POLL: Do you want Successful Sutton shopper shuttle to continue?

The shuttle in action

The shuttle in action

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After the success of the shuttle scheme that carried shoppers up and down the High Street for free, people are being asked if they would like to see it continue.

Successful Sutton introduced a shuttle service to carry shoppers from one end of the High Street to the other in the run up to Christmas. The scheme started on an initial trial run and is due to end soon.

But Ross Feeney, chief executive of Successful Sutton, wants people to let him know if they would like to see the scheme continue.

He said: "We have been asked by a lot of shoppers if we can extend the service indefinitely.

"I would like to ask Sutton Guardian readers for their feedback and ask whether they think we should keep the buggies running?"

Two buggies run at varying times according to demand. They have several stops on the High Street and are aimed at helping anyone who has difficulty with the slope.

Mr Feeney said the scheme would need sponsorship if it is to continue and would be keen to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor it.

To tell Mr Feeney what you think, or to volunteer to sponsor the scheme, email ross.feeney@successfulsutton.co.uk or call 020 3282 7198.

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11:17am Mon 13 Jan 14

theavengers says...

this was a stupid idea from the word go. if someone is so lazy as to not walk the small high street then sit back in front of the telly. lots of truly infirm walk the streets and all i ever see on this shuttle are teens and fat women who can easily walk.
this was a stupid idea from the word go. if someone is so lazy as to not walk the small high street then sit back in front of the telly. lots of truly infirm walk the streets and all i ever see on this shuttle are teens and fat women who can easily walk. theavengers
  • Score: -9

12:26pm Mon 13 Jan 14

benjybull says...

No we do not want these buggies, get rid of them!
No we do not want these buggies, get rid of them! benjybull
  • Score: -4

1:24pm Mon 13 Jan 14

LiberalsOut says...

Stupid idea get rid
Stupid idea get rid LiberalsOut
  • Score: -11

2:11pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Marie from Sutton says...

One of my friends who has mobility problems stopped shopping on Sutton High Street as she could not walk up the "hill". She is now back spending money. Yes, if it can help those who get physically tired quickly.
One of my friends who has mobility problems stopped shopping on Sutton High Street as she could not walk up the "hill". She is now back spending money. Yes, if it can help those who get physically tired quickly. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: 13

2:39pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Michael Pantlin says...

A miniature steam railway up the High Street would be more fun that the group mobility scooter.
A miniature steam railway up the High Street would be more fun that the group mobility scooter. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 7

2:43pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Michael Pantlin says...

I was just remembering how in the 1960s we used to have several shopping shuttles along the High Street. They were called the London Transport bus routes 80, 80A, 164, 164A among others.
I was just remembering how in the 1960s we used to have several shopping shuttles along the High Street. They were called the London Transport bus routes 80, 80A, 164, 164A among others. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 12

10:22pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Central-Sutton-resident says...

theavengers wrote:
this was a stupid idea from the word go. if someone is so lazy as to not walk the small high street then sit back in front of the telly. lots of truly infirm walk the streets and all i ever see on this shuttle are teens and fat women who can easily walk.
You are an idiot. My non resident father, in his 70s, with severe angina made use of it. Someone who ran their own business for 30 years, employing over 20, who spent a pretty sum this Christmas. Your comments are extremely narrow minded
[quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: this was a stupid idea from the word go. if someone is so lazy as to not walk the small high street then sit back in front of the telly. lots of truly infirm walk the streets and all i ever see on this shuttle are teens and fat women who can easily walk.[/p][/quote]You are an idiot. My non resident father, in his 70s, with severe angina made use of it. Someone who ran their own business for 30 years, employing over 20, who spent a pretty sum this Christmas. Your comments are extremely narrow minded Central-Sutton-resident
  • Score: 9

7:54am Tue 14 Jan 14

emelem says...

it would be a good idea for those who actually *need* it but how is the driver to discern? i'm guessing he gets paid minimum wage and doesn't give a care who gets on as i've seen mostly kids "riding" it as well. it's a half baked effort by council to help those with mobility problems and it's a bit embarrassing.
it would be a good idea for those who actually *need* it but how is the driver to discern? i'm guessing he gets paid minimum wage and doesn't give a care who gets on as i've seen mostly kids "riding" it as well. it's a half baked effort by council to help those with mobility problems and it's a bit embarrassing. emelem
  • Score: 1

9:33am Tue 14 Jan 14

Sutton Mum says...

Give those who need it a Pass for it, which can be shown to the driver. It has a real benefit to those in need. As for people who sit on it like it's a ride at Chessington, they're shameful and lazy.
Give those who need it a Pass for it, which can be shown to the driver. It has a real benefit to those in need. As for people who sit on it like it's a ride at Chessington, they're shameful and lazy. Sutton Mum
  • Score: 3

12:21pm Tue 14 Jan 14

AndyLikeGandhi says...

Another waste of taxpayers money.
Another waste of taxpayers money. AndyLikeGandhi
  • Score: -4

1:02pm Tue 14 Jan 14

theavengers says...

Central-Sutton-Resid
ent, I'm non idiot, just a taxpayer who also would like to walk down a pedestrian walkway without being run over. Also, you are very narrow minded. If you want to fund it, go ahead, just don't leave the rest of us hard working taxpayers to take care of it. We also spend money and don't want to have a buggy running down our walkways. I have breast cancer at the moment and still work full time and walk around, you narrow minded fool. I may have a death sentence to deal with and no one will hear me moan or use it as an excuse to have the world swaddle me. I've only had 28 years of life, 70 with angina is not bad going. Maybe you should take care of helping out your father. A "non resident" doesn't need to worry about using our high street. How about buying him a computer and letting him online shop if you are so worried he can't walk around. Before you judge, someone young with little life left like me may have a valid point about the annoyance of this buggy and the annoyance of those who have had a long good life complaining
Central-Sutton-Resid ent, I'm non idiot, just a taxpayer who also would like to walk down a pedestrian walkway without being run over. Also, you are very narrow minded. If you want to fund it, go ahead, just don't leave the rest of us hard working taxpayers to take care of it. We also spend money and don't want to have a buggy running down our walkways. I have breast cancer at the moment and still work full time and walk around, you narrow minded fool. I may have a death sentence to deal with and no one will hear me moan or use it as an excuse to have the world swaddle me. I've only had 28 years of life, 70 with angina is not bad going. Maybe you should take care of helping out your father. A "non resident" doesn't need to worry about using our high street. How about buying him a computer and letting him online shop if you are so worried he can't walk around. Before you judge, someone young with little life left like me may have a valid point about the annoyance of this buggy and the annoyance of those who have had a long good life complaining theavengers
  • Score: -10

4:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Successful Sutton says...

Thank you for your feedback. The shuttle is not funded through taxpayer contributions, it is funded by Successful Sutton (business-funded), which is the town centre's business improvement district. 500 companies have elected to pay a 1% levy on their business rates, which is collected and spent by Successful Sutton on activities to promote Sutton town centre and its constituent businesses.

The buggies were brought in as a pilot programme following concern from both businesses and shoppers that the length of the high street and its incline were off-putting to many older and less mobile shoppers.

The current pilot programme end at the end of January, but it may return later in the year if there is sufficient demand, and if sponsorship can be secured.
Thank you for your feedback. The shuttle is not funded through taxpayer contributions, it is funded by Successful Sutton (business-funded), which is the town centre's business improvement district. 500 companies have elected to pay a 1% levy on their business rates, which is collected and spent by Successful Sutton on activities to promote Sutton town centre and its constituent businesses. The buggies were brought in as a pilot programme following concern from both businesses and shoppers that the length of the high street and its incline were off-putting to many older and less mobile shoppers. The current pilot programme end at the end of January, but it may return later in the year if there is sufficient demand, and if sponsorship can be secured. Successful Sutton
  • Score: 9

11:45pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Sandy46 says...

All the moaners should think themselves lucky enough to be able to walk up the high street. Not like the many people who have chronic illnesses and schemes like this are s life line. My husband with breathing difficulties used it over Christmas and would not have got to the top end easily. He is not old either. Get rid off the cyclists that nearly run us over on a daily basis!@
All the moaners should think themselves lucky enough to be able to walk up the high street. Not like the many people who have chronic illnesses and schemes like this are s life line. My husband with breathing difficulties used it over Christmas and would not have got to the top end easily. He is not old either. Get rid off the cyclists that nearly run us over on a daily basis!@ Sandy46
  • Score: 4

5:57pm Sun 19 Jan 14

SuttonResident33 says...

I think it's a very good idea for those that need it. Although the niche market will be the elderly, the less mobile and the disabled. I feel only those that fit into that criteria should be allowed on it and as mentioned earlier a 'ticket system' should be in place. Seeing kids/teens on it is enough to make anyone's blood boil. Your young fit and healthy GET OFF!
I think it's a very good idea for those that need it. Although the niche market will be the elderly, the less mobile and the disabled. I feel only those that fit into that criteria should be allowed on it and as mentioned earlier a 'ticket system' should be in place. Seeing kids/teens on it is enough to make anyone's blood boil. Your young fit and healthy GET OFF! SuttonResident33
  • Score: 0

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