A time for reflection

16 Dec 2022

This year has been difficult for many across our community as we continue to recover from the Covid pandemic and are now grappling with a cost of living crisis. We have seen high inflation, skyrocketing energy, food and fuel costs, and a host of extreme weather, from the hottest ever day recorded in the UK this summer, to Storm Eunice earlier this year and freezing weather conditions this past week.

Recent weeks have seen some lovely Christmas light switch-on events across the borough as we look forward with anticipation to the Christmas and New Year celebrations. This weekend also sees the start of Hanukkah, so I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating this festival of light and hope.  

The festive period can be difficult for some in our community. If you are struggling, there are services across Sutton able to help. This includes Sutton Crisis Café which is open 365 days a year, offering support to anyone who needs it. The Sutton Council website has lots of useful information about help that is available. Do also take the opportunity over the coming weeks to check in with friends, family and neighbours who may be experiencing loneliness or struggling to cope.

Despite all the challenges we have faced this year, there have been some wonderful highlights: Sutton United FC playing in the final of the Papa John’s Trophy, the hundreds of street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and seven of our fantastic parks winning Green Flag Awards. We have also seen the launch of the Library of Things in Sutton Central Library, where you can borrow items such as a carpet cleaner rather than needing to buy them.

Early on in the year, we witnessed the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the whole community stepped up to support Ukrainian families in any way we could. Some of you welcomed families into your homes, while others donated generously to provide support for those fleeing the worsening crisis. Thank you to everyone who helped and I am proud that as a community we are continuing to help Ukrainians and those from other countries who are now making Sutton their home.

As we now take the time to reflect on the past year and prepare for 2023, I want to thank the community of Sutton, our businesses, schools, police and fire services, health and social care staff, council staff, and all the voluntary, community and faith groups for your continued support and wonderful contribution to the borough.

I wish all those who are able to take a break over the coming days some calm and rest as we look ahead, with cheerfulness and hope for better times to come, to 2023.

Councillor Ruth Dombey

Leader of the Council