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 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



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 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.


Carshalton’s Heritage Signs recently restored…

Cllr. Hamish Pollock took these pictures of the recently-restored heritage signs for the All Saints’ Church, Carshalton, IMG-20140506-01079Ann Boleyn’s Well by the Church and The Orangery of the former Carshalton Park House at the corner of The Square with Brookside. 

These signs were some of many similar signs restored as part of the council’s recent Environmental Improvements Programme, masterminded by Carshalton Central ward Cllr. Jill Whitehead in her role as Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee and council officers.


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.

No. 1 The Square – The Council’s Planning Enforcement Officer Investigates…


No. 1 The Square before its windows were replaced with UPVC ones!

No. 1 The Square up for sale before its windows were replaced with UPVC ones!

A letter is in from the Council’s Planning Enforcement Officer regarding the recent unauthorised replacement of original painted timber windows at No. 1 The Square right at the junction with the High Street, Carshalton. The old  style traditional looking windows were suddenly changed (on the front elevation which is very visible to the main road) with UPVC windows. The property is an older style house (probably Edwardian?) at a very prominent location within the long-established Carshalton Conservation Area.  A number of concerned residents have raised this matter with Jill, Alan and Hamish in recent weeks.

Dear Councillor

I have been asked to respond to your query of 18 February 2014 regarding the new windows in the front elevation of 1 The Square.  I have been in contact with the property developers and made them aware that I consider the new windows need planning permission because the materials are not of similar appearance to the windows they replaced. The breach of control is also registered against the planning history of the property, which means it would be revealed on any land search requested from the Council by prospective purchasers.

The planning legislation allows a house owner to change windows, as long as the materials used are of similar appearance to those they replaced, as permitted development (i.e. they do not require planning permission from the Council). This right is not restricted in Conservation Areas. Unfortunately, control over the type of opening is not given to Councils by the planning legislation and so it is possible to change from a side hung sliding sash window to one that opens outwards. This can have a significant impact on the character of the building and amenity of the area and makes any potential planning enforcement action significantly more complicated. The Council would have to demonstrate the change in materials from timber to UPVC is harmful, given the other changes that can take place without planning permission from the Council.

I understand the property is currently for sale and I am watching the progress on this. Given the complexities of this particular case I am unable to give a time period for resolution at this time.

Yours sincerely

Fiona Lander, Principal Enforcement Officer (Development Services), London Borough of Sutton 

New Caterpillars Children’s Nursery, Old Library, The Square

The imminent opening of the children’s nursery in the Old Library, The Square, Carshalton is announced on a bright banner by the front door.  (Photo taken by Hamish on 15th Feb.)

The building works are nearing completion to convert the old Carshalton Library and the offices for former council services into the facilities for the children’s nursery. 

For details: See their web site:; E-mail:; Tel: 020-8773 3882.



Dumped Rubbish and Tree Prunings in The Square, Carshalton by the Old Library

Cllr. Hamish Pollock has recently reported the dumped rubbish and tree prunings by the large tree outside of the entrance to the Old Library building, The Square, Carshalton as well as the redundant Library Opening hours sign still on the wall of the building.

A council officer has replied that the matters are being attended to. The officer says:-

I have this morning spoken to the proprietor of Cherrubin Nurseries who purchased the library, Andrew Brown and he explained as follows in relation to the points of this enquiry; 

1)    The huge pile of pruning’s etc is fly tip and while they have had one skip placed to accommodate their own waste, with another on its way, they don’t feel they should be responsible for other people’s fly tip. I will now liaise with colleagues about the grounds for removal of fly tip by the Council or otherwise, Andrew will send me a picture of the said fly tip today. Personally I think that if a site where building works are occurring is not kept very tidy it does tend to attract more rubbish, and perhaps that is what has happened here.

2)    They have now received planning (permission) but during that process had to provide Heritage statements etc and were very aware of the vernacular sensitivity so have been reluctant to remove any signage for fear of upsetting anyone. They will now remove the signage. 

Old Carshalton Library Building in The Square gets a facelift!

A picture below of the century-old Carshalton Library building which is undergoing major refurbishment to become a children’s nursery.

The building was owned by Sutton Council and disposed of by auction as reported previously.  It was originally the office building for Carshalton Urban District Council.

Old Carshalton Library pictured on 19th July 2013

Old Carshalton Library pictured on 19th July 2013

Old Carshalton Library (and former town hall) building under new ownership

Here’s a picture taken on Friday 22nd March 2013, of the old library in The Square.  This fine old building (albeit needing some care and attention externally) was sold under auction recently.  The building was built nearly a century ago as the offices of the then Carshalton Urban District Council when Carshalton was completely independent of Sutton, with then a far smaller population of course.

We understand that a likely use is as a new children’s nursery. 

The new Carshalton Library is located at the newly-opened Westcroft Leisure Centre at the othe end of Carshalton High Street.

Old Carshalton Library (and former Town Hall)

Old Carshalton Library (and former Town Hall)