At the beginning of a New Year it's natural to look back, think about the past and look ahead to the future.
Along with my fellow Lib Dems, we've been doing just that and we realised how much has happened over the last few years . So we thought we'd share some of the highlights with you.
But the work doesn't end here and we're keen to continue with our plans. With the council elections on May 3rd, we hope you will give the Liberal Democrat team your support so that we can work together to fulfil our ambitions to make the borough even better for everyone living here.
We plan to bring thousands of new jobs and cutting edge medical research to the area with a world class cancer research and treatment centre. We want to make Sutton a Dementia Friendly borough and we are working to bring more homes to the borough that people can afford.
Please do take the time to look and see what has been achieved over the last few years. There are huge and exciting possibilities for Sutton and together we can make them happen.
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2014-2018 : Four years of ACTION and still there’s MORE to come
We are bringing new investment and opportunity to Sutton with a world class cancer research and treatment centre. It will bring new jobs, technology, new cancer drugs and really put Sutton on the map.
We have also worked hard to preserve our heritage and that’s why Sutton Borough Council were determined to preserve Honeywood museum for future generations as well as investing in Whitehall in Cheam. Sutton Town Centre has now become the first Heritage Action Zone in London.
There is a real need to build homes that people can afford. We are proud that we have begun to build new homes to rent and buy and we will continue to work for more homes at affordable prices.
Protecting NHS services has been a top priority for us as a Council. We purchased land on the ex-Sutton Hospital site from the NHS and insisted they spent the money locally to make vital repairs to St Helier hospital.
The state of Mental Health services is an area which needs more investment and we have led the way in this by introducing a mental health awareness scheme with local pubs and clubs and working to improve services for children and young people.
We recognise the importance of green spaces and that is why we have worked so hard to protect them and also improve them so that many of our parks have won awards. We have also been planting trees and organised clear ups.
Thanks to close partnership working between the police and the council, crime rates in Sutton continue to fall. We are campaigning against cuts to the numbers of police officers and Met plans to merge Sutton with Croydon and Bromley under one single command structure.
Sutton Council is the only London borough to fund specialised Admiral nurses to support people living with dementia and their families. We want people to live with dignity and independence for as long as possible
The council has also worked closely with local community groups to bring change to our area. One example of this is when, working closely with friends of Beddington Park, we got a £3 million Lottery Heritage Grant to restore and improve Beddington Park.