Conservation of Sutton’s Heritage

We are committed to preserving local heritage. Equally, a living town cannot stand still; we want to Sutton to continue to develop as a vibrant place for people to live, learn, work and play. Our members seek creative solutions and have ambitions for Sutton.  We engage actively with Sutton Council and participate in the Heritage Action Zone for Sutton.

If you know of any heritage at risk in Sutton, please drop us an email to

20mph Limit on Residential Streets in Sutton

The Civic Society supports the Twenty’s Plenty campaign. Our aim is to reduce the speed, at least on all residential streets in the London Borough of Sutton to 20 miles per hour. We have launched a petition on Please sign and help us make Sutton a safer and more liveable place.

Sutton as a University Town

Here in Sutton, we have excellent transport links to London, some of the highest performing schools in the country, world-class engineering companies close-by in the form of Subsea7 and Atkins, a cancer hub to be established at Sutton Hospital and the home of the David Knights-Whittome Glass Plate Collection.  The town has a huge amount to offer engineering, science and the arts. All that suggests Sutton has the potential for creating a modern university campus.

The borough already has strong links with universities, such as the London Cancer Hub at the former Sutton Hospital Site, ICR being a university of London College. The Royal Marsden, as a highly-regarded teaching hospital, is linked into this relationship, as is the Francis Crick Centre which is sponsored by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London. Additionally, Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust have a significant medical education programme linked to St George’s Medical Centre.

Sutton Civic Society believes there is much here to harness and build on, drawing together a sense of common purpose around a university campus and nearby additional facilities. This is likely to mean less retail, but in our opinion that is no bad thing.

With the closure of the Secombe Theatre and the inclusion of the Civic Centre in the Sutton 2031 local plan as a future development site, this area has potential for providing modern research facilities which would dovetail well with Sutton’s Central Library.  There are more than 45 sites earmarked for development in the town centre in the Sutton Plan, of which 40 are scheduled for residential development, many of these could provide university buildings and student housing.