Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Things are happening in Sutton Town Centre

Exciting things are happening on Sutton High Street as some of the council’s projects and work to promote the town centre come to fruition.

Look up at Market Place Sutton to admire the improved frontages

Check out the new pubs

Our green wall looking succulent

Planters brighten up Trinity Square

Times Square renamed and refurbishment almost complete

TKMaxx reopening 15th June

Painting the Carshalton College ‘Live Art’ mural








The award-winning entrepreneurs market

The Empire Cinema is also undergoing refurbishment and a big brand retail outlet is planning to move into Sutton.

With the additional development bringing housing, a new hotel, and new retail units around the station, and the new Sainsburys, flats and restaurants at the north end, Sutton certainly feels like it is booming.

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New events venue opens in Sutton town centre

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On Saturday I attended the official opening of a new large events space in central Sutton: SM1 The Grand Hall.

The Grand Hall is the conversion of the old Snooker Halls at 1A Throwley Way and now offers three large event spaces over three floors suitable for weddings, banquets, parties, meetings and formal events.

The opening was a grand affair with our Sutton MP Paul Burstow performing the official ribbon cutting and welcoming this new enterprise to Sutton town centre.

Guests were served with food and refreshments whilst being treated to a variety of music and performances.

The businessman behind this new venture is Anton Arulnesan who managed to bring his idea to fruition with the help of family and friends.

Sutton has great need of large event space so this venue is a very welcome addition to the town centre offer, especially with its central location. I wish Mr Arulnesan every success for the future.

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50% rate reduction for new and expanding businesses in Sutton town centre

SCllr Jayne McCoyutton is offering a business rate reduction of 50% for one year to new or expanding businesses occupying empty premises in Sutton town centre. Alongside that offer Opportunity Sutton, the Council’s business and investment support arm is offering a range of  clinics and workshops to give business advice and help people create their business plans.

To promote the offer a mock-up of a florist was set up in the High Street to entice people to think about setting up shop in the town centre.

This local offer complements the Governments new national assistance for small businesses across the borough in the form of additional business rate reliefs.

For more information or to apply for the relief visit the Opportunity Sutton website or call 020 8770 5000 and ask for Opportunity Sutton.

You can also access  business support and advice via  the Sutton Business Support Programme.

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Sutton Town Centre Audit Review

The Audit Review I requested on the town centre refurbishment works has been completed and is now a public document. The report doesn’t make comfortable reading as it exposes mistakes made by the council. However I believe that a full and comprehensive review was necessary to fully understand why the project experienced the difficulties it did and to give residents transparency and accountability.

The report will be considered by the Council’s Audit Committee, which is chaired by a senior member of the Opposition, so I know it will receive a robust examination, as it should.

Most important is the action that needs to be taken to address the issues raised by the report and to ensure that such mistakes are never repeated. The report makes a number of recommendations which will be followed through, and lessons have already been learned and are being implemented in respect of ongoing projects.

I am pleased that the new Chief Executive has agreed to look into an overhaul of the commissioning and delivery structures for major projects across the council to ensure clear and robust governance processes are put in place. I hope that the Audit Committee will be prepared to be involved in evaluating the adequacy of these new procedures.

In the meantime work is ongoing to ensure remedial work on the town centre is taken where necessary. The town centre has been improved as a result of the project, but it is a great shame that the full potential of the refurbishment has not been achieved as a result of the issues faced by the project and detailed in the report.

Fortunately the vast majority of projects undertaken by this council are completed successfully and to budget, but when things go wrong we need to be honest about the mistakes that were made, learn what we can, and apply that learning to future projects.

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