Welcome to Carshalton Beeches Residents Association

The Carshalton Beeches Residents Association (CBRA) web site is intended to keep residents aware of local news and developments as they occur, and to provide a forum for discussion. If you have an issue, then contact either the "web master", link at bottom, or contact your local district representative. Contact telephone numbers are published in the Newsletter. If you have comments concerning the content and layout of the site (see contacts page for email addresses) they will be especially welcome. Your committee hopes that the site will be of interest. Updates are made on a regular basis, so come back soon.

 

The Association Newsletter is published twice a year and will continue as a medium for providing in depth information. If you have an article that you would like to share with the membership, please contact any member of the executive committee.

Please note that we are collecting members email addresses so that, for those who "opt in", email advice can be supplied concerning planning applications that may affect them. All that you need do, is to email Ken Moser whose email address is on the Contacts and Area page of this web site. Please note that the no direct link is given (to minimise spam to him). Should you "opt in", please supply name and address. Should you change your email address, it will be helpful if you would advise Ken.
The planning office usually only advise immediate neighbours, and not necessarily those whose garden may back onto the proposed developent site, or who are more than approx 30 yards away.

 

AGM 2017

The AGM minutes for 2017 are here and the accounts for 2017 are here. The AGM was lively, without being rancorous. Minutes later.

 

Speed Cameras

Hate them, or suffer them? Surrey County Council have converted the speed cameras on the A217 between the M25 and Banstead to averaging ones. So, you can no longer "surf" the cameras! Have a look at this article,as there are a lot of them, even apparently between roundabouts! Getsurrey online

The A3 northbound from the M25 towards Tolworth also has a number of these cameras installed, so the days for "boy racers" are numbered.

 

Speeding Traffic

Please note that over the next months, police will be carrying out operations in Pine Walk, Woodmansterne Road, and Stanley Park Road to catch people driving faster than the permittted speed - 30mph. No information is available concerning scheduling. Be warned!

 

PARKING

Dropped kerbs: (ie your vehicle access onto the road) it is an offence to park overlapping a dropped kerb without the householder's permission at any time. If it occurs on your driveway call Indigo (the LBS contractor) on 020 8661 0096 to have a fine issued (ticket). They will check with you on arrival and before issuing a ticket. Alternatively you can place a notice on the offending vehicle asking the driver to take care.

You can give permission to park on or adjacent to the dropped kerb in front of your property, but on an individual basis.

 

Helicopters and Noise

The CAA have completed a consultation on aircraft noise in January 2018. The link to access the survey was at:

https://consultations.caa.co.uk/policy-development/aviation-noise-impacts/

If you have had concerns about the noise they make and the height at which they fly (and it should be a minimum of 500 feet from the nearest object - roof, tower, mast etc).

 

The CAA address for complaints about height and noise is as follows:
https://apply.caa.co.uk/CAAPortal/terms-and-conditions.htm?formCode=ABL

and for some obscure reason, I needed to copy this link and paste it into my browser address bar, if you click it, it may take you somewhere other than the correct page!

It is helpful if you can furnish photographs (although it is accepted that having a camera to hand when one flies over is not easy) and also other people who you can cite as witnesses. An alternative is to use the application Flightradar24 to identify the offending aircraft. Ths app is available as a free or paid for version on both Android and Apple mobile phone platforms.
Please use the links above and lets resolve the problem of noisy low flying helicopters. The minimum height that they are supposed to fly at is 300 metres (approx 1000 feet). Please let Ken Moser know if you receive a sensible and informative response (or none!).

 

Revised Sutton Local Plan

Sutton have posted the Local Plan on their website here and the consultation ran until 24th February.

They state that the land West of Wellfield Gardens has been removed from the plan, so no development is proposed on it.

NEW SCHOOL - SUTTON HOSPITAL SITE - LATEST!

Due to the late running of this project, the council have submitted a change of use request for one of the buildings on the Sutton hospital site (Cumbrian House), to house the initial forms of entry. The building is at the back of the site furthest from Cotswold Road. The planning application is B2017/77755.

£8m was expended in the purchase of the site for the new school on the site of Sutton Hospital. The school will be a 6FE (form of entry) school and will probably cause transport congestion, as well as being very out of keeping with the neighbourhood. The proposed finishes will be modern, and below is the latest iteration of the plans. The application has been approved. The CBRA is a contributing member of the local Neighbourhood Forum, and with which the council will be obliged to consult when it is formally registered, but which, disappointingly, has had little influence on the final design. The only alteration the council have made is to reduce the height adjacent to Chiltern Road from 3 stories to an offset 3 stories. However the overall height will effectively be 5 stories, 4 stories plus plant on the roof. As such, it will dwarf an adjacent 3 storey building (Darwin House) and all the nearby residential property. See the files below, there are 3, NS3update3.pdf, NS3_02-06-16.pdf and Public_Meeting_4_Final_Slides.pdf. The final cost is expected to be £40m, and the Education Finance Act will see SOME of this offset by the Government, but probably not all. It is looking likely that perhaps 60-70% of the build cost might be recouped (none of the site purchase, although planning costs might be refunded). It seems that all of us will pay for this despite no one (who attended the consultation events) being in favour of a school on this site. It is however, undeniable, that 2 new secondary schools are needed in the next 2-4 years.


There was a final "consultation" meeting on Thursday 15th September 2016 where the final design was available for inspection. See the third file below. More information is available from LBS here.

FINALLY

The planning application for the new school has been validated by the planning department, and can be found here and by entering planning application ID: B2016/76164

Intitial Plans
NS3 02-06-16.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.0 MB]
Latest Update 7/16
NS3Update3.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [511.1 KB]
School on Sutton Hospital Site
Large file, 5.8Mbyte
Public_Meeting_4_Final_Slides.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.7 MB]

Fraud & Scams! Visit http://content.met.police.uk/Site/fraudalert/, the same page also provides other crime advice. Our Fraud and Scams page provides some possibly useful information.

 

Seaton House Planning Application

The school submitted a planning application to redevelop the exisiting main school building, retaining the same footprint and overall height. Part of this entails creating a new clubhouse (the shell is now complete) for the bowls club (Carshalton Beeches Bowls Club) which currently occupies the top floor of the school building. The first application was refused by both the LBS and the planning inspector.
The school authorities submitted a new application, and addresses the inspectors grounds for refusal of a loss of privacy to residents in Westway. This application was successful, despite a small number of objections to it, as it addressed the inspector's refusal terms.

On the Planning Page, it can be seen that Seaton House school has submitted a change of use application for 65 Banstead Road South (from residential to school). It is assumed that this is so other works can be carried out once the necessary alterations have been made to No 65.

POLICE MATTERS

The police call it Theft: from vehicle - If possible don't leave anything valuable in your vehicle. Especially, don't leave your belongings in your vehicle on display.

 

Burglary: The usual precautions apply (locking windows and all exit doors prior to going out), and more information on securing your property can be obtained by contacting the police station of 8649 1212 and asking for the Crime Prevention Officer.
The CPO usually advises not to lock internal doors (other than to a garage), as once in, criminals will smash them to gain further access.

 

Local Policing

Do you know what your Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) priorites are? Have a look on the Links page to find out - they aren't listed here as they may change following Ward meetings. Do you know who your SNT are? Photos, contact information and contact information etc on the MPS page linked from our Sutton Safer Neighbourhoods link
Note that we bridge 2 SNT areas, Sunnymede Ave, Vincent Ave, Fairway and the top (south west) end of Banstead Road South are all currently in Belmont ward and the remainder of our area is in Carshalton South & Clockhouse.
Contacting the police: 999 for urgent access - report a crime in progress, or other emergency, 101 for non-emergency calls. You can also call the individual ward SNT - see links page for link to the relevant MPS page.

 

Computing Advice
Perhaps unsolicited - but relevant if you have (youngish) children - Other News page.

The make up of the site (site map) is as follows
The Home page introduces the site. It also contains items of breaking news and provides direction to other areas

Local Involvement - local committees you can attend.
Planning contains recent planning applications

Planning Guidance further information about the planning process and how to object to or support an application

Fraud & Scams - methods by which the bad guys separate you from your money

Contacts & Area - contact details for the committee, and the area covered by our association
Constitution - the formal constitution of the association, the area covered and key contacts, as well as some background

AGM Minutes & Accounts - report from the last AGM, and accounts for the year
Trees -  things to watch out for

Recycling - information about the new service

Other News - Various news items and advice (not relevant anywhere else!)

Links - useful links and local services

 

If there is anything you feel should be added to the site please advise any member of the  Executive Committee - or by direct contact to Ken Moser - who maintains the web site.

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