“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.”
Sutton 2031: Draft Local Plan
Cllr. Hamish Pollock chair of Carshalton & Clockhouse local committee said:
“We have this item on our Agenda for our meeting tomorrow 17th January 2017 starting at 7.30pm at 42 Fryston Avenue, Coulsdon on the Clockhouse Estate. All are welcome to attend and take part in the discussions.”
Eleven local groups will share over £45,000 from the latest round of Sutton Community Fund grants to help them provide services and activities for residents of Sutton into 2017 and beyond.
The Community Fund programme, financed by Sutton Council and administered by the Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (Sutton CVS), supports projects that benefit Sutton residents, meet local priorities and help build community and developmental assets in the borough.
The list of fund recipients for 2017 is as follows:
Surrey Youth Focus £5000
Knots Art £4595
Sutton Mencap £5467
Gary Mason Charity £3000
In Unity Ltd £5000
St Teresa’s Church £5000
Together We Create £3600
A full list of the awards and how they will be used is below.
David Hobday, CEO of Sutton Mencap, said:
“We would like to thank the Sutton Community Fund for its award of a grant to Sutton Mencap. This funding will enable us to continue to offer our very popular Breakaways service, which provides weekend activities for adults with a learning disability, whilst giving parents and family members a break from their caring responsibilities.
Having a local grants fund which understands the needs of local communities makes a huge difference for organisations like ours and the people we support. We are very grateful to Sutton Council for their support through the Sutton Community Fund.”
Hazel East, Session Leader at Knots Art, said:
“A grant from the Sutton Community Fund means that we can continue to provide fun and exciting sessions for girls with autism and social communication difficulties living in and around Sutton. For many girls that attend this is their only social interaction each week and it is vital that they have a safe space in which they can make friends with others who understand the difficulties that they face. We are hugely grateful for the support.”
Cllr Simon Wales, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council and Lead Member for Finance, Assets and the Voluntary Sector, said:
“We want to congratulate the local organisations that have been successful in their applications. There is a strong voluntary sector in Sutton and this funding will go towards securing the future of these local organisations and supporting them to deliver their invaluable work in our community.
“We’ll be working closely with our partners across the voluntary sector as we strive to deliver brilliant and cost-effective services for Sutton residents in the years to come. The Community Fund grants will help them to prepare for this challenge.”
Applications for Sutton Community Fund grants of between £300 and £1000 from the next round of funding are open until Monday 3 April 2017. You can find out more on the Sutton CVS website here, and Sutton CVS will be happy to answer questions you may have or offer assistance completing the application form.
Notes to editors
The Community Fund awarded the following seven applications full grant funding:
1. Focus Surrey
Charity number: N/A Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £5,000
This project will help children with ASD improve their communication, social and play skills, provide a friendly, inclusive and sociable environment for parents/ carers and siblings and provide training for tutors and young volunteers.
2. Knots Art
Charity number: N/A Company number: 8631074
Amount allocated: £4,590
Funding will support weekly social activity sessions specifically for girls with autism or social communication difficulties. Art, drama and games activities are tailored to support social interaction. They will also work closely with parents to find ways to explore issues relevant to the group.
Charity number: XT36173 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £1,680
Funding allocated to support the sustainability of ongoing group exercise within the community for up to 12 people with cardiovascular disease.
4. Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton
Charity number: 11050500 Company number: 08026961
Amount allocated: £2,662
Improving systems to allow more time giving advice to clients, reducing waiting times for clients and to improve monitoring of service performance.
5. Riverside Community Association Limited
Charity number: 1156422 Company number: 8555270
Amount allocated: £1,975
Funding allocated to help achieve the PQASSO quality standard Level 1, which will help the organisation run more effectively and efficiently.
6. Riverside Community Association Limited
Charity number: 1156422 Company number: 8555270
Amount allocated: £5,650
Funding will help them achieve the London Youth Quality Mark, Bronze Level: a leading quality standard for organisations working with young people in the voluntary sector. Organisations working in partnership under this bid include: My Time for Young Carers, The Springboard Project, In Unity UK and the Riverside Community Association.
7. Sutton Mencap
Charity number: 1080514 Company number: 03915936
Amount allocated: £5,467
Funding allocated to continue the Breakaways in-house service for a year. The service consists of alternate Friday night and Saturday day time groups for mainly younger adults with a learning disability. This bid aims to improve mental health and wellbeing through tackling social isolation, improve mental health and wellbeing for carers and help people with a learning disability play a greater part in community life.
The Community Fund awarded the following five applications partial grant funding:
1. Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church
Charity number: 1130318 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £3,200
Funding allocated towards providing a ramp for disabled access.
2. Gary Mason Rhythmical Charitable Foundation
Charity number: 1140518 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £3,300
Funding allocated towards the costs of hand drumming therapy session facilitation.
3. In Unity Ltd
Charity number: N/A Company number: 07808693
Amount allocated: £5,000
Funding allocated to support the delivery of a youth project held at the Phoenix Centre
4. St Teresa’s Church
Charity number: 235468 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: Up to £5,000
Funding allocated to develop an older people’s project aimed at alleviating isolation, increasing intergenerational work and improving life skills.
5. Together We Create
Charity number: 1140617 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £3,600
Funding allocated to help reduce anti-social behaviour, unite the Hamptons Community and improve parental engagement and support the development of family boundaries, so as to ensure that there is a long-term change in the area.
Please click on the draft local plan link below:
The Plan seeks to preserve and protect the borough’s character, green spaces and heritage, whilst appropriately responding to the demand to provide much needed extra housing for local residents. It demonstrates the council’s ambition to grow the borough and secure future prosperity, whilst preserving what makes Sutton special. It goes for a medium growth target, and aims to focus development in town and district centres so that the suburban areas are protected.
In response to the feedback and evidence the plans for new Traveller sites have been dropped and instead the council believes it can meet its duties by expanding the existing site. Although this does encroach onto Greenbelt, it is the only greenbelt take that is proposed in the Plan with other proposals dropped. Metropolitan Open Land and other open spaces are protected with some additional green space protection added.
Two additional secondary schools are required within the 15 year period of the Plan, one on the Sutton Hospital site and one on the Rosehill Park site. Sadly the Rosehill Park school footprint will reduce some open land available for the community, but having looked very hard, this was the only other site suitable and available for a secondary school. The site will still retain its MOL status to prevent its development for anything other than a school.
There are new policies intended to restrict the proliferation of hot food takeaways, protect pubs and ensure our district centres continue to flourish.
There is a Masterplan to stimulate new business and development in Sutton Town Centre, that has attracted a lot of developer interest and which the council is busy promoting and working on to ensure it delivers. Also forming part of the Local Plan is the London Cancer Hub development framework which seeks to ensure that our world class cancer diagnosis, treatment and drug discovery collaboration between the Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research has the space to maximise its potential and develop a campus worthy of its global acclaim, attracting investment and jobs to the borough.
The Local Plan will be presented at all the local committees between 9th January and 24th February so that residents can find out more, including how to feedback on the plan. The documents will also all be available on the council’s website.