We are delighted to announce that the leader of Sutton Council, Ruth Dombey, is amongst the 55% of newly elected borough leaders across London who has said “yes” to a more Liveable London!
In addition to the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the Labour Party in Sutton also committed to the My Liveable London pledge. Our thanks to them for showing aspiration and our thanks to the residents of Sutton who sent an email to the four main parties in support of the My Liveable London campaign. Although Tim Crowley for the Sutton Conservatives, Leader of the Opposition, did not commit to a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhoods bid, Tim did show support for the Sustrans Streets for People pledge*.
This means that in Sutton there is cross-party consensus to take a big, bold step towards transforming our streets into places where families, friends and communities are put first; where motor traffic, pollution and congestion don’t dominate; and where everyone can live well, breathe easily, walk and cycle safely and happily. This is very good news, because Mayor Sadiq Khan has set aside around £86 million for Liveable Neighbourhoods funding to be shared by boroughs that are willing to rise to the challenges and that have proven capable of delivering. Now is the time for Sutton to show ambition.
Writing to us on 27 April 2018, Ruth Dombey said “Liberal Democrats and Sutton Council support the objectives of the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, especially in light of the reduced overall funding from Transport for London for boroughs in the years ahead”. The Leader added, “You will be pleased to hear that Sutton is looking to make another application this year to the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme”.
*Sustrans Streets for People pledge:
- Create three neighbourhoods free of through traffic
- Create at least two schemes that that connect places people need to go with protected space for cycling on busy roads
- Ensure redesigned streets are easy to walk through, safe to cross and truly accessible to all
- Create places people want to be, by increasing pavement space and introducing seating, shade and shelter – bringing streets back to life
Also see: Why didn’t Sutton submit a bid for Liveable Neighbourhoods funding at the first opportunity? January 2018
A variation on this article first appeared in our June 2018 Newsletter.