Hamish — Parking is one of the biggest challenges facing our area. Sutton has the 6th highest level of car ownership and use in London, and therefore suffers from traffic congestion and a shortage of appropriate parking in many areas across the borough. To show the scale of the problem, approximately 320 requests for minor parking arrangements covering 228 streets across the borough were made last year. This is reinforced by a recent boroughwide survey of local residents where parking came out as one of the three most important issues. For those reasons, I am pleased that Sutton Council has prioritised this issue and recently published the Council’s new parking strategy.
In the past, parking schemes were considered and rolled out in an ad-hoc way with the unwanted consequence of simply pushing the problem onto surrounding roads.
The new strategy will be more cohesive, borough-wide, evidence-driven and with a well thought out 5 year delivery plan. It will be built into the wider plans for the borough and focus particularly on areas known as traffic attractors and generators – St Helier hospital, local schools, train stations and town centres.
The specific details are yet to be determined but in these areas parking schemes like Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) will be considered and local residents will be consulted.
In the coming years, it is inevitable that we will need to reduce our dependency on cars and use other sustainable modes of transport – public transport, walking, cycling etc. I am are aware that because South London currently lags behind other parts of London when it comes to public transport, many residents are often forced to use their cars. That’s why securing better local transport links has always been one my top priorities.
In these difficult financial times for local authorities, fixing our parking problem will not be easy and will take some time, but I can reassure you that I will work with local residents, businesses and Councillors to ensure a strategy is implemented which creates sustainable and fairer parking for all. Best wishes, Tom Brake MP
Carshalton’s Calladoodles Brings ‘Hygge’ to Your Home!
Snuggle up Scandi style this autumn… award-winning card & gift shop Calladoodles is celebrating the latest Nordic trend, ‘hygge’ – the art of achieving happiness and the biggest Danish export since Lego!
Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) is said to make homes nicer and people happier through comfort and relaxed living, surrounding yourself with things you love and embracing all the little luxuries and special moments that make life great.
Think warm, woolly socks, hot chocolate, roaring fires, time with family & friends… cosiness!
Carshalton High Street’s unique concept store, which recently relaunched its online presence with sensational photography, creating glossy magazine-style aesthetics, platforms the very best of British handpicked gifts, for you, your family, friends and home. Specialising in gifts and cards, alongside bang-on-trend fashion and accessories, the beautiful bricks-and-mortar outlet also offers high-quality homeware, shabby-chic furniture and stylish décor, while its state-of-the-art website brings the current market must-haves, along with inspirational ideas for designing and accessorising your living space, direct to your home.
With a focus on styling and visual merchandising, the stunning new website at www.calladoodles.co.uk offers striking illustrative examples of how you can create a beautiful environment to live in, representing the latest trends and creating some new ones, too!
The website is dedicated to showcasing the store’s mainstream and original one-of-a-kind products displayed in the home (and outdoor) environment, maximising their visual impact and thereby fostering fresh ideas for injecting style into your own abode.
The impressive imagery attracts established and new customers alike, drawn to the creative ‘combining’ ideas, which are cleverly designed to imaginatively liven up your living space and bring breathtaking harmony to the home. With its eye-catching, online magazine feel, the newly-launched website achieves all the appeal of a glossy magazine brand, oozing cutting-edge Calladoodles’ sense of style and inspiring customers with the dedicated team’s own energy and enthusiasm for their products and the environment around them.
The trendsetting store’s manager and photographer, Kate Luscombe, conceived the website’s show-stopping visual merchandising and recently carried out a wonderful ‘hygge’-themed photoshoot with Calladoodles’ Casting Call competition winner for the October blog.
‘We’re all about hygge this season,’ says executive manager, Clare Callanan, who is at the helm of a talented team. ‘Our books on the Scandinavian concept are literally flying off the shelves and we’re stocking up on all sorts of hygge-style, feel-good products, such as fluffy scarves, mitts and bed socks from AURA QUE, which are going down a storm!’
Last year, Calladoodles was honoured with the award for ‘Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South’ at the prestigious Retas awards in recognition of its comprehensive card collection. Whatever the occasion, Calladoodles has it covered.
What’s more, community-led Calladoodles has a fascinating, inspirational success story behind it…
The trendsetting ‘business that brought handmade to the high street’, empowers local and national independent designers, artists and publishers by providing them with a launchpad for their work. It has rocketed from its humble beginnings as an indoor market to a raved-about, leading-edge store, which weathered the economic downturn and has set standards in the small-business sector.
As pioneering businesswomen flying the flag for female entrepreneurship, the executive manager and her mother co-founded the company and are supported by an all-girl team.
Calladoodles is all about the community and is on a mission to promote its all-important ‘shop the high street’ message, too.
With exciting expansion plans in the offing, Calladoodles is set to grow. The company aims to open more stores and the team is passionate about emulating the community ethos they have so proudly established, elsewhere. The store already manufactures its very own brand of cards, wrap, tags and bags and, in further developments, plans to produce its very own fairtrade products, which will be ethically made in a village in Nepal.
In the meantime, get ‘hygge’ with it… head to Calladoodles and get your hands on some hygge-style happiness for YOUR home.
‘It’s set to be THE trend this autumn and winter,’ Clare continues. ‘So, don’t miss our hygge-themed window displays for inspiration and visit us in store for much, much more!’
Hamish — I’ve just spoken in Parliament about the impending cuts to local pharmacies. I told the Health Minister that I agreed with our award-winning Sutton pharmacist Reena Barai that the Government’s plans are putting 1 in 4 pharmacies at risk. He responded by saying he had no idea how many will close. That is simply shocking. We need to step up and show the Government just how important local pharmacies are to our community.
By spreading the message on social media, you can help us reach more people with our campaign and get more signatures on our petition (we’re closing in on 1,000 signatures). Thank you for everything you do.
Best wishes, Tom Brake MP
Leading Labour councillor quits the party and joins the Lib Dems.
Cllr Andrew Lomas has quit as deputy Leader of the Labour group on Kensington & Chelsea Council, and will now sit for Colville ward as a Liberal Democrat.
Following the three major party conferences, Cllr Lomas said: “Faced with a Conservative Brexit Government retreating to base nationalist rhetoric, I am not prepared to be complicit in the Labour party’s silence. I’ve left a party only interested in talking to itself, and joined the Liberal Democrats.
“I’ve been thinking hard about this for some time. After watching what was said at their conferences, it’s clear to me that leaving the EU without crashing the economy is going to be an astonishing difficult task that neither the Conservatives nor the Labour Party seem to be willing or able to face up to.
“I want to be a member of a party that stands against the noxious language unleashed at the Tory conference about foreigners, and the implied threat to fight a culture war against those who want a Britain that is open, tolerant, and engaged with the world.”
Welcoming him to the Liberal Democrats, chair of the London Region, Chris Maines said:
“Andrew’s decision to become a Liberal Democrat councillor will help us to hold the Conservative Kensington & Chelsea administration to account. Many other former Labour members and supporters across London have joined the Liberal Democrats over the past few weeks, and they will help us provide the real opposition to the Brexit Tories, who do not reflect the majority”.
Chris also told us that London membership was boosted by 125 over the weekend that Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour party leader.
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