Richard and Trish attended the “topping out” ceremony at the Subsea7 building in Brighton Road
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His charity concert,to raise money for his charity appeal for Sutton Shopmobility and the Alzheimer’s Society is on Saturday 1 April, 7.30pm. at St Andrew’s church, Northey Avenue, SM2 7HF, featuring the Norwood wind Ensemble and the Show Choir. A fabulous performance in prospect. To get a ticket click on this link
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Sutton South Hello!
Find out about this pioneering local initiative to combat loneliness in Sutton
Public Art in Sutton South
Some of Sutton South Ward’s best public artwork
Richard reports back on his recent activities. Go to the entry for 17 December to see the video of Richard’s band playing in the St Nicholas Centre
Contact details and information on our local police force
Who Are We?
Trish and Richard introduce themselves
Richard’s band played Christmas carols in the St Nicholas centre
Richard, the Mayor, with the Mayoress, turned on the lights in St Nics on 17 November, with the Gruffalo
Richard on the bus at the London New Year’s Day Parade
A nice picture of Richard’s grandson Ciaran
The winning team
On 24 March Richard and Gloria, as the Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton, helped judge a competition at Wilson’s school in Sutton to determine which of eight local charities would receive an injection of financial support.
Eight teams of boys had prepared presentations on chosen local charities. The most compelling presentation would win a donation of £1 000 to their charity, with two other prizes of £250, under a programme prepared by the charity fundraisers “First Give.”
The winning presentation was on behalf of Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid, which runs a support service for victims of domestic abuse. The other winners were the Garwood Foundation, which helps people with disabilities, and PSDS, a local charity to help those with Down Syndrome.
Richard said, when presenting the awards, that the quality of the presentations was outstanding, particularly the case studies, the mix of media used to present the case, and the extensive research that clearly underpinned all that was said.
On 25 March, as Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton, Richard Clifton and his wife Gloria attended a ceremony at the war memorial in Manor Park in Sutton to mark the anniversary of the crossing of the Rhine on 23 March 1945, an operation (Operation Varsity) that hastened the conclusion of the Second World War.
The ceremony is held every year, organised by the Parachute Regimental Association, and is attended by Sutton’s Mayor, members of the Association and serving members of the Parachute Regiment. This year, following the tragic events in Westminster a few days previously, it was also attended by local police officers. The event is held in Sutton as one of those closely involved in the operation, which – though successful – involved massive loss of life, was from Sutton and wished to commemorate the event.
The Mayor of Croydon and the Deputy Mayor of Kingston also attended.
At the Sutton South Hello garden party last summer, a great event for our elderly residents
Sutton South Ward has one of the oldest age profiles of any Ward in Sutton. The many care homes and blocks of sheltered accommodation in the Ward partly explain why we have a more elderly population, but there are also many elderly people living in their own homes. We want to enable people to live in their homes for as long as they can, which is why Sutton Council is one of the only London Councils to fund Admiral nurses. These are specialist nurses trained assisting those with dementia, working closely with families and carers to help people to live at home. We are proud to be members of a Council that provides such help, despite the severe financial squeeze the Council is facing, as an expression of our Liberal Democrat values.
Parking in our Ward has increased in recent years partly due to more people working in Sutton or commuting to town as the economy has recovered, and not being prepared to pay to park in the town centre car parks, although their prices are amongst the cheapest in London and they are never full.
Responding to residents’ concerns, the Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee has agreed a parking strategy for the Borough involving an area by area consideration of parking controls. To make this manageable the study will be scheduled over several years, dealing with the town centre in the first year. Any changes to the town centre controlled parking zone and car parks will have an impact on the roads in our Ward so the plan starts from the centre and moves outwards. Our area will be considered the following year.
People have a mix of views on parking controls in their road. As they can displace parking into nearby roads, it is not intended to introduce further parking controls in the roads in our Ward prior the study next year. But we would welcome the views of residents in preparation for this study.
On 15 March a contingent from Sutton Police Cadets received a special award from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux, and the Surrey Royal British Legion, for the funds they have raised for the Surrey Poppy Appeal. They were the only police cadet group to receive an award at the ceremony led by the Lord Lieutenant to celebrate the fund raising work of cadet groups throughout Surrey and the outer south London boroughs.
Sutton has one of the largest contingents of police cadets in London and for the past two years they have won the prestigious Gravesend trophy which is competed for by police cadet groups in the Metropolitan police area. The photograph shows them being congratulated by Richard, as Sutton’s Mayor, at the presentation ceremony.
Richard told the cadets “Sutton is blessed with numerous scout, guide and cadet groups providing opportunities for young people. The police cadets are particularly strong in Sutton, and I was astonished to learn of how much effort you have put in to raising funds for this very worthy appeal to help those injured in military service.”
On 7 March Ricard, as Mayor, opened a remarkable exhibition put together by Heather Honour and her Sutton South Hello team. This featured the reminiscences of elderly members of the group, based on a number of themes, such as their experience of evacuation of children during the 1939-45 war. Richard had attended some of these reminiscence sessions and found them fascinating.
Sutton South Hello goes from strength to strength.
The Sutton South Hello party for the Queen, 15 June 2016, was a great success
The Mayor cuts the ribbon
NEW SUBSEA7 OFFICES OPENED BY SUTTON’S MAYOR AT RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
On Thursday 23 February Subsea7’s spectacular and attractive new office building in Brighton Road, just south of Sutton station, was formally opened by Richard, as Sutton’s Mayor.
The ceremony was held as the last of the Subsea7 staff previously located in The Quadrant next to Sutton station moved into the building. The ceremony was attended by Trish and other Councillors, including the Leader of Sutton Council, Councillor Dombey.
Subsea7 are an offshore exploration and technical support company, and they had brought one of their submarines from Aberdeen to the building to show it to guests. Paul Rosier, of Subsea7, gave the audience a potted history of the site, including information on the famous people who had once lived on the site. These included the famous engineer Harold Berridge, who invented techniques for measuring the strength of concrete, after whom the adjacent road has been named Berridge Close.
Subsea7 had considered re-locating from Sutton to an adjacent Borough, but their staff were keen to remain in Sutton. They wanted a purpose-built new office building and purchased the site in order to build an HQ to their own design. They have closed their office in Hammersmith to concentrate their staff in Sutton, and will eventually expand to employ up to 900 staff at the site.
In opening the building Richard said “This is great moment for Sutton. This is one of the most attractive new buildings in our town and the decision of Subsea7 to locate their headquarters here will be of massive benefit to the local economy, bringing jobs and prosperity to local shops, restaurants and hotels. As a Councillor for this Ward, I have supported this project throughout.”
The Mayoral party
The new building now completed
The design for the Subsea7 office in Brighton Road
Over the weekend 15 January Subsea7 have started to move their staff out of the Reed building in the Quadrant and into their attractive new headquarters building in Brighton Road.
By this time next year there will be 750 people working in the building.
The Sutherland House building – now re-named Northumberland House – almost opposite, is being converted to 128 flats, with parking spaces, that are being offered for rent. The first residents were moving in over the same weekend. The shops at the bottom are yet to be occupied. Sainsburys have changed their mind about opening a store there, but it would have been competing with the Tesco opposite.
Money has been spent improving the look of the former Sutherland House
Occupation of these two buildings, increasing footfall in the area and business for local shops, restaurants and hotels, will have a positive effect on the local economy. And the Subsea7 project will keep many hundreds of jobs to our area that would otherwise have been in Epsom or Leatherhead, and add several hundred new jobs. Jobs are gold dust for the local economy.
On 24 November we attended the final meeting of the liaison group with Subsea7 and local residents that has monitored the progress of the project to build the new headquarters of Subsea7, here in Sutton.
The company will arrange visits for local residents to see inside the building when it is fully occupied. And discussions continue on a new pedestrian crossing outside the building, crossing Brighton Road, given the massively increased footfall from those who work in the building arriving at Sutton station and walking down Brighton Road.
On 4 September last year the Subsea7 building was “topped out.”
“Topping out” is a ceremony traditionally held when the building has been built to its full height. Richard and Trish were there on the roof of the building when the final piece of concrete was put in place on 4 September.
The site won the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition 2015! The site was one of 8 winners out of 48 entries nationally to receive the award which showcased the great artwork used on the hoarding, produced by local schools; Devonshire Primary and Overton Grange Secondary. The schools produced widely praised artwork on the themes of ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Subsea 7’.
The picture below is of Trish and Richard with the Devonshire Avenue primary school artwork displayed at the site.
Following consultation with residents on the parking arrangements in the side road separating the site from Raeburn House and Girtin House, now named Berridge Close, the road is now included in the controlled parking zone with parking bays in the road reserved for residents with parking permits.
Sutton police station in Carshalton Road
Trish and Richard attended the Ward police consultative committee meeting on 10 January. The police again reported that crime in our area remains low.
In the final quarter of 2016 there were 3 residential burglaries in our Ward (down from 6 in the corresponding period a year previously), 3 non-residential burglaries (down from 7), 7 thefts from motor vehicles (down from 12) and 2 thefts of motor bikes.
The police had executed a number of drug searches in the last quarter, which they felt had had a positive impact. Priorities continue to include drugs, looking out for rough sleepers in stairwells of blocks of flats, anti-social behaviour at bus stops, speeding checks and aggressive begging around Sutton station.
The police consultative panel next meets at Christchurch hall in Christchurch Park on 9 May. This is a public meeting. See if you can come.
There were several “Speedwatch” events in the last quarter, some involving students from Overton Grange school, using a speed gun to catch and warn speeding motorists.
Richard at an earlier Speedwatch event in The Ridgway
The contrast – what it used to look like and now looks like
Residents have started to move in to the the block in the Brighton Road just south of Sutton station that we all knew as Sutherland House but which now has a new name – Northumberland House. Perhaps the owners changed the name as – after it being empty for five years – they want to signal a new beginning for this building. They have spent money on the renovation and certainly improved the way it looks, as the pictures above show.
The apartments in the block, a few hundred yards south of Sutton station and in our Ward, are available to rent. The Acorn Group are in charge of renting out the flats. If anyone is interested in renting they can contact Kimberley Ellen (email@example.com or ring her 020 8315 6917). The flats are also advertised on the website Rightmove.
On 14 January Richard visited the block. It has been refurbished to a high standard and it is good to see it occupied. There are 128 flats with parking spaces.
As long ago as December 2015 we met with Council officers and the developer to discuss renovation of the front, to fit in with the Gateway scheme further north. We have sought agreement that the owners fund the renovation of the area in front of the building, to bring it up to the same standard as the area renovated during the “Gateway” project just to the north. The shops at the bottom are not fully let out and we have hopes that the area just south of the station will include of a mix of good restaurants, shops and maybe a wine bar as the area will have so much more footfall. We are pleased that the Rose cafe and Sofra are surviving. We look forward to the area in front of the building being renewed and improved in due course and the vacant shops let out. However Sainsburys have pulled out of opening a store at the bottom.
We have been critical of the developers as they used a route to bypass normal planning permission requirements, but at last the building will be occupied. The year 2017 will be a good one for the area with the occupation of the Subsea7 building and Sutherland House, bringing people into the area who will spend money in local shops and restaurants, which will give the whole area an uplift.
The area has in the past suffered from a group of “all day drinkers” who walk the streets drinking alcohol from cans. However, one of Richard’s first acts when elected in 2010 was to get the “no drinking” zone extended from Sutton town centre into Sutton South Ward. This makes it unlawful to drink alcohol in public in the area if a police officer asks you to stop.
Richard and Trish held a surgery at Sutherland House to advise residents