Council urges residents to have their say on a new green space in Sutton and help tackle climate change

Sutton High Street

Published Friday, 13th August 2021

Sutton Council is inviting all those who live, work or study in the borough to have their say on exciting plans for new green spaces in Sutton that will also help tackle climate change.

The GreenSpace project supports the Council’s Environment Strategy and Climate Emergency Plan and will enhance existing small areas of green space in the borough or create new ones. 

The project is the start of work by the Council to make Sutton more resilient to climate change, such as planting more trees to create shade and creating green spaces to absorb rainwater. 

The GreenSpace project is not a formal part of our ongoing flood risk management schemes that require large scale capital investment.

The Council has identified seven locations within the borough that are particularly vulnerable to flooding and/or overheating, and have limited access to open green space. Options could include increasing green areas, improving wildlife habitats, landscaping plants, new trees and creating better drainage through the removal of tarmac and adding in planting. 

A survey will enable residents and people who work or study in the borough to share their own views and ideas on the seven potential areas before a final decision is made by the Council on next steps.

The seven areas for consideration are: 

  • Wallington North (High Street/Stafford Road/Stanley Park Road)

  • St Helier/Wandle Valley (Green Wrythe Lane/Welbeck Road)

  • St Helier (Thomas Wall park)

  • Sutton Central (High Street)

  • Belmont (Chiltern Road/Brighton Road)

  • Stonecot/Sutton North (Oldfields Road/Stayton Road)

  • Worcester Park/Nonsuch (Central Road)

Councillor Manuel Abellan, Deputy Leader of the Council and Chair of the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee, said: 

“It’s clear that our weather is changing in Sutton. We want everyone to have their say on these important plans that will make a real difference to the quality of life of our residents, whilst also tackling climate change. 

“The GreenSpace project demonstrates the Council’s commitment to reduce our environmental impact and make living and working in Sutton more sustainable. 

“We also know from the Covid-19 pandemic that access to outdoor green spaces is incredibly important.It reduces social isolation, increases wellbeing and improves mental health. As part of the Council’s plans to support the borough’s recovery after lockdown and create a Stronger Sutton, these new green spaces will play a vital role. . 

“Please give your views on making Sutton an even greener borough with more green space within our local neighbourhoods.” 

The consultation is open until 19th September and you can have your say here: Survey