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 £4 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. 





We’re holding our special 30th Anniversary AGM at 8pm on Thursday 21 June 2018 in the Raynes Park Library Meeting Room.  Please make a note of the date in your diary and come and join us.  We’ll be electing a new chairperson and there will be the chance to ask questions and discuss any local matters as well as speak to Peter Fischer, our Planning Consultant, who will be on hand to answer your questions.  We’re also hoping that our Ward Councillors will be able to attend.  We’ll end with a glass of bubbly and it’s a great chance to get to know some of your neighbours – we’d love to see some new faces there!



These are our ward councillors who were elected on 3 May 2018:


David Dean (Conservative)

Anthony Fairclough (Lib Dem)

Simon McGrath (Lib Dem)


Congratulations to all three.  We look forward to working with you in the coming years!  (For contact details see our Link Page.)


Thank you so much to both Michael Bull and Suzanne Grocott (who were not elected) for all the good work they have done for us.  They have been a great support to many of us. 


Merton Council returned a Labour administration.  For full details see Merton Council website.



Grand Drive from Junction with Bushey Road.  One-way southbound traffic only from 23 July for 20 weeks.



Residents on Vernon Avenue have recently found Japanese Knotweed growing in their gardens.  


The RHS advise that Japanese Knotweed is a weed that spreads rapidly and can suppress all other plant growth.  Eradication is difficult as it cannot be removed by hand or eradicated with chemicals.   In appearance, in the summer, it produces dense stands of tall bamboo-like canes which can grow to approximately 2 metres tall.  The canes have characteristic purple flecks, and produce branches from nodes along its length.  Leaves are heart or shovel-shaped and up to 14cm (5½in) in length and borne alternately (in a zig zag pattern) along the stems.


Japanese Knotweed present on your property can cause problems when selling the property.   As a seller, it is your responsibility check the garden for Japanese Knotweed (bearing in mind that it can die back in winter). The TA6 Property Enquiry form asks you to confirm whether your property is affected by Japanese knotweed and, if so, where it is and to provide a management plan for its eradication from a professional company.  It can affect the value of a property given the difficulty in eradicating the weed and that it can take-over the garden. 


Ideally, given the nature of the terraced housing along the Apostles, a co-ordinated approach to tackling the problem should be taken.  If all those affected were to take action at the same time, it would assist in ensuring the eradication of the weed and would, hopefully, assist in reducing the cost of eradication.


For more information please pop round to 43 Vernon Avenue and leave a note with your contact details if no one is at home.



Whilst the Crossrail 2 project team continues to liaise with the Raynes Park community, in reality, not much new information has been forthcoming since the last round of consultation in 2015/16. As yet, we still have no real detail about how Raynes Park might be affected, apart from what might be implied from the broad brush information from over two years ago.


In 2017, Crossrail 2 prepared its strategic business case and submitted it to the Transport Secretary. While this showed that London could pay for half of the scheme over its life, the Mayor for London and Transport Secretary agreed to see how London might fund half of the scheme during construction.


This would seem to imply that London’s 50% share of the funding was partly predicated on income streams generated by the new railway and associated developments along its route.


In February 2018, it was announced that the government has called for an independent financial review to look at the project’s overall financial viability and whether or not the costs might be reduced. The review will be led by Mike Gerrard, former managing director of Thames Tideway Tunnel. What the outcome will be remains to be seen. However, it may affect the overall scope and its phasing.


Whilst this Independent Affordability Review is expected to issue an interim report and then a final report by the summer of 2018, the Department for Transport will then need time to review it and reach its own conclusions. Therefore, no further formal public consultation is anticipated until all this has been completed. This whole process is expected to take another year, putting back any further public consultation at least until early 2019.


Whilst this is news, in reality, it heralds further delays and continued uncertainty for the project.


Additionally, there are now political questions being raised over the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and also competing pleas for more transport funding in other parts of the country.


Against this background, TfL is now forecasting a £1bn operating deficit for 2018/19, although it does have plans to turn this around by 2021.


All these problems will make the Gordian Knot of funding the construction of Crossrail 2 harder to untangle. 


(Our thanks to Jerry Cuthbert from the Raynes Park Association for this article.)



There is a Heathrow Extension road-show travelling around London and the home counties, promoting the current public consultation. There are two concurrent consultations, both triggered by the planned third runway, “Airport Expansion” and “Airspace Principles”. 


Whilst one might hold opinions about the third runway and its impacts, our primary conceren is Park and flight paths. Hence, this note focusses on the information provided for the Airspace Principles consultation. Information is available at The consultation closes on 28 March 2018.


The public opinions being sought are to do with establishing airspace design principles. For example:

  • How take-off routes might be modified (e.g. over green space or urban areas)
  • Options for the resulting noise impact being spread or concentrated.
  • The effect alternative routes might have on emissions
  • Making use of new aircraft and traffic control technology
  • Night flights

Because these are “design principles” rather than “design development”, it seems it is premature at this stage to expect information to be available about how flight paths might be affected by the third runway.


However, Heathrow Air Traffic Control takes over from NATS at 11,000 ft. So Heathrow is responsible for take-offs and landings and NATS for the incoming “stacks”.


Information is available on the Heathrow website on existing flight paths.


Arrivals stacks. The location of the four stacks is the responsibility of NATS, so although Heathrow controls the arrivals routes from the bottom of each stack, the routes are effectively determined by the NATS stacks.


Raynes Park is located just north of the confluence from the Ockham and Biggin stacks.


Westwards take-off routes. Raynes Park is not affected.


Eastwards take-off routes. Raynes Park is on the southern edge of the route to the southeast.


It appears therefore that, with the advent of the third runway, the impact of aircraft noise on Raynes Park might not change significantly, unless either:


  • The locations of the NATS stacks are altered in some way. (However, this is not the subject of the current consultation), or
  • The Southeast take-off route is altered significantly.

(Our thanks to Jerry Cuthbert from the Raynes Park Association for this article.)



Take a look at the start of making this area look nice!

Are you currently on maternity leave, shortly expecting a baby or have little ones at home?
Rebecca who is the road rep for Carlton Park Avenue is keen to set up an Apostles mother and baby group and/or meet ups.
Please send her an email to if you would like to be involved.



Dundonald Church, 577 Kingston Road, plans to knock down the present structure and replace it with a more permanent building comprising a church with residential units above.  Go to their website for more information.


The event is always a great success and Raynes Park comes alive.  These photos are from the 2015 event.

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