WP Chat

Back by popular demand, this is your space to chat, rant or rave about anything to do with Worcester Park that this blog hasn't already picked up on!


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Pussy Galore said...

Oscar the cat from Pets Place is now 17 years old. He is my true Worcester Park hero and deserves some kind of recognition.

Can we start a campaign to make him Mayor Of Worcester Park or something? He is by far the best ambassador for this town (WP Blogger aside, of course).

Anonymous said...

I go to Pets Place every week to buy cat food but really think it's to see Oscar! He's gorgeous and usually sitting outside on a birdtable watching the goings on in Central Road or inside Superdrug! He doesn't show any interest in me! until I start giving his head and under his chin a good old rub! Yes I agree he is a Worcester Park hero and deserves recognition.

Karen

Jess Ops said...

Love the new layout, but please can you change the masthead photo? Your facebook one also shows a snowy scene!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess Ops,

This is Oscar's thread!!!! Unless you were requesting the photo to be of him, which would be a good idea!

Karen

Magic Dragon said...

I quite like the pic of WP but if a search is on for a new one, why not get a photo of Oscar with WP in background? He always brings a smile to those who know him.

Jess Ops said...

How do you start a new thread then? I thought it was a general discussion.

(Oscar always gets a chin tickle from me though)

Sue said...

Sorry, dont like the layout! It feels all back to front. Its like being back in Waitrose when they first messed around with it:(

Anonymous said...

Oscar is a Worcester Park institution!

Anonymous said...

Oscar does deserve some recognition - he is a good Ambassador for WP and Pets Place. I wonder how he is coping with all the work that is going on in the shop - looks like it is going to be good - in time for the beginning of December I am told!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree, wish there were more Oscars about to make the town a happier place

I do think he should hav a plaque somewhere....maybe on the pet shop wall outside

Twenty Twelve said...

Morning all.

Does anyone know of any organised New Years Eve fireworks in the area?

You used to be able to walk to the top of the lookout at the Hamptons and see the fireworks in central London, but since they decided to build more flats and let it get overgrown there isnt much of a view.

rob n beck said...

Has anyone seen the plane flying round and round overhead on 17 11 11 around 6.00 to 9.00 pm?

Roger Roger said...

rob n beck

look it up here next time.

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2011/11/ever-wonder-where-that-plane-flying-over-your-head-is-going/

Mr Man said...

I've recently moved into Worcester Park and generally find the retail owners very pleasant, friendly and helpful. Apart from, that is, the Sainsbury's Local. A couple of the staff are rude and never say thank you at the tills. The manager is moody, unfriendly, unsmiling and looks entirely peed off with his job. Not to mention the old codger of a security guard who stares at everyone as though they're pilfering klemtomaniac while often having his mobile to his ear, walking around like an old coot with a load in his pants. I live literally yards from that shop, but after a few unpleasant experiences will never ever go in there again...even if it means I have to walk further to get a pint of milk!!

Susan K said...

Maybe we could rename the town Oscar Park!

Anonymous said...

couple with 2 kids, new to the area looking to meet new friends.... any ideas very welcome

Anonymous said...

As a new development in the mosque/non-mosque story I see that Bank Chambers has just been put up for let, details here-
http://www.drakesfield.co.uk/Green%20Lane_Worcester%20Park.pdf

Parkerilla

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could please mention on your blog our school -St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School, London Road. It is our Christmas Fair on Saturday 3 December 2011, from 1pm - 4pm.

Anonymous said...

Hi just like to say a BIG thank you for the organisation of this years WP Christmas Night. It was indeed an auspicious occasion for all ages. It was lovely to see so many people of all ages enjoing themselves - my family included. Thanks and wish you all a
Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year
Nadia

Anonymous said...

Would like to know who the d...head is who decided to dump their old mattress on the corner of Green Lane under the trees by Beverley Brook!

If you are reading this then thanks very much for dumping your rubbish and creating an eyesore for the rest of us. I really hope you have been caught on cctv aand the police get you for flytipping.

Miss very p...ed off!!

The Parkerilla said...

I see your mattress and raise you an upright piano which was dumped on the Green Lane pavement just along from there a few weeks ago.

BenyP said...

I am not sure if the Hercules Balmoral ladies bike also dumped on Green Lane raises or matches the piano. I cycled it back home from the pub despite no gears, 2 flat tyres, a broken seat and a rusty chain. It was like this one http://www.cyclerepairman.co.uk/Hercules-Balmoral-classic--vintage--bicycle-21%60-frame--trade-in-cycle./1494.htm

I am currently restoring in for my wife, awesome. Parkerilla I hope you are doing the same with that piano, having seen the state it was in, that looked more of a task than mine!

Sue said...

Looking back over old posts, I was reminded of the time when Oscar had a friend.I seem to think he was a tabby.Anyone else remember?

Anonymous said...

So....the One Stop Party Shop is no more meaning no more balloons being dragged home in a bin bag...quite sad about that as we now have no party shops left in WP.....and yes Oscar is the WP hero! Cool 4 Cats!

Anonymous said...

as the one stop party shop is no more and I have been left out of pocket with no dj, cake or decorations for a childs party on Saturday, does anyone know of a dj, cake person extraordinaire and balloon deocoration specialistt to save the day

Anonymous said...

As everyone seems to be in the festive spirit even in this economic despair, I wonder what Road in WP has the most festive spirit. Might be good to have this as an open competition. Who's your vote?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm looking to move to Worcester park and have a 6 month old baby. What is access to the train station like for a buggy? (Both sides?) Thanks!

Buggy Bumper said...

Easy access from the London bound platform. Two flights of steps to the street from the opposite platform. Either a two person process or a bump down every step! Alternatively continue to Stoneleigh Station where you can then walk to the other side of the platform and return to Worcester Park to the London bound platform. Although Stoneleigh takes you into another Zone. Apparently you can call for assistance at Worcester Park but as the Station is not manned full time during operating hours I am not sure how that is meant to work.

Graham said...

Worcester Park is a busy station and the vast majority of residents are nice (despite what you may sometimes read in the comments on this blog!), so there is normally somebody who will help you with the steps to/from the southbound platform.

Did you leave your brains in your buggy? said...

Rather than needlessly wasting time getting off and on again at Stoneleigh station and waiting for the next train to come back to Worcester Park, the brighter local mums simply get off at Worcester Park and ask for one of their many fellow commuters alighting at the station to help them down the steps with their buggy... it's been going on around here for generations! Simples!

And if you need to cross the main road, simply stop at the traffic lights, press the pedestrian button and wait for the green man. But if your IQ is measured in single digits, you could take a 213 bus to Sutton, dismount it at the end of the route, wait for it to turn round, then get back on, then return to Worcester Park and get off on the other side of the road! Doh!!!

Anonymous said...

You always see passengers helping people with buggies down from the Surrey-bound platform - I can't believe people actually go to Stoneleigh to turn round! However, none of this should be necessary much beyond another year. Once the accessibility works are completed at Vauxhall and Earlsfield stations next year, the Department for Transport's Access for All funding will be spent on stations beyond zones 2/3 including Worcester Park, Putney and Twickenham.

Local Man said...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16153541

Interesting reading.
I wonder what she thinks of Worcester Park.
Probably never heard of us.

Anonymous said...

hi. yes there was a female tabby at the pet shop too but she was unfortunately run over. I used to work in the pet shop when this happened years ago poor little thing.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Anyone still chatting?

Can't the newer posts be at the top of the page to stop us scrolling all the way down to the bottom?

Anonymous said...

hi, punjabi family with a little girl moved to area. are there any other punjabi/indian people around?

Nichu said...

Hello Anonymous. I'm not Indian or Punjabi but welcome to Worcester Park!

Alix said...

Oscar the cat is just too cute for words always stroke him whenever i see him! ^^ oscar for mayor. Welcome to the area for the new people and anyone else think we should have so area for young people to go? Like in stoneligh they have the cafe??

Just a thought
A

Anonymous said...

hi, looking to buy a house on oaks avenue....does anyone know what the road is like?

Anonymous said...

Regrettably there are now few oak trees remaining in Oaks Avenue, but it is pleasant and neighbourly. Probably the worst thing is the eyesore of a gigantic caravan (more like a white shipping container on wheels), which is permanently moored diagonally across an entire front garden near the top of the hill.

As well as reducing light levels, it’s undoubtedly reducing the value of all properties within eyeshot, so maybe now is the time to buy, before the circus moves on, the road loses the look of an industrial estate and property prices take a leap back upwards.

Anonymous said...

does anyone live in oaks ave? is there any trouble on the road? what is a semi worth on the road?

Anonymous said...

I heard that Oscar the cat has now retired and won't be in the shop much or at all anymore. Is this true, does anyone know?

Anonymous said...

I will be very sad not to see Oscar anymore as I go past each day on the 213 or X26! I always look out for him perched on his birdtable having a nap, and he makes my day! I thought maybe it was too cold for him at the mo and he would be back later in the year, but if he has retired, he deserves it! As a Sutton resident, I have only met him once - he slept right through his head rub - but on a long boring journey to/from Kingston he raised a smile!

Anonymous said...

I don't think Oscar has retired yet! He became ill about 3-4 weeks ago and was recovering at
a staff members flat. I was in Pets Place on
Sunday and he is now back, thankfully! But I didn't see him as they said he was in Superdrug! So I reckon he was pleased to be back to his usual routine!

Karen

Anonymous said...

Who cares about a cat!!!! Please get a life people

Man's Best Friend said...

I agree.
This isn't WP Cat. It's WP Chat.

Anonymous said...

You are the one without a life you sad little
person who is so immature you have to leave that kind of pathetic comment.

Karen

CB said...

What does it matter if they want to talk about Oscar? If they are supposedly sad then so are you because you obviously read the posts and then decided to comment too!
The world would be a boring place indeed if everybody talked about the exact same things and had the same opinions. You need to be more accepting of others.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that the Party shop opposite Iceland will open as a Pawn Shop !!!

I say lol. What with Poundland how will the upper class of Worcester Pk cope!!!!!

Little Smiff said...

Anybody know why the road under the bridge at the station is going to be closed on Feb 12th?
Is it anything to do with the recent short spells of roadworks adjacent to the Manor Drive? What are the diversion routes going to be? Bearing in mind the history of late running roadworks in Worcester Park can we guarantee that the road will be open on the Monday? Also there has been a lot of surveying being done down Green Lane but nobody is wearing an identifiable company clothing. Again I ask anybody got any answers?

Anonymous said...

Few things make a town look scruffier than fly-posting.
It's very noticeable that the problem is endemic in London Borough of Sutton, who clearly aren't interested in dealing with it.
In the Borough of Epsom & Ewell fly-posting appears to be much less of a problem, most likely because the residents and Council refuse to tolerate it.

As to Worcester Park, the offenders include :
Buyers of scrap cars and vans.
The local scout troop - the leader of which should be setting a better example.
So-called 'raves'.
The church at the bottom of The Avenue.
All seem to appear surreptitiously overnight. All, large or small, are illegal under
Sec. 224 Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (unlawful display of
advertisements)
and / or
Sec. 132 Highways Act 1980 (unauthorised signs on highway).

How to deal with it? Very simple, if everyone removed any, and all, fly-posting on or abutting public streets the impact would soon be obvious.
Some people appear to think that they are somehow not allowed to remove fly-posting - absurd.

Anonymous said...

I have a really bizarre request, does anyone know where our rubbish from WP gets taken, for example what plant does the recycling go to, what dump/landfill does the rest go to? It's for a school thing and I can't find it anywhere on LBS website.

Anonymous said...

It goes to the local landfill in sutton

Anonymous said...

Thinking of moving to wp....is it a safe place???

Anonymous said...

The rubbish is taken to Beddington Lane Recycling Centre it is all sorted from there its called Virdors

I hope this is of some help

Lidia said...

Did anyone see the car fire on Malden Road by the Plough Green shops today? I called the fire brigade when I saw a huge amount of black smoke rising over the rooftops from my house in Old Malden and they told me that the fire brigade were attending a car fire. I drove by later and the car was totally burnt out. I hope no one was hurt.

Anonymous said...

I sent the following to LBS "Traffic and Transport", RBK and TfL on Wednesday morning :

"Notices are up stating that the road beneath Worcester Park railway bridge will be closed "for 1 day on Sunday 12th February".
There is nothing on the LBS, RBK or TfL Websites.
Does that mean that the road will not actually be closed but restricted?
There really should be some info on your Website."

Not one of them has replied. I daresay I shall get replies next week, when it's all over!

Little Smiff said...

Re Anon 10/2 @ 11.07. Glad to see that someone else made an effort to find out why the road under the bridge should have been shut. The signs, whilst they were there, had a link to Surrey County Council. Needless to say that when checking their website because Worcester Park falls into London boroughs I was unable to find out any information. All prepared to make a note of the telephone contact number and then the signs vanished! The bridge remained open almost as if the event was never going to take place. So thanks anon, at least I didn't imagine the signs were there. However, still no nearer finding out why the road was going to be closed. Now puzzled as to why it wasn't shut and when (if) it will be shut in the future. Anyone out there able to shed any light on this mystery?

Anonymous said...

As a parent who will - in the near future - be looking at local schools I would be interested to see more comments from parents with children at Cheam Common Infants, Green Lane and Dorchester Schools. How happy are you with the school? Any improvements? Ofsted reports are helpful but I think hearing the opinions of parents is important (There is a link now on Ofsted reports for parents views but as it is new there are no comments as yet). Thanks.

Anonymous said...

On the subject of dumped matresses... The 1 dumped in the little park, on the end of Buckland Way, where the cut through is across the Hamptons into Browning Avenue. It's been there for months! Lib Dems first action....get rid of that thing!!

Anonymous said...

Further to my posting of 10th, I received this reply from LBS yesterday :

"I apologise that this response is after the event, but I would like to confirm that these signs were placed by a Traffic Management company working on behalf of Surrey County Council. They were intended to give motorists advanced warning of works that were to take place on Sunday 12 February 2012. However, they put them up on the wrong road. The signs were meant to be placed for works planned on that date for the Cheam Road in Ewell."

Anonymous said...

Hi WP residents,
We are looking to move to Oaks Ave (sale agreed), though we have had subsidence come up on the survey, and as a result have not found anyone willing to insure the property.
Does anyone else have this issue, and can they recommend insurers, or explain how they have got around the issue?
cheers!

Sue said...

Thank you to all you people who wasted your vote on Thursday. Hope you wont spend time on here moaning about the state of WP if you didnt
even try to do something to help.
On the subject of Primary schools, Green Lane are very welcoming and actively invite you to look around before making your choice.

Anonymous said...

I see the To Let sign has been taken down from the Old Bank Buildings in Green Lane and on Saturday as I was passing there were a group of Muslims, complete with long beards, headgear and full length clothing standing outside as if they were waiting to be let in, anyone know what is happening.

Anonymous said...

Hi, where about in oaks ave? Top of the hill or near the bottom? Is the house floor timber suspended?

Little Smiff said...

Well done anon for solving the mystery of the roadworks that never were. Hopefully the same company is not being used to put up the signage for the Olympic cycling. Nine circuits of Kingshill will be somewhat less of a challenge than Box Hill!

Anonymous said...

Anyone else been cold-called by people claiming to be from "Red button safety campaign" or somesuch offering free smoke &/or burglar alarms (in exchange for personal details...)?

Sue said...

I have . Just told them I was a tenent and they were off like a rocket!

CiaraLouu said...

WHERE ARE ALL THE TREES? I was too ignorant to read the little signs put up on the fences about the Beverley brook but I heard it was for flood protection. But they're literally all gone! Doggy Field near Pembury Ave. looks horrible now :(
They better be planting some more!

togg said...

Can't believe a pawn shop has opened. Do you really need it? Porn shop yes...but.....

Magic Dragon said...

North Cheam continues to move upmarket - just spotted a new shop opening near the crossroads - yes, it's Bargain Boozer!

Happy days said...

Good....we need a decent cheap offi in the area!!

Anonymous said...

Pawn shops and off licences ... what about opening that Doctor's surgery on Central Road. Apparently there is "thousands waiting to be spent on Worcester Park surgeries" http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/9629345.Cash_waiting_to_be_spent_on_doctor_s_surgeries/ Email Councillor Mary Burstow maryburstow@btinternet.com or NHS Sutton and Merton ALS@smpct.nhs.uk to tell them how you think the money should be spent!

togg said...

Good call....must admit Manor Drive Surgery does seem rather like an airport lounge at the moment!!

Anonymous said...

Another crime in Worcester Park this time the pawnbrokers next door but one to the Police Station!!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know anything about what happened at the pawn shop yesterday afternoon? Lots of police cars outside.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what is currently being worked on on Dorchester Road, by the small newsagents? The former shops appear to be having some work done. Flats maybe? or something more exciting?

Anonymous said...

I think WP is missing a good general independent gift/card shop (I don't understand why the "Party Shop", now replaced by the pawn shop I think, didn't do well). Could also do with another good cafe/coffee shop - the one by the pedestrian crossing is quite good but always too busy! Anyone agree?

Anonymous said...

can something please be done about the car tip at the end of Longfellow, if that camper van has legally passed an MOT I will eat it! It is a total disgrace that the man can have I think it is three cars now and 4 bikes rotting away and looking like a junk yard - if he doesn't have any pride I certainly do. Please everyone get onto Sutton council about this before carno 5 comes along, and why the tyres to block in the mini, and the plastic bucket....I could go on. It is an eyesore beyond b elief - thanks for listening everyone but please help get rid of the mess

Anonymous said...

Apparently our Poundship is NOT closing down.
Can you investigate please. I hear from the woman on the cashtill that there was some problem with the rent but now it is sorted.

Paul said...

Is anyone having freeview problems following the digital switchover? I've had to re-tune several times, had various channels disappear and then return the next day, and now the TV seems to have a mind of its own switching from cable to freeview of its own volition.

Magic Dragon said...

We have Freeview and now the channel selections keep disappearing - it also takes for ages for a picture to appear. However, 'Have I Got News for You' last week strangely appeared in 3D on an HD TV.

On another matter, in relation to our 'Strawberry' Wednesday garden waste pick up last week, did anyone else have a problem in getting their sacks returned? Three houses around here didn't get theirs back.

Anonymous said...

I saw the old pensioner who attacked his neighbour and builder (recently in the sutton chronicle) racially abuse a woman on the high street near costcutter. He was extremely vile to her just because her little boy around 3 years old bumped into him by accident. We do not need such racist ignorent people to ruin the name of Worcester Park!

Anonymous said...

would like to know if anyone else has found their experiences with the housing department of sutton council to be pretty dismal. I have had no help from them at all, they don't return calls and it seems as though rather than treat people like human beings, they slot us all into one category in which we don't all fit!! They are a bunch of jobsworths. Surely we all deserve to have individual circumstances taken into account, rather than us having to follow their interpretation of the law and just be told to like it or lump it.

Sue said...

Lemon Thursday also seemed to loose some garden sacks.

Anonymous said...

According to the Sutton Guardian website, Victoria House has been sold !!

Louise said...

My father, Rob also saw this happen by the Costcutter store......absolutely disgraceful

togg said...

Just to let everyone know, there was a burglary in one of the houses in Brinkley Road today. Police are investigating, but just be on your guard.

Anonymous said...

I have lived in Worcester Park for 9 years and today I am feeling very dissapointed.
Some lowlife has stolen some valuable items from my car while it was parked on our drive.
What gives these scum the right to think they can just take things others have worked hard to be able to afford.
Some of the items are essential for my job and I had to save hard to be able to afford them.
I really hope the saying "what goes around comes around" is true and these people also experience the feeling of being the victim of crime.
I hope whatever you (if you read this) make from these items brings you nothing but shame and heartache.

vigilante said...

Thanks to the thoughtful individual who put a brick through my car window last night.
I'll see the funny side and write off the cancelled day out with the kids if you put £75 through my letterbox to cover the insurance excess for the replacement glass.
Oh, and I hope your mates were suitably impressed.

togg said...

I know it is summer, but does anyone else go out of their mind listening to that dam ice cream van blasting out the same Corneto song repeatly snaking along the streets off central road.

I mean for goodness sake, get some variety of tunes!!

Anonymous said...

The Ice cream van isn't as annoying as all the mega loud music coming out of so many houses and cars waiting in the traffic queues! So much for getting a nice peaceful sunbathe in the garden. Nobody these days seems to have any consideration for others and it is very sad.

Susan Harris said...

I agree no consideration for others. And we are having tot up with Longfellow Road being closed - yes the whole road- for a street party. Whilst we are 100% in favour of these parties there is a HUGE playground and shutting the road all the way down to Haslemere is somewhat selfish for other residents who have to do other things, and its been very badlyorganised, people din't know the road was being closed until a dodgy home made poster was put up on the lamposts only a day ago! Inconsiderate beyond belief and what about some of the older residents who need to use their cars!

Anonymous said...

The Pawn shop attempted burglery. I asked in the shop and was told that three youths had tried their luck, two went inside the shop and said that their friend was outside pointing to some jewellery in the window that he would like to see, would the assistant take it out for them to have a look at closer.The assistant guessed what they were up to, they were waiting for him to open the inner door to the window and then would go around the counter to take whatever they could, but the assistant locked himself in and also the lady in the back of the shop locked herself in and he then pressed the panic button to call the police, who arrived promptly but the youths had made their getaway. Wonder if it was the same three who stole a mobile phont from the estate agents at the top of Central Road with the same trick.

Sue said...

On Friday 1st June, garages in Dorchester road were broken into. One lady found a man actually in her home. make sure you lock your backdoor.

Tony said...

there is a half starved young fox roaming around near THE RETREAT,Looks a bit Mangy .does the RSPCA help the critters out ?

Jackie said...

Sad to see that the flower shop on the bridge closed down on Saturday. Went there evey weekend and will miss Martin and his friendliness. Flowers were always wonderful.
Jackie

Anonymous said...

Very sad to see that the flower shop on the bridge has closed down. Used to visit every week,very friendly shop keeper (Martin) and really nice flowers which always lasted.
Jackie

togg said...

I've noticed an internet/mobile phone shop as opened up along central road. I'm rather surprised since Worcester Park is probably an area where computer ownership is very high and no particular tourist flow. I haven't seen one person logging on yet...can't think that will last!!

Anonymous said...

aaah poor little fox, we feed our fox that comes each night, saves them having to break into all the black bins because they are starving and nayone that says don't feed them obviously hasn't been starving themselves......

mkington said...

Anyone else think the helicopter traffic has reduced their altitude recently?

Anonymous said...

Bus route E16, currently hourly, is to be reduced to every two hours on Saturdays from 8th September. That will most likely be followed by the Monday to Friday service being similarly altered, resulting in reduced use and justifying complete withdrawal. As the E16 is no longer a Surrey County Council service little can be done other than giving publicity to the likely chang.

Anonymous said...

i hope the Worcester PH gets taken over, at least the quiz has gone - so many wrong answers given to questions set by so called quiz master, and they were sure they were right.

Anonymous said...

Anyone seen the sign on Green Lane about road closures, 6 weeks starting on the 23rd of July!

Gem said...

I just want to have a rant about an experience I had at the Midus Touch on Friday. Went there to have lunch with my sister and our 2 babies aged 5 & 6 months. We sat in an area with sofas so we could lie the babies on them and settle them so we could eat our lunch. Lunch came, babies were happy (so were we) that was until the bar maid ame over while we were eating and said "sorry we have to kick you out of this area as the DJ needs to set up". Not only was it only 12:00 in the afternoon we were still eating and preparing feeds for our babies. So we were told to move across the pub with babies and pushchairs, lunch and drinks in tow.

I really think the manager needs to put their customers first, why not wait until we had at least eaten..........some people (men) have no idea what a struggle it is to even eat during the day with a baby! We wont be going back there!

Lynn said...

Did anyone see the fire engine last night on oaks ave, they went to the house with scaffolding.......does anyone know what is was about?

bowser said...

Any mr ink opening times?

Anonymous said...

isn't it about time the no-smoking section at worcester park station was extended? surely i'm not the only one who doesn't like having to walk past all the smokers every morning to get onto the platform?

Anonymous said...

Lived in Worcester Park for over 50 years and nearly died of boredom.... Moving was the best thin I ever did.

Anonymous said...

Hi to the Punjabi Family who moved to W.P in January. We've been here for a few years, two children., living in the hamptons.

Anonymous said...

Is anybody else getting annoyed by the new people in the flower shop leaving the canopy down on the front of the shop 24/7. It shortens the width of the pavement to about a foot. Shouldnt they have to pull it up when they are closed?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the outcome of the daft planning permission for a mosque in Green Lane is. Thought the application closed in August and its now October.......Surely the residents are going to be advised of the outcome?

Anonymous said...

Suprised not to see anything on the WP Blog about the recent questionaire received about possible street imptovements to Central Road - with the seeming obsession with traffic I would have thought people would have a lot to say about the proposals!

Anonymous said...

There are so many charity shops in wp why dont we have section on them
they are all very good for prices and bargins
especially as we are stuggling with money
you just never know what you will find

wonder woman said...

Sutton council and the Car Park (Waitrose) GRRRRR... anyone else agree?

Anonymous said...

Are there any parents here of children at either Cheam Common Infants or Green Lane schools? Both seem good schools when we visited and looked at the Ofted reports. Our daughter will be going to a primary school next September and we can't decide. Any feedback welcome. Thanks

CiaraLouu said...

R.I.P to Oscar the Cat.
He lived in the Pet shop for his whole 18 and a half years of life, and sadly parted in his sleep on the 13th November.
I knew this cat my whole life and this is actually incredibly emotional...This wonderful cat deserves some recognition for being the best loved pet that Worcester Park could ever have had.
Love you and miss you Oscar, never forgotten <3

Anonymous said...

I will miss Oscar, he had so much character and was so incredibly friendly to anyone that cared :(

Anonymous said...

Green Lane is a 'Good School' This is Ofsteds opinion. I would say it is outstanding. Parent and children tours are held every week. Come and see for yourself.

Gemma said...

LOST CAT........£££ REWARD.
We have lost our beautiful cat Bella. She went missing yesterday and hasn't been seen since.
I know it is only one day but it is very unlike her to stay out all night and she must be starving.

We live in the Buckland Way area. Please can you check your sheds and garages.

Bella is a long haired Tabby cat with green eyes and long fur on top of her ears. She is very friendly.

She has a microchip so please if you find her take her to a local vet and they will contact me.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hello WP residents, I am considering moving to WP mainly because of good schools around. I wish there are few Indian families in that area though I have friends living in central Sutton.

Anonymous said...

The Old Abbey National near the butchers has been vacant for so long the windows are about to fall out. Would the person that owns it do something with it as it makes the High Street look miserable.

Cooking your Spanish said...

Hola Comunidad de Worcester Park!
We are a group of Spanish professionals living in WP for more than a year and we want to be more involved with the community.
We want to offer you a new way to learn a language and know new cultures while enjoying time in the kitchen.
We teach Spanish language and culture (from Spain and Latin America) and at the same time you will be learning how to make delicious tapas.
We invite you on Thursday 17 January from 6:30 to 8:30 to a free tasting – register at cookingyourspanish@gmail.com.
Come along to learn more about our course.
Nos vemos!

Emily (disgruntled teen) said...

Just a small rant.
Today I was getting a last minute Christmas card in WHSmiths, and had queued for ages in an understandably long queue. I was finally next to be served, when I noticed an old woman struggling to open the door to get into the shop. Around me, I saw people watching but not doing anything, so, naturally I left the queue and opened the door for the woman. I was shocked that I was the only person that went to help in such a busy shop, as it was clearly visible that she was struggling. The woman thanked me as she went inside.
I was not offered my place back in the queue, which I had left to help the woman, so I politely made my way to the back of the queue, which by this time was even longer.
I was disgusted firstly that I was the only person that went to help, and secondly no-one offered me my place back in the queue.
On top of that, at 16 I was the youngest person there - certainly, taking my time to help old ladies contradicts my teenage stereotype.
People don't give young people the credit that's due.
After all, where is the spirit of Christmas? It would appear, not in Worcester Park.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the plans are for the HG Wells and the Worcester Park pubs? Also, now that the Oragon restaurant had drive through KFC denied, what are its plans now?

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Found this blog to be wonderful and the comments above are quite interesting (in a good way, of course).
Looking to move to KT4 and just thought I'd ask your view of the area - are there any 'no go' areas - any places which are council estates etc.? Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, AK

Anonymous said...

My husband and I are looking to move to Worcester park area, but it looks like depending on the street you can be part of either one of 3 boroughs - Kingston, Sutton or Epson and Ewell...
I wonder if it makes a difference which part of Worcester park (or rather which borough) you live in, especially in in terms of schools, medical services, etc. Are there any issues with living on the border of one borough and using the services in another?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Anonymous said...

hi there.we are looking to buy a house in wp and found a house in caldbeck avenue which we are interested.How is the road like.how much is a semi worth in that area.thanks

Anonymous said...

caldeck avenue is a nice road and very convient for the shops. I dont think it gets much traffic and the houses are well built

Anonymous said...

Hi

just been to the long long awaited Born sushi -there are two of them in WP.

utterly utterly wonderfull!

Unknown said...

The Born Sushi near Waitrose has opened!!!

David said...

I feel I have to write to say how helpful the man in Megabytes computer shop (Windsor Road) was when I asked for advice about my non-functioning computer router. Twice I went in today and even after I offered to pay for the advice he refused. Well done Megabytes - impressive service.

Anonymous said...

Can We have A Section on the here about charity shops please as there are 7 all together
I am Shop manager of Marie curie and we often have fun days , special promos ect ect and it would be great to let every one in Worcester park know

Anonymous said...

I moved to WP a month ago and would like to make friends locally. Are there any activities/groups which you can recommend where I could meet people?

Anonymous said...

This chat system needs to allow users to reply to specific posts, otherwise it's less of a chat, more of a long stream of random statements...

Anonymous said...

KFC the best shop in worcester park ;D

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if there is a local website where all local events are taking place such as clubs, associations & sports being ran from local community halls, church halls, fundraisers etc. It would be good to see all that is going on locally at a glance.

Charlotte Norrie-Rolfe said...

any one lost a cockerel????? i hear it every morning ,just found one in Brinkley Road

Anonymous said...

Hello :)

Does anyone know if the Bank Exchange building next to the Kingfisher is up for rental? I am looking to open a Cafe aimed at babies and toddlers where mums, dads etc can come with their little ones, grab a bite to eat and a coffee and enjoy activities like music classes, baby sensory, arts and craft and dressing up story time.

I am moving to The Hamptons in July and feel this would be a perfect venue and add value to Worcester Park. Would love to know peoples thoughts as well from parents, would you like something like that in the area?

Jennifer

Anonymous said...

In response to Jennifer re cafe:
Jennifer the building you talk about is the building that currently has a planning application to turn it into a mosque. There is lots of information elsewhere on the Worcester Park blog regarding that application.
My children have now grown up but I would have welcomed a cafe aimed at babies and toddlers when mine were younger. There used to be one at the top of worcester park but it didn't last that long. Good luck with your venture.

Anonymous said...

This a WARNING to all pedestrians, today in Central Road, there were 6 youths aged about 18 on bicycles absolutely speeding down the pavement weaving in and out of people, they almost knocked me down together with several other people coming down the hill,we all had narrow excapes. then they sped into the road weaving in and out of traffic, if they had knocked us down we would have been badly hurt or if they had hit a child it most probably would have been killed they were riding at such speed with no concern for anyone. We reported it to the police station but they said there was nothing they could do as they had disappeared and in any case they are not insured. Something really has got to be done about Adults riding on the pavement as there is certainly
going to be a fatality one day. I shouted at them but was ignored. Look out for them everyone, they are maniacs.

Gem said...

I am so happy to announce that following my post on 3rd Dec 2012 my cat Bella has been returned to us! We picked her up from the vets in Sutton last night. Despite living as a stray in the Sutton area for the past 7 months she is happy, healthy and glad to be home. All I can say is thank god we got her chipped and I advise all cat/dog owner to do the same.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to put all posts in chronological order please.

Anonymous said...

hi can anyone tell me - what is the name of the new shop up by Sainsbury's - its opposite. its a beauty shop I think doing feet?

Anonymous said...

is there anywhere in Worcester park that does keep fit?

Anonymous said...

I agree we should be able to reply to peoples posts

worcesterpark park said...

Retail space is available for innovative traders for 10 pounds a week in a shop on Central road at Worcester Park . Space available on first come basis trades include but not limited Florists, cotton candy, greeting cards, toys for kids, artificial jewellery , make up items, women hosiery any other items of interest for bookings contact Shaun 07405648369 or email wpwineshop@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

As regards to the 'improvements' to Central Road (High street) Worcester Park. To start with I have to ask 'Is that it'. Is that what we have been waiting for and the chaos it has caused over the past few months. And how long has it taken to put in a few plants and repave what was okay in the first place. What should be worked on in Worcester park is the quality of shops, we need more variety not more off licence/grocery shops or more barbers/hairdressers. Did you not think of asking the residents what they wanted first?

Anonymous said...

Squatters have taken over the Worcester Park Tavern, apparently the police cannot do anything, it is down to the owners.

Anonymous said...

RE: The squatters, good luck to them. It's a huge empty building may aswell go to somebody's use. They're not hurting anybody.

Anonymous said...

I'm buying a flat in The Hamptons through Barnard Marcus estate agents. If you have experiences with them your feedback would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone!

I am a local mum living in Worcester Park and as of tomorrow I will be opening Caterpillar Music classes in Maple Lodge at The Hamptons for all WP residents. I will run a class weekly on a Wednesday from 10:30 - 11:10am and it is suitable for all preschool children 0-4 years. You can come along for a free trial class to see if you like it. All you need to do is call me on 0208 337 5998 or email me at jennifer.dunnett@caterpillarmusic.com and give me your child's full name and D.O.B for my register.

5 classes only £30

Hopefully you will be able to come and join in the fun tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Agree about the improvements. I don't think it's money well spent - we need more variety and good quality shops.

Anonymous said...

I've just posted a request to have the graffiti dealt with on The Worcester pub. It's messy, stupid, and needs to be prevented in future. Please visit the link and do the same so that Kingston Council get it sorted ASAP!

https://services.kingston.gov.uk/RunService.aspx?ServiceId=3e7e4542-c3ba-e111-afcd-005056ad0064&ServiceName=Graffiti&AuthenticationLevel=Anonymous&IsOrganisation=False

Anonymous said...

I've read that Northern Line is going to be extended to Battersea, how nice it would be if it was extended to North Cheam from Morden....

Matthew Betts said...

Hi, can anybody reccomend a domestic cleaner? We're looking for someone trustworthy to come and do 3 hours a week of general cleaning and ironing while we are out at work.

Thanks

Matthew

Natasha Jenkins said...

Hi does anyone know when The Brook (former Midas touch) is opening? It certainly looks smart from outside!

Anonymous said...

I think that the main question is that the property has been purchased by a benefactor whom wishes to donate the building to a deserved cause. The Ismalili community which may I add is as I understand i less than 1% ethnicity according to the Kingston Upon Thames census 2011 which means the building cannot be named a Community Centre as being promoted by JTL Partnership LLP .
I suggest that the Worcester Park community as a whole should approach the benefactor and propose a community centre which benefits all the community no matter the ethnic background.



Anonymous said...

Hello Worcester park !! This Helen The Shop manager From Marie Curie The charity shop !!!
We Need Your Help !!!!!!! The Last few Weeks have been very low on donations !! Why I hear you ask ??? SHOP LIFTERS !!!!!
We have people who walk past and drive past and take any donations that have been left out side the shop when it closed these are then sold on ebay and car boots sales ect ect
so please DO NOT LEAVE ANY THING OUT SIDE ANY CHARITY SHOP as It will not be there when the shop is opened The shop opening times are Mon- Sat 9 - 4.30 Sunday 10 - 4.00
If You need more help and info please come in and see me We have to stop there shop lifters !!!!!

Stephen said...

Do you think Bank Chambers has been an eyesore for far too long?

Do you think the dilapidated state of the front of the building sends all the wrong signals to local people and visitors about the place we live and the space we share?

Do you think the broken shutters and smashed windows only serve to encourage further vandalism, not to mention posing a real and present danger to passers-by?

Do you think it's time the building's owners were held to account over their continued neglect of such a prominent local business premises?

I do.

I think the state of Bank Chambers is an absolute disgrace.

I think the owners of Bank Chambers should show they care about their business and residential neighbours, and the image of Worcester Park.

I think it's time they were told: either smarten up Bank Chambers, or sell it to someone who will.

Anonymous said...

Can someone please change the unrealistic photo at the top. At least forty cars have been photoshopped out and the black car is braking at the crossing instead of accelerating to beat the red light.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone please tell me why we have so many hairdressers/ barber shops on the Worcester park high street?? I'm all for having a choice but seriously think we need to CUT back on the number of shops before it becomes DYEr!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone explain the reason for the traffic congestion getting out of Green Lane? I am currently leaving at 7.20am to arrive at my sons school ( Lime Tree Primary Surbiton ) and am arriving around 9.20am. The issue seems to be getting out of Green Lane and onto the High street and beyond along Malden Road. I have spoken to Kingston council Sutton and TFL it seems the problem is an anomaly for which neither Sutton Borough Council TFL or Kingston Council can provide an explanation for. Is it Green Lane Primary and The Hamptons or the change in weather? Will it improve?

Anonymous said...

Brilliant protest happening in the car park at the H.G Wells public house on Cheam Common Road.
It would appear that the owner of the pub is systematically ripping off decent people for huge amounts of money for work they have done to the fifteen pubs that he owns in the London and home counties area.

Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone,

I have recently moved in Worcester park and have no friends around. With all the transport not running on boxing day, I am looking for something to do in the area. Does anyone knows about any volunteering opportunities for 25th Dec?

Patrice said...

Hi everyone,
We just moved in the area recently and we discovered Munal (Nepalese Restaurant) that we enjoyed so much. We had a look at the restaurant/bar reviews in the blog and seems that since the last edition quite a lot of places have closed. It would be great if there could be an update on restaurants in the area. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what is happening at 8b Woodlands Ave? They have now painted the once attractive garden wall with cream paint and it looks an eyesore.

Anonymous said...

There are very few restaurants in Worcester park - unless you like burger and chips! La Mamma has reopened - any good? PizzaExpress. Turkish restuarant is very good. Shame there's only Costa coffee - a new coffee shop/bar would help tge hugg street.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if there is a Christmas Tree Collection service offered by Sutton Council? I'm dort of hoping that leaving it outside will mean it will magically disappear :) otherwise anyone know the best place to take it to?

Anonymous said...

I believe they are collecting on your green bin day.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fuming. Liberal Democrat turns up on my doorstep, says "Firstname Surname?, Liberal Democrats", "No thanks", say I. Hang on a minute and you know who I am, how? I've opted out of the edited register. Electoral Roll. It's a petition, for St Raphels Hospice, as far as I can tell, a charity. How is this a political purpose?

I absolutely object to being addressed by name on my door step by a total stranger. If I'd have been inclined to vote liberal at the next election that's certainly not the case anymore.

David Griffiths said...

Has anyone got any information on the car crash/fatality by Manor Park surgery a week or two ago?

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be great to have a 'tasteful' florist in the area - maybe in Old Malden - The Conservatory florist in Worcester Park is incredibly disappointing and very pricey. We need some interesting shops - there used to be a lovely little garden shop - gone. Don't understand the high street - too dull. There's a fab parade of shops opposite The Plough - full if plastic, primary coloured, shop fronts. Imagine that same parade filled with trendy coffee bar, florist, gift shop - or something in that mould - would lift the area. The Plough and green look gorgeous - shame the same cannot be said for the interior of The Plough which is horrendously neglected. Which brings on to the matter of the awful rancid smell of stale burnt fat that floats out of it! Pity for those living nearby.

Anonymous said...

What's going on with Worcester park high srreet!? It used to be so great - now uts Poundland and similar.

guest said...

I completely agree. I go to Wimbledon or Kingston for the shops. Worcester Park has so much potential but nothing is being done about it.

Anonymous said...

Wondering if anyone actually cares about the high street - we all complain - wonder if these comments get taken notice of ever?

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,

Stumbled along this thread as I am thinking about moving to WP in the near future. I have looked at Hamptons properties and roads near WP Station - does anyone have any insight on Hamptons properties vs other residential roads?

Also, what has been your experience of living in WP? The pros and cons etc.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Haven't lived with in Worcester park very long. Have friends who live in Old Malden end of high street - kind of wish I had moved nearer that end. It's quieter and prettier. However, generally speaking, it's a very pleasant place to live. Hopefully the rather dull high street will perk up - there's a great little Waitrose and also Pizza Express! (Whoopee!). Just a few mins drive up the road is Cheam village and several lovely restaurants - so.....

Anonymous said...

Noticed that the water had been cut off just now - did anybody else have this problem? - although most people will be asleep - curious! It didn't last long - no notice.

Anonymous said...

Just seen a sign stating the Gamecock Pub is up for auction on 20th May. Guide price is 1 million plus. The agent said it is meant to remain a pub but there could be altered usage.
Hope there isn't trouble ahead.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
Can anyone recommend a window cleaner in Worcester Park? Being out all day at work we never see any. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else hearing a strange continuous generator-type noise? Started yesterday and is still going on. Any ideas?

Andy Martin said...

Now Im not tight but being charged an extra 50p surcharge to use my debit card (not credit card) to pay for lottery in the Post Office, Central Rd is just plain ripping people off. I hav'nt come across this anywhere else and will no longer be using them for lottery services.

Anonymous said...

Im a 16 year old girl looking for a friday evening / weekend part time work in the Worcester Park area my email is forchloestumblr@hotmail.com if anyone is employing!

Anonymous said...

What a moving morning there were so many people at the Memorial this morning. It was so good to see and be a part of the crowd. Was it my imagination was the 2 minutes silence before 11 am .

Anonymous said...

when are the lights being switched on

ZARUS said...

is there electricity cut today?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what is happening where Kingfisher used to be? Was repossessed a couple of months ago but looks a lot like it is being done up now? Walk past it everyday so just a bit curious!...

Anonymous said...

Where have the recycling bins from Stone Place Car Park been moved to, or have we lost the service??

Anonymous said...

the reason we have so few decent shops in Worcester park is
1. the high rents and business rates
2. the lack of support by local people on the late night Christmas event we see hundreds of people in the high street who then come into our shop and who ask are you recently opened no we have been here for over 20 years
3. the ones that do come in say I have been looking in Sutton Kingston and Croydon and cant believe what a good selection you have and what good prices you

Anonymous said...

We are looking for volunteers on the 28th April to support the RNLI's Mayday Campaign. Did you know there are 4 Lifeboat Stations on the river Thames and Tower was the busiest again in 2014?! Mayday is our national campaign and e are looking for as many people to be involved as possible. A collection is taking place at Worcester Park Station on Tuesday 28 April and we are looking for volunteers to cover the shift 7-9.30am. Please contact the Mayday Team on 0300 300 9903 or communitysupportteam@rnli.org.uk

Anonymous said...

What has happened to Cheam Common Junior School? Outstanding schoold downgraded to Inadequate !!! Were the govenors and (new) headmaster asleep?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I left for work today at 6;50am from Cheam Common Rd (by HG Wells) and it took me 60 mins to get past Iceland on Central Road. It's normally bad, but not this bad, and can take up to 30 mins to get through if I leave early enough.

I need to get on the A3 towards Guildford, can anyone recommend another route? What about avoiding Central Road completely and going up past Nonsuch Park and finding a way on to the A3 that way?

Might consider moving, I've never know a road like it!

Thanks

Easter Bunny said...

EASTER SATURDAY TREASURE HUNT IN WORCESTER PARK!

Worcester Park's traders have clubbed together to hold another treasure hunt tomorrow, for local children.

Simply pick up an entry form from Waitrose Worcester Park between 10am and 1pm.and find any 25 of the many egg designs dotted around Central and Windsor Road.

When you have found 25, you can return to Waitrose to exchange the completed entry form for an Easter prize. [You just need to bring a pen or pencil to write the shop names, where you see an egg design in the window].

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why I am unable to use the lift at Worcester Park Station after 7pm?

Anonymous said...

Its because there is a problem with the lift on Platform 1. They can only be used when the station is staffed because someone was stuck in it for 3 hours recently. They will be shut from 27-29 April to hopefully fix the problem.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. No one at south west trains have bothered to explain this to me so thank you.

Margo Morgan-Jones said...

Part-time job for 15 year old. My son finishes his GCSE's in June and was hoping for a job over the long summer break. Sadly with a late August birthday to reach the magic age of 16 this is proving quite a challenge. Any local ideas?

Anonymous said...

Hi - I am local resident of Worcester Park.

Can someone explain why does one get a penalty ticket at Stone Place Car Park even though it is free for the first two hours ???

It has been one of those days ... it totally slipped my mind that I had to get the "pay & display ticket". I had just gone for 5 minutes. When I realised and returned back there was the penalty ticket tucked on my car with fine upto £60, feeling totally bitter now.

Anonymous said...

I know this is old news, but, just read about the Mosque on Green Lane. No problems with this it could have been a cinema, a bowling alley, theme park what ever. They do have restrictions and as any application that is approved with restrictions they must be adhered to. Too this end it is up to any persons with objections to see that they are conformed too. Mobile phones, pads and any other form of media can be used to record any non conformity. I hope it has no bearing on the day to day goings on of Green Lane. I also hope it does not lead to the future application of a larger Mosque should it prove popular.

david said...

hi i have an album coming out soon in july imagine if it got into the charts

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