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Virtual Magic Carpet Appeal takes flight to enchant children while in hospital

A new charity appeal to fund an interactive, digital ‘magic carpet’ for the young patients in Casey Ward at Epsom Hospital has just launched, with the soaring aim of bringing a ‘whole new world’ to the hospital’s dedicated childrens’ ward.
With a mobile projector, motion sensor and interactive mat, the magic carpet experience allows moving graphics and games to appear on the ground and reacts to movements – meaning patients can be transported to virtual seasides, or take part in a dance-off challenge!
And even more importantly, play can be touchless while the mat is easy to clean and sanitise between users. It comes with lots of pre-installed dancing and competitive games as well as educational themes to encourage physical activity, mental and sensory stimulation.
Jessica Start, Play Specialist at Epsom Hospital, said: “In the current environment, this would be a game changer for our lovely young patients. We know that children of all ages will enjoy its virtual technology – a toddler can pretend to splash around in the sea while a teenager can have a virtual kick-about. That’s why we’ve launched an appeal to try and get one for Casey Ward this year. We do know that times continue to be tough for people but if you are someone who can make a small donation, we would be immensely grateful.”
The Magic Carpet Appeal aims to raise the £8,000 needed to purchase and install the equipment. If you would like to make a donation and are able to spare some money at this time of year, you can do so at www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Casey-Carpet
People are also very welcome to take on a sponsored challenge to fundraise for this appeal (or any other service at Epsom and St Helier) – please email the Charity Team at team@esthcharity.org.uk for more information and support.

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Cafe fined £1,000 for repeatedly flouting COVID-19 restrictions

A cafe that put people’s lives at risk by repeatedly flouting COVID-19 restrictions has been fined £1,000 by Sutton Council officers.

The Borough’s Regulatory Services, working with the Metropolitan Police, was tipped off after the cafe continued to serve customers inside its premises – in clear contravention of national safety measures designed to curb the pandemic.

 Despite multiple visits, advice and warnings, the owner still allowed people to eat and drink while seated in the cafe, at times even trying to conceal the activity from officers.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, deputy leader of Sutton Council said: “We will not hesitate to take enforcement action against businesses that continue to breach the regulations, despite our advice and guidance.

“Officers from our Environmental Health and Trading Standards team conduct patrols to help and encourage businesses to comply with the restrictions and where they are able to trade, to do so covid securely.

“Already we have conducted more than 2,000 visits or checks and the vast majority are working within the restrictions designed to protect public health.”

The current national lockdown means hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants, and cafes are not permitted to serve food or drink for consumption inside their venues and can only be sold for takeaway or click and collect.

Support grants are available for businesses affected by local restrictions or national lockdown.

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Sutton Council proposing cameras at all trial low traffic area schemes

Sutton Council is proposing to use cameras at all its trial low traffic area schemes following feedback from the borough’s emergency services and resident concerns about emergency service access.

The move would see existing barriers and planters removed from all sites.

The proposal will be one of the key recommendations at the next meeting of the Council’s Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee when councillors will review the borough’s Safer, Active, Greener Streets programme after its first four months of operation.

Two of the five trial schemes – Butter Hill and Worcester Park – are currently enforced with cameras. The switch, if agreed by councillors, will mean that enforcement at any other schemes will be by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

The Council communicates with the borough’s emergency services on a weekly basis about how its trial Safer, Active, Greener Streets schemes are operating. Following their feedback, the Council is proposing to remove any physical barriers and replace them with cameras to allow emergency services access to all parts of the borough.

Councillors will discuss the proposals at their meeting on 28 January and will be asked to back the move as part of the borough’s response to the pandemic and supporting the emergency services locally.

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New Mill Quarter faces further power outage

Following a further power outage earlier today at New Mill Quarter in Hackbridge, the Council has requested an urgent meeting with the site developer, Barratts.

The London Fire Brigade were called out this morning due to vapour emissions from the Block P electricity substation. A mechanical failure caused heat supplies to fail. 

Power was restored to homes in the morning, but any resident still experiencing issues with their heat supply should please contact SDEN.

Council leaders will be demanding action on the ongoing problems being experienced by residents at New Mill Quarter due to works by Barratts, and stressing that the situation is unacceptable to the Council.