Apologies for absence were received from Councillors David Bartolucci, Doug Hunt and Daniel Sangster.
Apologies for lateness were received from Councillor Patrick McManus.
The Mayor began her announcements by welcoming everyone to Council following the holiday season.
It was highlighted that The Institute of Cancer Research had been recognised with the highly prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its world-leading research in cancer drug discovery and also that the Mayor had visited the new Acute Stroke Unit at St Helier Hospital.
Mention was also given to the London New Year’s Day Parade and Sutton’s float, named ‘Don’t rain on my parade,’ showcasing a community effort organised by a team of 60 volunteers. On behalf of the Gary Mason Charity, Christine Lindsay was invited to speak briefly to Members about the parade.
The Mayor’s announcements concluded with the news of the passing of former councillors Malcolm Smith, Peter Wallis and serving Member Adrian Davey. The Mayor invited both the Leader of the Council and the Opposition to pay their respects, which was followed by a moment’s silence in memory of all those who have passed.