Charles Cryer reopens!

Councillors Jake, Jill and Chris were very pleased to attend a gala at the Charles Cryer Centre on Friday evening, signifying the formal reopening of the theatre in the heart of Carshalton.

The event featured many local artists including young musicians from Sutton Music Service, Kazoom, The Brook Choir and Wayne Woodward. It was an incredible evening showcasing local talent, in the borough’s newly opened cultural hub.

The Lib Dem Councillors for Carshalton Central are extremely proud that Carshalton is now the focalpoint for culture and the arts in Sutton borough.

They were delighted to see the theatre was full throughout the evening, with Councillors and other individuals from across the borough coming together to support the newly reopened theatre.

Now that the Cryer is official back up and running, it is incumbent on us all to support the new theatre by going to events and shows there!

Jake, Jill and Chris would like to extend their thanks to CryerArts for running such a marvellous evening. CryerArts have their full support and wish them the best of luck with the venture in the coming weeks, months and years.

Cllrs Jake Short, Jill Whitehead and Chris Williams outside the Cryer for the opening gala on Friday evening

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

All three of us were humbled to attend the Holocaust Memorial Day event this morning at Sutton Grammar School. At the event, we heard from Mrs Eve Gill, a survivor of the Holocaust who told us her story from living in Vienna up to the present day with details of her traumatic experience in Nazi-occupied Austria.

We also saw performances from local school children expressing their interpretation of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme ‘Stand Together’.

This event is run every year through the Sutton and District United Synagogue, and Sutton Grammar School, involving schools from across the borough. Through this yearly commemoration, we show that we cannot allow the evils of the past to become our present or future.

-Cllrs Jake Short, Jill Whitehead and Chris Williams

Charles Cryer Update

Jake, Jill and Chris are very pleased to be able to announce that following productive discussions between the Council and CryerArts, the Charles Cryer Theatre aims to open in early November now that the lease has been agreed. 

CryerArts are a locally-based collective bringing different cultural activities together. Works can now visibly be seen to be taking place on the exterior of the building as CryerArts complete the necessary works to bring the building up to standard before opening in the next few weeks.

While the process may have taken longer than some had hoped, both the Council and CryerArts have been working tirelessly to provide a major cultural space in the heart of Carshalton. 

This ambition, which is now very nearly a reality, is also backed up by Sutton Council’s ambitious bid to be the London Borough of Culture for 2023. With the exciting news about the Charles Cryer, Jake, Jill and Chris hope that residents can show their support for the Council’s bid. More information can be found by going to

St Helier & Epsom Hospital

“After 20+ years of campaigning, it was announced in today’s Telegraph that our local NHS is in line to receive millions of pounds of investment!

This funding will help refurbish the older parts of St Helier and Epsom Hospitals, recruit more staff and build a brand new acute health facility for the sickest patients. This is what local residents, Lib Dem Councillors and I have so tirelessly fought for!

It appears the Government have finally listened to our demands, but the fight is far from over. This wouldn’t be the first time that a Tory Government has promised major funding for St Helier and then ended up breaking their promise.

I will be seeking cast-iron guarantees and holding them to their word – but I need your help to do that.

Help keep the pressure up, hold the Government to their promise and continue the fight for our hospital! Add your name and join our campaign:

Tom Brake, 29 September 2019

Councillors Join Better Buses Campaign

Carshalton Central Liberal Democrat Councillors Jake Short, Jill Whitehead and Chris Williams have today joined Tom Brake’s Better Buses for Sutton campaign. This campaign aimed at improving local transport in Sutton has already received hundreds of responses in support and has already chalked up some big wins for local residents.

Two key demands of the Better Buses campaign have already been met with approval from Transport for London. Starting at the end of this month, the 407 route will run with increased capacity as a double decker bus, and the 127 will run with increased frequency, easing the extreme congestion the routes see particularly during the school run.

Commenting on the new campaign, Cllrs Short, Whitehead and Williams said:

“We’re very pleased to see the Better Buses campaign has gotten off to a really good start. Improving transport in Carshalton is a key pledge that we made at the last local elections. Alongside the new Lime e-bike scheme and the GoSutton trial, improving our local bus routes in Carshalton is clear evidence we’re well on our way to meeting this pledge. We are particularly pleased to hear that the campaign is already being met with success- increasing frequency and capacity on the 127 and 407 routes will help residents in Carshalton immeasurably.”

GoSutton has expanded!

Sutton’s new Demand Responsive Bus trial- GoSutton- has expanded! From today onwards for the rest of the trial, you will now be able to use the service anywhere between Cheam and Beddington.

This new announcement is excellent news for local transport in our area, opening up a new accessible means of getting around for residents right across the borough. To celebrate, GoSutton have announced that for the rest of August the price of a ride has been reduced to £2. To start using this trial service, click here to find out more.

Dominos Licensing Application: Have Your Say

Recently, Dominos were allowed under the Conservative Government’s permitted development regulations to take on the former Siam Orchid site on Carshalton High Street.

Unfortunately, as this was a permitted development, Sutton Council had no input into the decision.

Now, the new Dominos have applied for a new premises license.

This new license would allow for the sale of Late Night Refreshment (hot food and drink) from 11pm to midnight Monday to Thursday and Sunday, with an additional hour until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. The application also states they will not be serving alcohol.

The application can be viewed online here.

If you want to comment on the application, you can do so by filling in the form under the heading ‘Making a Representation’; by sending an email to or by post at:

Licensing Manager,
Regulatory Service-Licensing,
London Borough of Sutton,
24 Denmark Road,

The closing date for representations is 2nd September.

Please note that if no valid representations are received by then, the application is required by law to be automatically granted.

Conservatives ignore St Helier in spending spree

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson excludes St Helier Hospital from his £1.8 billion NHS announcement this week, Sutton Liberal Democrats say the Conservatives are abandoning Sutton’s NHS.

The list of 20 hospitals around England includes only two allocations for London: in north-east London and for Croydon University Hospital. Not a penny has been announced for St Helier Hospital.

The Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust is seeking government funds to build a new hospital for acute services. This would include A&E, emergency surgery, hospital births, amongst other vital services.

During the 2010-15 coalition government, Liberal Democrats had ensured £219 million was earmarked for investment in St Helier – funds the Conservatives withdrew after the 2015 general election.

Tom Brake MP and Sutton Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign for the new hospital to be built by St Helier and in the borough. Tom Brake’s petition has already been signed by 3,000 local residents.

Commenting, Tom Brake said:

“Boris Johnson has been prime minister for two weeks and already he’s abandoned Sutton’s NHS. The Conservatives cannot be trusted with the future of St Helier Hospital, which desperately needs further investment. As Boris excludes St Helier from getting new funds, it is clear that only Liberal Democrats will stand up for Sutton’s vital NHS services.”

Manifesto promise delivered: E-bikes come to Sutton

Sutton Liberal Democrats’ ambition to make Sutton one of London’s greenest boroughs took a big step forward this week with the launch of an electric bike rental scheme for residents and visitors.  

The fifty new electric bikes will help Sutton become a zero-carbon emissions borough in line with plans agreed by councillors this week. They will also help the Council improve local air quality by encouraging more people to use a bike and make cycling easier locally.