Richard and Trish attended the “topping out” ceremony at the Subsea7 building in Brighton Road
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Richard’s charitable appeal, as Mayor of Sutton for 2016-17, to support Sutton Shopmobility and the Alzheimer’s Society, raised over £26 000.
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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
Contact details and information on our local police force
Who Are We?
Trish and Richard introduce themselves
Trish with the Leader of the Council, the Mayor, Tom Brake MP and others, at the Sutton Peace March on 1 July
Richard’s grand-daughter, born on 25 April
Our police station in Carshalton Road
After a long consultation, to which the Council contributed, the Mayor of London has announced the closure of counter services at a swathe of police stations across London. We campaigned to save the service at Sutton station, and we have been successful.
Sadly, the counter service at Worcester Park station is to close. Shame on you, Sadiq Khan!
Where the width restriction will go
The Council is proposing to introduce a width restriction in Grange Vale at the point where the road passes under the railway bridge.
The problem with the road at this point is the risk to pedestrians walking along the narrow footway against the flow of traffic, particularly those pushing buggys with small children. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the road turns right at this point, which means that drivers see pedestrians passing under the bridge quite late. The width restriction will slow traffic and ensure that larger vehicles do not use Grange Vale.
Consultation is taking place on this proposal. If you respond to the consultation, do please let us know your views.
The consultation letter reads as follows:
“The London Borough of Sutton are proposing to make a Traffic Order. The general effect of the Order will be as follows:
Introduce a width restriction of 2 metres (6 feet 6 inches) to prevent all but cars, two wheelers and light good vehicles from using Grange Vale, Sutton in advance of the railway bridge.
The Council is seeking your views on the above proposal; A copy of the statutory documents are available to view by visiting our web page following the link below:
If you wish to make any representations on this proposal please do so by filling in the online form which can be found on our web pages in the location mentioned above. Your comments need to be with us by Thursday 30 November 2017.”
Here is a picture Richard took on the morning of 5 November, when the cars were stuck in gridlock on the A 217.
Our police station in Carshalton Road
Although Sutton borough has one of the lowest crime rates in London – and Sutton South Ward is among the Wards with the lowest crime rates in the borough – we must never be complacent.
We take part in regular consultation meetings with the police to discuss crime trends and priorities for police action in our Ward, and on Tuesday 31 October we met the police at Christchurch hall in Christchurch Park.
Our new Dedicated Ward Officer, PC Kellie Heath, is fitting in to her role and has been very active in meeting local community groups. Although the revised policing model promised by Borough Commander Mark Lawrence promises two Dedicated Ward Officers, supported by a PCSO, by the end of 2017, Kellie is at the moment something of a one woman band.
We were delighted that Frank Berry, who lives in Christchurch Park and was formerly chair of the Sutton Federation of Residents and Tenants’ Associations has agreed to chair future meetings.
The meeting ran through the crime statistics for the last three months. A theme in the four burglaries from houses was windows left open, and in motor vehicle crime carelessness about locking vehicles and leaving SatNavs on display inside the car. Other themes discussed at the meeting were incidents of rough sleeping in stairwells of blocks of flats. The meeting agreed that police priorities should continue to be burglary, anti-social behaviour and speeding.
This consultation meeting was much better attended than recent meetings in this series so our efforts at publicity are bearing fruit.
We have received the following information from TfL. From Saturday 28 October 2017 until further notice route S3 will no longer serve Sutton Hospital or Cotswold Road.
This is due to development work at the London Cancer Hub site which means TfL is temporarily unable to use the bus stop in the hospital grounds, where buses currently terminate and stand. Route S3 will now run the full length of Downs Road to terminate and stand at Belmont rail station. It will continue to serve stops in Downs Road (near Cotswold Road) and the stop in the grounds of Royal Marsden Hospital. TfL are working with the developers to reinstate route S3 to the redeveloped site when possible.
For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/TempBusChanges .
PREPARE FOR THE SNOW
The last two winters have been fairly mild with not much snow, so many of us who have collected free grit under the Council’s scheme to distribute free grit against icy weather have still got the grit.
This year the free grit arrangements will be as follows:
Kimpton Park Reuse and Recycling Centre
Saturday 25 November, 9am – 5pm
Sunday 26 November, 9am – 2pm
Woodcote Green Garden Centre
Saturday 25 November, 8.30am – 5pm
Sunday 26 November, 10am – 4pm
You will need identification to prove you live in Sutton, such as a utility or Council tax bill, if collecting free grit.
Overton Grange – a popular local school, in our Ward
Sutton is renowned for low crime and good schools. Like all London boroughs we have had to deal with the bulge in pupil numbers. This has gone through the primary school system and our excellent local primary schools in this area have been able to cope, with most parents still getting their first choice of school. Many secondary schools in Sutton have expanded, including our popular local school Overton Grange, but two new secondary schools will still be needed and are planned. The new Harris Academy, integrated into the Sutton Cancer Hub development, is already proving popular with parents who plan to apply for places next year. Parents can be reassured that Sutton will be able to cope with the increased numbers without a fall in the high quality of local education or unacceptable congestion problems at the schools, which the schools have plans in place to cope with.
Why is it that motorists regularly knock down the reflective pole at the entrance to the southernmost bridge in Kings Lane? We have had to report this yet again. But we always get it replaced.
At Regents Parade
The Licensing Committee has received an application to open new premises at 11 Regent Parade, Brighton Road. This is for a salon, with the name Bamboo, providing reflexology and massage by certified Chinese practitioners. Regent Parade is the parade of shops just south of Sutton station, on the western side of Brighton Road, just north of the petrol station.
This is known as a “Special Treatments Licence.” Under the London Authorities Act 1991 premises offering special treatments involving a degree of physical contact (such as massage, acupuncture, manicure, piercing and tattooing) must have a “Special Treatments Licence” to undertake such activities.
There is a 28 days consultation period during which representations can be submitted to the Council’s Licensing Section. The full details of the application can be found on this link
If you wish to submit a representation it must be received by 11th November 2017. The link also provides details on how to make a representation. Do let us know if you make a representation.
Cradle to grave care – what we expect from the NHS
Many local residents use the medical centre in Grove Road in Sutton. Several years ago Richard was involved, with former Councillor Heather Honour, in a campaign to prevent this practice closing and moving to the Henderson hospital site in Belmont, as there were few transport links to the site and it would not have been easily accessible to those without a car.
We are pleased that this proposal is not being proceeded with. NHS Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) now propose to move the surgery to a health centre in Robin Hood Lane in central Sutton, closer to the current practice. This is a proposal currently being worked up. It is also proposed to move the Mulgrave Road surgery, which many local residents use, to this site. The full list of surgeries that might move to the site is:
- Grove Road practice
- Mulgrave road surgery
- Benhill surgery (part of Benhill and Belmont GP centre)
In addition, Dr Grice and partners branch surgery is already at the site (though not their main surgery at the Old Court House) and Dr Seyan and partners are already at the site. If you are registered with any of these practices you should have received a letter from the CCG inviting views on the proposal.
The Grove Road practice does need to move. It is currently in a converted house so some surgery rooms are upstairs, with no lift, and it is not possible to have a private conversation with reception staff as the reception is in the hallway of the house. It does not meet modern standards and NHS England will require it to move. But there are few sites available in Sutton. There are some similar problems with the Mulgrave Road surgery.
You can comment on this proposal, which is at an early stage of development, at
For our part, we will be seeking to ensure that transport and accessibility issues are fully taken into consideration when working up the proposal.