True Sutton Grit

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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,

Ruth

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.

Sutton’s True Grit

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It’s still only feeling like autumn at the moment, but Sutton Council is planning ahead in case there is yet another cold winter… Residents and businesses in Sutton are to be given a supply of free grit for the fourth year running and are being asked to be community-minded when collecting their supplies. Each household and business can collect 10kg of grit to use on footpaths, pavements or roads in front of their homes or premises as the borough prepares for the cold weather predicted to come before the end of the year.

In addition to this, Sutton is looking for good Samaritans to also collect grit for their elderly friends and neighbours who may not be able to collect themselves.

The council successfully pioneered the scheme – which has been copied by other authorities around the country. In previous years, the council gave out grit to more than 10,000 residents.

Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “This scheme is an excellent example of the council and residents working together to help each other.

“Council gritters will be on hand to do main roads, bus routes and roads around hospitals, GPs surgeries and schools when required, but it is impossible for them to reach everywhere.

“This is a practical, value-for-money solution to a problem and exemplifies the Sutton way of people helping each other out to get things done.”

The free grit will be available for four weekends in October, 5/6 12/13, 19/20 and 26/27 from four locations around the borough.

It is available from B&Q in Carshalton Road, Sutton, Woodcote Green Garden Centre & Nurseries in Woodmansterne Lane, Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycling Centre and The Mount in Clockhouse. At Kimpton Park Way residents have to bring their own container for the grit, but you can log on to www.sutton.gov.uk/kimptonwebcam to check if there is a queue before you go.  In order to claim your free grit you will need to bring your Sutton Council tax bill/business rates (NNDR) or a current utility bill. And anyone who wants to help a neighbour can bring along one of their bills and collect the grit on their behalf.

Residents who currently receive an assisted bin collection can have the grit delivered to them. Simply call 020 8770 5070 for details.

For details on how to use the grit go to www.sutton.gov.uk/gritting.

SNOW BULLETIN

Schools
All Sutton schools opened as normal last Friday but some closed early. Currently they will be assessing conditions during the day and deciding whether they need to stay closed or close early.
For regular school updates go to: https://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5419
 
Libraries
All Sutton’s libraries opened as normal on Friday. Some closed early.
 
Children’s Centres
Some of Sutton’s Children’s Centres closed early on Friday. For regular updates go to https://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11718 or follow Sutton on Twitter @Suttononline.

Leisure Centres
All Sutton’s leisure centres were open as normal on Friday, although it is advised that you check before travelling, as the situation may change if weather conditions continue as now.
 
Bins
Bin collections are operating as normal, so far.
 
Gritting
 
Progress: Sutton Council’s gritters were operating through the night on Thursday and will be continuing through the snow period. To check their progress, go to @SuttonGrit on Twitter. You can also see precautionary gritting routes here: https://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15772.
 
Will side streets be gritted? Sutton will grit side streets once main roads have been cleared and only when they are deemed a priority.
 
That road is meant to be gritted but it doesn’t look like it! When the salt goes down it’s hygroscopic which means that it attracts moisture and it only becomes activated when it’s ‘trafficked’. So it can look a bit underwhelming before this happens. When it’s driven over it grinds down and mixes with the moisture it attracts from around it to become brine, a salty water. That’s what you’re ideally looking for because brine is most effective.
 
Where is my nearest grit bin? You can find your nearest grit bin here https://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15190. Grit bins will be checked by Sutton Council over the weekend, but if yours is empty then let us know and we will pass the information to Sutton Council.
 
Service Updates for Sutton
For the latest service updates for Sutton you can visit:
https://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11718 for gritting and snow advice or follow Sutton on Twitter @Suttononline and @SuttonGrit.
 
Transport
Capital Connect have cancelled some trains and Southern is running an amended service, but you can check up-to-date travel information using the links below.
 
National Rail: http://nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/indicator.html
TFL: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/livetravelnews/realtime/tube/default.html
Live bus departures: http://countdown.tfl.gov.uk/
Live road information: http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/

Main roads in Sutton are all gritted and operating normally. Some back roads especially the numerous hillier ones in Carshalton Central can be a bit treacherous so please drive with care.  It’s always difficult when we’re hit by snow, but we hope the necessary steps to minimise inconvenience have been taken to minimise disruption.