Category Archives: Sutton Council

Thousands left freezing as council heating network fails again

Residents who paid up to £600,000 for luxury homes on a Barratts-built Hackbridge development fear their properties have become unsellable because of a ‘100% reliable’ heating network owned by the LibDem-run council. Our Sutton correspondent, CARL SHILTON, reports More than … Continue reading

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‘Safety-critical’ works close Beddington Lane for four months

By Ella Hopkins The weight of traffic of thousands of HGV lorries trucking in rubbish to be burned at the Beddington Lane incinerator has seen the vital route closed for “safety-critical” emergency works. The closure could last up to six … Continue reading

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Appeal Court has Sutton in hot water over dodgy discount deal

BELLE MONT reports on the latest costly embarrassment for the LibDem council, caught withholding service discounts from social tenants Sutton could be liable to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to its council tenants after more than a decade … Continue reading

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Hackbridge estate residents show festive cheer for food banks

Residents at the Barratts housing development at New Mill Quarter in Hackbridge have been doing their bit to spread a bit of Christmas cheer, helping to collect hundreds of donated food items to give to local food banks. The collections … Continue reading

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Viridor going for the burn: will councillors stand up to them?

The government watchdog, the Environment Agency, is actively encouraging incinerator operators to pollute more and so bank more cash, at the expense of south London residents’ health. By our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT Any chance that Croydon or Sutton might … Continue reading

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Big Bother in Sutton, as no-confidence vote in Evans is blocked

The struggle between grassroots members and the leadership of the Labour Party nationally reached an Orwellian low in south London this week, when a local branch meeting was allowed to debate no-confidence in leader Sir Keir Starmer, but was blocked … Continue reading

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Community dishes up plates-full of embarassment for Tory MPs

A social media flashmob protest took place yesterday outside the offices of Sutton’s Conservative MPs to express public disgust at Paul Scully voting in the Commons against providing free meals for vulnerable children during the half-term break. Protesters described Scully’s … Continue reading

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Appeals to Sutton and Croydon to join Rashford campaign

The leaders of LibDem-run Sutton and Labour-controlled Croydon have been urged to join a growing number of councils in issuing food vouchers over half term as the row over free school meals provision during holidays continues. London boroughs Southwark, Lambeth, … Continue reading

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Overflowing sorting hall sees Viridor facing health complaints

Shocking photographs taken from inside the sorting hall at the Viridor-operated incinerator at Beddington Lane show overflowing piles of rubbish with clinical waste sacks mixed with general household refuse and strewn across the floor. The only thing that appears to … Continue reading

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Sutton Tories unanimous as they elect Drummond as leader

Our Sutton correspondent, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on the new leader of that council’s opposition group Tom Drummond is the new leader of the Conservative opposition on Sutton Council. Drummond succeeds Tim Crowley, who stood down on Friday after nearly seven years … Continue reading

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Sutton Cancer Hub and south of Croydon to get new bus routes

With no prospect of the long-requested tram extension to the Royal Marsden Hospital, TfL is consulting on new and re-routed bus services around Belmont, Sutton, Purley, Addiscombe and Waddon, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports Croydon and Sutton are … Continue reading

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Crowley stands down as Tory opposition leader in Sutton

EXCLUSIVE: Our Sutton reporter CARL SHILTON on the latest leadership change in a south London borough All change! Tim Crowley today became the fourth leader of a Town Hall political group in south London in the past few weeks to … Continue reading

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Five more local schools affected by coronavirus positives

At least five more schools in Croydon and Sutton, including two large secondaries, have been hit by positive tests for covid-19 among their staff or pupils, after just the first full week of the new school year, with one borough … Continue reading

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SEND campaigners fight on after Panorama revelations

A worried mum who has been fighting for her young son to receive the education he needs, and to which he is entitled, says that despite an 18-month battle with her local council, the situation for families of children with … Continue reading

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XR protest demands the closure of Beddington incinerator

Extinction Rebellion activists from across south London joined forces in Beddington Park yesterday to highlight the daily destruction and toxic pollution inflicted on the capital by the Viridor incinerator. They issued a set of demands, including that the incinerator plant … Continue reading

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Sutton opposition leader ‘ashamed’ over Tories’ A-Level failure

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on a remarkable outburst over the government’s shambolic handling of this week’s exam results Tim Crowley, the leader of the opposition Tories on Sutton Council, has said that the shambolic handling of England’s A-Level results … Continue reading

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After another year of hot air, XR Sutton give council a shoe-ing

Remember when the leaders of councils in south London declared that there was a climate and ecological emergency in their boroughs, when they were taking the political heat from more than just global warming? And what have the councils across … Continue reading

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One year on, Viridor finally submit report on Beddington blaze

PAUL LUSHION on how a company worth £4.2bn looks set to get away with another crime against the environment Don’t hold your breath, but Viridor might just be about to get around to delivering a report on the massive fire … Continue reading

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Parents crowdfund for Judicial Review of SEND services

There’s another group of angry parents who are preparing to take the authorities to court – Sutton EHCP Crisis. Sutton EHCP Crisis was formed by parents of children with SEND – special educational needs and disabilities – because of the … Continue reading

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Sutton announces scheme to scrap Council Tax for care leavers

Sutton is to scrap Council Tax charges for youngsters when they leave the care system, the council has announced. Care leavers have been found to have greater difficulty around managing their money, often go into debt and are more likely … Continue reading

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Tories choose NHS’s birthday to sound death knell for St Helier

The Tory government chose the weekend of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the NHS to sound the death knell for acute services at St Helier Hospital, and at Epsom Hospital in Surrey. A 25-year-long battle to maintain and … Continue reading

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No laughing matter as East Cheam is placed on election map

BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK reports on the latest threat to the LibDems’ one-party state in south London Sutton residents are to get an additional councillor. And the sacred memory of Tony Hancock is to be enshrined with one of the borough’s wards … Continue reading

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XR’s slow march highlights lack of progress on emissions

Extinction Rebellion protesters yesterday marched through Sutton town centre before delivering letters to the borough’s pair of Tory MPs, Paul Scully and Elliot Colburn, demanding action on the climate emergency. Sutton XR said, “The letter urges our MPs to publicly … Continue reading

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Sutton’s heating network inflicts fuel poverty on new estate

Our Sutton reporter, CARL SHILTON, on a saga of deceit and disservice Sutton Council and its Liberal Democrat councillors have found themselves in hot water over SDEN, the district heating network which was supposed to provide cheap, “green” energy pumped … Continue reading

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SDEN: A timeline of council bungling and sky-high fuel prices

Sutton Council’s handling of its energy network has placed a number of families who have moved into the Barratt’s-built New Mill Quarter at Hackbridge in “fuel poverty”. This timeline tells a story of denial, dishonesty and outright incompetence 2018: The … Continue reading

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