A message for the citizens of Sutton from the Mayor

During the pandemic, my priority, and that of the Council and the administration, has always been to do everything possible for the health and safety of our citizens. As the period of confinement is over, we move to the next stage: de-confinement and recovery.

It was with that in mind that I requested our administration to develop a relaunch plan for the rue Principale. The objective of this plan was first and foremost to help citizens respect health directives, in particular social distancing, but also to support our local businesses so that they can adjust to the new realities imposed by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The plan, undertaken jointly by the CDES and our fire and public security service, but also with a committee of citizens made up of people in the areas of tourism and culture amongst others, included various measures all with the principle goal of ensuring the safety of our citizens and visitors, and then helping our businesses.

Therefore, public hand washing stations and portable toilets, and directional arrows were installed. Other suggestions included a temporary arrangement to enable wider spaces for pedestrians, completed with flowers, achieved by removing parking places from rue Principale and relocating them to an alternative temporary parking area. Several possibilities were investigated but were refused or proved to be problematic and it was the former Filtex site that proved the most suitable.

Since then, the daily new government directives indicate that de-confinement is happening much more rapidly than we had originally anticipated. Considering both the latest health information, and the concerns expressed about the impact of the new arrangements on traffic circulation, I have asked that the plan be re-examined. I will share the updated plan with you as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, as already announced, we are completing planned tests to provide us with more detailed information about the Filtex site. This will complete our understanding of the extent of contamination. Please note that there is no link between these tests and the possible use of the site for temporary parking in relation to the relaunch plan.

At long last, with the help of these extra tests, we will, together, be able to consider the possible, and the best, future for the site. Moreover, the village core Steering Committee maintains its role and value in reflecting on the permanent use of the site regardless of any temporary project. Once the process of reflection has been completed by Steering Committee, the Town plans to move to a broad consultation open to the entire community.