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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.

Temporary closure of ‘Pig Alley’ footpath

Pig Alley, Worcester Park
Pig Alley, Worcester Park

The section of public footpath running between Boscombe Road and Trafalgar Avenue, known locally as Pig Alley, will be closed from Monday 10 November 2014 for approximately one month. The closure is necessary while a shared use footpath for pedestrians and cyclists is constructed along this section of the footpath.

This will form the first section of a new cycle route which will eventually run from the Garth Road / Green Lane junction in the London Borough of Merton along Green Lane to the stables then via the current footpath to Trafalgar Road and onwards towards Sutton. Subsequent sections of the route will be constructed as funding is identified and allocated. It is hoped the section from Boscombe Road to the stables in Green Lane will be constructed next year.

Cycle route plan – section 1

Cycle route notice – section 1

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.

Sutton is the greatest borough in London, says new mayor Arthur Hookway

The new mayor has described Sutton as the greatest borough in London and has pledged to celebrate community spirit in his time in office.

Councillor Arthur Hookway, who lives in Worcester Park, is new to Sutton Council after winning a seat in Worcester Park ward in last month’s elections but was made the borough’s first citizen at a meeting on Monday.

More: www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/suttonnews/11268543.Sutton_is_greatest_borough_in_London__says_new_mayor/

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.

Sutton volunteer stars in recycling campaign

The face of a Sutton volunteer will be on posters, trams, phone boxes and refuse vehicles as part of a campaign to encourage more people to recycle.

The ‘Ker-ching! – that’s the sound of you saving your community money by recycling’ campaign will run over June and July. It is being led by the South London Waste Partnership which is a joint initiative between four boroughs – Sutton, Merton, Kingston and Croydon, who are working together to provide improved and more cost-effective waste management services to their residents.

Last year £5m was saved in landfill tax thanks to the 69,621 tonnes of waste recycled by the public in the four boroughs including 6,411 tonnes of mixed plastics. The councils want to increase the amount of recycling and save the community even more money in the process. With council budgets being squeezed, these savings can help support essential services in the four boroughs.

In Sutton, the advertising campaign is being fronted by local volunteer Eve McElhinney. Eve was an Olympic Games-maker and has subsequently become one of Sutton’s Community-makers.

Eve McElhinney said:

“I am passionate about recycling and was very happy to be part of this campaign. It is something I believe in and I think that recycling on an individual basis does make a difference.

“We can all make a difference. When I see how much I recycle every week, I am amazed and I think if one person can make such a difference, then how much of a difference we all could make together.”

“Sutton is a lovely area, full of green spaces and great for shopping and social events. I want it to be a clean place, safe for children to play in without having to worry about dog poo not being picked up or lighted cigarette butts being discarded thoughtlessly.”

Colin Hall, Chairman of the South London Waste Partnership Joint Committee, said:

“We saved our communities £5m last year through recycling. With landfill tax continuing to rise, the money saved by recycling will be even greater.

“Whether it’s plastic, bottles, paper or glass, recycling will help to save your community money that can be spent on other services.”

Last year, Sutton recycled and composted 37 per cent of all domestic waste collected.

Click here to see Eve’s advertisement.

New Sutton Councillors sign on

The six new Councillors elected in the Sutton Council wards of Worcester Park and Nonsuch signed on the dotted line last night and are now officially representing residents on Sutton Council.
Their details can be found on the Government page of this site and full details will also appear on the Council site soon.

Sutton burial records go online

Genealogists across the borough will be aided in their research as Sutton Council has announced that its burial records for Sutton Cemetery and Cuddington Cemetery, which date back to 1889, will now be accessible online.

The council has recently finished scanning and transcribing the records from Sutton Cemetery. This work forms part of a project involving the provision of a new computerised burials administration system for the Cemetery Service. The burial records for Bandon Hill Cemetery, which is jointly managed by the London boroughs of Sutton and Croydon, are also due to go online in April 2014.

Currently, residents have had to contact the cemetery office with their genealogical enquiries with the staff having to refer to the burial registers which are old, fragile books, some dating back over one hundred years. Local residents will now be able to search and download the records via the Deceased Online website www.deceasedonline.com.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:

“This modernisation is much needed; the previous registers were old and could not have lasted a great deal longer. The records being placed online will allow a much greater access to our citizens and will facilitate quick efficient research. Given that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI we expect many people to use this service to further research their ancestors who fought in the Great War”

Sutton Council live web-chat service launched

A new live web-chat service has been launched by Sutton Council as part of an ongoing drive to provide better customer services.

The opportunity to chat in real-time will enable residents to gain greater clarity about specific problems and queries they may have. Customers will be able to click on the live chat option on the website; which will connect them with a customer services advisor who will best assist with their enquiry.

More: www.newsroomsutton.co.uk/?p=550

Entrepreneurs invited to Start Up Sutton

A new scheme to support entrepreneurs looking to start a business is being launched with the backing of Sutton Council.

The Start Up Sutton scheme aims to provide entrepreneurs with the support they need in developing their ideas through a series of workshops, one to one clinics and ongoing support from specialist advisors.

A launch event is taking place on Tuesday, January 21, at Uno Tapas in Sutton high street.

More: www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/suttonnews/10929990.Entrepreneurs_invited_to_Start_Up_Sutton/