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<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/8/j/Mosaic_in_Trinity_Square_1994.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Plaque reveals Sutton's rich history" alt="Plaque reveals Sutton's rich history"><div id="introtext"><p> The story behind one of Sutton town centre's key monuments is told in a new plaque, unveiled in Trinity Square. </p></div> <p>Sutton's rich history has been proudly displayed in a mosaic opposite Waterstone's, since 1994, but few have known the stories behind each of the 19 intricate panels. </p> <p>The new plaque explains what each section of mosaic means, and the history of the people and places it depicts.</p> <p>The centre panel shows Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace. Around this panel are heraldic beasts from the coats of arms of the local families of Carew, Gaynesford and Lumley &#8211; names which are still familiar to local people. </p> <p>Other images show the borough's heritage buildings - including Honeywood Museum, the old cottage in Cheam, Carshalton Church, Whitehall and The Cock Inn - and past industries, including a Wandle mill, used in the lavender and agricultural trade; the first iron railway, which ran along the River Wandle and the Hannibal Aircraft, synonymous with the former Croydon Airport, which stood on the site of the Roundshaw Estate. </p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries, said: "This beautiful mosaic has been a much-loved feature of our High Street for the past 17 years, but unless you're a historian the chances are you would not know what all of the intricate panels mean. </p> <p>"I hope this plaque will encourage people to take a look, and for those already familiar with the mosaic, I hope it will help them to appreciate it even more."</p> <p>The mosaic, by artists Rob Turner and Gary Drostle, was commissioned by Sutton Council and funded by Appledown Properties in 1994. It measures 9m x 5m, making it one of the largest pieces of wall art in the country.</p> 2011-11-29 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15218 2011-12-18 09:50:14 +0000 The story behind one of Sutton town centre's key monuments is told in a new plaque, unveiled in Trinity Square. Plaque reveals Sutton's rich history 15218 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/8/j/Mosaic_in_Trinity_Square_1994.JPG Plaque reveals Sutton's rich history
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/d/k/Tony_Robinson_Filming_Gods_and_Monsters.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Tony Robinson Filming Gods and Monsters" alt="Tony Robinson Filming Gods and Monsters"><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton is set to hit the small screen once again as Tony Robinson comes to the borough to explore the frightening world of belief, superstition and religion in Britain's past. </p></div> <p>The popular star of Time Team and Blackadderuses Bawtree House, a former old people's home on Worcester Road, as a setting for part of his new series, which looks at our ancestors' paranormal explanations for death and disease, including fairy abductions, sickness-spreading elves and cannibal cures.</p> <p>Gods and Monsters is the latest in a string of shows to be filmed in the borough, from hit BBC costume drama the Crimson Petal and the White, to cult comedy PhoneShop, to crime dramas Law and Order and The Bill. </p> <p>Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing on Sutton Council, said: "Sutton has played host to all sorts of scenes over the past few years, with Victorians, detectives and zombies all appearing on our streets, but disease-spreading elves are something that even we haven't seen before.</p> <p>"Whatever is being filmed here, it's good news for our residents. Businesses and homeowners can earn money by renting out their properties to film crews, who also give shops a boost by spending money in the local area. This latest show confirms Sutton's reputation as one of the most film-friendly boroughs in London, and we'll continue working hard to attract production companies and boost the local economy."</p> <p>The series, which premiered on Saturday (26 November) on Channel 4, looks at how our ancestors tried to make sense of the world around them by blaming supernatural beings for accidents, disease and even death. The episode filmed in Sutton explores the weird and wonderful explanations people had for sickness hundreds of years before scientific explanations were developed, and will air on 10 December.</p> <p>For more information on filming in Sutton, including how to register your property as a potential filming location, contact Sutton's film officer Tom McDaniel on 0208 770 5311 or <a href="mailto:Thomas.McDaniel@sutton.gov.uk">Thomas.McDaniel@sutton.gov.uk</a>.</p> 2011-11-29 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15210 2011-12-18 09:50:26 +0000 Sutton is set to hit the small screen once again as Tony Robinson comes to the borough to explore the frightening world of belief, superstition and religion in Britain's past. Supernatural Sutton is back in the spotlight 15210 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/d/k/Tony_Robinson_Filming_Gods_and_Monsters.JPG Tony Robinson Filming Gods and Monsters
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/l/b/A_picture_from_behind_one_of_the_doors.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="A picture from behind one of the doors" alt="A picture from behind one of the doors"><div id="introtext"><p> Christmas is coming to Sutton Central Library with a giant advent calendar set to be unveiled. </p></div> <p>Sutton Mencap's Link in Lunch club worked with Sutton Council's heritage officers to design the festive pictures hidden behind the calendar's doors. Each door will be opened by a different member of the community, with councilors, local artists, volunteers, and council staff all joining in.</p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries on Sutton Council, said: "This is a lovely way of bringing people together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. It's so easy to get caught up with the parties and presents that come along at this time of year, it's nice to have an opportunity to pause for a moment and think about others."</p> <p>The pictures were created during a month of art workshops with inspiration from Sutton Council's large art collection. Not many people know that the council holds a collection of over 1,200 paintings, most of which were created by local artists or show Sutton scenes.</p> <p>The collection is being digitised, and will soon be available online for everyone to use.</p> <p>The first door will be opened this Thursday 1 December by Colin Beech, Sutton Council's Executive Head of Leisure and Parks. A miniature version will be on display in Whitehall museum.</p> 2011-11-29 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15209 2011-12-18 09:50:37 +0000 Christmas is coming to Sutton Central Library with a giant advent calendar set to be unveiled. Countdown to Christmas begins 15209 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/l/b/A_picture_from_behind_one_of_the_doors.JPG A picture from behind one of the doors
<div id="introtext"><p> Faith leaders from across Sutton came together to discuss the topic of 'prayer' at a special meeting of Sutton Faith and Belief Forum, to celebrate national Inter Faith Week. </p></div> <p>The forum held a Question Time-style debate chaired by Cllr Simon Wales on 22 November. Members of the audience put questions to panel members, including Christian Pastor Dave Smith, of Horizon Church; Hindu Kathiripillai Jegateeswaran; Trevor Finch, a Baha'i, and Paul Solomon, representing the Jewish faith.</p> <p>Audience members included Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and Quakers, who also answered questions from the floor.</p> <p>The regular meetings of the forum are an opportunity for members of all faiths and beliefs to debate social issues.</p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector at Sutton Council, said: "This was a fascinating meeting and really emphasised the similarities, rather than differences, between the people of different beliefs and religions. </p> <p>"They may believe in different Gods, but they all hold the mutual values of peace and respect for others, and are doing excellent work in our borough.</p> <p>"Events like this are important to encourage tolerance and understanding between the various religious communities that exist in our borough."</p> <p>Mark Tomlinson, Chair of Sutton Faith and Belief Forum, said: "Many common threads were identified. For example, most prayed to "God", although there were some notable differences in who this God actually is and the different ways he can be prayed to. </p> <p>"It was a great evening conducted with mutual respect, and added to greater understanding of one another's' views."</p> <p>For more information about Sutton Faith and Belief Forum contact Mark Tomlinson on <a href="mailto:m.tomlinson@talk21.com">m.tomlinson@talk21.com</a> </p> 2011-11-28 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15206 2011-12-18 09:50:48 +0000 Faith leaders from across Sutton came together to discuss the topic of 'prayer' at a special meeting of Sutton Faith and Belief Forum, to celebrate national Inter Faith Week. Sutton celebrates Inter Faith Week 15206 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/n/m/Indiya_Indiya_restaurant_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Indiya Indiya restaurant" alt="Indiya Indiya restaurant "><div id="introtext"><p> The owner of a Sutton town centre restaurant has pleaded guilty to a string of offences that put the health of diners at risk. </p></div> <p>Faruk Ahmed, who runs Indiya Indiya, 354 High Street, Sutton, admitted 13 breaches of food hygiene laws when he appeared before magistrates today.</p> <p>The court was told environmental health officers from Sutton Council found flour stored in a dustbin in a shed, onion bhajis wrapped in old newspaper and put in a bucket, cooked food stored on the floor and a lack of basic hygiene during a routine inspection of the restaurant's kitchen in January. </p> <p>Inspectors also reported a dirty and stained chopping board being used for food preparation, no soap in either the kitchen or toilet and a toilet that opened directly into the kitchen. There was also a gap under the rear kitchen door large enough for rodents to enter.</p> <p>Prosecutor Peter Rollins told Croydon Magistrates Court: "The inspectors discovered a catalogue of offences relating to the storage and handling of food. There were major concerns about the standards about the standard of hygiene throughout."</p> <p>A repeat inspection in October found a large number of improvements had been made but there were still a number of hygiene issues, prompting the court action.</p> <p>In defence, Mr Ahmed said he deeply regretted the offences and had taken further steps since the October inspection to rectify the situation.</p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector at Sutton Council, said: "The lack of basic hygiene demonstrated by Mr Ahmed was frankly disgusting. It's regrettable that it took this course of action to make him change his behaviour and take responsibility.</p> <p>"The council takes food hygiene very seriously; our residents ought to feel confident that when they eat out in Sutton they will be eating food that is not only tasty but was also prepared in clean, hygienic surroundings."</p> <p>The magistrates adjourned sentencing until December 16 to seek more information about Mr Ahmed's financial situation. Each offence carries a maximum fine of &#163;5,000.</p> <p>Sutton Council recently joined the Food Standards Agency's hygiene ratings scheme, which lists the inspection results of all food businesses in the town centre. Following a follow up inspection on 24 October, Indiya Indiya was given a 'one' rating, up from its previous rating of 'zero', meaning major improvement is still necessary. </p> 2011-11-25 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15201 2011-12-18 09:51:00 +0000 The owner of a Sutton town centre restaurant has pleaded guilty to a string of offences that put the health of diners at risk. Restaurant prosecuted for poor food hygiene 15201 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/n/m/Indiya_Indiya_restaurant_.jpg Indiya Indiya restaurant
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/l/d/Sutton_Seniors_Forum_using_some_Sit_Stop_seats.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Sutton Seniors Forum using some Sit Stop seats" alt="Sutton Seniors Forum using some Sit Stop seats"><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton's High Street shops are rolling out an innovative scheme to help make the town centre more accessible. </p></div> <p>The new sit stop scheme, run by a partnership between Sutton Council and Sutton's Seniors Forum, sees companies including Starbucks, The Body Shop, Millets and Linen Direct offering a seat to anyone who is elderly, disabled, pregnant or just needs to sit down for a while, without any pressure to make a purchase.</p> <p>Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing on Sutton Council, said: "We want Sutton's shopping centres to be accessible to as many people as possible, and the Sit Stop scheme is a great way of making our High Streets welcoming to everyone. Knowing that there will always be a chair available if you need to sit down may seem like a small thing, but it will make a big difference to a lot of residents."</p> <p>Many businesses who participate have designated Sit Stop chairs, but if you can't see an available seat then just ask. </p> <p>The initiative has received the backing of Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and follows on from the success of the scheme in Richmond, which has seen shops in all areas of the borough signing up. Organisers hope that Sutton will follow suit, and are set to roll out the scheme in town centres across the borough.</p> <p>More places are joining the scheme all the time - just look out for the Sit Stop logo in windows or visit <a href="http://www.sitstop.co.uk/">www.sitstop.co.uk</a></p> 2011-11-25 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15200 2011-12-18 09:51:11 +0000 Sutton's High Street shops are rolling out an innovative scheme to help make the town centre more accessible. High street shops show they care with a chair 15200 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/l/d/Sutton_Seniors_Forum_using_some_Sit_Stop_seats.JPG Sutton Seniors Forum using some Sit Stop seats
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/k/f/Jeff_and_Brian_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Jeff and Brian" alt="Jeff and Brian "><div id="introtext"><p> There are only a few days left to pick up unique, handmade gifts in the Europa Gallery. </p></div> <p>Woodturners Jeff Cordery and Brian Ash have set up shop in Sutton Central Library, where you have until 4pm this Saturday to buy gifts and home wares hand carved from local wood.</p> <p>Jeff and Brian create their wares by shaping timber to make plates, bowls, vases and other decorative items before polishing the objects with oil to make them more durable. They particularly like to use wood salvaged in the local area, from scraps taken out of refurbished buildings to park and street trees which need to be felled. At the moment, some of the products are carved from 200-year-old oak rescued from the refurbishment of a bell-tower in Walton on Thames.</p> <p>Jeff said: "This is the fifth year we've come to sell our carvings in the Europa Gallery. We're always pleased by how many people come down, and it's a good way of clearing the decks to room in our workshops for next year's things!" </p> <p>You can see an online gallery of Brian' work at <a href="http://www.woodturnergallery.co.uk/">www.woodturnergallery.co.uk</a>. If you're interested in trying your hand at woodturning, visit <a href="http://www.cheamturners.co.uk/">http://www.cheamturners.co.uk/</a></p> 2011-11-24 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15180 2011-12-18 09:51:23 +0000 There are only a few days left to pick up unique, handmade gifts in the Europa Gallery. Unique Christmas gifts at the Europa Gallery 15180 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/k/f/Jeff_and_Brian_.jpg Jeff and Brian
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/i/Frederick_Fuller_and_Eliza_Branch.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Frederick Fuller and Eliza Branch" alt="Frederick Fuller and Eliza Branch"><div id="introtext"><p> There are just a few days left to explore a local community's collective history at an exhibition in the Circle Library. </p></div> <p>The 'Men of the Wrythe' exhibition delves into the lives of residents from four roads in The Wrythe: St John's Road, St James' Road, St Andrew's Road and William Street, between 1850 and 1920. Despite its small size, this area of Sutton sent more men to fight in World War One than any other part of the borough did, and the exhibition takes a particularly close look at the men who fought and died.</p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries on Sutton Council, said: "These four roads have a fascinating history. People living here were part of a very strong, close knit community and this exhibition gives an interesting glimpse into their personal lives. Of course, this sense of community is something that is still present in Sutton today and it's good to see visits from descendants of these families, many of whom still live in the area."</p> <p>The exhibition launched on Saturday 12th November with a talk about the history of The Wrythe and a chance for relatives of the inhabitants of the area to share their memories. The exhibition will run until 30 November.</p> <p>For more information on the exhibition, contact the Circle Library on 020 8648 6608, or visitwww.heliermemories.org.uk</p> 2011-11-22 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15049 2011-12-18 09:51:34 +0000 There are just a few days left to explore a local community's collective history at an exhibition in the Circle Library. Remembering the Wrythe 15049 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/i/Frederick_Fuller_and_Eliza_Branch.jpg Frederick Fuller and Eliza Branch
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/9/3/Veg_van.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Veg Van" alt="Veg Van "><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton Council has been praised for encouraging residents to make healthy, sustainable food choices. </p></div> <p>It is one of eight London boroughs judged by the Good Food for London report to be "making excellent progress on key food issues." </p> <p>The report was published by London Food Link, a network of people and organisations working to promote healthy and sustainable food for the capital. The group carried out a survey of London boroughs and found Sutton was making good progress in improving school food, helping residents reduce food waste, supporting community food growing and encouraging local food outlets to use healthier ingredients. </p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change at Sutton Council, said: "By making small changes, whether it's buying local produce, cutting down on waste, or serving sustainable food in our schools, we can all help to make a big difference to our health and the livelihood of local farmers and food growers.</p> <p>"I'm delighted the efforts we have made here in Sutton have been recognised by London Food Link and look forward to continuing the good work groups across Sutton are making."</p> <p>Initiatives in Sutton include the popular Veg Van, which is run by charity BioRegional and supported by the council. The electric van offers easy access to locally grown fresh fruit and veg by selling produce across the borough on a not-for-profit basis.</p> <p>The Veg Van is part of One Planet Food, a project run in partnership with EcoLocal, to increase the amount of fresh local produce consumed in the borough. Some of this food is grown on Sutton Community Farm, in Wallington, which invites local people to find out more and get involved in growing sustainable, organic food. </p> <p>Boroughs were assessed on seven key issues; community food growing, fair-trade food, food for life in schools, sustainable fish city, good farm animal welfare, healthier catering commitment and food waste. A map has been drawn up, comparing the boroughs.</p> <p>Ben Reynolds, Director of the London Food Link network said:&#160; "If all London Boroughs took the simple, affordable and effective action that we surveyed, it would significantly improve the health and well-being of Londoners, the livelihoods of farmers and other food providers, and the sustainability of the food system on which we all depend."</p> 2011-11-22 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15016 2011-12-18 09:51:45 +0000 Sutton Council has been praised for encouraging residents to make healthy, sustainable food choices. Sutton top of the sustainable food league 15016 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/9/3/Veg_van.jpg Veg Van
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/t/0/street_artist.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Street artist" alt="Street artist"><div id="introtext"><p> With Christmas just around the corner, visitors to Sutton town centre can get in the festive spirit with a month-long programme of special events. </p></div> <p>From daredevil acrobats and surreal street artists to traditional brass bands and Christmas markets, there will be something for everyone, whether they are looking for unusual gifts or want to take a break from the Christmas shopping.</p> <p>The events are aimed at boosting festive trade in the High Street. Sutton is bucking the national trend, and a recent survey by the Local Data Company found that Sutton has one of the lowest rates of vacant shops in London, with one in eight shops empty, compared to one in five in Croydon.</p> <p>The fun kicks off on 10 December from 12.30-4pm, when a street art company will take over Sutton High Street. The company has planned an afternoon of entertainment including an aerial dance display, comedy shows and a gallery of modern art. Meanwhile a troupe of acrobats and a whole cast of surreal characters will take to the street. </p> <p>This year the town centre also welcomes back popular Christmas market, Eden Crafts, which will pitch up in the town centre until Friday 23 December.</p> <p>The Salvation Army and Surrey Jive are among the bands due to perform for shoppers on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December.</p> <p>Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing at Sutton Council, said: "These events are another great reason to visit Sutton town centre this Christmas."</p> 2011-11-22 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15007 2011-12-18 09:51:56 +0000 With Christmas just around the corner, visitors to Sutton town centre can get in the festive spirit with a month-long programme of special events. A month of festive fun in Sutton 15007 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/t/0/street_artist.jpg Street artist
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<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/t/t/Devonshire_primary.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Devonshire primary" alt="Devonshire primary"><div id="introtext"><p> Children at Devonshire Primary School are getting a "good" education, according to a report just released by Ofsted. </p></div> <p>The education watchdog said pupils "flourish socially and academically" at the school, and their attainment has been rising since the school was last inspected in 2008, when it was judged to be "satisfactory".&#160; </p> <p>The recent inspection, carried out before the half term break in October, said children are well behaved, enjoy lessons and are given opportunities to enjoy lots of activities outside of lessons.</p> <p>The report states: "Pupils become good young citizens and make a good contribution to the community, participating enthusiastically in local events and willingly taking on responsibility outside lessons.</p> <p>"The curriculum provides a breadth of exciting learning opportunities that enables</p> <p>pupils to enjoy school."</p> <p>The report also praised staff, saying they are enthusiastic and plan lessons that challenge pupils. </p> <p>Headteacher Martin Kearsey said: "I am absolutely delighted that this report acknowledges the sustained teamwork of everybody at Devonshire. The staff, parents, governors and of course, our wonderfully talented children, fully deserve this recognition."</p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools at Sutton Council, said: "This is a great result for the pupils, staff and parents at Devonshire Primary School who have worked so hard over the last three years. They should be very proud of themselves and this report, which highlights the excellent learning and social opportunities available at the school."</p> <p>The result follows the expansion of Devonshire Primary, which saw three new classrooms open in September 2011. </p> <p>It was one of four to expand as the number of places needed in Sutton continues to rise. Beddington Park, Dorchester and Muschamp primaries also expanded this year, and another five &#8211; All Saints Benhilton Church of England Primary, All Saints Carshalton Church of England Primary, Brookfield Primary, The Federation of St Elphege's Catholic Infants and Junior and Cheam Common Infants &#8211; will be enlarged in time for the next school year.</p> <p>Sutton's primary school pupils achieved the third best SATs results in the country this year, and at GCSE level Sutton came top.</p> 2011-11-21 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14923 2011-12-18 09:52:19 +0000 Children at Devonshire Primary School are getting a "good" education, according to a report just released by Ofsted. Devonshire Primary School on the up 14923 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/t/t/Devonshire_primary.jpg Devonshire primary
<div id="introtext"><p> Integrating communities together </p></div> <p>Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (SCVS) is working with Sutton Council, Sutton Racial Equality Council, Safer Sutton Partnership and Sutton Faith and Belief Forum to support National Interfaith Week which runs from 20-26 November and is now in its third year. However, this is the first time a programme of events has been developed and held in Sutton.</p> <p>National Interfaith Week is about:</p> <p>&#183; Strengthening good inter faith relations at all levels</p> <p>&#183; Increasing awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider&#160; society</p> <p>&#183; Increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs</p> <p>Events</p> <p><img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/images/media/wordicon.gif" style="border: none; vertical-align: middle;" alt="word icon" title="">&#160;<a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=16943&amp;p=0" title="National Interfaith Invitation Card">National Interfaith Invitation Card [28kb]</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/images/media/wordicon.gif" style="border: none; vertical-align: middle;" alt="word icon" title="">&#160;<a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=16944&amp;p=0" title="All Saints Benhilton Interfaith week flyer">All Saints Benhilton Interfaith week flyer [446kb]</a></p> <p><span class="positionnone"><img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/f/8/peace_and_harmony_update.jpg" alt="Peace and Harmony " title="Peace and Harmony" class=" noborder" style="width: 823px"></span></p> <p><img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/images/media/pdficon.gif" style="border: none; vertical-align: middle;" alt="pdf icon" title="">&#160;<a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=16980&amp;p=0" title="Sutton Interfaith Week Events">Sutton Interfaith Week Events [53kb]</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/images/media/wordicon.gif" style="border: none; vertical-align: middle;" alt="word icon" title="">&#160;<a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=16981&amp;p=0" title="Sutton Faith and Belief Forum prayer event">Sutton Faith and Belief Forum prayer event [62kb]</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/images/media/wordicon.gif" style="border: none; vertical-align: middle;" alt="word icon" title="">&#160;<a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=16982&amp;p=0" title="Inter Faith Meal Network 7th Day Adventist">Inter Faith Meal Network 7th Day Adventist [45kb]</a></p> None http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14922 2011-12-18 09:52:30 +0000 Integrating communities together Interfaith Week Group Events 14922 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/k/k/The_Railway_Kiosk_at_Wallington_station.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="The Railway Kiosk at Wallington station" alt="The Railway Kiosk at Wallington station"><div id="introtext"><p> A newsagent has had to pay out hundreds of pounds after being caught selling cigarettes to children during an undercover sting. </p></div> <p>Peter Capone, who runs The Railway Kiosk at Wallington station, admitted selling a packet of 10 Benson and Hedges cigarettes to a 16-year-old girl, who was accompanied by a 15-year-old boy.</p> <p>Magistrates heard he was caught when trading standards officers from Sutton Council teamed up with the child volunteers to monitor the sale of age restricted goods to under-18s.</p> <p>The court heard Mr Capone sold the cigarettes without questioning the children's age or asking for any identification.</p> <p>Councillor Simon Wales, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector, said: "We are determined to do everything possible to protect the health and safety of our young people and will prosecute retailers who disregard the law.</p> <p>"The court has handed down a significant fine which hopefully sends out a clear message to all tobacco retailers that the illegal sale of cigarettes to children will not be tolerated."</p> <p>Mr Capone was fined &#163;233 and ordered to pay &#163;350 costs to Sutton Council's business regulation service after pleading guilty to an offence under the Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) Act 1991.</p> <p>The operation was part of the council's ongoing campaign to crack down on underage sales.</p> <p>Cllr Wales added: "While we recognise that the majority of retailers are responsible, we will come down hard on those who flout the laws. </p> <p>"There are numerous simple procedures businesses can adopt to prevent sales of age restricted goods from taking place. </p> <p>"I would encourage any local business that sells tobacco products, alcohol, lottery tickets or any other age restricted goods to be vigilant and to always ask for identification when there is suspicion that someone may be underage."</p> 2011-11-17 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14920 2011-12-18 09:52:41 +0000 A newsagent has had to pay out hundreds of pounds after being caught selling cigarettes to children during an undercover sting. Newsagent caught in undercover cigarette sting 14920 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/k/k/The_Railway_Kiosk_at_Wallington_station.jpg The Railway Kiosk at Wallington station
<div id="introtext"><p> Two bridges in Beddington threatened with demolition have been thrown a possible lifeline. </p></div> <p>Network Rail plans to demolish two&#160;bridges, Irrigation Bridge and Hundred Acre Bridge which cross the railway line north of Hackbridge,&#160;to avoid the future costs of maintaining them.&#160;&#160;</p> <p>But residents launched a campaign to save them, saying that Irrigation Bridge is a much-used&#160;thoroughfare and Hundred Acre Bridge could provide a key access route&#160;to the&#160;Wandle Valley Regional Park when this is established.</p> <p>Now Sutton Council's Executive has agreed in principle to taking over the bridges in a bid to stop residents in Hackbridge being cut off from access to the east of the railway line. </p> <p>It plans to investigate the legal, financial and health and safety liabilities it would be taking on before coming to a final decision.</p> <p>Cllr John Drage, Executive Member for Finance and Efficiency and a Wandle Valley ward member, said: "We recognise that these bridges are important to local people and are looking into how practical it is for us to help secure their future by taking over responsibility for them.&#160; </p> <p>"Obviously because of the very tight financial constraints we're facing, we have to fully consider the potential long-term costs before we can&#160;make a final commitment but we're hopeful something can be done to stop residents being cut off from the countryside."</p> <p>Network Rail has agreed to halt any plans for demolition while the council investigates the takeover plan. </p> <p>Earlier this year, users of Irrigation Bridge staged an impromptu protest when contractors were sent to block access. It is one of the oldest footbridges in the area, dating back to 1856. </p> <p>Hundred Acre Bridge is currently not is use but campaigners hope access can be quickly restored.</p> <p>A detailed report will be considered by Sutton Council's Executive next month.</p> 2011-11-17 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14919 2011-12-18 09:52:52 +0000 Two bridges in Beddington threatened with demolition have been thrown a possible lifeline. Threatened bridges thrown takeover lifeline 14919 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/h/7/brooke_winner_copy.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Brooke Sara Clarke with her winning poster" alt="Brooke Sara Clarke with her winning poster"><div id="introtext"><p> A new exhibition is showing off the best artwork and creative writing by students from Sutton's secondary schools. </p></div> <p>All entries from a competition exploring the 'Black British history makers of today' will be on display on Level 2 in Sutton Central Library until 30 November.</p> <p>Athlete Darren Campbell inspired the winner of 11-13 category Brooke Sara Clarke, 12, and 14-16 winner Jehan Al-Safar, 14, focused on Naomi Campbell. Both are pupils of Carshalton High School for Girls. Ayobami Akin Agunbiade, 13, of Wilson's School, was commended for his research an insight into the issue of race in the media during August's riots.</p> <p>Winners were announced by Mayor Gerry Jerome at the finale of Black History Month 2011, which also saw food tasting, live music and African drumming and dancing. The prizes include a trip to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.</p> <p><span class="apple-style-span">Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector on Sutton Council, said: "This year's Black History Month has been even bigger and better than last year's </span>and people of all communities have taken part<span class="apple-style-span">. Events throughout the month have explored African Caribbean culture in a whole host of interesting new ways, and it's particularly good to see Sutton's young people getting involved and celebrating our diverse society."</span></p> <p>Winner Brooke Sara Clarke said: 'I choose Darren Campbell because he has done a lot of work in the local area working with young children encouraging them to pursue their dreams and ambitions. I thought this was a great way that he gave back to our local community.' </p> <p>Sylvia Lambe, one of the organisers of BHM Sutton, said: "This was our first initiative to directly involve the schools in Sutton and the response is a very clear indication that local students are keen to take part in recognising the varied contributions of the Black community in the UK. The high standard of work reflects the recent headlines of Sutton having the brainiest teenagers in the country!'</p> <p>For more information, visit&#160;<a title="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/blackhistorymonth" href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/blackhistorymonth">www.sutton.gov.uk/blackhistorymonth</a>,&#160;Facebook/BHMsutton or follow @BHMsutton on twitter,&#160;email <a title="mailto:bhmsutton@live.co.uk" href="mailto:bhmsutton@live.co.uk">bhmsutton@live.co.uk</a>, or call 020 8770 6199&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;.</p> 2011-11-17 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14915 2011-12-18 09:53:03 +0000 A new exhibition is showing off the best artwork and creative writing by students from Sutton's secondary schools. Black British history comes to life 14915 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/h/7/brooke_winner_copy.jpg Brooke Sara Clarke with her winning poster
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/4/h/Grazing_Sussex_cattle.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Grazing Sussex cattle" alt="Grazing Sussex cattle"><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton Council is swapping lawnmowers for grazing cattle to keep rare chalk grasslands in check. </p></div> <p>Sussex cattle, a native South East England breed, will be brought in to take care of Roundshaw Downs. </p> <p>It is hoped that the scheme will give wildlife living on the grasslands extra help by increasing the number of wildflowers and insects and helping to protect ground-nesting birds like skylarks. </p> <p>The cattle will keep weeds, shrubs and other hardy plants in check. If left alone, these plants would overrun the Downs, choking out rarer, more delicate flowers and upsetting the fragile ecosystem.</p> <p>Ditching machinery will also save the council money by reducing mowing by up to &#163;2,000 a year. </p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change on Sutton Council, said: "This is an innovative way of helping to preserve Sutton's rare chalk grasslands. The Downs can support up to 50 different species of plants within one square metre, and bringing in grazing cattle will help the plants and animals that live there to flourish.</p> <p>"It's also a great way of bringing a little bit of the countryside into the city, and will give local children the chance to see farmyard animals right on their doorsteps."</p> <p>Described at the Norman invasion in 1066, Sussex cattle are one of the UK's oldest breeds. Modern cows are descended from horned, red cattle which grazed the forests and woodlands that covered the Downs hundreds of years ago.</p> <p>The borough's largest nature reserve is made up of chalk grasslands, an unusual habitat which, in the UK, is very rarely found outside the south east. The thin, chalky soil can support an incredibly diverse range of plants and animals, including rare breeds like the greater yellow rattle, small blue butterflies and meadow pipits, many of which cannot thrive anywhere else.</p> <p>The cows will be looked after by welfare experts from the Heritage Lottery Funded Old Surrey Downs Project and will live in a secure enclosure, which members of the public and dog walkers will be free to use. </p> <p>The plans are set to go ahead after a year of consultation with residents and modification to proposals showed that most people are in favour of the scheme. Plans were agreed unanimously at the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee on 11 October. </p> <p>For more information on the plans to bring cattle to Roundshaw Down, go to <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12991">www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12991</a></p> 2011-11-17 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14914 2011-12-18 09:53:15 +0000 Sutton Council is swapping lawnmowers for grazing cattle to keep rare chalk grasslands in check. Council swaps lawnmowers for cows 14914 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/4/h/Grazing_Sussex_cattle.jpg Grazing Sussex cattle
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/m/o/poster_2.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Cllr Colin Hall, Tom Brake, Robert Eyre-Brook, and Leila Mmireku, 10, and Diya Patel, 11" alt="Cllr Colin Hall, Tom Brake, Robert Eyre-Brook, and Leila Mmireku, 10, and Diya Patel, 11"><div id="introtext"><p> Children from Culvers House Primary School are the latest to join the campaign to persuade all dog owners to take responsibility for their pets. </p></div> <p>New pupil-designed posters encouraging owners to pick up after their pets are being displayed near the school in a bid to keep the area free of dog mess. The youngsters are particularly concerned about mess left in the children's area in Beddington Park and in the alleyway that they must walk down every day to get to and from school.</p> <p>The issue is particularly important because common bacteria in dog mess can present a risk to children's health, causing illness and blindness.</p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change on Sutton Council, said: "Dog fouling is unhygienic, anti-social and can be a serious health threat. It can be particularly dangerous for children, so I'm shocked that some people think that it's acceptable to leave dog mess in areas visited by youngsters.</p> <p>"There's no excuse for leaving dog mess littering public areas.&#160; Most owners are responsible and pick up after their pets, but there's a small minority who still let their animals use our parks and pavements as a sewer. I hope that the new posters will make these selfish dog owners think twice."</p> <p>Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, said: "The pupils have worked really hard on their posters. I hope dog owners will notice them and show they are responsible.&#160; Dog-fouling is not a laughing matter."</p> <p>Robert Eyre-Brook, headteacher of Culver's House Primary School, said 'The children take great pride in their school and local environment and it upsets them if others don't respect it. They are really looking forward to seeing their artwork and their messages displayed for the public to see'.</p> <p>Leila, one of the children whose posters was chosen to be made up into signs, said: "When I was walking to the River Wandle with my neighbour to feed the ducks, I must have stepped in some dog's mess but I didn't realize until I got home and there was a horrible smell as it was all over my shoe. I wish people would clear up after their dogs so this couldn't happen."</p> <p>Dog fouling is a crime. Anyone in charge of a dog in a public place who fails to clear up after it can be given a fixed penalty notice of &#163;50 or fined up to &#163;1,000 if they refuse to pay.</p> <p>If you know someone who regularly fails to clean up after their dog, let the council know on 020 8770 5070 and an environmental health officer will investigate. For more information, go to <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/environmentalhealth">www.sutton.gov.uk/environmentalhealth</a>.</p> 2011-11-17 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14911 2011-12-18 09:53:27 +0000 Children from Culvers House Primary School are the latest to join the campaign to persuade all dog owners to take responsibility for their pets. Pupils join fight against dog mess 14911 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/m/o/poster_2.jpg Cllr Colin Hall, Tom Brake, Robert Eyre-Brook, and Leila Mmireku, 10, and Diya Patel, 11
<div id="introtext"><p> Sutton Council is the best in London when it comes to taking steps to cut its carbon emissions, according to a new league table published by the Environment Agency. </p></div> <p>More than 2,000 organisations, including major supermarkets, retailers, restaurant chains, government departments, hospitals and universities, were rated on their efforts to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.</p> <p>Sutton was placed top of all 33 London boroughs in recognition of its work cutting power consumption, introducing energy efficient lighting and hand dryers and installing smart meters in some of its buildings.</p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Sutton's Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: "We're delighted to top the league. These green measures are vital because they not only save the planet, they also save taxpayers' money. </p> <p>"Energy use in the council has fallen by 15 per cent since 2002 saving &#163;164,000 a year, while our water consumption has also dropped &#8211; falling by 29 per cent from 2001 levels, saving &#163;63,000 a year."</p> <p>The league table, produced as part of the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, aims to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency. </p> <p>Nationally, Sutton was placed 305<sup>th</sup> out of 2,103 large UK private and public sector organisations. Among the companies in joint first place were Manchester United and CenterParcs.</p> <p>The scheme is part of the Government's climate change policy that has set a UK target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050.&#160; </p> 2011-11-17 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14910 2011-12-18 09:53:38 +0000 Sutton Council is the best in London when it comes to taking steps to cut its carbon emissions, according to a new league table published by the Environment Agency. Sutton tops London league for cutting carbon 14910 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> Handy tips on cutting food waste are set to help householders in Sutton save up to &#163;680 a year. </p></div> <p>Sutton Council is backing the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which will help people to reduce bills, stop waste and help the environment with a mini-roadshow in shopping centres around the borough.</p> <p>Tips will include how to keep food fresh, how to measure perfect portion sizes and tasty recipes to use up leftovers.</p> <p>People in Britain throw away over eight million tonnes of food every year &#8211;a third of all food purchased. As well as saving money, avoiding waste would cut carbon emissions by the same amount as taking one in every four cars off the road. </p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change on Sutton Council, said: "In the run up to Christmas, everyone could use an extra bit of money in their pocket. Cutting out food waste would save the average family of four over &#163;50 per month, just by making small changes in how you buy and prepare food.</p> <p>"Simple things like planning meals in advance, making a shopping list and freezing leftovers to be used again will help to reduce waste and can save you time when you're preparing meals. Only buying what you'll use will not only shrink your food bill, it could help the environment and save the council money by reducing the amount of waste which we have to send to landfill."</p> <p>The Love Food Hate Waste roadshow will visit Sutton High Street on Monday 21 and Friday 25 November, Wallington Library car park on Tuesday 22, Cheam Broadway on Wednesday 23 and Waitrose car park, Worcester Park on Thursday 24, all between 11am and 3pm. </p> <p>For more information on the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, including tips and recipes, visit <a href="http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/">http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com</a> </p> 2011-11-15 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14896 2011-12-18 09:53:50 +0000 Handy tips on cutting food waste are set to help householders in Sutton save up to £680 a year. Love food hate waste 14896 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> Residents in Hackbridge can take the first steps to exercise new powers they have been granted to shape the area where they live at a special event this weekend. </p></div> <p>The Government has selected Hackbridge as a pilot area for a pioneering new scheme which will encourage local people to have a greater say over planning issues.</p> <p>Through the Neighbourhood Planning Front Runner scheme local people will be able to determine everything from the location of shops, offices and schools to setting standards of design for new housing.</p> <p>Hackbridge is one of just 17 communities &#8211; a mix of cities, urban and rural areas &#8211; across the country to be picked for the first wave of the pilot, which is being introduced through the Government's Localism Bill.</p> <p>A workshop, organised by a group of local residents spearheading the scheme, is planned for Saturday 19 November.</p> <p>Two sessions will be held. The first will start at All Saints' Church at 9.30am and will involve a series of fact finding walks around Hackbridge and Beddington Corner, before returning to the church for a discussion on the findings. After lunch, a second session at 1.30pm, using the 'One Planet Living' themes, will discuss and pull together comments from local residents and businesses to form a 'vision statement' and next steps. </p> <p>Helena Barrowclough, of Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group, which is compiling the plan, said: "This is a great opportunity for the residents and businesses based in Hackbridge to influence the future in terms of how Hackbridge develops over the next few years, including engaging with developers as they put forward plans for various projects.</p> <p>"The workshop will build on previous initiatives, including Hackbridge Week and the Hackbridge Masterplan, providing an opportunity to review previous work. </p> <p>"Residents old and new are all welcome to attend. Their input will be vital to ensure that work on the Neighbourhood Plan is inclusive and gains the support of residents and businesses, prior to submission to Sutton Council, to form part of all applications for planning in Hackbridge.</p> <p>Cllr Jayne McCoy, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing, said: "This is an opportunity for residents in Hackbridge to get involved in shaping the future of their area. There's a long history of community involvement in the area, and this exciting project builds on that giving local people even more ways to get involved.</p> <p>"Sutton is one of only two councils in London involved in first wave of this major new initiative, which could shape the future of planning across the country, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what the residents come up with and working with them to make their vision come to life."</p> <p>The Department for Communities and Local Government was impressed by the community's involvement in the draft plan which formed the Hackbridge bid, which included the development of more than 1,000 new homes, a new district shopping centre along with new schooling and healthcare facilities.</p> <p>Each local authority in the pilot areas has been given &#163;20,000 to help facilitate the process and the development of plans which must comply with national planning policy, law and local strategy.</p> 2011-11-14 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14893 2011-12-18 09:54:01 +0000 Residents in Hackbridge can take the first steps to exercise new powers they have been granted to shape the area where they live at a special event this weekend. Residents use new planning powers to shape the future of Hackbridge 14893 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/1/8/Mayor_and_Mayoress_of_Sutton_Cllrs_Gerry_and_Kirsty_Jerome_with_Cheam_Common_Junior_School_pupils_Jo.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton Cllrs Gerry and Kirsty Jerome with Cheam Common Junior School pupils Josh Gortue and Alvin Fung" alt="Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton Cllrs Gerry and Kirsty Jerome with Cheam Common Junior School pupils Josh Gortue and Alvin Fung"><div id="introtext"><p> The Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton joined pupils from Cheam Common Junior School to celebrate National School Meals Week. </p></div> <p>The borough's first citizens visited the school on 7 November to tuck into a healthy lunch of meatballs and pasta with roasted, seasonal vegetables. Throughout the week, a series of themed days aimed to encourage pupils to eat school meals.</p> <p>More than 5,000 children at schools across the borough joined in and themes included: Get Travelling, giving children the chance to tuck into an Italian menu; Five-a-Day, which featured a range of seasonal fruit and vegetables and a 1940s themed meal to mark Remembrance Day.</p> <p>Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Gerry Jerome, said: "As the mayor I get invited to lunches by various organisations across Sutton, and I was very impressed with what was served up at Cheam Common Junior School. It was delicious, and judging by the number of clean plates at the end of the lunch break, the children enjoyed it too. The week gave them a chance to try different food and highlighted the tasty, healthy choices on offer every day."</p> <p>Sutton Catering, the council's in-house school meals team, serves hot, healthy meals to pupils at 41 primary and special schools every day. It was recently presented with the prestigious Food for Life silver award for serving up healthy school lunches, making it one of just five in-house teams across the country to be handed the award from the Soil Association.</p> <p>To meet the criteria for the bronze level award, catering teams must consistently provide fresh, seasonal, organic and sustainable meals.</p> <p>The Sutton team went beyond this level, ensuring a range of local, organic and Fairtrade produce is served and no fish from the Marine Conservation Society's Fish to Avoid list are on the menu, to earn the silver award.</p> 2011-11-14 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14891 2011-12-18 09:54:16 +0000 The Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton joined pupils from Cheam Common Junior School to celebrate National School Meals Week. Mayor of Sutton goes back to school for National School Meals Week 14891 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/1/8/Mayor_and_Mayoress_of_Sutton_Cllrs_Gerry_and_Kirsty_Jerome_with_Cheam_Common_Junior_School_pupils_Jo.jpg Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton Cllrs Gerry and Kirsty Jerome with Cheam Common Junior School pupils Josh Gortue and Alvin Fung
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/t/c/Lilly_Lovatt_and_Mayan_Al-Shakarchy_.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Lilly Lovatt and Mayan Al-Shakarchy" alt="Lilly Lovatt and Mayan Al-Shakarchy "><div id="introtext"><p> Record numbers of Sutton teens have put themselves forward to give the borough's youngsters a voice in the UK Youth Parliament. </p></div> <p>Twenty four young people are in the running to be voted Sutton's next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) &#8211; more than three times as many as last year. Based on last year's figures, this number would give Sutton the most nominees out of any London borough.</p> <p>Cllr Dave Callaghan, Executive Member for Children, Families and Youth Services on Sutton Council, said: "Our current representatives Lilly Lovatt and Mayan Al-Shakarchy have both done a brilliant job making sure that young people in Sutton can get their voices heard.</p> <p>"It's vital that politicians take young people's opinions into account, and the UK Youth Parliament has an important role to play in making sure that this happens."</p> <p>Voting will take place until Friday 18 November, and anyone aged 11 to 18 who lives or studies in the borough can vote. The results will be announced on Thursday 24 November, following a debate between candidates from different schools.</p> <p>The UK Youth Parliament has over 600 representatives, all&#160;aged 11 to 18. Once elected MYPs organise events, projects and campaigns on issues that matter to their constituents. </p> <p>In Sutton, Lilly and Mayan have taken part in a London-wide scrutiny committee to help tackle the effect that budget cuts and crime rates have on young people, helped young people to get involved in national campaigns and experienced life on the famous green leather benches of the House of Commons Chamber in a debate earlier this month.</p> <p>Current Deputy Member of Youth Parliament Mayan Al-<span class="st1">Shakarchy</span> said: "I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to sit where decision makers and past leaders have sat and&#160;made important decisions that shapes the&#160;UK. Being able to debate the way MPs do really highlights Youth Parliaments effective work and how important it is for young people to have a voice. It was a very successful and enjoyable event; and one that I will never forget."</p> <p><strong>For the full list of candidates and, go to </strong><a href="http://suttonyouth.org/sypelections2011/SYPelections2011.html">http://suttonyouth.org/sypelections2011/SYPelections2011.html</a></p> 2011-11-14 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14888 2011-12-18 09:54:28 +0000 Record numbers of Sutton teens have put themselves forward to give the borough's youngsters a voice in the UK Youth Parliament. Sutton students show political passion 14888 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/t/c/Lilly_Lovatt_and_Mayan_Al-Shakarchy_.JPG Lilly Lovatt and Mayan Al-Shakarchy
<div id="introtext"><p> Sutton's Christmas celebrations get underway next week, with a little help from Santa, Cinderella and some real life Shetland ponies. </p></div> <p>Father Christmas will join the Mayor of Sutton to light up the Christmas tree in Trinity Square at 6pm on Thursday 17 November. Choirs from local schools, SCOLA and the borough's youth theatres will entertain shoppers from 4pm.</p> <p>On the same evening, Titan the robot will be making appearances at the St Nicholas Centre, at 5pm and 6.30pm, and the centre will be open for late night shopping until 8pm. </p> <p>The fun continues on Friday 18 November, with a music night for adults at venues across the town centre. </p> <p>On Saturday 19 November, the stars of the Secombe Theatre's pantomime will take to the street. Shetland ponies will pull Cinderella's carriage along Sutton High Street at 2pm, while characters Poppy the Penguin and friends will be on hand to bring some festive cheer throughout the day. Other highlights include performances from The Shimmy Sisters, Star Steppers and Mishmak Youth Theatre, from 11am.</p> <p>Reality TV star Chloe Simms, of The Only Way is Essex, will launch the St Nicholas Centre's Giving Tree appeal, which encourages shoppers to buy a present for a child living in a local women's refuge over Christmas. Chloe will launch the appeal and sign autographs from 1-2.30pm on Saturday.</p> <p>Times Square's winter wonderland also opens next weekend.&#160; Animated penguins and polar bears will sit alongside Santa, who will be open for visits from 19 November. </p> <p>Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing at Sutton Council, said: "This is going to be a great way to kick-start Christmas in Sutton and get everyone in the mood in the run-up to the big day.</p> <p>"With characters from our local pantomime ready to entertain younger residents, and a music evening for the young at heart, there's something for everyone, and plenty of extra reasons to visit Sutton town centre this Christmas." </p> 2011-11-11 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14887 2011-12-18 09:54:39 +0000 Sutton's Christmas celebrations get underway next week, with a little help from Santa, Cinderella and some real life Shetland ponies. Light fantastic - Santa helps switch on Christmas in Sutton 14887 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/q/i/Service_in_Trinity_Square.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Service in Trinity Square" alt="Service in Trinity Square"><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton fell silent today as residents remembered the nation's war dead on Armistice Day. </p></div> <p>The two-minute silence at 11am was marked at locations throughout the borough, including at Carshalton war memorial where temporary plaques have had to be installed after the originals were torn down and stolen by scrap metal thieves.</p> <p>In Sutton town centre, a public memorial service, led by the Rector of Sutton, Reverend Sarah Mullally from St Nicholas Parish Church together with pupils from Sutton High Junior School, was held in Trinity Square.</p> <p>Representatives from the Royal British Legion, the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Gerry Jerome, councillors from Sutton Council and senior officers from Sutton police were joined by shoppers for the ceremony.</p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries on Sutton Council, said: "After what happened in Carshalton, it was more important than ever that the whole community came together to remember those who gave their lives for their country.</p> <p>"It was deeply shocking to think of the plaques commemorating those brave men being sold off for just a few pounds - but coming at this time of year made it even worse.</p> <p>"We were determined that these vandals would not stop our borough's war heroes from being honoured on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday. That's why we commissioned the temporary plaques to allow people to pay their respects to the fallen."</p> <p>The 11am start mirrored the time guns along the western front fell silent for a final time at the end of World War I in 1918.</p> <p>The agreement between Germany and the Allies after four years of fighting took effect at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 -<span class="highlight"> Armistice Day</span>.</p> <p>The ceremonies commemorated those who died in two world wars and later conflicts, including 385 UK personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001.</p> <p>On Remembrance Sunday there will be a series of parades and services across the borough to remember the fallen.</p> <p>Following the thefts in Carshalton, Sutton Council has called for a change in the laws regulating the scrap metal trade, and has already raised the issue in the House of Lords. </p> <p>The council wants checks to become mandatory and a cashless payment system to be brought in, which would allow people selling stolen metal to scrap dealers to be traced through their bank accounts.</p> <p>New tablets to replace the 14 stolen brass plaques are being carved in stone to prevent them being melted down, and it is hoped that they will be in place before Christmas.</p> <p>Services will take place on Sunday at the following times and locations:</p> <p><strong>Belmont </strong></p> <p>10.50am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Belmont War Memorial, Top of Station Road, Belmont</p> <p>11.05am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Service at St John's Church, Northdown Road, Belmont</p> <p><strong>Sutton &#8211; Mayor and Civic Party attending</strong></p> <p>10.50am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Sutton War Memorial, Manor Park, Sutton</p> <p>11.15am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Service in St Nicholas Church, Robin Hood Lane, Sutton</p> <p><strong>Worcester Park</strong></p> <p>10am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Service at Christ Church with St Philip, Cheam Common Road, followed by wreath laying and silence at the memorial on corner of Cheam Common Road and Central Road</p> <p><strong>Carshalton</strong></p> <p>10.40am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Carshalton War Memorial, Carshalton Ponds</p> <p><strong>Wallington</strong></p> <p>10.30am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Service at Holy Trinity Church, Maldon Road, Wallington</p> <p>11.45am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Wallington War Memorial, Wallington Green for wreath laying and silence&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </p> <p><strong>Cheam</strong></p> <p>10.55am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Cheam War Memorial, Malden Road, Cheam</p> <p>11.05am&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Service in St Dunstan's Church</p> <p>3.45pm&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Cheam War Memorial attended by Legion</p> <p>4pm&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Service in St Dunstan's Church, Cheam</p> 2011-11-11 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14873 2011-12-18 09:54:51 +0000 Sutton fell silent today as residents remembered the nation's war dead on Armistice Day. 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<div id="introtext"><p> Sutton Council's fight against human trafficking picked up pace this week, as it teamed up with leading anti-trafficking charities to highlight the extent of the problem in south London. </p></div> <p>At a meeting last month the council passed a motion to support the work of anti-slavery charities and agreed a statement of principle against the use of newspapers carrying adverts for massage parlours when placing statutory notices.</p> <p>This week councillors met with Croydon Community Against Trafficking to find out more about the issue and what they can do to make a difference. </p> <p>They heard that research carried out in 2007 found 80 sexual services being advertised in Sutton every week, with 40 operating within the borough. It is estimated that about 85 per cent of women working in these services are foreign nationals and are highly likely to have been trafficked.</p> <p>The same analysis conducted this year found 46 services advertising, with just 12 operating in Sutton. This coincided with the Sutton Guardian's decision to ban adverts for massage parlours from its classified adverts section. </p> <p>Following the meeting councillors pledged to remain vigilant about this issue, aiming to make Sutton a trafficking-free borough. They will continue to work with local organisations and encourage residents to look out for the signs of trafficking. </p> <p>The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) chose their annual conference, on 4 November, to share information about trafficked and other "hidden" children. Professionals from across the borough came together to discuss the issue with a member of the Metropolitan Police's&#160; Child Abuse Investigation Command, the council's safeguarding team, charity Jigsaw4u and chief executive of&#160; Anti-Slavery International, Aidan McQuade. </p> <p>Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said: "It is abhorrent that slavery is still rife in the 21<sup>st</sup> century and we have a duty to do everything we can to put a stop to it. Sadly thousands of women and children are illegally trafficked into the country every year, often with the promise of an exciting new life abroad, but for many the reality is anything but.</p> <p>"It is vital we as a council, and all the various organisations working with women and children in Sutton, know what to look out for and what to do if they have concerns that someone has been trafficked or is being exploited. These sessions were a vital first step in helping us to achieve our pledge to support the vital work of the organisations helping to stamp out trafficking."</p> <p>Trafficking is the fastest-growing international crime; 80 per cent of victims are female and 50 per cent are children. Seventy per cent of trafficked women are exploited in the sex industry, with others being forced to work in domestic servitude, hotels and cannabis farms. </p> <p>There is no evidence of this happening in Sutton, but the hidden nature of the crime means it is a major concern to the council, especially in the run-up to the Olympic Games. Previous Games have boosted trafficking into their host city, and the borough is in close proximity to the "Gatwick corridor" - a stretch of south London which is a major route for trafficking vulnerable people into the country. </p> 2011-11-11 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14871 2011-12-18 09:55:02 +0000 Sutton Council's fight against human trafficking picked up pace this week, as it teamed up with leading anti-trafficking charities to highlight the extent of the problem in south London. Sutton Council fights against human trafficking 14871 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/i/War_Memorial.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="War Memorial" alt="War Memorial "><div id="introtext"><p> Temporary plaques commemorating Britain's brave war dead were today unveiled at a war memorial desecrated by scrap metal thieves - with the families of the fallen saying the thefts highlighted the need for a change in the law. </p></div> <p>Fourteen brass plaques bearing the names of 243 fallen servicemen from World War One were ripped from Carshalton war memorial in the London borough of Sutton last month.</p> <p>Sutton Council immediately pledged to replace the names and commissioned new tablets carved from Portland stone. However these will not be ready until after Remembrance Sunday.</p> <p>Instead, temporary plaques were attached to the memorial to allow people to pay their respects on Armistice Day and at a service on Remembrance Sunday. </p> <p>Attending the simple unveiling ceremony were relatives of some of the servicemen remembered on the memorial and members of the Royal British Legion.</p> <p>The thefts have prompted calls for a change in the laws regulating the scrap metal trade.</p> <p>Cllr Ruth Dombey, Sutton Council's Deputy Leader, said: "The thefts appalled the whole community and we were determined they would not stop our war heroes from being honoured on Remembrance Sunday.</p> <p>"The attack on this monument shows that the scrap metal laws are in urgent need of reform. We need to do away with the 'cash in hand' payments culture at scrap yards and bring in a properly regulated system to stop people getting away with these sickening crimes."</p> <p>Susan Wicks, 57, whose great uncle Samuel Currier died during an assault on the <a title="Germany" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany">German</a>-held village of <a title="Guillemont" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillemont">Guillemont</a> during the 1916 <a title="Battle of the Somme (1916)" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Somme_(1916)">Battle of the Somme</a>, &#160;said: "The law must be changed and tougher penalties brought in to stop these despicable people targeting war memorials. It's difficult to know what is going through people's minds when the</p> <p>The former primary school teacher, who grew up in Carshalton, added: "I'm glad that the council has been able to provide these temporary plaques because it would have been awful laying wreathes on a naked memorial on Remembrance Day."</p> <p>Carshalton war memorial was erected in 1921 after the local community donated money to fund a smaller-scale version of the Whitehall cenotaph. Inscribed on it are the words, 'Their Name Liveth For Evermore.'</p> <p>The temporary plaques are made of rigid, weatherproof boarding, painted to look like the stolen brass plaques. The new ones are being carved in stone to prevent them being melted down, and it is hoped that they will be in place before Christmas.</p> <p>The council says the scrap metal laws are outdated and has already raised the issue in the House of Lords. Under the existing law, drawn up in 1964, dealers are only required to take the name and registration number of sellers, with no requirement to check identity or back details. The council wants checks to become mandatory and a cashless payment system to be brought in which would allow sellers to be traced through their bank accounts.</p> <p>The War Memorials Trust estimates that at least one of the nation's wartime monuments is being targeted every week due to the rising costs of scrap bronze and metal.</p> 2011-11-10 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14870 2011-12-18 09:55:13 +0000 Temporary plaques commemorating Britain's brave war dead were today unveiled at a war memorial desecrated by scrap metal thieves - with the families of the fallen saying the thefts highlighted the need for a change in the law. War heroes commemorated with new plaques 14870 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/i/War_Memorial.jpg War Memorial
<div id="introtext"><p> Sutton Council has rejected a plan to close its district offices and relocate staff under one roof - saying the &#163;15 million costs were too high in the current financial climate. </p></div> <p>Preliminary research had suggested the council could make savings if it shut its offices including Denmark Road, The Lodge, The Grove and Stonecourt in Carshalton and instead house the workers in the Civic Offices in Sutton.</p> <p>But when presented with the full business case for the "Smarter Working" project, members of the Executive last night said it would not be appropriate to spend the money at the current time.</p> <p>Cllr John Drage, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Finance and Efficiency, said: "Now is not the right time to spend such a large amount of taxpayers' money, given the current economic climate and tough financial times we are all facing. </p> <p>"There are simply too many variables beyond our control. There are economic factors, uncertainty over the property market, government housing reforms and question marks over the cost of borrowing, which mean we have to be cautious."</p> <p>The council is currently carrying out a review, called Smarter Services Sutton, of everything it does to see if it can do things in a different, less costly and more effective way.</p> <p>At its meeting last night, the Executive agreed that once the majority of these reviews have been implemented it would have a better idea of the council's accommodation needs over the coming years.</p> <p>Cllr Drage said: "We will then have a clearer idea of what accommodation we require and which buildings could be vacated and found alternative uses for."</p> <p>Cllr Ruth Dombey, the council's Deputy Leader, added: "We have thought long and hard about this. In simplistic terms, we have several council buildings and it would seem there is money to be saved by reducing that number.</p> <p>"But in this economic climate, going ahead with the full blown business case does not seem to be the sensible thing to do. We need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a different solution.</p> <p>"It has been a very useful exercise and we have met a lot of different groups, especially in Carshalton, who have come up with some very interesting ideas about possible uses for some of our buildings which we could return to in the future."</p> <p>The Smarter Working project was considered because the Civic Offices building is now over 30 years old and its electrics, lighting, heating and ventilation systems need replacing. The work would have increased the number of staff able to work at the Civic from 612 to 1,165.</p> 2011-11-09 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14868 2011-12-18 09:55:25 +0000 Sutton Council has rejected a plan to close its district offices and relocate staff under one roof - saying the £15 million costs were too high in the current financial climate. "Under one roof" plan for Sutton Council rejected 14868 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> Sutton Council is calling on the boss of Thames Water to personally intervene to tackle a foul stench from Beddington Sewage Treatment Works </p></div> <p>Residents living up to three miles away from the plant on Beddington Lane have made complaints about the stink, which is affecting hundreds of homes. Businesses say it is affecting their takings.</p> <p>The council is already working with the Environment Agency to see what legal action can be taken against the operators, Thames Water.</p> <p>But it is now writing to the company's chief executive Martin Baggs to ensure he is aware of the problem &#8211; and demand he takes urgent action.</p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Sutton's Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: &#160;"This situation has been going on far too long and we want Mr Baggs to assure our residents that everything that can be done is being done to tackle this problem.</p> <p>"We are already investigating the legal route but this takes time and it is not fair that residents should have to put up with this problem for so long when it is having such a detrimental impact upon their quality of life."</p> <p>Residents have suffered periodic problems from the site for years but the most recent episode was sparked in August when two of the digesters suffered technical problems.</p> <p>Digesters are huge tanks in which bio-degradable sewage is broken down by bacteria.</p> <p>Thames Water say sludge is being tankered away to other sites for disposal while it attempts to resolve the issue.</p> <p>Experts say the odours are extremely unpleasant but are not harmful to health.</p> <p>The council is also meeting with the Environment Agency on Monday to discuss what enforcement action can be taken.</p> 2011-11-08 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14861 2011-12-18 09:55:36 +0000 Sutton Council is calling on the boss of Thames Water to personally intervene to tackle a foul stench from Beddington Sewage Treatment Works Council calls on Thames Water boss to intervene in stink row 14861 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> Temporary plaques commemorating Britain's brave war dead are set to be unveiled on Thursday after the originals were torn down and stolen by scrap metal thieves. </p></div> <p>Fourteen brass plaques bearing the names of 243 fallen servicemen from World War One, were ripped from Carshalton war memorial in the London Borough of Sutton last month.</p> <p>Sutton Council immediately pledged to replace the names, and commissioned new tablets carved from Portland stone. However, the replacements will not be complete until after Remembrance Sunday.</p> <p>Instead, temporary plaques are being attached to the memorial to allow local residents to pay their respects on Armistice Day and at a service on Remembrance Sunday.</p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries on Sutton Council, said: "The whole community was appalled by the desecration of Carshalton war memorial. It's deeply shocking to think of the plaques commemorating these brave men being sold off for just a few pounds - but coming at this time of year makes it even worse.</p> <p>"We were determined that these vandals would not stop Carshalton's war heroes from being honoured on Remembrance Sunday. That's why Sutton Council immediately commissioned temporary plaques which will allow people to pay their respects to the fallen."</p> <p>The council were able to replace the names on the memorial so quickly thanks to its own records of the fallen, and help from local historian Andrew Arnold. Mr Arnold, 31, has dedicated years to researching the background of every man named on the memorial, and created a website with the biographies of each of the fallen.</p> <p>Carshalton war memorial was erected in 1921 after the local community donated money to fund a smaller-scale version of the Whitehall cenotaph. Inscribed on it are the words, 'Their Name Liveth For Evermore.'</p> <p>The temporary plaques are made of rigid, weatherproof boarding, painted to look like the stolen brass plaques. The new ones are being carved in stone to prevent them being melted down, and it is hoped that they will be in place before Christmas.</p> <p>As well as repairing Carshalton war memorial, Sutton Council is taking measures to deter thieves and protect the borough's heritage. It has begun to mark its other cenotaphs with SmartWater, a liquid which can only be seen under UV light, which allows stolen metal to be identified and returned to its owner.</p> <p>The council is also calling for a change in the laws regulating the scrap metal trade, and has already raised the issue in the House of Lords. Under the existing law, drawn up in 1964, dealers are only required to take the name and registration number of sellers, with no requirement to check identity or back details. The council wants checks to become mandatory and a cashless payment system to be brought in, which would allow sellers to be traced through their bank accounts.</p> <p>Crimestoppers have announced a &#163;3,000 reward for the return of the memorial plaques. Anyone with information can contact Sutton Police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.</p> <p>On Sunday 13 November, services will take place at every war memorial in the borough to remember the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war. </p> <p>The War Memorials Trust estimates that at least one of the nation's wartime monuments is being targeted every week due to the rising costs of scrap bronze and metal.</p> 2011-11-08 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14860 2011-12-18 09:55:47 +0000 Temporary plaques commemorating Britain's brave war dead are set to be unveiled on Thursday after the originals were torn down and stolen by scrap metal thieves. Carshalton war heroes commemorated with new plaques 14860 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> The department responsible for ensuring Sutton's children stay safe and receive a first class education has been awarded top marks following a recent Ofsted inspection. </p></div> <p>Sutton's Children, Young People and Learning Department received a glowing report, scoring the maximum grade &#8211; "performing excellently" - for its overall provision and services for youngsters in the borough. </p> <p>Sutton is one of just 28 of the 152 local authorities with responsibility for children's services judged to be excellent.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </p> <p>The children's services watchdog highlighted Sutton's success in narrowing the gap between the achievements of young people from different economic backgrounds.</p> <p>It states: "Children from families with low incomes consistently do better than the average for such groups in similar areas and the gap between these children and their peers in Sutton has narrowed more than it has nationally in recent years."</p> <p>The report goes on to say that, with support from the council, primary schools have improved even more since last year's report. </p> <p>All special schools and pupil referral units are deemed 'good', and the report says that young people with special needs in Sutton do better than their national counterparts and again, the gap between their achievements and others in the borough is narrowing.</p> <p>Sutton's nurseries have improved, with a quarter considered "excellent".</p> <p>The borough's fostering and adoption services are praised, and the council's ability to keep vulnerable children safe is also highlighted.</p> <p>The report follows the recent announcement that Sutton pupils achieved the best GCSE results in the country, and earlier this year the borough's 11-year-olds earned the third highest SATs results. </p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools at Sutton Council, said: "This is excellent news for families in Sutton; across the board, from nursery right through school and into sixth form, they're getting a first class education.</p> <p>"I'm particularly pleased that Ofsted has highlighted our determination and success at narrowing the gap between those from low income families and other children across the borough."</p> <p>Cllr Dave Callaghan, Executive Member for Children, Families and Youth Services at Sutton Council, said: "Sutton was recently named the best place in London to bring up children, and this report endorses that. </p> <p>"From our children's centres to services for our most vulnerable children in care, our staff are working hard to make sure children and young people in Sutton get the very best start in life."</p> 2011-11-08 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14859 2011-12-18 09:55:58 +0000 The department responsible for ensuring Sutton's children stay safe and receive a first class education has been awarded top marks following a recent Ofsted inspection. Sutton's children's services department receives top Ofsted report 14859 None None None None
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<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/m/a/Photograph_shows_the_Olympic_Torch_passing_through_neighbouring_Redhill_where_thousands_of_Sutton_re.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Olympic Torch passing through neighbouring Redhill, where thousands of Sutton residents went to celebrate the start of the 1948 Games in London." alt="Olympic Torch passing through neighbouring Redhill, where thousands of Sutton residents went to celebrate the start of the 1948 Games in London. "><div id="introtext"><p> The countdown to Sutton's Olympic celebrations began today, with the announcement of the date the Olympic Torch will travel through the borough. </p></div> <p>The Olympic flame will arrive from Greece next May and the torch relay to precede the start of the 2012 Games will kick off in Land's End and continue for 70 days until the opening ceremony on 27 July.&#160; </p> <p>Today organisers confirmed that the 8,000-mile route will visit Sutton on Monday 23 July, in the final days of the torch's journey towards the Olympic Stadium.</p> <p>The exact details of its journey through the borough will be released at a later date but the flame is expected to enter the borough from Croydon and be carried through the town centre. It will travel through the borough for about two hours before continuing on to Merton. </p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries at Sutton Council, said: "We're planning a huge celebration in Sutton, with a carnival atmosphere that will involve the whole community.</p> <p>"This is going to be a once-in-a-life-time event, and we will be encouraging local businesses and residents to get involved by dressing their homes and gardens, organising street parties and taking to the streets to cheer the torch on its way."</p> <p>All London boroughs will be given &#163;50,000 by the Greater London Authority to fund decorations for the celebrations. In Sutton, each local committee will be given a share of this money, to ensure all areas of the borough can take part and enjoy the day.</p> <p>The Olympic Torch will travel for approximately 12 hours each day, with an average of 110 people a day carrying the torch. </p> 2011-11-07 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14854 2011-12-18 09:56:21 +0000 The countdown to Sutton's Olympic celebrations began today, with the announcement of the date the Olympic Torch will travel through the borough. Sutton's Olympic Torch relay date announced 14854 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/m/a/Photograph_shows_the_Olympic_Torch_passing_through_neighbouring_Redhill_where_thousands_of_Sutton_re.jpg Olympic Torch passing through neighbouring Redhill, where thousands of Sutton residents went to celebrate the start of the 1948 Games in London.
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/c/m/Pics_shows_award-winning_children's_author_Jeremy_Strong_at_a_book-reading_event_at_Sutton_Library_l.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Pics shows award-winning children's author Jeremy Strong at a book-reading event at Sutton Library last year" alt="Pics shows award-winning children's author Jeremy Strong at a book-reading event at Sutton Library last year"><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton's libraries have bucked the national trend by recording a surge in the number of visits. </p></div> <p>And Sutton Central Library has been named as one of the most popular in the UK, according to the latest figures.</p> <p>Statistics from The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) show the number of visits to UK libraries dropped by more than 7.5 million to 314.55 million in the last financial year &#8211; a fall of 2.3 per cent.<br><br>But in Sutton, there was a 4.12 per cent increase - with 1,484,976 visits to the borough's nine libraries.</p> <p>Sutton Central Library is also the 15<sup>th</sup> most popular in the UK, with 677,118 visits over the last financial year.</p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries, said: "I'm delighted with these figures, which vindicate our decision to keep all of our libraries open.</p> <p>"Local libraries should be a real community resource and can be a lifeline for many residents, offering much more than just books. </p> <p>"The figures show how highly valued our libraries are in our communities. While other authorities are closing branches, we've found that by locating them with other services, such as at the Life Centre, the Phoenix Centre and from the end of next year at the new Westcroft Leisure Centre, it enables them to stay open for much longer than was previously possible and attract more visitors &#8211; including many who wouldn't use a traditional library."<br><br>As well as books, Sutton's libraries offer CDs, DVDs, talking books, newspapers, magazines, local information, access to computers, free internet access and online resources</p> <p>Events are also held in the libraries, including book&#160;and poetry readings, book groups, children's activities, classical music concerts, fashion shows - and you can even trace your family tree.</p> <p>Since it first opened in 1975, Sutton Central Library has scored a number of "firsts". It was the first public library to appoint a library writer-in-residence; the first to loan CDs; the first to establish a video lending library; the first to lend umbrellas and the first to offer a full public library service on a Sunday.</p> 2011-11-07 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14853 2011-12-18 09:56:32 +0000 Sutton's libraries have bucked the national trend by recording a surge in the number of visits. Sutton libraries buck the national trend 14853 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/c/m/Pics_shows_award-winning_children's_author_Jeremy_Strong_at_a_book-reading_event_at_Sutton_Library_l.jpg Pics shows award-winning children's author Jeremy Strong at a book-reading event at Sutton Library last year
<div id="introtext"><p> Sutton has underlined its reputation for zero tolerance of benefit fraud by prosecuting two men for cheating the taxpayer out of thousands of pounds. </p></div> <p>Tesco worker Gnanendran Canagaratnam, 49, and self-employed builder Patrick Carter, 40, were both taken to court for housing and council tax benefit offences.</p> <p>Croydon magistrates heard Canagaratnam, formerly of Inverness Road, Worcester Park, received benefits because he only worked part-time and his wife didn't have a job.</p> <p>But when his wife got a full-time job as a production assistant in October 2008, he failed to declare it &#8211; and subsequently received overpayments of &#163;14,558.97.</p> <p>At court, he pleaded guilty to an offence of failing to declare a change in his circumstances to obtain housing and council tax benefit.&#160; </p> <p>The m<span class="BodyText2Char">agistrates sentenced the defendant, who now lives in </span>Hereford Way, Chessington,<span class="BodyText2Char">&#160; to 100 hours of community service to be completed within 12 months and ordered him to pay court costs of &#163;80. He will also have to repay every penny</span></p> <p><span class="BodyText2Char">Passing sentence, the bench said:&#160; "</span>This is a very serious offence against the public purse which was carried out over a sustained period of time and involves a large overpayment of benefits."</p> <p>Carter, of Stayton Road, Sutton, pleaded guilty to two charges of making false statements to obtain housing and council tax benefit and Jobseekers Allowance.</p> <p>Magistrates heard he had failed to tell the relevant authorities he was self employed as a builder, which resulted in an overpayment of benefits totalling &#163;9,789.87.</p> <p>The court ordered him to carry out 70 hours community service, pay &#163;40 costs and repay the money.</p> <p>Councillor John Drage, Sutton Council's Executive member for Finance and Efficiency, said: </p> <p>"We have an excellent track record of bringing culprits to justice. Both of these men now have criminal records, will have to repay the money they fraudulently obtained, pay fines and costs as well as serving the sentences that have been passed by the court.</p> <p>The council is fully aware of its responsibility to protect the public purse. The vast majority of our residents work hard to pay for their local services and so it is vital that we continue to expose fraud and wrongdoing of this kind to ensure that our resources are directed at the services most needed."</p> 2011-11-07 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14846 2011-12-18 09:56:43 +0000 Sutton has underlined its reputation for zero tolerance of benefit fraud by prosecuting two men for cheating the taxpayer out of thousands of pounds. Benefit fraudsters sentenced after cheating taxpayer out of thousands 14846 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/4/9/Home_repairs_scheme_to_crack_down_on_rip-off_handy-men.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Home repairs scheme to crack down on rip-off handy-men" alt="Home repairs scheme to crack down on rip-off handy-men"><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton Council is cracking down on cowboy builders and rip-off handy-men by offering a home repairs service aimed at elderly and disabled residents. </p></div> <p>The Minor Home Repairs scheme matches vetted local traders with residents who need small essential jobs completing in their home. Residents pay for the materials needed for the work and, depending on their circumstances, part or nearly all of the labour costs could be met by the council.</p> <p>Work covered by the scheme includes: minor roof repairs including guttering and downpipes; plumbing; some work to boilers and heating systems and minor gas and electrical work. </p> <p>Gwen Cotton, 87, of Carshalton, used the scheme back in June when she needed some guttering replaced. She said: "I found out about the scheme through a leaflet at my local church. I had a bad experience a while ago, with a plumber who charged me a lot of money for what turned out to be a very small job, so I was quite nervous about getting anyone in. But I thought because these people have been vetted by the council they'll be reputable. </p> <p>"They were absolutely excellent; very friendly and they worked very hard. I only had to pay a small amount towards the labour, so it was a bargain too. I've been recommending it to friends; this way you know you're letting good, professional people into your home."</p> <p>The scheme is run by the council's in-house home improvement agency, Sutton Staying Put, which provides support services for older, disabled and other vulnerable people to allow them to remain in their own homes. </p> <p>&#160;Anyone can approach the council for details of recommended local traders. To qualify for financial assistance residents must be aged 50 or over or a member of their household must be in receipt of disability living allowance. </p> <p>Cllr Colin Stears, Executive Member for Adult Social Services and Health at Sutton Council, said: "Sadly, we hear reports of elderly or vulnerable residents being conned by unscrupulous tradesmen all too often. They blind their victims with science and jargon and then charge them an extortionate amount for what is often a very small job that should have cost just a few pounds.</p> <p>"This scheme gives some of our most vulnerable residents the confidence to seek the help they need, and we can also help out financially if money is tight."</p> <p>Find out more by contacting <a href="mailto:brenda.pike@sutton.gov.uk">brenda.pike@sutton.gov.uk</a> or <a href="mailto:barbara.scott@sutton.gov.uk">barbara.scott@sutton.gov.uk</a> or calling 020 8409 7061.</p> 2011-11-03 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14830 2011-12-18 09:56:56 +0000 Sutton Council is cracking down on cowboy builders and rip-off handy-men by offering a home repairs service aimed at elderly and disabled residents. Home repairs scheme to crack down on rip-off handy-men 14830 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/4/9/Home_repairs_scheme_to_crack_down_on_rip-off_handy-men.JPG Home repairs scheme to crack down on rip-off handy-men
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/0/j/Manor_Park_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Manor Park Primary" alt="Manor Park Primary "><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton's youngsters are showing London how to make the school run greener, safer and healthier. </p></div> <p><br><br>In Transport for London's (TfL) school accreditation scheme, which recognises schools that encourage sustainable transport, nine of Sutton's schools have achieved the top gold award.&#160; Out of 33 London boroughs only 72 schools have been granted gold status, meaning that almost one in seven of London's top performing schools are situated in Sutton.&#160; The borough also boasts nine schools with silver awards.<br><br>Camden Junior School in Sutton was crowned the best school in south west London for its plans to cut car journeys, reduce carbon emissions and help students stay healthy.&#160; The school has already halved the number children who come to school by car, and has trained two staff members to give cycling lessons to pupils and parents. The school also helps pupils with bike security, and organises competitions and lunchtime bike rides.<br><br>Manor Park Primary and Cheam Common Infants both received special praise for their work promoting walking and cycling, and were given 'beacon status', making them the examples for all south west London schools.<br><br>Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and the Voluntary Sector, said: "There are great benefits to walking to school, so it's really good news that Sutton is leading the way in encouraging sustainable transport. As well as boosting health and fitness levels, walking or cycling to school can help children to develop valuable road safety skills and a knowledge of their local area.<br><br>"It will also help Sutton to achieve its aim of One Planet living, as it reduces carbon emissions from car journeys and helps children to get into the habit of using their own two feet for shorter journeys."<br><br>Schools from across Sutton have reduced car trips overall for the school journey by 5% since 2008.<br><br>To find out more about sustainable transport in Sutton, visit <a href="http://www.smartertravelsutton.org/">www.smartertravelsutton.org</a> For more information on the schools accreditation scheme go to <a href="http://www.staccreditation.org.uk/">www.staccreditation.org.uk</a> </p> 2011-11-03 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14829 2011-12-18 09:57:07 +0000 Sutton's youngsters are showing London how to make the school run greener, safer and healthier. Eco awards for Sutton schools 14829 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/0/j/Manor_Park_.jpg Manor Park Primary
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<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/2/9/Sutton's_Grit_Mountain.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Sutton's Grit Mountain" alt="Sutton's Grit Mountain"><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton's successful free grit handout is being repeated for one extra weekend to allow residents who have missed out to get their supplies. </p></div> <p>And an extra pick-point is being introduced after the council took action following suggestions that people in the Clockhouse area had too far to travel to collect their bags.</p> <p>Around 8,000 residents&#160; - or around one in every 11 households in the borough - have already collected their free 10kg bag of grit to use on footpaths, pavements and roads in front of their homes.</p> <p>Now it is being repeated on the weekend of November 12 and 13 to give people one more chance to get their supplies as the borough gears up for winter.</p> <p>As well as the three existing collection points, Woodcote Green Garden Centre &amp; Nurseries; B&amp;Q in Sutton and Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycle Centre, there will be an extra location &#8211; the green at The Mount in Clockhouse.</p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector, said: "The response so far has been phenomenal, and shows that residents are happy and keen to get involved in clearing their pavements and helping elderly neighbours out. </p> <p>"But we've listened to what our residents have had to say and have brought in an extra weekend with a new collection point because we don't want people to miss out.</p> <p>"It means that when the snows comes there will be thousands of people helping to keep our borough moving."</p> <p>Proof of residency in the London Borough of Sutton is required so people are requested to bring along a council tax bill or a current utility bill.</p> <p>People will be also able to get 10 per cent off a snow shovel when they collect their grit from B&amp;Q.</p> <p>If you are elderly or disabled and currently receive an assisted bin collection you can arrange for the grit to be delivered to you. Please call 020 8770 5070.</p> 2011-11-01 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14802 2011-12-18 09:57:29 +0000 Sutton's successful free grit handout is being repeated for one extra weekend to allow residents who have missed out to get their supplies. Grit handout back by popular demand -with new pick-up point brought in 14802 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/2/9/Sutton's_Grit_Mountain.JPG Sutton's Grit Mountain
<div id="introtext"><p> A new weapon has been launched to help in the fight against rogue traders. </p></div> <p>Sutton Council has joined forces with a local company to help weed out the conmen who prey on vulnerable residents, and help good causes across the borough at the same time. </p> <p>Builders in Your Community is a website, run as a social enterprise, which allows users to share information about builders, plumbers and electricians in the Sutton area. They can read customer reviews, get quotes and recommend tradesmen to other residents from the comfort of their own home. </p> <p>Sutton Council is supporting the initiative, run by Joe Teakle, of Sutton, and hopes it will complement the information provided by its own Safer Sutton Trader Scheme. </p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector, said: "Unfortunately rogue traders and doorstep cons are becoming an increasing problem across the country, so we want to do all we can to help stop Sutton residents becoming victims of them. By sharing information about the many skilled, honest and reliable traders working in the borough, residents can help each other and local businesses.</p> <p>"Builders in Your Community builds on the successful Safer Sutton Trader Scheme, which lists local, approved business, and many of these companies have already signed up to Builders in Your Community."</p> <p>The service is free to use for customers and makes a small charge to traders.</p> <p>Money raised by the scheme will be invested back into the community. 25 per cent of profits will be split between Sutton Education Business Partnership, Sutton Community Fund and Ecolocal. </p> <p>To find out more about recommended local traders visit <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/safersuttontrader">www.sutton.gov.uk/safersuttontrader</a> or <a href="http://www.biyc.co.uk/">www.biyc.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>For advice about rogue traders contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.</p> 2011-12-22 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15300 2012-01-26 16:12:32 +0000 A new weapon has been launched to help in the fight against rogue traders. New weapon in the fight against rogue traders 15300 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/l/0/Jessica_English_of_Waitrose_with_volunteers_Brian_West_and_Bob_Waters.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Jessica English of Waitrose with volunteers Brian West and Bob Waters" alt="Jessica English of Waitrose with volunteers Brian West and Bob Waters"><div id="introtext"><p> Kind hearted residents have donated hundreds of festive hampers for elderly and disabled people in Sutton. </p></div> <p>Volunteers from the council's meals on wheels service will deliver more than 300 packages of food and treats to vulnerable residents across the borough over Christmas. </p> <p>Pupils from Glenthorne School brought in items from home including biscuits, chocolates, cakes and tinned goods which filled two vans, while staff at the council's Civic Offices donated money to buy treats instead of sending each other Christmas cards.</p> <p>Waitrose in Worcester Park held a raffle and raised enough money to buy every meals on wheels customer some crackers to help them celebrate Christmas.</p> <p>A team of about 80 volunteers help to deliver the meals throughout the year from the council's meals on wheels headquarters at Wallington Public Hall. The team delivers an average of 300 hot, nutritious meals a day.&#160; </p> <p>Cllr Colin Stears, Executive Member for Adult Social Services and Health at Sutton Council, said: "Christmas can be a lonely time for some of our residents, so it's heart warming that so many people have come together to let them know we are thinking of them. </p> <p>"I'd like to thank them, and our volunteers who selflessly take to the streets every day to make sure those who need them get a hot meal every day."</p> <p>Jessica English, team leader at Waitrose in Worcester Park, said: "We were delighted to be able to donate something to put a smile on the faces of older residents in the borough. At Waitrose we really value our local communities, so it's fantastic we've been able to give something to so many people."</p> <p>To find out more about volunteering with the meals on wheels team, contact </p> <p><a href="mailto:mealsonwheels@sutton.gov.uk">mealsonwheels@sutton.gov.uk</a>&#160; or 020 8770 4542.</p> 2011-12-22 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15293 2012-01-26 16:12:43 +0000 Kind hearted residents have donated hundreds of festive hampers for elderly and disabled people in Sutton. Meals on wheels volunteers dish up a festive feast 15293 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/l/0/Jessica_English_of_Waitrose_with_volunteers_Brian_West_and_Bob_Waters.jpg Jessica English of Waitrose with volunteers Brian West and Bob Waters
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/i/h/Greek_Day_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Greek Day" alt="Greek Day "><div id="introtext"><p> History came to life at Hackbridge Primary School as children got a taste of ancient Greece. </p></div> <p>Toga-clad Year 4 children solved Greek-themed puzzles and tackled a quiz before sampling a feast including olives, feta and pitta bread. </p> <p>The class has been studying Greek history, geography, legends and art all term, and is even planning to hold a mini-Olympics to explore what life was like in the ancient country.</p> <p>Ethan, eight, said: 'I had a great day, but my favourite part was when I tasted pitta and taramasalata.' </p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools on Sutton Council, said: "This is a great way of making history fun and memorable. Events like this can really capture children's imaginations and get them excited about learning."</p> 2011-12-21 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15292 2012-01-26 16:12:55 +0000 History came to life at Hackbridge Primary School as children got a taste of ancient Greece. Hackbridge pupils get a taste of ancient Greece 15292 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/i/h/Greek_Day_.jpg Greek Day
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<div id="introtext"><p> Sutton's brainy youngsters retained their top class reputation after the latest primary school league table put them in the top five in the country. </p></div> <p>The league table ranks local authorities by the per cent age of pupils achieving top SATs grades in English and maths. Sutton is placed fifth in the country &#8211; or fourth excluding the City of London, which only has one primary school, compared to Sutton's 43.&#160;</p> <p>The table reveals that across Sutton, 87 per cent of pupils achieved the expected grade - level four -&#160;in English. 86 per cent made the grade in maths, and an impressive 82 per cent achieved level four in both subjects.&#160;</p> <p>It follows the announcement in the autumn that Sutton's teenagers achieved the best GCSE results in the country.&#160;</p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools, said: "This is a great result at the end of a fantastic year for schools across Sutton. We have some of the very best schools in the country and staff, pupils and parents should all be very proud of themselves.&#160;</p> <p>"Our schools are so popular that we are receiving more applications than ever before. This means we are having to expand some, and we are continuing to lobby the Government for more money so that we can ensure future generations of Sutton children receive the same, first class education."&#160;</p> 2011-12-20 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15277 2012-01-26 16:13:17 +0000 Sutton's brainy youngsters retained their top class reputation after the latest primary school league table put them in the top five in the country. Sutton's primary schools retain top class reputation 15277 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/1/4/Travelodge.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Travelodge site" alt="Travelodge site "><div id="introtext"><p> Planners have given the go-ahead to a scheme to turn the site of Sutton's old Burger King drive-through into a 100-bed hotel - after hearing it could give a major boost to the town centre. </p></div> <p>Developers applied to build a Travelodge, complete with ground floor shops, on the site at the bottom of Sutton High Street, near the junction with Burnell Road. </p> <p>It is thought the project could bring in as much as &#163;1.1m of additional revenue for local shops, restaurants and businesses. </p> <p>Sutton Council's Development Control committee gave the scheme the green light after planning officers said it "would promote a greater footfall to the site and increase the vitality of this part of the town centre."</p> <p>A report found: "There is a recognised shortage of hotel accommodation within the town centre and it is considered that this proposed use could potentially make a significant contribution to the attractiveness of the town centre as a location for business and for leisure visitors."</p> <p>It added: "The building will act as a landmark... and it is considered that this is a high quality scheme comprising a modern design approach to breathe new life into this prominent site."</p> <p>Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing, said: "This development is one of a number of exciting projects on the cards for the town centre and shows that potential investors and businesses are becomingly increasingly aware of the opportunities and benefits Sutton has to offer."</p> <p>The site originally housed the UK's first drive-through Burger King, which shut down last December.</p> <p>A public consultation to showcase the proposed redevelopment was held over the summer and the developers have since included measures to minimise the impact of the development on local residents.</p> <p>The hotel will also come with 56 basement car parking spaces and eight car parking spaces at ground floor. </p> 2011-12-19 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15275 2012-01-26 16:13:27 +0000 Planners have given the go-ahead to a scheme to turn the site of Sutton's old Burger King drive-through into a 100-bed hotel - after hearing it could give a major boost to the town centre. 100-bed hotel in Sutton town centre given green light 15275 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/1/4/Travelodge.jpg Travelodge site
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/0/Indiya_Indiya_restaurant_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Indiya Indiya restaurant" alt="Indiya Indiya restaurant "><div id="introtext"><p> A magistrate branded conditions at a Sutton town centre restaurant so bad she would be worried about letting her dogs eat food from its kitchen. </p></div> <p>The comments came as Faruk Ahmed, who runs Indiya Indiya, 354 High Street in Sutton, was fined thousands of pounds for a string of offences that put the health of diners at risk.</p> <p>Croydon magistrates were told environmental health officers from Sutton Council found flour stored in a dustbin in a shed, onion bhajis wrapped in old newspaper and put in a bucket, cooked food stored on the floor and a lack of basic hygiene during a routine inspection of the restaurant's kitchen in January. </p> <p>There was also a gap under the rear kitchen door large enough for rodents to enter.</p> <p>Imposing a fine of more than &#163;6,500 with costs of &#163;1,300, chair of the bench Novello Noades told him: ""The risk of food contamination in that kitchen was high. Quite frankly I would have been worried about feeding my dogs food from that kitchen. </p> <p>"We have taken this matter very seriously. The food hygiene laws are there for a reason and the public needs that protection.</p> <p>"It's your responsibility to make sure your staff are trained and know what they're doing &#8211; the fact that you have worked in the kitchen trade all your life means you should have known how to run a kitchen."</p> <p>Mr Ahmed had admitted 13 breaches of food hygiene laws at an earlier hearing and was sentenced on Friday (16 December).</p> <p>Prosecutor Peter Rollins had told the court: "The inspectors discovered a catalogue of offences relating to the storage and handling of food. There were major concerns about the standards about the standard of hygiene throughout."</p> <p>A repeat inspection in October found a large number of improvements had been made but there were still a number of hygiene issues, prompting the court action.</p> <p>In defence, Mr Ahmed said he had spent years building up the restaurant's reputation and had taken immediate action and spent thousands of pounds as soon as the problems came to light.</p> <p>He stressed that there was no suggestion that the food had ever been substandard or that there had been an infestation of rodents or insects &#8211; and had been working closely with council officers to make things better and better.</p> <p>The court fined him a total of &#163;6,681 for the hygiene breaches and ordered him to pay court costs of&#160; &#163;1,300, with a &#163;15 victim surcharge.</p> <p>&#160;Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector at Sutton Council, said: "It is regrettable that it took this course of action to make him change his behaviour and take responsibility.</p> <p>"The council takes food hygiene very seriously; our residents ought to feel confident that when they eat out in Sutton they will be eating food that is not only tasty but was also prepared in clean, hygienic surroundings."</p> 2011-12-19 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15274 2012-01-26 16:13:38 +0000 A magistrate branded conditions at a Sutton town centre restaurant so bad she would be worried about letting her dogs eat food from its kitchen. Magistrate 'wouldn't let dogs eat food' from hygiene breach restaurant 15274 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/0/Indiya_Indiya_restaurant_.jpg Indiya Indiya restaurant
<div id="introtext"><p> Viridor has been chosen as the 'Preferred Bidder' by the South London Waste Partnership for its 25-year residual waste treatment contract. </p></div> <p>Once signed, the contract will ensure that from April 2014, up to 215,000 tonnes of 'residual waste' (rubbish that has not been sorted by residents for composting or recycling) that is generated every year by households in Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton will no longer be buried in expensive and environmentally unsustainable landfill sites. </p> <p>Instead, if planning permission is achieved, the waste will be treated in a state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility which will use tried and tested methods to extract valuable electricity and, if viable, heat from it. </p> <p>To achieve all of this, Viridor is proposing to build an Energy Recovery Facility on a plot of land just off Beddington Lane in the London Borough of Sutton. The new facility would be located right next to an existing 92-hectare landfill site, which it will replace. This landfill site is also operated by Viridor and is currently where the Partnership sends most of the residual waste collected from households in Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton. </p> <p>Viridor's proposal will be subject to a very detailed and public planning application process, which will include a thorough Environmental Impact Assessment considering issues around land use, design, traffic, air quality and sustainability. Residents in all four council areas will be able to contribute to the planning process in Sutton, which will give equal measure to the views of people in each borough.</p> <p>The Beddington Lane landfill site, which receives up to 400,000 tonnes of waste every year, is expected to be full within the next 10 years. Once full, the plan is to restore the land to become part of a regional park. The new Energy Recovery Facility would make it possible to accelerate this work, which is already underway, and bring the restoration of the land forward. </p> <p>Other benefits for the local Beddington community would include local investment, job creation (approximately 40 full time staff would be required to operate the new facility) and, subject to discussions with the planning authority, other local amenity improvements. </p> <p>At the start of the procurement process back in May 2008, the Partnership made a pledge to residents that the new contract would put in place arrangements that were more environmentally friendly and cost-effective than landfill. That pledge has been kept: </p> <ul><li>Treating residual waste in a modern Energy Recovery Facility is far more environmentally friendly than burying it in landfill sites: The contract with Viridor will see a significant reduction in CO2 emissions over landfill. </li></ul> <p>&#183; <span class="apple-style-span">The new residual waste treatment contract will be cheaper than landfill from day one. Over the 25-year lifetime of the contract it will save the four partner boroughs around &#163;200 million</span> by ensuring that strict Government-controlled limits on landfill waste are met, avoiding severe financial penalties in the process. </p> <p>The proposed Energy Recovery Facility would be safe, robust and highly effective in treating the residual waste delivered to the site. It would be built by a highly experienced, Viridor-led consortium, which has already built many high quality plants across Europe and in the UK. Once built, the facility would be operated by Viridor; a respected company with decades of relevant experience, using tried and tested technologies. As with all facilities of this type, it would be closely monitored by the Environment Agency to ensure that it meets the incredibly strict emissions criteria set out in the European Union's Waste Incineration Directive. </p> <p><strong>Councillor Phil Thomas, Chair of the South London Waste Partnership Joint Waste Committee, said:</strong> "Awarding Preferred Bidder status was a huge decision, but the Joint Waste Committee is confident that the right decision has been made: Viridor had the strongest bid when assessed against the evaluation criteria. It is now for the planning process to forensically study whether the proposal is appropriate for the Beddington area.</p> <p>"The Energy Recovery Facility proposed by Viridor is an intelligent solution to a huge environmental and financial challenge. Of course it is important that we all continue to minimise the amount of waste we produce and then recycle and compost as much as we can. But a modern Energy Recovery Facility has an important role to play in ensuring that we can prevent even non-recyclable waste from ending up in landfill sites, costing both the environment and council tax payers dearly."</p> <p>Councillor Thomas continues: "I know that residents who live in the vicinity of the Beddington Lane site will have lots of questions around issues like traffic and emissions. We are committed to systematically working through these and a lot of effort will go into making sure everyone has the chance to have their say on these issues."</p> <p>As Preferred Bidder, Viridor will now enter into the final stage of the Procurement Process, 'Financial Close', where detailed information relating to the contract will be finalised and agreed with the Partnership. The contract should be awarded by August 2012. </p> <p>WRG is the Partnership's 'Reserved Bidder'. </p> 2011-12-19 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15273 2012-01-26 16:13:48 +0000 Viridor has been chosen as the 'Preferred Bidder' by the South London Waste Partnership for its 25-year residual waste treatment contract. Viridor named as 'Preferred Bidder' for contract that will signal the end for landfill 15273 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/9/Bathtime_for_our_Robin.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Bathtime for our Robin" alt="Bathtime for our Robin"><div id="introtext"><p> Pensioner Albert Stace has won Sutton Council's photography competition with a seasonal snap of a robin taking a dip. </p></div> <p>Mr Stace, a keen wildlife gardener, took the prize-winning picture in his back garden in North Cheam. He was awarded with a bird box, hanging feeders and wildflower seeds. He said: "I'm very pleased to have won, and the gardening goodies should come in useful for encouraging more of our feathered friends. I'm lucky enough to get a lot of visitors in my back yard, and I've found that letting parts of my garden overgrow a little has made it a much more welcoming place for wild creatures. I hope that the competition has helped more people to become aware of the wildlife that lives all around us."</p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change on Sutton Council, said: "Sutton has some of the most diverse wildlife in London, which was very much in evidence in the beautiful photos that people submitted. Most London residents don't get the chance to see rare albino squirrels and wildflower meadows on their doorsteps, so I'm glad that so many Sutton residents have been exploring the natural world around them."</p> <p>Runner up was Keith Thomas, with photographs of dragonflies and a frog. The winners were chosen by the Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers Executive Committee.</p> <p>To find out more about nature in Sutton, email <a title="mailto:biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk" href="mailto:biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk">biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk</a>. To see all the entries, go to <a href="http://tinyurl.com/cbuzy9v">http://tinyurl.com/cbuzy9v</a></p> 2011-12-14 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15266 2012-01-26 16:14:04 +0000 Pensioner Albert Stace has won Sutton Council's photography competition with a seasonal snap of a robin taking a dip. Photo winner puts wildlife in the picture 15266 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/9/Bathtime_for_our_Robin.JPG Bathtime for our Robin
<div id="introtext"><p> A campaign to boost trade in Sutton has got off to a flying start - with more than 100 businesses already registering their interest. </p></div> <p>The plan aims to create a Business Improvement District in the town centre to help existing companies and encourage investors and new businesses to the area.</p> <p>The Sutton BID, which is a business led and business funded initiative<strong>,</strong> is still in its early stages but already more than 100 of the 400 companies in the area have asked to be involved.</p> <p>David Guy, of WH Matthews and Co Solicitors and vice chair of the BID steering group, said: "It's tremendously encouraging that the BID has got off to such a positive start. Previous reports that this is a multi-million pound effort are wide of the mark but the &#163;400,000-a-yearfunds the BID would generate would make a big difference to our town centre.</p> <p>"The aim is to bring all the businesses in Sutton High Street together. By pooling resources, businesses have the ability to make a significant and lasting change to the area, making it a pleasant, welcoming and attractive place for people to shop and work. This in turn leads to higher footfall, happier employees and ultimately greater profits for all businesses involved."</p> <p>BIDs have grown in popularity over recent years and are already operating successfully in neighbouring Kingston and Croydon. They can fund everything from extra town centre policing and cleaning to food festivals and flower beds.</p> <p>A group of local businesses has already formed the Successful Sutton BID board, and are working hard to promote and explain the scheme to other town centre traders. </p> <p>All town centre traders are invited to attend the next meeting of the BID's steering committee on 10 January which aims to identify the main aims of the project.</p> <p>BIDs work by businesses within the set area each contributing an additional 1% levy on their rateable value with an exemption for some small businesses. This money is then pooled and allocated to improvements agreed upon by the businesses. </p> <p>The proposed BID area runs from Brighton Road car park in the south to Blockbuster at the northern end of the High Street. </p> <p>The board wants to see four key improvements: a safer town centre, a cleaner and greener town centre, marketing of the town centre and improved business services, including reducing costs through collective purchasing.</p> <p>&#160;A first Sutton BID was narrowly rejected in March this year but supporters are confident that the second vote, due to be held in June next year, will be successful..</p> <p>&#160;Businesses can find out more and get involved in the Sutton BID board by emailing <a href="mailto:info@successfulsutton.co.uk">info@successfulsutton.co.uk</a> or visiting <a href="http://www.successfulsutton.co.uk/">www.successfulsutton.co.uk</a></p> 2011-12-14 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15254 2012-01-26 16:14:19 +0000 A campaign to boost trade in Sutton has got off to a flying start - with more than 100 businesses already registering their interest. Flying start for Sutton BID 15254 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/e/9/Les_Wileman_Melanie_Chiwera_Martin_Furtauer-Hayes.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Les Wileman, Melanie Chiwera and Martin Furtauer-Hayes" alt="Les Wileman, Melanie Chiwera and Martin Furtauer-Hayes"><div id="introtext"><p> An 81-year-old "with a heart of gold" has been crowned as one of Sutton's community champions. </p></div> <p>The Community Leadership awards give residents the chance to say a big thank you to the people who go out of their way to make Sutton a better place to live.</p> <p>Les Wileman was handed the Improving People's Lives award for his volunteer work, visiting local residential and nursing homes and befriending those who may not have many other visitors.</p> <p>The judges said he had made "an enormous difference" to the lives of older people across the borough</p> <p>He said: "I'm sure everyone here would agree that we couldn't achieve what we have without the help and support of so many others. I'm receiving this award on behalf of them. There are a number of churches involved in this - there are a lot of people across the borough giving up their time to help our aging population."</p> <p>The awards are now in their second year, with more than 160 nominations being made this time around. </p> <p>Winner in the Doing More With Less category was Melanie Chiwera. </p> <p>Melanie Chiwera, was recognised for her work with the Benhill Estate Residents' Association and for her contribution to the community there, particularly with setting up the estate's vegetable patches and helping the large Somalian community on the estate to integrate into local life.</p> <p>After being presented with her award by Tom Brake MP, she said: "To get an award is a real honour and I'm shocked. I'm just a mum who wanted to grow some vegetables and meet some people. I couldn't have done it without the support of everyone there. We've had 43 members through the year, and the harvest has been fantastic."</p> <p>The third award, Outstanding Staff Contribution - Serving Sutton's People, was won by Sutton's town centre manager Martin Furtauer-Hayes.</p> <p>During August's civil unrest, he worked around the clock to help ensure Sutton did not suffer the same level of unrest as other London boroughs.</p> <p>Sutton Council Leader Sean Brennan said: "These awards show that there is an army of people out there working hard day in day out, selflessly for others, in their passion to make Sutton a better place.</p> <p>"At a time when we're facing financial challenges and it can seem that a sense of community is dwindling, it's inspirational to hear of their heart warming efforts. It all demonstrates why Sutton is such a special place with such a wonderful sense of community spirit and pride in the area."</p> <p>The winner of each category each won a shopping voucher worth &#163;100, and runners up were presented with certificates at the ceremony at the Europa Gallery in Sutton Library last night (Thursday)</p> 2011-12-13 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15236 2012-01-26 16:14:34 +0000 An 81-year-old "with a heart of gold" has been crowned as one of Sutton's community champions. Sutton's local heroes unveiled 15236 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/e/9/Les_Wileman_Melanie_Chiwera_Martin_Furtauer-Hayes.jpg Les Wileman, Melanie Chiwera and Martin Furtauer-Hayes
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/7/m/Customer_Services_team_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Customer Services team" alt="Customer Services team "><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton has been named council of the year after 99% of residents said they were happy with the customer service they received when they telephoned the council. </p></div> <p>The award is based on feedback from residents who have spoken to the council via the telephone, internet, mobile phone and face-to-face at council offices. </p> <p>This year alone, more than 87,000 people left feedback after contacting Sutton Council. Of this figure 92 per cent said they were satisfied with how their query was dealt with face-to-face.</p> <p>The data is collected and analysed by a company called GovMetric, which is used by 75 local authorities across the country. </p> <p>The council is keen to replicate this success on its website, to save council tax payers money. Each face-to-face transaction costs the council &#163;5.87 to process. Over the telephone the cost is &#163;2.24, but internet transactions cost just 28p. </p> <p>From January to November this year, residents contacted the council by telephone 314,425 times, face-to-face 31,539 times and 625,958 times via the internet.</p> <p>Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Ruth Dombey, said: "Now more than ever it is important that we are able to deal with residents' enquiries as efficiently and helpfully as possible, to ensure we get the best possible value for money for our council tax payers and the best possible results.</p> <p>&#160;"I'm delighted residents are happy with the level of service they receive from their council. Our customer services team are doing a great job and it's fantastic to have that recognised.</p> <p>"The feedback we receive allows us to listen to residents and, if anything goes wrong, rectify it quickly. For example, when the 24-hour touchtone payment system was replaced with voice recognition software, customers told us they did not like it. The council reverted back to touchtone within a couple of days."</p> 2011-12-13 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15235 2012-01-26 16:14:49 +0000 Sutton has been named council of the year after 99% of residents said they were happy with the customer service they received when they telephoned the council. Sutton crowned council of the year for customer services 15235 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/7/m/Customer_Services_team_.jpg Customer Services team
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/4/g/Cllr_Simon_Wales_with_the_nu-phalt_cooker.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Cllr Simon Wales with the nu-phalt cooker" alt="Cllr Simon Wales with the nu-phalt cooker"><div id="introtext"><p> As the cold weather begins to bite, Sutton's roads are ready to face the freeze thanks to extra investment of almost &#163;1 million. </p></div> <p>Record low temperatures over the last two years meant that the borough's road surfaces have deteriorated, with an estimated 1,200 repairs being needed last winter alone. Now, the council is fighting back and has spent &#163;750,000 on top of its usual maintenance budget to repair the damage and make roads less vulnerable to icy conditions. </p> <p>The money has been used to make roads less porous and seal surfaces against water, which should help to make carriageways resistant to freezing temperatures and stop problems from arising. The council has also deployed an innovative 'nu-phalt' cooker, the same machine as is used to maintain Silverstone's Grand Prix circuit, to repair holes seamlessly which is cleaner and greener as well as providing stronger repairs than traditional digging and filling. </p> <p>Residents are being enlisted to report holes and serious cracks as they begin to form, and the council has handed out over 9,000 bags of free grit to help householders keep roads, pavements and driveways clear of snow and ice.</p> <p>On top of the council's investment, the Department for Transport has given the borough a grant of &#163;175,000 to resurface Stafford Road, Wallington, between Plough Lane and Francis Road, which was particularly badly affected by the freeze. In a bid to minimise disruption to motorists, work was carried out at night during September, and the road now has a new surface, fresh road markings, and is ready for an anti-skid layer to applied.</p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector on Sutton Council, said: "Keeping Sutton moving is one of our top priorities, so we've been working with the Department for Transport to make sure that we're ready for the cold weather that this winter will bring.</p> <p>"Prevention is better than patching things up, and we'd rather stop potholes from appearing in the first place, reducing accidents, keeping traffic flowing and avoiding costly repairs.</p> <p>"Now we're asking for residents' help. There are over 200 miles of road in the borough and although we inspect roads regularly, we can't be everywhere at once. We need your help to spot holes as soon as they start to form so that we can repair them before serious damage is done."</p> <p>Residents can report a pothole online at <a title="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/" href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/potholes">www.sutton.gov.uk/potholes</a> or ringing 020 8770 5070</p> 2011-12-13 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15234 2012-01-26 16:15:05 +0000 As the cold weather begins to bite, Sutton's roads are ready to face the freeze thanks to extra investment of almost £1 million. Sutton's roads get ready for winter 15234 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/4/g/Cllr_Simon_Wales_with_the_nu-phalt_cooker.jpg Cllr Simon Wales with the nu-phalt cooker
<div id="introtext"><p> Thousands of Christmas shoppers are expected to flock to Sutton town centre for an afternoon of first class festive entertainment this weekend. </p></div> <p>Street artists and bands will take to the High Street to entertain shoppers in need of a break from present buying. Events will include an aerial dance display, comedy shows and a gallery of modern art. Meanwhile a troupe of acrobats and a whole cast of surreal characters will take to the street. </p> <p>There will also be performances from carol singers and the popular craft market has also returned this year, offering shoppers unique gift ideas they will not find elsewhere.</p> <p>The fun kicks off on Saturday (10 December) from 12.30-4pm.</p> <p>The events are aimed at boosting festive trade in the High Street.</p> <p>Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing at Sutton Council, said: "These events are another great reason to visit Sutton town centre this Christmas."</p> 2011-12-07 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15228 2012-01-26 16:15:16 +0000 Thousands of Christmas shoppers are expected to flock to Sutton town centre for an afternoon of first class festive entertainment this weekend. Festive fun this weekend in Sutton town centre 15228 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> A campaign to boost trade in Sutton took a major step forward at an event at the House of Lords. </p></div> <p>More than 50 companies attended the event on Friday night to hear more about the benefits of setting up a Business Improvement District (BID) in Sutton town centre.</p> <p>Speakers included James Wall, manager of the Sutton branch of Marks &amp; Spencer and David Villlabona, from Chicago's, who have both given their backing to the plan. Mr Wall highlighted how a BID can help lever money into the high street and give a boost to the number of shoppers visiting the area.</p> <p>BIDs have grown in popularity over recent years and are already operating successfully in neighbouring Kingston and Croydon. They can fund everything from extra town centre policing and cleaning to food festivals and flower beds.</p> <p>Kingston BID's key achievements include increasing the annual number of visitors to the town centre by two million, reducing violent crime by 32 per cent and boosting local bus usage by 40 per cent. </p> <p>Another of the speakers, Cllr Jayne McCoy, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing, said: "The BID is a business-led project to help Sutton reach its potential and the event at the House of Lords was a major stepping stone in that campaign.</p> <p>"It aims to shine a light on Sutton and is part of a series of measures to help the town centre flourish and encourage investors and new businesses to come here. It was enormously pleasing to see so many more businesses signing up to the BID proposal after the event."</p> <p>BIDs work by businesses within the set area each contributing 1% of their business rates. This money is then pooled and allocated to improvements agreed upon by the businesses.</p> <p>An enthusiastic group of local businesses has already formed the Successful Sutton BID board, and are working hard to promote and explain the scheme to other town centre traders. They are currently inviting suggestions for improvements, which will be put to the vote in June 2012 when a ballot is held.</p> <p>The proposed boundary for the BID would be from Brighton Road car park in the south to Blockbuster at the northern end of the High Street. </p> <p>The board wants to see four key improvements: a safer town centre, a cleaner and greener town centre, marketing of the town centre and improved business services, including reducing costs through collective purchasing.</p> <p>Businesses can find out more and get involved in the Sutton BID board by emailing <a href="mailto:info@successfulsutton.co.uk">info@successfulsutton.co.uk</a></p> 2011-12-05 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15227 2012-01-26 16:15:26 +0000 A campaign to boost trade in Sutton took a major step forward at an event at the House of Lords. Businesses BID to "shine a light on Sutton" 15227 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/m/d/Anna_Clarke_MYP_and_Anna_Mullaney_Deputy_MYP.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Anna Clarke MYP and Anna Mullaney Deputy MYP" alt="Anna Clarke MYP and Anna Mullaney Deputy MYP"><div id="introtext"><p> Cheam High School student Anna Clarke is set to become Sutton's new Member of Youth Parliament following the highest youth election turnout Sutton has ever seen. </p></div> <p>A record 8,700 votes were cast as young people flocked to vote for one of 24 candidates, thought to be one of the highest numbers in London.</p> <p>Anna, 18, topped the polls with 1097 votes, and Anna Mullaney, 16, from Nonsuch School won second<span class="st1"> place and will take on the role of deputy MYP.</span></p> <p class="st1">The pair will represent everyone aged 11 to 18 who lives or studies in Sutton by leading campaigns, working with councillors and MPs and making sure that young people get their voices heard.</p> <p>Anna Clark said: "I have a passion for politics and becoming Sutton's MYP will give me the opportunity to make a change, learn new things and involve others. Having a part in making our community work is extremely unique and valuable, and I look forward to taking on the role and sharing my views and ideas."</p> <p>The new MYPs will officially start their roles in February 2012, after spending the next couple of months learning the ropes from current MYP Lilly Lovatt and Deputy MYP Mayan Al-<span class="st1">Shakarchy.</span></p> <p>Cllr Dave Callaghan, Executive Member for Children, Families and Youth Services at Sutton Council, said: "I'm delighted to see another record-breaking turnout. It's so important that young people get their voices heard on the issues that affect them, and it's good to see so many getting involved.</p> <p>"I'd like to congratulate Anna and Anna and wish them all the best in their new roles. I'd also like to thank Lilly and Mayan for their hard work over the past year."</p> <p>Young people interested in getting more involved with decision making in Sutton can visit <a title="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/youngadvisors" href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/youngadvisors">www.sutton.gov.uk/youngadvisors</a> or for more information on the youth parliament visit <a title="http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/" href="http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/">http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/</a> </p> 2011-12-05 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15226 2012-01-26 16:15:37 +0000 Cheam High School student Anna Clarke is set to become Sutton's new Member of Youth Parliament following the highest youth election turnout Sutton has ever seen. Young MPs top record-breaking poll 15226 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/m/d/Anna_Clarke_MYP_and_Anna_Mullaney_Deputy_MYP.JPG Anna Clarke MYP and Anna Mullaney Deputy MYP
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/9/p/Cllr_Peter_Geiringer_and_Cllr_Simon_Wales.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Cllr Peter Geiringer and Cllr Simon Wales" alt="Cllr Peter Geiringer and Cllr Simon Wales"><div id="introtext"><p> A new direct coach service linking Sutton with Gatwick Airport is set to launch in time for the Christmas holidays after a campaign by councillors and residents. </p></div> <p>National Express will operate the service between Gatwick and Victoria coach station via Sutton, starting on 5 December.</p> <p>The new A3 service will have two stops in Sutton town centre, in Throwley Way / St. Nicholas Way and at Sutton station, and will also call at Belmont. </p> <p>The journey will take just 40 minutes from Sutton to the South Terminal and 55 minutes to the North Terminal. </p> <p>It will run hourly throughout the day and most of the night, catering for late and early flights and provide an alternative to driving, taxi, or the train which requires a change. </p> <p>The service is something that the council has been calling for over a number of years, since the 420 bus that used to link Sutton to Gatwick was curtailed at Redhill. </p> <p>Councillor Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector, said: "We very much welcome this new service which will provide a direct link to the airport&#160;and avoid the need for costly taxis or airport parking, or a change of trains. </p> <p>"We hope it will be well used by borough residents as well as attracting more business and leisure travellers to Sutton." </p> <p>Councillor Peter Geiringer, who represents Belmont Ward and has been at the forefront of the campaign, added: "We are pleased that this new service will be serving Belmont as it will greatly assist residents in getting to Gatwick, both for business and leisure travel."&#160;&#160;&#160; </p> <p>Andrew Cleaves, Managing Director, National Express coach said, "This new coach service is direct and frequent&#160;providing a great new link to both terminals at the airport and into London. &#160;The business has the advantage of being able to respond and offer new and improved routes and services to meet demand.&#160; As such we're delighted to introduce this new service for the people of Sutton."</p> <p>The new route also improves the number of coaches travelling to London Victoria and is an addition to the National Express 025 Gatwick and Brighton service via Wallington.</p> <p>Everybody travelling is guaranteed a seat and there is a large luggage hold underneath the coach.</p> 2011-12-02 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15223 2012-01-26 16:15:47 +0000 A new direct coach service linking Sutton with Gatwick Airport is set to launch in time for the Christmas holidays after a campaign by councillors and residents. Sutton to get new coach service to Gatwick Airport 15223 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/9/p/Cllr_Peter_Geiringer_and_Cllr_Simon_Wales.JPG Cllr Peter Geiringer and Cllr Simon Wales
<div id="introtext"><p> The former Stanley Park High School looks set to be transformed to provide hundreds of much-needed primary school places for local children. </p></div> <p>The council's Executive Committee is due to consider the proposal which, if agreed, could provide extra primary places as soon as September 2013.&#160; </p> <p>A baby boom, coupled with Sutton schools' excellent reputation, means more and more families are applying for places in the borough's schools. It is anticipated that up to an extra eight forms of entry will be needed by September 2013. The council has been expanding existing schools for the past few years, and another five are set to add extra classes in time for the start of the next school year.</p> <p>The new, four form entry facility is likely to use the existing school building to allow it to open sooner. The site would also provide facilities for pupils with Special Educational Needs.</p> <p>Plans to earmark the site for future educational use are due to be considered by the council's Executive Committee at a meeting on 6 February. </p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools at Sutton Council, said: "This is an ideal opportunity to provide some of the extra primary school places we so desperately need in Sutton. </p> <p>"If the Executive agrees, over the coming months we will be getting some more detailed proposals together and looking at the ways to best use the land. </p> <p>"Space is a serious issue in planning extra school places across London, so we are fortunate to have the opportunity to consider reusing these school buildings &#8211; many of which are still in good condition."</p> <p>The interior of the existing buildings would be renovated, with some of the temporary buildings demolished. </p> 2012-01-31 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15423 2012-02-16 08:33:17 +0000 The former Stanley Park High School looks set to be transformed to provide hundreds of much-needed primary school places for local children. Former Stanley Park High School set to provide new primary places 15423 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/9/f/Marcel_Ladenheim.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Marcel Ladenheim" alt="Marcel Ladenheim"><div id="introtext"><p> People from across Sutton gathered to remember victims of genocide on Holocaust Memorial Day 2012. </p></div> <p>School children, religious leaders and councillors attended the civic service in Sutton Library's Europa Gallery on Friday 27 January, exactly 67 years after Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated.</p> <p>The theme of this year's event, which is celebrated across the world on this date each year, was 'Speak Up, Speak Out'.</p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector, said that it was important that people find the strength to speak out against injustice.</p> <p>He said: "It takes real courage to speak out &#8211; but we need to look into our hearts and find the strength to do so. On Holocaust Memorial Day we remember those who have lost their lives to hatred and intolerance, but an important part of the event is looking forward to how we can create a better, safer future for all."</p> <p>The audience listened to speeches from Mayor of Sutton Councillor Gerry Jerome, Holocaust survivor Marcel Ladenheim, Reverend Meir Lev, Minister of Sutton and District Synagogue and Meddie Kakyama-Mayanja, a teacher at Stanley Park High School, who spoke about African genocide.</p> <p>Members of Sutton Youth Parliament closed the speeches by telling the audience what they would take away from the event. An exhibition exploring intolerance and the importance of speaking out was on display in the Europa Gallery during the speeches and over the weekend.</p> <p>During a speech about his experiences living in occupied France during World War Two, Mr Ladenheim said: "It is so important to speak out against racial intolerance, religious fanaticism and homophobia. We must remember what can happen when these attitudes are allowed to continue. I lived through an age where innocent men, women and children were murdered, and I don't want to see people forget that while I'm alive."</p> <p>An exhibition on the themes of tolerance and speaking out was on display in the Europa Gallery after the service. Holocaust Memorial Day was organised with the help of SREC, Black History Month Group, Joe Bishop, Julie Duffy, shOUT and Carshalton College.</p> 2012-01-31 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15422 2012-02-16 08:33:28 +0000 People from across Sutton gathered to remember victims of genocide on Holocaust Memorial Day 2012. Sutton remembers on Holocaust Memorial Day 15422 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/9/f/Marcel_Ladenheim.jpg Marcel Ladenheim
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/j/9/Cllr_Sean_Brennan_with_Greg_Clark_MP_and_two_volunteers_at_the_opening_of_The_U.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Cllr Sean Brennan with Greg Clark MP and two volunteers at the opening of The U" alt="Cllr Sean Brennan with Greg Clark MP and two volunteers at the opening of The U"><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton's local volunteering centre is running a special one-off event to link potential volunteers with opportunities in the borough. </p></div> <p>Volunteer Centre Sutton (VCS) will host a one-day roadshow in The U, Sutton's 'pop-up university' and skills centre. The organisers says it will be a great opportunity for people to find out more about giving something back to the local community.</p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and the Voluntary Sector on Sutton Council, said: "Working with Sutton Volunteer Centre, I've seen first-hand the huge difference that volunteers can make. </p> <p>"There are lots of opportunities to get involved in your community and help a cause that is important to you, so I'd urge anyone who wants to help to come down to the U or get in touch with VCS."</p> <p>The Volunteer Recruitment Day will take place in The U in the St Nicholas Centre on Friday 3 February from 10am-4pm. For more information, call 020 8661 5900 or email <a href="mailto:vcsutton@vcsutton.org.uk">vcsutton@vcsutton.org.uk</a>.</p> 2012-01-31 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15418 2012-02-16 08:33:39 +0000 Sutton's local volunteering centre is running a special one-off event to link potential volunteers with opportunities in the borough. Get involved with Volunteer Centre Sutton 15418 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/j/9/Cllr_Sean_Brennan_with_Greg_Clark_MP_and_two_volunteers_at_the_opening_of_The_U.JPG Cllr Sean Brennan with Greg Clark MP and two volunteers at the opening of The U
<div id="introtext"><p> One of the borough's most over-subscribed schools has been given the green-light to expand, providing much-needed extra primary school places. </p></div> <p>Sutton Council's Development Control Committee has granted planning permission to expand Cheam Common Infant School.</p> <p>It will see the popular school increase from three to four forms of entry. An extra class of 30 children will start at the school from September 2012, providing more places in Worcester Park, which is the area of the borough experiencing the highest demand.</p> <p>Sutton saw the highest increase in birth rates in London between 2008 and 2009, so the council has been able to anticipate a spike in demand, beginning in September 2012. Worcester Park is one of the most affected areas, with a 54 per cent rise in births between 2001 and 2009. </p> <p>Another four schools across the borough will expand in time for the start of the school year in September, providing another 120 extra places. </p> <p>Chair of Governors Noel McEvilly said: "Cheam Common Infants School looks forward to the challenges the expansion will bring and are confident that we have the capacity and structures in place to continue to deliver our very successful nurturing and caring approach to outstanding education for all our pupils." &#160;&#160;</p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools at Sutton Council, said: "This is great news for parents of very young children in the Worcester Park area who will already be worrying about finding a school place. This is where we've seen the biggest increase in demand, and it's absolutely crucial that we're able to provide places for children at local schools.</p> <p>"In response to the pressures on our primary schools we expanded five on time and on budget, ready for September 2011. We will expand another five, including Cheam Common Infants, in time for next year and continue to lobby the Department for Education for more funding to make sure we can continue to provide permanent school places as pupils move up through the education system."</p> <p>A traffic survey revealed nearby roads will be able to cope with any slight increase in travel, as it is expected most children will walk to school. There are currently 51 children on the waiting list for the school, 44 of whom live within one mile, and the furthest distance any child currently travels to the school is 664 metres. </p> <p>Sutton's primary schools celebrated some of the best SATs results in the country last year, coming number three in the national league tables. The borough also recorded the best GCSE results in the country.</p> 2012-01-27 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15414 2012-02-16 08:33:49 +0000 One of the borough's most over-subscribed schools has been given the green-light to expand, providing much-needed extra primary school places. Sutton Council gives the green light to more primary school places 15414 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/p/5/dumped_rubbish.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="dumped rubbish" alt="dumped rubbish"><div id="introtext"><p> A builder has been made to pay out hundreds of pounds after two sharp-eyed passers-by saw his vehicle being used by two men dumping rubbish in a garage service road. </p></div> <p>Seth Peter Russell, 38, was given a two year conditional discharge&#160;and ordered to pay Sutton Council &#163;300 costs after being found guilty of causing the dumping of bags of soil and gravel on Lavender Road, Wallington.</p> <p>He was caught after two members of the public spotted the two men in the act and took down his registration number. They reported the incident to the council who served him with a notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. </p> <p>Russell, of Bateson Close, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to failing to answer the notice and was found guilty of knowingly causing the deposit of controlled waste after a trial at Croydon Magistrates' Court.</p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: "Fly-tipping is an issue that really makes people see red, and this should serve as a warning that these selfish actions simply will not be tolerated.</p> <p>"We're committed to bringing people who pollute out streets and open spaces to justice, so I'd like to thank the good neighbours who reported this incident to the council. I urge all residents who spot anyone dumping rubbish to let us know &#8211; together we can help to keep Sutton's streets clean."</p> <p>If you see any fly-tipping please call 020 8770 5070. </p> 2012-01-27 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15413 2012-02-16 08:34:00 +0000 A builder has been made to pay out hundreds of pounds after two sharp-eyed passers-by saw his vehicle being used by two men dumping rubbish in a garage service road. Sharp-eyed residents bring fly-tipper to justice 15413 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/p/5/dumped_rubbish.jpg dumped rubbish
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/n/f/Esme_Lyons_copy.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Esme Lyons at a craft event at the Life Centre Library" alt="Esme Lyons at a craft event at the Life Centre Library"><div id="introtext"><p> Library lovers are in for a treat as Sutton joins in a nationwide celebration of all things literary. </p></div> <p>National Libraries Day on 4 Feb will see every library in Sutton showcase the fun activities, events and services that they offer, from book lending to craft clubs to ancestry research.</p> <p>Most libraries are running children's events, including craft clubs and book trails, and Circle, Beddington, Wallington and Life Centre libraries are all holding art and story writing competitions. The Phoenix Library is hosting a Wii marathon and the chance to make a special bookmark, and Sutton library is holding storytime, crafts and games.</p> <p>There's a lot going on for adults too, with Carshalton Library running ancestry taster sessions and Sutton opening the Local Studies and Archives centre for puzzles, quizzes and films from the archive. </p> <p>There are lots of hints and tips on how to get the most of your local library. Worcester Park Library is showing off its new book collections, Cheam Library showing visitors how to manage their accounts online and Sutton Library is holding e-book guides and question and answer sessions with librarians and Cllr Graham Tope, the council's Lead Member for libraries. </p> <p>Cllr Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries on Sutton Council, said: "Sutton's libraries are a well-loved resource, and National Libraries Day is a great chance to find out what they've got to offer. Whether you're a regular visitor or brand new to libraries, there's so much to do that you're bound to find something new."</p> <p>Libraries across the country are taking part in National Library Day, which was set up to celebrate the work that libraries do to promote learning, literacy and enjoyment of the written word. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/">www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk</a></p> <p>Anyone who signs up as a new library member on the day will get a free DVD loan, and anyone borrowing three DVDs before 5 February will receive the cheapest one free.</p> <p>For more information about Suttons libraries and a full list of National Library Day events, go to <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/libraries">www.sutton.gov.uk/libraries</a>. </p> 2012-01-27 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15412 2012-02-16 08:34:11 +0000 Library lovers are in for a treat as Sutton joins in a nationwide celebration of all things literary. Love your local library 15412 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/n/f/Esme_Lyons_copy.JPG Esme Lyons at a craft event at the Life Centre Library
<div id="introtext"><p> Sutton's secondary schools are top of the class, according to the latest league tables from The Department for Education. </p></div> <p>The tables rank schools according to the per cent age of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs, including maths and English. Final figures reveal 74.7 per cent of pupils in Sutton achieved the top grades - more than 1.5 per cent ahead of Kensington and Chelsea, which made the number two spot.</p> <p>Five Sutton schools are listed among the top 200 state schools in the country and another, Glenthorne High School, made the list of the most improved schools of last year.</p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools at Sutton Council, said: "This is excellent news and confirms something we have known for a long time; that Sutton has some of the very best schools in the country.</p> <p>"To top the table, ahead of every other local authority area in England, is a real achievement. The results of young people in Sutton have improved year on year, reflecting their hard work and they should be incredibly proud.</p> <p>"This result comes just two weeks after we opened the new &#163;50m 1,400 place Stanley Park High, and we will be working closely with the school, and those which have since become academies, to ensure these excellent results continue."</p> 2012-01-27 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15411 2012-02-16 08:34:21 +0000 Sutton's secondary schools are top of the class, according to the latest league tables from The Department for Education. Sutton schools are top of the class 15411 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> Pupils from low income families in Sutton are likely to get better GCSE results than children in most other areas, according to a new report. </p></div> <p>The study, by think tank CentreForum, looked at pupils' achievement by taking into account factors including poverty, ethnicity, a child's first language and gender, which can skew exam performance.</p> <p>Taking these factors into account, it was estimated that 54 per cent of pupils in Sutton would achieve five or more A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths. Last year 65 per cent made the grade &#8211; 11 per cent more than expected, placing Sutton at eighth in the country. </p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools at Sutton Council, said: "Narrowing the gap between the achievements of young people from different economic backgrounds has been a priority for us for a long time, so I'm delighted our schools' success has been recognised nationally.</p> <p>"We have some of the best state schools in the country which means young people in Sutton can enjoy a first class education no matter what their background.</p> <p>"We're determined that this will continue for future generations, so we're continuing to expand our primary schools and lobbying the Government for more funding for education in Sutton."</p> <p>Sutton was praised for its achievements in helping children from low income families in a recent Ofsted inspection of its children's services department.&#160; The report, published in November, said: "Children from families with low incomes consistently do better than the average for such groups in similar areas and the gap between these children and their peers in Sutton has narrowed more than it has nationally in recent years."</p> 2012-01-25 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15408 2012-02-16 08:34:32 +0000 Pupils from low income families in Sutton are likely to get better GCSE results than children in most other areas, according to a new report. Children from low-income families performing well in Sutton 15408 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> Young people are to be given the chance to run for the borough in the mini London Marathon. </p></div> <p>Athletes aged 11 to 17 will be selected to represent Sutton in the young people's event which takes place on the final stretch of the London Marathon route in central London.</p> <p>To compete in the five kilometre race from Blackfriars to Pall Mall against all 32 other London Boroughs, runners need to qualify in the local trials on 25 February.</p> <p>Anyone within the age range who lives or goes to school in Sutton can take part for free but must pre-register for the trials before 17 February. The trials start at 11.30am at the Roundshaw 'Park Run' Roundshaw Downs, off Purley Way.</p> <p>Cllr Dave Callaghan, Executive Member for Children, Families and Youth Services on Sutton Council, said: "With the Olympics coming to our home city, there has never been a better year to get more involved with sports. The mini-marathon gives young runners the chance to take part in one of the capital's most iconic sporting events, and raise money to give something back at the same time."</p> <p>The first five runners to reach the finish in each age range at the trials will make the team for the Virgin Mini Marathon on 22 April. Selected runners can then raise sponsorship money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, 'Ready' a local charity which raises funds to help young people with disabilities to take part in sport and recreation, or a charity of their choice.</p> <p>For further details and an application form contact Sutton Sports Development Team on 020 8770 4667, e-mail: <a href="mailto:beverley.rand@sutton.gov.uk">beverley.rand@sutton.gov.uk</a>&#160; or visit <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/sportsdevelopment">www.sutton.gov.uk/sportsdevelopment</a></p> 2012-01-24 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15407 2012-02-16 08:34:43 +0000 Young people are to be given the chance to run for the borough in the mini London Marathon. Run for Sutton in Mini London Marathon 2012 15407 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> The creative work of the borough's senior school pupils will be on show from Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 9 February at the annual Festival of Youth Art Exhibition. </p></div> <p>Sutton Arts Council (SAC) and adult education college, SCOLA, are again working together to host the 13th annual exhibition, which will be on show in Sutton Central Library's Europa Gallery during library opening hours.</p> <p>The show is open to all borough senior schools and 14 will be exhibiting this year. Schools catering for students with learning difficulties and disabilities and the referral unit have also submitted a wide range of entries.</p> <p>The exhibition includes ceramics, computer aided work, drawing, multi-media work, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and textiles from across the age groups. All entrants will receive a certificate, which will be presented at their schools. </p> <p>SCOLA's Programme Manager of Creative Studies, Geoff Kenward, said: "Our schools are bursting with talent, and SCOLA and Sutton Arts Council welcome the chance to help their pupils showcase their wonderful work, and to give the public the chance to enjoy it too. "</p> 2012-01-23 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15406 2012-02-16 08:34:53 +0000 The creative work of the borough's senior school pupils will be on show from Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 9 February at the annual Festival of Youth Art Exhibition. Putting school art in the spotlight 15406 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/e/j/Princess_Anne.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Princess keeps a royal appointment" alt="Princess keeps a royal appointment "><div id="introtext"><p> Local carers were delighted to meet with HRH The Princess Royal at Sutton Carers Centre to celebrate their 20th anniversary. </p></div> <p>As President of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, to which Sutton Carers Centre has been affiliated since 1992, HRH had the opportunity to meet local carers in Sutton who were thrilled to meet her in person. </p> <p>Grant Fulker, 18, who cares for his brother, said: 'The thing that touched me most was the way The Princess Royal showed such understanding and compassion for what carers and young carers do day-to-day. It was like she was thanking us on behalf of the loved ones we care for - Her vibe, understanding and compassion of what we as carers do was refreshing. It was also really nice that The Princess Royal wasn't in a rush and that she took her time to move round the groups and take the opportunity to speak with everyone. The whole experience made me feel so proud and&#160;to be a young carer.'</p> <p>Lesley Smith aged 52, who cares for her son, said: 'It was a wonderful event. Meeting her was very special and it made me feel special. It was exciting and the atmosphere was great. The organisation was second to none, I was very impressed with how it was all put together.'</p> <p>Rachael MacLeod Stevens, Chief Executive of Sutton Carers Centre, says: 'It was wonderful to receive such an honourable guest and the staff, volunteers and carers enjoyed meeting Her Royal Highness very much. We hope that her visit will raise awareness about our presence in the community and that it will help people to identify themselves as carers so that they can access our support.'</p> <p>On arrival last Wednesday (18 Jan), the royal visitor was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer; The Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Gerry Jerome; Member of Parliament for Wallington and Carshalton, Tom Brake, and Carole Cochrane, Ambassador for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. </p> <p>The princess was presented with a posy towards the end of her visit by Kama Digance, a young carer receiving support from Sutton Carers Centre. </p> <p>Carers receive support from the Centre through their various services which include information, advice and advocacy, regular social and recreational activities, practical support such as training, as well as counselling, complementary therapies and peer support groups. Last year, in partnership with Sutton CAB, the Advice Service identified potential unclaimed family benefits amounting to &#163;750,000.</p> <p>Increased funding from the London Borough of Sutton has enabled development of an evening and weekend service for Mental Health Carers unable to access support during normal office hours. </p> <p>Additionally, Sutton Carers Centre has recently been awarded &#163;1m from the Big Lottery Fund as part of a partnership that will help identify and support more Young Carers. This project is in partnership with Carers Support Merton, Riverside Community Association, South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust, and St Mark's Family Centre. </p> <p>Sutton Carers Centre can be contacted by calling 020 8296 5611, emailing <a href="mailto:enquiries@suttoncarerscentre.org">enquiries@suttoncarerscentre.org</a> or by visiting the Centre: Benhill House 1<sup>st</sup> Floor, 12 &#8211; 14 Benhill Avenue, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4DA. </p> 2012-01-23 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15402 2012-02-16 08:35:04 +0000 Local carers were delighted to meet with HRH The Princess Royal at Sutton Carers Centre to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Princess keeps a royal appointment 15402 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/e/j/Princess_Anne.jpg Princess keeps a royal appointment
<div id="introtext"><p> A noisy neighbour has been forced to face the music after a raucous party shattered the peace of a Sutton street. </p></div> <p>Simone White-Yule was served a noise abatement notice after residents of Rectory Lane, Wallington, complained about music blasting from her house during a summer party. After this was ignored, Sutton Council gave her a fixed penalty of &#163;100, which went unpaid.</p> <p>Ms White-Yule was brought before Croydon Magistrates Court, where she pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the terms of the Noise Abatement Notice.</p> <p>She was made to pay out a total of &#163;415, made up from &#163;300 for the offence, a contribution towards prosecution costs of &#163;100 and a victims surcharge of &#163;15.</p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: "This goes to show that there's no need to feel powerless against noisy neighbours.</p> <p>"Ms White-Yule now has to pay over &#163;400 which could have been saved by simply turning the music down. This should serve as a warning to inconsiderate neighbours &#8211; if you cause a nuisance then you will be made to pay."</p> <p>Anyone wishing to report noise nuisance in Sutton should call the council on 020 8770 5070 or through the report it section at <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/">www.sutton.gov.uk</a></p> 2012-01-20 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15394 2012-02-16 08:35:15 +0000 A noisy neighbour has been forced to face the music after a raucous party shattered the peace of a Sutton street. Noisy neighbour changes tune after prosecution 15394 None None None None
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<div id="introtext"><p> Help is at hand for Sutton residents ahead of London's digital TV switchover in April. </p></div> <p>Everyone in Sutton will soon receive an information booklet explaining what will happen and when, and thousands of eligible people will receive an extra helping hand to make sure that they aren't left facing an empty screen. To help make things clear, the Switchover Scheme information unit will appear outside Argos on Sutton High Street on Thursday 19 January and Waitrose car park in Worcester Park on Friday 20 January, both between 10am and 4pm. On 28 March residents will be able to drop in to The U in the St Nicholas Centre between 9am and 1 pm for extra advice.</p> <p>Twelve million viewers will be affected by the change, which will take place in two phases on 4 and 18 April. Analogue viewers must convert their sets or see them go blank, while Freeview users must retune their equipment.</p> <p>Cllr Colin Stears, Executive Member for Adult Social Services and Health on Sutton Council, said: "All televisions can be converted to work after the digital switchover.</p> <p>"With major events like the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee coming to our screens this summer, it's important that we all do what we can to make sure that the borough's more vulnerable residents get the support they need to make the switch. If you have a family member, friend or neighbour who could benefit from a bit of extra help, then please do contact the Switchover help scheme and find out what is available."</p> <p>If you can already see more than five channels, all you will need to do is retune your set. If not, then you will need to buy a digital receiver, which can be bought for around &#163;20 from many high street shops.</p> <p>Everyone eligible for extra help will have received a letter offering practical help converting one TV set, and must now respond to the letter to receive assistance.&#160; The standard service, which includes equipment, help with installation and aftercare, costs &#163;40, although residents on&#160;some income benefits may have the fee waived.</p> <p>The scheme is open to those who are aged 75 or over, receive or could receive Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or mobility supplement, have lived in a care home for six months or more or are registered blind or partially sighted </p> <p>To find out more about the digital switchover, visit <a href="http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/">www.digitaluk.co.uk</a>. If you would like to know if you are eligible for extra help please visit <a title="http://www.helpscheme.co.uk/" href="http://www.helpscheme.co.uk/">www.helpscheme.co.uk</a> or call for free on 0800 40 85 9</p> 2012-01-18 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15380 2012-02-16 08:35:36 +0000 Help is at hand for Sutton residents ahead of London's digital TV switchover in April. Sutton prepares for digital switchover 15380 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/a/d/Some_of_the_seized_equipment_.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Some of the seized equipment" alt="Some of the seized equipment "><div id="introtext"><p> A noisy neighbour has been fined and had his equipment confiscated after ignoring warnings to turn his music down. </p></div> <p>Sean Eales caused misery to people living near to him in Demesne Road, Wallington with his high-volume dance tunes. </p> <p>He was served with a noise abatement notice in July after frustrated neighbours made a series of complaints about the loud music coming from his top floor flat.</p> <p>But when the notice and a fixed penalty notice were repeatedly ignored, environmental health officers from Sutton Council obtained a warrant and entered the flat to seize Mr Eales' noise-making equipment, which included an amplifier, a CD player, a DVD player and two speakers</p> <p>He subsequently appeared before Croydon magistrates last month, where he pleaded guilty to contravening the noise abatement notice.</p> <p>He was fined &#163;100 for the offence, plus &#163;150 court costs and a victim surcharge of &#163;15. The court agreed that Mr Eales could have his equipment returned to him but only on the payment of the council's separate costs of &#163;219. </p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said the court action should serve as a warning to other noisy neighbours. </p> <p>He said: "This man now faces having to pay out almost &#163;500 for being inconsiderate and refusing to listen to our advice. People should be aware that being a noisy neighbour can cost them dear.</p> <p>"The action sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour of this nature in Sutton and we will robustly prosecute individuals who continue to disturb their neighbours. </p> <p>"It also highlights the importance of residents reporting any issues of noise nuisance to the council so that further investigation can take place." </p> <p>Anyone wishing to report noise nuisance in Sutton should call the council on 020 8770 5070 or through the report it section at <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/">www.sutton.gov.uk</a></p> 2012-01-11 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15364 2012-02-16 08:35:47 +0000 A noisy neighbour has been fined and had his equipment confiscated after ignoring warnings to turn his music down. Noisy neighbour faces music after making residents' lives a misery 15364 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/a/d/Some_of_the_seized_equipment_.JPG Some of the seized equipment
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/4/g/Children_at_Family_Fun_Day_last_year.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Family fun day at the Phoenix" alt="Family fun day at the Phoenix"><div id="introtext"><p> Circus skills, drumming workshops and the chance to meet farm animals will all be on offer at a major event for children and young people with additional needs and their families. </p></div> <p>Sutton Council's Information and Family Fun Day comes back for its seventh year on Saturday 18February, from 10am to 3pm, at the Phoenix Centre Wallington. The free, all-day event is open to children and young people aged up to 19 who have disabilities or additional needs, their siblings, parents and carers. To celebrate London 2012, this year's theme is 'around the world'. As well as family fun including trampolines, messy play, sing and sign and inclusive bikes, parents and carers will be able to speak with local service providers who will be there to provide information and advice.&#160; </p> <p>Cllr Dave Callaghan, Executive Member for Children, Families and Youth Services said: "The Olympics coming to our city is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we want as many residents as possible to join in the celebrations. The family fun day is a great chance to have a family day out, with a host of fun activities for children of all ages and their parents.</p> <p>"There is a lot of support for children with additional needs and their families, but it can sometimes be hard to work out exactly what help there is for your family, and how best to access it. The family fun day provides an opportunity to talk to people from a whole range of groups, and get ideas about different services and activities that are available."</p> <p>There will be information stands from a variety of organisations and support groups where parents can find information on childcare, local and national service providers and ideas for out of school and leisure activities.</p> <p>This year, families will need to book some activities before the event. A booking form is available on the fun day web page at <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/familyfunday">www.sutton.gov.uk/familyfunday</a>, along with a full list of events and a video of last year's fun day. The closing date for all bookings is Tuesday 31 January.</p> <p>For more information visit the website or contact the Sutton Family Information Service on 020 8770 6000.</p> 2012-01-11 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15363 2012-02-16 08:35:57 +0000 Circus skills, drumming workshops and the chance to meet farm animals will all be on offer at a major event for children and young people with additional needs and their families. Family fun day at the Phoenix 15363 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/4/g/Children_at_Family_Fun_Day_last_year.jpg Family fun day at the Phoenix
<div id="introtext"><p> Residents are being urged to get help to tackle their Christmas debt hangovers. </p></div> <p>One in four people will have to deal with debts run up over the Christmas period, according to new market research. The average household will take six months to pay off their bills, with one in ten expected still to be dealing with Christmas debt this time next year.</p> <p>Now, people are being offered a helping hand by the CMS Credit Union, who are giving residents the chance to save money while they pay off their loans. Sutton Council and the Citizens Advice Bureaux have also teamed up to offer advice on how to pay off Christmas debts.</p> <p>Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said: "It's very easy to run up debts over the festive period, and if you've spent more than you meant to this Christmas then its best to tackle your bills as soon as possible. If your debts are serious then there's lots of help and advice available. Whatever you owe, joining a Credit Union is a great way to pay off your debts and save up some money at the same time.</p> <p>"At the start of a new year, next Christmas is the last thing on anyone's mind. But if you start saving now, then by next December you should have a handy lump sum to help you get through next year's festivities without needing to borrow."</p> <p>Credit unions are a safe, reliable way of saving money, taking out flexible, low- cost loans, and getting help and advice with debt. Since the Sutton branch of the Croydon, Merton &amp; Sutton Credit Union launched in May 2011, almost 300 residents have joined up to the service. Credit Unions are run as a co-operative, meaning that they have no external shareholders and all profits are returned to members.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Sutton Council and the Citizens Advice Bureaux have released five top tips for dealing with debt.</p> <p>&#183; Act fast to get your debts organised before interest and penalty fees start to mount up. If you can, make sure that you pay on time, even if it is only the minimum, or you will be faced with additional charges.</p> <p>&#183; Reread the small print on interest free credit agreements, as if you miss minimum payments or don't pay on time then you could have to pay a lot more. If you have an overdraft or credit card debts then pay off those with the highest interest first.</p> <p>&#183; Remember that your usual bills, such as mortgage or rent, food, council tax and utilities still need to be paid. Leaving these bills unpaid could result in a court summons or your utilities being cut off, so make sure that you prioritise to make sure that the most pressing bills are paid first. </p> <p>&#183; If you have serious debts, then there are lots of organisations you can turn to for help and advice. The Sutton Citizens Advice Bureaux is a good place to start for free and impartial advice. </p> <p>&#183; Don't be tempted to borrow money from doorstep lenders or loan sharks. Although it might seem like a quick and easy way of getting money, the initial savings and convenience may prove to be a false economy.</p> <p>To find out more about the CMS Credit Union, call <strong>020 8760 5711</strong>or visit <a href="http://www.croydonsavers.co.uk/">http://www.croydonsavers.co.uk/</a></p> <p>If you are already struggling with debt, you can contact the CAB on <strong>020 8405 3552</strong> for free impartial advice and help.&#160; More information can also be found on their website <a href="http://www.suttoncabx.org.uk/">http://www.suttoncabx.org.uk/</a>, or at <a href="http://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/">www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk</a> &#160;</p> 2012-01-10 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15362 2012-02-16 08:36:08 +0000 Residents are being urged to get help to tackle their Christmas debt hangovers. A helping hand to beat Christmas debt 15362 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> Residents in Sutton are invited to this year's Holocaust Memorial Day. </p></div> <p>Every year on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, services take place across Europe to remember those murdered in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides, including those in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. </p> <p>The theme of this year's event is 'Speak Up, Speak Out' to encourage people to challenge injustice and hatred and help to create a safer, better future. There will be speeches from Mayor of Sutton Councillor Gerry Jerome, Holocaust survivor Marcel Ladenheim and Reverend Meir Lev, Minister of Sutton and District Synagogue.</p> <p>Residents can view an exhibition with information and photography about the genocides on Holocaust Memorial Day and over the weekend. </p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and the Voluntary Sector on Sutton Council, said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is a valuable opportunity to remember those who died or had their lives shattered by genocide, and reflect upon the lessons from the past.</p> <p>"This year's theme encourages us all to play our part in stamping out prejudice, hatred and fear. Repression and violence continues to take place around the world every day, and we all have a duty to speak out against it in whatever way we can."</p> <p>The service will be held in the Europa Gallery on Friday 27 January from 10.30am &#8211; 12 noon. If you would like to attend, please confirm your place by contacting Simon Breeze on <a href="mailto:simon.breeze@sutton.gov.uk">simon.breeze@sutton.gov.uk</a> or 0208 770 5784.</p> 2012-01-10 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15361 2012-02-16 08:36:19 +0000 Residents in Sutton are invited to this year's Holocaust Memorial Day. Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked in Sutton 15361 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/7/2/Trenches_in_Carshalton_Park_1939.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Trenches in Carshalton Park 1939" alt="Trenches in Carshalton Park 1939"><div id="introtext"><p> A forgotten Second World War air raid shelter which protected hundreds of people from German bombs has been discovered. </p></div> <p>Council workers made the discovery after a hole appeared in the ground in Carshalton Park in south London. Investigations revealed that the hole was an escape hatch leading from the buried bomb shelter.</p> <p>It is believed that the shelter consisted of a rectangle of four corridors, approximately five feet across, which would have housed up to 1,000 people sitting on wooden benches.</p> <p>Sutton Council has now launched an appeal for information from any residents who may remember when the shelter was open. </p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries, said: "It's potentially a significant find which could shed some fresh light on wartime Britain. We understand the Government of the day ordered it to be built for people who couldn't afford an Anderson shelter in their garden or who didn't have a garden. </p> <p>"We would love to hear from residents who know more about it &#8211; or who even took shelter in it during a raid."</p> <p>Carshalton was hit a number of times by German Luftwaffe bombers during the war and also suffered a number of V1 rocket strikes.</p> <p>Preliminary investigations suggest the rediscovered shelter is in good condition and officials now plan to excavate it further. The area has been cordoned off ahead of excavation work being carried out.</p> <p>Council worker Tom Webb was first on the scene after the hole was reported. He said "When we first got a call saying that a hole had appeared I thought that it would just be a missing manhole cover, but as soon as I got down to the park I realised that it was much more. Once it was safely cordoned off, I went straight back to the office to find out what was down there. Using information from satellite images and old council minutes, we discovered that an air-raid shelter capable of holding 1,000 people was built under the park, possibly to help keep people in a nearby cottage hospital safe."</p> <p>Typically air shelters of this type were made from concrete slabs submerged in the ground with the spoil from the excavation thrown on top. </p> <p><br>The main entrance down several steps took a zigzag form to prevent any debris being blown into the safe area when the bombs fell.</p> <p>Photographs and information about the shelter could be featured in a future exhibition at the nearby Honeywood Museum, which is due to reopen later this year after a major refurbishment.</p> <p>In 2010, a similar air raid shelter was discovered when a five metre hole appeared in Sutton Green. A large number of residents subsequently contacted the council with information about it including people who had sheltered there during bombing raids.</p> <p>Anyone with information can contact Maura Collyer on 0208 770 5070 or by emailing <a href="mailto:parks.serviceenquiries@sutton.gov.uk">parks.serviceenquiries@sutton.gov.uk</a></p> 2012-01-09 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15358 2012-02-16 08:36:29 +0000 A forgotten Second World War air raid shelter which protected hundreds of people from German bombs has been discovered. "Lost" bomb shelter found after hole appears 15358 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/7/2/Trenches_in_Carshalton_Park_1939.jpg Trenches in Carshalton Park 1939
<div id="introtext"><p> As the festive celebrations come to a close, residents are being urged to recycle their Christmas trees and wrapping paper. </p></div> <p>Last year refuse collectors picked up more than 5.5 tonnes of Christmas trees during the two-week collection period, helping to keep down costly landfill charges.</p> <p>Real Christmas trees can be put out for recycling next to green bins on usual collection days from Monday 9 to Friday 20 January. They will then be taken to Beddington Lane, where they will be composted. </p> <p>Greetings cards, cardboard packaging and wrapping paper can be put inside green bins, even if they contain glitter or have a foil or plastic coating.</p> <p>Last year residents did their bit by considering the environment when they tidied their homes after Christmas, and more than 150 extra tonnes of recycling was collected in January 2011, compared to the previous month. </p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change at Sutton Council, said: "We all have wrapping paper, cards, packaging and trees to throw out after Christmas, but if we all think about what we put in each bin, we can make a big difference. Reducing the amount of rubbish we send to landfill at Beddington Lane not only helps the environment but it also cuts costs."</p> <p>Recycling can also be taken to Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycling Centre. For more information and a full list of what can be recycled visit: <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/recycling">www.sutton.gov.uk/recycling</a></p> 2012-01-09 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15356 2012-02-16 08:36:40 +0000 As the festive celebrations come to a close, residents are being urged to recycle their Christmas trees and wrapping paper. Residents urged to recycle their Christmas trees and wrapping paper 15356 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/g/j/McFarlane__1.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="McFarlane" alt="McFarlane "><div id="introtext"><p> A father who cheated the taxpayer out of more than &#163;23,000 by falsely claiming benefits while he was working narrowly escaped spending Christmas behind bars. </p></div> <p>Brian McFarlane, 40, of Stafford Road, Wallington, had duped officials by using a separate identity to hide his job as a care support worker.</p> <p>He claimed council tax and housing benefit and income support for up to three years, which together added up to &#163;23,637.66.</p> <p>Mr Richard Andrews, prosecuting, said: "When he was questioned about the offences, he initially said he had not worked at all but when confronted with evidence that showed this not to be true he said he was 'confused'.</p> <p>"In a second interview he admitted he had been working since September 2003 and also confirmed he had worked under the name 'Salmon' and claimed benefits under the name of McFarlane."</p> <p>Croydon magistrates said the father-of-two had come very close to being jailed, warning that the fraud was "a deliberate act using a false identity."</p> <p>"The money you defrauded the taxpayer was a substantial sum. This is a serious matter and we looked very seriously at custody," said the chair of the bench.</p> <p>McFarlane was instead handed a six month community order, fitted with a tag and ordered to observe an 8pm to 6am curfew for the next four months.</p> <p>As in all cases of benefit fraud, he was also told he would have to pay back every penny of the money he falsely claimed.</p> <p>McFarlane, who had pleaded guilty to three charges of benefit fraud, said he had had known what he had done was wrong but had not appreciated the seriousness of the offences.</p> <p>Gerald Almeroth, Sutton Council's Strategic Director Resources, said: "We have a policy of zero tolerance on benefit fraud and we take all necessary steps to ensure that people who deliberately seek to defraud the taxpayer are uncovered and brought before the courts.</p> <p>"The vast majority of our residents work hard to pay for their local services and so it is vital that we continue to expose fraud and wrongdoing of this kind to ensure that our resources are directed at the services most needed."</p> <p>If you think someone is claiming benefits they are not entitled to, please call the investigation team, in confidence, on 020 8770 5687 or via the website <a title="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/reportabenefitfraud" href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/reportabenefitfraud">www.sutton.gov.uk/reportabenefitfraud</a></p> 2012-01-09 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15355 2012-02-16 08:36:51 +0000 A father who cheated the taxpayer out of more than £23,000 by falsely claiming benefits while he was working narrowly escaped spending Christmas behind bars. Father "used false identity" to cheat taxpayer 15355 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/g/j/McFarlane__1.JPG McFarlane
<div id="introtext"><p>Sutton's eLibrary has launched its first ever online book group.</p></div> <p>Sutton's eLibrary has launched its first ever online book group.</p> <p>Tech-savvy bookworms are being invited to join the new group, which will discuss a book a month on Sutton library's Facebook page.</p> <p>All featured books are available through a database of 19,000 books which can be downloaded for free onto eReaders, smartphones and computers. Available through the 'additional books' link on the Sutton eLibrary homepage, they can be downloaded permanently and do not count against borrowing limits.</p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries on Sutton Council, said: "If you've been lucky enough to get a new eReader, smartphone or PC for Christmas then the eLibrary is a great way of starting off a new eBook collection. </p> <p>"Discussing books with like-minded people can show new sides to old favourites and help you to discover new ones, but it can sometimes be hard to find time to attend a traditional book group regularly. Moving the conversation online will make it easy for readers to fit book chat into their busy lives."</p> <p> The first book will be Jane Austen's Emma, and the discussion began on Sunday 1 January. To take part, go to Sutton Library's Facebook page at&#160;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sutton-Central-Library-UK/307066065080">http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sutton-Central-Library-UK/307066065080</a></p> <p>ENDS</p> 2020-01-03 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15334 2012-02-16 08:37:01 +0000 Sutton's eLibrary has launched its first ever online book group. Sutton eLibrary begins new chapter 12 15334 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/h/m/Ian-Birnbaum.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Ian Birnbaum OBE" alt="Ian Birnbaum OBE"><div id="introtext"><p>A former senior officer at Sutton Council who helped the borough's schools to become some of the best in the country has been awarded an OBE. </p></div> <p>Dr Ian Birnbaum, who worked for the authority for 20 years, rose to the position of Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Learning Services before delaying his retirement to serve as interim Chief Executive in 2010. He was granted the honour&#160; for services to local government. </p> <p>Dr Birnbaum was one of six people connected with Sutton to be recognised in the New Year's Honours list. </p> <p>He said: "I'm delighted to have received this award. It was a privilege to work with Sutton's many talented officers, teachers, parents and students&#160;over many years. &#160;Without their hard work and dedication, I know I would not have received this honour."</p> <p>Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said: "I am delighted that Ian has been recognised. He has given years of dedicated service to the borough's young people, playing a leading role in making Sutton one of the highest achieving councils in the country and the best place in London to raise a family.</p> <p>"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those in Sutton who have been named on this year's list, and the many other people who work hard to make our community a stronger, safer and happier place."</p> <p>Sutton's schools are regularly named as some of the best in the country. This year over 80 per cent of Year 6 children achieved the government's target grades in both English and Maths, the 5<sup>th</sup> highest nationally, and brainy GCSE students achieved the top grades in the country. Sutton was named the best place in London, and one of the top 20 nationwide, to raise a family in a recent report.</p> <p>ENDS</p> <h2>Notes to editors:</h2> <p>Dr Birnbaum joined the Sutton LEA as Chief Inspector in 1990, and took up the post of Director of Education in 1996. The post was later expanded to include children's services, and by the time of his retirement Dr Birnbaum was responsible for the education and safeguarding of all Sutton's young people. During his time in Sutton, Dr Birnbaum led on several initiatives to co-ordinated admissions systems across the London, including devising and implementing the first computerised schools' coordinated admissions system. &#160;In 2010, he delayed his retirement by six months in order to act as Interim Chief Executive after the departure of Paul Martin.</p> <p>The other five people honoured in Sutton are: </p> <p>Marilyn Gordon-Jones MBE for her services to Sutton's Old People Welfare Committee</p> <p>Alan Woodwiss MBE for his services to amateur football</p> <p>Amin Mawji OBE for his public and voluntary service</p> <p>William Nicholls MBE for his voluntary service to the Sainsbury's Veterans' Association</p> <p>&#160;Kevin Whelan MBE for his work as a messenger for the HM Treasury</p> 2020-01-03 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15333 2012-02-16 08:37:12 +0000 A former senior officer at Sutton Council who helped the borough's schools to become some of the best in the country has been awarded an OBE. Former Sutton Director of Children's Services awarded OBE 12 15333 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/h/m/Ian-Birnbaum.jpg Ian Birnbaum OBE
<div id="introtext"><p> Residents in North Cheam and Worcester Park are being handed total control of their local council budget, and will be given the chance to vote for the projects that get the go ahead over the next year. </p></div> <p>The area is set to pilot an exciting new way of funding local projects, and will see residents decide how more than &#163;50,000 of council funding is spent.</p> <p>Each of Sutton's six local committees is given a lump sum to spend throughout the year on projects that benefit their neighbourhood. These schemes can vary from anything from school breakfast clubs to play areas and new park benches to trees or parking spaces.</p> <p>Local councillors decide, at regular public meetings, which schemes should receive funding. But for the first time, organisations in the Cheam North and Worcester Park local committee area are being encouraged to apply for a share of up to &#163;5,000 of their area's funding. </p> <p>They will then be invited to present their ideas at a meeting, where fellow residents will be able to vote for the projects they think will most benefit people in their area.</p> <p>Cllr Adrian Davey, Chair of the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee, said: "Our local committees are a great way to get involved in making decisions that affect your local area, and participatory budgeting will give you even more of a say. </p> <p>"We hope that we will hear from people and organisations with ideas that will make a difference to the people who live here. It will give the residents of North Cheam and Worcester Park the chance to decide what their council tax funds, and if it's successful it could be rolled out across Sutton.</p> <p>"So if you've got an idea that you want to get off the ground, get in touch and find out more." </p> <p>Find out more about the application criteria how to apply for funding by emailing <a href="mailto:bill.reed@sutton.gov.uk">bill.reed@sutton.gov.uk</a>. The deadline for applications is 5 April and residents will be invited to vote for their favourite schemes on 5 May.</p> 2012-03-19 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15514 2012-03-21 14:57:37 +0000 Residents in North Cheam and Worcester Park are being handed total control of their local council budget, and will be given the chance to vote for the projects that get the go ahead over the next year. Residents handed control of council budget in North Cheam and Worcester Park 15514 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/s/b/Olympic_torch_through_Sutton_route.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Olympic torch route" alt="Olympic torch route"><div id="introtext"><p> The countdown to a bumper summer of celebrations in Sutton began today as the route of the Olympic torch relay was revealed. </p></div> <p>The Olympic flame will arrive from Greece in May when the relay to precede the start of the 2012 Games kicks off in Land's End.&#160; It will then continue for 70 days until the opening ceremony on 27 July.&#160; </p> <p>The torch is set to arrive in Sutton on 23 July. It will enter the borough via Croydon Road at about 2pm and continue along Acre Lane to the centre of Carshalton. </p> <p>From Carshalton Ponds, torchbearers will make their way to Sutton High Street where crowds are expected to line the street for a glimpse of the historic torch. </p> <p>The torch will then continue along Angel Hill and Sutton Common Road before leaving the borough via Bishopsford Road.</p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries at Sutton Council, said: "The Olympics are just around the corner and the announcement of the route through Sutton will give residents the chance to start planning the build up to the greatest sporting event in the world.</p> <p>"I hope lots of local people will take to the streets to cheer the torch on its way through our borough, just a few days before the Games begin. It's going to be a fantastic day and I'm sure we'll all remember it for years to come."</p> <p>A total of 23 torch bearers will carry the torch during its two-hour journey through Sutton. One of them, John Dawson, 45, is from Sutton. A major road accident in 2001 left John in a coma for many weeks. It was not clear if he would ever regain speech and movement but eventually emerged to face life blind and with major nerve and brain damage. </p> <p>John is now a committed volunteer and gives up his time to help and inspire others. No stranger to sporting achievements, in 2006 he completed the London Marathon and in 2010 rode a tandem in the London to Paris Bike Ride. His many fundraising achievements include setting up an activity club for visually impaired children.</p> <p>Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: "Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might&#160; celebrate and make it Sutton's moment to shine."</p> <p>The full street-by-street relay route can be viewed at <a href="http://www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay">www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay</a></p> 2012-03-19 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15513 2012-03-21 14:57:48 +0000 The countdown to a bumper summer of celebrations in Sutton began today as the route of the Olympic torch relay was revealed. Sutton's Olympic torch relay route revealed 15513 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/s/b/Olympic_torch_through_Sutton_route.JPG Olympic torch route
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/b/e/st_helier_hospital_SU24576-01_1_.jpg.display_1.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="St Helier Hospital - Image is of St Helier Hospital" alt="St Helier Hospital - Image is of St Helier Hospital"><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton council has called for the NHS to keep residents informed about the fate of St Helier Hospital after managers were unable guarantee the future of its A&amp;E and maternity services. </p></div> <p>Chief Executive Matthew Hopkins spoke to Sutton Council's Health and Well Being Scrutiny Committee about the future of the hospital but was unable to allay fears that NHS reviews would lead to the closure of local services.</p> <p>The hospital's future was thrown into uncertainty when a proposed merger with St George's, Tooting, fell through. The merger would have allowed St Helier to become a foundation trust, a process which all NHS organisations must undergo by 2014. The government has confirmed that St Helier does not meet the criteria and cannot become a foundation trust alone, so hospital bosses are now looking at what support they can receive from external stakeholders and the local community to secure services at the organisation and hoping for an extension to the 2014 date.</p> <p>At the meeting, Mr Matthew Hopkins stressed St Helier's excellent patient feedback and assured councillors that the Trust is doing all it can to "work with staff and stakeholders to secure, if at all possible, a secure and financially stable future."</p> <p>However, when pressed by councillors for a cast-iron guarantee that St Helier's future is secure, Mr Hopkins was forced to admit that currently he does not know which services will remain at the site.</p> <p>Cllr Mary Burstow, Chair of the Committee, said "It is extremely concerning that NHS London is unable to guarantee the future of St Helier Hospital. While it is good to hear that St Helier Hospital bosses are keen to work with the community to secure services at the site, there has been a shadow over the hospital's future for five years now and it's time for the NHS to be honest about where it stands. </p> <p>"This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for staff and patients at St Helier, and everyone in our local community. The hospital has been working hard to secure services, but it needs NHS London chiefs to get behind it and agree plans before they can go ahead. We all want guarantees that services are secure, but until this can happen it is vital that those who will be affected most by the changes are kept well informed, even when the news is not good. The collapse of the planned merger with St George's has left bosses without a firm plan, and the council will be pushing for honesty, transparency and community engagement from the NHS until the new plans are confirmed."</p> 2012-03-19 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15512 2012-03-21 14:58:00 +0000 Sutton council has called for the NHS to keep residents informed about the fate of St Helier Hospital after managers were unable guarantee the future of its A&E and maternity services. Council calls for honest answers on St Helier 15512 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/b/e/st_helier_hospital_SU24576-01_1_.jpg.display_1.jpg St Helier Hospital - Image is of St Helier Hospital
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/n/1/Avenue_Primary_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Avenue Primary" alt="Avenue Primary "><div id="introtext"><p> A headteacher at a Sutton primary school has been selected for a top role supporting struggling schools. </p></div> <p>Alexander Clark, head of Avenue Primary School, Belmont, is one of only 95 headteachers in the latest group of National Leaders of Education (NLE). </p> <p>Mr Clark and the rest of the school's staff will provide extra leadership to help schools in challenging circumstances to improve. The honour marks Avenue Primary out as one of the country's best-led schools, as the scheme asks outstanding school leaders to use their expertise to give advice, guidance and support to schools which are improving.</p> <p>The NLE scheme has seen schools across the country improve dramatically since it was launched. Struggling primary schools who take part have seen their results improve by an average of over 7%, compared to static results in those who are not involved.</p> <p>Mr Clark said: "I am delighted that we are in a position to support other schools to have an impact on the life-chances of children.&#160; All children deserve the very best education, and I hope that my role as an NLE, with colleagues in education, will make a difference."</p> <p>He will now be invited to the National College's Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham in April for a formal induction and training for the role in driving school improvement.</p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools on Sutton Council, said: "Sutton has some of the best schools in the country, so it's great news that outstanding headteachers like Mr Clark are helping to spread our success. It's a real honour to be selected for the programme, and the staff at Avenue Primary School should be proud of the role they are playing helping so many children to get the best start in life."</p> <p>Toby Salt, Deputy Chief Executive of the National College, said: "School-to-school support is having a growing impact across the education system and this is thanks to the hard work and dedication of all those involved. Helping other school leaders in this way is admirable and something I'd encourage other heads to consider."</p> 2012-03-15 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15507 2012-03-21 14:58:16 +0000 A headteacher at a Sutton primary school has been selected for a top role supporting struggling schools. Sutton headteacher to help struggling schools 15507 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/n/1/Avenue_Primary_.jpg Avenue Primary
<div id="introtext"><p> New measures to help people struggling with housing costs have been unveiled by Sutton Council. </p></div> <p>Historically the start of the year is a quiet time for the housing market, but 2012 saw rent rising in January for the first time since records began.&#160; The increase was the latest in years of hikes, which have seen households across the country struggling to make ends meet.</p> <p>Now, Sutton Council is offering help to people at risk of losing their homes, particularly in the wake of changes to the Local Housing Allowance, which has capped the amount of housing benefit in certain areas. The council can give you advice and help you to renegotiate your rent, find ways of making up the shortfall, or find somewhere new. The service is contacting those who claim housing benefit and may be at risk, but it is open to anyone living in Sutton.</p> <p>Housing benefit is &#160;available to anyone on a low income including the unemployed, part time workers or people who have seen their wages fall. If you currently receive housing benefit but are still struggling to pay the remainder of your rent, then you may also be eligible for a discretionary housing payment (DHP). DHPs cannot be used to cover arrears in rent or a shortfall caused by a reduction in benefits to recoup an overpayment, but there are no other restrictions on who can apply. However the central government fund is limited, so the council takes into account factors like level of need, child maintenance costs, legal and medical costs when deciding who should get the payments.</p> <p>Cllr Jayne McCoy, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing, said: "A lot of people think that if they earn a wage, live in private accommodation or pay a mortgage rather than rent, then they are on their own when times get tough.</p> <p>"In fact, the council offers support based on who needs it most. There are lots of different benefits, payments and ways of getting advice, so if you are feeling the pinch because of rising housing costs then please do get in touch and see if we can help."</p> <p>To apply for a DHP, complete our online&#160;e-form at <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/benefitclaims">http://www.sutton.gov.uk/benefitclaims</a>. Alternatively, you can telephone us on 0208 770 5444 and we can complete the form with you over the telephone. To talk to one of the council's housing intervention officers, call Vinette Simpson on 0208 770 6889 if you have children, or Ian Denyer on 0208 770 5395 if you do not.</p> 2012-03-12 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15502 2012-03-21 14:58:33 +0000 New measures to help people struggling with housing costs have been unveiled by Sutton Council. A helping hand with rising rent 15502 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/c/l/Sutton_Community_Group_members_Liz_Udall_Tony_Thorpe_Judy_Walsh_and_Deputy_Mayor_Cllr_Hamish_Pollock.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Sutton Community Group members Liz Udall Tony Thorpe Judy Walsh and Deputy Mayor Cllr Hamish Pollock" alt="Sutton Community Group members Liz Udall Tony Thorpe Judy Walsh and Deputy Mayor Cllr Hamish Pollock"><div id="introtext"><p> Shoppers learnt how to take steps towards a fairer world, as Fairtrade Fortnight kicked off in Sutton. </p></div> <p>'Taking a step' is the theme of this year's national event, and Deputy Mayor of Sutton, Cllr. Hamish Pollock, was on hand at the St Nicholas Centre to help local people put their best foot forward. &#160;</p> <p>Fairtrade is an international standard that guarantees workers decent wages and working conditions. </p> <p>Globally 7.5 million farmers benefit from Fairtrade and more than 4,500 products now bear the Fairtrade logo &#8211; from cotton to coffee and flowers to footballs.&#160;</p> <p>The Deputy Mayor said: "Fairtrade enables millions of workers around the world to benefit from basic pay and conditions we take for granted. Looking out for the Fairtrade logo is an easy step that we can take to help make sure those workers get a fairer deal. &#160;</p> <p>"A step for Fairtrade can be as simple as trying out a brand of Fairtrade tea, buying Fairtrade cotton or clothing or a Fairtrade Easter egg - all sorts of Fairtrade products are stocked in lots of shops across Sutton."&#160;</p> <p>Sutton has been a Fairtrade borough since 2005, and recently renewed its status. &#160;</p> <p>Fairtrade Fortnight continues in Sutton with a stall at John Fisher School from 6.30pm on 9 March and 10am-1pm Sutton Central Library on 10 March.</p> <p>The Sutton Fairtrade Community Group meets once every six weeks to plan events and campaigns and welcomes new members. For details of the next meeting email <a href="mailto:admin@fairtrade.insutton.org">admin@fairtrade.insutton.org</a>&#160;</p> 2012-03-08 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15497 2012-03-21 14:58:48 +0000 Shoppers learnt how to take steps towards a fairer world, as Fairtrade Fortnight kicked off in Sutton. Taking steps towards Fairtrade 15497 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/c/l/Sutton_Community_Group_members_Liz_Udall_Tony_Thorpe_Judy_Walsh_and_Deputy_Mayor_Cllr_Hamish_Pollock.jpg Sutton Community Group members Liz Udall Tony Thorpe Judy Walsh and Deputy Mayor Cllr Hamish Pollock
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/a/h/A_squirrel_taken_by_E_Hurley.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="A squirrel taken by E Hurley" alt="A squirrel taken by E Hurley"><div id="introtext"><p> A new wildlife project is springing into action and asking for residents' help to support Sutton's wildlife. </p></div> <p>The Ecology Centre's Biodiversity Gardens project helps people learn how to make their back gardens and open spaces more wildlife-friendly. As spring approaches, the project is shining a light on what lives in Sutton and how traditional gardening skills can be used to help local wildlife.</p> <p>The start of spring means that frogs, newts and toads will soon be emerging from hibernation, and getting involved can be as simple as sending sightings and photographs of frog or toad spawn in to be recorded. By building up a picture of what lives where, the Biodiversity team can help to work out what residents can do to help the creatures in their local area.</p> <p>If you have a bit more time, the team runs half-day workshops for schools and community groups on how to develop their land to support more wildlife. The time is free and you may be able to get free materials. You can also volunteer long-term, as the group are looking for people who want to find out more about social media, events, biodiversity surveying and more.</p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change on Sutton Council, said: "We're lucky to have a wealth of different plants and animals living in our back gardens here in Sutton, but small changes and developments in gardens can have a big impact on the creatures that live there.</p> <p>"One of the best ways to support wildlife is by working with what you already have. Small changes, such as leaving some long grass around lawn edges can make a big difference, as can enhancements like building a log pile, creating a pond or leaving small holes at the bottom of walls and fences, which will allow animals to travel around freely, often what they need to flourish in our urban environment."</p> <p>Most of the council's biodiversity records focus on what lives in public spaces like parks or nature conservation areas, with little information existing about what lives in the borough's gardens, school grounds, allotments and churchyards. The Heritage Lottery Funded Biodiversity Project was launched last year to find out more about what lives in these areas, and what could be done to support it.</p> <p>To find out more about traditional wildlife gardening, or any of the Get Involved activities, visits us at <a href="http://projectdirt.com/group/biodiversitygardens">http://projectdirt.com/group/biodiversitygardens</a>. Alternatively, you can contact the project officer on 020 8770 5818 or <a href="mailto:anna.parry@sutton.gov.uk">anna.parry@sutton.gov.uk</a>. </p> 2012-03-01 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15485 2012-03-21 14:59:03 +0000 A new wildlife project is springing into action and asking for residents' help to support Sutton's wildlife. Help local wildlife spring into action 15485 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/a/h/A_squirrel_taken_by_E_Hurley.jpg A squirrel taken by E Hurley
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/s/t/Zurich_office_building_Centrelink_House_the_Magnet_warehouse_and_gas_holders.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Zurich office building Centrelink House the Magnet warehouse and gas holders" alt="Zurich office building Centrelink House the Magnet warehouse and gas holders"><div id="introtext"><p> A blot on Sutton town centre's landscape looks set to be overhauled, creating hundreds of new jobs and homes. </p></div> <p>The land, at the north end of Sutton High Street, is currently home to some gas holders and 1960s office blocks. But under exciting new proposals, a large retail centre, a 120-bed hotel, green open spaces and more than 100 new homes could get the go-ahead, in what would be one of the biggest new developments in Sutton for decades. </p> <p>Developers are currently discussing the proposals with Sutton Council, and will soon extend those talks to local residents before they prepare a formal planning application later this year. </p> <p>The six acre site is largely "dead space", made up of 1960s office blocks which are part-let on short-term leases, an empty warehouse and gas holders. If the proposals get the green light the site would be completely redeveloped, with a new supermarket and other shops and restaurants, residential accommodation, a new green public square, improved roads around the town centre and better pedestrian access. </p> <p>Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing at Sutton Council, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to transform what has become an eyesore into a well-used, attractive space that will be a real boost to our local economy. It is really encouraging to see a considerable amount of private sector money being invested in Sutton.</p> <p>"The initial discussions we've had with the developer have been positive; we're impressed with their ambitions for the site and we have been giving them some steer as to the high standards local people want and expect. We'll be demanding first class design that's well thought out to provide new facilities for our residents and will also encourage even more businesses to invest in Sutton."</p> <p>A draft planning brief is now being prepared ahead of a nine-week public consultation, expected to begin in May.</p> 2012-02-27 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15483 2012-03-21 14:59:14 +0000 A blot on Sutton town centre's landscape looks set to be overhauled, creating hundreds of new jobs and homes. "Blot on Sutton town centre's landscape" set to be overhauled 15483 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/s/t/Zurich_office_building_Centrelink_House_the_Magnet_warehouse_and_gas_holders.JPG Zurich office building Centrelink House the Magnet warehouse and gas holders
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/0/b/Coronation_street_party_shrewsbury_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Coronation street party Shrewsbury" alt="Coronation street party Shrewsbury "><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton is on track to be crowned London's street party capital as patriotic and enthusiastic residents line up to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. </p></div> <p>Last year's Royal Wedding saw 37 street parties taking part in the borough, with many more celebrations held in homes and gardens &#8211; one of the highest totals in the capital. </p> <p>Now residents are starting to plan celebrations for this summer's events, with six applications to hold street parties already registered.</p> <p>Sutton Council has also announced that it is slashing red tape to make it easier for residents to break out the bunting and celebrate with neighbours.</p> <p>It is waiving road closure and application fees, which usually cost &#163;25, while organisers of events can also apply for a &#163;50 voucher to help pay for refreshments. </p> <p>Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said: "Last year saw neighbours come together for some really lovely events that will be remembered for years to come. With two big occasions within 100 days, this year is even more special and we want the borough to beat last year's record.</p> <p>"We want to make it as easy as possible for residents to hold street parties, so we've slashed red tape and can provide vouchers to help pay for refreshments. The Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee are the perfect opportunity to bring communities together, meet your neighbours and make new friends, so I'd urge everyone to think about taking their celebrations to the streets."</p> <p>To hold a street party over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June, road closure applications need to be made to the council by Friday 4 May. The deadline to apply for a &#163;50 voucher is 15 March.</p> <p>To apply, fill out the one page form at <a href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/summerfestival">www.sutton.gov.uk/summerfestival</a> and email it to <a href="mailto:trafficpostbook@sutton.gov.uk">trafficpostbook@sutton.gov.uk</a>. The form to apply for the voucher can also be found here.</p> 2012-02-23 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15480 2012-03-21 14:59:25 +0000 Sutton is on track to be crowned London's street party capital as patriotic and enthusiastic residents line up to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. Summer of celebration sparks street parties 15480 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/0/b/Coronation_street_party_shrewsbury_.jpg Coronation street party Shrewsbury
<div id="introtext"><p> One of the borough's most over-subscribed schools has been given the green-light to expand, providing much-needed extra primary school places. </p></div> <p>Sutton Council's Development Control Committee has granted planning permission to expand All Saints Church of England School in Carshalton.</p> <p>The expansion will see the popular school increase from one to two forms of entry, providing more places for local children.</p> <p>An extra class of 30 children will start at the school, which Ofsted says is "good with outstanding features", in September 2012. </p> <p>Chair of Governors Reverend Dr John Thewlis said: ""We are grateful that our school has been given this opportunity to serve even more local families. We try very hard to support our children, and to give them the best education we can. The extra places will help us do all that even better."</p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools at Sutton Council, said: "This is great news for parents of young children in Carshalton. All Saints is a very popular school and, with rising demand for primary school places across the borough, it's absolutely crucial we are able to provide places for children at local schools.</p> <p>&#160;"In response to the pressures on our primary schools we expanded five on time and on budget in time for last September. We will expand another five, including All Saints, in time for next year and we are looking into providing more primary school places at the former Stanley Park High School site. </p> <p>"Of course these children will all need secondary school places in the coming years, and I am continuing to lobby the Department for Education for more funding to make sure we can continue to provide permanent school places as the pupils move up through the schools."</p> <p>A traffic survey revealed nearby roads will be able to cope with the projected increase in traffic. The school's sustainable travel plan is judged to be "outstanding" and at present around 80 per cent of pupils walk or cycle to the school. &#160;</p> <p>Sutton saw the highest increase in birth rates in London between 2008 and 2009, so the council has been able to anticipate a spike in demand, beginning in September 2012. Another four schools will expand in time for the start of the school year in September, providing a further 120 extra places. </p> <p>Sutton's primary schools celebrated some of the best SATs results in the country last year, coming number three in the national league tables. The borough also recorded the best GCSE results in the country.</p> 2012-02-23 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15479 2012-03-21 14:59:41 +0000 One of the borough's most over-subscribed schools has been given the green-light to expand, providing much-needed extra primary school places. Council gives the green light to more primary school places 15479 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/l/Shirley_Simpson_and_volunteer_Claire_Gudgin_.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Shirley Simpson and volunteer Claire Gudgin" alt="Shirley Simpson and volunteer Claire Gudgin "><div id="introtext"><p> Sutton Life Centre has been awarded for having some of the best volunteers in London. </p></div> <p>The Experts in Volunteering Award recognises excellence in the way volunteers are supported, rewarded and involved in their work across the capital.</p> <p>The Life Centre currently has 12 volunteers who give up their time to help out around the centre. They are involved in a range of activities including helping in the library, running IT training for over 50s and story time sessions for under fives, as well as reception duties and a range of administrative tasks.&#160; </p> <p>Other volunteers help out with the innovative Life Skills Tours, which help to equip young people with valuable life skills through real life scenarios including teenage drinking and bullying. </p> <p>Volunteer Claire Gudgin said: "I've been volunteering at the Life Centre for over a year now and am still really enjoying it.&#160; There are so many different things going on at the Life Centre that the work is really varied and there is always an opportunity to get involved in something new and to learn new skills.&#160;</p> <p>"I have particularly enjoyed running computer courses for the over 50s, as I feel that this is a way in which I can do something to benefit other people in my local community."</p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries at Sutton Council, said: "We're lucky to have some outstanding volunteers doing fantastic work across Sutton. This award goes to show that it's a two-way street and, with support like that offered by staff at the Life Centre, volunteering can be very rewarding.</p> <p>"The Life Centre offers opportunities for residents who use the library and sports facilities, local organisations who use the meeting spaces, schools who visit the Life Skills Tours and the volunteers who help to ensure they all get a first class service. I'd like to thank and congratulate everyone involved."&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </p> <p>For more information about Sutton Life Centre visit <a href="http://www.suttonlifecentre.org/">www.suttonlifecentre.org</a>, email <a href="mailto:slc@sutton.org.uk">slc@sutton.org.uk</a> or call 0208 296 1287.</p> 2012-02-21 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15469 2012-03-21 14:59:52 +0000 Sutton Life Centre has been awarded for having some of the best volunteers in London. Award for Sutton Life Centre volunteers 15469 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/r/l/Shirley_Simpson_and_volunteer_Claire_Gudgin_.JPG Shirley Simpson and volunteer Claire Gudgin
<div id="introtext"><p> A project to protect homes near to the Beverley Brook, one of Sutton's historic waterways, from flooding is about to begin. </p></div> <p>Beverley Brook, which was recorded as Beferithi, or 'stream frequented by beavers' in 693, is one of the few Thames tributaries to remain open to the air.</p> <p>The brook is on the Environment Agency's list of rivers at risk of flooding, and in 2007 it damaged many homes in Worcester Park after it burst its banks. Now, work will begin to will slash the flood risk&#160;to a tenth of the current level.</p> <p>Work is due to begin in Back Green to cut the risk of flooding from once every five years to once in fifty years, helping householders to avoid the misery of dealing with flood damage and even helping to reduce householders' insurance premiums.</p> <p>A sunken area will be created next to the brook to allow excess water to be held temporarily in Back Green before it can drain away. When the river is at its usual level residents will be able to enjoy the area, and 80 people attended a recent drop-in session to give the Environment Agency and council their ideas about how it could be designed.</p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change on Sutton Council, said: "As the climate changes rain patterns will become more erratic, with floods and droughts both becoming more likely. &#160;It's vital that we prepare for this now and protect homes and businesses before floods strike. The work at Beverley Brook will stop floods from affecting 97 homes in the area, while making sure that the park remains a valuable wildlife habitat and a pleasant open space for residents."</p> <p>As well as the sunken area, flood walls will be installed along sections of the brook, and parts of the channels will be cleared to allow water to flow more freely. </p> <p>Work to create the defences will begin at the end of February, before the bird nesting season, when some trees and shrubs will be removed to allow the walls to be put into place. Particularly prominent trees will remain and many new trees will be planted to replace those lost once the construction work is complete.</p> <p>Local residents have received a leaflet with more information about the scheme.</p> 2012-02-21 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15468 2012-03-21 15:00:02 +0000 A project to protect homes near to the Beverley Brook, one of Sutton's historic waterways, from flooding is about to begin. Beverley Brook flood risk slashed 15468 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> As Sutton prepares to switch over to digital TV, elderly residents are being warned about fraudsters seeking to cash in. </p></div> <p>The analogue television signal in London will be switched off in April. This means TVs that are not fitted with the correct equipment will soon go blank. </p> <p>Lots of retailers, aerial installers and digital service providers are offering solutions, but Trading Standards teams across London have received reports of rogue traders calling at vulnerable people's homes and offering to install digital boxes. </p> <p>They demand cash &#8211; usually around &#163;40 &#8211; and leave, saying they are going to collect the equipment. But they do not return, leaving their victim out of pocket and without a working television. </p> <p>A national scheme, run by Digital UK, offers help and equipment to those aged 75 or over, or who receive or could receive disability living allowance, attendance allowance, constant attendance allowance or mobility supplement, have lived in a care home for six months or more or are registered blind or partially sighted.</p> <p>The service costs &#163;40 but some residents on income related benefits may have the fee waived. </p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector at Sutton Council, said: "With major events like the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee coming to our screens this summer, it's important that we all do what we can to make sure that the borough's more vulnerable residents get the support they need to make the switch.</p> <p>"All televisions can be converted to work after the switchover, but some will need a digital box, so there are a lot of companies offering various digital services at the moment. With so much choice it can be confusing, but we would urge residents to think carefully about who they let into their homes and who they hand over money to. If you have any concerns, contact our trading standards team, the police or DigitalUK." </p> <p>To avoid falling for scams, residents should:</p> <p>&#183; Only buy goods and services from reputable traders that carry the 'digital tick' logo</p> <p>&#183; Remember that no one from Digital UK (the not-for-profit company leading the Switchover Help Scheme) will call without an &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;appointment</p> <p>&#183; Demand identification from unarranged callers &#8211; and call the company to check they are who they claim to be</p> <p>&#183; Don't agree to any work on the spot. Take time to think about what work, if any, you want done.</p> <p>&#183; If an approach seems too good to be true, it probably is. Read all details and small print very carefully</p> <p>To find out more about the digital switchover, visit <a href="http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/">www.digitaluk.co.uk</a>. If you would like to know if you are eligible for extra help visit <a title="http://www.helpscheme.co.uk/" href="http://www.helpscheme.co.uk/">www.helpscheme.co.uk</a> or call for free on 0800 40 85 900. </p> 2012-02-21 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15467 2012-03-21 15:00:13 +0000 As Sutton prepares to switch over to digital TV, elderly residents are being warned about fraudsters seeking to cash in. Rogue traders warning ahead of digital switchover 15467 None None None None
<div id="introtext"><p> A scrap metal dealer has been ordered to pay out hundreds of pounds after being caught on camera dumping tyres on a Sutton street. </p></div> <p>Hamid Reza Begloo, 36, from Carter Close, Worcester Park, was fined &#163;700 and ordered to pay costs of &#163;800 after being found guilty of flytipping.</p> <p>Croydon magistrates heard how Mr Begloo was captured on CCTV dumping six tyres outside the former Queen Victoria pub on Church Hill Road, North Cheam.</p> <p>Three months later, a member of the public spotted him dumping two more tyres at York Road in Sutton.</p> <p>Mr Begboo was subsequently traced and brought before the court, where he was convicted of two flytipping offences. He was also ordered to pay a &#163;15 victim surcharge</p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Environment, said: "Our residents are very concerned about littering and fly-tipping and we take it very seriously. </p> <p>"This case should be a warning to those who fail to take responsibility for their waste. Those who do not respect our environment and let rubbish pollute Sutton's streets and open spaces will be tracked down and brought before the courts."</p> <p>In a separate case, Wendy Drummond, of Mornington Road, Lewisham,&#160;pleaded guilty to knowingly permitting the dumping of building waste at Redhouse Road in Beddington in July last year.</p> <p>The court was told her vehicle was seen on CCTV being used to dump the waste.</p> <p>She was fined &#163;65 and ordered to pay &#163;200 costs with a &#163;15 victim surcharge. </p> <p>The driver of the vehicle has not yet been caught but his identity is known and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.</p> <p>To report a flytipper go to <a title="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/" href="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/">www.sutton.gov.uk</a> or call 020 8770 5070.</p> 2012-02-20 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15466 2012-03-21 15:00:24 +0000 A scrap metal dealer has been ordered to pay out hundreds of pounds after being caught on camera dumping tyres on a Sutton street. Scrap dealer caught on camera dumping tyres 15466 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/n/m/Westcroft_pool_pic.JPG" width="180" height="258" title="Westcroft" alt="Westcroft"><div id="introtext"><p> This is the first look at Carshalton's new state-of-the-art swimming pool. </p></div> <p>The main pool at Westcroft Leisure Centre will have eight lanes and be 25m in length to allow local swimming clubs to take part in competitions and galas, while there will also be a larger teaching pool.</p> <p>They form the centrepiece of the new Westcroft, which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment.</p> <p>Since the centre closed in October to allow the revamp to get under way, a team of up to 50 workers have been busy on the project.</p> <p>Hundreds of tonnes of rubble have been removed, the old pools have been demolished and asbestos from the 1970s building has been carefully disposed of. Sports, gym and office equipment have also been dismantled to use in the new centre.</p> <p>Cllr Graham Tope, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries, said: "It's a major undertaking but the old Westcroft was tired and jaded and this revamp will create a facility which the whole community can use and be proud of.<br><br>"The borough has needed a competition length pool like this for a long time and it will help our swimming clubs build on the considerable success they have achieved in the past."</p> <p>The 600,000 users who visit Westcroft every year have transferred to the borough's three other leisure centres, Cheam, Sutton Arena and the Phoenix Centre, as well as to Carshalton College, Sutton Junior Tennis Centre and Sutton High School.</p> <p>Cheam and Sutton Arena have received a &#163;950,000 refurbishment at no cost to the taxpayer to help them cope with the extra demand while Westcroft is shut</p> <p>Next month the shell of the new Westcroft will begin to take shape as work steps up ahead of the completion of the project early next year.</p> <p>Sutton Council and its leisure contractor, Everyone Active, say the refurbishment is necessary after a condition report revealed millions would have to be spent just to keep it running.</p> <p>Other improvements include an eight badminton court-sized sports hall, a 170 workout station gym, a creche, caf&#233;, IT facilities and a new library replacing the current Carshalton library.</p> <p>Carshalton Library will remain open in its present building until the new library is ready to open.</p> <p><span class="positionnone"><img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/m/o/multipic_of_Westcroft.jpg" alt="Westcroft refurbishment " title="Westcroft refurbishment" class=" noborder" style="width: 500px"></span></p> 2012-02-16 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15462 2012-03-21 15:00:35 +0000 This is the first look at Carshalton's new state-of-the-art swimming pool. Causing a splash at the new Westcroft 15462 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/n/m/Westcroft_pool_pic.JPG Westcroft
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/o/e/Olivia_Eloise_and_hedgehog_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Olivia Eloise and hedgehog" alt="Olivia Eloise and hedgehog "><div id="introtext"><p> Youngsters came face-to-face with one of London's rarest mammals as they learned how to create a home for hedgehogs in a special event at the ecology centre. </p></div> <p>Once a common sight across the UK, hedgehog numbers have declined by a quarter in the past ten years alone. Sutton is one of just a few areas in London where the animals live, and members of the centre's Eco Experts club learned how they can help them to thrive.</p> <p>Children learned what hedgehogs eat, where they hibernate and how they can make their back gardens more welcoming for the animals, which can travel up to a mile in a night in search of food. </p> <p>Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change on Sutton Council, said: "Sutton residents are lucky enough to be able to see hedgehogs right in their back yards. It's very unusual for Londoners to be able to see these rare creatures, so I'd encourage all residents to do what they can to make their gardens more welcoming for the animals."</p> <p>Olivia Howarth, 6 said "I really enjoyed seeing the hedgehogs in real life. We learned a lot about what they eat &#8211; lots of people think that you should feed them bread and milk, but this is actually bad for them. Now I know what hedgehogs like, I'm going to put out food to try and get them to come and live in my garden."&#160; </p> <p>One of the&#160;best ways you can help hedgehogs is to make your garden an easier environment for them to travel around by leaving small gaps in your garden wall or fence. Avoiding the use of pesticides such as slug pellets and keeping your garden natural will allow hedgehogs to find worms and beetles to eat. They will seek shelter to hibernate in compost heaps and log piles, and&#160;you could provide food in cold winters and even buy a hedgehog home. &#160;</p> <p>If you want to leave out food for hedgehogs then it is important to feed them the right things. Hedgehogs can't digest milk, so leaving out bread and milk can make them seriously ill. Instead, put out cat or dog food (not fish flavoured), mild cheddar cheese, sultanas or cooked meat scraps, chopped up small enough for hedgehogs to manage. For more ideas on what you could do to help hedgehogs, visit <a href="http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/">www.hedgehogstreet.org</a> &#160;</p> <p>If you see a hedgehog in your garden, please support national recording projects by submitting your records to <a href="mailto:biodiversity@sutton.org.uk">biodiversity@sutton.org.uk</a> and taking part in the People's Trust for Endangered Species hibernation survey. </p> <p>The Eco Experts club runs every school holiday, and over Easter children will have an opportunity to learn about have frogs, toads and newts. To find out more, contact the Sutton Ecology Centre on 02087 705822 or e-mail <a href="mailto:sec@sutton.gov.uk">sec@sutton.gov.uk</a>. </p> 2012-02-14 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15457 2012-03-21 15:00:46 +0000 Youngsters came face-to-face with one of London's rarest mammals as they learned how to create a home for hedgehogs in a special event at the ecology centre. Youngsters tackle prickly challenge 15457 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/o/e/Olivia_Eloise_and_hedgehog_.jpg Olivia Eloise and hedgehog
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/2/0/Sutton_4_Community_Pic_shows_piggybank_and_hammer.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Sutton 4 Community Pic shows piggybank and hammer" alt="Sutton 4 Community Pic shows piggybank and hammer"><div id="introtext"><p>In Sutton we want to empower our communities, that is why we are offering groups access to an easy to navigate online tool where you can search for 100's of local and national funding opportunities available. </p></div> <p>The <strong><a href="http://www.open4community.info/sutton/default.aspx">Sutton 4 Community</a></strong>&#160;portal provides comprehensive coverage of all available funding opportunities, including European Union, National Government Programmes, regional schemes and local initiatives, and is kept fully up to date by a research team. </p> <p>You can set up automatic email alerts so you are the first to know when relevant new or updated funds are added, and you can sign up to weekly newsletters packed with the latest funding announcements.</p> <p>Sutton 4 Community also provides full information on relevant national, regional and local procurement opportunities.</p> <p>After registering just a few details about your community or voluntary organisation you can search the database for&#160;funding that is suitable for you.&#160;As well as browsing potential funding opportunities, you can also create reports and save information on funding that meets your criteria.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.open4community.info/sutton/default.aspx">Sutton 4 Community</a>&#160;to start looking. </p> <p>Sutton 4 Community comes with a dedicated customer support line for any queries: &#160;<strong>0844 874 0739</strong></p> None http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15454 2012-03-21 15:01:00 +0000 In Sutton we want to empower our communities, that is why we are offering groups access to an easy to navigate online tool where you can search for 100's of local and national funding opportunities available. Sutton 4 Community 15454 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/2/0/Sutton_4_Community_Pic_shows_piggybank_and_hammer.jpg Sutton 4 Community Pic shows piggybank and hammer
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/j/n/Pupils_at_Stanley_Park_High_cut_the_ribbon_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Pupils at Stanley Park High cut the ribbon" alt="Pupils at Stanley Park High cut the ribbon "><div id="introtext"><p> Pupils at Stanley Park High cut the ribbon to officially open their &#163;50m state-of-the-art new school </p></div> <p>Students Bradley Dixon, Tim Bent, Amy Smyth and Ghena Santiago&#160;were joined by Sutton Council leader Cllr Sean Brennan to carry out the opening ceremony yesterday (Thursday 9 February), before showing parents, local residents and dignitaries around the new building.</p> <p>It was the community's first chance to see for themselves some of the new facilities, which include a full-size running track, a sports hall the size of four badminton courts, extensive IT facilities, drama studios, a car workshop and a beauty salon.</p> <p>Headteacher David Taylor, said: "It was great to be able to welcome parents, local people and some of the people who helped to make our school a reality to have a look around the finished building. We've been teaching here for a few weeks now and the students absolutely love it. </p> <p>"A lot of the facilities, including the gym and sports pitches, are available for the use of the wider community, so today was a chance for them have a look at the first class facilities they've now got right on their doorstep."</p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools at Sutton Council, said: "This is the first school of its kind. The new building is absolutely stunning and is going to make a real difference to students in Sutton for generations to come. </p> <p>"We were lucky to be one of the last boroughs to receive funding before the Government withdrew the Building Schools for the Future programme, and it came at an absolutely crucial time.</p> <p>"We've worked closely with the school and our local community and we're all really excited about what the future holds."</p> <p>Mayor of London Boris Johnson later toured the school and gave it his seal of approval.</p> <p class="ecxmsonormal">He said: "The practical work ethic espoused by Stanley Park High has already proved to be an enormous success story for the young people of Sutton, and because of these wonderful new facilities the benefits are also soon to be felt by adult learners in the borough.</p> <p>"The school is working to equip people with the skills they need to enter the challenging world of work, which is essential if we are to avoid letting a generation of talent go to waste in this difficult jobs market."</p> <p>&#160;Under its unique "four in one" approach, students are assigned to one of the four schools when they first start at the school but can take options within the other schools, which are themed to focus on different talents and abilities. </p> <p>The World school specialises in the humanities and foreign languages, Performance in PE, Dance, Music, Drama and Media and Trade in a large number of vocational subjects plus Technology and Art and Design. The fourth school, Horizon, is a small school for children with Autism. </p> <p>This innovative way of learning, partially inspired by schools in Denmark and the US, has already produced outstanding results. By incorporating elements of it into the curriculum in preparation for moving into the purpose-built school, results shot up and Stanley Park High is one of the most improved schools in the country. </p> <p>This means teachers get to know their students well and students don't get 'lost' in the anonymity of a big school.</p> <p>The school was five years in the making and boasts some of the most high-tech features of any school in the country.</p> <p>Its approach aims to equip students for the real world. In the first two years of school, about 50 per cent of students' time is spent learning a skills-based curriculum in classrooms designed to resemble the workplace.</p> 2012-02-13 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15453 2012-03-21 15:01:11 +0000 Pupils at Stanley Park High cut the ribbon to officially open their £50m state-of-the-art new school New £50m school given the seal of approval 15453 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/j/n/Pupils_at_Stanley_Park_High_cut_the_ribbon_.jpg Pupils at Stanley Park High cut the ribbon
<div id="introtext"><p> As freezing temperatures grip the borough, Sutton's elderly and disabled residents are being urged to see if they qualify for free help to keep warm this winter. </p></div> <p>Sutton Council's Warm Room scheme offers practical help to those who need it most. Residents who qualify for the scheme will receive a visit from the council to see if any simple changes can be made to their living room or bedroom to keep them warm and healthy.</p> <p>This could include things like draught proofing for windows, thick lined curtains, rugs for bare floors, emergency electricity supplies, extra duvets or blankets and having chimneys sealed. All of these measures can be provided free of charge by the council.</p> <p>Cllr Colin Stears, Executive Member for Adult Social Services and Health at Sutton Council, said: "We all know how important it is to keep warm during the cold weather if we want to avoid falling ill. This is especially important for our more vulnerable residents who might be worried about rising energy costs. </p> <p>"The Warm Room scheme can help to find simple ways to keep warm this winter; whether it's providing extra blankets or duvets or things like draught excluders or thick curtains to keep the cold out. If you know anyone who might benefit from this free service, please pass on our details; it might make a real difference to their health this winter."</p> <p>To qualify for the scheme vulnerable residents must be on an income or disability related benefit.</p> <p>For more information call 020 8770 5070.</p> 2012-02-07 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15448 2012-03-21 15:01:22 +0000 As freezing temperatures grip the borough, Sutton's elderly and disabled residents are being urged to see if they qualify for free help to keep warm this winter. Free help to keep warm this winter 15448 None None None None
<img src="http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/1/c/breakfast_club_.jpg" width="180" height="258" title="Breakfast club" alt="Breakfast club"><div id="introtext"><p> Children at Hackbridge Primary School have been given an early morning boost after the school's breakfast club was given a grant of &#163;450. </p></div> <p>The club is one of just 500 across the country to receive the award from Kellogg's cereal company. </p> <p>A good breakfast has been proven to improve children's concentration and behaviour, and early-morning clubs can be a lifeline for parents who need to leave early for work. The Hackbridge Primary club has been providing healthy breakfasts to pupils for twelve years, and has recently changed its hours to allow parents to catch earlier trains.</p> <p>Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools on Sutton Council, said: "Breakfast clubs give children a good start to the day, so it's great news that the Hackbridge club has been given a boost.</p> <p>"The Hackbridge club helps children to get set up for the busy school day ahead, as well as providing a bit of help to parents who have to start work early.</p> <p>Headteacher Jacquie Fairhurst said: "As well as giving children energy for the rest of the morning, breakfast clubs give them some extra time to finish off bits of homework and chat with other pupils. </p> <p>"We're going to use the money to buy new equipment and toys for the children to play with. The grant will enable us to plan ahead to ensure that after 10 years it continues to go from strength to strength."</p> 2012-02-07 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15445 2012-03-21 15:01:32 +0000 Children at Hackbridge Primary School have been given an early morning boost after the school's breakfast club was given a grant of £450. Hackbridge Primary gets going with breakfast club 15445 180 258 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/media/image/1/c/breakfast_club_.jpg Breakfast club
<div id="introtext"><p> Sutton Trading Standards has warned residents about email fraudsters who are using a fake census warning to try and obtain sensitive personal information. </p></div> <p>Conmen are circulating an email entitled 'Population Census: a message to everyone - act now', allegedly in the name of National Statistician, Jil Matheson. The email tells recipients that they must provide further information for the Census or face a fine.</p> <p>However, the email is a hoax which has no connection to the Census or the Office for National Statistics. Links in the email could download malware onto the victim's computer without them realising, which could give scammers access to personal details and financial information stored in pcs.</p> <p>Cllr Simon Wales, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector, said: "Anyone who receives an email with this tile should delete it without clicking on any of the links or responding to any of the questions. The 2011 Census was completed last year, so the Office of National Statistics won't contact you about it again.</p> <p>"Online fraudsters use sophisticated scams to try and trick their victims out of personal details, so it's important to stay vigilant. Always be wary of emails which ask you for sensitive information and, if you can, help to look out for vulnerable friends and family who may not be as aware."</p> <p>Anyone who receives the email can report it at <a href="http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/">www.actionfraud.org.uk</a> </p> 2012-02-03 http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15427 2012-03-21 15:01:43 +0000 Sutton Trading Standards has warned residents about email fraudsters who are using a fake census warning to try and obtain sensitive personal information. Residents warned over bogus census scam 15427 None None None None
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