Friday, 31 May 2013

Scouts Summer Fair next Saturday



The 1st Old Malden Scouts are having their Summer Fair next Saturday (8th June) on Plough Green - just near the Plough Pub (in case this might be considered an additional reason to go.)

There will be lots of stalls, face painting, bouncy castles and stuff like that. The always popular bric a brac stall is apparently going to be so huge this year that it will be getting its own bus stop. Children from local schools will be dancing, and the Kingston and Old Malden Scout and Guide Band will be playing. (I'm told they’re fantastic.)

It all starts at 11:30 in the morning and finishes at 3:00. This is their main fund raiser of the year so why not go along and support your local Scouts?

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Long Queues For Few Days


Work being done
Central Road is sporting three way traffic lights at St Philips Avenue today and my guess is that it will be the case for several days. It goes without saying that the queues in Central Road, Malden Road and Cheam Common Road have varied on the scale from fairly awful to horrendous. Just after lunch the queue was nearly down to Forest Side off Malden Road and at around 6:30pm the queue of cars had extended around the Malden Junction roundabout with the A3 and further – I didn’t venture to find out how much further…

Queue down Central Road
The purpose of all this disruption is a new pedestrian crossing, presumably so more people can visit ‘More than Lofts’ after they have finished shopping at Sainsbury’s. Ok – I guess I shouldn’t be so harsh – it is all part of Boris’s investment in improvements to outer London and we should be grateful that we have even been noticed. Any improvements are going to require inconveniences like this and hopefully the finished features will more than make up for the few weeks of inconvenience. Not much fun at the time though.

The results of today's works (30th May)

Update 3rd June

With one side of the new crossing now finished, work has begun on the other side of Central Road. I don't know about you but I think the new brickwork crossing looks quite good.


Station Misinformation


South West Trains seem to be a bit confused about where Worcester Park station is as they have provided this handy map of New Malden town centre at Worcester Park Station's (mis)information point. The map comes complete with New Malden street index, just to make really sure that visitors to our fine area remain completely confused.

Rather begs the question, is there a map of Worcester Park town centre at New Malden station?

Thanks to the kind blog reader for spotting this and sending the pictures – always an excellent contributor!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

New Plants in Central Road


I was quite pleased to see new plant beds amongst all the road work clutter on Central Road today. These two (pictured) are the only two I’ve seen so far. hopefully they will be joined by some more soon.

 *When* it is all over we might actually end up with a rather nice High Street if it all look as pleasant as this. Of course this is before the weeds grow and the mulch is kicked onto the pavement and the plants die and beds fill up with litter and chewing gum is squashed repeatedly into the new paving. However hopefully, unlike previous times, the Council will find a way to look after these areas of pleasant greenery so they actually stay nice and continue to benefit the community.

Stone Place Theft Attempt

A NatWest bank customer narrowly avoided being tricked out of £4,500 cash yesterday.

The 44-year-old customer who had just withdrawn the cash from the Central Road branch at around 1pm yesterday (Tuesday 28th May), returned to the Waitrose car park in Stone Place and was sitting inside his Citroen van ready to eat his sandwich lunch when he was approached by a man, who told him his rear tyre was flat.

Having got out to inspect the tyre, he noticed the man leaning into his vehicle. The customer immediately realised something was wrong and challenged the man who ran off. The male suspect was joined by another man and woman before they left the area.

The money had not been taken and was still intact in the door pocket of the vehicle.

The victim believes he had been followed from the bank and that his tyre had been slashed to distract his attention whilst the suspects searched inside his vehicle.

One suspect is described as a man aged 50-60. He was wearing a black leather jacket and was South American in appearance. He was with another man aged 30 and a female wearing a beige leather jacket aged around 30-40.

If you saw what happened, please contact Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 020 8649 3590. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Open Mic at the HG Wells

HG Wells pub

The HG Wells pub in Cheam Common Road is starting an open mic night every Thursday evening starting on Thursday the 6th June (Not this Thursday but the next one), bringing back live music to the old Drill.
Simon Densley Acoustic guitar
If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a bit of a musical performer, you are encouraged to bring your instrument along at 8pm and sign up for your 15 minutes of fame. Whether you are a complete open mic novice, or a seasoned singer songwriter, or you would just like a great night of free musical entertainment - all are welcome.

A full PA with some good mics and stands are provided and the evening is being coordinated by Ben and Tixia Henderson who are musical professions and have been organising events like this for over ten years. You are welcome to bring your own amp if you want. There is no drum kit as space is a bit limited but you are welcome to bring percussion.

For more information see: http://bumpandthumper.wix.com/openmic

Its good to see more live music and a chance for local talent to be heard in the area. I hope people will go along and have a play or support those who do!

Ladbrokes Murder Victim Was Local Man

Murdered - Andrew Iacovou
Andrew Iacovou, the man attacked and murdered in Ladbrokes in Aberconway Road, in Morden on Saturday lived in Church Hill Road, North Cheam and leaves behind a wife, Anita and two young children as well as an older son from a previous relationship. He had apparently been the manager of the Morden branch of Ladbrokes for nearly two years and has been described as ‘very professional’, ‘a very nice man’ who ‘worshipped his wife and children and they adored him’ and ‘the most kindest mildest of human being you could ever meet’.

Mr Iacovou was pronounced dead by paramedics after being found at the Ladbrokes betting shop at 10.30 Saturday morning. A post-mortem examination held on Sunday at St George's Hospital mortuary, gave his cause of death as blunt trauma to the head.

Have you seen this man?
Police would like to talk to a man caught on CCTV regarding the murder. People are advised not to approach this man (pictured left) but to contact police immediately.

Anyone with information that may assist the police investigation should call the incident room at Sutton on 020 8721 4054. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



More reports are available here:

http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/10445097.Ladbrokes_murder_victim_named/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2331524/Andrew-Iacovou-death-Betting-shop-manager-death-hammer-botched-robbery.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-22670874

Our thoughts are with Mr Iacovou’s family.

Update 28th May (around 9:30pm)

Ladbrokes, the company Andrew Iacovou worked for and on whose premises he was killed has set up a fund and donated £10,000 for Mr Iacovou's family.

Update 30th May (nearly10:00pm) 

A man was arrested today on suspicion of Andrew Iacovou’s murder. The 21-year-old man was arrested at an address in east London and is currently in custody at a south London police station. Police continue to appeal for witnesses and information. For more information see: http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/10453553.Man_arrested_over_murder_of_Morden_bookmaker/

Update 31st May (around 10:30pm)

21 year old Shafique Aarij of no fixed abode was charged with the murder of Andrew Iacovou this morning. He will appear in front of Camberwell Green magistrates tomorrow.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Cuddington Path

Sutton Council are proposing to use funding from Boris Johnson to put a new gravel path through Cuddington Rec and are asking people what they think of the idea.

The proposed path, which has been asked for by a number of local park users, has been agreed in principal by the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee (CNWP). For background information the CNWP is a council committee that deals with the three Council wards: Nonsuch, Stonecot and Worcester Park.

The path which will link the park access points in Sandringham Road, St Clair Drive and Sparrow Farm Road (see map), is one of several being proposed in the area to help expand the borough cycle route network, improve walking routes and help promote sustainable travel within the Borough. The blog understands that £100,000 has been allocated for the work, of which £5,000 was won at last year’s Participatory Budget Event and Boris Johnson, even keen on cycling, has enthusiasticly contributed the remaining £95,000.


Some local residents however are not pleased with the idea. One lady contacted the blog to say she was utterly horrified to hear that they wanted to put a dirty great concrete path all the way though the park. She has discussed this with many of my neighbours and those she meets in the park regularly and they were all equally horrified at the thought. She is worried that as many are elderly, they will be unlikely to start emailing the council to tell them how they feel. 

She wrote:
"I live right next to the park and spend a great deal of time in there every day. It's one of my favourite places to go as, not only can I walk my dog, but the conveniently placed tree line means that for a few moments a day, you can't see the houses on either side and can pretend that the rest of the busy urban world just doesn't exist. It's my little sanctuary of sorts!"

"I honestly see no need for this horrible path whatsoever and feel that the council are just using this money from the Mayor to make unnecessary changes rather than improvements that we have all been wanting for years. In the letter they state that the path is intended for use by walkers and cyclists all year round. Admittedly the park gets a little muddy in the winter- but such is nature! And my fellow walkers and I are all happy to don a pair of wellies when it gets muddy! As for the cyclists, I don't think I have seen a single one in the park in the last 5 years. (And I do spend a great deal of time there)"

Do you live near Cuddington Rec? How do feel about £100,000 being spent on this path? The Council consultation ends on the 10th of June so if you have a strong opinion one way or the other, now is the time to voice it.

You can email the council to give your comments on Traffic.postbook@sutton.gov.uk or can send comments in writing to:
London Borough of Sutton
Highways, Transport and Smarter Travel
24 Denmark Road
Carshalton
Surrey
SM5 2JG

Sutton Police Open Day

The local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant has contacted me about the Police Open Day at Sutton Police Station this Sunday (2nd June) in case I might like to promote it. I know, I know its way off in Sutton and not remotely within the bounds of Worcester Park, but I could hardly refuse our local Worcester Park top cop and they have been doing a pretty good job round here recently, and it well, might be really interesting, so here it is…

On the 2nd June from 11am until 4pm (last entry at 3:30) you can go in and see what goes on inside Sutton Police station.

Attractions include:
  • Bomb squad
  • Police dogs/puppies
  • Mounted branch
  • Historic uniform unit
  • Vintage police vehicles
  • Traffic Unit with police car and bike
  • Serious Crime Directorate murder scene
  • Flyover by the police helicopter - India 99
(The attendance of the above items will be subject to operational
availability)
  • Custody suite tours to visit the cells
  • CCTV talks in our control room
  • Public order displays
  • CID observation game for youngsters
Plus many stalls for information about:
  • Police volunteers
  • Police Special Constables
  • Police Cadets
  • Street Pastors
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Crime prevention
  • Police licensing


Worth noting: On entry, you will be required to give your name and be subject to a search of any bag you are carrying.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Bets Spreading



The old Woolwich bank next to Barclays on London Road North Cheam is set to become a Coral betting shop in a few weeks time. (Sorry I know this is North Cheam but I though it might still be intersting...) Work began on the site a few days ago should be finished in a few weeks.

It seems odd that we need a Coral here as we already have one in Central Road and there’s another one further up London Road on Stonecot Hill.

According to one of the gentlemen who was working on the premises, all the other betting shops will now open branches in North Cheam too. He said it always happens like that - he has seen it many times. So now we will probably see William Hill, Paddy Power, Stan James, Betfred all pop up around there. What are the odds it won’t enhance North Cheam?



Update (31st July)

New shop in North Cheam - looking
remarkable similar to the one in
Central Road (directly above).
Well its open. As of last Friday (26th July). The new Coral shop is up and running with lots of betting and gambling options available (and not a piece of coral in sight). The blog understands they are having a 'Grand Opening' (I assume last Friday was only their modest opening) on Friday the 23st August. Minor celebrity Peter Shilton will apparently be there to stand next to people in photos and do other grand opening type stuff. I guess he's probably a big celebrity to football fans, being as he is the record holder for the most number of caps for playing in the England men's team (125). Doesn't do it for me though I'm afraid. So there it is. Who's betting on when the next one will open in the area?

Friday, 24 May 2013

New Worcester Park Mosque Plans Submitted


A new planning application to convert the vacant old Bank Chambers in Green Lane into a Mosque, has been submitted to Sutton Council .

The planning application (A2013/67455 - available here) was received by Sutton Council on the 10th of May regarding: 2 - 4 Green Lane, Worcester Park, KT4 8AD. The application is for: Use of premises as a place of worship (Class D1) for a temporary period of four years involving replacement of garage door with window and provision of cycle facilities.

This new application description is very similar to the original application (A2012/66050 - available here) and both the applicant and the agent look to be the same on this new one as the original. The main difference between the two applications is that this new one is asking for permission “for a temporary period of four years”.

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 quickly removed.

After a two year wait, the first planning application was submitted on the 8th of June last year. The consultation ran from the 5th of July and was extended until the 30th of November due to the huge public concern about the plans and the additional congestion that would be caused at an already far too congested site.

Traffic congestion in Green Lane has been a major issue for a long time anyway. It can reportedly take over twenty minutes to get from the bottom of Green Lane to Central Road and if there is an accident between Worcester Park and the A3 or even on the A3 it can take very much longer. It is apparently not uncommon to see road rage and 'disrespectful driving' in Green Lane in such situations.

During the consultation period 473 letters objecting to the application were received by the council as well as petitions run by the Worcester Park Residents' Association, local Conservatives and local residents, containing a total of 4126 signatures against the plans. 150 letters supporting the proposal were also received by the Council however only 17% of those supporting letters came from the KT4 postcode area while 93% of the letters objecting were from the KT4 area.

The case was heard by Sutton’s  Development Control Committee on the 3rd of December and after numerous presentations, some heated debate and many impassioned pleas, the committee unanimously refused the application, upholding the council officer’s recommendations. The application was turned down on the grounds of “insufficient parking provision in an area” and the “danger and inconvenience to all users of the public highway” that it would cause.

Since then a few people have been found to be using the building as a Mosque without the necessary permission requiring a Planning Contravention Notice to be served and it has also seen squatters move into the building and back out again.

It seems the applicant wants to have another try at converting it to a Mosque. Local residents have until 21st June 2013 to submit their comments, support or objections to this new Worcester Park mosque application.

Update Sunday 26th May (around 12:30am)

There is now more information available with the application. Thanks VR for spotting it. As VR points out below, the application is specifying that it will be a 'Green Mosque' and that worshippers will walk, use bicycles and public transport. The additional documents can be seen here. The most relevant ones are the Planning Design & Access Statement, the Transport Statement and the Travel Plan. Also the Appendices may be of interest too. Please remember these document are subject to copyright. We can only use them "for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans".

Interestingly according to the Transport Statement (paragraph 1.2.4) they "will prohibit journeys by car". While I am sure they can and may very well encourage people not to use their cars, I'm not sure there is any legal basis by which they can "prohibit journeys by car". No doubt this will be explored more deeply as the next few weeks and months unfold...

Update Sunday 26th May (around 4:30pm)

Many readers have asked how to object to this application. If you want to object to it you can do so here.

You can also send a letter to:
Planning Division,
24 Denmark Road,
Carshalton,
Surrey
SM5 2JG,

You can also send an email to: developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk

Please remember that any correspondence regarding objections, comments or support is not confidential and can be read by the public, including the applicant and other people affected one way or the other. So don't write something you wouldn't want other people to know you wrote.

Update Monday 27th May (around 4:45pm)

A very sensible set of suggestions has just been submitted as a comment and I hope the anonymous author doesn't mind if I copy them here:

First, if you submitted an objection first time around, please do so again, since this is being treated as a new planning application. The previous letters of opposition almost certainly won't count in the numbers of objections.

Second, if you still have the original objection in your 'sent items', it shouldn't take long to update. If you really can't spare any time reading the amended application and amending your previous version, simply change the date on the last one and send in the same objection again. (After all, the amended application is barely changed and the central objections will be barely changed - if at all).

Third, you should receive confirmation that your objection has been received. If you don't, send an email asking for confirmation, otherwise, there is a risk that it won't ever get read or count in the numbers.

Finally, last time around, at the planning meeting, you may recall the Worcester Park Residents Association (WPRA) submitted an impressive case, objecting to the application and they can be contacted via WP library. Please give them your support.

Update Wednesday 29th May (around 3:45pm)

Councillor Stewart Gordon Bullock has de-delegated the application which means it will now have to be heard by the full Development Control (planning) Committee. It can not now be just approved by Council officers in Sutton's planning department.


Today's Traffic Jam Was Brought To You By...



For those who noticed an even higher level of traffic than usual on Central Road today here is the reason: Concrete was being poured for the new pavements from a truck blocking the road just near St Philips Avenue.

When I got stuck in it, the traffic was backed up to Colborne Way and down past the railway bridge the other way. They must have been on a tight budget because they weren't even using stop and go signs to control the traffic, just hand signals like traffic police.


Thursday, 23 May 2013

What Future For The Tavern?


The old Worcester Park Tavern may possibly become a hotel at some time in the future. The site opposite the station in Park Terrace was bought by Shahrastani Development Limited last year when the Spirit Pub Company decided to sell.
Area behind cleared of rubbish

Shahrastani Development Limited, which is based in Pinner, North West London and was formed in July 2012, around about the time the Tavern was sold, is run by Shiraz Bhogani and Nameem Bhogani who together have several hotel based concerns including Sojourn Hotels.

Skip at the front full of rubbish
Apparently, according to Shiraz Bhogani, they are ‘land banking’ at the moment and are looking at all the options and so can’t say for definite what it will be. “But we do specialise in hotels”, he said.

The Worcester Park Tavern served it’s last beer on the 14th August last year despite a concerted local campaign to keep it open.

More recently the car park has played host to a number of Irish travelers in caravans and their piles of rubbish (which has since been cleaned up although there is still a skip full in front of the pub.)

See the local Guardian report here.


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

I'm Not Hungry


Worcester Park has taken the dubious position of being the third least hygienic place to eat in the UK.


And here: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2013/05/which-reveals-food-hygiene-lottery-319102/, especially if you are a subscriber to Which? (which… I am not)

I'm sure we are all very taken aback by this unwelcome news but hopefully in the Worcester Park spirit we will support our local businesses and restaurants and help them to climb the ladder of hygiene to the high number of stars that await. At least that’s what I hope will happen…

It is worth noting that not all eateries scored badly. We need to continue to support the ones where there are no problems and give the others a chance to demonstrate necessary progress. This is not the end of the story...

Fire in Lavender Avenue


A house fire in Lavender Avenue this afternoon has now been put out by the fire brigade. Luckily no one was hurt in the blaze but there has been some property damage. Lavender Avenue will be blocked at the London Road end by the fire engine until it has been checked that the fire is completely out. This could take until this evening.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Resident Cockerel


What do Worcester Parkers think of the cockerel which seems to have taken up residence somewhere near Central Road? It can be heard from St Philips Avenue, Brinkley Road and Washington Road and this afternoon I heard it while in the Waitrose car park and then it sounded like it was coming from Lynwood Drive. Are there more than one? Have Tom and Barbara Good moved in? Is it more annoying than the ice cream van or a pleasant evocation of a relaxed life in the country?

Monday, 20 May 2013

Award for Local Police Officer

Worcester Park's own PCSO Gary Weaving (centre), Sgt Ashley Bennetts (left) and former Worcester Park SNT Sgt Suzannah James (now Beddington North SNT Sgt)
Worcester Park PCSO Gary Weaving has received a Met Police ‘environmental efficiency’ commendation award for his leading role in creating the ‘fishery’ in the wetland area of the Hamptons.

PCSO Weaving of the Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team, has spent the last five years - most of it in his own time - setting up a highly motivated committee of dedicated local residents to provide the fishery in Mayflower Park to serve local people and to teach local school children about fishing and the environment. Regular blog readers will recall reading about this here.

The youth and community initiative which is due to be launched in time for the summer holidays will be raising youngsters’ awareness and respect for their local environment and also aims to reduce and deter anti-social behaviour.

PCSO Weaving was one of ten individuals to receive an environmental efficiency commendation at New Scotland Yard on Friday 10th May. His award read: ‘For your contribution to biodiversity, crime reduction and environmental awareness through the successful delivery of 'The Hamptons Wetlands Fishery Project' - a community partnership and youth engagement project to rehabilitate and improve a local water habitat’.

PCSO Weaving said he was pleased and proud to accept the commendation, which had been achieved with the help and support of the police and the residents of The Hamptons. He said, "I am really looking forward to the school summer holidays when we will give the first groups of local schoolchildren free fishing tuition and environmental awareness talks. I really hope it helps them to appreciate and respect not only these wetlands, but also other wildlife areas and parks in the future."

The awards to ten individuals and six teams were presented by Nick Rogers, Temporary Director of Resources and MPS Environmental Champion. He praised the winners for their efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of the MPS as well as those who work within the local community to reduce environmental crime and impacts.

The Environmental Efficiency Commendation is awarded to Police Officers and Staff who contribute to changes to MPS processes and operations in order to deliver improved resource efficiency or environmental performance in the MPS. The commendation also rewards policing work and the activities of PCSOs and Specials that have a positive impact on the environment.

Congratulation Gary Weaving, a well deserved award!



Night Bus To Croydon?


213 Bus in Central Road at night

Local London Assembly representative Steve O'Connell is looking into the old N213 bus route and whether it might be brought back and would like to know the thoughts of people in Worcester Park.

People may remember being able to get all the way to (or from) Croydon at night on the N213 from Worcester Park instead of the route finishing at Sutton as it does now. The section from Sutton to Croydon was cancelled by TfL in July 2009 because apparently the route was only used “lightly” but there has been a steady campaign ever since to see it reinstated.

So what are your, the good people of Worcester Park’s thoughts on this matter? Do we want to see the N213 reinstated so we can get beyond Sutton and on to Croydon in the wee small hours? Or is it just a case of, 'Meah, who wants to go to Croydon in the middle of the night anyway?'

Over to you…

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Discourse With The Force


Local police will be holding street briefings this Thursday (23rd May) at Stone Place (Waitrose car park) and outside Christ Church with St. Philip at the corner of Ruskin Drive and Cheam Common Road. As part of the police ' BIG WING' day, local Safer Neighbourhood Team PCSO’s will be available between 1pm and 2pm in both locations to discuss local policing issues with anyone who would like to speak with them. While they are only available for an hour, it is at lunchtime so if you are around and feel like bending old Bill's ear, here’s your chance.

Alternatively you may wish to have:

  • A yabber with a uniform,
  • a blag with a bobby,
  • a cupper with a copper,
  • parley with the police,
  • some lingo with the law,
  • oration with an officer,
  • a blabber with the bizzies,
  • interlocution with Inspectors,
  • some patter with Mr Plod,
  • a prattle with the peelers,
  • a jabber with the jacks,
  • a babble with the boys in blue,
  • your say with a sergeant, 
  • or a Conversation with a Constable
Whichever one you prefer, Thursday lunchtime is your chance.

(Addition feeble descriptions in the same dismal style gratefully received)


Friday, 17 May 2013

Arson About (In a Shed - In a Cemetery)


Two sheds in Cuddington Cemetery, off Lindsay Road were set ablaze sometime between 5.30pm and 5.45pm last night (Thursday 17th May). The fire was apparently started in one of the sheds by kids and then spread to an adjoining shed and a tree between them but was put out soon afterwards by the fire brigade. Thick smoke could be seen from several streets away.

Fencing borrowed from Carshalton Park has now been put up surrounding the sheds.

A Fair To Remember


Dorchester Primary School is having their Spring Fair this Saturday (18th May) from 12pm until 3pm. While the banner outside the school says it is their summer fair, I am assured it is a spring one, which works out rather well being that it is still spring.
Magic Marcus 
The fair will held on the school playground and there will be lots of interesting stalls, games and inflatable things to jump up and down on. Worcester Park’s own Magic Marcus will also be there performing magic.

All the proceeds will go to buying different items for the school pupils. Go along, have some fun and support this great event and Dorchester Primary School!


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Have You Seen This Man?


Police are looking for William Issac who failed to show up to Croydon Crown Court on the 17th April and are appealing to the public to help track him down.

Mr Issac, aged 44 and a former boxer has been charged with harassment and, although he has no known address, it is believed he may live in the Worcester Park area.

Police said, "Anyone who has seen him should immediately call 999. Anyone with information about where he may be, please call Sutton’s Wanted Offenders Team on 020 8649 0595. Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Windah Kickin Update

After a day mostly spent without it’s protective piece of wood, the broken window at KFC is again safe and snug behind it’s hoarding. Apparently someone pulled down the hoarding which has been there for over a month the night before last and so the window guy had to come round yesterday afternoon to fix it.

What’s that? Fix the window? Oh yes, the blog understands that being a particular double glazed unit, the new window has to be specially made. An order has been put in today and should be going in in about a week’s time.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Fayre Enough


For three hours on Saturday the eternal mystery of what lies behind the mysterious doors of the Royal British Legion will be unveiled as the RBL Women’s section hold their spring Fayre.

From 11am until 2pm this Satrurday (18th May) the Central Road doors will be opened and the public encouraged to enter and partake in the browsing and possible purchase of bric-a-brac, cakes, second hand clothes, raffle tickets and other similar indoor fayre type things...

Actually the Royal British Legion is a great institution and this is all to help raise money for welfare to help serving and ex-serving forces personnel and their families. Go and give them your support.



Pets And Wildlife Being Shot

Yesterday (Tuesday 14th May) police received a report from a resident of Stoneleigh Avenue, Worcester Park that her cat had been shot by someone with an air gun. The previous day (Mon 13th) she had let her grey and white tabby cat ‘Willow’ out at 3pm only to find her injured outside her patio doors less than two hours later. A local vet found an air pellet embedded near Willow’s eye. Willow is apparently recovering but still needs extensive treatment.

This is unfortunately not an isolated incident in the borough. On Thursday 25th April, two dead and one injured crow were found in Beddington Park. Staff at the Riverside Animal Centre nearby, who were called to the birds found that all three had been shot with an air pistol or rifle. The injured crow is recovering after treatment at the centre.

Also last week, a fox cub was found to have been shot with a pellet. The cub was recovered alive from a garden in Carshalton. The Riverside Animal Centre x-rayed the cub and found a pellet near its spine, which had been restricting movement to its legs. The cub had to be put to sleep.

PC Heath Keogh, of Sutton Police station, said: “It seems that a person is using an air weapon and using local wildlife and domestic pets as target practice. If you have any information that could help us, please call. We need to catch the person responsible.” If you are under 17-years-old, you are not allowed to possess an air weapon at any time. If you have an air weapon or anything that looks like a gun in public without a reasonable excuse, then you are probably committing an offence and will be arrested. This would include ball bearing (BB) guns.”

If you have any information about these incidents or believe you know who is responsible, contact Sutton Police station on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Update 24th May:
The Stoneleigh Avenue resident who owns Willow is Sarah Spencer. The good news is that vets think the vision in her eye has been saved.

There is now a report on the Sutton Guardian website: http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/10442121.Cat_shot_in_eye_at_close_range_in__cruel_and_wicked_attack_/


Crossrail 2 Consultation


Transport for London is considering bringing Crossrail 2 down through Worcester Park to Epsom and we have an opportunity to have our say on this very important local issue.

Boris Johnson visited Wimbledon this morning (Wed 15th May) to launch the multi-billion pound plan to bring Crossrail 2 to south-west London. He said, “Crossrail is set to revolutionise travel in the capital, and with a predicted 10 million people expected to be living in London by 2031, pressing ahead with the next stage of the plan, Crossrail 2, is quite simply essential.”

There are two options being proposed. Both link Wimbledon to Alexandra Palace in North London via 10 stops including Tooting Broadway, Clapham Junction, Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and Euston St Pancras. However the Metro option will be just this route with an additional eleventh stop at Piccadilly Circus and using short DLR style trains running up to 40 trains per hours with a maximum hourly capacity of 38,500 people in either direction.

Worcester Park Station
The Regional option however will extend the line with a spur coming off Angel station running up to Cheshunt and three lines coming down from Wimbledon to Twickenham, Surbiton and Epsom. The trains used will be National Rail type trains running up to 30 per hour with a maximum hourly capacity of 45,000 people in either direction. The Epsom line will see trains coming through Worcester Park but as yet there are no proposals for the Crossrail 2 trains to stop at Worcester Park.

The consultation will be running until the 2nd of August 2013 so if you are keen to see Crossrail 2 include Worcester Park (as I am) fill in the consultation available from this page, or if you feel really confident go straight to the survey. I filled it in and it took less than a few minutes.

More information can be found at these addresses:






Tuesday, 14 May 2013

New And Used Jumbles


The 4th Worcester Park Scouts are apparently selling assorted jumbles this coming Saturday (18th May). Their Jumble Sale begins at 2:30pm in the main hall of their scouting headquarters in Braemar Road, KT4 8SW (possibly next door to the 2nd Worcester Park Scouts and across the road from the 3rd).

It will cost you a mere 20p to get in and you will undoubtedly find ‘Bargains Galore’ once inside. If you have anything you would like to donate, you can do so Friday evening or Saturday morning. And any help running the event world be gratefully received. For more information visit www.4wp.org.uk.

Get a bargain and support your local scouts at the same time!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Vin Bin Pops Up Again



The first promised popup wine bar at Medusa CafĂ© (next to Sheesh Mangal) since Vin Bin shut their Cheam Common Road shop is happening this Wednesday (15th May)  from 6pm until 9:30pm.

Final preparations are underway and Mislav, Aret and bump are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and sharing a glass of wine with everyone this Wednesday at the much more centrally located venue (appropriately on Central Road).

Much like their well known wine tastings, they will be presenting a selection of wines, including ones they hope you have never heard of before! The difference is that this time they will be pouring out proper glasses, as opposed to taster samples.

All of the wines will be available by the glass, starting from £3.00 and there will be a great bar menu with an excellent selection of Sheesh Mengal bites too. For those who wish to take advantage of both, they are doing a special of a glass of wine and a meze plate for £5.00.

Bottles of wine will also be available to pre order at standard shop prices.

What better what to support local business than with a glass of wine!



Sunday, 12 May 2013

Cook, Eat and Speak Spanish

A course of learning Spanish while you cook and eat tapas will be starting at Worcester Park library on Wednesday the 22nd May. ‘Cooking Your Spanish’ is running an eight week lunchtime course at the library with the last session on the 10th of July. The one and a half hour Wednesday sessions start at 11am and finish at 12:30 and cost £25 per session which covers food, a large glass of wine (and other drinks), ingredients, tools and lessons. Those of you who are good at maths will have spotted that this works out at £200 for the entire course which is payable as two £100 installments.

‘Cooking Your Spanish’ is a Worcester Park based group of Spanish professionals with more than ten years of training experience. You may have spotted them at the recent Easter Fun Day where they had a stall near the corner of Windsor Road.

Their mission is to teach Spanish and Hispanic culture using a kitchen environment as a vehicle so it is a language class rather than a cookery class. Everyone prepares and enjoys tapas while learning and practicing Spanish with an emphasis on real conversations that occur in scenarios such as restaurants, hospitals, shopping, hotel, business, traveling, etc.

It is all about a fun way to learn a language in an environment where beginners can have a go without being afraid to make mistakes. And at the same time learn how to make tapas with the option to discover a world of wine to go with it.

You will need to book in advance. For more information please see http://cookingyourspanish.wordpress.com/ or their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cooking-Your-Spanish/307650752679836

They are having a taster (if you’ll pardon the pun) at Scola (joined to the Sutton Civic offices and Library) on Sunday 19 May from  11am until 2pm. This 3 hour session will cost £30 and you can enroll online for this directly at scola: www.scola.ac.uk or you can call 0208 770 5566. The course code is: S7057LVS.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Success For Worcester Park Library

Worcester Park Library was one of the winners in the Participatory Budgeting event held this morning at Cheam High School.

The Friends of Worcester Park Library won £5000 towards a proposed Library Garden however the blog understands that £50,000 will be needed for the development. Apparently the Friends group have already got their eye on a grant from City Hall but this will need to be match funded so they still need to raise another £20,000 before they can apply for the matching £25,000 from Boris.

List of Winners
The Library bid was second to win and one of three Worcester Park specific bids which were successful. The other two were both bids from Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers. One was the creation and management of a pond in the established nature area in Cuddington Park including some ecological sorting out of the area and the other was the creation of a wildflower meadow strip and hedge improvements in Buckland Way Recreation Ground including a wildlife habit adjacent to the allotments.

A total of £50,000 was up for grabs and this was allocated by local residents voting for the various bids having watched a short presentation from each bidder.

13 out of the total 15 bids were successful. Sutton filmmakers missed out on one of their two bids for series of films on Sutton and it’s history, and Church Hill, Abbots, Priory Residents association (CHAPRA) missed out on their bid for replacement trees in Church Hill Road.

Well Crafted Market


Sutton Community Farm
Last Saturday (4th May) saw the first of four ‘Local Produce and Craft’ markets in Central Road planned for this year. It was run by Eco Local and supported by Sutton Council and The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

It was great to see so many stalls offering stuff grown or made locally and also the very friendly people running the stalls. The next one is on the 6th of July.

Kushcuisine


The Little Honey Bee Company

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Ice Cream In Frustration



I have had an email from someone rather frustrated with our seemingly resident ice cream van. They write:

Just wanted to know if anyone else gets irritated by the ice cream van that seems to do the rounds from 6pm. He seems to be around the Browning Avenue area at this time, on my walk home from work and then around Buckland Way between 7-8pm when I'm trying to put my little boy to bed. He seems to park up outside people's houses (previous customers?) and waits until he gets no response. His annoying tunes are so loud and frustratingly always on during when we need quiet-time for my little one to settle.

In the last month or so, I have only seen one family buy from the van. Are there no council restrictions on these things? What child wants a Mr Whippy at 8pm!?!

I must admit to sharing a certain amount of irritation at the very loud ice cream van tune. It’s even worse when you find it stuck in your head for hours having heard it from a different direction every 10 minutes or so during an afternoon not spent inside with ear defenders on.

Of course this is how they earn their living and everyone should have the right to do that. And enough people must use the service it otherwise it would go out of business. But does it really have to be so loud?

We would like to know what you think. Do you have fond memories or a soft (serve) spot for the ice cream van or is it just a source of regular irritation? Over to you dear reader…