Fascinating stories from Sutton’s past as the borough turns 50

London Borough 21 ...  that was the bureaucrats’ rather unimaginative name for our borough. That was before Sutton took on its now-familiar name with the creation of the new London boroughs 50 years ago this month, on 1 April 1965.  

The London Borough of Sutton was established from an amalgamation of smaller authorities – the Boroughs of Beddington and Wallington, Carshalton Urban District and the Borough of Sutton and Cheam. 

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Still time to renew Freedom Passes

Sutton residents have maintained their record for embracing the internet with more than 85% of the borough’s Freedom Passes being renewed online - one of the best rates in London.  

However the Liberal Democrat Leader of Sutton Council, Ruth Dombey, said older people who had not renewed their passes could still travel free for a few more weeks.

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Local transport fleets sign up to make Sutton’s air cleaner

Sutton’s Liberal Democrat Council - the local authority which pioneered the green agenda in Britain in the 1980s - is introducing a new scheme in the borough to help cut vehicle emissions.  

Members of Sutton’s business community are being urged to sign their vehicles up to a free scheme which provides advice and guidance for making improvements and offers recognition for best practice.  Members are awarded an ECO Star rating when they first join - ranging from 1 Star to 5 Stars - based on an assessment of their current operational and environmental performance.  

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Further tributes to Cllr Colin Hall

Tributes continue to flow in for the late Cllr Colin Hall, following his death last week. 

Colin Hall’s ward colleague, Cllr Jayne McCoy, said:  “Colin dedicated a huge part of his life to his work as a councillor and many people's lives have been touched by what he has done. I have been overwhelmed by the kind words expressed by many ward residents who knew Colin. It was a privilege to work alongside him and learn from him. I will miss him greatly.”

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Tributes to Sutton Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Colin Hall

Tributes have come from all sides of the political spectrum to Cllr Colin Hall, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, who died on Monday (30 March) after a short illness.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, described Colin Hall as a “wonderful colleague and a good friend”.  She said he was “highly respected across London for his knowledge and experience” of environmental issues. 

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Sad death of Sutton Council’s Deputy Leader

It is with great sadness that Sutton Liberal Democrats announce the death of the Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Colin Hall, after a short illness.  He was just 54.  

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Belmont site purchased for new Sutton secondary school

Liberal Democrat-run Sutton Council has bought a former hospital site in Belmont for a new secondary school to meet the borough's expanding rolls.  

The council had been looking for a site for a new school to open by 2017 and has been negotiating with the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust.

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Lib Dems Celebrate Friendship With Tamil Community

Senior Liberal Democrats, Tom Brake, Paul Burstow and Simon Hughes, took time off the campaign trail on Saturday evening to celebrate the launch of the Tamil Friends of the Liberal Democrats at the recently opened Grand Hall in Sutton.

The friendship initiative, which was launched in Sutton with over a hundred members of the Tamil community, will help to strengthen the relationship between the Liberal Democrats and the Tamil community in the UK, as well as helping to promote liberal values in the Tamil community and raising the profile of the Tamil community’s interests and concerns among Liberal Democrats.

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Paul Burstow MP’s Bill to penalise tobacco companies

Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, has introduced a Bill in Parliament to make tobacco companies contribute more to putting right the damage caused by smoking. 

Last year, over 100,000 people in the U.K. died from diseases caused by their smoking addiction. At the same time the two largest tobacco firms in the UK jointly made a staggering one billion pounds profit. 

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Unemployment figures continue to fall in Carshalton and Wallington

Tom Brake MP has welcomed this week’s news that Jobseeker’s Allowance figures for Carshalton and Wallington have fallen to just 1.9%.

This represents a rate of 1.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 in Carshalton and Wallington, the 431st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. With 1st equalling the highest rate of unemployment and 650th representing the lowest rate of unemployment, this week’s figures show Carshalton and Wallington close to the bottom third in unemployment in the UK.

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