Update on Sutton Council’s Parks, Cemeteries and Grounds Maintenance

150803 carsh parkThe following is a statement the councillors have recently received from Mary Morrissey, Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration at Sutton Council.

“I am pleased to report that the contract with idverde to provide parks, cemeteries and grounds maintenance services on behalf of Merton and Sutton Councils has now been signed. idverde will formally take on responsibility for delivering these services from Wednesday 1 February 2017.  Over the last few months, the Council (through the South London Waste Partnership) has been fine tuning the details of the new contract with idverdeidverde has been meeting with Friends of Parks Groups in the borough to help identify priorities and reassure Friends Groups that they can continue to play a key role in their parks going forward.  idverde is an award-winning horticultural specialist with 100 years of experience under its belt. I have no doubt that they will continue to provide a very high quality of service for local residents at a reduced cost to the council.” 


Parks and Open Spaces

Sutton’s parks and open spaces offer some 1,500 acres of picturesque and tranquil oases in this busy London suburb. Find out more about parks, playgrounds & park activities here…

The Parks Service manages and maintains two cemeteries, one burial ground, five closed churchyards and 36 allotments. We also manage 66,000 council owned trees and various woodlands, including 22,000 street trees.

Carshalton Place canal's waterfall

Carshalton Place canal’s waterfall earlier this year!

The Safer Parks Teams, as part of the Safer Sutton Partnership, provide mobile security in the parks. Their aim is to help prevent crime, reduce vandalism and fear of crime, reduce litter, dog fouling and graffiti. Telephone Number 020 8721 2268.

Carshalton’s Parks

We have of course a lot of green space within the Carshalton Central neighbourhood…The Grove Park, Carshalton Park, Carshalton Place Canal, The Wrythe Recreation Ground and The Warren Park, plus Benhill Recreation Ground right on our western borders, plus Erskine Village Green on Erskine Road and so on.

There are 420 hectares of green space and more than 80 parks and open spaces in the borough as a whole.

Looking South towards Ruskin Road

Carshalton Place Canal Looking South towards Ruskin Road

Sutton is one of the greenest boroughs in London. There are SIX Green Flag parks (including The Grove Park in Carshalton) and Sutton has achieved a number of awards including the Silver Gilt award in 2013 for its overall entry in the competition for the fifth year running; a Silver Gilt award for Sutton Manor Park (near the police station); a Gold Award for Oaks Park and 1st place for the Floral Display award in the London in Bloom Awards.

We also have 75,000 trees in the borough’s streets, parks and other council properties and in addition there are many hectares of woodlands.

Not at all bad for a “small” London borough!

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee Tuesday 12th February 2013

Cllr. Hamish Pollock, chair of the Council’s Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee says: “If you want to influence how your neighbourhood is shaped, come along to one of our local committee meetings. They run six times a year and they’re an interesting way to get more involved in local life. The Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee covers an area from the Poets’ Estate, to Carshalton Ponds and Oaks Park.  Over the past year, our committee has approved spending of over £100,000 for projects in your area. This includesnew Christmas lights for Carshalton High Street, a special crossing in Woodmansterne Road for disabled riders at the Diamond Riding Centre, trees and bulbs in Carshalton Park, establishing a free grit collection point at Clockhouse, installing a sign board and map at Warren Park and outdoor gyms at The Grove Park and Corrigan Recreation Ground. The committee is now considering detailed proposals for a World War Two Memorial near Carshalton Ponds, a yellow line parking scheme at Barrow Hedges Way and Waverley Way and cycle paths through Carshalton Park and Oaks Park.

The next meeting is on 12 February at 7.30pm at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton Beeches SM5 3NL. To find out more, visit www.sutton.gov.uk/



Warren Park & Its Nature Reserve and Other Matters

Cllr. Hamish Pollock reports about the new Nature Reserve Fence: “To safeguard the important nature reserve in Warren Park which is off King’s Lane, Sutton (in Carshalton Central neighbourhood, though) and prior to the installation of the fencing the Council put up site notices that informed site users about our intentions, which included impressions how the fencing would look like. This type of fencing was chosen, so that no dog fouling occurs in areas where responsible dog owners would not be able to pick up the dog mess.” 

Nature Reserve Fence in Warren Park facing the playground

Cllr. Jill Whitehead who chairs the Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee says: ” The Council opened the wildlife area to the public to provide Access to Nature in the local area of Warren Park, in line with London Planning policies. The Council also has the obligation to maintain the site as nature conservation site and the fencing is intended to stop the current decline of the chalk grassland whilst continuing to provide an accessible nature site. There is already a successful recovery of the grassland visible.

Nature Reserve Fence running parallel with the railway

Cllr. Alan Salter says: “The residents have asked for more dog bins. New dog bins were installed in Warren Park recently. These are placed to be easily accessible when leaving the park. An additional bin at the far end of the park as suggested by local residents would create difficulties emptying as the bags tend to break when moved over a long distances. It is unlikely that people who do not clean up after their dog will be encouraged to do so with an additional bin. Self closing gates have been queried by some residents: Self closing gates are generally only used on children’s playgrounds as safety guidelines suggest, and in those instances gates always open outwards as they are designed to stop dogs getting in rather than children getting out, as the gates are not a substitute for parental control. The usual way for stopping people running into roads at entrances etc. is by way of a highways barrier. Additional dog bins and installation of new self closing gates could be provided at the park but there would be a cost to providing this as well as an ongoing maintenance requirement.

Warren Park's playground with state of the art play equipment installed in recent years

Please let us know if you have any local concerns about Warren Park or other parks and open spaces in the borough.


The Council’s highways officer presented a report at the July meeting of the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee seeking approval for safety improvements at King’s Lane (South) Bridge.   

Committee chair Cllr. Hamish Pollock reports: ” For many years, concerns have been raised locally about pedestrian, cyclist  and  driver safety on King’s Lane south bridge over the railway. Highways officers were asked to look at safety improvements. There were suggestions in the past of using mirrors at the bends which thehighways officers dismissed. The bridge is only 3.6 metres (12 feet) wide  and only allows one line of traffic at a time.  Approaches to the bridge are at very nearly 90 degree bends and the bridge parapets are a combination of solid brick with rails on top which makes the sight lines poor.”

There have apparently been 3 personal injuries at the junction between April 2008 and April 2011, and residents who use Warren Park have reported numerous “bumps” as cars failed to negotiate the difficult twists and turns safely.

South Bridge, King's Lane with dogs and owners!

The highways officer reported at the meeting that the proposals had been considered by the Council’s neighbouring Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee, who had already accepted the scheme subject to further consultation. It was confirmed that the scheme would be funded from the Local Investment Plan, therefore at no cost to the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee.

The works include: Building out the footways on both sides of the junction which would slow and guide vehicles on a more visible line and provide a longer footway for pedestrians.  The warning signs will be upgraded and re-positioned and be much more prominent. 

The cost of implementing the complete scheme is £16,000.  Other improvements, amounting to £500 will be made at the Carshalton end of the bridge.

It was agreed by the committee to carry out the implementation of this road safety improvement scheme at King’s Lane junction with Hillcroome Road, Sutton.   More in a future posting…

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee Report

Alan, Jill and Hamish by one of the newly-rebuilt brick piers by Carshalton Park

December 2011 Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee Chairman’s Report:

Cllr. Hamish Pollock, Chair of the Carshalton Local Committee says: “We’re pleased that at last the brick piers supporting the railings at Carshalton Park have been repaired/rebuilt using the Council’s Public Realm funding that was agreed recently. These piers/railings face Ashcombe Road and The Park.

Local community representatives recently proposed to allocate Public Realm (community improvement) funds of £3,800 to Sutton Ecology Centre in Carshalton for interpretation and notice boards, and £4,800 for fencing to secure the Westmead Allotments off Colston Avenue and repairs to the car park to the same site. Also proposed were some further funding for some new fencing in Warren Park off King’s Lane, in the final distribution of sums for the current financial year. These items were all agreed at the local committee in December.