Carshalton on the water….

Hamish, Jill and Alan have been taking up your concerns about flooding issues. The historic canals in Carshalton Park, Carshalton Place and The Grove Park in Carshalton Village have filled up for the first time in many years. These are tributaries of the River Wandle which rises in Carshalton Park and some other areas. In recent years the water has been underground, but the recent heavy rainfall has led to the waterways filling up again, and they have been flowing in Carshalton Park and Grove Park, and in the canals which link these two parks. Those living close to the canals have said they are worried about overflows and possible flooding of properties, if the wet weather continues.

Carshalton Place canal's waterfall

Carshalton Place canal’s waterfall

In recent weeks, the Council has been working with its partners Thames Water, The Environment  Agency and Transport for London (who are responsible for the A232 Carshalton High Street) to put measures in place to prevent flooding occurring and to reduce the level of water in the canals. As part of this work, a blockage in the sewer under the A232 has been removed and this has also been dredged of silt. Obstacles such as litter and leaves have been removed from the canals, and from drains and sluices in Westcroft Road, Carshalton Place and the “Hog Pit” (the very deep excavation) in Carshalton Park. A divert has also been cut into the Westcroft Canal so that it can drain into a ditch in the Grove Park, with the waters flowing into the canal on the Westcroft Centre side of the Grove Park. As a result water is now flowing freely and water levels have started to reduce.

If you have any concerns please see Sutton Council’s Winter Information Centre website https://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=19003  or contact the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or see their website www.environment-agency.ov.uk for local water level information.

More in a future FOCUS and watch out for updates on our web site: http://carshaltoncentral.mycouncillor.org.uk

Flooding in Westmead Road and Carshalton Grove, Sutton – Thames Water Reports back…‏

A update message was received by Jill, Alan and Hamish from Thames Water today following the widespread flooding concerns in recent weeks…. as reported on this web site

Dear all

I just wanted to provide you with a quick update on the works in this area. The recent work undertaken before Christmas was to remove a blockage in the sewer which was successfully completed. The work to remove the tree roots is still to take place and I have chased this up with our contractors. I will let you know when I have some further information on when this will be.

Kind regards

Clare Collard

Local & Regional Government Liaison Manager Thames Water Utilities Ltd, Clearwater Court, Floor 2 East, Vastern Road, Reading, RG1 8DB E: clare.collard@thameswater.co.uk M: 07747644164

Old Sewer Stink Pipes – Palmerston Road and others

The crowned  stink pipe, Plamerston Road

The crowned stink pipe, Palmerston Road

About 10 years ago. Cllr. Hamish Pollock asked Thames Water to redecorate their stink pipes that are all over the older parts of the central Carshalton area, usually at the ends of cul-de-sacs and long roads. Most were then redecorated.

These include: Palmerston Road (as pictured), Carshalton Road by the railway bridge, Cator Road near junction with Talbot Road, Lavender Road (near junction with Bernard Road), Meadow Road/Westmead Road junction, Rotherfield Road (southern end opposite Talbot Road), Grosvenor Avenue (west end), Weihurst Gardens, and there are at least two examples in Stanley Park Road and so on. Palmerston Road probably has the best example of the intact decorative pipe crown and “weathervane” painted in black. Many other pipes are painted in “lincoln green”.