Sutton Council has announced the borough could be home to a new set of green spaces.

The GreenSpace project aims to enhance existing small areas of green space or create new ones as part of the council’s Environment Strategy and Climate Emergency Plan.

Sutton 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.

The council has confirmed that the project is not a formal part of their ongoing flood risk management schemes that require large scale capital investment.

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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.

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 September 19.

To have your say click here.