Crime down, more homes, better schools, growing economy, greener borough and improving healthcare — those are some of the many positive achievements chalked up by the Liberal Democrats in the London Borough of Sutton during 2015.
Sutton Council has started a campaign to work with residents to reduce the number of uncollected recycling bins and to improve the borough’s recycling rate.
Tom Brake MP and Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, have welcomed the commitment that London’s Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has made to Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group at today’s London Assembly Police and Crime Committee. Sir Bernard has pledged that Police Community Support Officers will be maintained in London and that one Police Constable and one Police Community Support Officer will remain in every ward in every London Borough.
Tom Brake MP said:
“We really need a greater uniformed presence but this is still good news and a huge victory for residents and everyone who values community policing. Thank you to all the local campaigners and the 2,000 local residents who signed our petition.
“PCSOs play an invaluable role in keeping crime down. They are often the only visible police presence on our streets and they work hard to pick up local intelligence, prevent low level crime and tackle anti-social behaviour - giving Police Officers the time to tackle more serious crimes. ”
Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council said:
“We live in one of the safest borough in London. In Sutton, the council and police have a special partnership that helps keep crime down. It's a great record that would have been jeopardized if these cuts had gone ahead.
Sutton is a safer place with PCSOs out on patrol’’
The Lib Dems intend to campaign on the issue until the New Year when the final announcement will be made.
Almost 8 out of 10 Sutton residents feel that their Liberal Democrat-led council is doing a good job while 9 out of 10 are satisfied with the borough as a place to live. These are the official findings from an independent survey which is carried out every two years to tell the council where people think it might do things better.
Sutton Council is urging borough businesses and residents to be aware of the new provisions in the Consumer Rights Act 2015 so that shops and consumers can avoid misunderstandings this Christmas and New Year.
Sutton Council is encouraging residents to find out whether they are eligible for help to keep their homes warm this winter.
The Energy Company Obligations scheme supports households on lower incomes and receiving certain benefits by providing funding for improving insulation and repairing gas boilers, and helping to reduce their heating bills.
As shoppers gear up for the festive season Sutton’s Liberal Democrat-led council is providing a shot in the arm to the local economy by providing free parking for motorists who use its car parks during weekends in the run-up to Christmas.
Liberal Democrat Sutton Council is providing free grit for residents and businesses during December to allow them to grit the pavements where they choose when the temperatures drop.
Sutton Council is encouraging borough residents to wear a red ribbon to demonstrate solidarity with the cause of a world where HIV stigma is a thing of the past.
A petition organised by Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake to save Sutton’s neighbourhood Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) has now been presented to City Hall.