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Format: 2020-09-19
Format: 2020-09-19

Smurf drugs swoop

Police raided a home in Ellerton Road on December 3rd seizing crack and heroin and arresting 13 people.

Police were alerted by neighbours who had grown suspicious by the large number of people and cars visiting the house.

After several weeks of a stake out operation the police named 'Operation Smurf' the raid netted 42 crack cocaine rocks and 24 heroin wraps. Two men were arrested under suspicion of dealing and eleven others. The two men were charged at Kingston Magistrates' Court the following day.

Read more in the Kingston Guardian...

A new street for Surbiton?

A planning application has been submitted for the old Post Office building and Sorting Office. The plan includes a new pedestrianised street from Victoria Road to St. Mary's Road.

Cabbies not happy with station plans

The recently annouced forecourt changes to Surbiton station have met with opposition by it's most frequent users, the taxi drivers.

The changes planned for the front and rear entrance roadways are intended to improve accessability, but the cabbies aren't happy with the £150,000 scheme as it will reduce the space available for parking their taxis. The current allocation of 30 places is to be replaced with just 22.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association have lodged an objection to Transport for London and Kingston Council asking for alternative parking to be considered by the Surbiton neighbourhood commitee at their meeting in mid December.

Clean and friendly station?

South West Trains has named Surbiton station as it's award winner for cleanliness and friendliness. Did they confuse it with another Surbiton somewhere?

The station gets a £1,000 prize and each staff member gets a £50 token. Shame they can't do anything about the service though.

It's an interesting comparison to it's other recent nomination for 'The Hans Christian Anderson award for most original excuse.'

Read the rest in the Kingston Guardian...

Vandal told to clean up

A graffiti vandal has been ordered to repair his damage after a tagging spree centred in Surbiton.

Tom Coles, a 21 year old student living at Knights Park, has been told to serve 160 hours special 'enhanced community punishment', after admitting 26 counts of criminal damage.

His distinctive NFC tag had been appearing throughout the Surbiton, Kingston and Berrylands area over a period of a few weeks.

He was finally caught after being captured on CCTV whilst spraying his tag on the Bar Eivissa in Kingston.

Read more in the Kingston Guardian...

Infested nurses

Apparently an anonymous nurse has told the papers that Newlands, the converted 20s Surbiton mansion house is in a dilapidated state.

It's reported that there are cockroaches in the kitchen, rising damp, rotting windows and one shower to share between 13 residents.

Let hope they wash their hands once they get to the hospital.

Read more grotty details in the Kingston Guardian...

Surbiton transport gets marketing after all

After the recent story about South West Trains exclusion of Surbiton from their Open Network initiative, it appears Transport for London will be piloting their own Travel Options marketing scheme in it's place.

With a £750,000 budget to spend on marketing, Surbiton will be the focus of the campaign along with Enfield, Southwark and Lambeth.

The intention is to convince people to give up their cars and use alternatives instead - including walking, cycling, buses and trains, though disheartened SWT passengers would probably argue that only the first three options are the only viable alternatives. This may be the reason SWT were reluctant to promote their service in Surbiton.

SWT makeover for bad service

South West Trains have anounced their Open Network (ON) initiative that's intended to give their train service a facelift.

Though £1.5 million is being spent, no extra services are being introduced. The Transport for London concept is being piloted in Kingston, Norbiton and New Malden though presently they have no intention to include Surbiton.

The scheme's purpose is to retune peoples thinking of the service giving it more of an London Underground feel through rebranding and advertising, though it's unlikely people will be too impressed with the unchanged services once they try them.

Festival pictures

The Kingston Guardian is running a picture feature on the Surbiton festival. I couldn't spot me in them though.

See the gallery in the Kingston Guardian...

See more photos in our festival picture gallery...

Go the whole Hog

Fancy walking for 7 miles along the Hogsmill River? If you want company, turn up on Sunday 12 October and you're not likely to be alone.

The Hogsmill Action Group are organising a walk along the river.

The walk will be starting from Charter Quay in Kingston at 10am striding on to the Hogsmill Tavern in Worcester Park in time for lunch. Then, if you can manage it, onwards to Bourne Hall in Ewell Village.

The local Ecology and Environmental Education Officer, Marie Claire Edwards will be on hand to point out all the interesting stuff, along Stewart Cocker, Epsom and Ewell's Countryside Community Development Manager, who'll be at the pub to take you on for the next leg.