Borough residents encouraged to take steps to reduce plastic waste

Tom Brake MP has signed a pledge being promoted by Sky Ocean Rescue to #PassOnPlastic and commit to reducing single-use plastic consumption.

Launched in January 2017, Sky Ocean Rescue aims to shine a spotlight on the issues of ocean health, particularly single-use plastic, and inspire people to make small changes such as reducing their use of plastic straws or cutlery. The #PassOnPlastic pledge was signed by 113 MPs, all making a public commitment to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics.

Since 2015, the 5p plastic bag charge has reduced the number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England by more than 85%. By supporting Sky Ocean Rescue’s campaign, Tom hopes to encourage residents to take part in making small changes to reduce their plastic consumption.

Sky Ocean Rescue’s whale, Plasticus, which is made up of a quarter of a ton of plastic – the amount that enters our oceans every second – arrived outside Parliament to bring to life the scale of the problem.

Sky Ocean Rescue recommends following these steps to reduce plastic waste and support the environment:

  1. Give up plastic cutlery

  2. Drink out of a refillable water bottle

  3. Shop with a reusable grocery bag

  4. Buy fruit and vegetables loose rather than in plastic packaging

  5. Bring your own travel mug to your favourite coffee shop

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Work underway for Beddington Lane improvement

Work is underway on a major £3.56m improvement scheme in Beddington Lane and Hilliers Lane to improve the travel experience for pedestrians and cyclists.

Sutton Council has secured £1.86m funding from Transport for London (TfL) for the Beddington North TfL Major Scheme with council funding of £1.7m giving a total budget of £3.56m.

Sutton Council, in partnership with TfL, consulted with the local community group Beddington North Neighbourhood Forum and the Beddington for Business Business Improvement District (BID) to develop the Beddington North Major Scheme.

A new pedestrian and cycle route will run alongside the entire length of Beddington Lane. The Beddington Lane/Asda junction will have a new roundabout, a safe pedestrian and cycle crossing, while road resurfacing and kerb works will take place around the Beddington Lane Tramlink stop.

The scheme will help showcase the character of the Conservation Area around Beddington Village with new pedestrian crossings and improved management of heavy goods vehicles.  Pedestrian and cycle crossings will be installed throughout Beddington Lane providing safer travel for residents.



The first phase of the Beddington North TfL Major Scheme starts from 22 January and will last approximately 16 weeks.

Further information on the sequence of works, planned improvements and temporary road closures will be updated regularly on the council’s webpage. Individual local works will have their own signage and properties immediately next to the works will be notified by a formal letter.


Work underway to create new grassland habitat on Beddington Farmlands

Work is now underway at the 120Ha Beddington Farmlands, to create a new wet grassland habitat as part of the ongoing restoration management programme for the landfill site. Earlier in the year infrastructure to support this habitat was installed and now excavation work is taking place to dig down to the water table before shaping islands and inlets.

The Beddington site has a rich history of serving the community with Roman, Victorian and modern sewerage treatment operations located at the site along with the current landfill operations serving the households of the South London Waste Partnership. Once the necessary landfilling is complete the Restoration Management Plan can be delivered.

The wet grassland will dominate the northern third of the Beddington site. It is anticipated that this will provide critical nesting habitat for species such as Lapwing and Redshank (target species for the Beddington Farmlands). The area will present an undulating landform providing a variety of key habitats. Vegetation will be varied with scattered tussocks of grass and rush. Areas of swamp habitats will be allowed to develop in some ditches to provide cover for species such as Water Rail.

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Great business training on offer from Sutton College

Sutton College is firmly establishing itself as an outstanding provider of business training in and around the borough, following contracts with the NHS, G4S and Warrenders.

The college has been praised for the nature of the bespoke packages devised for clients and the way our training programmes have improved the skills and knowledge of their staff in areas such as IT and customer service. Sutton College’s team of trainers are passionate about the subjects they teach and are experts in their field.

Trainers are also successful in establishing a learning environment where all your staff will make progress…and find the experience fun and enjoyable too!

Business Training sessions can be delivered either at Sutton College (where our rooms can cater for small or large groups) or on your business premises, all at times to suit you and your staff.

For full details of this and other activities go to SUTTON COLLEGE or Please contact the Sutton College Business Training Team at to arrange a meeting to discuss how Sutton College can address your business training needs at rates you will find very competitive.

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Sutton Ecology Centre celebrates another successful summer

The summer of 2015 has been yet another successful one for the popular Sutton Ecology Centre, having hosted a wide range of exciting environmental-awareness-raising events for the borough.

The centre, which is located at The Old Rectory in Festival Walk, Carshalton and is funded by Sutton Council, attracted more than 360 borough children and their parents through its doors with a number of open days that gave them the opportunity to meet exotic snakes and reptiles up close, see rare and unusual stick insects, and enjoy playing a range of games based on Julia Donaldson’s classic children’s book The Gruffalo.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment & Neighbourhood Committee, said:

“The Sutton Ecology Centre is a vital resource for residents and it embodies our green borough values. These events for children and their parents provide a valuable education for us all about the importance of enjoying and respecting nature and the environment.

“It’s pleasing to see so many attendees over the summer months, and we will be sure to build on our success and keep hosting a wide range of stimulating and fun ecological activities and events for area families.”

The Sutton Ecology Centre is located close to the popular local attractions Honeywood Museum and Carshalton Water Tower. Opened in 1989, the centre is owned by the London Borough of Sutton Council and run in association with the Friends of Sutton Ecology centre volunteer group.

Mary Buckton, Biodiversity Education Officer at Sutton Council, said:

“The Biodiversity Team believe that making that connection with nature at an early age is vital to ensuring the protection of our wild spaces in the future. Sutton Biodiversity Team offer a wide range of education about Sutton’s Nature, throughout the year, for people of all ages.

“Sutton Ecology Centre is open to the public in daylight hours 7 days a week. We’d love to welcome you along to enjoy nature at this beautiful oasis in Carshalton.”

To find out more about the Sutton Ecology Centre, visit

Great nature events planned for September by SNCV

Sutton Nature is the home of Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers (SNCV), who are the main nature conservation organisation operating within Sutton and has been working to conserve and maintain Sutton’s many wildlife sites since 1987.

They have a regular number of events to help residents to understand the ecology of Sutton and they have announced the activities for September.

Bat Walk. Saturday 12 September, 7.45pm-9.45pm. Whitehall Museum, Cheam. Bats start to ‘swarm’ at the end of the year, which may fulfil a social function or be part of the mating process. We’ll walk and talk about bats and see if, using bat detectors, we can find any swarming bats.
Cost: £ per person. Suitable for:  Booking is essential. For all enquiries and bookings, please call Whitehall Museum on 020 86431236 or email:

Trees Training Day. Saturday 26 September. 10am-4pm. Sutton Ecology Centre / Grove Park. Discover our native trees as we investigate their ecology and learn how to recognise their key ID characteristics.
Cost: £15. Suitable For: Adult 16+, Booking is essential.

The ‘Friends of the Ecology Centre’ also work alongside the SNCV to support the activities of the Ecology Centre and promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the Centre. If you want to find out more or how to get involved take a look at their website.

For more details of all of Sutton Nature’s activities go to NATURE