Sutton is the greatest borough in London, says new mayor Arthur Hookway

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The new mayor has described Sutton as the greatest borough in London and has pledged to celebrate community spirit in his time in office.

Councillor Arthur Hookway is new to Sutton Council after winning a seat in last month’s elections but was made the borough’s first citizen at a meeting on Monday.

Despite his lack of experience on the council, Coun Hookway said his work as the borough’s fire commander between 2001 and 2004as well as 15 years living in Worcester Park has helped him fall in love with the area.

Coun Hookway was presented with the mayoral chains in Sutton Council’s Europa Gallery on Monday.

During his acceptance speech, he said: "It is with great delight that I stand here today as your mayor.

"It is an absolute privilege to be Sutton's first citizen and I would like start by thanking you for this great honour.

"Like everyone in this room, my motivation has always been to contribute to the area I live in and encourage others to do the same.

"It is that ethos of community spirit that I want to celebrate and nurture during my term as mayor.

The past three weeks have certainly been a whirlwind. Not only was it an honour to be elected as a councillor but being chosen as Sutton’s Mayor is truly humbling."

Coun Hookway also revealed that he will be supporting  Sutton Seniors Forum and SMILE - Sutton Mentoring and Independent Leisure Experiences – during his time in office.

Each year the mayor raises money for charity during his or her term. Last year Councillor Sean Brennan raised £27,000 for Sutton Mental Health Foundation.

Coun Hookway also paid tribute to his predecessor. He said: "Sean and his deputy mayor Sue Stears have given years of service to Sutton and they are an incredibly hard act for me and the deputy mayor to follow. "

Coun Hookway spent 30 years in the fire service and was the borough’s fire commander from 2001 to 2004.

When he retired he joined Worcester Park Residents’ Association and this, along with his experiences with the local authority during his time with the fire brigade, made him want to stand on the council.

Coun Hookway was given a round of applause when he wrapped up his speech by saying: "Sutton is simply the best borough to live in, in the greatest city in the world, and I can't wait to get to work."

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6:14am Fri 13 Jun 14

theavengers says...

NO IT IS NOT!!! Chav central. I think if you have a brain you would see places like Chelsea and the like are so far above crappy Sutton....oh, and our St Helier Estate is something to b e so proud of.
NO IT IS NOT!!! Chav central. I think if you have a brain you would see places like Chelsea and the like are so far above crappy Sutton....oh, and our St Helier Estate is something to b e so proud of. theavengers
  • Score: -26

6:29am Fri 13 Jun 14

theavengers says...

Forgot Roundshaw and Benhill Estates, so luxurious.
Forgot Roundshaw and Benhill Estates, so luxurious. theavengers
  • Score: -27

8:30am Fri 13 Jun 14

JuleseyWulsey says...

There are some lovely parts Within L.B.S, good schools for the most part and historical nonsuch park to name a few! Why people feel the need to always mention (social housing) areas when much maligning an area is beyond me! It's an insult to the many people living there. I lived on a Council estate for many years, I'm wondering if that qualifies me for (Chavhood).
There are some lovely parts Within L.B.S, good schools for the most part and historical nonsuch park to name a few! Why people feel the need to always mention (social housing) areas when much maligning an area is beyond me! It's an insult to the many people living there. I lived on a Council estate for many years, I'm wondering if that qualifies me for (Chavhood). JuleseyWulsey
  • Score: 35

9:47am Fri 13 Jun 14

Niki R says...

theavengers wrote:
NO IT IS NOT!!! Chav central. I think if you have a brain you would see places like Chelsea and the like are so far above crappy Sutton....oh, and our St Helier Estate is something to b e so proud of.
Good gods, what a snob you are. I live on St Helier and love it. I know my neighbours and they are good people, we have open spaces all around us and people will help each other out. It's not perfect but where is?
[quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: NO IT IS NOT!!! Chav central. I think if you have a brain you would see places like Chelsea and the like are so far above crappy Sutton....oh, and our St Helier Estate is something to b e so proud of.[/p][/quote]Good gods, what a snob you are. I live on St Helier and love it. I know my neighbours and they are good people, we have open spaces all around us and people will help each other out. It's not perfect but where is? Niki R
  • Score: 35

10:55am Fri 13 Jun 14

David7 says...

You won’t meet a nicer bloke than Arthur. He’ll do a great job.

Just a shame he’s a LibDem ;)
You won’t meet a nicer bloke than Arthur. He’ll do a great job. Just a shame he’s a LibDem ;) David7
  • Score: -1

11:07am Fri 13 Jun 14

LiberalsOut says...

Meanwhile in the real world......
One of the highest Council Taxes in London and likely to rise after Ruth Dombey saying harsh decisons have to be made - be honest you are going to put the Council tax up, when in fact we deserve a cut
30 years of waste and no doubt more to come
"First Citizen" sounds something from a Stalinist State not a title the Yellow Peril would bestow on a person
Meanwhile in the real world...... One of the highest Council Taxes in London and likely to rise after Ruth Dombey saying harsh decisons have to be made - be honest you are going to put the Council tax up, when in fact we deserve a cut 30 years of waste and no doubt more to come "First Citizen" sounds something from a Stalinist State not a title the Yellow Peril would bestow on a person LiberalsOut
  • Score: -18

12:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Michael Pantlin says...

A new Lib Demon mayor would say that wouldn't he?
A new Lib Demon mayor would say that wouldn't he? Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -19

3:17pm Fri 13 Jun 14

whysaythat says...

theavengers wrote:
NO IT IS NOT!!! Chav central. I think if you have a brain you would see places like Chelsea and the like are so far above crappy Sutton....oh, and our St Helier Estate is something to b e so proud of.
What a pleasant person you must be! Once you have left your ivory tower and crossed your moat you might realise that an area doesn't mean people are Chavs.

Ask your Butler to confirm that with you.
[quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: NO IT IS NOT!!! Chav central. I think if you have a brain you would see places like Chelsea and the like are so far above crappy Sutton....oh, and our St Helier Estate is something to b e so proud of.[/p][/quote]What a pleasant person you must be! Once you have left your ivory tower and crossed your moat you might realise that an area doesn't mean people are Chavs. Ask your Butler to confirm that with you. whysaythat
  • Score: 15

3:20pm Fri 13 Jun 14

whysaythat says...

JuleseyWulsey wrote:
There are some lovely parts Within L.B.S, good schools for the most part and historical nonsuch park to name a few! Why people feel the need to always mention (social housing) areas when much maligning an area is beyond me! It's an insult to the many people living there. I lived on a Council estate for many years, I'm wondering if that qualifies me for (Chavhood).
Exactly right! Same for me, maybe I qualify as a chav as well. Community spirit is at its strongest within social housing.
[quote][p][bold]JuleseyWulsey[/bold] wrote: There are some lovely parts Within L.B.S, good schools for the most part and historical nonsuch park to name a few! Why people feel the need to always mention (social housing) areas when much maligning an area is beyond me! It's an insult to the many people living there. I lived on a Council estate for many years, I'm wondering if that qualifies me for (Chavhood).[/p][/quote]Exactly right! Same for me, maybe I qualify as a chav as well. Community spirit is at its strongest within social housing. whysaythat
  • Score: 8

7:31pm Fri 13 Jun 14

ResidentTony says...

I agree with Julesey Wulsey (like the handle!) and Niki R. The community spirit is great and I've never lived in a place where the people have been so cheerful and friendly. There are good places to eat out (eg Brasserie Vacherin) and good little theatres in both Sutton and Carshalton. I could go on extolling its virtues, but I don't want to end up sounding like a brochure!
I agree with Julesey Wulsey (like the handle!) and Niki R. The community spirit is great and I've never lived in a place where the people have been so cheerful and friendly. There are good places to eat out (eg Brasserie Vacherin) and good little theatres in both Sutton and Carshalton. I could go on extolling its virtues, but I don't want to end up sounding like a brochure! ResidentTony
  • Score: 20

9:06pm Fri 13 Jun 14

GreenBrown says...

Sutton's a hole. It has nice parts to it, but it's full of chav's and weirdo Lib dem voters. Sutton WAS a great borough, now it is just another faceless London borough.
Sutton's a hole. It has nice parts to it, but it's full of chav's and weirdo Lib dem voters. Sutton WAS a great borough, now it is just another faceless London borough. GreenBrown
  • Score: -20

9:16pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Monstermunch17 says...

Niki R wrote:
theavengers wrote:
NO IT IS NOT!!! Chav central. I think if you have a brain you would see places like Chelsea and the like are so far above crappy Sutton....oh, and our St Helier Estate is something to b e so proud of.
Good gods, what a snob you are. I live on St Helier and love it. I know my neighbours and they are good people, we have open spaces all around us and people will help each other out. It's not perfect but where is?
Exactly. Personally I think the mayor is bang on the money.
[quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: NO IT IS NOT!!! Chav central. I think if you have a brain you would see places like Chelsea and the like are so far above crappy Sutton....oh, and our St Helier Estate is something to b e so proud of.[/p][/quote]Good gods, what a snob you are. I live on St Helier and love it. I know my neighbours and they are good people, we have open spaces all around us and people will help each other out. It's not perfect but where is?[/p][/quote]Exactly. Personally I think the mayor is bang on the money. Monstermunch17
  • Score: 12

10:53pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Pizza Burger says...

Very much in agreement with the new mayor here; Sutton is a great (and improving) area.

Dear the commenters who seem to so despise Sutton, please do feel free to move out... you won't be missed.
Very much in agreement with the new mayor here; Sutton is a great (and improving) area. Dear the commenters who seem to so despise Sutton, please do feel free to move out... you won't be missed. Pizza Burger
  • Score: 11

11:24pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Dr Martin says...

GreenBrown wrote:
Sutton's a hole. It has nice parts to it, but it's full of chav's and weirdo Lib dem voters. Sutton WAS a great borough, now it is just another faceless London borough.
Do you live in Sutton?
[quote][p][bold]GreenBrown[/bold] wrote: Sutton's a hole. It has nice parts to it, but it's full of chav's and weirdo Lib dem voters. Sutton WAS a great borough, now it is just another faceless London borough.[/p][/quote]Do you live in Sutton? Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

6:27pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Alex_Bradford says...

Let's see how successful Councillor Hookway is at getting to work, before making a judgement, either way.

Right now, of 6 Lib Dem Councillors in Worcester Park, he is the only one who is actively fighting the ridiculous planning appeal for a mosque (without any provision for car parking) in (already gridlocked) Green Lane.

It seems the other 5 are having real trouble getting to work!
Let's see how successful Councillor Hookway is at getting to work, before making a judgement, either way. Right now, of 6 Lib Dem Councillors in Worcester Park, he is the only one who is actively fighting the ridiculous planning appeal for a mosque (without any provision for car parking) in (already gridlocked) Green Lane. It seems the other 5 are having real trouble getting to work! Alex_Bradford
  • Score: 0

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