Frost Fair, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton 3rd December and Yule Fest, Banstead Road 2nd December Road closures

News just in regarding road closures in the run up to Christmas 2017….
HONEYWOODDear Councillors
A very Good Day to you. I trust that you are all well.
I would like to bring to your attention a couple of Christmas events that will have some effect on roads in your respective Wards.
Yulefest on Friday 2nd December. (15:30 – 21:00).
Banstead Road from the viaduct to Willis Avenue is going to be closed, along with the Banstead Road ends of Downside and Waverley.
Barrow Hedges, Hill and Willis will be one way to assist traffic flows.
Parking will be suspended by the shops.
Carshalton Frost Fair, Saturday 3 December (08:00 – 20:00)
Honeywood will be closed to all traffic and parking suspended.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kindest Regards
Martin French
London Borough of Sutton and Royal Borough of Kingston
Streetworks and Network Manager
24, Denmark Road
Surrey SM5 2JG
020 8770 6426 (General Streetworks enquiries only)
07736 338346

Wallington Christmas Lights Switch On – Friday 25th November

It’s that time of year again! The Wallington Christmas Lights Switch-on is back — bigger and better than ever! The event will start at 5pm on Friday 25th November, with the switch on at 7pm by the Mayor of Sutton Councillor Richard Clifton.

There will be choirs and two bands until 8pm plus food supplied by local businesses, including Chef RF and The Woodcote Flying Club. Local Lib Dem Councillors have been working with the organising committee to make the 2016 Christmas lights switch-on event even better. The committee has received a neighbourhood grant from the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee, to help fund street food stalls and a bigger PA system. Look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes, Steve

Cllr Steve Cook Deputy Mayor and Lib Dem Councillor for Wallington South

PS. Please forward this email onto friends, family and neighbours who may be interested.

Holiday recycling collections in Sutton

Carshalton college students' recycling tree at Rosehill

Don’t worry if you can’t make a tree from your recycling – find our Christmas collection times below.

Sutton Council will be making refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas holidays – but advise residents to be aware of revised collection times.

Refuse and recycling collections on Friday 25 or Saturday 26 December will now take place on Monday 28 and Wednesday 30 December respectively*. Collections on Monday 28, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 are unaffected. Collections on Friday 1 January will take place on Monday 4 January*. Normal service will resume on Saturday 2 January.

Garden Waste collections expected on Friday 25 or Saturday 26 December will take place on Thursday 24 December instead.

Residents are also encouraged to think about items that can be recycled as they begin the post-Christmas clean up. The festive season can be an extremely busy time and recycling can easily drop to the bottom of priority lists.

Many household items can be recycled. From plastic food and drink packaging to cardboard boxes and wrapping paper**, most packaging can go into your recycling bin.

Plastic drinks bottles, pots, tubs, and trays can go straight into the recycling, but remember to give them a quick rinse in washing up water beforehand. The same is true of glass jars and bottles. Egg boxes, cardboard sleeves for food packaging, and biscuit selection boxes can all be recycled too.

We might spend a little extra time getting ready for Christmas and New Year nights out. Remember that toiletries such as plastic shower gel and shampoo bottles, deodorant and shaving gel aerosols, and moisturiser tubes can all be recycled.

Anyone with a ‘real’ Christmas tree will be pleased to know they are 100% recyclable. Christmas tree collections will begin on Monday 11 January for two weeks.

A full list of what can and cannot be recycled in Sutton can be found here.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Environment & Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Here in Sutton we know our residents work hard to make sure they recycle as much as possible but there is still more that could be done.

“The hectic Christmas season can become overwhelming. It’s easy to forget about recycling. Making a that small extra effort to recycle will make a real difference to Sutton and the environmental health of our planet, along with contributing to the achievement of our One Planet Sutton targets.”

Sutton currently recycles 37% of its waste – above the London average of 34%. The council wants to build on this through a recycling campaign that launched in November 2015 including a series of recycling roadshows, posters, a booklet drop to all households with information about what people can and cannot place in their bins as well as bin stickers for households with kerbside collections.

As 23% of waste placed in brown bins could be recycled there is still opportunity to make Sutton’s recycling figures even better.

On top of the many environmental benefits of recycling, it is also far more cost-effective for the public purse to recycle materials rather than dispose of them. These savings can then be used to fund other important council services.

The Sutton recycling campaign is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Resource London after Sutton Council’s successful bid for funding.

Garden Waste collections

Scheduled collection date Revised collection date
25 December (Christmas Day) 24 December
26 December (Boxing Day) 24 December

Refuse & Recycling collections

Scheduled collection date Revised collection date
25 December (Christmas Day) 28 / 29 December*
26 December (Boxing Day) 30 December
28 December Usual collection
29 December Usual collection
30 December Usual collection
31 December Usual collection
1 January 2016 4 / 5 January 2016*

*We will endeavour to make catch-up collections as quickly as possible – residents are advised to leave their bins out on the revised date and leave them out until collections can be made.

**Wrapping paper with foil or glitter detailing cannot be recycled.

Diners urged to check food hygiene ratings before eating out over Christmas

A restaurant interior, with glasses and plates laid out on the table.

Check the Food Hygiene Rating tool before eating out to ensure you dine in cleanliness and safety.

Sutton Council and the Food Standards Agency are encouraging residents to check the hygiene rating of dining establishments and restaurants before choosing where to eat.

Sutton has a great range of restaurants and eateries to enjoy, but diners can be doubly sure they have made the right choice by checking the Food Standards Agency’s website and using their Food Hygiene Rating Scheme toolkit.

753 establishments in Sutton are rated by the toolkit and over 320 of them have achieved the maximum score of 5 stars, with another 200 receiving a ‘Very good’ 4 star rating. Nearly 85% scored a ‘Good’ 3 star rating or higher.

Enforcement Officers aim to protect public health and work with establishments that receive lower ratings to help them improve hygiene standards. A food business operator can also request a re-rating visit after three months.

Click here to see the full breakdown of eating establishments in Sutton borough.

Cllr Nick Emmerson, Lead Councillor of Trading Standards at Sutton Council, said: 

“As we move toward the festive season more and more people will take the opportunity to enjoy a meal out with loved ones and friends. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a great tool which the public can use to plan their visits to restaurants and eateries, safe in the knowledge the venue they choose will be clean and hygienic. “

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been running for five years and provides diners with an impartial guide about how clean an establishment is.  The scheme covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland with over 455,000 ratings listed. Establishments are rated from 0, meaning ‘Urgent improvement necessary’, to 5 meaning ‘Very good’. The Food Standards Agency consider several criteria when assigning a rating. Hygienic handling of food, cleanliness of facilities, and business management are all taken into account before an establishment receives a grade.

In 2013, more than 500,000 people suffered from food poisoning in the UK. Poultry was the biggest cause of illness, accounting for nearly half of the cases.

Free Grit

Please see the poster below about the free grit on offer to Sutton residents and businesses. Winter is one of the most dangerous times for older people as ice and snow make the ground slippery – if you live near a vulnerable person please enquire as to whether they need grit and if possible make the collection for them.

Kind regards,

Councillor Ruth Dombey
Leader of Sutton Council

PS. You can find more about Sutton Council’s free grit service here:

Sutton Council offers free Christmas parking to support traders and shoppers

December parking times in Sutton borough

Full details of free parking over the next few weeks in Sutton.

Sutton Council will not charge for using its car parks over weekends in the run-up to Christmas.

The council’s decision will be a shot in the arm for the local economy as shoppers gear up for the festive season.

The Gibson Road multi-story car park in Sutton town centre will offer free parking between 6am and 11.30pm on Saturday 5 December, otherwise known as Small Business Saturday. Several other car parks across the borough are involved in the initiative, including Carshalton High Street, Kingsway Cheam, and Wallington Library.

But that’s not all. Free parking will be available at all of these facilities over the following two weekends, 12 & 13 December and 19 & 20 December giving shoppers three weekends of free parking and traders three weekends of consumers with extra money and time to spend in their shops.

Cllr Simon Wales, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council & social enterprise champion, said:

“We’re proud that Sutton has so many great independent traders and it’s really important we support them to thrive. By allowing free parking in our car parks people will be able to shop for longer without having to rush back to their cars. There’s never been a better time to support your local high street.”

The full details of which borough car parks will be offering free parking, their opening times, and details for drivers can be found below:

Gibson Road multi-storey, Sutton, SM1 2RF
Open between 6am – 11.30pm Saturday 5, 12, & 19 December and 9.30am – 6pm Sunday 13 & 20 December.

Carshalton High Street car park, Carshalton, SM5 3AP
Open between 8am – 6.30pm Saturday 5, 12, & 19 December and Sunday 13 & 20 December.

Kingsway car park, Cheam, SM3 8SD
Open between 8am – 6.30pm Saturday 5, 12, & 19 December and Sunday 13 & 20 December.

Wallington Library, Wallington, SM6 0HY
Open between 8am – 6.30pm Saturday 5, 12, & 19 December and Sunday 13 & 20 December.

Happy Recycled Christmas: Tree Sculpture

We have received this message and photo recently:

recyclingDear Councillor Whitehead,

The Art & Design students from Carshalton College have kindly created a Christmas tree sculpture from recyclable materials for us to use at our Recycling Roadshows throughout November and December. 
The tree was displayed at the first of these events yesterday at the Recycling Roadshow in Rosehill High Street. 
We hope the sculpture will provide a Christmas feel to our stand and encourage people to come and take a look and speak to our Waste & Recycling Advisers.
A photo of the tree shows the excellent work the students have done. We have been promoting the sculpture on social media this week and will continue to do so throughout December.

A Sutton Christmas…..

Your Christmas presence requested…

Michelle Heaton,. Liberty X, Sutton Christmas lights, Christmas market
Michelle Heaton of Liberty X is the special guest at this year’s Christmas light switch-on ceremony.

Pop singer Michelle Heaton of Liberty X and Mayor Muhammad Sadiq will switch Sutton’s Christmas lights on at a ceremony in the town centre on Saturday 14 November.

There will be an exciting range of events throughout the day to appeal to all the family which will culminate in the lights being switched on at 6pm and the High Street will become a winter wonderland for the duration of the festive period, with the support and funding of Successful Sutton, Sutton’s Business Improvement District.

As the day gets off to a start at 10am the EcoLocal Christmas Market will provide shoppers the chance to browse a range of special seasonal treats and sweets – the perfect place to pick up some stocking fillers.

Events get into full swing at midday as two stages open. The Main Stage and the TazZa Coffee Shop Community Stage will host performances throughout the day from a wide variety of local musicians, actors and artists providing entertainment for the whole family.

Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we’re very excited about this day of festive fun which will get the season off to a colourful, vibrant start. We can’t wait to enjoy the musical performances as we browse the Christmas Market – and even enjoy a mince pie or two, I’m sure!”

Little ones will be able to enjoy the thrill of face-painting and visiting a Very Important Person in the Grotto – we don’t want to give the game away, but our guest will be travelling from the North Pole to make this appointment. Look out for the jolly red fellow among the various elves, stilt walkers and fairies who will be visiting Sutton High Street for this very special occasion.

Ross Feeney, Chief Executive of Successful Sutton, said:

“We are pulling out all the stops to ensure Sutton’s festive season starts with a bang. Come and join the festivities, do a spot of early Christmas shopping and make the most of Sutton’s great shops, restaurants and bars.”

Carshalton & Clockhouse Committee Tuesday 16th June 2015 at Hillcrest Halls, Clockhouse

The meeting starts at 7.30pm Tuesday 16 June 2015

The venue is: Hillcrest Halls, 42 Fryston Avenue, Coulsdon CR5 2PT


Come and Discuss:

Pelican Crossing at West Street

Robins Way concerns

Dr Bike

Christmas lights

Area improvements

Neighbourhood Grants

Public question time

Other local issues