Adult Social Services and Health Committee 24/09/13

I attended the Adult Social Services and Health Committee on Tuesday this week, which covered a range of important topics. Advertisements

Tesco’s refuse to budge on alcohol selling hours

Myself and my ward colleagues, Cllr’s Ruth Dombey and Marlene Heron, met with local residents and a senior figure from Tesco’s this morning over concern about the supermarket’s plan to sell booze from… Continue reading

LGA European and International Policy Board

Here is my leaflet for the Liberal Democrat election for the LGA European and International Policy Board: Lester Holloway GLA Euro and Intl Board FINAL

Finally, Tesco’s to build store on Angel pub site

It’s been over two years since the Angel pub was shut and now finally it looks like Tesco’s are getting ready to build an Express store.

Let me know what you think about the proposed housing development on the old Burger King site

There is still time for local residents to comment on plans to build new housing on the former Burger King site on Sutton High Street.

Victory for Thameslink Loop campaign

The campaign to save the Thameslink First Capital Connect line from Sutton to Luton via King’s Cross has been won! Last September I blogged about the campaign against plans to terminate the service at… Continue reading

Consultation on new site for Sutton Green recycling centre

Last week I reported that the recycling centre on Sutton Green is to be moved following appalling fly-tipping on the site. Myself and fellow ward councillors Ruth Dombey and Marlene Heron are now inviting… Continue reading

Sutton Green recycling centre moves

Sutton Green recycling centre on Sutton Green is to be moved after local Lib Dems responded to complaints about fly-tipping. After a public consultation councillors decided to move the recycling bins to a… Continue reading

Moral bankruptcy in Sutton? Far from it!

Beyond the new census figures showing a decline in Christianity is an even more rapid fall of the established traditional churches while the charismatic and evangelical churches continue to grow. An article in… Continue reading

Sutton’s Black and Asian population double in a decade. What does this mean for council policies?

New census figures released today show that the proportion of Black and Asian people in the London Borough of Sutton has almost doubled, making it one of the fastest-growing BAME populations in London.… Continue reading

Lib Dems win Sutton council byelection… by some distance!

Some pre-Christmas cheer for the Liberal Democrats in Sutton today as we won the Stonecot ward council byelection by some distance. Despite claims by the Conservative candidate that he was out in front,… Continue reading

The mighty sparrow to live on

I had a productive site meeting in Beddington this afternoon with four representatives from Thames Water concerning the humble Tree Sparrow and whether this endangered species will be affected by plans to build… Continue reading

New heritage lighting for Sutton Garden Suburb

Sutton Garden Suburb are to get new heritage lamp-posts after I pushed for it at the Sutton Local Committee on Tuesday. I made a plea to fellow councillors to approve the £15,000 funding… Continue reading

Sutton Common Road pedestrian crossing to be built on Monday

At last! The new pedestrian crossing on Sutton Common Road is to be built on Monday! This has been an on-going issue for a while so it will be a mighty relief to… Continue reading

Collingwood Road – residents object to crossing plan

Local councillors have now received the results of the official consultation into the proposal to install a new pedestrian crossing on Collingwood Road near the junction of Chaucer Road, particularly for the benefit… Continue reading

Bushey Road – do we need a crossing next to bus garage?

I have raised the idea of a new pedestrian crossing on Bushey Road by the Bus Garage (pictured) after a local resident suggested this to me. Council traffic officers have been looking into… Continue reading

Vermont Road parking (update)

I am meeting residents of the Dorothy Pettingell House sheltered housing complex next Wednesday along with the local MP Paul Burstow to talk about the parking situation in the road.

Vicarage Road parking scheme gets go-ahead

More good news! The long-awaited parking improvements to Vicarage Road have now got the go-ahead! These plans involve the creating of new parking spaces to ease the parking pressure on the road.

Flytipping on Sutton Green recycling site – a solution is found!

My ward colleague Cllr Ruth Dombey has been taking a lead on dealing with the flytipping issue on the recycling site at Sutton Green, next to the old toilet block. The issue came… Continue reading

Vale Road won’t be an access road for Sainsbury’s!

Great news for Vale Road! Developers have ditched plans to use Vale Road as an access road for the planned new Sainsburys. This is an issue I have raised with LXB, the company… Continue reading

Scouts get grant to fix hut

I was pleased that the North Sutton Scout Group, based in Stayton Road, have been awarded a grant of £2,000 by the local Council for essential work to their scout hut. Scout leader… Continue reading

Hotel plan for old Burger King site falls through

I was saddened to hear that plans to build a Travelodge hotel on the old Burger King drive-through have apparently been dropped. Not because I have any great desire to see a Travelodge,… Continue reading

Mine eye is on the sparrow!

The humble Tree Sparrow was the hot topic – at least as far as I was concerned – at last nights’ Development Control Committee. The issue was a planning application from Thames Water… Continue reading

Carshalton Athletic win FA award

Congratulations to Carshalton Athletic football club for winning the FA’s ‘Community Club of the Year’ award! The Sutton Guardian reports that the club will collect their award before England’s San Marino qualifier at… Continue reading

Victory for Vermont Road residents

Last night the Council approved plans to ease parking stress in Vermont Road by allowing some of the grass verges to be turned into additional parking spaces so that other areas of the… Continue reading

Trams, trains and trash

Reporting back on last nights’ Environment and Neighbourhood Committee we discussed extending the Croydon tramlink to Sutton, ensuring that the First Capital Connect trains continue to run to Kings Cross and Luton, and… Continue reading

Sutton North traffic issues – progress report!

Progress reports on several roads in the Sutton North ward were discussed at the Sutton Local Committee last night (4th September), namely Vermont Road, Sutton Common Road, Vicarage Road, Bushey Road and Collingwood… Continue reading

Sing when they’re whinging

A packed public gallery witnessed a fiery Full Council meeting in Sutton last night, after the Tory opposition attempted to turn a social project – aimed at tackling youth obesity and school absenteeism… Continue reading

Bus cabin has got to go!

The disused bus drivers cabin on Sutton Green got a new lick of paint making it look like a small red bus, but nothing can save it from a long overdue demolition. The… Continue reading

Localism in action at Sutton Local Committee

Tuesday night saw the highest public turnout I’ve seen at a Sutton Local Committee since being elected in 2010. This was encouraging, not least because the public is what local committees are all… Continue reading

Flags of convenience outshone by local flower power

Here’s Sutton Common Road resplendent with standard-issue Olympic flags to decorate the torch route. Other London councils have the same banners, which come in different colours. It’s a great shame because this one-flag-fits-all… Continue reading

Sutton Green toilet block saved

The toilet block on Sutton Green was saved last night after councillors spoke out against the plan to demolish it. I spoke out strongly that the building should be renovated and mothballed until we… Continue reading

What next for Lib Dems in Sutton?

It’s been two years since Liberal Democrats in Sutton bucked the national and London trends by storming to victory over the Conservatives. The result made local bigwigs the toast of the town with… Continue reading

Sutton Tories vote against involving local clubs in Chelsea initiative

Sutton Conservative councillors have voted against involving the borough’s two local football clubs – Sutton United and Carshalton Athletic – in a new football initiative with European champions Chelsea. The council had proposed… Continue reading

Sutton keep pest control service

Sutton will keep its’ pest control service after I, and my colleagues, spoke out against a proposal to save cash. Last night the newly-formed Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee unanimously voted down the plan… Continue reading

Consultation begins on future of the ‘Zurich building’ and gasworks site

A major consultation will begin shortly on the future of a six-acre site that includes the gasworks, the Magnet showroom and the empty Zurich office block. The proposal will be to completely redevelop… Continue reading

Chaucer House improvements

Your local councillors have received complaints from residents of Chaucer House about what has happened to the ‘Better Homes’ improvements. It has been a good year since the last major works on the… Continue reading

Bowls club dodge dangerous cricket balls

I am currently assisting the Rosehill Bowls Club, based in Rosehill Recreation Ground, who have complained about several cricket balls flying into their green from the nearby cricket pitch. The bowls club report… Continue reading

Searching for speeding solutions

I joined my colleague Marlene Heron, transport officer Mohamad Kashaf (centre), and a local resident in Sutton Common Road this week to search for new solutions to deal with speeding traffic. In March,… Continue reading

Local and regional elections 2012

Conservative London Assembly member Steve O’Connell was re-elected to City Hall this week with a reduced majority, but sadly the Lib Dems slipped further behind Labour in third place.

New heritage noticeboard for Victoria Gardens

Local councillors have approved plans to install a heritage-style public noticeboard on Victoria Gardens on the south side of Sutton Green. The sign, which has just been erected, will help give the small… Continue reading

Changing committees

Sutton Council is bringing in a new council governance structure, ditching the old Executive / Scrutiny split and introducing new ‘service committees’ where all councillors make the decisions. I’ve been appointed to the… Continue reading

Olympic torch parade to pass through Sutton North

The Olympic torch will pass through the Sutton North ward on 23rd July on the final leg of a 70,000 relay across Britain. The flame torch will be carried along Sutton High Street,… Continue reading

Concessions made over Rosewood Grove planning application

Residents of Rosewood Grove voiced concerns over the St Helier hospital nursery planning application at last nights’ Development Control Committee – and councillors responded by demanding concessions to mitigate fears.

Sutton leader steps down after 10 successful years

Sutton council leader Sean Brennan is standing down from the top job after 10 successful years running the authority. I had known this for a while, but the Sutton Guardian has officially reported… Continue reading

Dealing with parking in Vermont Road

Myself and my ward colleagues Ruth Dombey and Marlene Heron met residents of one of the sheltered homes this week to hear their concerns about parking. Around 20 residents of Dorothy Pettingell House… Continue reading

Heritage railings for Garden Suburb

New heritage railings were recently installed around the small green where Greenhill meets Woodend. The council also erected a ‘welcome to Sutton Garden Suburb’ sign on the grass. The improvements were suggested to… Continue reading

CCTV cameras and benches in Rosehill Park West

Two new CCTV cameras have been installed in Rosehill Park West to crack down on anti-social behaviour and drinking. The local Safer Neighbourhood Team are hopeful that this will help ensure the park… Continue reading

Net closes in on Greenshaw Woods flasher

Local police are confident the net is closing in on a flasher who has been operating in Greenshaw Woods near the secondary school. A Safer Neighbourhood Panel meeting last night heard that the… Continue reading

Dealing with High Street eyesore

Following complaints from residents about the old Burger King site turning into an eyesore while it awaits redevelopment, I have responded and got hordings. I contacted the developers who are going to build… Continue reading