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Police name 21 year old killed in borough car collision

Detectives have named a woman who died following a collision in Sutton as 21-year-old Rhiannon Hall from Surrey.

Police were called at approximately 22:15hrs on Friday, 16 October to reports of a car in collision with a pedestrian on London Road, near the junction with Garth Road in Cheam.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended.

Rhiannon, the pedestrian, was taken to a south London hospital for treatment but sadly died.

The driver failed to stop at the scene but was arrested a short time later on suspicion of drink driving. He was taken to a police station for questioning and has since been released under investigation.

Detective Constable Jenny Burr, from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, investigating, said:

“Our thoughts are first and foremost with Rhiannon’s family and friends at this truly tragic time for them.

“We are committed to establishing the circumstances of the collision and are still asking for witnesses and dash cam footage. Please come forward with any piece of information, even if you think it doesn’t seem relevant. You could help get answers for a grieving family and greatly assist our enquiries.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157, or call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting ref CAD 8295/16OCT20.

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Police name 21-year-old woman who died in Sutton collision

Detectives have named a woman who died following a collision in Sutton as 21-year-old Rhiannon Hall from Surrey.

Police were called at approximately 22:15hrs on Friday, 16 October to reports of a car in collision with a pedestrian on London Road, near the junction with Garth Road in Cheam.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended.

Rhiannon, the pedestrian, was taken to a south London hospital for treatment but sadly died.

The driver failed to stop at the scene but was arrested a short time later on suspicion of drink driving. He was taken to a police station for questioning and has since been released under investigation.

Detective Constable Jenny Burr, from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, investigating, said:

“Our thoughts are first and foremost with Rhiannon’s family and friends at this truly tragic time for them.

“We are committed to establishing the circumstances of the collision and are still asking for witnesses and dash cam footage. Please come forward with any piece of information, even if you think it doesn’t seem relevant. You could help get answers for a grieving family and greatly assist our enquiries.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157, or call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting ref CAD 8295/16OCT20.

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SCRAP fly tipping initiative launched in the borough

A new Sutton Council initiative to SCRAP fly tipping has been launched.

“When you hear the term ‘fly tipping’, it conjures up images of criminals carelessly dumping huge piles of rubbish on private or public land,” said a Council spokesperson.

“But did you know that fly tipping comes in all shapes and sizes and includes: rubbish bags left next to full litter bins; donations left outside closed charity shops; and household items left next to full recycling banks?

“What all these fly tipping scenarios have in common is that they are anti-social, have a detrimental impact on the local area and could result in a fine or prosecution for the perpetrator.

‘Let’s SCRAP fly tipping’ is a new borough-wide campaign that is designed to:

  • alert local residents and business owners to the different forms of fly tipping, and that we all have a shared responsibility to help tackle the problem
  • highlight the enforcement work taking place to try to identify and punish the perpetrators of fly tipping in the borough wherever possible.

“The campaign is being led by Sutton Council and supported by The Metropolitan PoliceVeolia (our waste collections and street cleaning partner), idverde (our parks and ground maintenance partner), Sutton Housing Partnership and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing.

“Fly tipping hotspots across the borough are being targeted with banners, signs and leaflet drops to nearby households. This activity will be supported with a high-profile six-week social media campaign.

“The campaign will begin by educating residents about the different forms of fly tipping, and the duty of care we all have when it comes to disposing of our waste responsibly (by following the ‘SCRAP code’). It will then move on to warn of the implications for people that do fly tip and provide examples of some of the Fixed Penalty Notices and prosecutions that have been handed out in recent weeks.

“For more details please visit: sutton.gov.uk/flytipping”

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Uplift photo image award winners announced

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has today announced the winners of the 2020 #UpliftingImage competition, the Trust’s annual digital photography competition.

The competition, which was open to local schools, residents, service users and staff, formed part of the Trust’s annual October mental health month celebrations, designed to encourage people to talk about mental health.

This year, the theme for the competition was ‘what makes you happy?’ and we were delighted to receive such a range of images from family photos to the local architecture.

Local MP Stephen Hammond has long supported this competition and was in attendance at our virtual award ceremony to announce the first two winners. Stephen said: ‘I am delighted to have been invited to take part in such an uplifting community event. Art and photography are something we can all connect with at a human level and in trying times these kind of connections are more important than ever.’

SWLSTG Chair Ann Beasley announced the final two winners and closed this year’s ceremony: Ann said: “The Uplifting Image digital photography competition is an opportunity for people from across Kingston, Richmond, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth to share the pictures that can inspire and uplift all of our spirits. Now more than ever, it is important to find the time and space to reflect on the things that make us happy. It’s wonderful to be part of the 6th #UpliftingImage competition and I’d like to thank everyone for their submissions, which were a delight to receive.

The winners:

Public award: Lisa D’Alessio

Patient/carer award: Carol Wain

Staff award: Sharon Lecocq

Special award: Nicholas Karitci

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Sutton’s Empire Cinema is to open every day this October half term

Sutton’s Empire Cinema is to open every day this October half term

  • Moviegoers will be treated to a number of new family films from The Secret GardenTwo By Two: Overboard! to Dennis And Gnasher Unleashed! On The Big Screen and more.
  • Film-lovers can expect a stellar line-up of all-time favourite Halloween classics including Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Evil Dead (1981) and Exorcist (Director’s Cut).

LONDON – 20th October 2020: Empire Cinemas, the UK’s largest independently owned cinema chain, today confirmed that it will be open every day this October half term, with a great line-up of family films and Halloween scares!.

This half term, Empire Cinemas will be screening a stellar line-up of films from Dennis And Gnasher Unleashed! On The Big Screen, and sci-fi thriller Max Winslow And The House Of Secrets, to The Secret Garden starring Colin Firth and the brand new Two By Two: Overboard!.

In addition, Empire Cinemas* will screen a number of all-time favourite Halloween classics from Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and The Evil Dead (1981), to Exorcist (Director’s Cut) and The Shining (2019 re-release), and many more with tickets priced at £5 each..

The cinema group, which currently operates 14 cinemas across the country, has implemented ‘10 Ways We Are Keeping You Safer’ social distancing measures at each site. The new measures include clear one-way signage throughout, reduced capacity within the cinemas and amended film screening times to help reduce the number of customers entering or exiting simultaneously. These adjustments in addition to enhanced cleaning throughout the day will be. Face coverings are also mandatory for all unless eating & drinking with only contactless payment being accepted.

Due to the changing COVID-19 guidelines and film release schedule, Empire Cinemas are constantly assessing local markets which may result in a change to trading days and hours. Please check the website for local listings.

To access an RSS Feed of our listings, click on the below;

https://rss.empirecinemas.co.uk

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Government announces extra £1.74m for borough as part of Coronavirus response

Elliot Colburn MP has welcomed news that Carshalton and Wallington will benefit from a share of £900 million in additional funding for local councils announced by the Government, which includes Sutton.

This means that since the start of the pandemic, Sutton has received £20.65m in extra direct support from the Government, helping to cover its coronavirus-related costs and ensuring it has the resources it needs to keep providing vital services.

Carshalton and Wallington also stands to benefit from a further £100 million which will be used to establish a new fund to support council leisure centres that are most in need, in recognition of the ongoing challenges many local authority leisure centres are facing.

The funding has not been ring-fenced, meaning local leaders will be able to determine how to spend the additional funding in order to best protect public health, local vulnerable people and the running of vital services.

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Sutton Council’s latest statements on traffic initiatives

Sutton Council has issued a range of  statements regarding the various traffic initiatives which are being trialled across the borough.

Update on emergency services 20/10/2020

Sutton Council has an excellent relationship with its partners in the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service. We work closely with all the emergency services in our borough to ensure the safety of all our residents.

We consulted with all the Emergency Services prior to implementation and there continues to be ongoing engagement with the Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service about the measures being trialled across Sutton for the next six months. If they make any further recommendations now that the schemes have launched, the Council will work with them to consider changes. Where site visits are requested by residents, the Council in conjunction with the Emergency Services has agreed to attend any future site visits. All feedback and comments from Sutton residents and the borough’s emergency services will be considered as part of the ongoing consultation.

Update on Throwley Way and St Nicholas Way 25/9/2020

The London Borough of Sutton wants to make your streets safer, more active and greener.

Speeding traffic and dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists along Throwley and St Nicholas Way have been key concerns for residents around Sutton town centre for years. The high levels of traffic on the one-way system and vehicle speeds can make these roads feel unwelcoming and dangerous.

As the lockdown started to end, the Council brought in experimental measures in Throwley Way and St Nicholas Way to:

  • provide more space to socially distance and to walk and cycle safely.
  • reduce vehicle speeds.

These measures were also designed to help support the Council’s ambitious aims to tackle air pollution and encourage people to be more active by walking and cycling more.

We have been monitoring

The number of pedestrians using the new space has been fewer than predicted and we recognise that there are some small changes we can introduce to improve the scheme and better define who the space is intended for.

We have listened to your feedback and are now making the following changes: 

  • current social distancing signs to be removed
  • cones will be replaced with reflective posts to create a segregated cycle lane with clear signage

Why are we making these changes?

The scheme was introduced as an emergency measure in response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. These important changes are based on feedback from councillors and residents.

When will this come into effect?

These proposals will be introduced on an experimental basis. Improvements will begin on Friday 25 September, so please bear with us while changes are made.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about this and other improvements we are implementing to make our borough’s streets safer, more active and greener, go to sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets

To give your views on how these changes are working and whether changes are needed, visit our consultation hub.

Your feedback will help the Council decide whether the Throwley Way/St Nicholas Way scheme should be kept as it is now, modified or removed when the six-month trial is over.

Update on North Sutton Low Traffic Scheme and All Saints Road 25/9/2020

The London Borough of Sutton wants to make your streets safer, more active and greener.

As part of the Safer, Active, Greener streets programme, a low traffic area scheme was launched in the North Sutton Area on 14 September. This included the following road closures to motor vehicles:

  • Grennell Road, north of Edinburgh Road
  • All Saints Road, west of Calthorpe Gardens
  • Benhill Wood Road, north of the junction with Oakhill Road
  • Benhill Wood Road, north of the junction with Benhill Avenue

The closure on All Saints Road was designed to create a safer traffic environment for pupils at All Saints Benhilton Primary school.

Following implementation, we have seen a higher than anticipated volume of traffic on a few surrounding residential roads which were not designed for this number of vehicles.

We have listened to your feedback and are now making the following changes: 

  • The road closure at All Saints Road – west of Calthorpe Gardens – will be removed to address the traffic that has moved to other residential roads.

All other elements of the Sutton North Low Traffic Area will remain in place. The Council will continue to seek alternative ways to improve road safety outside the school.

Why are we making these changes?

The scheme was introduced to:

  • Improve safety in Grennell Road, All Saints Road, Benhill Wood Road and in the surrounding streets by reducing traffic levels and speeds.
  • Reduce air pollution due to lower traffic numbers
  • Make the area more pleasant and quieter to walk and cycle around, and safer for children
  • Reduce the number of non-resident vehicles cutting through the area

We have been monitoring

The changes in All Saints Road have now been in place since 14 September and we have been monitoring their impact. We will continue to monitor whether through-traffic is diverted away from residential roads and on to the main roads as intended.

When will this come into effect?

These proposals will be introduced on Friday 25 September.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about this and other improvements we are implementing to make our borough’s streets safer, more active and greener, go to sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets

To give your views on how it is working and whether changes are needed, visit our consultation hub.

Your feedback will help the Council decide whether the North Sutton Area scheme should be kept as it is now, modified or removed when the six-month trial is over.

For more information about this and other improvements we are implementing to make our borough’s streets safer, more active and greener, go to sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets

To give your views on how it is working and whether changes are needed, visit our consultation hub.

Your feedback will help the Council decide whether the Central Road scheme should be kept as it is now, modified or removed.

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Sutton’s Grove Park wins prestigious Green Flag Award

Last week Sutton won a prestigious Green Flag Award for The Grove Park in Carshalton.

The Grove Park now joins two other Green Flag award-winning parks in Sutton: Beddington Park & The Grange and Manor Park, both of which have successfully retained their Green Flag status this year.

The 7.21 hectare park forms a key part of the Carshalton Conservation Area and was one of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.
 

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Brush up the care of your hands and feet at home

Worried about maintaining the care of your hands and feet during this difficult time then Jamie Cunningham who trades under the name of Nail Brush Ups  – could provide the answer.

Jamie is a podiatry assistant and offers treatments to men and women who struggle to maintain the care of their hands and feet.
If you are worried about travelling at this time there is the possibility of a home visit .
“Or an appointment can be made at my clinic room in Morden,” said Jamie
For more details go to  www.nailbrushups.co.uk or call 07486554366
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Able bodied riders can now ride at the Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders

Lessons are now available from £30 for able bodied riders. You must be over 13 years of age, under 14st and be able to walk and trot independently.

Please phone 020 8643 7764.

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders
Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, SM5 4DT
www.diamondcentre.org.uk