Public meeting held to discuss Sutton's future ahead of £40m cuts

Public meeting held to discuss Sutton's future ahead of £40m cuts

Public meeting held to discuss Sutton's future ahead of £40m cuts

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Around 60 people living in Sutton attended a public meeting to discuss the future of the borough.

Those who went were warned changes will be introduced for the council to shave £40m off its annual budget.

Council leader Ruth Dombey said the priority was ensuring the cuts would not harm the most vulnerable people in the community.

She said: “The changes we make now will shape future council services for the next decade and beyond. Therefore, it is vital that people have the opportunity to have their say on how we make £40m of savings.

Residents were also told that the council would find new ways of generating income, through initiatives such as the new housing development company and the energy from waste recycling plant.

The council’s annual budget currently stands at £152m.

The meeting took place on Wednesday, July 30, at the council's civic offices.

What services do you think should be protected? What fears do you have about the impact of the cuts?

Tell us what you think on 0208 722 6358, or email tom.gillespie@london.newsquest.co.uk

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12:34pm Sun 3 Aug 14

GreenBrown says...

So that's 60 people out of over 190,000 people living in the borough that turned up to a meeting about future spending cuts. Maybe, just maybe we need to change the way these things are done. I'm sure this lack of interest and apathy from the masses is helpful to the council, who just do what they want and get away with it every time, but for the sake of democracy and this countries future we need a better way of getting people involved. I know there are a lot of wealthy, i'm alright jack sort of people out there who don't rely on many of the services provided by the council and therefore couldn't care less, but there are probably more people who are poor and need these services to continue. I guess those people have become so disillusioned with everything and fed up that their voice isn't heard or listened to that they've just given up caring. Still, the people of Sutton either voted these jokers back in or didn't vote enough collectively for other parties to throw them out so what can you do.
So that's 60 people out of over 190,000 people living in the borough that turned up to a meeting about future spending cuts. Maybe, just maybe we need to change the way these things are done. I'm sure this lack of interest and apathy from the masses is helpful to the council, who just do what they want and get away with it every time, but for the sake of democracy and this countries future we need a better way of getting people involved. I know there are a lot of wealthy, i'm alright jack sort of people out there who don't rely on many of the services provided by the council and therefore couldn't care less, but there are probably more people who are poor and need these services to continue. I guess those people have become so disillusioned with everything and fed up that their voice isn't heard or listened to that they've just given up caring. Still, the people of Sutton either voted these jokers back in or didn't vote enough collectively for other parties to throw them out so what can you do. GreenBrown
  • Score: -3

1:29pm Sun 3 Aug 14

David7 says...

Did you actually have a reporter at the meeting, Sutton Guardian?

If so, why not report what happened? Such as one of the councillors on the committee leaving halfway through? Which shows just what a sham the meeting was...

The apathy isn’t only with the public. It’s entrenched in the councillors, too.
Did you actually have a reporter at the meeting, Sutton Guardian? If so, why not report what happened? Such as one of the councillors on the committee leaving halfway through? Which shows just what a sham the meeting was... The apathy isn’t only with the public. It’s entrenched in the councillors, too. David7
  • Score: 15

8:05pm Sun 3 Aug 14

ResidentTony says...

David7 wrote:
Did you actually have a reporter at the meeting, Sutton Guardian?

If so, why not report what happened? Such as one of the councillors on the committee leaving halfway through? Which shows just what a sham the meeting was...

The apathy isn’t only with the public. It’s entrenched in the councillors, too.
David - it's not that sort of local paper. This is a DIY era, so perhaps if you went to the meeting you should write the report that the paper was not able to. Sutton Guardian - the flat-packed, self assembly newspaper....
[quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: Did you actually have a reporter at the meeting, Sutton Guardian? If so, why not report what happened? Such as one of the councillors on the committee leaving halfway through? Which shows just what a sham the meeting was... The apathy isn’t only with the public. It’s entrenched in the councillors, too.[/p][/quote]David - it's not that sort of local paper. This is a DIY era, so perhaps if you went to the meeting you should write the report that the paper was not able to. Sutton Guardian - the flat-packed, self assembly newspaper.... ResidentTony
  • Score: 3

10:15pm Sun 3 Aug 14

charlesmcg says...

Clearly the Reporter was not present. The Guardian has a poor record at reporting the key events in Sutton, preferring instead to publish the press releases that are sent to them with little imagination or journalistic panache. They do better reports about minor road accidents and rainstorms and in general if they can take a photo from their offices half way up Quadrant House, then all the better and easier

Having said that, it does appear that Joe Public in Sutton is not bothered at all about the cuts. Something that I find incredible. We deserve all we get. My hope is that the incoming 'new money' from the Developers will help support our local finances and provide new jobs and prosperity. Sutton will be great, but I am still not sure who it is that will take us there........... CNM Estates for CEO ? Subsea 7 for Mayor ?
Clearly the Reporter was not present. The Guardian has a poor record at reporting the key events in Sutton, preferring instead to publish the press releases that are sent to them with little imagination or journalistic panache. They do better reports about minor road accidents and rainstorms and in general if they can take a photo from their offices half way up Quadrant House, then all the better and easier Having said that, it does appear that Joe Public in Sutton is not bothered at all about the cuts. Something that I find incredible. We deserve all we get. My hope is that the incoming 'new money' from the Developers will help support our local finances and provide new jobs and prosperity. Sutton will be great, but I am still not sure who it is that will take us there........... CNM Estates for CEO ? Subsea 7 for Mayor ? charlesmcg
  • Score: 6

11:14pm Sun 3 Aug 14

littleclare81 says...

When was the meeting? Unfortunate time to hold a meeting in the school summer holidays when many people are away and it is more difficult to get a babysitter! Not an excuse for everyone but a valid one for many!
When was the meeting? Unfortunate time to hold a meeting in the school summer holidays when many people are away and it is more difficult to get a babysitter! Not an excuse for everyone but a valid one for many! littleclare81
  • Score: 2

8:56am Mon 4 Aug 14

ResidentTony says...

littleclare81 wrote:
When was the meeting? Unfortunate time to hold a meeting in the school summer holidays when many people are away and it is more difficult to get a babysitter! Not an excuse for everyone but a valid one for many!
Last Wednesday. That's one thing the article does tell us.
[quote][p][bold]littleclare81[/bold] wrote: When was the meeting? Unfortunate time to hold a meeting in the school summer holidays when many people are away and it is more difficult to get a babysitter! Not an excuse for everyone but a valid one for many![/p][/quote]Last Wednesday. That's one thing the article does tell us. ResidentTony
  • Score: 3

11:43am Mon 4 Aug 14

ResidentTony says...

charlesmcg wrote:
Clearly the Reporter was not present. The Guardian has a poor record at reporting the key events in Sutton, preferring instead to publish the press releases that are sent to them with little imagination or journalistic panache. They do better reports about minor road accidents and rainstorms and in general if they can take a photo from their offices half way up Quadrant House, then all the better and easier

Having said that, it does appear that Joe Public in Sutton is not bothered at all about the cuts. Something that I find incredible. We deserve all we get. My hope is that the incoming 'new money' from the Developers will help support our local finances and provide new jobs and prosperity. Sutton will be great, but I am still not sure who it is that will take us there........... CNM Estates for CEO ? Subsea 7 for Mayor ?
Agree completely - the current high quality regeneration of Sutton is very good news, as I have said before. At least private sector investment (to the tune of several hundred million pounds) is not being cut!
[quote][p][bold]charlesmcg[/bold] wrote: Clearly the Reporter was not present. The Guardian has a poor record at reporting the key events in Sutton, preferring instead to publish the press releases that are sent to them with little imagination or journalistic panache. They do better reports about minor road accidents and rainstorms and in general if they can take a photo from their offices half way up Quadrant House, then all the better and easier Having said that, it does appear that Joe Public in Sutton is not bothered at all about the cuts. Something that I find incredible. We deserve all we get. My hope is that the incoming 'new money' from the Developers will help support our local finances and provide new jobs and prosperity. Sutton will be great, but I am still not sure who it is that will take us there........... CNM Estates for CEO ? Subsea 7 for Mayor ?[/p][/quote]Agree completely - the current high quality regeneration of Sutton is very good news, as I have said before. At least private sector investment (to the tune of several hundred million pounds) is not being cut! ResidentTony
  • Score: 2

12:34pm Mon 4 Aug 14

CallMeAlf says...

My goodness! Most councils seem to be in the same boat, from what I read. Concreting over the borough to build yuppie flats isn't going to save us, I suspect. There are going to be some tough decisions to be made. They are at least being honest about that.
My goodness! Most councils seem to be in the same boat, from what I read. Concreting over the borough to build yuppie flats isn't going to save us, I suspect. There are going to be some tough decisions to be made. They are at least being honest about that. CallMeAlf
  • Score: 7

6:00pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ResidentTony says...

CallMeAlf wrote:
My goodness! Most councils seem to be in the same boat, from what I read. Concreting over the borough to build yuppie flats isn't going to save us, I suspect. There are going to be some tough decisions to be made. They are at least being honest about that.
...sorry to be pedantic, but the sites where the flats are being built were already covered in concrete. But I do take your point that it won't save us from cuts, or at least not in the short term. But as the town gradually becomes more prosperous, the council should receive more in tax and business rates - which could help finance better public services.
[quote][p][bold]CallMeAlf[/bold] wrote: My goodness! Most councils seem to be in the same boat, from what I read. Concreting over the borough to build yuppie flats isn't going to save us, I suspect. There are going to be some tough decisions to be made. They are at least being honest about that.[/p][/quote]...sorry to be pedantic, but the sites where the flats are being built were already covered in concrete. But I do take your point that it won't save us from cuts, or at least not in the short term. But as the town gradually becomes more prosperous, the council should receive more in tax and business rates - which could help finance better public services. ResidentTony
  • Score: 2

4:05pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Niki R says...

David7 wrote:
Did you actually have a reporter at the meeting, Sutton Guardian?

If so, why not report what happened? Such as one of the councillors on the committee leaving halfway through? Which shows just what a sham the meeting was...

The apathy isn’t only with the public. It’s entrenched in the councillors, too.
Which Councillor left the meeting?
[quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: Did you actually have a reporter at the meeting, Sutton Guardian? If so, why not report what happened? Such as one of the councillors on the committee leaving halfway through? Which shows just what a sham the meeting was... The apathy isn’t only with the public. It’s entrenched in the councillors, too.[/p][/quote]Which Councillor left the meeting? Niki R
  • Score: 5

2:50am Wed 6 Aug 14

Dr Martin says...

GreenBrown wrote:
So that's 60 people out of over 190,000 people living in the borough that turned up to a meeting about future spending cuts. Maybe, just maybe we need to change the way these things are done. I'm sure this lack of interest and apathy from the masses is helpful to the council, who just do what they want and get away with it every time, but for the sake of democracy and this countries future we need a better way of getting people involved. I know there are a lot of wealthy, i'm alright jack sort of people out there who don't rely on many of the services provided by the council and therefore couldn't care less, but there are probably more people who are poor and need these services to continue. I guess those people have become so disillusioned with everything and fed up that their voice isn't heard or listened to that they've just given up caring. Still, the people of Sutton either voted these jokers back in or didn't vote enough collectively for other parties to throw them out so what can you do.
Did you go?
[quote][p][bold]GreenBrown[/bold] wrote: So that's 60 people out of over 190,000 people living in the borough that turned up to a meeting about future spending cuts. Maybe, just maybe we need to change the way these things are done. I'm sure this lack of interest and apathy from the masses is helpful to the council, who just do what they want and get away with it every time, but for the sake of democracy and this countries future we need a better way of getting people involved. I know there are a lot of wealthy, i'm alright jack sort of people out there who don't rely on many of the services provided by the council and therefore couldn't care less, but there are probably more people who are poor and need these services to continue. I guess those people have become so disillusioned with everything and fed up that their voice isn't heard or listened to that they've just given up caring. Still, the people of Sutton either voted these jokers back in or didn't vote enough collectively for other parties to throw them out so what can you do.[/p][/quote]Did you go? Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

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