The Apostles Residents' Association
The Apostles Residents' Association


The Apostles Residents Association aims to protect and enhance the local environment and promote the interests of the local community.

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How do I Join?

To become a member, please contact your road rep. The fee is £5 per annum and £2 for pensioners and those out of work. If you would like to pay your subscription by bank transfer, please transfer to: Apostles Residents Association, account no 02383523, sort code 30-99-66 and put your address as the reference.


After you have joined, please click here to sign up to receive emails from us. 



As an association, we are keen to have as many trees in our streets as we can.  A vast majority of our residents appreciate trees in our streets for the way in which they enhance the look.  (We are also conscious of their positive environmental value.)  We are constantly in touch with Merton Council to make sure they maintain and pollard the trees as necessary – with varying success!  Over the years, some trees need replacing for a variety of reasons.  As a result, you will probably have noticed that there are several unfilled pits, and sometimes tree stumps.  We are also aware that some streets have more trees than others.  


Unfortunately, the Council doesn’t have the money to replace these trees.  However, it is possible for any of us to request a tree in our street via  The cost per tree is £195 on the basis that you will commit to watering it in the summer months for 3 years.  (It costs an additional £100 if you want the Council to water it!)


Have you got somewhere near your house in the street where you would like a tree planted – ideally (but not exclusively) at a location where there is currently a tree pit?  If so, why not club together with neighbours – or go it alone – and purchase a tree?


Go to the website where you will find lots of useful FAQs, where you may find many of your queries answered.


In order to encourage you to do this, as an association, we will arrange to plant an additional tree in your street for the first 5 people who come forward confirming their purchase i.e. we would only provide 1 additional tree per street.   (We will work out where to position this additional tree in discussion with the road rep for your street as well as the donor of the initial tree.) 


The trees you order will be planted between Autumn 2024 and Spring 2025.  


Remember that this will involve a commitment to water and look after the tree.


If you decide to sponsor a tree, please let us know!


If you have any queries or want to discuss this further, please contact Anne Blanchard, our local tree adviser on 07979 324835 or email



We are looking for a new Chair of the Apostles Residents Association.  Chris Larkman, who helped set up the association in 1988 and has been Chair currently since 2018 thinks it is time to move over and let someone else have some of the fun.  


Are you passionate about your local area and community?

Can you see the ‘bigger picture’?

Do you like meeting people?

Are you a team player?

Do you enjoy a challenge?

Then you are what we are looking for!!!!





The Association was set up in 1988 with these aims:


1) The promotion and protection of the amenities and character of the area.

2) The furnishing of advice and assistance to persons proposing or opposing developments in or near the area.


We are delighted that we have a strong committee representing each of the roads.  You will therefore be given lots of support!


As Chair you get to meet and hear from local people, and engage with our local councillors, our MP, council officers etc.  You will also work closely with other associations in the Raynes Park area with the aim of making improvements to our town centre.  Whilst it is not a paid job, it is massively rewarding!


In terms of your time, it varies, and depends on what is happening locally, or how much you want to get involved.  An average of 5 hours per month seems about right. 


The key members of the ARA management team are the representatives from each of the roads – called the ‘road reps’.   The Chair’s role is primarily to co-ordinate the work of the road reps, offer them assistance and advice and to identify issues that affect more than one street.


The Chair is responsible for calling committee meetings and also arranging the AGM.  At present we have around 4 meetings a year.



To apply to be the Chair, or for an informal discussion or more information please contact our current Chair, Chris Larkman 07950 642550 



Some streets have their own WhatsApp group, which offers an additional means of communication:

Gore Road: The group is run by our road rep, Will Reay -

Carlton Park Avenue: Rebecca Reynolds runs the group.  To be added to the list contact her on 07861 684341.  

Edna Road: Caroline Smith runs the group.  To be added to the list contact her on 07708 795065.

Dorien Road: To be added, please email our road rep, Martin Geoghegan

Dupont Road: The group is run by Tanya Withers 07808 742083

Chestnut Road: The group is run by our road rep, Raluca Barret

Bronson Road: The group is run by Brandon Wilkins 07470 048629




We understand that the plot to build a 6th bungalow has been purchased by a couple.  We wait to see how they will manage the contruction given the difficulties over access.



We have been campaigning for many years for step-free access at the station.  There surely can’t be a busier station in London without it?  Grants for such work are allocated on a selective basis, depending on the cost and the case presented.  Two applications have so far failed.  Merton Council have submitted a third attempt, so we wait with anticipation of the response!  The ARA have written a letter urging the grant committee to look sympathetically on Raynes Park.



The area on the side road leading from the station to the Rainbow Industrial Estate has been designed as a drop off/pick up point for the station.  We continue to campaing with the owners, Workspace, to make sure they manage the area.  It has also become an area attracting fly-tipping.  Ultimately we would like the Council to adopt this stretch of road.



You may have noticed Liz Lane and her volunteers working on the railway embankment.  Many people have spent several hours and have achieved a great deal.  Wait for the Apring and Summer for the results!  We think this creates a pleasant welcome to people entering Raynes Park from the east.  



Some roads in the Apostles held street parties on Sunday 7 May 2023 to celebrate the coronation of our King & Queen, including Bronson Road, Clifton Park Avenue and Edna Road.  See below one of the photos from the Bronson Road party - more photos can be seen on the Bronson Road web page.

The Mural at the Skew Arch

The Parklet


Raynes Park - July 2021

Lower Downs Road - July 2021

Parts of Raynes Park are vulnerable to flooding.  In times of heavy rain, the road bridge at the station regularly floods, as does Lower Downs Road bridge.  The problem is that we're at the bottom of the hill and get all the water coming from the Ridgeway.  You may have noticed that Thames Water have erected a 'water garden' on the north side of the 'Skew Arch' (pedestrian and cycle route to the east of the railway bridge).  This can only have a limited effect.


You may be interested to hear that Thames Water and Merton Council are in discussion about erecting water storage tanks under Lambton Road between the Raynes Park Tavern and the Medical Centre.  (This will hold excess wtaerin gtimes of heavy rain.) There is also some consideration of changing the road layout in the centre of Raynes Park, leaving this stretch of road as a pedestrian area.  This would result in doing away with the one-way system with all traffic continuing parallel with the railway to Pepys Road.  It would be exciting to get some public space in Raynes Park - at the moment we only have the small area in front of the station.  But will they be able to establish suitable traffic flow arrangements at the road bridge?  We will keep you informed.


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.  



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.

ARA Dwelling Type Survey Aug 2020.pdf
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Merton has 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.

ARA local plan response.pdf
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Are you currently on maternity leave, shortly expecting a baby or have little ones at home?
Rebecca from Carlton Park Avenue has set up an Apostles mother and baby group and/or meet ups.
Please text her on 07861 684341 if you would like to be involved.



A local book club who meets approx every 6 weeks, usually at Mora, would welcome new members, contact Jane: 


The event is always a great success and Raynes Park comes alive.  

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