Sutton Civic Society – Virtual General Meeting 29 September 2021 7.30pm

General meeting of the Society
on Wednesday 29 September 2021 at 7.30pm-9.30pm
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Agenda
Welcome and introductions
Approval of minutes of 28 July 2021 meeting and matters arising
Invited speakers: Councillors
Update from Sustainability Officer (Helen John)
Update from Social Media officer (Peter Struik)
Update from Events Officer (Kerrie Peek)
2022 Jubilee celebrations
Planning update and recent proposals for the town centre
Budget and finances
AOB
Further General Meeting Date for 2021: 24 November 2021

Although legal restrictions have been lifted on meeting inside in person, for the remainder of 2021, the meeting will continue to be held as a video-conference via Microsoft Teams, using the links above. There is an alternative dial-in by telephone conference number, also above.
News

ROSEHILL SCHOOLS PLAN ABANDONED

The new High Schools planned for Rosehill Park, will not now go ahead. The Department for Education has confirmed that a small school for children with special needs will still go ahead on the park, as the need for this remains.  The plan was for a small school for 56 pupils with autism.  This would take a much smaller space on the ex-all weather pitch, with fewer traffic and road safety implications.  It is likely that this will need a new planning application. 


HELENA HOUSE – NEW PLANNING APPLICATION

The developer’s appeal against the refusal of its 9-storey proposal has yet to be decided by the Planning Inspectorate. In the meantime, a new application has gone in for a change of use for the existing building from office to residential (planning ref: DM2021/00899) to retro-fit the existing 6-storey building in its current structural form as 25 flats with commercial use at ground level (see below) – due to be decided by 4 November 2021:

THROWLEY YARD CULTURAL & LEISURE REGENERATION SCHEME 


Sutton’s Future High Street Fund Project will now include the £1.26m refurbishment of the former Chicago Rock and New York, New York nightclubs above Wilko (the site of the former Sutton Municipal Offices – below is what it used to look like – part of the building remains next to Wilko and still has some of the original features).

The building is owned by LBS and the first floor has been completely stripped back to its shell and core. The current working title of the project is “Throwley Yard“, but the name of the project is not fixed and Sutton will work with the successful operator to rename the building. The process of shortlisting for operators for a mixed arts, performing arts and cultural space as well as a food and beverage offering has already started.  An operator is set to be appointed by mid-December 2021 and the refurbishment work completed by June 2023.

SUTTON COMMUNITY FOODSHOP 

Sutton Community Foodshop, operated by Sutton Community Works, has been reopened by local boy, Tim Vine. It is on the ground floor in the St Nicholas Centre, adjacent to Next and is open between 10am and 12noon on Thursday and Friday each week. The Foodshop aims to help families and individuals struggling on low income and finding it difficult to make ends meet – and is a halfway house between food banks and supermarket shopping.  There is a small weekly membership fee of £3 a week. In return, members can choose from approximately 12 items of non-perishable, and chilled and frozen food. These items are of greater value than the weekly membership fee so will reduce members’ weekly shopping bill.


PROPOSED RAIL UPGRADE BETWEEN SUTTON AND CANCER HUB

Sutton Council has made a £32 million bid to the Government’s Levelling up Fund to maximise the huge economic and scientific benefits The London Cancer Hub at Belmont.

The Borough’s bid – which is being supported by The Institute of Cancer Research, London – aims to reinstate the twin track between Sutton and Belmont, upgrading the rail service to Belmont rail station, and improvement works at Belmont Station. If the bid is successful, the investment will enable more frequent rail services to Belmont, increasing current services from two trains to between four and six trains per hour, providing improved connectivity for The London Cancer Hub and Belmont.

ST NICK’S CENTRE BOUGHT AND NEW “ATTIC”
Sutton Council has bought the long leasehold on the St Nicholas Centre in Sutton High Street.  The Council already owns the freehold and this will help to ensure the town centre’s future by giving the Council greater control over a key landmark on the High Street, which covers 4.7 acres of land in the heart of Sutton. The property also includes the recently refurbished Empire Cinema and 740-space car park. The £26m purchase has been made possible by the Future High Streets funding and aims to regenerate the town centre. 

A new food venue and bar has opened on the third floor of the middle of the St Nicholas Centre called “The Attic“.

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