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

COST:

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

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

Open House as Sutton heritage buildings open their doors to public

open-house

There are lots of interesting buildings that will be open to the public Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September.

Sutton residents will have the chance to explore some of the borough’s more unusual buildings during Open House London 2016.

The annual event, which takes place on the weekend of 17 and 18 September, will see the doors of heritage buildings in London opened to the public so that they can learn more about their fascinating histories.

Several Sutton Council-owned properties will be taking part in Open House London 2016. These include Carshalton’s Honeywood Museum, Russettings Register Office in central Sutton, and the state-of-the-art Sutton Life Centre on Alcorn Close, off Oldfields Road.

In addition, a number of privatelyowned properties around the borough, including Carshalton House at St Philomena’s School, Sutton Police Station, and the pioneering bedZED eco-village in Hackbridge, will also be open for the public to enjoy.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“The Open House events are a really important way to connect residents with the histories of their local areas. It’s a great chance to explore some buildings that aren’t usually open to the public, and learn more about them and the roles they have played in their communities. We’re really excited that Carshalton House and Sutton Police Station will be taking part in this year’s Open House London events. I encourage everyone to get out and visit at least one of the Open House venues – you won’t regret it.”

A full list of properties that will be open for the public to enjoy in the borough can be found on the Sutton Council website here. You can also find out what’s going on across the capital on the Open House London website here.

St. Philomena’s School

_DSC0266 cropHamish, Jill and Alan have gained major concessions from St Philomena’s School to try and reduce parking and traffic problems with the new planned school expansion. These include:-

  • £30,000 from school expansion funds for a traffic scheme. This will be discussed at the next Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee from 7.30pm on 8th December 2015 at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road.
  • Ten sixth formers will be allowed to park in the school grounds, and will be asked to travel with fellow pupils, to reduce road traffic
  • The school has a planning condition to upgrade its present bronze Travel Plan to silver within one year, and to show active evidence of more pupils using public transport, cycling or walking to school.
  • The school to provide public transport travel information – Sutton’s Youth Parliament is leading a campaign for schools to show live travel information

We have asked the school to closely monitor the traffic and parking situation, and for parents to show residents due consideration, by encouraging their teenage daughters to travel sustainability. Most pupils have a free bus pass.

St Philomena’s School Expansion: Planning Application Update

stphilomenaslogo_1A planning application was submitted earlier in the summer 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. The application will be decided upon at the Council’s Planning Committee meeting to be today Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at the Civic Offices, Sutton (usually in Meeting Room 1 on the ground floor).  The planning committee meeting is due to start at 7.30pm.

For our previous web site story on St. Philomena’s School, please click on: http://carshaltoncentral.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/06/30/st-philomenas-school-expansion/

Jill will be addressing the planning committee tonight in her role as a ward councillor. Hamish will be in attendance as a member of the planning committee.

As previously advised on this web site, in 2015/16, the first year after expansion (if approved), 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 view the school plans please visit Sutton Council’s online planning register at: http://gis.sutton.gov.uk/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=C2015%2F71900 or visit the Planning Dept, 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JG Tel 020 8770 5070.

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: http://gis.sutton.gov.uk/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=C2015%2F71900 or visit the Planning Dept, 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JG Tel 020 8770 5070 or email developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk  by 17th July 2015.

Carshalton House Opening, Sunday afternoon, 24th May 2015 and Heritage Buildings in Sutton

On Sunday 24th May – Carshalton House (St. Philomena’s School, off Shorts Road) is having an open afternoon – Tours commence at 2.00pm and 3.30pm. Teas are available. Please note that tickets for the House are only available from Val Murphy, London Borough of Sutton Heritage Department. Tel: 020 8770 4781 or by E-mail: valary.murphy@sutton.gov.uk.

For comments and queries about the individual Heritage buildings in Sutton, please contact:

Honeywood Museum:  Jane Howard (Curator), Honeywood Walk Carshalton, SM5 3NX, telephone: 020 8770 4297020 8770 4297, email: jane.howard@sutton.gov.uk

Whitehall Historic House: Liz Tregenza (Curator), 1 Malden Road, Cheam SM3 8QD, telephone: 020 8643 1236020 8643 1236, email: liz.tregenza@sutton.gov.uk

Little Holland House and Museum Collections:  Valary Murphy (Museum and Historic Houses Officer), Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA, telephone: 020 8770 4781020 8770 4781, email: valary.murphy@sutton.gov.uk

Alternatively contact Jane Allen (Heritage Service Manager), Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA telephone 020 8770 4622020 8770 4622, email jane.allen@sutton.gov.uk

Sutton Council purchases Belmont site for new secondary school

Sutton Council has bought a site in Belmont from Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust in order to build a new secondary school.

The council had been looking for a site for a new secondary school to open in 2017 and approached the Trust after the old Sutton Hospital site in Belmont was identified as a favoured location, linked to the world-class opportunity for developing life sciences with the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Cancer Research.

The Trust then decided to place the site on a register for public authorities to bid for it and has announced Sutton Council as the priority purchaser in December 2014. This cleared the way for the council to start direct negotiations with the Trust to buy the site.

Since identifying the site, the council has been progressing plans by carrying out a feasibility study which has demonstrated the viability of building a school.

The site in Belmont is part of a parcel of land identified by Sutton Council, the Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research for Europe’s leading life science cluster. The ambition is to work with the school sponsor to develop the curriculum with a concentration on the life sciences – creating a ladder of opportunity for students.

The purchase of the site comes weeks after the Government approved plans for a free school to be set up in Sutton by 2017 – which is when the council predicts it needs a new secondary school to open in order to meet the rising demand for places. Greenshaw Learning Trust has been given permission to open the secondary school.

As a result of the Government’s decision, the Education Funding Agency will now decide where the free school will be built, and the council will pass on its feasibility study as part of the decision making process.

Niall Bolger, Chief Executive of Sutton Council, said:

“We are proud to have secured a site for a new secondary school. Ever since we identified the need for a new secondary school to be built by 2017, the council has been working hard to find suitable sites and develop proposals so we could move quickly once government funds are in place.

“The granting of a free school in Sutton two weeks ago means that funding is now available and we will offer this site and its feasibility study so that the Education Funding Agency can make a decision and we can have a new school in two years time.

“It is this methodical planning for school places that makes Sutton one of the best places in the country to go to school and raise a family and why our residents have been able to have the one of the highest first place preferences for school places in London.”

Peter Davies, Director of Strategy at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“We are very pleased that our selling of this part of the Sutton site has provided the council with an opportunity to invest in the education of the young people of the area. We will use the proceeds of the sale to make much needed improvements in the facilities we use to treat our patients.”

The purchase price of the Belmont site, £7,863 000, was based on a professional valuation of the site by the district valuer and was jointly commissioned  by the council and the Trust.

Sutton is already known for having some of the best school provision in the country. The council has already secured £10.1m to fund the expansion of four more forms of entry (600 additional pupils over 5 years) within its existing schools from 2015.

The council has also earmarked a further five secondary schools to share 5.5 more forms of entry between them from 2016 (825 additional pupils over 5 years) – see notes to editors.

In addition, the council wants a new school to be ready for 2017.

The pressure on school places is a result of a 33 per cent increase in births since 2001 in Sutton and more people choosing to live in the borough.

In September, Sutton Council also outlined plans to expand two primary schools – Hackbridge Primary School and Cheam Common Junior School, along with a special school, Sherwood Park School.

Phase 1 of the Secondary School Expansion Programme will see five schools expand from September 2015. They are:

  • Carshalton Boys Sports College (1FE)
  • Carshalton High School for Girls (1FE)
  • Glenthorne High School (1FE)
  • Nonsuch High School (0.5FE)
  • Sutton Grammar School (0.5FE)

Phase 2 of the Secondary School Expansion Programme has identified the following schools for expansion from 2016.

  • Greenshaw High School (2FE)
  • Overton Grange School (1FE)
  • St Philomena’s High School (1FE)
  • The John Fisher School (1FE)
  • Wallington County Grammar School (0.5FE)

 

Note: 1FE = One Form of Entry which is 30 pupils in a class x 5 years

Car boot raid ends in pirate DVD seizure

Hundreds of pounds worth of bootleg Hollywood blockbusters were seized by Sutton Trading Standards over the weekend following an unannounced swoop on a car boot sale. A joint operation involving trading standards officers from Sutton Council’s Business Regulation Service and officers from Sutton Police targeted the car boot sale at St Philomena’s Catholic High School on Sunday (11 May).

Officers seized 182 pirated DVDs of hit films – including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Aviator and Will Smith’s After Earth. Sellers had all counterfeit DVD’s seized and were provided with a timely warning and advice on how to stay within the law in the future.

Mary Morrissey, Strategic Director Environment and Neighbourhood at Sutton Council said: “Counterfeit merchandise is not a good deal. It is often of inferior quality and harm the trade of legitimate businesses. We believe in a fair borough for our residents and businesses, It is simply not acceptable that people are exposed to these dodgy dealers. This swoop has sent a clear message that we won’t tolerate illegal trade.”

Inspector Emma Gulczynski at Sutton Police said: “We would urge the public to please come forward if you have information about people trading in bogus goods or where such goods are being stored or sold. We work closely in partnership with Sutton’s Trading Standards and will continue to take joint action against the culprits. In addition; for those people that chose to use these car boot sales as an outlet to sell stolen goods; you should be aware that we will use these partnership operations as an opportunity to target you”.

“If you have information that could help, please call Sutton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Trading Standards wrote to car boot sales organisers earlier this year to advise them of the law and warn that officers will be visiting their sales from time to time throughout the year.

For people thinking of selling at car boots, Trading Standards can supply an advice pack on the law. Call 020 8770 5070 or email trading.standards@sutton.gov.uk to ask for a copy

For anyone buying, the advice is be careful. If the price looks too good to be true on normally expensive items, it probably is. A simple check with DVD’s on the quality of the artwork, holograms that do not work, artwork on the DVD’s themselves and the professional packaging is an easy way to identify the sham items. 

Policing the St. Philomena’s School Car Boot Fairs noise and disturbance. Local councillors ask the council officers to investigate…

Your local councillors have taken up residents’ complaints about the perennial St. Philomena’s School Car Boot Fairs which occur about 5 times a year. We have asked the appropriate Council department to talk to St. Philomena’s school again about their car boot sales – in particular this coming Sunday’s event (13th October) – as local residents’ patience is wearing thin in regard to very early morning noise and disturbance?

The real issue for local people and ourselves as councillors is the start time.  The school gates open to sellers at 6.30am, which means that cars and vans generally start arriving and queuing from 5.30am onwards on a Sunday, with all the noise, radios, shouting and engine noise this entails, not to speak of car horns being used.
 
Local residents are obviously in a built-up residential area, not a field remote from residences, but this does not appear to have been considered by the school.  Ideally we would all like to see a later start time of say 8am entry to sellers – this would give us a least the opportunity of some peace for local residents so early on Sundays. 

However, we would remind everyone that these car boot fairs are not limited by any planning consent or planning conditions, as none are required by planning law which is laid down by Parliament and not by Sutton Council.
 
One of the three of us lives about one quarter of a mile down the road from this event and also gets such disturbances, and so we can well understand residents’ frustrations. Parking and congestion is also very bad in the area whenever these events take place.
 
We would hope that the school will be more helpful, sympathetic and community minded towards local residents’ concerns. We are seeking council officers’ help in persuading the school to police its parking, and prevent noise and disturbance occurring would help. More in a future posting…

Rossdale, Sutton – Potholes and Yellow Line Repairs Reported

Local Cllr. Jill Whitehead has reported numerous potholes in Rossdale having inspected the road surface recently. She said:

 “I have received a lot of complaints about potholes and the state of the road surface in Rossdale (a cul de sac) from a number of residents. They believe some of these to be dangerous to pedestrians in this road where a lot of elderly people live. This school is also next to Shorts Road and suffers from a lot of overflow parking from people travelling to and from St. Philomena’s school and the car boot sales there.  The road is also used by railway Carshalton station commuters and Carshalton football club users.”

On inspection, she found pot holes in the road outside nos 4, 6, 10, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 and 26. There are also a number of different road surfaces which does not help, and a number of pothole cracks have arisen between these different surfaces (e.g. outside nos 10 and 12 and outside nos 6, and 17/19).
 
The double yellow lines also need repainting at the entrance to Rossdale and in particular outside no 4 Rossdale which is a slight cul de sac off a cul de sac. The residents are petitioning their neighbours for something to be done, and have asked for a new road surface rather than more infilling of potholes.
 
Jill has asked officers if they will be doing works soon in Rossdale either to repair the potholes or put in a new road surface? This road has also had problems with drains and water soakaways which have probably made the potholes worse.  More in a future posting…
Rossdale road name sign repainted as requested by local councillors

Rossdale road name sign repainted as requested by local councillors