Improving road safety in Wallington

Wallington South Councillors Steve Cook, Jayne McCoy and Muhammad Sadiq are working to secure road safety improvements to deal with issues raised by local residents.

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Local Councillors fight to save Sutton’s heritage

Residents may be aware of the planning application to demolish the Prince Regent pub and build a nine-storey block of flats. This follows on from the Government’s decision to de-list the pub which local Lib Dem Councillors opposed.

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New path for Cheam Park

Cheam Councillor Mary Burstow is pleased that the work to the new path across Cheam Park, linking Cheam Park Pavilion to Nonsuch Park, is almost finished.

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Art in Middleton Circle?

Wandle Valley Councillors Margaret Court, Jason Reynolds and Hanna Zuchowska are working to restore pride in Middleton Circle.

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An example of artwork used in Rosehill, St Helier

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Sutton Life Centre goes from strength to strength

2016 was a good year for the Sutton Life Centre! The Centre’s annual report reveals excellent customer satisfaction, increased bookings, and reduced net cost to the Sutton Council.

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Local groups benefit from Sutton Community Fund

Eleven local groups will share over £45,000 from the latest round of Sutton Community Fund grants to help them provide services and activities for residents of Sutton into 2017 and beyond.

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Sutton comes fourth in London New Year’s Day Parade

Sutton has come fourth in the annual London New Year’s Day Parade, which took place on Sunday 1 January.

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2016 was best ever year for Lib Dems in local authority by-elections

The Liberal Democrats ended 2016 with another three council by-election victories - securing the party's best ever year for by-election gains. 

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Complementing Sarah Olney's victory in the Richmond Park by-election, the Liberal Democrats gained 31 seats in local authorities across the country in 2016. 

The net gain of 28 seats surpasses the previous best of 27 gains, which were made in 2002. 

The by-election wins have seen the party win seats from Labour, the Conservatives and UKIP, as well as independents. 

2016 also marked a significant victory closer to home, where local teacher Chris Williams stormed to victory in the Carshalton Central By-election, retaining the seat for the Liberal Democrats. Chris increase the Lib Dem share of the vote by 5.1% on the last election.

Get involved in the fightback and join us today: www.libdems.org.uk/join


Amna Ahmad – ‘Stop playing party politics and fix our trains’

Amna Ahmad, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Sutton & Cheam, has slammed the Conservative Party for being "complicit in the daily misery Southern Railways mete out to local people".

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Last week a leaked letter revealed that Chris Grayling, Conservative Secretary of State for Transport decided in 2013 to “keep suburban rail services out of the clutches of any future Labour Mayor”.  

The same week Grayling and the Conservative Cabinet binned a cross-party plan which would have helped Southern commuters by handing the franchise to Transport for London.  

The Liberal Democrats have been calling for Southern to be sacked and handed in a petition to Downing Street signed by thousands of Sutton residents demanding that the failing company be shown the door. 

I desperately hope the unions are able to go back to the negotiating table and bring some solace to commuters. But we all know that the problem with Southern trains is bigger than the latest strikes. 

“Local residents are sick and tired of the awful service they get from Southern.  

"What's clear from Chris Grayling’s letter is that this government is happy to see commuters suffer as long as their party interests aren't affected. 

"And while one Conservative MP, in neighbouring Bromley, has spoken out against Grayling, all we have from Sutton and Cheam's MP is an embarrassing silence about the need for Southern services to be handed to TFL. 

"That's no use to his constituents who face daily anxiety about being late to work and losing their jobs or getting home in time to read a bedtime story to their kids. 

"It is in the Government's gift to fix our trains by handing control to Transport for London. They should stop politicking and get on with the job."


Sutton only London borough to provide crucial Dementia nurses

Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey has praised the work of Sutton’s Admiral Nurses and expressed shock that Sutton is the only London Council to fund such dementia trained nurses.

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Lib Dem-run Sutton Council is the only London Council to fund Admiral nurses, who are specialist dementia nurses who can help patients to live in their own homes for longer, retaining comfort and independence in their lives. These nurses also work closely with carers and families to help them understand what is happening and provide crucial love and support to help them deal with changes in their lives.

The Admiral Nurse Service was expanded to 4 nurses supporting over 200 Sutton residents following a successful trial in 2014. In its first 12 months the service, operated as a partnership between the charity Dementia UK, Sutton Council and Sutton CCG, has saved over £290,000 in health and social care costs and improved the lives of many residents living with dementia.

Most carers of people with dementia said that this service had reduced their stress, and all carers asked said it had improved their quality of life.

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Lib Dem Leader of Sutton Council, has now questioned why Sutton is the only Council to provide this service. She said:

“These Admiral Nurses provide a crucial service in not only making patients lives more comfortable and allowing them to live in familiar environment, they also help carers and families going through this difficult time to understand why these changes are happening and how they can learn to cope.

“Sutton has an ageing population, but all London Boroughs are seeing increased numbers of dementia patients and Councils must take action now to help cope with this. I am shocked that Sutton remains the only Council with a dedicated Admiral Nurse service.

“50% of our Councillors are trained Dementia Friends, and we also have a Councillor who is qualified to deliver this training. Through action like this, Sutton is helping to educate everyone about how Dementia can impact lives, and how to deal with it when it may arise, in family, friends or members of the public.

“I would urge everyone to sign up and become a Dementia Friend today by contacting your local branch of the Alzheimers Society.”