’s Car Boot Fairs in blue Italic text has been gleaned from the St Philomena’s School Web Site and we thought local particularly affected residents might wish to know….the first car boot fair date this year is Sunday 19th March 2017…..

Car Boot Sale


Cars – £10
Vans – £15

Pedestrians – Entry £1.00 all day
Please note pedestrians are not permitted before 7.00am.

All proceeds go to St Philomena’s School

Gates open for sellers at 6.00am (please use the main gates at the junction of Shorts Road and Alma Road)

Please note:

  • No prebooking required
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No dogs allowed except Guide Dogs
  • No refreshments to be sold by stall holders

St Philomena’s will not accept any responsibility for damages or loss to any vehicles or persons whilst on school grounds.

Please note that some areas of the grounds are not suitable for mobility scooters or for those that need assistance as the surface can be uneven. There is a vehicle access ramp from the car park field which may be hazardous for mobility scooters.

Toilet facilities are available on site. Please note these are unisex toilets with a female attendant. These toilets are for the use of car Boot Sale visitors and sellers only.

For all other enquiries please call: 07891 717787

Trading Standards

We have been advised by Trading Standards that they are implenting random checks on all Car Boot Sales in the local area. This is to ensure that traders who operate within the London Borough of Sutton keep within the law. For all buyers and sellers proposing to attend a St Philomena’s Car Boot Sale please click on the link below for the local authority guidance. Please ensure, if you are selling goods, that they comply with legislation.
Trading Standards Car Boot Sales Regulations

Electrical goods

SPA (St. Philomena’s Association) and St. Philomena’s School, take no responsibility for electrical items at car boot sales and recommend you do not sell or purchase these goods.

Gates open for sellers at 6.30am (please use the main gates at the junction of Shorts Road and Alma Road)

  • No prebooking required
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No dogs allowed except Guide Dogs
  • No refreshments to be sold by stall holders


Parking is available on site for £2.00 per vehicle. We would recommend, whenever possible, to park on site to keep the roads surrounding the boot sale as free flowing as possible.

Vendors and buyers at St Philomena’s bootsales are reminded of the need to be considerate of our neighbours. Parking restrictions will be actively enforced by VINCI Park who have been contracted by Sutton Council to deal with illegal parking. Blocking driveways will result in parking tickets being issued or vehicles being towed. Local residents are advised to call the parking enforcement team direct on 020 8661 0096 to report illegal parking.  The following link provides further information.

London Borough of Sutton Parking Enforcement Contractor

Please ensure you do not park your car on the Red Routes near the school, such as the one on Pound Street (no stopping any day 7am to 7pm). Red Routes are in place to ensure buses can travel without impediment. Transport for London (TFL) have Enforcement Officers checking on these routes during our Car Boot Sale and if you park on one you will be fined.

Vacating the Site

All vendors are to vacate the school by 2.00pm. If a vendor remains on site after 2pm a charge of £10 will be issued. If the vendor refuses to pay the charge they will be refused entry to future boot sales.

Car Boot Sales Dates
Academic Year September 2016 –  July 2017
1. 11th September 2016
2. 9th October 2016
3. 6th November 2016
4. 19th March 2017
5. 23rd April 2017
6. 21st May 2017
7. 9th July 2017

West Street/Margaret’s Pool Garden off Pound Street

Chris, Jill and Hamish received the following message from the council recently about the overhanging branches by the pavement here following our request for some action to prune them back.

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

I can advise that the overhanging vegetation alongside West Street, which is within the grounds of Margaret’s Pool, is due to be cut back shortly by our grounds maintenance team. With regard to the trees overhanging the pavement and highway at the same location, our term tree contractors are due to be lifting the lower part of the canopies of the trees to clear the highway and the footway, this will allow better clearance for the general public use and vehicle traffic.  We hope to get this arranged within the next couple of weeks, subject to traffic management, which is currently being organised.  I have asked for both of these tasks to be carried out as a matter of urgency.

Welcome to Carshalton Sign

The Welcome to Carshalton sign was installed recently at the junction of West Street and Pound Street in the heart of Carshalton Village Conservation Area. This is a sign that was sponsored by the council’s Carshalton & Clockhouse local committee. Local committee chair, councillor Hamish Pollock says: “It is good that at long last like The Wrythe and Wallington Green, Carshalton has a “village sign”.”

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Pound Street – Street Lights Update

Dear Councillor
Further to your enquiry regarding street lights not working on Pound Street, Carshalton please see the officers response below in bold;
The A232 Pound Street Carshalton forms part of the Transport for London road network, therefore the maintenance responsibility for defective lamp columns falls to TfL.
Although the London Borough of Sutton has no influence or sway over TfL we have managed to ascertain the nature of these lighting defects.
It would appear the UK Power underground mains cable feeding electricity to both columns has failed. Apparently the failure is in the carriageway outside The Greyhound public house. TfL Street Lighting have been in discussion with UK Power and are working towards a solution, unfortunately no date when repairs will be attempted has been set aside.    
Due to the nature of Pound Street at this point two way temporary traffic signals and full traffic management will be required to undertake repairs. The A232 is a busy road at the best of times. If would be safe to say TfL Highways are unlikely to allow temporary signal to be used in Pound Street until after the Christmas rush.
If we get wind of developments we are happy to pass details along
If you have any further queries or concerns regarding this matter then please feel free to contact the officer in charge, Roger Hawkins on
Kind Regards
Traffic Postbook
Highways & Transport
Kingston & Sutton Shared Environment Service
London Borough of Sutton
24 Denmark Road | Carshalton | Surrey | SM5 2JG
Contact Centre Telephone: 020 8770 5000020 8770 5000 | Email:

New Street Name Plates

Following requests from Alan, Jill and Hamish, new street name plate signs (in some cases replacements of ones that have mysteriously disappeared!) have recently been installed by Sutton Council in a number of locations in Carshalton Central ward:-

1) Alma Road, junction with Shorts Road.

2) Pound Street, at the Windsor Castle junction.

3) Rossdale, at the junction with Westmead Road.

4) Ruskin Road, at the junction with The Park.

St Philomena’s School expansion

stphilomenaslogo_1A planning application has been submitted for the expansion of St Philomena’s school (C2015/71900) to provide an additional one- form entry of 30 pupils totalling 200 extra pupils over seven years. As there are currently 1303 pupils this will take the overall total to 1503 pupils.

In 2015/16, the first year after expansion, the number of year 7 (first year) pupils will rise from 204 to 234 pupils. The school has undertaken that all the expansion will come from Sutton Borough children. The expansion will consist of eight new classrooms in a two storey building.

At present 60% of pupils come from outside the Sutton boundaries. The 2012 School Travel Plan shows that 27% of pupils were driven or drove to school, or shared cars or “parked and strode”.  A total of 41% caught the bus, 18% used rail and 15% walked or cycled. The 2013/14 school travel survey showed a slight increase in bus users at 44%.

However, no new car parking or vehicular access arrangements form part of the application. But a parking study has been conducted by the school in the Poets Estate area  – bounded by Shorts Rd/Alma Rd, Colston Avenue and stretching along Westmead Rd from Westmead Corner to Browning Avenue and Highfield Rd. This shows an existing capacity of 84% of parking spaces when max capacity is defined as 85%.

Many residents report parents parking across their drives and on double yellow lines, especially in Shorts Rd/Alma Road, and in the area around Westmead Corner. Jill and Alan recently met the Head Teacher to discuss options. They asked that the school stagger opening and closing times, encourage more pupils to use public transport or walk/cycle, older children in particular. They asked for proactive enactment of the School’s travel plan and greater enforcement of parental behaviour at school start and finish times.

To comment on the school plans please visit Sutton Council’s online planning register at: or visit the Planning Dept, 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JG Tel 020 8770 5070 or email  by 17th July 2015.

More and More Housing…

A lot of new housing and special care/residential developments have been completed in Carshalton Central ward in recent years:-

1) Coleridge Avenue, Poets’ Estate (4 detached houses) replacing one 1920s detached house.

2) Carter House/Denny House/Jennings House, 229-245 Carshalton Road/1B and 1c Shorts Road, Carshalton (44 flats) on site of a former terrace of 9 shops with flats above.

3) Nicole Lodge, 2 Carshalton Park Road (on the site of former Texaco Garage) (12 flats in a new “conservation-area-sympathetic” neo-Georgian block, plus 2 flats at no. 33 Pound Street).

4) Doric House, Carshalton Grove (11 flats).

5) Hillside, 163 Carshalton Road (3 new roof top flats above a 1970s block of flats).

6) Lakin Close/2-4A Rotherfield Road (6 new houses in the close, 3 new houses in Rotherfield Road replacing 4 inter-war detached houses/bungalow).

7) The Park/Corbould Close (conversions/alterations of former 1920s Carshalton War Memorial Hospital) (13 houses). In the Carshalton Park Conservation Area.

8) Ashcombe Court, The Park (10 new flats replacing former nurses’ care home).

9) Corbould Close (8 new residential care flats in grounds of Carshalton War Memorial Hospital).

10) Cedar Close off Salisbury Road (9 new mews style houses replacing former special health care bungalows/houses).

And there’s more to come:-

1) Cowper Avenue/Byron Avenue/Kingsley Avenue/Westmead Road (74 bed care home and some 2 storey houses on former Westmead House site). Now under construction.

2) Former Trolleybus Depot site, Westmead Road. Redevelopment/construction work still to start.

Parker Close as completed April 2014

Cedar Close as completed April 2014

Streetcare: Pot holes and yellow and white lines, road name plate report


Cllr. Jill Whitehead has reported some pot holes due to the wet weather and has asked council officers if they could be attended to please?

 1) A very deep and large pothole in the road at the bottom of Colston Avenue close to the West Street roundabout and railway bridge.

 2) Two deep potholes in Shorts Road close to the alleyway between St Mary’s Infants School and St Philomena’s School.

Additionally, some yellow and white road linings have faded including in Carshalton Place, Carshalton at its junction with Talbot Road. Could this be repainted please?

Cllr. Hamish Pollock has asked the council’s highways officers to reinstate the missing street name plate in Pound Street at the “Windsor Castle” junction that used to be fixed to the high brick wall around St. Philomena’s School.

Please let us know if you see something that needs mending or replacing on the “street scene”.  Thanks!

West Street Railway Bridge and West Street Traffic Closures

Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee says: “In order to carry out structural repairs to the underside of the bridge in West Street, Carshalton, Sutton Council intends to make a Traffic Order.”

West Street

West Street

Local Cllr. Alan Salter says: “When the structural repair works are taking place and the appropriate traffic signs are displayed the Order will temporarily close West Street, Carshalton, between its junctions with Colston Avenue and Pound Street (A232):-

between 28th May and 31st May 2013 inclusive working 08.00hrs to 17.00hrs; and on the following dates:-

  • Sunday 23rd June 2013
  • Sunday 30th June 2013
  • Sunday 14th July 2013
  • Sunday 21st July 2013
  • Sunday 4th August 2013

between the hours of 00.00hrs and 04.00hrs (Saturday night and Sunday morning).”

Chair of the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee, Cllr. Hamish Pollock says: “Alternative routes for vehicular traffic including buses will be suitably signed. Vehicle access to properties adjacent to the prohibited lengths of road will be maintained at all times where access is reasonably practicable without interference with the works.”

Olympic Torch procession and the “Swan” on Carshalton Ponds

Preparations are underway for the Olympic Torch passing through Carshalton Ponds on Monday 23rd July 2012 sometime after 2pm.

Cllr. Hamish Pollock had recently asked the council officers that various items of flotsam, debris and other litter, including a traffic cone and a supermarket trolley were fished out of the Carshalton Ponds and it seems from inspections that all these items have be removed in recent days! 

After all the works to replace the railings, it is good timing that so much of the railings and ponds areas are better-looking than they have been for many years!A traffic order has been put in place by Sutton Council in preparation for the activities on that day:

The principal objective of the Order is to prohibit / regulate traffic and pedestrians to enable the holding of the Olympic Torch Relay event which will be held on Monday 23rd July 2012.

  • Carshalton Park Road at its junction with Pound Street.
  • pedestrians will be prohibited from using the footway in Pound Street, Carshalton.
  • The Square at its junction with High Street, Carshalton.
  • between Wallace Crescent and West Street, outside St Philomena’s and St Mary’s Schools.
  • Vehicle access to properties adjacent to the prohibited lengths of road will be maintained at all times insofar as access is reasonably practicable without interference with the said event.
  • Adjacent to Honeywood Lodge up to the junction with West Street, opposite The Greyhound public house.

All classes of vehicles not directly engaged in the event will be prohibited from entering or exiting.

There will be an enormous artificial Swan on the Upper Pond facing the proceeding Torch as previously posted on this web site.  More in a future posting..!