About 40% of the borough’s electorate voted in the Council and European elections on 22 May. The Conservatives, winning 41 seats, retain control of Wandsworth Council, but Labour increased its representation from 13 to 19 councillors (including one in Earlsfield). No other parties won seats, so the Council continues to be a two-party body. Ravi Govindia, Council leader, and Rex Osborn, Opposition leader, both retained their seats. The results in detail, ward by ward, are available here.
In the European elections, the Conservatives topped the poll in Wandsworth, with 29,057 votes. Labour (25,853 votes) was in second place. All other parties received less than 10,000 votes, with UKIP coming third, the Greens fourth and Lib Dems fifth. In the London constituency as a whole, however, Labour was easily the winner. In the allocation of London-wide votes to MEP seats, Labour won 4 out of 8 (up 2), the Conservatives 2 (down 1), and the Greens and UKIP one each (no change in either case), while the Lib Dems lost their one London seat in the European Parliament.
Our June Newsletter has been published here. Among other things, it includes reports on our local and European hustings. Our next meeting, on 5 June, is a forum on Wandsworth’s heritage, past, present and future (our second contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festival, which continues until 8 June – pick up a programme from your local library). See our Events Programme page which also includes new dates for future events.
The Wandsworth “gyratory” that routes heavy traffic through Wandsworth High Street is to be “ripped out and replaced with two-way roads, segregated cycle tracks and new traffic-free public space”. See here.
As well as updating our current website, we are working on a new one – watch this space!
The Wandsworth Society is a non-political community environment group, formed in 1971 (registered charity number 263737). In an area of London that is changing rapidly, we aim to:
- safeguard the character, quality and integrity of the built environment, open spaces and rivers (Wandle and Thames), in and around Wandsworth Town and Common;
- raise community awareness of the need for conservation and sensitive local development policies;
- contribute to local debate on environment and transport matters;
- influence decision-making on planning proposals, particularly to curb excessive or inappropriate development, but also to support new developments that are welcome;
- campaign for improved traffic management and public transport across the area; and
- improve the quality and enjoyment of life in Wandsworth for all its residents.
We aim to make a difference for the better, as the Wandsworth environment continues to change.
- through membership, affiliation or participation, the work and aims of -
The Civic Trust, www.civictrust.org.uk
The London Forum of Civic and Amenity Societies,
The Wandsworth Common Management Advisory Committee
The Wandsworth Cycling Campaign, www.wandsworthcyclists.org.uk
The Wandle Valley Forum www.wandlevalleypark.co.uk
The West London Rivers Group, www.wlrg.org.uk