Surrey SM5 2JG
Surrey SM5 2JG
“I am pleased to report that the contract with idverde to provide parks, cemeteries and grounds maintenance services on behalf of Merton and Sutton Councils has now been signed. idverde will formally take on responsibility for delivering these services from Wednesday 1 February 2017. Over the last few months, the Council (through the South London Waste Partnership) has been fine tuning the details of the new contract with idverde. idverde has been meeting with Friends of Parks Groups in the borough to help identify priorities and reassure Friends Groups that they can continue to play a key role in their parks going forward. idverde is an award-winning horticultural specialist with 100 years of experience under its belt. I have no doubt that they will continue to provide a very high quality of service for local residents at a reduced cost to the council.”
The Parks Service manages and maintains two cemeteries, one burial ground, five closed churchyards and 36 allotments. We also manage 66,000 council owned trees and various woodlands, including 22,000 street trees.
The Safer Parks Teams, as part of the Safer Sutton Partnership, provide mobile security in the parks. Their aim is to help prevent crime, reduce vandalism and fear of crime, reduce litter, dog fouling and graffiti. Telephone Number 020 8721 2268.
Genealogists across the borough will be aided in their research as Sutton Council has announced that its burial records for Sutton Cemetery and Cuddington Cemetery, which date back to 1889, will now be accessible online.
The council has recently finished scanning and transcribing the records from Sutton Cemetery. This work forms part of a project involving the provision of a new computerised burials administration system for the Cemetery Service. The burial records for Bandon Hill Cemetery, which is jointly managed by the London boroughs of Sutton and Croydon, are also due to go online in April 2014.
Currently, residents have had to contact the cemetery office with their genealogical enquiries with the staff having to refer to the burial registers which are old, fragile books, some dating back over one hundred years. Local residents will now be able to search and download the records via the Deceased Online website http://www.deceasedonline.com/.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:
“This modernisation is much needed; the previous registers were old and could not have lasted a great deal longer. The records being placed online will allow a much greater access to our citizens and will facilitate quick efficient research. Given that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 we expect many people to use this service too further research their ancestors who fought in the Great War”