Residents often ask what we do. Some of it will be obvious from the posts we put on this website, but there is much that goes on behind the scenes, especially taking up issues for individual residents. We thought that producing a regular note on this would give a broader picture of what councillors do.
So, what did we get up to in February 2021?
- Reported numerous potholes and a blocked drain in Collingwood Road.
- Reported dog fouling issues and flytipping.
- Met with a residents group in Collingwood Road to update on traffic issues.
- Reported an estate agents board which was incorrectly sited.
- Reported a property being incorrectly used (without planning permission).
- Asked Parks Dept to once again cover up adult gym equipment and erect warning COVID notices in Collingwood Rec after they had been removed.
- Raised an issue about neighbours not being properly notified of a planning application.
- Followed up a case where a fence had not been reinstated following a planning development.
- Took up an issue of not enough bins being provided at a block of flats.
- Pressed for yellow lines that have been incorrectly placed, to be changed.
- Supported town centre councillors in a request for a plaque for the former Pearson’s Cycles shop.
- Pressed for an overdue loading bay to be installed.
- Delivered local Focus about the Topps Tiles planning application, and proposed tanker route for Bushey Road.
- Helped with preparations for a Summer Fayre on Sutton Green.
- Met with Council officers and Sutton Housing Partnership to discuss the housing regeneration project.
- Discussed with the Chair of the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee and Council officers the removal of the local road closures, and updated residents through our website and email.
- Attended a meeting of Sutton Local Committee, which discussed the COVID pandemic, sustainable transport and proposals for a community orchard in Rosehill Park.
- Discussed with Council officers the proposal for a flood relief scheme in Rosehill Park
These issues relate to many roads in the ward, including Benhilton Gardens, Blenheim Road, Collingwood Road, High St, Ranfurly Road, Stayton Road, Sunnyhurst Close, and Sutton Common Road.
Ruth and Steve attended the Strategy and Resources Committee which prepared the Council’s budget for the coming year, including over £5m of savings, which will help keep the Council tax increase below the limit set by the government.
In addition Steve spoke at the Planning Committee against the application to develop the allotments in Greenhill/ Woodend, met with the local Residents Association, helped the Friend of Sutton Green clear the shrub bed in Victoria Gardens, and attended the Mayors (virtual) quiz, for charity.
Marlene has been supporting residents of Chaucer House regarding the fire safety works by attending weekly catch up meetings with the contractor to deal with any emerging issues plus a monthly progress meeting. An exciting new initiative called the Place Based Model has been set up with a core group of residents to get results on some outstanding issues and find ways of working together to meet the needs of the community and raise service standards. The Housing Manager takes the lead but residents set the agenda and this Group meets fortnightly.
- As local Health Champion Marlene has been attending meetings to disseminate information about COVID to residents and community groups to encourage take up of vaccinations, explode some of the myths.
- Housing, Economy & Business Committee task and finish group on cctv policy and guidance for Sutton Housing Partnership tenants and leaseholders.
- As Vice Chair of the Licensing Committee attended a training session on Licensing Policies and High Street Recovery. Met with officers to update our Gambling policies.
- Sutton Local Committee – vice chair. Assisted local groups to apply for funding and put forward public realm schemes. Met with officers about changes to local committees.
- Corporate Parenting Forum meeting and raising the profile of the new Children’s Home to gain support and sponsorship with local businesses.
As Leader of the Council, Ruth led the Council’s efforts with COVID, meeting with local health officials, the Mayor of London and Cabinet Ministers, pressing the case for an orderly opening of schools. She has chaired two well-attended public Q&A sessions to answer residents’ questions about the pandemic and the vaccination programme and is working closely with local GPs to ensure that the vaccination programme progresses smoothly. She is also working with Age UK Sutton to listen to older residents about their ideas for improving life in the borough and has met with senior police officers to discuss enforcement and community safety.
In addition, Councillors attended a range of meetings with Council officers, seminars and training events.