Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Worcester Park Station Evacuated

Apparently Worcester Park Station and car park was evacuated at 18:50 today due to a suspect package left at the bus stop.

Info, anyone?

Monday, 29 September 2008

Guardian Angle

The Worcester Park Blog has achieved another small notch on the bedpost of media attention courtesy of The Guardian (the big left-wing national one, not the local freebie).

Not the most inspiring or in-depth offering from Guardian.co.uk, but you can find it here if you so wish.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Flaming Traffic

OK, hardly breaking news but I've had a very busy week, so when I tell you about something happening in Worcester Park on Saturday, just pretend that it was yesterday Saturday (and not last weekend Saturday).

Deal? Good. Because blog reader David has e-mailed me an eyewitness account (and photo) of some excitement on Central Road on, erm, Saturday:

"Another exciting afternoon in Worcester Park as the driver of this Peugeot experienced a feature not highlighted in the manual; spontaneous combustion!

As he pulled over outside Megabytes in Central Road, flames were seen coming from under the bonnet before a loud bang woke up the over 70s doing their afternoon shopping as the offside front tyre exploded.

Locals rushed to the scene with fire extinguishers borrowed from nearby shops while the fire brigade made their way to the scene. After hosing the car down they were unable to push the car away from the junction and even with the offer of a tow rope from a passing motorist in his van they decided to leave the car where it was, taped off, in a decidedly dodgy position.

It was a number of hours before it was eventually taken away."

The Worcester Park Blog. First for breaking news. Eventually.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

An Unsafe Bet

With the economic doom and gloom continuing, I fear more retail failures in Worcester Park in the months to come. The most recent casualty is 'Loving Thoughts' (the card shop next to Clarks) which has shut up shop due to lack of trade.

The good news is that we won't be faced with yet another empty retail unit on Central Road. The bad news is that a betting shop will be moving in to its place - not quite what Central Road has been crying out for, but arguably better than yet another charity shop.

Of course the future of Worcester Park's retailers is very much in your hands. As the clouds of economic uncertainty gather, there's no better time to show your support for local traders.

Monday, 15 September 2008

U-Turn If You Want To

When is a u-turn not a u-turn? When you're the Liberal Democrats.

They are today trumpeting the return of free garden waste collection with a leaflet plopping through the doors of Worcester Parkers.

Good old Liberal Democrats - giving the residents what they really want, unlike the nasty, erm, Liberal Democrats who introduced chargeable collections in the first place.

Well I suppose you can't blame them for trying to save a little face as the peasants of Sutton triumph over the evil council that tried to make them act responsibly with their garden refuse.

The Liberal Democrats. Listening. Responding. Capitulating.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Memories To Treasure

Some time ago I reported on plans to convert 'Treasure Trove' (a.k.a. the Betty Boop shop) on Central Road into a Persian restaurant.

The planning application was duly turned down by Sutton Council - mainly due to the excessive number of covers that the restaurant would contain and fears over disturbance to local residents.

Now it seems that Betty Boop may be about to bow out of Worcester Park completely, as 'Closing Down Sale' signs are plastered all over Treasure Trove.

It may, however, be a little too soon to write the obituary of this uniquely bizarre outlet - if my memory serves me correctly, Treasure Trove has been 'closing down' on at least one occasion in the past.

Could Betty Boop really be packing her bags and leaving town? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Map Attack

Our esteemed London Mayor, Mr Boris 'Whiff-Whaff' Johnson has today launched a 'crime map' of London, so you can see how your local ward performs in the burglary, robbery and vehicle crime stakes.

You can check out your part of Worcester Park at http://maps.met.police.uk/

Surpsingly the map shows a crime differential at the heart of Worcester Park, with the roads on the KFC side of Central Road having a higher crime rate than those Waitrose side.

Which, actually, isn't all that surprising really, when you think of it in those terms.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Worcester Park Library Opening Times

Worcester Park Library Opening Hours:

Updated (31st January 2014)

Tue     9.30- 19.00
Wed    9.30- 17.00
Thur    9.30- 17.00
Fri       9.30- 18.00
Sat      9.30- 17.00
Sunday & Monday : closed

Stone Place, Windsor Road, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 8ES

Telephone (020) 8337 1609, Fax (020) 8401 0835

(Was previously:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.00 - 20.00
Thursday & Saturday: 9.00 - 17.00
Monday and Sunday: closed)