The Apostles Residents Association aims to protect and enhance the local environment and promote the interests of the local community.
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YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND
THE RAYNES PARK COMMUNITY FORUM
AT 7.15 PM ON THURSDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2021
In the Chair: Cllr Carl Quillam
Close by 9 p.m.
Future dates for the Raynes Park Community Forum: Tuesday 22nd March 2022
The Raynes Park Community Forum is managed by the Raynes Park Association (Chris.Edge@ccedge.com) and chaired by a Councillor from one of the local wards by rotation.
The Mural at the Skew Arch
NEW WARD BOUNDARIES
Next May there are elections for a new Council. However, the ward boundaries have been revised and will come into effect after the elections. The biggest change for us is that our ward, Dundonald, will no longer exist. It is an odd shaped ward going from Raynes Park to Wimbledon taking in roads to the south of the railway. With the new structure, the Apostle Roads will become part of Raynes Park Ward (and Raynes Park Ward will lose some of the roads on its current northern boundary). The change will be welcomed by many of us in the Apostle Roads – on the south of the railway we have always felt a bit like ‘second class citizens’. Indeed, you may recall a few years back when there were plans to designate Raynes Park Town Centre only that part of RP on the north of the railway. These changes will inevitably result in a reshuffle of our councillors – they will no doubt be in touch with us over the coming months.
Raynes Park - July 2021
Lower Downs Road - July 2021
Raynes Park hit the headlines for the wrong reasons with pictures of flooding under the railway bridge and in Lower Downs Road. This happened several times. The London Borough of Merton is responsible for anything above the surface, gulleys and drains in the road, and Thames Water for anything under the ground. Whilst we were concerned that the pressure of water resulted in some sewage water spreading in some areas, we have been re-assured that (as we understand) no properties were flooded. LBM confirm that they prioritise checking drains where there is a raised likelihood of flooding. TW told us what they are doing to make sure there are no major blockages in their systems. Is it just bad luck that we have had about half a dozen ‘once-in-thirty years’ experiences recently? Should they be investing in bigger and better sewers? By the way, it is important always to report any flooding to Thames Water – they prioritise areas where they receive the most complaints. Some people in the Apostle roads have been shocked by massive insurance increases because of the flooding risk. It seems that different insurance companies use differing criteria and we are not in a designated ‘flood risk’ area. However, this doesn’t prevent some companies taking their own decisions – perhaps having seen the press coverage of local flooding.
THE THREAT OF CONVERSION OF TRADITIONAL APOSTLES' TERRACED HOUSES INTO TWO FLATS
As many Apostles residents will know, the ARA was set up in the 1980s to campaign against conversion of typical Apostles 2 bedroom Edwardian terrace houses into two separate flats. Over the years subsequent council planning policies have for the most part prevented such conversions. It was therefore a shock to find that in late 2019 such a conversion was permitted as being in accordance with the council’s current Local Development Framework (LDF) Core Planning Strategy, which was adopted in 2011 (36 Aston Road Planning Application Number 19/P2715).
To some of us the wording in the document is not sufficiently clear, given the council’s stated shortage of ‘family’ sized homes and the preponderance of one and two bedroom dwellings being built throughout the borough.
As a consequence, a survey has been carried out - see below - by some ARA committee members of all the properties in the area served by the ARA to establish as accurately as possible the breakdown of dwellings by their size in terms of bedrooms per dwelling. This survey has been produced in order to make the case to the council that, in terms of its own housing policies, it is detrimental to convert 2 bedroom Apostles terraced houses into two individual flats.
This decision to carry out the survey was welcomed by council planning officers and the survey has been submitted to the council in the expectation that it will influence a more clearly worded housing policy in the revised LDF which is currently being developed for adoption in the next couple of years.
Merton has now (January 2001) produced its draft Local Plan for consultation.
The draft Plan certainly does not go far enough to protect our properties. Accordingly we have made the following submission to Merton. Thanks to Peter Fischer, local resident, for the hard work he has done in preparing our response.
CROSSRAIL2 - LATEST UPDATES
It now appears increasingly unlikely that the CrossRail2 Project will not go ahead in the foreseeable future. CrossRail has gone way opver budget, and post Covid there will be no money left in the kitty for such a develoment.
BIKE EVENT - RAYNES PARK - SUNDAY 4 AUGUST 2019.
The event is always a great success and Raynes Park comes alive.