Category Archives: Sutton Council

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

Posted in Elliot Colburn, Jayne McCoy, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council leaders are set to break lockdown laws for ‘photo ops’

Council leaders in Croydon and Sutton are actively encouraging the public to break the law by attending large gatherings – ignoring the advice of health experts and potentially putting people’s health, and lives, at risk. One councillor has appealed to … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Humayun Kabir, Jo Negrini, Nick Mattey, Rachel Flowers, Ruth Dombey, Sutton Council, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MP challenges Viridor over its management of wildlife reserve

A Member of Parliament has intervened over the serious damage to the wildlife habitat and the destruction of one of London’s largest nesting colonies of house sparrows, following reports of the ecological calamity by Inside Croydon. Elliot Colburn was elected … Continue reading

Posted in Elliot Colburn, Environment, Jayne McCoy, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Barratt helps care home keep in touch during lockdown

Housebuilders Barratt London have donated a tablet to a Wallington care home, to help residents stay connected with friends and family during the covid-19 outbreak. The tablet, which was delivered last week to the Bridge House Care Centre on London … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Charity, Housing, Sutton Council | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Tin-eared Tories look to dump Bailey’s lacklustre Mayor bid

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how the Conservatives are beginning to panic over their gormless candidate for London Mayor Reports emerged overnight that the Tories are giving serious consideration to dumping their candidate for London Mayor, Shaun Bailey. As … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, Boris Johnson, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, Rory Stewart, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Plea to council for action as birds slaughtered at nature reserve

Viridor, the operators of the polluting waste incinerator at Beddington Lane, have been accused of allowing an environmental slaughter in the neighbouring wetland nature reserve which they are supposed to manage. Nesting pairs of endangered bird species have been disturbed … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Jayne McCoy, Peter Alfrey, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

LibDem rebels block plan to build on Sheen Way playing fields

Our Sutton reporter, CARL SHILTON, on how the council leadership has suffered another damaging knockback A meeting held in Sutton last week proved that it really is possible for a committee to vote down a proposal for overdevelopment backed by … Continue reading

Posted in Elliot Colburn, Environment, Helen Bailey, Nick Mattey, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley Way, Ruth Dombey, Schools, Sutton Council, Tim Crowley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Parents’ SEND action group goes online in battle with Sutton

The parents’ action group in Sutton campaigning for fairer education and health care needs assessments for their children with special educational needs has now upgraded their online presence to provide a full-blown website. Sutton EHCP Crisis was formed in March … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Sutton Council | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Viridor breaking rules over incinerator’s pollution reports

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, on how 12 months after a major fire at the Beddington Lane plant its polluting operators continue to be given a free pass by the Environment Agency and local councils Viridor, who operate the waste … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Extinction Rebellion, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Extinction Rebellion ‘reclaims streets’ with bike lanes in Sutton

While the covid-19 road closures and pavement widenings in Croydon have had a mixed reception so far, over in neighbouring Sutton, with its vast, polluting waste incinerator, the LibDem-run council has used the coronavirus emergency powers to do absolutely nothing … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, Environment, Extinction Rebellion, Sutton Council, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Tories play politics over covid emergency funding for TfL

The emergency cash bail-out for London’s transport system sees the capital’s Labour Mayor hand much control to the Tories running the government, reports WALTER CRONXITE The Tories have put political point-scoring ahead of public health, after the government last night … Continue reading

Posted in London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, Sadiq Khan, Sutton Link, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Residents declare estate ‘no-go zone’ for Sutton’s LibDems

A entire modern housing development in Wallington has gone into self-isolation, not against the threat of coronavirus, but from Sutton’s Liberal Democrat politicians. In a statement issued by the New Mill Quarter Residents’ Association, they say that LibDem Wandle Valley … Continue reading

Posted in Property, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Buzz off: Extinction Rebellion to protest against idling drivers

A swarm of bees will land in Wallington high street on Saturday morning to demand reducing emissions by eliminating unnecessary car journeys and idling. The bees, who are actually friendly rebels from Sutton’s Extinction Rebellion group, have been roused from … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Schools, Sutton Council | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

‘Our children deserve better’ says mum after winning award

A Sutton mother who channelled her anger and frustrations over the way her autistic child and family were being ignored and ill-served by the local council has been named “Most Inspirational Volunteer” at the National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Awards. … Continue reading

Posted in Sutton Council | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Cummings wins Labour’s Assembly selection race by 25 votes

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on a close-run thing Patsy Cummings, the councillor for South Norwood, will be Labour’s candidate in Croydon and Sutton for the London Assembly elections in May after winning a ballot of party members in the two … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, Florence Eshalomi, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, Rory Stewart, Rowenna Davis, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, Sian Berry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Decision time for Labour comes too late for Davis or Cummings

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE, on how a drawn-out selection process has hampered any prospects of electoral success for Labour in Croydon and Sutton in May’s elections to City Hall In a primary contest that has lasted longer than that … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, Elliot Colburn, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Neil Garratt, Patsy Cummings, Rowenna Davis, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TfL backs Sutton Tram Link – but lacks £420m to pay for it

Transport for London has plumped for a tram extension that links Sutton town centre with the Northern Line Tube at Colliers Wood. But they just don’t have the £420million needed to pay for it just yet. The outcome of a … Continue reading

Posted in Merton, Sutton Council, Sutton Link, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

What the election means for Croydon, Westfield and St Helier

After a long and sleepless night, our political editor WALTER CONXITE sifts through the wreckage of the General Election, and what it might mean for Croydon, and Sutton The fourth General Election since 2010 is significant because it is the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2019 General Election, Adult Social Care, Boris Johnson, Brick by Brick, Centrale, Children's Services, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Elliot Colburn, Health, Housing, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mario Creatura, Mayday Hospital, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, Paul Scott, Paul Scully MP, Sadiq Khan, Sarah Jones MP, Shaun Bailey, St Helier Hospital, Steve Reed MP, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Davey, Pidgeon, Umunna all cave-in over Twitter smears

CARL SHILTON on how support for the Sutton and Cheam LibDem candidate’s nasty smear campaign started to evaporate, following challenges through formal complaints and threats of libel action It started yesterday, around noon time. The first of the offending social … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Caroline Russell, Hina Bokhari, Paul Scully MP, Sutton Council, Tim Crowley | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hina Bokhari: election candidate with past shrouded in mystery

CARL SHILTON checks out the credentials of the controversial Liberal Democrat candidate seeking to win Sutton and Cheam from the Conservatives Hina Bokhari, the Liberal Democrat General Election candidate for Sutton and Cheam who has been accused of libel during … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Hina Bokhari, Paul Scully MP, Sadiq Khan, Sutton Council, Tim Crowley | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Threats of libel action as Sutton election campaign turns nasty

EXCLUSIVE: Chuka Umunna, Jo Swinson, Caroline Lucas, even Bianca Jagger, have all taken at face value allegations made by a Liberal Democrat General Election candidate, and so now could now be dragged into a bitter legal action. Our Sutton investigations … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Caroline Pidgeon, Hina Bokhari, Paul Burstow MP, Paul Scully MP, Ruth Dombey, Sutton Council, Tim Crowley, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Firkin Fantasy beer festival, The Hope, Carshalton, Oct 31-Nov 2

Posted in Pubs, Sutton Council | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Calls for Sutton’s CEO to resign over secret letter to Morrison’s

Our investigations editor, CARL SHILTON, on an attempted land grab by a council chief executive that has caused anger among councillors in two boroughs – and which has favoured the work of a senior Croydon councillor’s firm of architects There … Continue reading

Posted in Helen Bailey, Nick Mattey, Paul Scott, Robert Canning, Sutton Council, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council ‘improves’ its recycling rates by burning more rubbish

It was trebles all-round at Croydon Town Hall last night, as councillors slapped themselves on the back for significantly improved recycling rates, after they imposed Binmageddon on residents across the borough last year. But an unintended slip by a council … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Jenny Jones, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bloody marvellous! East Cheam revived for a few LibDem votes

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the latest gerrymandering efforts of the council which many think are far from a laughing matter Stone me. Sutton Council’s Liberal Democrats are up to their old tricks again, with a proposal going before … Continue reading

Posted in Ruth Dombey, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment