LEST WE FORGET – A MEMORABLE DAY

Remembrance Sunday, November the 11th, was memorable. Trish attended the service at Belmont, Richard was called in at short notice to play the Last Post at the Remembrance Sunday event at the war memorial in Manor Park. The previous day he had played trumpet for the Phoenix Concert Band at a Remembrance event at St Barnabas church, locally. They played all the usual pieces such as Nimrod and Abide With Me.

The trumpet section at St Barnabas

The day was also remarkable for the heavy rain. Richard spent the afternoon unblocking drains to eliminate the flooding in Grange Vale and Cedar Road.

Grange Vale flooded

Grange Vale after Richard had unblocked the drains

Cedar Road flooded

Cedar Road after Richard had unblocked the drain

PROTECTING OUR RESIDENTS

 

With winter fast approaching, we are anxious to help the NHS deliver the important messages that will keep our residents safe from influenza over this busy period.

Last winter Sutton saw lower than the national average uptake in free flu vaccinations in 2 and 3 year olds. Small children are some of the worst affected by the virus and, if they get it, they’re likely to infect other members of the family too.

We want to spread the message about the importance of people living in Sutton taking-up the flu vaccine.

You can access Sutton’s winter toolkit by clicking on this link.

http://www.swlondon.nhs.uk/winter

Sutton’s winter toolkit contains information to help protect Sutton’s residents from flu including Local statistics on those most at risk from flu in the area, and Information on how you can receive your flu jab.

WELCOME TO OUR SITE

Ed, Richard and Trish at our outdoor surgery in Brighton Road

Richard and Trish on the top of the Subsea7 building during its construction

Contact Richard at  richard.clifton@sutton.gov.uk and Trish at trish.fivey@sutton.gov.uk

Richard was first elected to Sutton Council in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014 and 2018. Trish was first elected in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. Richard’s charitable appeal, as Mayor of Sutton for 2016-17, to support Sutton Shopmobility and the Alzheimer’s Society, raised over £26 000.

R and T at station small

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Sutton South Hello!
Find out about this pioneering local initiative to combat loneliness in Sutton

Public Art and Historic Buildings in Sutton South
Some of Sutton South Ward’s best public artwork and the important historic buildings in our Ward

Richard’s Blog
Richard reports back on his recent activities

Sutton police
Contact details and information on our local police force

Who Are We?
Trish and Richard introduce themselves

Richard and Trish with fellow LibDems assembling at Sutton station to travel up for the stop Brexit march. 20 October

Trish with the Leader of the Council, the Mayor, Tom Brake MP and others, at the Sutton Peace March

Trish won an award from Pimlico Plumbers – who are strong supporters of Remain – at the LibDem annual conference

The Sutton South Hello Divali event on 7 November, with the Mayor

Richard and team canvassing during the Belmont by-election, where there was a 12% swing to the LibDems from the Tories

A BIG SWING IN BELMONT

Richard and team canvassing during the Belmont by-election

The Liberal Democrats achieved a swing of 12% to the LibDems from the Tories in the by-election in Belmont Ward. The by-election was caused by the resignation – still unexplained – of one of the Tory Councillors who had stood for election as recently as last May. The Ward is the safest Tory seat in the borough so a shock LibDem victory was never on the cards, but LibDem Councillors take great satisfaction in the movement of opinion towards the LibDems.

FURTHER CONSULTATION ON THE PARKING SURVEY RESULTS: MAKE SURE YOU RESPOND

Are car clubs part of the solution?

Analysis has now been concluded of the survey of residents views on parking conducted at the start of this year. Over 5 500 residents responded to the survey and officers have prepared street-by-street proposals reflecting the views expressed.
There will now be a further survey, of views on the proposals officers have made following the survey.
Residents will receive a consultation letter about 12 November and are asked to respond by 16 December.
The proposals will be available online and at Sutton library, and residents will receive a letter from the Council advising them and inviting views on them. Keep an eye out for this letter in November or December.
There is a meeting to present the proposals at Overton Grange school at 6.30 pm on Friday 7 December, though this will be part of the process to explain the proposals and not a “decision taking” meeting. Ultimately, what finally happens will depend on the views of residents as expressed in responses to the further survey.
Now in my ninth year as a local Councillor (Richard) and my fifth year (Trish), we both find parking to be one of the most difficult issues. Residents often have strong views but in many roads there are strong views in different directions. It is inevitable that in some roads some people will be delighted by the proposals, some opposed, and some indifferent. Officers and Councillors can only be guided by views set out in the responses to consultation, so do look out for the further consultation exercise.

MORE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WARD AGREED AT OUR LOCAL COMMITTEE

Improvements to Brighton Road

More improvements to Brighton Road

SOUTH SUTTON, CHEAM AND BELMONT LOCAL COMMITTEE 

On 13 September the Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee met and discussed an agenda somewhat reduced from the agenda originally planned due to the “purdah” requirements following the announcement that there will be a Council by-election in Belmont Ward. No indication was given as to why Councillor McManus, previously a member of the committee, had resigned. Matters discussed included:

– we heard an interesting presentation on the work of the parks police, who are diligent in pursuing and preventing anti-social behaviour in our parks

– we agreed to set in chain consultation on an action plan to improve Overton Park

– we confirmed decisions to install speed awareness signs in Cedar Road, which is notorious for speeding, to complement those in Farm Road and those planned for Grange Road and Worcester Road

– we noted a number of improvements to Sutton South Ward, including re-painting of the railings at two places in Brighton Road and the modification of the width restriction at Grange Vale.

The widened width restriction in Grange Vale

TRISH SPEAKS OUT ON PLASTIC WASTE AND RICHARD PRAISES OUR AREA

A green, pleasant, suburban environment – this is Sutton South

The first full Council meeting of the new administration, following the local elections, was held on 10 September. It was held at Overton Grange school, in Sutton South Ward, the first time the Council has met in our Ward, This follows a decision by Council to get out and about round the Borough, to see the Borough and be seen, rather than sit in the Council offices.

The main debate was on the subject of single use plastics, on which Trish made an impassioned speech drawing attention to the plight of the oceans anc calling for greater responsibility worldwide. Richard took the opportunity of a debate on the Council’s plan to welcome Councillors to Sutton South. He said:

“We are now doing something we perhaps should have done before and getting out round the Borough, to see different parts of the Borough and be seen there. And tonight we are starting that process by meeting in Sutton South Ward. So I think it appropriate for me as a Councillor for Sutton South to welcome you all to Sutton South. I know my fellow Sutton South Councillor Councillor Fivey wants to join me in extending this welcome, to Sutton South which is famous for:

A low level of crime, one of the lowest for any Ward in the 32 London Boroughs

Excellent schools, our local schools are brilliant

A unique environmental facility in the Devonshire Avenue Nature Area

A green, pleasant, suburban environment

And a relatively high level of employment, contributed to by our success in persuading a major transnational company in the oil exploration business  – Subsea 7 – to locate their global, international headquarters in the Ward, bringing 900 jobs, some – not just in more routine occupations – now being occupied by local people, with 900 staff spending money in local shops and restaurants, and boosting the local economy.

I relate this to the important entry in the plan on page 17 reading

“Implementation of the Local Plan to deliver retail, office and industrial development and employment opportunities”

We have done that in Sutton South – we will continue to do it.”

IMPROVING GRANGE VALE

The widened width restriction

We remain concerned to reduce speeding in the Ward and the width restriction at Grange Vale was a measure to ensure vehicles slowed when passing under the bridge, to protect the safety of pedestrians walking on the narrow pavement, towards Brighton Road.

Residents suggested that as there is a slight right turn just as you pass through the restriction the standard width for such a restriction, of six feet six inches, was too narrow. In response the width restriction has been widened very slightly.

 

MINDLESS VANDALISM

Richard is seeking action on the mindless vandalism that has plagued Warren Park recently, with damage to the fencing around the nature reserve area of the park. Though just outside our Ward, the park is used by many of our residents, particularly joggers, dog walkers and those caring for small children. Richard often takes his three year old grandson there. The mentality of people who would damage the fence in this way is disturbing. The park includes a walk alongside the two railway lines that run into Sutton station but a part is fenced off to protect wildlife and provide a nature area.

Richard’s grandson Ciaran

DO YOU EVER GO TO OVERTON PARK?

We have been discussing possible improvements to Overton Park. It is not in our Ward but adjacent, so much used by many of our residents.

The park is mainly given over to playing fields, with a pavilion and a children’s play area. It is well used by joggers. It was in the distant past the playing fields of the London County Council and passed to Sutton Council when Mrs Thatcher abolished the LCC. It is flat and might be improved by tree planting or perhaps more daffodil bulbs. Sadly, some trees planted last year were vandalised. Might the metal “trim trail” equipment spread around the park be better used if it was brought together at one place?

We would like to invite ideas. Do contact us if you have a view, at   richard.clifton@sutton.gov.uk.

A part of the “trim trail”