True Sutton Grit


Hamish —

This weekend, Sutton Council is offering residents and businesses in Sutton Borough the opportunity to collect 10kg of free grit per household/business to use on their drives, paths and nearby pavements.

The free grit is available from the following locations:

Woodcote Green Garden Centre
Woodmansterne Lane, Wallington SM6 0SU
  • Saturday 26 November, 9am – 5:30pm
  • Sunday 27 November, 10:30am – 4:30pm
B&Q Sutton
Sutton Court Rd, Sutton SM1 4RQ
  • Saturday 26 November, 7am – 5pm
  • Sunday 27 November, 10am – 4pm

I hope you’ll join me in checking in with vulnerable neighbours to see if they need grit – and if at all possible collecting some for them.

Please note that proof of residency/business in the London Borough of Sutton will be required for yourself and any other household/business you are collecting grit for. A council tax, business rates or utility bill will do. You can find out more here.

Best wishes,


Councillor Ruth Dombey
Lib Dem Leader of Sutton Council

PS. Please forward this email onto friends, family and neighbours in Sutton Borough who may need the information.

London Mayor and The London Cancer Hub in Sutton


An artist’s impression of the London Cancer Hub.

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“I am very pleased to welcome the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to Sutton today to learn more about our ambitions and how with his help we can start to realise projects of global significance.

“We have an ambition in Sutton to create the world’s leading life-science district specialising in cancer research and treatment. The London Cancer Hub will be a global centre for cancer innovation providing state-of-the-art facilities and delivering real benefits for patients. Sutton Council and our partner, The Institute for Cancer Research, London, is working with supporting partners The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, the Greater London Authority and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust to turn this ambition into a reality.

“We have the opportunity to create a vibrant community of scientists, doctors and innovative companies, delivering real benefits for cancer patients and driving economic growth. The London Cancer Hub will deliver an exceptional environment for cancer research that enhances the discovery of new treatments and their development for patients. The project will also be a major boost to London’s life-science industry and the wider economy, locally and nationally. We have launched the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan and will soon publish our draft Local Plan. In both documents we set out ambitious and appropriate plans to provide new homes, jobs, schools and opportunities for people who live in and visit the borough.

“But we cannot deliver the London Cancer Hub or the new homes and transport links people need without the help of the Mayor and his office. Today we hope to have constructive conversations with the Mayor’s team to gain access to the land we need to realise the London Cancer Hub, ensure our local public transport can support the development of this world-leading site and how we can fund the project using both the public and private sectors.

“I hope I can soon share with you more news as our plans develop, bringing the London Cancer Hub ever closer.”

Everything you wanted to know about recycling, but were afraid to ask!

Sutton Council

Please find below a link to Sutton Council’s new video release ‘Everything you wanted to know about recycling, but were afraid to ask!’

Click on:-

Kind regards,

Nick Dovey, Communications Officer

London Borough of Sutton, Civic Offices, St. Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA      

020 8770 5634

Sutton Council launches recycling campaign to sort fact from fiction


Sutton Council has launched a recycling campaign explaining what can and cannot be recycled, and to sort out recycling fact from fiction.

The campaign seeks to clarify which items should go in the brown waste bin or the green recycling bin – for example, disposable coffee cups cannot be recycled, but their lids and sleeves can be.

The council is also seeking to dispel some recycling myths by encouraging borough residents through social media to ask the experts their questions about recycling.

Before launching the campaign, more than 300 Sutton residents were interviewed to assist in understanding borough recycling behaviours.

Sutton Council is working with borough primary schools to run a series of recycling workshops that will be led and delivered by young people.

Sutton residents have also been involved in the project, putting forward ideas and visiting the material recycling facility in Crayford, Kent to see first-hand how the recycling process works.

Graham Catt, a Beddington resident who went to the material recycling facility, said:

“We all need to be careful what we put into the green bin. It surprised me just how much unwanted material, such as plastic bags, had to be removed by hand, at great time and expense.”

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

“We know that people in Sutton want to do the right thing when it comes to recycling, and it’s our job to make it as easy as possible for them to do this. This is the message at the heart of our campaign. Encouraging people to recycle more is all part of our One Planet Sutton vision for Sutton, where people lead happy and healthy lives with a fair share of the Earth’s resources. Sutton Council has committed to becoming a One Planet Borough by 2025.”

Sutton Council successfully bid for funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government and the London Waste and Recycling Board to help residents waste less and recycle more. 

Sorting out recycling fact from recycling fiction

Myth: All my recycling ends up getting thrown away with the rubbish anyway.
Not true. We know the lorries that collect your recycling and rubbish look the same but your recycling is collected in a separate lorry than the rubbish. Your recycling is taken to a Waste Transfer Site in Beddington before being placed onto large freighter trucks and delivered to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). At the MRF recycling is sorted by machines and people by material type (i.e. paper, aluminium) and then bailed. Then it is sent to reprocessors to be recycled into new products.

Myth: There is no point recycling, it doesn’t make a difference.
Recycling stops tonnes of rubbish being buried in landfill. In the UK, recycling saves about 10-15m tonnes of carbon emissions a year – the equivalent of taking 3.5m cars off the road. Recycling costs less than sending waste to landfill so it helps to reduce the costs of waste management in Sutton.

Myth: You can only recycle paper a few times.
Fibres in paper start to break down after they have been recycled five or six times, but the material can still be used to make egg cartons, packaging, loft insulation, paints and even new road surfaces.

Myth: Recycling metal uses more energy than extracting the raw material in the first place.
Recycling aluminium cans saves up to 95 per cent of the energy needed to make new cans from fresh raw material. The energy saved in not having to make just one aluminium can from scratch is enough to power a TV for three hours. Every tonne of new aluminium made creates four tonnes of waste, whereas a tonne of recycled aluminium creates no waste.

Myth: Recycled glass is worse quality than other glass.
Glass can be recycled endlessly without any loss of quality.

Recycling Top Tips

  • Remember to wash, squash and take the lids off your plastic bottles before you recycle them.
  • Keep a container for recycling right next to the bin at home, so recycling becomes an easy option.
  • Buy goods made from recycled materials – this is great for the environment and for encouraging people to recycle more.

Government awards Sutton Council £300,000 to support development of the London Cancer Hub

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Sutton Council has been awarded £300,000 by the Government to support the London Cancer Hub Partnership.

The Cabinet Office has announced that the London Borough of Sutton is to receive £250,000 for the 2016-17 financial year to support delivery of the London Cancer Hub, a proposed 20-hectare campus that, when completed, would be the second-largest life-science cluster in the world. The award is part of the One Public Estate (OPE) programme and is on top of £50,000 of initial development funding already allocated by the Government.

The One Public Estate (OPE) is a pioneering initiative delivered in partnership by the Cabinet Office Government Property Unit (GPU) and the Local Government Association (LGA). It provides practical and technical support and funding to councils to deliver ambitious property-focused programmes in collaboration with central Government and other public sector partners.

The London Cancer Hub is a partnership between the London Borough of Sutton and the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR), with supporting partners The Royal Marsden, the Greater London Authority and the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The proposed new global centre for cancer research, diagnosis and treatment will specialise in cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise, and provide development space for biotech, pharma, and software and technology companies.

The London Cancer Hub is planned to be located on the Sutton site of the ex-Sutton Hospital, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and The Royal Marsden in Belmont and Epsom and St Helier’s hospital in Sutton. The site would double the space available for world-class cancer research, deliver a wide range of state-of-the-art scientific facilities and substantially increase the rate of discovery of new treatments and their availability for cancer patients.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“We are delighted that the Government recognises the importance of the London Cancer Hub for the rest of the country and has allocated £300,000 of One Public Estate funding for its development. Should it come to fruition, the Hub’s pioneering cancer research and care work has the potential to put Sutton and the UK at the forefront of cancer research worldwide. It would be a huge boost to the local and national economy, providing new business opportunities that will create thousands of employment and training opportunities.”

Lord Porter of Spalding, Chairman of the LGA, said:

With half of councils across the country now taking part in the One Public Estate programme, local government is demonstrating real leadership in its communities, unlocking land to provide the homes and jobs that people need, helping services to work better together, and bringing in money while generating savings for the future. The proposed total transformation of the site in the south of Sutton borough would see inward investment in excess of £1bn over the lifetime of the London Cancer Hub project. More than 13,000 new jobs are expected to be created in Sutton – 7,000 life-science, clinical and support staff, and another 6,200 in the site’s construction.

Sutton Council is to consult about new borough parking strategy


Sutton Council is to consult with residents and local businesses on a new parking strategy for the borough, following recent surveys that found inconsiderate parking to be residents’ number one issue. The council is now acting on those parking concerns, especially since anticipated population growth is likely to put extra pressures on available parking space in the future.

Sutton has the sixth-highest levels of car ownership and usage out of the 33 London boroughs. This has led to issues about traffic congestion and air quality in the borough. A high level of car ownership in streets with older houses without garages and with a concentration of flats has contributed to parking stresses as off-street parking can be difficult in these areas.

The Parking Strategy and Policy document, which has been approved by Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods committee, sets out how the council plans to assess, review and manage on-street parking in the borough in the coming years.

This will mean proposals for new schemes in some parts of the borough that have no schemes at present, but which experience particular parking problems, for example around St Helier Hospital. The borough’s current Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) arrangements will also be reviewed to assess if these on-street parking schemes are still fit for purpose.

The first three years of the five-year strategy, starting in April 2017, will focus on the borough areas with the most parking problems on an area-by-area basis. Particular emphasis will be on looking at so-called “attractors and generators”, such as around railway and bus stations, hospitals and clinics, schools and colleges, local High Streets and shopping areas, and superstores and new development sites, to see how the on-street parking situation can be improved.

Car parks will also be looked at to see how their use can be made more attractive to reduce problems with on-street parking.

The aim is to have a borough-wide parking management and enforcement policy that manages predicted demand for on-road parking and avoids a future where Sutton has too many cars and too few parking spaces.

On-street parking has already been reviewed and residents consulted in the six local committee areas of Sutton Local; St Helier The Wrythe and Wandle Valley; South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont; Carshalton and Clockhouse; Cheam North and Worcester Park; and Beddington and Wallington. This followed an increasing number of enquiries to the council from residents and businesses having problems with on-street parking.

Reviewing parking conditions in an integrated fashion borough-wide across the six local committee areas will prevent random ad hoc approaches being taken in different places across Sutton. This will mean a consistent approach across the borough.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Sutton is proud to be a green borough and traffic congestion is a major challenge, given the potential for significant population growth in the coming years. This is why it is vital that we have in place a sound strategy for managing the anticipated increase in demand for parking space. Sutton has the sixth-highest levels of car ownership and usage in London. Our key transport objectives are to improve public transport links and to encourage more short journeys undertaken by bicycle or on foot. But the parking policy and strategy will also be key in improving traffic flow and regulating the movement of traffic to prevent gridlock.

“The rising population of London means that a better transport system is a priority. But we need a parking strategy that deals with increased demand for road space. We are inviting residents and local businesses to have their say about the parking strategy and how to avoid a crisis of road space in future.”

The Parking Strategy supports the aspirations of One Planet Sutton, the Sustainable Transport Strategy, the Cycling Strategy, the Local Plan, the Town Centre Masterplan and the Sutton 2031 growth agenda.

Sutton to host international sustainability summit

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Delegates from across Europe are visiting the south London borough of Sutton later this month for an international summit where they will share their experiences of growing sustainable economies.

The Energising the Sustainable Economy in Cities summit is being hosted by Sutton Council and the Covenant of Mayors Office. Representatives from pioneering cities, organisations and businesses will share strategies and case studies to help cities take a best-practice approach to delivering innovative sustainability policies.

The summit will highlight best practice and innovative approaches to financing and delivering sustainable energy investment in cities. There will be presentations by representatives from Vienna, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, Gothenberg, Almada and Brussels.

Chris Jill and Hamish

Chris Jill and Hamish: out and about in Carshalton Central

Carshalton Central Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“As a One Planet borough, Sutton has long been committed to environmental sustainability. Through this summit we are bringing together partner organisations and delegates from across the UK and Europe to share advice and good practice, and learn from each other. We look forward to welcoming cities to join us for what will be an enjoyable and enlightening summit.”

The summit is at the Sutton Holiday Inn on Tuesday 18 OctoberAdmission is free, through places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place, either email and/or register on Eventbrite by going here

North Street : This November… Road re-surfacing works

sutton_council_logoA message has just been received by Jill, Chris and Hamish…
Dear Councillors
I trust that you are well.
Our Planned Maintenance people need to re-surface North Street Carshalton, from 59b to Nightingale Road. It will be day work on 18th and 21st November 2016. This will necessitate a road closure between these two points but it will only be in place on the Friday and the Monday whilst the works are actually going on.
A suitable, well signed diversion will be in place.
Access will be maintained at all time for pedestrians but during the day access for vehicles will be restricted.
If you require more information, then please either contact me, or Alan Baldock, who is the engineer in charge of the project.
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)

Sutton Centre for Independent Living and Learning (SCILL)

Statement regarding the closure of Sutton Centre for Independent Living and Learning (SCILL).

Councillor Simon Wales, Sutton Council’s Lead Member for Finance, Assets and the Voluntary Sector, said: “Everybody at Sutton Council is sorry and saddened to hear that the trustees of SCILL have decided to cease operating next year. The Centre is valued by very many in the community and has made a recognisable difference to local individuals and families. I want to put on record the council’s thanks to everybody at SCILL for their hard work and dedication to Sutton’s residents over the last 21 years.

“The council has always offered SCILL support, most recently with efforts to keep the Centre open. Ultimately we respect the decision of the trustees and the council will now support the orderly closure of the centre next year.

“Our focus has always been how we support all SCILL’s clients, particularly the most vulnerable. Our immediate attention now turns to exploring all options available to secure the future of services on which residents depend.

“We understand this decision may be upsetting for residents and staff, so I want to reassure everyone that we are doing all we can, as quickly as possible, to ensure these essential services provided by SCILL remain available to the community in the borough. We will keep everybody informed of developments and share more information as soon as it is possible.”

Sutton residents encouraged to ‘Bin it for Good’ and support local charities


From left, Cllr Chris Williams, Ian the streetcleaner and Cllr Jill Whitehead at the charity litter bin in Carshalton High Street

Sutton Council is encouraging residents to play their part in keeping borough streets cleaner – and local charities and good causes will benefit by their doing do.

The council is taking part in an anti-littering project that was launched this week in four areas across England. It has joined forces with the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and The Wrigley Company in a bid to keep the streets of Sutton cleaner.

Carshalton High Street and Westmead Road are taking part in the three-month project, where litter bins will be transformed into charity collection pots, featuring a different charity each month. The three charities are The National Autistic Society (Sutton branch), Sutton ShopMobility and St Raphael’s Hospice.

The more litter that goes into the bins and the less on the ground, the more money the featured charity of the month will receive from an allocated budget.

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

“We are excited to be taking part in the Bin it for Good project in Carshalton High Street and Westmead Road. Sutton spends over £3m a year on keeping our streets, parks and open spaces free from litter. At a time when our budgets are being severely cut, any savings can make a big difference and save taxpayers money. We can’t keep cleaning up after those who litter and the only way to really tackle this is to alter the habits of people who drop litter without thinking. The Bin it for Good project supports Sutton Council’s One Planet goals to work to improve the quality of our local areas.”

A three-month pilot scheme in Rayleigh, Essex in 2014 saw a reduction of over 42 per cent in the amount of litter. At the same time, three local charities received more than £1,300 in donations and the project was also nominated for two Local Government Chronicle Awards.

In 2015, Bin it for Good was successfully extended to a further five locations to test the initiative in different locations. The project was well received by all partners and by the public, achieving on average a 30 per cent decrease in litter where it was successful, with Prudhoe town centre in Northumberland seeing a 52 per cent reduction in litter.

Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said:

“Bin if for Good is a win-win for communities. It cuts the amount of litter on the ground at the same time as supporting local charities. We are delighted to be working with Sutton Council as part of this rollout and look forward to seeing some more fantastic results.”

Sutton Council is working to reduce littering in partnership with borough residents of all ages, as well as local businesses. So far, 110 Sutton businesses have signed the #CleanStreetsSutton pledge to reduce the amount of litter around their shopfronts and business premises.

Local people have also been involved in sharing their litter loathes to encourage residents and visitors to take pride in the borough, helping to create an attractive and environmentally sustainable place to work, live, and play.

Mark Andrews, General Manager of Wrigley UK, said:

“After more than a decade of experience in supporting programmes to tackle litter it is clear to us that the challenge will only be solved through behaviour change, education and encouraging responsible disposal. Bin it for Good shows the huge potential in harnessing people’s support for local charities to change behaviour on litter and it is exciting to work with Keep Britain Tidy to refine the scheme so it can be used more widely. This is one of a series of new and deepened programmes that we are undertaking this autumn to help make a substantial difference on this issue.”