Work on track to revamp Sutton Station gateway, as part of major upgrade

A major project to overhaul the Sutton Station gateway - being co-ordinated by Sutton’s Liberal democrat council as part of a major £1.3m upgrade - has reached another stage.  

The improvements, which are being done in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), Network Rail and Southern Railway, include changes to the station itself such as the installation of an electronic bus countdown, additional cycle facilities and a new side entrance to relieve congestion in the ticket hall area, which opened last October.

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Government to introduce free WiFi on trains going through Sutton

The Liberal Democrats and the Coalition Government, last week, announced the great news that free Wi-Fi is set to be rolled out on rail services. Millions of pounds will be spent on faster Wi-Fi for commuter trains across England and Wales.


The scheme will be funded, in part, by the record-breaking fine given to Network Rail last summer for missing punctuality targets and will provide seamless mobile internet connections that will be at least 10 times better than the services currently provided.

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Carshalton and Wallington Schools Twice as Nice for Underprivileged and Disadvantaged Pupils

Two schools in Carshalton and Wallington have been celebrating, earlier this month, having won the Pupil Premium Award for their work in helping disadvantaged children. The award, created by the Lib Dems in government, has granted St Philomena’s Catholic School for Girls and Wallington County Grammar School £5,000 each.

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Awards promote Sutton’s community


The winners and runners-up at the 2014 Sutton Community Awards.

Sutton residents who have contributed in a variety of ways too their community have been  acknowledged with the announcement of the 2014 Sutton Community Awards.

The residents who have made an outstanding contribution towards making the borough a better place to live and work were named on 24 February at a special award ceremony in the borough. The winners were Loredana Beasant, George Hall, Mark Tomlinson, Tracy Fitzmaurice, Aaron Hearne and Shannon Fletcher.

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LGBT Sutton Forum Celebrates LGBT History Month

Tom Brake MP along with the LGBT Sutton Forum has this week, celebrated the beginning of LGBT History month. Tom joined a number of figures from the LGBT Community in Sutton to celebrate the hard work done to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.


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Liberal Democrats Reveal 2015 Manifesto Front Page

The Liberal Democrats, earlier this month, launched the front page of their 2015 Manifesto for this year’s General Election. The launch outlined the Lib Dems five key priorities for the next five years.

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Tom Brake on the Save Our St Helier Campaign

Tom Brake talks about the Save Our St Helier campaign.

Shock at Conservative plan to slash education funding in Sutton

Local MP, Paul Burstow, has published research by the House of Commons Library that shows schools, early years, childcare and colleges will bear the brunt of Conservative cuts if they win a majority in the General Election next May.

The figures reveal that Conservative spending plans means that the education budget would be cut by £39.9 million by 2020 if they were in Government on their own. The House of Commons Library figures are based on George Osborne’s plans for further drastic spending cuts.

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4,780 young people in Sutton help hit 2m apprenticeship goal

Over two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK since 2010, including 4,780 in Sutton, which local MP Paul Burstow has hailed as a major success.

90 companies in Sutton have taken advantage of the Government's Apprenticeship Grant, which provides £1,500 to small businesses who take on an apprentice.

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Time to make home care a career of esteem says MP and care campaigner

Local MP Paul Burstow chaired a report with support from the LGiU think-tank and home care provider Mears Group, which argues that councils’ limited resources combined with the care agencies’ poor employment practices leads to the exploitation of care workers, high staff turnover, and poor quality care. It further highlights the severity of the home care crisis, and the desperate need for an immediate course of action.

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