Our Ambitions and Values
Ambitious for Sutton sets out the council’s plans to shape services over the next five years. The Sutton Plan sets out what’s great about the borough, the big issues facing us and a shared vision for the future. We plan to focus our resources on residents’ priorities and achieve our vision of being a borough in which all can take part and take pride.
This vision encapsulates the community-based approach and commitment to improving the quality of life and well-being for all Sutton residents. There are five core values which reinforce the vision and provide the underlying context to the ways in which we work. The values form the acronym PRIDE and illustrate how the council is committed to:
working in Partnership with the people who live and work in the borough
making our services open and accessible so that everyone is listened to and treated with Respect
seeking Innovative approaches in order to provide better, more cost-effective services
promoting Diversity and ensuring that we recognise and celebrate difference within the context of fairness and equality
Enterprising We take advantage of new opportunities and manage risk effectively working with the market and with the community to make the best use of public resources. We are robust in our business relationships to ensure that Sutton residents get good value for money.
Life in Sutton
Sutton is a great place for families to settle, raise their children and enjoy a good quality of life. Sutton has a growing and increasingly youthful and diverse population of approximately 207,900 people. Sutton’s population is estimated to grow by 8% in the next decade (2016-2025). In the same period, the population of children and young people aged 0 - 19 years is expected to grow by 12% and in 2018, nearly 1 in 2 primary school children in Sutton were from minority ethnic groups.
In a 2019 survey which ranked London local authorities against a range of indicators (house prices, house size, crime rate, green space, outstanding schools, life satisfaction, average salary, healthiness, pollution levels and quietness) Sutton was rated the best local authority in which to raise a family. With an average house price of £508,679 for a semi-detached property, families get approximately 100 square metres of property, in an area with the lowest crime rate in all of London. Not only this, but 32 per cent of the borough of Sutton is green space, providing plenty of parks and gardens for children to run around in. Sutton has excellent schools. 100% of Sutton’s primary schools that have been inspected have either a good or outstanding rating from Ofsted and of the secondary schools, 91% are rated good or outstanding.
Getting to Sutton
The borough is well-served by the national rail network, with Southern trains through Sutton providing services to Victoria Station (30 minutes) and London Bridge (32 minutes). The Thameslink service provides a cross-London rail link to Blackfriars (36 minutes), St Pancras International (46 minutes) and beyond. South West Trains serve Worcester Park Station in the north west of the borough and provides services to Waterloo Station. Going out of London there are direct connections to towns in Surrey including Epsom, Dorking and Guildford. Sutton is also only approximately 12 minutes by train from Croydon; thus making it an easy commute from towns in Sussex and the south coast.
Bus & Tube Services
The borough is served by an extensive network of bus services and Sutton is only a 15 minute bus journey from the Morden terminus of the Northern Line.
The Tram line which runs between Croydon and Wimbledon has two stops in the north-east corner of the borough at Beddington Lane and Therapia Lane. The tram stop at Mitcham Junction also provides a useful interchange with rail services to and from Sutton.
For further information on public transport routes to Sutton see https://www.tfl.gov.uk/
The Road Network
Sutton is approximately a 20 minute drive from the M25 (Junction 8).