Saturday, 28 July 2012

Food Market and Tea Party Today!

A specialist food Market and tea party is being held in Worcester Park today, on Central Road at the junction with Green Lane and also on Central Road outside the Police Office.

The event will feature circus tricks, cakes and tea, face painting, music and more and is being organised by Sutton Council to promote the Outer London Fund which will be investing over £1 million to improve the High Streets of Worcester Park and North Cheam.

The event is on from 10am to 4pm today.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Thefts From Vehicles Increase

Police are urging drivers to remove all their property from their cars and vans following an increase in theft from motor vehicles. Officers believe quiet residential streets are being targeted across the borough but particularly in areas where there are high concentrations of street parking, such as Worcester Park, Stonecot and North Cheam.

Some vehicles are having their windows smashed to gain entry but some crimes show ‘no sign of forced entry’ which means the doors may have been unlocked. Police believe many crimes are being committed by opportunist thieves who are walking along the roads trying door handles to see if they can get lucky and find a vehicle unlocked.

Items being taken typically include mobile phones, i-pods, laptops, shopping bags and even loose change, which may be in the centre console to pay for car parking. Vans are being targeted for tools, especially high value electrical equipment.

Police are carrying out both uniform and plain clothes patrols every day to deter motor vehicle crime as well as carrying out stop and searches on individuals to disrupt criminal activities. 

In addition, Safer Neighbourhoods Teams are running special operations in targeted streets and talk to residents who have left their vehicles insecure or with items on display inside.

Sutton Crime Prevention Officer Duncan Harris urged all drivers to make sure their vehicles are locked. “If you lock your car with a key fob, check the doors are locked before leaving the vehicle,” he said. “Drivers can inadvertently press the unlock button on their key fob as they walk away from their vehicle or when putting their key fob down inside their home. Drivers are often surprised to know their key fob can still operate even when some considerable distance away from their vehicle.”

PC Harris also urged drivers to remove all property from inside their vehicle including the Sat Nav. “You greatly reduce the chance of your vehicle being targeted if you remove all items from inside,” he said.

The number of thefts from motor vehicles increased by 11.3% during the period 1st April - 15th July 2012. In contrast, there has been a decrease in theft of motor vehicles by 48% during the same period.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously or a crime being committed, call police immediately on 999. If you want crime prevention advice, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Visit:

Monday, 23 July 2012

Petition Against Mosque Proposal

The Worcester Park Residents' Association is urging local residents to sign its petition against the proposed establishment of a mosque in Worcester Park.

The Residents' Association is objecting to the mosque, arguing that traffic in Worcester Park is 'already horrendous'.

Copies of the petition can be found until 1st August 2012 at:

  • Pet's Place
  • Woodward Bros butchers
  • Centrals Bar
  • Ross' Fruiterers
Residents can also register their formal objection to the planning application to Sutton Council via this online form.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Worcester Park Mosque Plans Submitted

A planning application has been submitted to convert vacant premises in Green Lane, Worcester Park, into a mosque.

In March 2010, The Worcester Park Blog exclusively revealed that a local group was seeking to create a 'Worcester Park Islamic Community Centre' in the Bank Chambers premises next to Kingfish, although no planning application had been submitted at the time.

When contacted by the Blog in 2010, a spokesman for the organisation denied that they were proposing a mosque at the site, and their website which called for 'Muslims locally and internationally to donate generously towards building the House of Allah' in Worcester Park was hastily taken offline.

Now, a formal planning application has been submitted to Sutton Council for permission to turn the premises into a place of worship.

If plans are approved, the mosque would operate virtually around the clock with the first prayer session, in summer months, starting 4am and the last session starting at 11pm. 

Documentation submitted in support of the application claims that only 10-15 people are expected to visit for each of the five daily prayer sessions - despite later assertions that the mosque is needed to meet the needs of the "hundreds of Muslim families [who] live within Worcester Park and surrounding areas" and despite a subsequent acknowledgement that the building "can accommodate up to its maximum of 140 people".

Traffic congestion in Green Lane is already a major issue, with frustrated local residents already reporting queues of more than 10 minutes to get from the bottom of Green Lane and on to Central Road.

Despite already congested on-street parking, the application for the mosque claims that there will be no significant impact on traffic congestion and parking issues, citing the location's excellent public transport infrastructure.

Local residents have until 10th August 2012 to submit their comments, support or objections to the proposed mosque in Worcester Park. 

The full planning application and supporting information can be found here. Comments on the proposed mosque can be sent to Sutton Council via this online form.