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2-4 Green Lane appeal – Councillor update

The item below on The Planning Inspectorate decision has been provided by the Councillors from Worcester Park Ward in the London Borough of Sutton.

Appeal decision

As you may have already heard, one of the two appeals has been allowed at 2-4 Green Lane, Worcester Park allowing the change of use of the building to a mosque.
Your Local Liberal Democrat Councillors and Sutton Council are particularly disappointed at the Planning Inspector’s decision, especially Councillor Arthur Hookway, who as the former Chair of the Worcester Park Residents Association has been involved in objecting to these planning applications on the grounds of traffic and parking problems since June 2012.

However disappointing, we are where we are, and the decision has been made by the Inspector to grant the four year temporary application. We must therefore move on and do our best as your elected representatives, to keep the impact of this decision to a minimum for the local community of Worcester Park.

The Schedule of conditions, included below, shows at least half of the Inspectorate’s conditions need approval from the local planning authority, and we will be actively working with Sutton Council’s Planning Department to see that all of the conditions in this Schedule are met.

Finally, we are fully aware that to a large number of Worcester Park residents, this will be an unpopular decision. We would however ask that all of our residents continue to respect and live in harmony with all of their neighbours, as they do now. Allow us to work with all stakeholders in this issue, including the owners of 2-4 Green Lane, on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome.

If you have any questions or enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

Thank you.

Arthur, Richard & Paul (Councillors, Worcester Park Ward)

Schedule of conditions

  1. The use hereby permitted shall be discontinued no later than four years from the date of this permission.
  2. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: A4 location plan (Plan B), proposed site plan ref KBC 05B, proposed ground floor plan ref KBC 01A, proposed first floor plan ref KBC 02A, proposed front and north-east elevations on drawing ref KBC 03A, proposed rear and south-west elevations on drawing ref KBC 04B.
  3. The use hereby permitted shall not take place outside 0500 to 2230 hours, except between 1 March and 1 September and during the period of Ramadan each year when the use may additionally take place between 0245 and 0500 hours and between 1030 and 0030 hours.
  4. The building shall not be occupied by more than 95 persons during the occasions of Salat-al-Jumu’ah prayers on Fridays, two occasions of Festival Eid prayers each year, and prayers on the first five and 26th nights of Ramadan. At all other times the building shall not be occupied by more than 40 persons. A register shall be maintained of the number of persons present in the building, which shall be made available to the local planning authority on request.
  5. The mosque shall not be brought into use until a travel plan, including a programme for its implementation, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The travel plan shall be implemented in accordance with the approved programme.
  6. The mosque shall not be brought into use until a management plan, including a programme for its implementation, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The management plan shall be implemented in accordance with the approved programme.
  7. Any external alterations shall match the materials, treatment and finishes used in the existing building.
  8. The mosque shall not be brought into use until refuse and recycling facilities have been provided in accordance with a scheme which has previously been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.
  9. No external lighting shall be installed other than in accordance with a scheme which has previously been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.
  10. The mosque shall not be brought into use until: a) an acoustic report on the use of the building has been submitted to and approved by the local planning authority, and b) any mitigation measures specified in the acoustic report have been implemented.
  11. No amplified sound equipment shall be used outside the building.
  12. The mosque shall not be brought into use until the first floor windows and the left hand ground floor window in the north-east elevation have been fitted with obscured glass, which shall be retained thereafter.

Meet your local police

As part of Operation Big Wing the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team will be holding two sessions tomorrow (Thursday 23rd April 2015) where members of the public can come along and meet their local officers.
The first will be at the Worcester Park Hello Club coffee morning at Christ Church with St Philip on the corner of Cheam Common Road and Ruskin Drive between 10-11:00.
The second will be at Bronco’s in Central Road from 11-12:00. An opportunity for parents to bring little ones along to meet Police Officers and PCSO’s.

Nominations open for Sutton Council’s Community Awards 2014

Who is your Worcester Park community hero?

The hunt is on to find the people who make the most difference to their communities in Sutton.

Sutton Council’s 2014 Community Awards are now open and they want to hear your nominations.

The awards, which are run annually, are designed to make sure that local “heroes” get the recognition they deserve for what they do.

Sutton’s Community Awards are a way of recognising and saying thank you to the local heroes, volunteers, carers, charity workers, club and event organisers and good neighbours who have made a difference in Sutton’s community.

Nominations are open to anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in the borough.

Ray and Vi Donovan were winners in 2013 for their work visiting prisons/schools and conferences to campaign about restorative justice.

Ray Donovan said:

“The awards are a fantastic event for the community, celebrating positive people that don’t always get the recognition they deserve.

“To win an award last year absolutely blew us away, it was very nice to have people recognise the work we had done. It was also great to meet so many kind people; Councillor Dombey is now an ambassador for our trust after we spoke at last year’s event.

“It really means a lot to be acknowledged and I urge everyone to nominate their community heroes.”

You can make your nomination online by e-mailing communityawards@sutton.gov.uk  or by picking up a freepost nomination form at your local library, Civic Offices, or other council or partner building. You can make as many nominations as you like.

The closing date for nominations is Sunday 11 January 2015.

The categories for nominations are:

  1. Safer Borough Award: Given outstanding service to the borough by keeping Sutton safe
  2. Improving Lives Award: Made a difference to people’s lives by going the extra mile
  3. Community Spirit Award: Brought the community together through community events, clubs or project.
  4. Business in the Community Award: Increased prosperity, employment or access to the borough through business initiatives
  5. Outstanding Achievement Award: Brought credit to the borough through outstanding achievement – e.g. academic, sporting, artistic or cultural

Council Leader Ruth Dombey said:

“Sutton’s Community Awards are our chance to recognise people who make a real difference to our borough. The awards depend on nominations so if you know someone who goes the extra mile for their community, whether they are carers, volunteers, community organisers, charity workers then please nominate.”

The Awards Process

Once the deadline for nominations has passed, a panel made up of representatives including Councillors and the Sutton Guardian will pick a shortlist from nominations.

All those shortlisted will be invited to a celebration event in February 2015, where the winners will be announced.

Winners will receive a commemorative certificate and £100 in high street vouchers

Runners up will receive a commemorative certificate.

Nominations are now open and will close on Sunday 11 January 2015. Please complete the online form, send in a special nomination form or send in full details by email.

If you have any queries on the nomination process please email communityawards@sutton.gov.uk or call 020 8770 5131.

Be a good neighbour this summer

Perfect timing for this information from Sutton Council as summer seems to have arrived today…

As the warmer weather starts Sutton’s residents will be making the most of the summer – but are asked to spare a thought for their neighbours.

Complaints to Sutton Council’s Environmental Health team traditionally rise during the summer months as people hold barbeques and outdoor parties.

Now the team has called on residents to enjoy the sunny weather but be considerate of their neighbours.

The team is asking residents to follow its simple guide:

If you have a party, warn your neighbours in advance and consider inviting them. Keep windows and doors shut and if someone complains, turn it down. If you are using the garden for your party, then make sure the music is in the house with the volume turned down, and not in the garden.

Do you really need to shout to be heard? Consider the volume of your voice. In properties with poor sound insulation and outdoors – everyone can hear you! In the garden at night, your voice will carry even further than during the day and you may disturb an entire neighbourhood.

Many of us enjoy using our barbeques; but the cooking odours can be unpleasant for our neighbours. Try to site your barbecue as far away as possible from neighbours to avoid smoke and fumes drifting into their homes.

Councillor Jill Whitehead, Chair for Environment and Neighbourhood Committee said:

“Excessive noise can really ruin people’s quality of life – whether it’s a dog barking, banging from DIY, loud music or burglar alarms going off. We are not asking for people to cancel their summer bbq’s but do ask that they be considerate and think about the impact that their excessive noise could be having on others.”

Persistent problems of noise can be investigated by the Environmental Health Team.

For further advice or information on noise ring 020 8770 5000.

Could you share your home and family life?

This week Sutton Council are launching their Shared Lives marketing campaign as part of a recruitment drive to raise awareness of the scheme and attract potential carers.

Shared Lives carers share their home and family life with an adult with care or support needs on a long or short term basis. The scheme offers an ordinary family life for people in need of accommodation and support and maximises their choice and independence, enabling them to grow and develop networks in their community.

There are currently around 10,000 people in the UK receiving accommodation and/or support through the scheme. This has been running successfully in Sutton since 1982 and currently supports 29 people living with a Shared Lives carer. The scheme also provides daytime support and respite care in carers’ homes for 14 people in the borough.

With more and more people in need of care and greater pressure on budgets, the Council need to expand the service with the help of residents.

They are looking for people who are able to offer adults with needs a place in their home with their family on a short or long term basis. You need to live in the borough and have some experience or knowledge of caring for or supporting people and ideally have a spare bedroom.

The Council will support carers with training, ongoing support and regular visits; a careful matching process and a minimum allowance of £355 per week.

If any of you or your friends are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer then please visit www.sutton.gov.uk/sharedlives or meet the Shared Lives Team in Sutton High Street on Saturday (7 June) from 11am – 4pm to find out more.

Morden Slimming World donate leftover Christmas sweets to Worcester Park elderly

Dieters have donated their left over goodies to the elderly.

Every New Year Slimming World, in Morden Park Baptist Church, hold an amnesty for all their Christmas chocolates which could prove too tempting for members.

More: www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/suttonnews/10946404.Morden_Slimming_World_donate_leftover_Christmas_sweets_to_the_elderly/

Fears grow for missing Worcester Park teen Billy Davenport

Fears are growing for the safety of a teenager who has been missing from his Worcester Park home since last night.

Billy Davenport, 15, left his home in Longfellows Road at about 11pm yesterday and his family have not heard from him since.

More: www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/suttonnews/10941212.Fears_grow_for_missing_Worcester_Park_teen/

Age UK Sutton Caring Neighbour scheme

The letter below is from Marion Harper the Chief Executive Officer of Age UK Sutton. Do you know of a family member or neighbour who could benefit?


Age UK Sutton is writing to inform you of the launch of our Caring Neighbour scheme which will focus on raising awareness of how to keep warm and well in winter. The aim is to inform residents aged 75+ with a Long Term Condition (LTC) of local Sutton services and support that is available for those most at risk.

According to POPPI (Projecting Older People Population Information) data in 2014 there will be 14,100 residents in Sutton over the age of 75. Evaluation of local data between 2011/12 and 2012/13 indicates anticipated admission figures for 2013/14 of patients aged 75+ with LTCs of 1283 in quarter 3 (Oct-Dec 2013) and 1290 in quarter 4 (Jan-Mar 2014) based on admission figures from Epsom and St Helier. The implication being that approximately 30% of the older population in Sutton will be admitted to hospital over quarters three and four of which over half will have two or more long term conditions. These figures are based upon the continuance of the work that was undertaken in previous years supported with winter pressures funding which is not being afforded to the Health and Social Care economy in 2013/14.

For the Caring Neighbour Scheme to achieve successful partnership working between primary care health professionals, community pharmacists, housing, social care and the voluntary sector, your assistance is invaluable, in fact essential to the success of this pilot. Age UK requests, that ALL parties should identify potential patients who can benefit from this initiative.

As a starting point, each pharmacy in the borough will receive stock of the Age UK winter wrapped up guide with a thermometer to monitor room temperature. Pharmacists will identify those patients age 75+ most at risk with LTCs and distribute the Age UK guide. Marketing to health, social care and the voluntary sector will commence week commencing 16 December 2013.

Referrals can be made by telephoning 020 8770 6959
or email warmandwellinwinter@ageuksutton.org.uk;
or visit http://www.ageuk.org.uk/sutton/news–campaigns/get-involved-with-spread-thewarmth

The intervention will include a holistic assessment, underpinned by warm and well in winter advice, followed by twice weekly reassurance phone calls for all referrals and a fast track shopping service for vulnerable patients. All patients will be triaged and connected to a range of support services to include:
– Voluntary sector service providers for patients and carers
– Referral to the crisis loan and grant scheme and/or food bank
– Referral to the Sutton warm rooms scheme
– Support with eco grant applications
– Winter benefit checks to ease financial worries
– Donated winter coats from the Age UK charity shop
– Quilts to keep patients warm
– Emergency food parcels donated by local schools and churches
– Connecting those who are lonely to local social opportunities

Referrals to the ‘Caring Neighbour’ service can be made via the following routes: Rapid Response Team, A&E staff, Hospital Ward Managers, Hospital Discharge Teams, Social Services, Users and Carers, Community Services, Primary Care and Voluntary Agencies.

Finally, the longer term aim is to build community resilience, to encourage local residents to think about a neighbour who might need some practical support. The NHS have just launched their NHS Winter Friends campaign, this aims to get 100,000 people to sign a pledge to “take time out this winter to look in on an elderly friend or neighbour to make sure they are warm and coping well”.

NHS – Winter Friends http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/pages/winter-friends-pledge.aspx

This project is a marvellous opportunity to forge new relationships and build partnerships. I urge you and your organisation ‘to make a difference’ to vulnerable older people this winter by referring to and supporting the Caring Neighbour scheme. Let’s make it a success!

Kind Regards
Marion Harper
Age UK Sutton

Christmas day baby interrupts Turkey dinner

As families gathered to feast on turkey and open their presents, nine babies were welcomed into the world at Kingston Hospital on Christmas Day.

Parents Steve Blake, 41 and Kathryn Beale, 42, were thrilled with the arrival of their firstborn Dylan James Blake just after 10pm.

The couple of Trent Way, Worcester Park, who have been together for 16 years, welcomed the youngster who came in at 7 lbs and 8 oz on Christmas Day.

More: http://www.kingstonguardian.co.uk/news/10904020.Christmas_day_baby_interrupts_Turkey_dinner/