A3 - Illuminated Sign on the Malden Roundabout
There have been a number of complaints regarding this sign, one of which was made by a Residents’ Association member whose house overlooks this part of the A3. Our member’s complaint concerned the illumination of the sign which was very disruptive from the back of her house and which necessitated the purchase of additional window blinds etc. to block out the excessive light.
The Association raised this with the St James Ward Councillors and the item was included in the March Meeting of the Malden & Coombes Neighbourhood Committee. It was agreed at this Meeting, unanimously, to raise this matter with Transport for London and to arrange a meeting on site to include the Council, Tfl, representatives of the Residents’ Association and the resident concerned. However, at the date of the next Malden & Coombe Neighbourhood Meeting, in June, these actions had not been undertaken. The Chairperson of the Residents’ Association and the member’s son spoke to the Committee asking why nothing seemed to have been done.
Following written communication by our Association, and Council, to Transport for London in the past few weeks asking why no action had been taken to arrange an on-site meeting and why a report issued by Transport for London was not only too late for the June M&C Neighbourhood Meeting but contained misleading information, we have now heard from Transport for London to ask for a meeting date.
To get to this point has taken our Association a little over five months. Our resident’s complaint concerned the illumination of the sign, which was very disruptive, but we also feel there is a question of road safety, as drivers doing perhaps 50 mph are required to take their eyes off the road to look at the sign, not only at the pretty pictures but also at the wording and perhaps telephone numbers. We realise that a great deal of money is made from these advertisements, but at what cost to our residents and drivers?
Kingston Road - Rail Bridge - UPDATED
KINGSTON ROAD NEW MALDEN - RAILWAY BRIDGE
As many of you may have noticed, the bridge in Kingston Road is in an extremely poor - not to say filthy state underneath.
One of our members wrote to the Association with photographs, one of which is shown, and it was apparent that this could be
a health and safety issue. Dead pigeons, pigeon mess etc. with people passing on the pavement below.
The Association immediately got in touch with Kingston Council and was informed that talks had been undertaken with
South West Trains with regard to the cleaning and netting of the bridge. We were kept informed of the progress of these talks and are pleased to be able to advise that work will commence on the bridge on Monday 24th July over five nights.
The bridge will be cleaned and wire mesh installed so that pigeons are not able to roost and will not become entangled.
Issues such as this in our Community are not always able to be solved by the individual.
The Residents’ Association can assist (neighbourly disputes not being within our remit)
and it is always worth contacting us to see whether we can help.
We are pleased to say, as at 27th July the work has started - our thanks to all involved in getting this task underway.....
New Malden to Raynes Park Cycle Route
Please take a moment to read and make your comments known
and answer the questions - these include:
Your likely usage of the area and particular personal benefits.
No question is asked as to whether you actually want this project,
but questions relating to Seating - Public Art - Educational features -
Wooden play features - Wildflower planting and Nature trail features.
If your concern is not amongst the questions there is a comments box.
Some members have asked for more details regarding the 'New access point via ramp'
near the bridge - see diagram - also is there a speed limit for cyclists.
You can find out more online at the Go Cycle consultations page.
Stay Healthy NHS - 2017
A new 'Stay well in Kingston' booklet published byKingston Commissioning Group
contains a wealth of usefull information regarding access to Local Primary Care.
New Malden and Crossrail
So little has been heard about Crossrail 2 for over a year, perhaps you have forgotten about it. The journal Modern Railways for March 2017 contained a good factual article on the intentions. Start of work is not stated, but the complete CR2 is expected to open in 2033. It is considered that CR2 will promote or encourage the building of 200,000 homes, more in the North East, the Lea Valley, than here in the South-West. However Jockey Club Racecourses, which own Kempton Park Racecourse, intends to sell that racecourse to developers who intend building 3000 homes (Guardian and Daily Telegraph 10th January 2017), and Spelthorne Borough Council has expressed itself in favour. Kempton Park is served by the Shepperton trains which also serve New Malden).
The train handling capacity of Waterloo is limited, and present use at peak times is close to that capacity. Platforms are short and limited in number, but with rearrangement, the capacity is being increased, through more and longer platforms. The Windsor lines are being moved to the former International Station, platforms used by other routes moved in turn to give more space for country trains, and the low numbered platforms used by our trains extended to take ten car trains instead of the present eight (country trains are probably those running beyond Surbiton on the main line). During August this year rail service will be restricted, including at New Malden, so that these works can take place. Platforms 1 and 4 at New Malden have already been extended to take ten car trains. So trains will have 25% greater capacity a decade or more before CR2 opens. Longer trains will take longer to pass the constriction at the entry to Waterloo, however, so the increase overall will be a little less than 25%.
As well as the scope for more housing, CR2 is intended to open up new travel opportunities. There will be six tracks from New Malden to Wimbledon, two more than now, of which four will continue to Waterloo (suburban and country, as now) and the two additional go underground. Those two are to serve Clapham Junction, Chelsea, Victoria, and other Central London sites, using tunnels able to take trains as wide and high as those running through New Malden at present, and continue to the North-East of the metropolis. Fewer trains from our line will run into Waterloo.
Both the 25% extra capacity on existing trains and CR2 will make New Malden and other suburbs on our lines more attractive places to live, especially those who work in Central London, or those working elsewhere for whom CR2 will shorten journey times. That greater attractiveness is inherent in the London Plan and in local plans. Kingston Borough wishes to encourage the greater population, to increase the revenue it can earn in additional Council Tax and Business Rates. Businesses will be attracted by the additional population.
The whole of New Malden can be expected to become more densely settled, especially within say a kilometre of the station and High St. That will lead to the demolition of some houses to allow blocks of flats and new businesses, plus relative increases in the values of some more spacious houses. The new dwellings will tend to lead to parking stress in the whole of New Malden, the more so that new developments are built with limited or no on-site parking. Most workers who travel to or towards Central London already travel by rail, and can be expected to continue to want to do so, but to want to own a car for social and recreational reasons, to widen such opportunities beyond those possible with our existing railway and bus routes. In addition, some people need a vehicle for work.
Recent new developments, especially conversions, provide very limited parking, often none, and they are allowed to do so. This is extremely short sighted, and is already leading to parking stress for existing residents. Indeed, the developers of the car sales yard at 17-19 Dukes Ave near the station to provide nine small flats, were advised by the Council’s own planners that they did not need to provide parking because the flats were to be only one minute from the station (see planning application 17/14193/FUL, section 5 of the planning application itself, item 1). Observation shows, however, that every house nearby has parking provision on site in regular use, so that advice was hardly sensible, even if allowed by existing law. Note too that the offices above McDonalds in the High St were converted to flats last year with no parking provision. Vehicles are owned by several of the residents, and are parked in nearby streets.
It could well be that with the intended Brexit the projected population and worker number growth in London will not occur, and that the 25% growth in the capacity of the existing trains will be sufficient to cater for the commuting into Central London well into the future, ie commuting travel from these suburbs could well be within the capacity of ten car trains on the existing route into Waterloo, and of the existing underground lines from Vauxhall and Waterloo to distribute workers to most of Central London.
There is the considerable constraint that CR2 is expected to cost £30 billion. How will it be paid for? Perhaps that may result in the idea being deferred until it is seen how population growth turns out post Brexit. The pity will be that without CR2, it will not be possible to increase the weekday frequency on our lines, even with longer trains, above the existing six per hour, but very unevenly spaced, with two gaps per hour of 15 minutes and two of twelve per hour (inbound).
New Malden Residents’ Association
First published in Village Voice April 2017
Apologies if all text appears underlined I have an unresolvable formatting problem at the moment - Mike
5-29 Coombe Road
5-29 Coombe Road: planning application now submitted
I am writing to update NMRA on the plans to regenerate 5-29 Coombe Road, to the north of New Malden rail station.
Over the past few months, we have consulted extensively with local residents, including a public exhibition in September 2016 that was attended by 160 people. We are pleased to report that a planning application has now been submitted to Kingston Council.
Please find attached a CGI of the proposed development. The full application documents are available to view on the council’s website, using reference 17/14178.
You can also find out more on our project website: coomberoadconsultation.co.uk
As a reminder, the proposals include:
- New shops, a cafe and flexible local office space, creating new jobs;
- 85 much-needed new homes (including 5 town houses) with 25 percent 3-beds.
- The development’s density will be well within London Plan guidelines;
- A basement car park with 51 spaces;
- Public realm improvements: creating more pavement space, outdoor seating for the planned café and complementing the Mini-Holland cycle scheme.
In response to feedback received during our consultation, the number of car parking spaces proposed has increased to 51: this exceeds Kingston Council’s policy requirements and will help minimise the impact on local on-street parking.
We have been pleased by the local response to the plans. A majority of feedback forms completed by those who attended the drop-in event indicated support.
We will keep you updated as the application progresses and would be delighted to discuss the updated plans in more detail.
If you would like to discuss the plans further, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or on 0800 458 6976.
5-29 Coombe Road Consultation Team,
On behalf of SRG and Thorstone
17 to 19 Dukes Avenue
A planning application has been submitted for the site currently being used as a car lot
The application is requesting change of use to residential in the form of
erecting part single storey - part two storey and part three storey for
use as nine self-contained flats with roof terraces and cycle park.
The full APPLICATION
Tesco Clear Up
Many thanks to Danielle - Jean - Tariq and all the other volunteers
from the Environment Centre who presented to do sterling work on
the raised bed in front of Tesco Express....
Saturday 15th April saw Emma and husband Jo from the Environment Centre along with Barry and Mike from NMRA - they dug over and applied top soil to the smaller bed and cleaned up the rear entrance to New Malden Station..... Phewwww.. A busy morning
New Malden Future Group
The New Malden Future Group (NMFG) came about when the previous draft planning document for Cocks Crescent was withdrawn in 2014 after criticisms from local residents and Councillors. Councillors turned to the local community to come forward with their ideas and views on how the land should be developed.
The NMFG includes representatives from the New Malden Residents’ Association, Groves Association, Community of New Malden Businesses, Kingston Society and a number of interested and concerned individuals. All members either live or work in New Malden and are passionate about its future, and some of the members have planning experience which has been invaluable in dealing with the maze of planning detail. Its members are:
Barbara Delamere, Groves Residents’ Association
Zbig Blonski (planner), Groves Residents’ Association
Niki McGibbon, Groves Residential, Community of New Malden Businesses
Richard Allum, Parry & Drewett, Community of New Malden Businesses
Justin Cooper (architect), Mohsin Cooper Limited
Frances Marsh, New Malden Residents’ Association
Val Martin-Gennings, New Malden Residents’ Association
Maureen Shilston, local resident
Anthony Evans [architect/planner and Conservation Officer), Kingston Society
Annie Amos, Kingston Vale Operatic Society
Seb Amos, Brycbox Action Group
The NMFG developed a vision for a new heart for New Malden. The vision was that development of the Cocks Crescent area should create a new heart and community focus for New Malden to reinvigorate it as a vibrant, interesting, friendly and popular place. This should be secured through high quality development, to include a new modern community hub comprising a new leisure centre, library/cultural resource/art facility, new town square, and reinvigorated open space, delivered through enabling housing development with shopping, services and other town centre employment uses.
Our vision received overwhelming public support in the various stages of consultation including a packed public meeting attended by over 100 local people and a petition with over 680 signatures. Over the two years that the NM Future Group has been working with the Council, we have seen a sea change in attitude from Councillors and Officers. This is the first time the Council has worked with the community to formulate a strategy for such a project. It has obviously not been without its teething problems and we have all learned from the experience.
The collective attitude of the Future Group is that residents must be at the forefront of the development of the site and that the community and public benefits should lead the development - not the other way round. The implementation of the SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) must ensure that the scale of development does not overwhelm the area and that it is sensitive to and integrates successfully with the surrounding residential area.
We do not wish Cocks Crescent to become a cheap political football. We want the whole council and all the local community to unite to deliver a well deserved and brighter future for New Malden, which the SPD offers and which council leadership must deliver. The outcome of this project is vitally important and will reflect upon the Council as a whole, irrespective of party.
With the inevitable increase in population that has been forecast for this country, and especially for the South East, it is absolutely imperative that we do not take away the facilities for sport, leisure and learning that we have been fortunate enough to have in our lifetime. It is essential that these facilities are improved and available for all of us. This has been at the heart of the New Malden Future Group’s work over the past two years and, we are confident from our dialogue with residents, that this is also their vision for Cocks Crescent. However, residents also want clearer information on the amount of housing units, traffic issues, and increased need for services such as education and health and these issues need to be addressed by the Council in order to allay residents’ understandable concerns. The Future Group looks forward to working with the council on the next steps in securing this vision.
Frances Marsh - New Malden Residents’Association
Vehicles Blocking Driveways
We receive many complaints about vehicles blocking driveways, entrances to and exits from property. This is seldom a question of the blockage being caused by a vehicle waiting, but by parking, ie the driver leaving the vehicle. Often the blockage is partial, but still sufficient to block the driveway and block the view of approaching vehicles in the roadway, even of pedestrians on pavements.
Such blockage is illegal as well as inconsiderate. Several London Boroughs took over the power to control this practice, along with other vehicle offences, from the police in 2013, but Kingston did not. Kingston’s excuse was that it had no yard to which it could take the vehicles offending by blocking driveways. The power to enforce the free entrance to and exit from properties has therefore remained with the police in Kingston.
A member of this Association noted that many other traffic regulations made by Kingston Borough in its own right require removal of the offending vehicle and taking it to a safe place, ie a yard. We enquired what this yard was, and how the offending vehicles were removed and kept. We discovered that there is no yard to which offending vehicles are taken for any offence, and that what RBK does is to book the offending vehicle for the offence, which means a fine for the owner and to do so repeatedly while the vehicle remains. We thought that such booking and fining would ultimately act as a deterrent to blocking driveways.
We have nevertheless put an enquiry to Kingston Police, about how often they receive complaints about vehicles blocking driveways, how often they act on those complaints, and what they do. We also asked how they see their power to book these vehicles in the future. The police have not yet replied. We will then raise the matter with RBK again, with a view to having RBK book offenders in future.
Vehicles often park across driveways with the permission of the occupant of the property. The problem is with the vehicle owners who park without asking for permission, and without leaving a note about where they might be found, and leave the vehicle while they go elsewhere, often for prolonged periods. If you observe that being done, it is best to intervene, even if permission has been obtained. Intervening might mean your neighbour can get in or out, or even yourself, next time. It could also set up a culture of behaving properly. Even trades people should make arrangements with property occupants about parking across driveways, not assume they can park any old how.
SUMMARY OF ON-LINE RESPONSES TO DRAFT COCKS CRESCENT SPD
- Both the vision and overarching principles received greater levels support than opposition, but the level of opposition is nonetheless significant and often close to the level of agreement. This is also the case for the land use strategy and public realm strategy.
- Across other questions, opposition outweighs support. This includes the ‘masterplan’, ‘height and scale strategy’ and ‘delivery of affordable housing’. In short, the development’s proposed strategies very much divide opinion and whichever decisions are made on design (and importantly how these are communicated) in the next steps will need to give careful consideration to resident feedback.
- What can principally be taken from across the responses is very strong support for the Malden Centre, community and leisure facilities - eight in ten respondents see the delivery of a new leisure centre as very important. The community centre is seen as an essential part of life. There are numerous testimonies concerning perceived health, social and well-being benefits to people of the area. The swimming pool is a crucial part of the leisure facilities and residents are critical of the lack of detail as to what will be retained. People do not want to see a net loss of facilities. Future plans must address this. This also presents a major opportunity to improve on what is currently there.
- Concerns regarding infrastructure are also very prevalent. Public services (such as education and health) are perceived as under pressure already. Congestion and local parking are significant problems that people want to see addressed before development exacerbates the situation.
- The scale of development, particularly the upper limits of house numbers, and its height are also mentioned as cause for concern. New buildings need to be seen as more sympathetic and in keeping with the area, and not to overshadow them. This also relates to the above concerns regarding the impact on infrastructure and local amenities, and below regarding open space. Open space is seen as an important part of the development – in particular the need to retain green space and features that are linked with the document’s references to health and wellbeing.
- Whilst there is some recognition of the need for affordable housing, it also carried some negative perception of poverty and anti-social behaviour, and so greater communication is needed on this area.
- There are also references to a perceived vagueness and lack of detail in the SPD and overuse of jargon. It may be that the document is by nature intended as high-level, with greater detail to follow at later planning stages but nonetheless residents want greater clarity and greater certainty even at this stage.
THE AIR OF NEW MALDEN
It all started with our members. Questions about Air Quality in and around New Malden were being raised more and more as winter was coming to an end and people were getting out and about.
It took considerable organising but a public meeting was held with the eminent Prof. Frank Kelly, attended by our Members, Councillors, and James Berry MP. That was at the beginning of September, even before that meeting we were taking steps to obtain our own equipment in order for the Association to assess for itself, the state of the air we all breath daily.
13 Raby Road