Tom Brake MP, RMT and local Train Services Meeting 16th February 2017 starting at 7pm at Wentworth Hall, 80 Ruskin Road

Hamish —

It’s fair to say that in the last few months we’ve endured the biggest rail crisis in a generation.

Over the last two years, Southern’s shambolic service (ranked the worst in the UK) and the recent strikes have cost local residents unnecessary stress, time, money and sometimes even their jobs.

Whilst I welcome the recent announcement that Aslef and Southern have reached an agreement, the RMT and Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) are still in a deadlock to settle the long-standing dispute over the role of conductors on Southern trains.

You will recall that last Summer I organised a public meeting, attended by over 100 residents, with a Southern Rail representative and a local ward Councillor to give you the opportunity to hear directly from them, ask questions and make your voice heard.

I want to give you the chance to do the same with the RMT. That’s why I will be hosting a public meeting with a representative from the RMT. I will also be joined by Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council.

Date: Thursday 16th February
Time: 7.00pm-8.30pm
Venue: Wentworth Hall, 80 Ruskin Rd, Carshalton, SM5 3DH

Please do attend for your chance to put the RMT on the spot personally. Feel free to bring along other people who have been affected.

If you’re unable to come to the meeting, please email me with any questions you would like to ask RMT and I will do my best to get as many answered as possible.

Hope to see you there.

Best wishes,

Tom Brake MP

PS. You can see a short summary of my recent work on transport issues here.

Carshalton High Street Closure by All Saints’ Church on Sunday, 19th February 2017 between The Square and North Street

News just in regarding a road closure in less than a month’s time.
Dear Councillors…
 
Our Arborculturalist Team need to attend to the trees in the bank outside All Saints’ Church. (It is a safety issue, not aesthetics).
To do this the road will need to be closed.
 
This will take place on Sunday, 19th February, from 08:00 to 16:00 hours.
The High Street will be closed from The Square to North Street (road and footpath).
Parking will be suspended in Church Hill.
The diversion route will be via Ruskin Road, Carshalton Park Road and Beynon Road.
To maintain traffic flow, all parking will be suspended on both sides of the diversion route for its entire length.
I have already contacted The Scouts, Ruskin Methodist, and Canon The Rev. Dr. John Thewlis at All Saints, as this is bound to have an impact on them.
 
As ever, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Martin French
Streetworks and Network Manager
London Borough of Sutton and Royal Borough of Kingston
24, Denmark Road
CARSHALTON
Surrey SM5 2JG
020 8770 6426 (General Streetworks enquiries only)
07736 338346

Carshalton Park – Road Traffic Order for November’s Firework Event

Bulbs in Carshalton Park by the Grotto

Spring Bulbs in Carshalton Park by the Grotto

Hamish, Jill and Chris have recently received notice of an order that the council wish to put into effect for managing the traffic on Bonfire night, Saturday 5th November 2016.

Dear Councillor,

The London Borough of Sutton are proposing to make a Traffic Order. 

The principal objective of the Traffic Orders is to improve crowd safety and extend management of traffic flows in additional roads within the vicinity of Carshalton Park on days when particular events are being held (e.g Fireworks).

Copies of the statutory documents can be viewed by visiting our web site www.sutton.gov.uk/trafficpublicnotices under “view our Permanent Traffic Order Consultations” selecting “Notices of Proposals” and then reference “TR1027 Carshalton Park”

If you have any comments on this proposal please make use of the on-line form which is available on the web page mentioned above.

Please note that the closing date for receiving comments will be Thursday 8 September 2016.

Denise Thompson, Technical Officer, Technical Operations Team

Highways and Transport, Kingston & Sutton Shared Environment Service

London Borough of Sutton, Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2JG

Tel: 020 8770 6452020 8770 6452 | Email denise.thompson@sutton.gov.uk

 

RELATING TO STREETS IN THE VICINITY OF CARSHALTON PARK

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the London Borough of Sutton proposes to make the Order listed below under sections 6 and 124 of, and Part IV of Schedule 9 to, the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by the Local Government Act 1985, the Road Traffic Act 1991 and the Traffic Management Act 2004.

1. The principal objective of the Order is to improve crowd safety and extend management of traffic flows in additional roads within the vicinity of Carshalton Park on days when particular events are being held (e.g. fireworks).

2. The general effect of The Sutton (Traffic Restriction) (Carshalton Park Area) (No. *) (Amendment No. *) Order 201* will be to add additional roads to the existing prohibition of vehicular traffic; Brookside, Carshalton Place, Rotherfield Road, The Square, Woodstock Road, and extend to the full lengths of Ruskin and Talbot Road.

3. A copy of the proposed Order, of the Council’s Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Order (and of the Orders that would be revoked or amended by the proposed Order) and a plan showing the locations and the effects of the proposals may be inspected at the Council’s Civic Offices at St. Nicholas Way, Sutton and at the Environment, Housing and Regeneration Offices at 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, a copy of this statutory public notice of proposals and a copy of the plan can be viewed by visiting our web site www.sutton.gov.uk/trafficpublicnotices under “view our Permanent Traffic Order Consultations” under “Notices of Proposals” and “Reference TR1027 Carshalton Park”.

4. If you wish to object to the proposed Order you should send a statement in writing, including the grounds for your objection and quoting the Reference TR1027 Carshalton Park to Caroline McGlynn, Highways and Transport, Sutton and Kingston Shared Service, London Borough of Sutton, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2JG by Thursday 8 September 2016. Further information may be obtained by telephoning Highways and Transport on 020 8770 6455.

 Warren Shadbolt

Executive Head of Safer and Stronger Communities

Dated: 18 August 2016

Note: Persons responding to the proposed Order should be aware that the Council may be legally obliged to disclose the information provided to third parties.

 

Trains’ troubles…. Tom Brake MP Reports… Public Meeting Tuesday 26th July 2016

Hamish —

I’m sure you’re aware of the ongoing catastrophe that is Southern Rail. I can completely understand passengers’ frustration with the current service and the lack of accountability on the part of Southern.

That’s why I’ve organised a public meeting for you this Tuesday to hear from Southern, ask them questions and make your voice heard:

Date: Tuesday 26th July 2016
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Wentworth Hall, 80 Ruskin Road, Carshalton, SM5 3DH

Please do attend for your chance to put Southern on the spot personally, Hamish. Feel free to bring along other people who have been affected. If you’re unable to come to the meeting, please email back with any questions you would like to ask Southern and I will do my best to get as many answered as possible.

Hope to see you there.

Best wishes,

Tom Brake MP

PS. If you plan to come along to the meeting, please reply to let me know.

Carshalton Fireworks 2015

The time: Saturday 7th November
The place: Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road

Gates open at 5pm – Display starts at 7pm
Live music from The Antidote Band from 5.15pm
Bonfire lit at 7.30pm
Also music and entertainment by Radio St Helier

For one of the largest charity firework displays in the South East of England come to our Carshalton Fireworks for our 58th annual bonfire night display. This event is put on by Wallington & Carshalton Round Table. The aim is to provide a safe, enjoyable and exciting event for the local community. All profit from the event is donated to local charities to further support the local community. They are a not-for-profit local organisation and the event is put on by volunteers. They are not connected to Sutton Council.

This year, Carshalton Fireworks presents live music on our stage by The Antidote Band from 5.15pm.—-

The event will be held in Carshalton Park in Carshalton, Surrey.

The main entrance is on The Park which is off Ruskin Road. There are various other entrances around the park.

Arrive early as there will be road closures and parking restrictions in force. No disabled parking facility available. 

 

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.

Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014 – Environmental Fair at Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road

Do come and visit the Carshalton Park Environmental Fair for one of South London’s best days out!  We are praying for dry weather as the forecast as of today Friday is for rain on the bank holiday!

Alan, Jill and Hamish will probably be there most of the day – do come and talk to us as your local councillors. We’ll be helping out (as usual) on one of the Lib Dem FOCUS Bookstalls….!

Cllr. Alan Salter on the FOCUS bookstall

Cllr. Alan Salter on the FOCUS bookstall in Sutton High Street

Over 150 stalls, children’s activities, local craft, interactive demonstrations, farmers’ market, music and performing arts, lots of tasty food, a bar with real ales and more, information, campaign groups and more…. showcasing local sustainability initiatives. There’s even a FREE bus to get you there! On average around 10,000 people attend. The event is organised by EcoLocal with a team of volunteers.The Carshalton Environmental Fair is held in Carshalton Park , Ruskin Road, Carshalton, SM5 3DD – follow this link for more map link and bus details etc.

Contact details:
E-Mail: fair@ecolocal.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/envfair
Twitter: @envfair
Postal address – The Environmental Fair, Ecolocal, The Old School House, Mill Lane, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2LY

 

Carshalton Village – Focus Team’s Actions

In recent years we have been fully involved amongst many other matters with the following activities:-

1) More School Places. We successfully worked with Carshalton All Saints C of E Primary School and with local residents to bring a new form of entry.

2) Preserving and Enhancing our Heritage. We designed and obtained funding for a new Carshalton Second World War Memorial to be completed this year. We are also deep cleaning all the borough’s war memorials.

3) Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour. We worked with local police to ensure that anti-social behaviour is minimised and Carshalton High Street and local parks kept safe.

4) Heritage Centre. We refurbished the Heritage Centre at Honeywood Walk, Carshalton with improved displays, using Lottery Funding.

5) Improved Leisure Facilities. We refurbished and modernised Westcroft Centre including a new Carshalton Library.

6) Invested in our High Street. We secured funding for new Carshalton village signs which will be installed soon, introduced the Carshalton Christmas lights and brought the new Frost Fair to help local businesses thrive.

7) Listening to You. Carshalton Council buildings including The Lodge and The Grove House: We consulted extensively with local residents and Friends Groups over re-use of the redundant council buildings whose future re-use is now assured.

8) Better Transport. We successfully campaigned with Tom Brake MP and other Lib Dem councillors to save the cross London Thameslink loopline trains service.

9) Safer Roads 1. We installed safer crossing facilities at the junction of Ruskin Road and Park Lane following the All Saints School expansion nearby. We got pavement bollards installed at the junction of Ruskin Road and Woodstock Road.

10) Safer Roads 2. We successfully campigned for TfL to install new railings around Carshalton Ponds.

11) Carshalton Park. We installed marker posts to protect the air raid shelter discovered in 2012 and various brick piers to the park railings rebuilt/repaired. We have got the “Ornamental Garden” between Talbot Road/The Square junction and Ruskin Road improved.

12) The Grove Park. We install a new waste bins and a new multi-gym at the award winning park.

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

The Park – White Lining being Smartened Up

The contractors have been smartening up our white lines in some roads in Carshalton Central.

Here is an example of the work being undertaken in the sunshine (!) by RJ Dance today Sunday, 16th February at about 10am (photo taken by Hamish).  They are at the junction of The Park with Ruskin Road/Carshalton Park Road. As has been reported previously on this web site and in our FOCUS newsletters, the Lib Dem controlled council are investing in the Environmental Improvements Programme throughout the borough this year to “smarten up” the local street scene.

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