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A letter is in about the delayed crossing works in West Street….
Dear Residents / Traders,
West Street Carshalton – New traffic signal controlled pedestrian crossing outside St. Mary’s Nursery and Infants School
I am writing to let you know about the highway works that will be taking place in West Street in the coming days to install the new pedestrian crossing outside the school. There will be works to disconnect and remove the existing zebra crossing on 16th and Thursday 17th December. It will be necessary to close West Street between the zebra crossing and at the junction with West Street Lane on Thursday 17th December between 9.30am and 2.30pm.
The closure is necessary to allow the contractor to lay the new textured / coloured surface at the crossing point and to replace the junction table at the junction with West Street Lane. The Contractor will try to keep access open to residents at all times.
Once the zebra crossing has been removed there will be a temporary push button traffic signal controlled pedestrian crossing in operation over the Christmas period.
On the 4th January 2016, the contractor will be back on site to install the new traffic signal controlled pedestrian crossing. This work may require the use of temporary traffic management but not a road closure. The new crossing will be completed and in operation by 8th January 2016.
I apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause but I will be working with the contractor to undertake the work as quickly and safely as possible.
Jill, Alan and Hamish received this update recently…
Further to your enquiry regarding the Pelican crossing on West Street, Carshalton please see the officers response below in bold;
Sorry for the delay in replying.
Subject to confirmation the work will be completed during week beginning January 4th 2016. Unfortunately TfL were unable to connect the lights during the planned works in October. We understand that this will be at the start of school term and that the timing is not ideal, so we will have to ensure safe crossing facilities during the works.
I hope that this answers your enquiry.
If you have any further queries or concerns regarding this matter then please feel free to contact the officer in charge, Alan Eastwood on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highways & Transport Kingston & Sutton Shared Environment Service London Borough of Sutton
Unfortunately the contractor (EM Highways) responsible for the works on West Street could not resource the works as programmed for the 24th August 2015, and therefore we had to reallocate it to RJ Dance. They will be able to commence the works on the 24th August, however the carriageway resurfacing part of the works, which was meant to be completed at the same period has been rescheduled to take place during the October half term. It was programmed for the 7th September but since the schools will be back by then it was rescheduled to the October half term.
Alan, Hamish and Jill as your local councillors have received the following message today about the West Street – road closure from Monday, 17th August 2015 for road resurfacing and pedestrian crossing works. This will affect those residents living in West Street, the cottages in West Street Lane, Old Swan Yard, Sycamore Close, Colston Court and the surrounding area.
In order to facilitate carriageway resurfacing and pedestrian traffic signal installation works in West Street, Carshalton the London Borough of Sutton intends to make a Temporary Traffic Management Order. You can view the Public Notice of Intent, plan and Draft Order by visiting our web site www.sutton.gov.uk/trafficpublicnotices, selecting “View our Temporary Traffic Orders and Notices” and then selecting the reference T30092 West Street, Carshalton.
Further information on the temporary restrictions which will come into operation onMonday 17 August 2015 and with the works expected to take 16 days to complete can be obtained from Martin French Network Manager on (tel 020 8770 6426020 8770 6426.)
Denise Thompson, Senior Business Support Officer,Streetworks & Traffic Management
Environment, Housing and Regeneration Directorate. London Borough of Sutton
Planning permission for the revised planning application for London House, 42 West Street, Carshalton SM5 2PR (C2014/69012 and C2013/69013) was granted at the meeting of the Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, 25th June. Both residents’ representatives and also Carshalton Central Cllr. Jill Whitehead addressed the committee over their concerns over the shortcomings of the proposals. The proposals were however granted planning permission.
This application was to convert existing office space to provide three two-bedroom maisonettes and three three-bedroom terraced houses. The changes since the original application included a reduction in size and scale to a new two-storey building with roof accommodation to be built on the site of the existing car parking space at the rear to provide three two–bedroomed maisonettes together with nine car parking spaces.
The plans involve demolition of a building within the curtilage of a Grade 2 listed building, and alterations to the interior and exterior of the listed building. The new bungalow style stand-alone building on the rear car park site, though reduced in height, will be close to properties in Sycamore Close, Beechwood Court and West Street Lane, and also West Lodge in West Street Lane, which was built in 1738 and is one of Carshalton’s most historic buildings. The new building would still come right up to its boundary.
West Street is part of the Carshalton Conservation Area, and any new development in the area would need to respect the Grade 2 listing of the building, and protect existing amenities. The revised plans whilst improved still represent over-development as far as local councillors are concerned, and will not provide much amenity space for the residents in the new homes. As the number of units will still be largely same, this will still cause traffic problems with entrances and exits onto West Street. It is necesary that historic features such as a 17th century boundary wall, which needs to be protected.
Cllr. Jill Whitehead says “The planning application for London House, 42 West Street, Carshalton SM5 2PR (C2014/69012 and C2013/69013) has been revised by the applicant. This application seeks to convert existing office space to provide three two-bedroom maisonettes and three three-bedroom terraced houses. The changes involve a reduction in size and scale to a new two-storey building with roof accommodation to be built on the site of the existing car parking space at the rear to provide three two–bedroomed maisonettes together with nine car parking spaces. Jill adds: “The plans involve demolition of a building within the curtilage of a Grade 2 listed building, and alterations to the interior and exterior of the listed building. The new bungalow style stand -alone building on the rear car park site, though reduced in height, would still be close to properties in Sycamore Close, Beechwood Court and West Street Lane, and also West Lodge in West Street Lane, which was built in 1738 and is one of Carshalton’s most historic buildings. The new building would still come right up to its boundary.”
Cllr. Hamish Pollock adds: “West Street is part of the Carshalton Conservation Area, and any new development would need to respect the Grade 2 listing of the building, and protect existing amenities. The revised plans whilst improved still represent over-development and will not provide much amenity space for the residents in the new homes. As the number of units will still be largely same, this will still cause traffic problems with entrances and exits onto West Street. There is still concern over other historic features such as a 17th century boundary wall, which needs to be protected, as well as a mature tree in the car park area (which would not be retained in the new plans).”
Cllr. Alan Salter says: “Sutton Council is very keen to protect its Conservation Areas from inappropriate development. If you wish to view the plans or make comments on them, or lodge an objection, you can visit Sutton Council’s Development Control section at the Environment and Neighbourhoods Dept. at 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton SM5 2JG, tel. 020 8770 5070, or go on line at:
Cllr. Alan Salter says: “Sutton Council has received a planning application no. C2014/69012 for the redevelopment of a historic building in Carshalton.
Development Control Committee member, Cllr. Hamish Pollock says: “The application is for the demolition of part ground floor, part first floor at rear and internal alterations and replacement with a part one storey with roof accommodation, part two storey with roof accommodation extension and conversion of existing office space at ground and first floor levels to provide self contained accommodation comprising three 2-bedroomed maisonettes and three 3-bedroomed terraced houses; a separate detached two storey building with roof accommodation at rear comprising three 2-bedroomed maisonettes together with nine car parking spaces, internal cycle storage within main building, refuse and recycling facilities, private and communal amenity spaces and hard and soft landscaping.”
Cllr. Jill Whitehead says: I have de-delegated this planning application for the following reasons. I believe that it is overdevelopment in a conservation area, seeks to put development on a back garden car park not previously developed, and will overlook and block the view and light to many local residents’ properties. In particular it will come right up the edge of and block the view and light of one of the most historic and important buildings in Carshalton, namely West Street Lodge (built c 1738).
Jill adds: “I also understand that the boundary wall is authenticated 17th century by Andrew Skelton (and therefore needs to be conserved) and may belong to the Hope Public House and not to the owners of London House. Additionally there is an important tree in the car park area which may need to be protected. West Street Lodge features on page 119 of the “Book of Carshalton” by Wilkes and Rookledge, published in 2002, where its historical importance is highlighted. The book says that West Street Lodge was the very first Rectory in Carshalton, built in 1738. Sutton Council has recently applied for and will be applying to the Heritage Lottery fund for protection of several historical buildings in Carshalton, this planning application fits very uneasily with conservation status for this area.
Local councillors Jill, Alan and Hamish have asked council officers to look again into possible solutions of speeding traffic in the West Street area as there some concerns that the traffic intensity in that road has increased with the large increases in the local school population and the local population at large. There are about 5 local schools in or near West Street!
We would also say that Sutton Council has certainly not “passed the buck” and has been active in promoting road safety in West Street for many years with its large number of schools in the vicinity.
There have been the following measures installed in West Street in the last 20 years or so in the southern section between the railway bridge and Pound Street:- 1) Traffic calming measures to encouage speed reduction down to 20 MPH, a scheme of which which was much welcomed at the time of installation by local residents, although its implementation was much delayed by objections from some residents who would have lived next to real humps (“virtual” painted humps being the only compromise solution available at the time). Many old buildings in West Street are timber framed and being close to the road, they might have been vulnerable to collapse from vibration had real humps been installed, hence the understandable objections from some residents. Therefore we would hope that any funding authority such as TfL would wish for the council investigate the installation of other suitable measures. 2) A school crossing many years by the junior school near the junction with Sycamore Close. 3) Flashing 20MPH signs. 20 MPH signage.
Alan, Jill and Hamish regularly inspect the roads and pavements in the Carshalton Central ward/neighbourhood and report “street care” type items to the council officers for their investigation and repair etc.
Please do let us know of any such matters that you feel need looking into.
Here is a sample selection of recent requests:-
1) Bollards are URGENTLY needed to protect grass being churned up by vehicles manoeuvering outside the important Heritage Centre, Honeywood Walk.
2) West Street, Carshalton. Wonky bollard outside no. 38 West Street. This has been dislodged by accident damage. 3) Old style Road Name plate saying “WEST STREET LANE” needs repainting on north side, junction with West Street. The sign is building-mounted and certainly of “traditional” type. 4) Shorts Road. Please could the road gullies be cleared swept in the area in and around the railway brifge leading to Westmead Corner.
Cllr. Hamish Pollock reported the broken timber railing fence guarding the grassy area at the junction of West Street Lane and North Street a while ago and it has recently been repaired by Sutton Council.
Here is a picture of it.
The Repaired Fence at the junction of West Street Lane with North Street