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

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.

A Message from the Leader of Sutton Council, Cllr. Ruth Dombey & Get your tickets for Sadiq Khan’s Question Time when he comes to Carshalton!


Dear Hamish,

Lots going on at the moment. Here are just a few things that I hope you’ll find interesting:

Preventing homelessness

Sadly homelessness is a growing problem across the country. While here in Sutton it’s not as bad as some inner cities, the problem is growing and we need to do what we can to help people in difficulty and in particular to help prevent them becoming homeless in the first place.

So Sutton, Kingston and Merton councils have joined together to radically rethink homelessness prevention and together we have managed to obtain £1 million in government funding to help families avoid crisis and prevent them becoming homeless.

Only 28 out of 122 bids to central government were successful and we will be developing a range of innovative, pro-active approaches that will radically reshape the way we tackle homelessness. We will be working together with the voluntary sector, in particular, the charity SPEAR and the aim is to work closely with families at risk of homelessness so fewer people will need to be housed in temporary accommodation.

This is an enormous opportunity to provide tangible, sustainable support to people to prevent them becoming homeless and to help them stay in their own homes.

Tackling London’s air quality

The Mayor of London has announced funding for six innovative “Neighbourhoods of the Future” across London which will combine new green technology to improve London’s air quality. The Beddington Industrial Area will be one of these 6 neighbourhoods and electric vans and trucks will be loaned to local businesses to reduce pollution and encourage businesses to adopt greener business methods.

Ask Sadiq a question

And finally – if you’re fed up with the appalling train service, if you think Sutton should get better and more frequent public transport, if you’re worried about air quality, if you think the Mayor of London should spend more on policing – and you’d like to ask the Mayor of London a question, then I’ve got good news for you.

Sadiq Kahn is coming to the Borough for People’s Question Time. We think this is the first time it has happened since the Mayoralty and the Greater London Authority were first set up in 2000. Tickets are free but numbers are limited so sign up soon. It will be held at the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton at 7pm on Thursday 2nd March. You can get your tickets here.

That’s all for now. Thank you to everyone who has replied with positive comments about these emails – I really appreciate it. And if you think there are issues (good and bad) that it would be helpful to address and provide information, do let me know.

Best wishes,


Cllr Ruth Dombey
Leader of Sutton Council

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
Surrey SM5 2JG
020 8770 6426 (General Streetworks enquiries only)
07736 338346

Tom Brake MP petitions the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street

Tom said: “Yesterday I took the fight against Southern Rail directly to the Prime Minister, presenting my petition, signed by more than 2,900 local residents to No.10.


We are all sick and tired of unreliable and shambolic train services from Southern Rail and Thameslink, particularly as their profits continue to rise and fares continue to go up.

In the afternoon I also challenged the Rail Minister during an Urgent Question in Parliament. You can watch the clip here. The Minister’s weak response was a disgrace and shows that this Government is not ready to stand up to the train operators and fight for commuters.

We need to continue to apply pressure on the Government to act.

Please click this button and let me know how you can help this campaign:

Thanks and best wishes,

Tom Brake MP

PS. If you are on Facebook, you can share this post to let your friends and family know about the campaign to Sack Southern.


Parking fraudsters left feeling blue


Sutton’s crackdown on Blue Badge fraudsters continues with seven more drivers convicted at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 29 November.

The seven drivers pleaded guilty to using Blue Badges to park in Sutton without the named Badge Holder present. Blue Badges are issued for the sole use of a named individual and are only valid when it is being used by, or for, the disabled person when that person is present. It is stated clearly on the Badge that misuse may constitute a criminal offence. They all pleaded guilty in Court.

Mr Edward McDonagh, aged 52, of Bullrush Close, Carshalton, was given a conditional discharge for 6 months, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £100 costs after he parked his Renault in a disabled bay at The Market, Rosehill on Thursday 6th October using a Badge that belonged to his son.

Miss Helen Weatherly, aged 41, of Papermill Close, Carshalton, was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £100 costs after she parked her Nissan on a single yellow line in Lodge Place, Sutton, using a Badge that belonged to her son.

Miss Karen Bernard, aged 42, of Masters Close, Streatham, was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £100 costs afer she parked her Vauxhall on a single yellow line in Elm Grove, Sutton, and displayed a Badge that belonged to her son.

Miss Nicola Burns of 145 Bishopsford Road, Morden, was fined £135 and ordered to pay victim surcharge of £30 and £125 costs after she parked her Vauxhall in a red route dual use Loading/Disabled Bay in Wrythe Lane, Carshalton, on Thursday 6th October using a Badge that belonged to her son.

Miss Roxanna Kishore-Bigord, aged 46, of Roffey Close, Purley, was fined £160 and orderd to a pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £200 costs after she parked her Ford on a single yellow line in Elm Grove, Sutton, on Thursday 6th October using a badge that belonged to her son.

Mrs Joanne Bellamore, aged 43, of Sandpiper Road, Sutton, was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £100 costs after she parked her Volkswagen in a mandatory disabled bay in St Nicholas Way, Sutton, on Thursday 15th September using a Badge that belonged to her son.

Mrs Noha Aiqes, aged 33, of Middleton Road, Carshalton, was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £100 costs after she parked her Ford on a single yellow line in Benhill Avenue, Sutton, using a Badge that belonged to her son.

Carshalton Central ward’s Cllr Jill Whitehead, who is the Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“While it may be tempting to use the Blue Badges of other people to want to park when they are not with them, people must not do so. Blue Badges must be used only by the people named on them and no-one else. Blue Badges are issued to help disabled people have convenient access to busy town centres. We have only a limited number of disabled parking bays in Sutton and it is important that they are reserved for people who are genuinely disabled.”

Police and Sutton Council Parking Services’ officers carry out regular joint patrols to stop misuse of the borough’s 500 disabled parking bays which are for residents who have permanent or severe mobility difficulties and want to park conveniently for the shops.

They use the borough’s CCTV system and body-worn cameras, which are designed to film images and sound when dealing with drivers, with the footage being used as evidence in Court.

The vast majority of Sutton’s 7,144 Blue Badge Holders use the Badges as they are intended. However, a small minority of drivers deliberately misuse the Blue Badge privilege.

X26 Bus Service Timetable Changes





Dear Stakeholder

As part of our commitment to improve London’s bus services, we sometimes need to adjust our timetables to ensure that services are as reliable as possible.

On Saturday 12 November we are changing the timetable of route X26 which runs with limited stops between West Croydon bus station and Heathrow Airport, Central Bus Station.

The route will continue to run about every 30 minutes throughout the day and evening, seven days per week. However some journeys will leave earlier or later, and will be scheduled to take longer, than they do now. This will more closely match the planned timetable to expected traffic levels and improve reliability on the route.

For details of the new times please see timetables on display at route X26 bus stops from 12 November or use our Journey Planner.

Yours faithfully

Stephen Hosking

Consultation Team

Transport for London

Bus station boost for West Croydon


A new bus station in West Croydon has been officially opened by London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross.

The station, which cost £4.5m, has been completely rebuilt, making it more spacious and accessible, with new customer information, improved lighting and security, and extra seating.

The station will serve 25 bus routes and 150 buses an hour at peak times, with 23,000 passengers able to use it every day.

Val Shawcross said: ‘I’m delighted that West Croydon has a new bus station to be proud of. This new safe and accessible station will be a real boost to the town centre, improving journeys for tens of thousands of passengers every single day, continuing the regeneration of the area.’

Tom Brake MP’s message on Parking

Tom Brake MP

Tom Brake MP

Hamish — Parking is one of the biggest challenges facing our area. Sutton has the 6th highest level of car ownership and use in London, and therefore suffers from traffic congestion and a shortage of appropriate parking in many areas across the borough. To show the scale of the problem, approximately 320 requests for minor parking arrangements covering 228 streets across the borough were made last year. This is reinforced by a recent boroughwide survey of local residents where parking came out as one of the three most important issues. For those reasons, I am pleased that Sutton Council has prioritised this issue and recently published the Council’s new parking strategy.

In the past, parking schemes were considered and rolled out in an ad-hoc way with the unwanted consequence of simply pushing the problem onto surrounding roads.

The new strategy will be more cohesive, borough-wide, evidence-driven and with a well thought out 5 year delivery plan. It will be built into the wider plans for the borough and focus particularly on areas known as traffic attractors and generators – St Helier hospital, local schools, train stations and town centres.

The specific details are yet to be determined but in these areas parking schemes like Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) will be considered and local residents will be consulted.

In the coming years, it is inevitable that we will need to reduce our dependency on cars and use other sustainable modes of transport – public transport, walking, cycling etc. I am are aware that because South London currently lags behind other parts of London when it comes to public transport, many residents are often forced to use their cars. That’s why securing better local transport links has always been one my top priorities.

In these difficult financial times for local authorities, fixing our parking problem will not be easy and will take some time, but I can reassure you that I will work with local residents, businesses and Councillors to ensure a strategy is implemented which creates sustainable and fairer parking for all. Best wishes, Tom Brake MP

Sutton Council is to consult about new borough parking strategy


Sutton Council is to consult with residents and local businesses on a new parking strategy for the borough, following recent surveys that found inconsiderate parking to be residents’ number one issue. The council is now acting on those parking concerns, especially since anticipated population growth is likely to put extra pressures on available parking space in the future.

Sutton has the sixth-highest levels of car ownership and usage out of the 33 London boroughs. This has led to issues about traffic congestion and air quality in the borough. A high level of car ownership in streets with older houses without garages and with a concentration of flats has contributed to parking stresses as off-street parking can be difficult in these areas.

The Parking Strategy and Policy document, which has been approved by Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods committee, sets out how the council plans to assess, review and manage on-street parking in the borough in the coming years.

This will mean proposals for new schemes in some parts of the borough that have no schemes at present, but which experience particular parking problems, for example around St Helier Hospital. The borough’s current Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) arrangements will also be reviewed to assess if these on-street parking schemes are still fit for purpose.

The first three years of the five-year strategy, starting in April 2017, will focus on the borough areas with the most parking problems on an area-by-area basis. Particular emphasis will be on looking at so-called “attractors and generators”, such as around railway and bus stations, hospitals and clinics, schools and colleges, local High Streets and shopping areas, and superstores and new development sites, to see how the on-street parking situation can be improved.

Car parks will also be looked at to see how their use can be made more attractive to reduce problems with on-street parking.

The aim is to have a borough-wide parking management and enforcement policy that manages predicted demand for on-road parking and avoids a future where Sutton has too many cars and too few parking spaces.

On-street parking has already been reviewed and residents consulted in the six local committee areas of Sutton Local; St Helier The Wrythe and Wandle Valley; South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont; Carshalton and Clockhouse; Cheam North and Worcester Park; and Beddington and Wallington. This followed an increasing number of enquiries to the council from residents and businesses having problems with on-street parking.

Reviewing parking conditions in an integrated fashion borough-wide across the six local committee areas will prevent random ad hoc approaches being taken in different places across Sutton. This will mean a consistent approach across the borough.

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

“Sutton is proud to be a green borough and traffic congestion is a major challenge, given the potential for significant population growth in the coming years. This is why it is vital that we have in place a sound strategy for managing the anticipated increase in demand for parking space. Sutton has the sixth-highest levels of car ownership and usage in London. Our key transport objectives are to improve public transport links and to encourage more short journeys undertaken by bicycle or on foot. But the parking policy and strategy will also be key in improving traffic flow and regulating the movement of traffic to prevent gridlock.

“The rising population of London means that a better transport system is a priority. But we need a parking strategy that deals with increased demand for road space. We are inviting residents and local businesses to have their say about the parking strategy and how to avoid a crisis of road space in future.”

The Parking Strategy supports the aspirations of One Planet Sutton, the Sustainable Transport Strategy, the Cycling Strategy, the Local Plan, the Town Centre Masterplan and the Sutton 2031 growth agenda.