Wallington Christmas Lights Switch On – Friday 25th November

It’s that time of year again! The Wallington Christmas Lights Switch-on is back — bigger and better than ever! The event will start at 5pm on Friday 25th November, with the switch on at 7pm by the Mayor of Sutton Councillor Richard Clifton.

There will be choirs and two bands until 8pm plus food supplied by local businesses, including Chef RF and The Woodcote Flying Club. Local Lib Dem Councillors have been working with the organising committee to make the 2016 Christmas lights switch-on event even better. The committee has received a neighbourhood grant from the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee, to help fund street food stalls and a bigger PA system. Look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes, Steve

Cllr Steve Cook Deputy Mayor and Lib Dem Councillor for Wallington South

PS. Please forward this email onto friends, family and neighbours who may be interested.

Wallington News

Occasionally this web site has stories from surrounding parts of the borough.

Many residents of Carshalton Central visit or pass through Wallington Town Centre and here we have some news from hard-working local councillor Jayne McCoy….she ably represents Wallington South ward along with the current Mayor Muhammad Sadiq. There is a vacancy for the third seat formerly represented by Cllr. Colin Hall whose very sad death we reported a few weeks’ ago. The vacancy will be filled in the pending by-election.

Shotfield Zebra Crossing

The new crossing is now in place. However the white paint is already fading so local councillors will be finding out why and asking for it to be addressed.

Wallington Music Festival

Wallington is to hold its first Music Festival on Saturday 27th June. It will take place in the Library Gardens between midday and 4pm with acts largely performing in the new bandstand. There will also be stalls and other entertainment. The festivities will then move on in the evening to the Wallington Arms with more live acts, and also to The Brook in Manor Road.These latter venues have the added benefit of serving alcohol! All of the acts will be local and are from local schools, groups or just talented individuals.

The idea for the festival came from local resident Ric Adams, following on from the success of his efforts to arrange Wallington’s first festive light switch-on. Ric’s insistence is that the festival must be free. Muhammad, Steve and Jayne McCoy are actively involved in making sure the Music Festival goes ahead, as are the owners of The Brook. They are still firming up details but look out for flyers and posters about the event. Please do come along to give your support and enjoy a celebration of music at the centre of our lovely Wallington.

Methodist Church update

Planning permission was reluctantly granted for the replacement of the old Methodist Church in Beddington Gardens to be replaced with a new modern church. Details can be found on Jayne McCoy’s blog here. There is currently a new planning application in. This is an application for outline permission and purely deals with the access road which will serve both the parking for the church and the residential units planned for the rear of the site. The church intends to sell the land to developers for housing as that will fund the building of the new church. More detailed plans will need to be submitted by the developer when the land has been purchased.

Development of Wallington Public Hall site

The council has yet to decide whether it should sell the site to developers or develop it itself for housing. The decision on whether to include part of the car park in the area suitable for development has still to be made by the Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods committee. The only external interest in the site so far has been from Carew Manor school, however so far this is just tentative inquiries.

Sainsbury’s/Woodcote Road box junction

The Councillors are seeking feasibility study work to review the safety of the box junction near Sainsbury’s. They have had a number of complaints about how the junction operates for cars and there have been some accidents so they want an investigation into how it could be made safer for all.

Old BP Garage site, Stafford Road

This empty site that had the spectre of a huge drive-through McDonalds seen off thanks to local people-power now has the prospect of a more suitable development by the site owners. Talks are ongoing with the council about a potential mixed retail/housing development which sounds much more acceptable to local people. Local councillors will let the immediate neighbours know when a planning application is submitted.

 

Christmas Shopping News:

sutton_council_logoCar park charges across Sutton are being dropped on three weekends in the run up to Christmas. It will be free to park in eight council car parks in Wallington, Carshalton and Cheam on  the weekends of 14 and 15 December and 21 and 22 December.

Charges are being dropped as the council is supporting the “small business Saturday” initiative.  The aim is to encourage people to spend money with local traders.

It will also be free to park in the main Gibson Road multi-storey car park in Sutton on 14, 15, 21 and 22 December.

Free parking is as follows:

 Car park(s)    Dates  Cost
Wallington: Wallington Library, Shotfield Public Hall (Woodcote Road) Melbourne Road   Saturday 14 December

Sunday 15 December

Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December

free
Carshalton: Carshalton High Street The Square   Saturday 14 December

Sunday 15 December

Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December

free
Cheam: Cheam Library Kingsway Road   Saturday 14 December

Sunday 15 December

Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December

free
Sutton: Gibson Road multi-storey   Saturday 14 December

Sunday 15 December

Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December 

free

Parking charges will apply – and be enforced – at all other times.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, who’s in charge of boosting the local economy, said:

“Despite talk of the economy getting stronger, we know some of the borough’s small businesses are still finding it tough. I want to do everything I can to help them. By offering free parking on these weekends in December, I hope people are encouraged to visit traders in our fantastic town and district centres”.

Carshalton Central ward Cllr Jill Whitehead, who has responsibility for car parking, said:

“The council has an important role to play in supporting Sutton’s economy. I am delighted that we have been able to offer free Christmas parking again this year. I encourage residents to shop and buy locally from our fantastic town and district centres.”

Wallington Post Office to move into WH Smiths

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It has been officially confirmed that the Wallington Post Office branch is proposing to be run by WH Smith and to move into their unit in Woodcote Road, Wallington.  Many residents of Carshalton Central neighbourhood shop in Wallington and may be interested in this change of location of the Post Office.

Information produced advises that the same range of services  and products will be offered, but with increased opening hours aligning with WH Smith’s hours of operation. The intention is for four serving positions and a private consultation room.

Cllr. Alan Salter who lives in the border of Carshalton with Wallington says:-

“There is a 6-week public consultation on the proposals ending on 25th November. You can feed in your views through an online questionnaire: postofficeviews.co.uk, by emailing comments@postoffice.co.uk or writing to FREEPOST Your Comments. In all cases be sure to note the code of the Wallington branch: 01701399.”

Wallington – Sutton Council says a Big No to a Big Mac…Donalds

The planning application for a drive-through McDonalds in Stafford Road was overwhelmingly opposed by all the eight councillors voting at the Development Control Committee on Wednesday evening (16th October) held at the Civic Offices, Sutton.

Cllr. Hamish Pollock took part in the lengthy discussion which went on for about 2 hours and voted against this application as did all the other voting councillors, having previously had a completely open mind about this application. The views of all the local people were overwhelming in that McDonalds had simply not persuaded any of us of their case.  The planning application was refused permission for a variety of reasons including proposed opening hours, traffic concerns, overlooking and amenity of residents the detailed wording of which will be finalised by the senior planning officers present at the meeting.

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The Future of Wallington’s Crown Post Office: Tom Brake asks for your views…

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A letter is in from Tom Brake MP for the constituency of Carshalton & Wallington about a major Post Office that many Carshalton residents may use from time to time…

Dear Hamish,
As you may be aware, I recently joined local residents, Post Office workers and Union reps at a public meeting to discuss the future of the Crown Post Office in Wallington.
 
At the meeting the Post Office outlined their proposal to seek a retailer (such as a supermarket) who would provide Post Office services alongside their commercial activities.
 
The Post Office say they need to do this to cut the running costs of the Crown Offices which are currently losing £37 million per year.  Any partner will need to pass a number of tests, including one of financial viability and would be subject to a public consultation.
 
The Post Office have stated that if they cannot identify a partner, they will leave the Crown Office unchanged.

Union representatives, Post Office staff and customers raised concerns about the impact any changes will have on customers, such as:

  • What would happen if the supermarket decides to close the Post Office, will the new Post Office be accessible?
  • Will staff have the right level of experience?
  • Will the queues be longer?
  • And what will happen to the very experienced staff who currently work in the Wallington Crown Office?

At the end of the meeting, the view of the audience was clear – they wanted the Post Office to look at ways to keep the Crown Office where it is and run by the Post Office.
 
I asked the Post Office to examine ways to make the Wallington Crown Office more profitable, by negotiating a reduced rent for the premises (which they do not own), increasing the range of services they provide (to increase the income) and maximise income by making full use of the building.
 
I want to know your views on the future of Wallington Post Office. Should the existing Post Office by merged with another retailer? Do you want dedicated Post Office staff located in Wallington?
 
Send me your views by replying to this email and I will ensure that I pass them onto the Post Office.  http://tombrake.co.uk/

Best Wishes
 
Tom Brake MP
Liberal Democrat for Carshalton and Wallington

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Wallington McDonalds Planning Application

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We occasionally post Wallington-related items where there is bound to be wider interest.  Residents have raised concerns after plans were submitted for a McDonald’s “drive-through” in Wallington Town Centre.

The plans include a two-storey restaurant, a drive-through, external seating and 44 car parking spaces in Stafford Road – on a site which used to hold a car-wash and backs on to a residential area. The consultation officially closed on Friday 7th June 2013 but you can still write in and object (if you wish!) and some residents have written to Sutton’s development and control committee objecting to the proposals with multiple concerns.

A council spokesman said: “The application is currently being examined and any representations received will be carefully considered by officers. No date has yet been set for the formal determination of the application by the council’s Development Control Committee.”

To let the council know your views on building a McDonald’s in Stafford Road visit the online planning register, email developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk, or write to Development Services, Environment and Leisure, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, SM5 2JG.

Source: this is Local London

Link to the post: http://wallingtonresidents.info/mcdonalds-plans-to-open-in-wallington/2150/

Link to Wallington Residents Information: http://wallingtonresidents.info

Wallington’s Mum2mum Baby/Children Nearly New Sale 23rd February from 11am to 1pm

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Mum2mum market is a pop up market of nearly new baby, kids and maternity goods in various locations within the Sutton Borough, where mums sell to mums. They bring together mums with lightly used baby and children’s goods and mums looking for preloved quality brands at a fraction of the high street price.
They have regular monthly sales- see website for details or join us on their Facebook Page

Top quality Children’s goods

But top quality pre loved baby and children’s goods at a fraction of the high street price- all great brands in top condition. At a mum2mum market you can find a huge variety of baby and children’s goods- just about everything imaginable for babies and children aged 0 to 6 Entry is £2 on the door or 2 for 1 voucher on website…everyone welcome. (children are free),

SELL your outgrown baby and kids stuff to other mums and keep 100% of the proceeds. Don’t worry if you’ve never sold before- our sellers pack will guide you through the process, helping you to get the pricing and presentation right so you maximise your sales on the day.
http://www.mum2mummarket.co.uk/book-a-stall.html

Sat 23rd February 11am-1pm
At Wallington United Reformed Church, Stanley Park Rd, SM6 0EU

For a full list of there other venues see their website.

Link to the post: http://wallingtonresidents.info/mum2mum-market/1995/

Link to Wallington Residents Information: http://wallingtonresidents.info