Sutton Scene - Leader of the Council Column 05/03/2020

Published Thursday, 5th March 2020

Councillor Ruth Dombey's column from our Sutton Scene newsletter, Thursday 5 March.

It was great to visit the new primary school in Hackbridge last week. It's the UK's first net zero carbon school and the first to be built to such high environmental standards. I am very proud it has opened here in Sutton. It seems so fitting that it is right next door to the pioneering BedZed One Planet Living development.

The new Hackbridge Primary School building

It is a lovely school with light airy classrooms and the enthusiasm of the pupils, teachers and governors was a delight to see. Everyone has worked really hard and is very proud of our newest school. Here's the artwork the children created in honour of the occasion.

A painting of many childrens' handprints

The school boasts many environmental innovations, such as triple glazed windows and lots of natural light, as well as natural ventilation and heating. Solar panels on the roof provide 100% of the school's annual energy needs and solar thermal panels provide 80% of its hot water.

Sutton Council has declared a climate emergency and this school is a good example of how we can lead the way.

We are also running a series of engagement events across the Borough to talk to everyone about climate change. The next events are:

  • Sunday 8th March 11am-2pm - outside Waitrose in Worcester Park;

  • Tuesday 10th March 10am-3pm - Circle Library;

  • Saturday 14th March 9.30am-1.30pm - Wallington Square, Wallington High Street.

There's also an online survey about climate change where you can share your views.

Everyone can play their part. Every action, however small, can help to make a difference.


Councillor Ruth Dombey 

Leader of Sutton Council