Sutton’s cultural gems on display for Open House weekend

Sutton’s cultural gems on display for Open House weekend

The magic and majesty of Sutton’s heritage will be open to the public this month as part of the capital’s annual Open House Weekend. Twelve historic or innovative buildings will be open for free to the public for the annual event which takes place on Saturday, 20th September and Sunday, 21st September 2014.

Honeywood in full bloom on 22nd September

Honeywood Museum

Residents can explore historic buildings, see exhibitions and discover more about sustainable architecture.Among the buildings taking part this year are The Circle Library in Carshalton, Whitehall in Cheam, BedZED & Regeneration of Hackbridge and Little Holland House in Carshalton. The Sutton Life Centre will be hosting kids activities and tours on Saturday, 20th September. Two guided walks have also been organised on Sunday, 21st September 2014. One is ‘A Look at Old Carshalton’, led by local historian Andrew Skelton. The other is a 75-minute tour of sustainable buildings in the borough, starting in Sutton.

More information can be found by visiting and check if you need to book in advance.

Councillor Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:

“We have a rich heritage right here on our doorstep and Open House weekend is a great chance to uncover the borough’s past. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the kind of modern buildings we all see on TV and look at the technology behind sustainable buildings. Not only that but there are special activities going on for all the family so there is something for everyone.”

Sutton Life Centre

Sutton Life Centre

Buildings in Sutton taking part are:

The Circle Library, Green Wrythe Lane, Carshalton (Sat only)

Sutton Life Centre, Alcorn Close, Sutton (Sat only)

All Saints Church, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)

Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)

Whitehall, 1 Malden Road, Cheam (Sat & Sun)

St Nicholas Church, Gibson Road, Sutton (Sun only)

BedZED & Regeneration of Hackbridge, 24 Helios Road, Wallington (Sat only)

Carshalton Water Tower & Historic Gardens, West Street, Carshalton (Sat & Sun)

Lumley Chapel, St Dunstan’s Churchyard, Cheam (Sat & Sun)

Little Holland House, 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton (Sat only)

Russettings, 25 Worcester Road, Sutton (Sun only)


Council renews ‘One Planet Sutton’ pledge

tumblr_msb89w3y3d1rsswhpo1_500This week Sutton Council announced new targets for its ‘One Planet Sutton’ Plan which aims to give residents a better quality of life and boost the local economy while radically reducing the borough’s negative impact on the environment.

At a recent event, over 70 of the Council’s partners in the private, voluntary and public sectors (including police, health and housing) heard more about the One Planet Sutton vision and shared their ideas on how they will work with the Council to achieve it.

The new targets build on Sutton’s first sustainability plan, which was launched in 2009 when Sutton became the first One Planet borough. Working with local partners and community groups is a key part of One Planet Sutton. The plan was developed with international sustainability charity BioRegional which is based in the borough, and the targets have been agreed with local stakeholders following wide ranging consultation.

Since the One Planet Sutton plan was launched in the borough, Sutton has achieved the following:

Carbon emissions have been cut by 19%.

  • There has been a year on year reduction in waste produce per household.
  • 500,000 bulbs and 1,000 trees have been planted.
  • Westcroft Leisure Centre has been refurbished.
  • Over 800 start-up businesses have been attracted to the borough.

With the new targets, the Council will achieve the following:

  • Sutton’s emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide are due to fall rapidly with an aspiration to be a zero carbon borough by 2025. Space for wildlife and for growing food within the borough will grow, and recycling will increase.
  • Unemployment will fall, particularly among younger people, and there will be more jobs in businesses which are part of the green economy.
  • Homes will use less energy and be better protected against flooding.
  • Sutton residents will make more use of environmentally friendly forms of transport such as walking, cycling, public transport and greener cars.
  • The Council will be more responsive to local people. Residents will be more confident that the Council is listening to their views and taking their concerns on board when making decisions.

As part of the Council’s pledge to keep stakeholders informed about the work it does to support people who live and work in Sutton, attendees at the One Planet Sutton event were also presented with the results of a recent borough wide resident survey. The results show that the vast majority of residents (91%) are satisfied with their local area, and nine in ten think that their local area is cohesive.

The Council will use the results to continue to improve services and meet the aims of One Planet Sutton.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, said:

“Sutton became the first One Planet borough in 2009 and is one of only a few councils to achieve this status.

“I’m delighted to announce our new targets and we remain committed to working with all our partners to develop high-quality services for our residents and local businesses, whilst continuing to do all we can to tackle climate change and other environmental problems.

“By working together we will achieve our ambitious vision and make Sutton an even better place to live and work.”

BioRegional’s Chief Executive Sue Riddlestone said:

“I’m proud that we have worked with Sutton Council for 20 years. This new plan takes us up a level. It’s a bold plan that is easy, attractive and affordable for residents to live within their fair share of the earth’s capacity.

“That’s why we have endorsed this as a One Planet Plan. I congratulate Sutton Council for committing to this, and especially for sticking to its principles during this period of austerity.”

For more information about One Planet Sutton, to calculate your Ecological Footprint and to pledge, visit

Bioregional Community Challenge

A message is in from local organisation Bioregional about their Community Challenge:-

Dear Sutton Councillors

I work for environmental charity BioRegional and have been running events, workshops and offering presentations to community groups as part of the Community Visions 3 year programme to support the community in improving Sutton’s environment and helping residents to reduce their ecological footprint. 

In January this year we launched the Community Challenge to invite community groups to enter their project proposals that would contribute to a One Planet Sutton.  We had 21 entries and an expert Judging Panel of community leaders have selected eight of these as our semi-finalists.  We have an excellent selection and range of projects who are now up for the public vote (and waiting for your vote!) to gain further support and assistance from BioRegional.


Hackbridge Community Cinema
Establishing a community cinema to reduce isolation and improve social cohesion
Orchard Hill College Green Gym
Developing an outdoor Green Gym for learners at Orchard Hill College and the local BedZED community.
Radical Perspective
A Life Coaching project to signpost the socially excluded to essential services and low carbon living.
The Carshalton Patch
Providing local fresh fruit, vegetable and preserves to the community of Carshalton Beeches and surrounding area.
The Grounds Project
Transforming the underused All Saints Churchyard into a healthy nature garden accessible to all.
A community owned toolbank where tools can be repaired and hired out at low cost.
VineWorks Handyperson Service
A handyperson service for low income residents in Sutton to provide home repairs and energy saving improvements.
Zero Carbon Community Farm
A community energy project to run Sutton Community Farm on renewable power and become carbon positive.

Please go to to find out more about each project and to cast your vote.  Voting is open to Sutton residents and employees and your name and postcode (home or work) is required to validate the vote.

We want as many Sutton residents and employees as possible to vote in the Community Challenge.  Please help to spread the word and pass on this email to your constituents and colleagues and encourage them to take part.  Votes need to be validated with your name and postcode (home or work as appropriate). 

We are also encouraging voters to make a pledge to reduce their carbon footprint and signposting them to complete BioRegional’s ecological footprint calculator (  Make a pledge to play your part and try out the calculator if you haven’t already to see how many planets your lifestyle scores!

For those who cannot or prefer not to vote online, you can attend our Roadshow where we have a display about the eight projects with voting cards and a ballot box.


Library @ Westcroft Centre  between Saturday 13 July and Tuesday 23 July

Wallington Library between Saturday 13 July and Tuesday 23 July

Sutton Central Library between Tuesday 23 July and Tuesday 30 July

Cheam Library between Tuesday 23 July  and Tuesday 30 July

Worcester Park Library between Tuesday 30 July and Monday 5 August

The Life Centre Library between Tuesday 30 July and Monday 5 Aug

The deadline for voting is midday on Monday 5 August 2013.

The two semi-finalists with the most votes will be declared the winners at the end of the vote and will  be publicly announced at the Carshalton Environmental Fair on 26th August.

Please get in touch if you would like more information.

Many thanks


Stephen Edwards,Community Engagement Co-ordinator,BioRegional 

BedZED Centre, 24 Helios Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 7BZ, UK.

tel  +44(0)20 8404 4896


Registered Charity no. 1041486. 
Solutions for sustainability

One Planet Sutton Consultation

Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Council’s Environment & Neighbourhoods Committee says: “Sutton Council is committed to ensuring local residents are able to live happy, healthy lives in a way which helps to save money and our resources. This is why Sutton Council committed to becoming a One Planet Living Borough in 2009.”


Cllr. Alan Salter says: “Being a One Planet Living Borough means that we are committed to helping residents lead lives that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. One Planet Living is our approach to helping Sutton become a fairer, greener, safer borough, for example; to help meet our targets to reduce CO2 from across the borough will require actions that help lower residents fuel bills, reduce fuel poverty and reduce cold weather related deaths. Increasing the use of sustainable transport, improving our green spaces and encouraging local food growing will help improve resident’s health.”

Why We Are Consulting

Much has changed since the publication of our first One Planet Sutton targets and action plan.   A review of Sutton’s progress towards our original One Planet Living targets can be found at

To reaffirm our commitment to One Planet Living, and to ensure our targets are challenging but realistic , the council has worked with community groups and businesses from across the borough to propose a revised set of One Planet Sutton Targets.

This consultation allows residents, community groups, local businesses, and organisations to join us in the challenge of working together to set and achieve these new targets.

We welcome your views on the proposed targets which can be found in the Related Documents section.

Give Us Your Views: Online Survey

The Consultation closes on 15th August.
Heard about One Planet living? One planet living, a joint venture between BioRegional and WWF, sets up eco-villages around the world according to 10 guiding principles:

  • zero carbon
  • zero waste
  • sustainable transport
  • local and sustainable materials
  • local and sustainable food
  • sustainable water
  • natural habitats and wildlife
  • culture and heritage
  • equity and fair trade
  • health and happiness