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

Temporary Road Closure in Shorts Road

The following notice has just been received….

Dear Councillor,

In order to facilitate repairs to the external boundary wall around St Philomena’s School in Shorts Road Carshalton The London Borough of Sutton intends to make a Temporary Traffic Management Order.

You can view the Public Notice of Intent and draft TMO by visiting our web site, under “View our Temporary Traffic Orders and Notices” selecting Temporary Traffic Orders and then T11173/S199 Shorts Road. 

Further information on the temporary restrictions which will come into operation on Monday 11 April  2016 can be obtained from Martin French Network Manager on (020 8770 6426020 8770 6426).


Denise Thompson, Traffic Order Technical Officer, 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


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.

St. Mary’s Catholic Junior School, Carshalton – Expansion Plans

A letter has been issued to local residents in respect of the PROPOSED BUILDING DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE EXPANSION OF ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC JUNIOR SCHOOL, SHORTS ROAD, CARSHALTON, SM5 2PB. the contents of the letter are summarised below.

St. Mary’s Catholic Junior School will be holding a pre-planning consultation drop in session on Wednesday 17th September from 3.45pm through to 6.30pm.  The Architectural Consultants; Re-Format, will be arranging an exhibition at the School to share with you the proposed building development and the associated infrastructure, which will enable the expansion of the School.  Representatives from the School, the Council and the Consultant Architects will be available to discuss the proposals.  There will be the opportunity for you to record any comments or observations you may have, which we hope will inform the further development of the design for the project. We are also involving staff and pupils in looking at what is being proposed and allowing them the opportunity to comment as well.

Please note that the school entrance is off Shorts Road and is shared with St. Philomena’s School.  Please follow the direction signs from this point.

The school look forward to meeting you on 17th September to share our proposals and to hear your views.

One or more of your three local councillors may be in attendance for part of the time subject to our other commitments that afternoon/evening.

Poets Estate – 10 Big Actions by the FOCUS Team

Some things we’ve done for you in the Poets’ Estate:-

1) Benhill Rec. We installed new play facilities, planted lavender beds and removed the old skateboard ramp.

2) Westmead Road/Carshalton Grove. We asked the Council to investigate and prevent future floods in this area.

3) Colston Avenue/Coleridge Avenue/Court Drive. We installed new yellow lines to reduce commuter parking.

4) Free Grit. We installed new grit bins in many locations in the Poets’ Estate/Westmead area of the Carshalton Central ward, including at the junction of Sutton Grove/Waterloo Road.

5) Street Trees. We have got planted 81 street trees in Carshalton Central ward many of them in the Poets’ Estate.

6) Mead Crescent. Road was resurfaced.

7) Shirley Avenue. Road and pavements were resurfaced.

8) Westmead Allotments. Better secure fencing installed.

9) Shorts Road/West Street Footpath. We asked the council to clear dog mess and asked police to monitor the area.

10) Wrythe Rec. We installed new play facilities in the rec. We asked that the railings are refurbished and work is underway.

And….We have also kept residents informed and supported residents in the various planning applications affecting our area. Examples are the Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s applications for 3G plastic surface for the football pitch and extended hours of lighting both of which were unanimously refused by Sutton Council’s planning / development control committee.

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

“Street Care” matters

Alan, Jill and Hamish regularly inspect the roads and pavements in the Carshalton Central ward/neighbourhood and report “street care” type items to the council officers for their investigation and repair etc. 

Please do let us know of any such matters that you feel need looking into.

Here is a sample selection of recent requests:-

1) Bollards are URGENTLY needed to protect grass being churned up by vehicles manoeuvering outside the important Heritage Centre, Honeywood Walk. 

2) West Street, Carshalton. Wonky bollard outside no. 38 West Street. This has been dislodged by accident damage.
3) Old style Road Name plate saying “WEST STREET LANE” needs repainting on north side, junction with West Street. The sign is building-mounted and certainly of “traditional” type.
4) Shorts Road. Please could the road gullies be cleared swept in the area in and around the railway brifge leading to Westmead Corner.

Carter House, Denny House and Jennings House, corner of Carshalton Road and Shorts Road – Update

Carter House flats as viewed from the north in Shorts Road

Carter House flats as viewed from the north in Shorts Road

News in from Metropolitan Housing about residents concerns over management issues…this was sent to councillors prior to the meeting that is to be held on Wednesday 4th September 2013 between 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Windsor Castle Pub function Room, 358 Carshalton Road, Surrey SM5 3PT.

Dear ……

I’m sorry for the delay in replying to you on this. I’ve now looked at the case and my updates are below.


Residents’ meeting

A meeting has been arranged for the residents of Carter House. We delayed in holding this meeting as we were told that several residents were away until 02 September 2013. We have invited the local Councillors who previously attend meetings at this site.

Anti-social behaviour

A block letter was sent to all residents of Denny & Jennings House regarding the complaints made of children playing ball games in the communal garden which could potentially damage cars and allegations of kids scratching cars by riding bikes and scooters in between the cars in the car park. Following receipt of this letter a number of residents contacted our housing services officer and identified the properties the children live in. We have interviewed and warned two households of their children’s behaviour and rearranging an interview for another household.

All tenants of Denny and Jennings House are signed up to a Good Neighbourhood agreement and are being reminded of implications if this continues to be breached.

Security of the car park

It was initially reported the vehicle gate was vandalised, an urgent repair order was raised to have this repaired. The contractors who attended reported someone had used a manual override key causing the gate to remained open and not close. We have spoken to a number of residents and no one can identify who did this. The incident which involved someone attempting to steal a motorbike from the car park area was reported to the police. However, by the time the police attended the individual/s had already left the site.

The emergency button which leads from the car park and communal garden opens a gate which leads to the side main entrance door to Carter House. If an unknown person enters this area they are still unable to gain access into the block as they would need a fob. Fobs have only  been issued to the residents of Carter House.

This development was signed off by local Police, with a Secured by Design certificate issued by the police confirming no security concerns caused by the design or access arrangements.  We have also carried out a joint visit with a Fire Safety Inspecting officer from the London Fire Brigade and the set up of the fob / release button system was not a breach of fire regulations as the gate leading on to Carshalton Road would only need to be changed if is classed as a fire exit. They did say this could be changed to a snipe lock to exit instead of a code. We are investigating the feasibility of this.  


Lux calculations were carried out to ensure the development met the required light levels.  In the area in question, there is illumination from bulkhead lighting, bollard lighting, street lighting column. In addition, Carter House is a fully glazed door, with the stairwell lighting being emitted from the block. This area has been checked at night and we feel  the area is sufficiently lit. We will discuss this with the residents at the meeting.   

Please let me know if you have any questions on the content of this email.  I will be on leave until 09 September 2013, but my emails will be checked during this time.


Daniel Thurlow | Head of Housing | Housing Services (South)
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Residents’ Meeting to be held on 4th September re: Carter House/Denny House/Jennings House Flats at Carshalton Road/Corner with Shorts Road

Jill, Hamish and Alan took up local residents’ further complaints recently about their on-going management concerns of the 44 newish flats at Carter House/Denny House/Jennings House at the corner of Carshalton Road with Shorts Road.  An initial meeting was held a few months’ ago as we reported.

A message and invitation has just been received from Metropolitan Housing Association.

Carter House flats as viewed from the north in Shorts Road

Carter House flats as viewed from the north in Shorts Road

Dear ….

Following below concerns raised by the residents of Carter House, Metropolitan has arrange a residents meeting with the Carter House residents to address the issues raised and any further concerns they have regarding the scheme.

The meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 4th September 2013 between 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Windsor Castle Pub function Room, 358 Carshalton Road, Surrey SM5 3PT.

Please confirm if you are able to attend.


Karla Powell |  Housing Services Officer | London South

t: 020 3535 3535


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