Monday, January 06, 2014

More free parking in Beddington Gardens

Jayne, Monica, Muhammad and I have arranged for some additional free Limited Time parking bay parking bays to be provided outside number 7 – 9 Beddington Gardens.

This has been made possible by removing the Car Club parking bay which is not required now that car club cars are able to be parked in streets around Wallington and the rest of the borough.

We hope that this additional short term parking for visitors to the nearby shops will be welcome. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


I am sure that you will be as disappointed as I am with today’s news that the Post Office have announced their decision to close the Crown Office in Ross Parade.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, Tom Brake MP and I held a public meeting with the postal workers union CWU on 20th November to discuss the plans with local people. Everyone who attended the meeting was strongly opposed to the proposals but despite this and efforts that the council has made to help the Post Office find an alternative solution the changes will be going ahead.

Post Offices services will now be provided from a branch located inside WH Smiths in Woodcote Road. The new branch will be operated by WH Smiths not by the Post Office themselves.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Don’t forget to collect your free grit

Yes it’s that time of year again…. The nights are drawing in, the first frost is on the grass in the morning, and you might have started to buy your Christmas presents too!!!

But don’t forget to pick up some free grit from the council. You can pick the grit up over the next three weekends from various locations around the borough. Enlarge the flyer on the left of this page for details.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Check before you drive in Manor Road and Woodcote Road today

If you are planning to drive up or down Manor Road or Woodcote Road in the town centre this lunchtime my advice is DON'T!

The police have closed off Manor Road between Belmont Road an Clifton Road and cars are being diverted. As you can imagine there are very long tail backs north on Woodcote Road and south on Manor Road.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Sutton Council is proposing to install a new Pelican signal controlled crossing in Stanley Park Road outside Bandon Hill Primary, Woodfield School (the site of the old Stanley Park High School). The location of the crossing was agreed at the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee and with Transport for London.

The Pelican signal controlled crossing has been designed to provide a safe crossing point on Stanley Park Road outside the school for pedestrians, particularly primary aged pupils and parents attending the school which is due to open in September this year. Proposals for yellow lines are being put forward to prevent obstructive parking outside the school.

The proposal is to:
1. install a Pelican signal controlled crossing in Stanley Park Road outside the school (see the drawing on this article) along with zig-zag markings where parking, loading and unloading will be prohibited;
2. introduce and amend existing double yellow line ‘at any time’ waiting restrictions; and
3. introduce single yellow line waiting restrictions operating 8.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

Local residents in Stanley Park Road who live close to the school will receive a consultation letter asking for their views about the proposals.

A copy of the statutory Notice of Proposal can be viewed by clicking this link under Reference No. WL943 or T20110. Copies will also be displayed in Stanley Park Road relevant to where the restrictions and signal controlled crossing are being proposed.

If you wish to make any representations on the proposals please write to Caroline McGlynn, Highways, Transport and Smarter Travel , 24 Denmark Road, CARSHALTON, Surrey, SM5 2JG by Thursday 4 July 2013; quoting the Reference No. WL943 and T20110.  Alternatively you can email the council at You will need to give your postal address for your views to be considered. All correspondence we receive will be acknowledged. 

Let’s bring Trams to Sutton

If we want to bring trams to Sutton we will need support from local residents and businesses. So I was really pleased that our campaign to bring an extension of Tramlink to the borough received a massive boost recently as key local businesses rallied round to offer their support.

Over 100 guests, including Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under Secretary for theDepartment for Transport, attended an event in Sutton town centre to demonstrate the progress made by the borough’s economic growth programme “Opportunity Sutton”.

During the evening I explained the benefits an extension of the Tramlink service would have for Sutton, our  residents and businesses.

We have made huge progress in recent months to assess the economic benefits of extending Tramlink from Wimbledon to Sutton via St Helier

I confidently expect that the extension will improv
e access to the transport interchanges at Wimbledon and Croydon, whilst reducing journey times to central London by around 20 minutes.

The evidence shows us that bringing the tram to Sutton would connect people with jobs, bring more customers to local businesses and greater prosperity to our area. It would literally put Sutton on the London travel map.

Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Transport gave the proposals his positive endorsement adding: “I’m encouraged by the work taking place to build on Sutton’s success. Transport is a vital part of every local community; it can be good for economic growth and good for the environment. 

Over the next few weeks I will post more information about how you can get involved in bringing trams to Sutton.

Monday, January 21, 2013

How’s the day going in Sutton?

On the whole, the council has operated 'business as usual' today.  Some staff have been moved to other duties to make sure that essential services have been covered. As would be expected, some schools have been closed. 

All of the main roads are clear of snow, but many pavements and side roads remain slippery.  Please take extra care tonight as it gets colder because ice will undoubtedly be forming on pavements and black ice on some roads.

The gritting team will be working through the night once again.  They are focusing on main routes, covering some side roads and responding to requests on grit bins

A Summary of Service Status for the day

  • ·         Gritting and highways – Three gritting vehicles have been out today and  two 4x4 vehicles have been topping up grit bins.  Main routes are clear
  • ·         Leisure Centres – Business as usual
  • ·         Policing – Business as usual
  • ·         Refuse collection – A full collection service today and additional crews are picking up any missed collections from Friday and Saturday
  • ·         Libraries including mobile library – Business as usual
  • ·         Meals on wheels – has operates as usual with around 150 meals being delivered today
  • ·         Museums and theatres – Business as usual
  • ·         Public meetings – Business as usual
  • ·         Registrars - Business as usual
  • ·         SCOLA – Open as usual but some classes have been cancelled
  • ·         Youth services - Business as usual
  • ·         Street cleaning – are focussing on clearing snow clearing. Attention particularly on schools, surgeries, hospitals and shopping areas
  • ·         Parks, gardens and cemeteries – Park workers were diverted to cemeteries this morning and then returned to gritting main park paths later in the day.
  • ·         Schools – 14 schools reported that they were closed today
  • ·         Children’s centres - Green Oak, Amy Johnson High View, Muschamp, Manor Park, Stanley Park, Thomas Wall, Victor Seymour, The Grange were open.  Tweeddale was closed.
  • ·         Street lighting – Work was impeded by the snow
  • ·         Highways – Work was impeded by the snow
  • ·         Council Car Parks – Gibson Road, Brighton Road and Times Square Car Parks were open. Surface car parks have been gritted twice today. They remain open but given the icy conditions please take care in them.


Live update here. The weather remains challenging. The risk of further light snow today and tomorrow has receded, but the low temperatures and icy conditions are set to continue. As a result, the Met Office’s Level 3 Cold Weather Alert remains in place. This indicates that some services may still need to take action to prevent avoidable disruption and safeguard vulnerable service users.

The weather conditions mean that there is still a risk of transport disruption. In particular, there are cancellations and delays across most local rail networks.


First Capital Connect Trains - Live update here. 
Snowfall and ice is causing disruption across some First Capital Connect routes. Services have been serving  stations on the Wimbledon Loop, however delays and cancellations have occurred. Please check the live train updates before travelling.
·        There are delays between London St Pancras International and Elephant & Castle until further notice. First Capital Connect passengers may use London Underground, Southern, Southeastern and South West Trains services on any reasonable routes, and East Midlands Trains services between Bedford and London St Pancras International.
·        Delays of up to 30 minutes between Brighton and Gatwick Airport.
·        There were no trains between Streatham and Sutton today.

Southern Trains - Live update here.
Snow and ice are causing disruption, and Southern are running an amended timetable on some routes. Details of any changes for tomorrow (Tuesday 22 January) will be made available as soon as possible.
Because of this, the following changes will apply until further notice:
·        Buses are replacing trains between Brighton / Lewes and Three Bridges
·        Trains across the Southern network may be delayed by up to 60 minutes
An amended service has also been operating between:
·         London and Brighton / Eastbourne / Hastings
·         London and Horsham / Arundel / Chichester / Portsmouth
·         London and Caterham / Tattenham Corner
·         Trains did not split or join at Haywards Heath or Horsham


Colin & Clr Jill Whitehead, Chair of our Campaign Group at Sutton Station
The Department for Transport has just announced that the Thameslink Loop Line service has been saved!

This is a great victory for Sutton’s commuters who had faced huge disruption to their journeys if services through to the new Crossrail station at Farringdon, St Pancras International, Luton Airport and beyond had been cut.

I set up the Thameslink Loop Line Campaign Group some years ago and it is fantastic news to hear that the DfT have listened to local people’s concerns.  The Thameslink Loop Line Campaign Group has been responsible for coordinating the actions of rail users, councillors and local MPs from all along the route since the threat to the route became apparent.

As we have argued from the start, the ‘pinch point’ beyond Blackfriars station has always been capable of carrying trains from the Loop Line and further afield. The DfT have now agreed with us.

  • At present there are four trains an hour from Wimbledon Loop stations serving Merton, Morden, Sutton, Carshalton, Mitcham, Streatham and Tulse Hill, through to St Pancras International and beyond.
  • The new proposals will see eight Thameslink trains running each hour via Elephant and Castle, including the four Wimbledon Loop trains, two from Sevenoaks via Bromley South and Catford, and two (during peak times) from Maidstone East via Bromley South.

Rail Minister Simon Burns announced the Department for Transport’s decision today and you can read the government’s press statement here 

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Wallington Station Railway Bridge to be painted soon

The railway bridge at Wallington Station will be repainted in January after a campaign by your local councillors Monica Coleman, Colin Hall and Jayne McCoy

In order for the work to be carried out safely the council needs to introduce a temporary way for traffic and pedestrians to move under the railway bridge at the junction with Manor Road and Woodcote Road.

The Temporary Traffic Management Order will come into effect on Monday 14 January 2013 with works taking place at night between the hours of 10.00 p.m. and 5.00 a.m. It is expected that the works will be finished by 25 February 2013.  However, the Order will remain in force for 18 months to be re-introduced should further works be required.

When the works are taking place and the appropriate traffic signs are displayed the Order will close certain lengths of pavements in Manor Road and Woodcote Road on the approach to the bridge. The pavements will only be closed one side at a time depending on which side of the bridge is being worked on.

Here is the news: