St Philomena’s School expansion

stphilomenaslogo_1A planning application has been submitted for the expansion of St Philomena’s school (C2015/71900) to provide an additional one- form entry of 30 pupils totalling 200 extra pupils over seven years. As there are currently 1303 pupils this will take the overall total to 1503 pupils.

In 2015/16, the first year after expansion, the number of year 7 (first year) pupils will rise from 204 to 234 pupils. The school has undertaken that all the expansion will come from Sutton Borough children. The expansion will consist of eight new classrooms in a two storey building.

At present 60% of pupils come from outside the Sutton boundaries. The 2012 School Travel Plan shows that 27% of pupils were driven or drove to school, or shared cars or “parked and strode”.  A total of 41% caught the bus, 18% used rail and 15% walked or cycled. The 2013/14 school travel survey showed a slight increase in bus users at 44%.

However, no new car parking or vehicular access arrangements form part of the application. But a parking study has been conducted by the school in the Poets Estate area  – bounded by Shorts Rd/Alma Rd, Colston Avenue and stretching along Westmead Rd from Westmead Corner to Browning Avenue and Highfield Rd. This shows an existing capacity of 84% of parking spaces when max capacity is defined as 85%.

Many residents report parents parking across their drives and on double yellow lines, especially in Shorts Rd/Alma Road, and in the area around Westmead Corner. Jill and Alan recently met the Head Teacher to discuss options. They asked that the school stagger opening and closing times, encourage more pupils to use public transport or walk/cycle, older children in particular. They asked for proactive enactment of the School’s travel plan and greater enforcement of parental behaviour at school start and finish times.

To comment on the school plans please visit Sutton Council’s online planning register at: http://gis.sutton.gov.uk/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=C2015%2F71900 or visit the Planning Dept, 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JG Tel 020 8770 5070 or email developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk  by 17th July 2015.

Poets Estate – 10 Big Actions by the FOCUS Team

Some things we’ve done for you in the Poets’ Estate:-

1) Benhill Rec. We installed new play facilities, planted lavender beds and removed the old skateboard ramp.

2) Westmead Road/Carshalton Grove. We asked the Council to investigate and prevent future floods in this area.

3) Colston Avenue/Coleridge Avenue/Court Drive. We installed new yellow lines to reduce commuter parking.

4) Free Grit. We installed new grit bins in many locations in the Poets’ Estate/Westmead area of the Carshalton Central ward, including at the junction of Sutton Grove/Waterloo Road.

5) Street Trees. We have got planted 81 street trees in Carshalton Central ward many of them in the Poets’ Estate.

6) Mead Crescent. Road was resurfaced.

7) Shirley Avenue. Road and pavements were resurfaced.

8) Westmead Allotments. Better secure fencing installed.

9) Shorts Road/West Street Footpath. We asked the council to clear dog mess and asked police to monitor the area.

10) Wrythe Rec. We installed new play facilities in the rec. We asked that the railings are refurbished and work is underway.

And….We have also kept residents informed and supported residents in the various planning applications affecting our area. Examples are the Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s applications for 3G plastic surface for the football pitch and extended hours of lighting both of which were unanimously refused by Sutton Council’s planning / development control committee.

CAFC’s Floodlights and 3G Plastic Turf Planning Applications thrown out by Sutton Council

Sutton Council’s Development Control (or Planning) Committee unanimously threw out Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s two major planning applications last Wednesday (22nd January).

These applications were for (1) increased use of floodlights; (2) the replacement of the turf pitch with a 3G plastic pitch.

Local residents’ representatives and one of your councillors spoke against both of these planning applications at the meeting.

The reasons for refusal included serious concerns over the loss of amenity and damage to the area’s environment, with aCarshalton_Athleticdditional noise and nuisance caused by the floodlights and the anticipated significantly increased use of the ground, as well as a big impact on parking and traffic in local roads near the ground.

There were also considerable concerns expressed by those present about the possible impact of flooding on nearby residential properties, highlighted by the recent bout of very wet weather. We understand that the Football Club will be appealing against the Council’s decision. The appeal would go to the Planning Inspectorate based in Bristol, a Government agency.

We will be making our objections known to the planning inspector in due course. Unfortunately the planning inspector has the legal powers to overturn the Council’s decision.

MORE in a future posting and edition of FOCUS.

Carshalton Central’s Street Tree Planting Schedule 2013

Cllr. Hamish Pollock who is a tree enthusiast asked the council’s tree expert for a list of the newly planted street trees recently and here it is. Sorry that it is such a long list but it demonstrates the council’s commitment over recent decades to improving our all-important street scene in Carshalton Central ward and indeed through the borough of Sutton.

Sutton is great place to live and work

Sutton is a great place to live and work

Ashcombe Road, Carshalton 17 Prunus Sunset Boulevard
Browning Avenue, Sutton 1 Prunus Amanogawa
Browning Avenue, Sutton 13 Prunus Virginiana Canada Red
Browning Avenue, Sutton 42/44 Prunus Amanogawa
Byron Gardens, Sutton 12 Prunus Amanogawa
Byron Gardens, Sutton 3 Prunus Tai Haku
Court Drive, Sutton 20 Malus Trilobata
Croft Road, Sutton GDN 1 Acer Campestre
Florian Avenue, Sutton 07-09 Acer Campestre
Florian Avenue, Sutton 30 Crataegus Monogyna
Florian Avenue, Sutton 43 Acer Campestre Streetwise
Harrow Road, Carshalton 83/85 Prunus Amanogawa
Harrow Road, Carshalton Opp 49(Island) Prunus Sunset Boulevard
Harrow Road, Carshalton s/o 57 Wales Avenue Prunus Unidentified Species
Mead Crescent, Sutton 14 Prunus Unidentified Species
Meadow Road, Sutton 06-08 Prunus Amanogawa
Meadow Road, Sutton 23 Prunus Amanogawa
Milton Avenue, Sutton 27 Prunus Amanogawa
Milton Avenue, Sutton S/O 137 Westmead Road Prunus Amanogawa
Orchard Way 26 Acer Campestre Streetwise
Orchard Way, Sutton 1 Malus Trilobata
Orchard Way, Sutton 30 Crataegus Monogyna
Park Close, Carshalton Opp 13 (Adj fence) Acer Pseudoplatanus
Shirley Avenue, Sutton 14 Prunus Sunset Boulevard
Shirley Avenue, Sutton 71 Prunus Amanogawa
Westmead Corner, Carshalton OS Babyland (Paved Area) Acer Campestre Streetwise
Westmead Road, Sutton 164 Crataegus Monogyna

Blakehall Road

O/S 7-9

Sorbus Aria ‘Majestica’

Byron Gardens

33/35

Amalanchii Lamarkii ‘Robin Hill’

Coleridge Avenue

GDN.4

Acer Campestre ‘ Streetwise’

Meadow Road

27

Crataegus Laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’

Court Drive

22

Acer Campestre ‘ Streetwise’

Laburnum Avenue

O/S 18

Laburnum X Watereri

Brookside

O/S 9

Prunus Royal Burgundy

Carshalton Park Rd

36

Tilia Tormentosa ‘Chelsea Sentenel’ Agreed By Two Properties

Woodstock Road

26

Sorbus Aucuparia

Woodstock Road

41

Crataegus Laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’

Brookside

opp 2  -side of 1

Amalanchii Lamarkii ‘Robin Hill’

Laburnum Ave

1

Laburnum X Watereri

Laburnum Ave

2

Laburnum X Watereri

Brookside

s/o 18 Carshalton Place  (nr 15 Brookside)

Laburnum X Watereri ‘Vossi’

Salisbury Road

O/S 31/33

Prunus Royal Burgundy

Brookfield Avenue

O/S 9

Sorbus Aucuparia

Allen House, 1 Westmead Road – Major Planning Application

Cllr. Alan Salter reports: “Sutton Council has just received a planning application No: C2013/68319/O2R for Allen House 1 Westmead Road, Sutton SM1 4LA quite near Westmead Corner and Rossdale which are already heavily-parked areas. The proposal is to allow the conversion of existing offices into two 2-bed and eight 1-bed self contained flats with provision of four car parking spaces on existing forecourt. Details can be viewed on the attached link Web Address: http://5.150.92.212/FASTWEB/detail.asp? AltRef=C2013/68319. Residents may wish to comment on the application and whilst doing so, consider whether there is sufficient room for 2 x 2 bed flats and 8 x 1 bed flats on this quite small site next to the railway and zebra crossing with only four car parking spaces”.  More in a future posting…

 

Carshalton Athletic Football Club & Carshalton High School for Girls sports plans

Residents in the vicinity of the football club off Colston Avenue, Carshalton will receive from Jill, Alan and Hamish in the next day or two a Special FOCUS leaflet. Please see link to the leaflet at the bottom of this posting.

We will be delivering the leaflet to all households in nearby roads in the Poets’ Estate (northern, eastern and middle sections as far as Kingsley Avenue) and also eastern end of Westmead Road, and all of Highfield Road and Rossdale. The leaflet contains the following text:-

Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Council’s Environment & Neighbourhoods Committee, says: “Your ward councillors and three local resident representatives recently met the Carshalton Athletic Football Club Chairman (CAFC) and his team to discuss their plans for a new all-weather football pitch, to replace the current earth pitch. They intend to apply for substantial funds from the Football Association and submit a planning application to Sutton Council in the autumn, with building starting in summer 2014. They plan to replace current training activity in Wrythe Recreation Ground with activity on the all-weather pitch in the ground, thus reducing traffic and parking stress along Brookfield Avenue.

Cllr. Alan Salter adds: “In order to reduce other parking and traffic stress in the Colston Avenue area, the club plans to seek double yellow lines and road signage for its entrance in Colston Avenue, and also direct visitors to park in a largely unused alternative car park at the rear of the ground next to the Woodland Trust nature reserve, which can accommodate significant numbers of cars. We have asked the club to look at ways the new pitch (if it is agreed) could be shielded from residents in Mead Crescent to reduce noise and light problems e.g. by planting trees or erecting a noise barrier. CAFC is currently going door- to- door in local roads to seek local residents’ views on their proposals, and will report back shortly on their consultation exercise.

Cllr. Hamish Pollock, Chair of the Council’s Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee added: “We have also just been alerted to plans by Carshalton High School for Girls to build a new sports hall, on the adjacent site next to Carshalton Athletic Football Club. This could put extra parking pressure on residents in Brookfield Avenue, who have already commented to us about parental parking, and in other roads on the Poets Estate, as well as problems of lighting and noise currently referred to by local residents.”

More in a future posting.

FOCUS Special June 2013 Carshalton Athletic

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Planning Permissions: Change of use from retail use to residential use

The Government announced in the recent Budget that it will consult on proposals to further relax planning controls on changes from retail use to residential. The statement comes after other plans to remove planning controls were announced earlier this year. These include controversial new permitted development rights to allow change of use from office to residential, scheduled to come into effect in May 2013.

The Department of Communities and Local Government hopes that these additional retail-to-residential flexibilities will help secure the long-term future of the high street – “making better use of empty buildings and bringing people back to live in town centres, increasing footfall and supporting shops.” 

On face value, while the proposals could be beneficial in stimulating population growth in areas with a shrinking number of retail outlets, the effect could be to dilute the retail focus, essential character and vitality of some centres such as Carshalton Village, Westmead Road, Westmead Corner, Banstead Road and other local shopping areas.

It is anticipated that the proposals will hopefully include safeguards to protect key retail centres, through floorspace “thresholds” or “exclusion zones”. In many cases, due to the need for external changes (such as to remove shop front fascias, shop windows and doors etc.), it is likely that retail-to-residential conversions will continue to require planning permission.

Turning Over An Old Leaf – Streetcare issues

Cllr. Hamish Pollock reports: I have taken up with council officers some recent residents’ complaints about street cleaning in the north west part of the Carshalton Central neighbourhood.

A Soggy and Leafy Time of Year

Following the recent and seemingly never-ending bout of very bad wet weather, I have received complaints about a lot of leaves on Colston Avenue (south side pavement going towards Westmead Road, which has been a regular problem) and also Westmead Corner and Westmead Road itself, the problem has been exacerbated by the rain which seems to pool on the very uneven surface of the pavements around Westmead Corner.    On Ringstead Road, in places outside some of the flats, the leaves are now turning into a mulch and the gutters are thick with leaves well onto the road itself.  Most of the dead leaves are blocking the drains and preventing the rain water from draining away; this is a problem year-round by the way. We hope that in future the Council’s street cleaners will try to keep the drains clear which causes all the pooling of water.  The corner of Ringstead Road and Carshalton Road right up to the corner of Carshalton Grove has a similar problem, and also in the other direction up to bus stop.