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Alan represented local residents at the Council’s Planning Committee in January recently to oppose a planning application for a used car business at 16 Mill Lane, near its junction with Rochester Road.
Many residents had signed a petition against the plans due to the impact on traffic and parking. Mill Lane is well-used for parking by commuters for Carshalton Station, by visitors to local public houses, and of course local residents. The 16 Mill Lane site had previously been used for industrial purposes, so there were few grounds available for the Council’s Planning Committee to reject this application and the committee’s view was that the second hand car use would create much less traffic and parking than an alternative industrial/workshop use which is already permitted on the site.
The planning permission is only for the storage/sale of cars and not for the maintenance of them.
Cllr. Hamish Pollock reports: I have taken up with council officers some recent residents’ complaints about street cleaning in the north west part of the Carshalton Central neighbourhood.
A Soggy and Leafy Time of Year
Following the recent and seemingly never-ending bout of very bad wet weather, I have received complaints about a lot of leaves on Colston Avenue (south side pavement going towards Westmead Road, which has been a regular problem) and also Westmead Corner and Westmead Road itself, the problem has been exacerbated by the rain which seems to pool on the very uneven surface of the pavements around Westmead Corner. On Ringstead Road, in places outside some of the flats, the leaves are now turning into a mulch and the gutters are thick with leaves well onto the road itself. Most of the dead leaves are blocking the drains and preventing the rain water from draining away; this is a problem year-round by the way. We hope that in future the Council’s street cleaners will try to keep the drains clear which causes all the pooling of water. The corner of Ringstead Road and Carshalton Road right up to the corner of Carshalton Grove has a similar problem, and also in the other direction up to bus stop.
Sutton Council has received a planning application for:- Conversion of premises into four 3 – bedroomed terraced houses involving alterations to elevations including four bay windows at front and solar panels at rear together with refuse facilities and four car parking spaces.
The site is within the Carshalton Village Conservation Area and is between the junctions of North Street with Rochester Road to the north and Mill Lane to the south.