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Sutton Council issues statement on driver shortage which is impacting waste services

Sutton council has issued a statement on a shortage of drivers which is impacting on disruption to recycling and waste services in some parts of the borough.

There is currently a nationwide driver shortage which is causing disruption to recycling and waste services in some parts of the borough.

You can check if your area is affected on the council website.

If your collection is late, please leave your bins out and our contractor, Veolia, will collect it as soon as they can. 

The Council is working closely with Veolia and neighbouring boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership to minimise the impact on recycling and waste collections and other key environmental services. Business continuity plans have been implemented and resources are being closely monitored to ensure services continue to be delivered. 

Please bear with us during this challenging period while Veolia recruits and trains more drivers. We are doing everything we can to catch up and keep services running. We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding.”

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Council welcomes proposal to create new 56 place free school for pupils living with Autism Spectrum Condition

Sutton Council has welcomed a Department of Education (DfE) proposal to create a new, 56-place free school in the borough for pupils living with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

However, last night (1 July) the Council’s People Committee confirmed their support for Sutton’s excellent local schools which have urged government ministers to reconsider plans for an additional free school for mainstream secondary pupils – because there is already sufficient capacity for students across the borough.

Sutton Council has no direct influence on decisions around free schools, all decisions are taken by education ministers.

People Committee Chair, Councillor Marian James said:

“It is important to remember that the decision on free schools lies exclusively with the Department of Education and not with Sutton Council. However, the Council has been working closely with schools across the borough and feel it is important to share our views with ministers so they can make the best decisions possible.

“We very much support the plan to increase capacity in the borough for children with special educational needs. This is vital and welcome.

“However, we feel that plans for an extra mainstream free school in the borough are unnecessary for the simple reason that while the demand for special needs education is rising, the need for mainstream secondary education places is falling and will drop off from 2027. Our excellent schools in Sutton can cope with the current demand until that time.”

Sutton Council has offered to make additional places available over the next 5-6 years, as an alternative to the Department for Education (DfE) proposed new mainstream free school known as ‘Sutton Free School 1’. 

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Firefighters rescue woman from bungalow fire

Firefighters rescued a woman from a bungalow fire on Mount Park in Carshalton on Sunday.

Part of a semi-detached bungalow was damaged by fire. One woman was treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews after suffering from smoke inhalation.

The Brigade was called at 0116 and the fire was under control by 0153. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Wallington, Purley, Croydon and Sutton fire stations attended the scene.

The fire is believed to have been accidental and caused by an electrical fault in an extractor fan