Mayor finally announces renovation work around Carshalton Ponds

October 5, 2011 11:33 AM

Caroline Pidgeon, with Sutton Councillors Hamish Pollock, Alan Salter and Jill Whitehead and MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake at the Carshalton PondsLondon Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed that repair work on the railings surrounding Carshalton Ponds will finally begin in the spring of next year.

The renovation process is now scheduled to begin in April 2012 and will see the railings that separate the busy road along the Ponds from the water, which have been in disrepair for many years, replaced with newer and stronger ones.

Caroline Pidgeon, who as Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group has led calls in recent years for the renovation of the railings, said: "I am told that every few weeks a motorist goes through them and ends up in the ponds. This issue is serious and desperately needed resolving before there is a horrific and even fatal accident."

Caroline was recently joined by local councillors Hamish Pollock, Alan Salter and Jill Whitehead and MP Tom Brake on a walk alongside the Ponds and through the High Street to examine a number of transport concerns shared by local residents. Tom welcomed the news that work would begin early next year.

He said: "I am very pleased to see that progress has finally been made after many years with regards to the railings around the ponds. Something had to be done. Not only are the current railings dilapidated and scruffy, but they are also extremely dangerous."

It is believed that the ponds have been a central feature of Carshalton's natural landscape since the seventeenth century.

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