Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Theft Appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglar broke into a house in Worcester Park and drove off in the owner’s Mini Cooper Convertible parked outside, after having first loaded it with wrapped Xmas presents and wine from inside the property.

The presents, wrapped by family members, were ready to be taken to relatives in the North East of England. The haul also included at least 24 bottles of wine, £200 cash and the keys to the blue mini.

The thieves gained entry by kicking in the front door of the property in Boscombe Road, Worcester Park, on Monday (10th December) sometime between 08.30hrs - 20.50hrs.

PC Duncan Harris, of Sutton’s Crime Prevention Team, urged residents to be aware that criminals consider Christmas to be a time of ‘taking’ rather than ‘giving’. “Please take steps to protect your home so you reduce the likelihood of becoming a target,” he said.

If you saw anyone acting suspiciously during these times, please contact Sutton’s Burglary & Robbery Investigation Team on 020 8649 0777. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Fire, Flood and.....

Emergency services were called to the Poundland store in Central Road this morning after fire broke out shortly after midnight. The blaze, which broke out in store's entrance, has caused damage to the shop frontage and sign.

The store is currently closed.

Meanwhile Donnington Road has been hit by flooding following a large burst water main. Water services in the area have also been disrupted.

There are currently no reports of pestilence in Worcester Park. Yet.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Mosque Plannning Application REJECTED

BREAKING NEWS: Councillors have tonight UNAMINOUSLY REJECTED the planning application to create a mosque in Worcester Park. 

The rejection follows  fierce opposition to the proposal, with hundreds of local residents objecting to what they claim will be unacceptable traffic and disruption from the development in the former Bank Chambers premises next to the 'Kingfish' fish and chip shop on the corner of Green Lane and Central Road. 

A packed public meeting of the Development Control Committee heard arguments for and against the development. 

Local residents opposed to the mosque cheered as the application was rejected.

How To Scupper Your Own Planning Application...

The highlight of this evening's packed two-hour meeting to decide the Worcester Park mosque planning application had to be the rambling and bizarre 'Mr Khan' who spoke on behalf of the applicant in favour of the planning application. At least that's what we were told he was doing ...

Mosque Application To Be REJECTED

Plans for a mosque at 2-4 Green Lane in Worcester Park are expected to be REJECTED tonight at a meeting of Sutton Council's Development Control Committee.

A damning report by Sutton Council's Interim Executive Head of Planning & Transportation obtained by the Worcester Park Blog recommends that the controversial planning application be refused on the grounds of its likely impact on traffic congestion, parking and highways safety.

The report acknowledges that there is demand locally for such a facility and that use as a place of worship would put back into use a building that has lain empty for many years, but concludes that this is outweighed by the potential negative impact on the local area.

The report states:

"When the proposed place of worship is at its full capacity of 140 persons on 60 occasions a year, the council's Principal Highways Engineer considers it unlikely that the demand for car parking will be satisfied by available spaces in public car parks and in all probability this will lead to additional parking in adjacent residential streets which are already congested.

The proposal is likely to lead to intolerable levels of competition for vehicle parking and the possibility that there will be inappropriate blocking of drives and a general increase in congestion to the detriment of highway safety.  Those using the premises who are unable to find a parking space immediately will search for a parking space within the surrounding roads leading to further  traffic congestion. 

Whilst there may be a need for the proposal, it is considered that this need  does not outweigh the  demonstrable harm arising from the impact on the local road network."

When the mosque, is at full capacity, which will occur on 60 occasions in the year, the report concludes that the impact on parking and highways safety in the local residential area would be 'intolerable':

"In real terms, it is unlikely that the demand for car parking on these 60 occasions will be satisfied by spaces in public car parks and in all probability this will lead to additional parking in adjacent residential streets which are already congested.  The existing on street parking is already heavily subscribed near Central Road by residents, workers, shoppers and commuters and this is likely to reach intolerable levels of competition  and the possibility there will be inappropriate blocking of drives and a general increase  in congestion to the detriment of highway safety."

The Development Control Committee will meet at 7.30pm this evening to decide the application at Cheam High School. The meeting will be open to the public.