Council pledges to improve environment

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New plans to improve the environment in Sutton have been announced by the council

The One Planet Sutton plan, launched in 2009 in a bid to reduce Sutton's harmful effects on the environment, was renewed at an event hosted by Sutton Council on Wednesday

The plan was developed with Sutton based international sustainability charity BioRegional.
The new targets, agreed with consultation from local stakeholders, will aim to make Sutton a zero-carbon borough by 2025, reduce unemployment for young people by introducing green economy businesses and expand use of environmentally friendly transport such as cycling and public transport.

BioRegional Chief Executive, Sue Riddlestone, said: "I'm proud that we have worked with Sutton Council for 20 years. This new plan takes us up a level. It's a bold plan that is easy, attractive and affordable for residents to live within their fair share of the earth's capacity.

"I congratulate Sutton Council for committing to this and especially for sticking to its principles during this period of austerity."

Councillor Jill Whitehead, Chairwoman of the council’s environment and neighbourhood committee, said: "By working together we will achieve our ambitious vision and make Sutton an even better place to live and work".

Since the plan was launched carbon emissions have been cut by 19%; 500,000 bulbs and 1,000 trees have been planted and over 800 start-up businesses have opened in the borough.

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8:00am Sat 25 Jan 14

Niki R says...

Are they scrapping the incinerator then? This is more empry pre-election posturing by the Lib Dems. If you want the Borough inproved, vote them out in May.
Are they scrapping the incinerator then? This is more empry pre-election posturing by the Lib Dems. If you want the Borough inproved, vote them out in May. Niki R

8:47am Sat 25 Jan 14

Giles C says...

This is the biggest con story from the council over the last 4 years.
They realise they have been losing the argument on green policies and have decided to roll out a story which bears no resemblance to reality.
Look at the recycling figures and the incinerator build..we are not one of the greenest places in the UK even though Jill Whitehead says we are..
This is the biggest con story from the council over the last 4 years. They realise they have been losing the argument on green policies and have decided to roll out a story which bears no resemblance to reality. Look at the recycling figures and the incinerator build..we are not one of the greenest places in the UK even though Jill Whitehead says we are.. Giles C

12:45pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Binsanity says...

This is truely the worst statement that has ever been released by the Lib-Dem run Sutton Council. Not one mention of the Incinerator and it's effect on the enviroment and community. What planet are they on when Councillor Paddy Kane wants to build a school to the rear of Bed-Zed within spitting distance of this incinerator and who would want their children exposed to it's direct emissions. They have picked an issue that is failing badly and tried through their normal gimmickery to disguise it, sounds on par with their attitude in general. Please let's get rid, they don't give a dam about us or our children.
This is truely the worst statement that has ever been released by the Lib-Dem run Sutton Council. Not one mention of the Incinerator and it's effect on the enviroment and community. What planet are they on when Councillor Paddy Kane wants to build a school to the rear of Bed-Zed within spitting distance of this incinerator and who would want their children exposed to it's direct emissions. They have picked an issue that is failing badly and tried through their normal gimmickery to disguise it, sounds on par with their attitude in general. Please let's get rid, they don't give a dam about us or our children. Binsanity

2:18pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Binsanity says...

And the Guardian had the gaul to say, in a recent communique, there was no bias towards the Lib-Dems at their paper. Absolute tosh, just look at all the coverage they are getting. Shame on you at the Guardian.
And the Guardian had the gaul to say, in a recent communique, there was no bias towards the Lib-Dems at their paper. Absolute tosh, just look at all the coverage they are getting. Shame on you at the Guardian. Binsanity

12:44pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Krissi says...

if the council want to improve the environment first they need to forget having the incinerator, then do something about the state of the lower High St and the two shopping centres they are beginning to look like a ghost town with all the empty shops and offices- and as for helping small businesses I don't think so I know of a few who would love to have a small stall or cart to sell their crafts from but cannot afford the cost in the centres, or the tent that is supposedly a craft fair in the High St every so often, and, having no car cannot bring a table and all the kit to stay dry to something like the farmer's market how is the council helping these people because I don't see any incentives- Croydon is allowing start-ups to trade in the old arcade under the Nestle building while it is waiting to be demolished some are even sharing the shop premises - why can't we ?
if the council want to improve the environment first they need to forget having the incinerator, then do something about the state of the lower High St and the two shopping centres they are beginning to look like a ghost town with all the empty shops and offices- and as for helping small businesses I don't think so I know of a few who would love to have a small stall or cart to sell their crafts from but cannot afford the cost in the centres, or the tent that is supposedly a craft fair in the High St every so often, and, having no car cannot bring a table and all the kit to stay dry to something like the farmer's market how is the council helping these people because I don't see any incentives- Croydon is allowing start-ups to trade in the old arcade under the Nestle building while it is waiting to be demolished some are even sharing the shop premises - why can't we ? Krissi

2:27pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Binsanity says...

Krissi wrote:
if the council want to improve the environment first they need to forget having the incinerator, then do something about the state of the lower High St and the two shopping centres they are beginning to look like a ghost town with all the empty shops and offices- and as for helping small businesses I don't think so I know of a few who would love to have a small stall or cart to sell their crafts from but cannot afford the cost in the centres, or the tent that is supposedly a craft fair in the High St every so often, and, having no car cannot bring a table and all the kit to stay dry to something like the farmer's market how is the council helping these people because I don't see any incentives- Croydon is allowing start-ups to trade in the old arcade under the Nestle building while it is waiting to be demolished some are even sharing the shop premises - why can't we ?
Because, Krissi, there are probably no votes to add to their posturing in such a venture. At the end of the day the Lib-Dems are only interested in being re-elected and not fulfilling promises, remember the last general election. They lied to the electorate and expect us to now believe them. Priceless.
[quote][p][bold]Krissi[/bold] wrote: if the council want to improve the environment first they need to forget having the incinerator, then do something about the state of the lower High St and the two shopping centres they are beginning to look like a ghost town with all the empty shops and offices- and as for helping small businesses I don't think so I know of a few who would love to have a small stall or cart to sell their crafts from but cannot afford the cost in the centres, or the tent that is supposedly a craft fair in the High St every so often, and, having no car cannot bring a table and all the kit to stay dry to something like the farmer's market how is the council helping these people because I don't see any incentives- Croydon is allowing start-ups to trade in the old arcade under the Nestle building while it is waiting to be demolished some are even sharing the shop premises - why can't we ?[/p][/quote]Because, Krissi, there are probably no votes to add to their posturing in such a venture. At the end of the day the Lib-Dems are only interested in being re-elected and not fulfilling promises, remember the last general election. They lied to the electorate and expect us to now believe them. Priceless. Binsanity

7:49pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Alex_Bradford says...

First there was the incinerator issue, Then the unmasking of national statistics that show Sutton is recycling far less than neighbouring Boroughs And here in Worcester Park, it was recently discovered that the plethora of recycle bins are actually for show! Both the recycle bins and the normal waste bins are emptied at the same time, into the same vehicle - and sent to landfill!

As at National level, Liberal Democrats Sutton Council's pledges and promises are empty and there to be broken. It's up to the Sutton community to improve the environment at the May election - by throwing out the rubbish that is failing Sutton and its electorate so badly.
First there was the incinerator issue, Then the unmasking of national statistics that show Sutton is recycling far less than neighbouring Boroughs And here in Worcester Park, it was recently discovered that the plethora of recycle bins are actually for show! Both the recycle bins and the normal waste bins are emptied at the same time, into the same vehicle - and sent to landfill! As at National level, Liberal Democrats Sutton Council's pledges and promises are empty and there to be broken. It's up to the Sutton community to improve the environment at the May election - by throwing out the rubbish that is failing Sutton and its electorate so badly. Alex_Bradford

4:26am Mon 27 Jan 14

gbzgc says...

"By working together we will achieve our ambitious vision and make Sutton an even better place to live and work" - Jill Whitehead
Yes, by working together to get rid of this terrible council who seem to have no idea, have lost all reality and now believe their own propaganda.
Sadly come May the lemmings of Sutton will sleep walk to the voting booths and put a cross against the Lib Dems, some even believing that the council now is Conservative and they are to balme for all of Sutton's ills.
"By working together we will achieve our ambitious vision and make Sutton an even better place to live and work" - Jill Whitehead Yes, by working together to get rid of this terrible council who seem to have no idea, have lost all reality and now believe their own propaganda. Sadly come May the lemmings of Sutton will sleep walk to the voting booths and put a cross against the Lib Dems, some even believing that the council now is Conservative and they are to balme for all of Sutton's ills. gbzgc

5:07pm Mon 27 Jan 14

ResidentTony says...

typical sutton guardian reader: " It's just not the done thing to support the Lib Dems. It's so non-u!"

normal person: "the lib dems aren't perfect, but they do a good overall job. The others would be no better"
typical sutton guardian reader: " It's just not the done thing to support the Lib Dems. It's so non-u!" normal person: "the lib dems aren't perfect, but they do a good overall job. The others would be no better" ResidentTony

5:11pm Mon 27 Jan 14

ResidentTony says...

Niki R wrote:
Are they scrapping the incinerator then? This is more empry pre-election posturing by the Lib Dems. If you want the Borough inproved, vote them out in May.
Niki

How should I vote them out? Which party do you recommend as their replacement? Which one has the best policies for Sutton?
[quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: Are they scrapping the incinerator then? This is more empry pre-election posturing by the Lib Dems. If you want the Borough inproved, vote them out in May.[/p][/quote]Niki How should I vote them out? Which party do you recommend as their replacement? Which one has the best policies for Sutton? ResidentTony

9:47pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Alex_Bradford says...

ResidentTony wrote:
typical sutton guardian reader: " It's just not the done thing to support the Lib Dems. It's so non-u!"

normal person: "the lib dems aren't perfect, but they do a good overall job. The others would be no better"
Only the Lib Dems voted for the incinerator with the Tories, and Labour firmly against - a clear difference. Meanwhile, official statistics show Sutton recycling FAR LESS than ALL surrounding Boroughs, whether they be Tory, Labour, Independent (Epsom & Ewell) or even Lib Dem controlled Kingston! To any "normal person" Sutton Council is both failing - and the worst run Council in the area, regardless of political colours. Time for a change.
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: typical sutton guardian reader: " It's just not the done thing to support the Lib Dems. It's so non-u!" normal person: "the lib dems aren't perfect, but they do a good overall job. The others would be no better"[/p][/quote]Only the Lib Dems voted for the incinerator with the Tories, and Labour firmly against - a clear difference. Meanwhile, official statistics show Sutton recycling FAR LESS than ALL surrounding Boroughs, whether they be Tory, Labour, Independent (Epsom & Ewell) or even Lib Dem controlled Kingston! To any "normal person" Sutton Council is both failing - and the worst run Council in the area, regardless of political colours. Time for a change. Alex_Bradford

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