John Dodwell former mayor – a tribute

Sadly former councillor and Mayor John Dodwell has passed away after a short illness.

“John was a civil engineer who devoted most of his retirement years to community service in the London Borough of Sutton. He served for 12 years as ward councillor for Wallington North from 1994 to 2006 and was Mayor of Sutton in 2002-03.

“John had a particular interest in education issues, serving on a number of council education bodies and committees, and was Chair of the Education Committee in 1998-99.

“One of the highlights of his busy year as Mayor was his opening of the new Sutton Arena (now David Weir Leisure Centre) in which he emphasised the importance of the centre to the local community. On that occasion he played host to the official guest, world champion hurdler Colin Jackson.

“On his retirement from Sutton Council, John continued to play an active role in community affairs. He was Chair of the Friends of Beddington Park and played a major part in helping to secure £3m from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery Funds to restore and upgrade the park.

“John was very committed to the voluntary sector and also championed many projects to make improvements to the local area. An active Catholic, he took a keen interest in housing and homelessness issues.

“John will be sorely missed by his many friends in the voluntary sector to which he gave so much support. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anne and his family at this sad time.”

Sutton Council’s fast response to the Wallington flash flood

Sutton Council worked with the Environment Agency, Thames Water and the emergency services to clear the centre of Wallington following the flash flood there on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 June.

An intense thunderstorm at 2pm saw almost one month’s rain (3.5cm or 1.4 inches) fall across the borough in an hour. An average of 4.9cm (1.9 inches) of rain normally falls during the whole of June.

Around 2m (6ft 5 inches) of floodwater quickly filled up the low-lying area near the railway bridge at Manor Road in Wallington town centre and the drivers of three cars needed to be rescued.

Sutton Council’s highways contractor was quickly on site and began to pump and lower the amount of floodwater on Manor Road. The Metropolitan Police closed part of the A237 and a Local Authority Liaison Officer co-ordinated with the emergency services to remove the vehicles and clear up after the flooding.

As a Lead Local Flood Authority, Sutton Council is responsible for managing flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses. The Environment Agency is responsible for flood protection from canals and rivers, and Thames Water is responsible for the drains and sewerage system. Plans are in place to identify any ongoing flood risk.

Sutton residents concerned about flood risk should visit the Environment Agency website for updates, sign up for flood warning updates  or call Agency’s floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Street flooding caused by overflowing drains should be reported to Sutton Council using the Report it feature on the council website or by telephone on 020 8770 5000.

Care Act consultation closes on Sunday 21 February

Changes to the Care Act enacted by central government have introduced options to the way in which people are financially assessed and supported. The changes are most likely to affect those living in nursing or residential homes, those paying for their own care, carers, and those who receive assistance from social services and are still living at home.

The Care Act consultation is part of the ongoing Sutton’s Future initiative. Sutton’s Future aims to involve residents of the borough in making the difficult decisions necessary in the face of severe funding cuts.

The new Care Act 2014 has altered the way Sutton Council can charge some people. Some decisions about what and how services are charged for are now up to the discretion of the Council. Other rules have been introduced, for example, Sutton Council can no longer ignore war pensions or war disablements pensions when calculating how much a person can afford to pay toward the cost of their own support.

You can find more information about the issues facing the council, what changes to Care Act may result in, and details of how to get involved with the Sutton’s Future debate by visiting the webpage here


127 bus to run ever 12 minutes from 13 Feb

Route 127 runs from Purley to Tooting Broadway. From Saturday 13 February 2016, to meet increasing customer demand, the frequency of buses will increase:

· from every 15 to every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes

· from every 30 to every 20 minutes on Sundays and during the evenings throughout the week

An extra bus will also be incorporated into the schedule to improve reliability.

Sutton Council consults on changes to adult social services

The council is consulting on changes by the Government to the new Care Act, which has introduced some options to the way people can be financially assessed and supported to pay for the adult social care and support they receive. The proposed changes are likely to affect people living in residential care or nursing homes, people who pay for their own care, carers, and those who receive social care services and are still living at home.

The 12-week consultation runs from now until 21 February 2016 through the council’s Sutton’s Future campaign, which was launched last year to involve residents in helping to make savings due to unprecedented government cuts.

Residents can have their say via the Sutton’s Future website by clicking There will also be eight daytime and evening public consultation events in Sutton, Wallington and Worcester Park between 18 and 28 January 2016 to enable residents to have their say and discuss the issues with officials

Sutton Council to install zebra crossing in Hackbridge

Sutton Council is to start work on a zebra crossing on Hackbridge Road and is asking Hackbridge residents about other road crossings at key areas in the town centre.

The zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road will replace the current informal crossing point near Hackbridge Primary School and will be installed in December.

The council is now consulting with Hackbridge residents on other possible sites for zebra crossings in the area. This follows concerns by residents that the informal crossings introduced last year as part of the Heart of Hackbridge scheme are confusing for some motorists and pedestrians. Disability groups have also raised a number of concerns about the informal crossings.

As a result, the council is reinstalling a zebra crossing on Hackbridge Road and consulting on options for other road crossings. Four layout designs have been created by working alongside community groups including Hackbridge Primary School, the Beddington and Hackbridge Neighbourhood Group, Hackbridge Safety First, local traders, Sutton Police, London Buses and Sutton Vision.

The four options are:

  • A zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road only, to be installed shortly.
  • The zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road and a second zebra crossing at 156 London Road (William Hill Bookmakers), in place of the informal crossing.
  • The zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road and a second zebra crossing at 25 London Road (in front of the hair salon), in place of the informal crossing.
  • The zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road and a second zebra crossing at 146 London Road (near the fish and chip shop).

The replacement of informal crossings on London Road will require the loss of a number of parking bays and are set out in detail in the consultation leaflet.

The four designs have been Road Safety audited and the reports can be read by clicking

In addition, traffic signals are also to be introduced on London Road at the Felnex and Hackbridge Station junction by the developers of the Felnex trading estate independently of the council. This will provide a fully signal-controlled pedestrian crossing.

Hackbridge residents can tell Sutton Council which road crossing option they prefer by visiting Alternatively, they can either fill in the consultation form and place it in the ballot box at Sainsbury’s on Hackbridge Road or put it in an envelope and post it to:

Film at Sutton Life Centre – Finding Neverland – 27 November 7pm

November’s film at the Sutton Life Centre is Finding Neverland (97 minutes, Cert PG) which stars Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), Kate Winslett (Titanic), and Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man). The film brings to life the account of J M Barrie’s extraordinary journey in creating the classic, Peter Pan .. from his first inspiration to the night of the play’s premiere.

Rolling Stone said about the film” “Glorious entertainment… magical, not mush.” And about Johnny Depp: “It’s too early to speculate on how [he] will grow as an actor. Based on Finding Neverland, it’s not too early to call him a great one.”

Finding Neverland is presented by the Friends of Sutton Life Centre.

Friday, 27 November at 7pm. No booking needed and refreshments available.
Sutton Life Centre, 24 Alcorn Close, Sutton, SM3 9PX

Sutton Council opposes changes to 463 bus route

Sutton Council has voiced its opposition to Transport for London’s proposed changes to the 463 bus route in Beddington and Wallington.

In the council’s response to the TfL consultation, which ends today (Friday 9 October), the council considered any proposed amendment to the bus route to be “unwelcome and unwise” and asked TfL “not to proceed with this proposal”.

The TfL proposal, which would mean the 463 bus no longer served Manor Road and Croydon Road between Maldon Road and Demesne Road, has also been rejected by residents.

Letter to TfL below

Response to the consultation on the proposed route amendment for the 463

“The Council has a long standing aspiration to improve the coverage of bus services for residents in Beddington and Wallington, as it is noted that some residents live further than 400 metres from a bus stop. However, concern has been expressed by residents who are currently on existing bus routes such as the 463 that they may be disadvantaged if any changes occurred to present bus routes – particularly if they involve the ability to change buses at an interchange e.g. onto the X26.

Residents on the existing 463 bus route have confirmed that they are happy with the present arrangement and do not wish the current route for the 463 bus to change. Further, residents on the TfL proposed route alteration for the 463 bus have also confirmed that they do not wish the route to change either for a number of specific reasons which are set out below. Bearing this in mind, the Council cannot support TfL’s proposal for a route change to the 463 bus. With this letter we are expressing our opposition to the proposed route change.

Following the launch of the consultation on the proposed change to the 463 route by TfL, there has been a considerable amount of concern from residents about this proposal. A petition with over 500 signatures has been assembled and this is being presented to TfL’s Commissioner by Tom Brake MP. Many residents have also written to Tom Brake MP and Councillors and expressed opposition on the doorstep. The main concerns of residents are around:

• the risk of exacerbating congestion in these residential roads;

• the potential loss of on-street parking and the potential need for residents to provide off-street parking on their front gardens and move street furniture to create dropped kerbs;

• the potential for an increase in noise and air pollution along the residential roads which could be exacerbated by the stop-start nature of this traffic calmed route;

• the potential road safety risk posed by the buses as heavy vehicles;

• potential anti-social behaviour caused by waiting passengers;

• the lack of need or demand for this alternative route.

Ward members report that those along the route of the current service are concerned about the impact on journey times with the loss of the service, and that current users are also concerned about the loss of connections with the X26 at Wallington Green.

We welcome the resources that TfL have applied to their consultation which has included an extended time period for response to reflect the summer holiday period and a willingness to make provision for a second round of written communication with the residents of Malden Road, Montague Gardens and the affected part of Demesne Road when it became clear that not all residents had received the information initially. We are pleased that the consultation has been more widely publicised and that TfL report a greater than average number of responses.

As a consequence of the concerns of residents, the Council considers that it would be unwelcome and unwise for TfL to go ahead with the service change, and therefore respectfully asks TfL not to proceed with this proposal. The Council remains committed to working with TfL to improve bus services where ward councillors and residents consider there are clear benefits, particularly in areas most distant from bus routes.”