Advice on keeping warm and saving money

EcoLocal’s Energy Road Show will come to Sutton High Street opposite Metro Bank, 10am – 4pm on 18th March to help you find out how to stay warm and save money at home.

The Energy Road Show will have lots of practical ideas about how you can save money and save energy. So if you are keen to cut your energy bills pop along to our stall and find out how! EcoLocal staff will show you how you can make savings with low cost measures that are easy to do yourself at home. Or if you are interested in taking things further, you can see how solar hot water panels work.

The Energy Road Show will be giving free advice and is supported by Sutton Council’s as part of One Planet Sutton.

Clean Streets Sutton campaign cleans up at UK Public Sector Communications Awards

Sutton Council’s Clean Streets Sutton anti-litter campaign has won the Community Relations Campaign of the Year at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards 2016.

The UK Public Sector Communications Awards celebrate and reward excellent communication strategies and campaigns, teams and individuals in local and national government, emergency services and not-for-profit bodies from across the UK.

The Clean Streets Sutton campaign, a six-week anti-littering campaign earlier this year, won the Community Relations Campaign of the Year award for “a campaign that has informed or engaged a specific community in a successful and effective manner which can demonstrate improved engagement, positive action and/or change in behaviour”.

At the prestigious awards evening at The Emirates Stadium in London on Thursday 14 July, Sutton Council was up against campaigns by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and Hampshire and Surrey County Council and Southampton City Council among others.

The visual and colourful Clean Streets Sutton anti-litter campaign ran through March and April 2016. It used a number of novel ways to encourage High Street visitors who drop litter to change their behaviour. These included bringing superheroes Batman and Superman to Sutton to encourage smokers to deposit their cigarette butts in cigarette ballot bins outside High Street pubs by casting their vote on who the best superhero is, Batman or Superman, and whether Leicester City would win the Premier League.

A total of 110 Sutton businesses signed pledges to reduce litter around their shopfronts and business premises. The pledge set out simple steps to reduce litter including reducing packaging, installing new bins, and reporting problem areas to the council.

Initial results show an overall reduction of 22 per cent in the amount of litter on Sutton High Street between March and May 2016. The amount of chewing gum dropped on the High Street pavement reduced by just over two-thirds (68 per cent). There is now 30 per cent less cigarette litter than before, and till and ATM receipt litter has fallen by just over one third.

Mary Morrissey, Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration at Sutton Council, said:

“We are immensely proud of our latest award and thank everybody involved for their efforts in helping keep Sutton a clean and green borough. The Clean Streets Sutton campaign shows how it is possible to change behaviour towards litter by using fun, imaginative and creative ideas to get the green message across.”

Sutton Council is now looking to roll out the campaign to other areas across the borough.

The other entries for Community Relations Campaign of the Year were:

Coast Communications – The A380 South Devon Link Road project communications and public engagement

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service – GMFRS Halliwell Cooking Campaign

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership – Taking Charge Together

Hampshire and Surrey County Council

Hampshire and Surrey County Council and Southampton City Council

ICE Creates – Changing perceptions about Organ Donation in the African Caribbean Community