Sutton has the third-highest first-preference rate for secondary school places in London, with almost 80 per cent of families receiving their first choice of school for their child. That’s well above the London average of 68.52 per cent.
In spite of savage government cuts to Sutton Council funding, the borough’s Liberal Democrat administration has been able to protect more than three-quarters of its popular children’s centres from closure.
Following extensive consultation with borough residents using the service, the council is to adopt a new borough-wide model for children’s centre delivery based on six Hubs, four Access Points and one Child Development Centre/Access Point.
Sutton’s Liberal Democrat council is playing a significant role in dynamic new plans for a global hub for cancer research and treatment in the borough - a programme which will also bring substantial benefits to Sutton.
Sutton’s police and the council’s Trading Standards officers have issued an alert to borough residents about traders who turn up unexpectedly on their doorstep asking to do gardening and building work.
Carshalton and Wallington MP, Tom Brake, has tabled a motion in Parliament urging the Government to force Southern and Thameslink Rail to pay compensation for short service delays to put pressure on them to improve rail services. Tom fiercely criticised the rail companies for continuing to cause severe delays and regular cancellations, disrupting the daily journeys of many of his constituents.
Shoppers on Sutton High Street were recently presented with some chilling facts about food waste with the aid of a large inflatable freezer.
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.