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Latest News (updated 11 May)
No change in our local MPs. The outcome of the general election, in the three constituencies which the Society’s area of interest straddles, largely reflected national trends. All three of our ‘local MPs’ retained their seats with increased majorities: Jane Ellison (Conservative) in Battersea, Justine Greening (Conservative) in Putney and Sadiq Khan (Labour) in Tooting. All of ‘our’ Conservative, Green, Labour and UKIP candidates increased their parties’ share of the vote compared with the 2010 election, while the Lib Dem share fell by about 10%. We thus continue to have three local MPs who have Ministerial experience and are significant figures on the national political stage.
Which of the Society’s artists are currently showing their work at the Oil and Water Contemporary Art gallery (540 Old York Road)? Find out on our Events page – and go soon, since the exhibition, Wonderful Wandsworth II, ends on 17 May! The exhibition is one of the 75 events that form the Wandsworth Fringe arts festival. To find out more about the Fringe, go to www.wandsworthartsfestival.com.
Some new Society events are also announced on our Events page.
Society in the news: The March issue of the free magazine, South West Residents’ Journal (distributed through letter-boxes in Battersea, Balham, Clapham and Wandworth) had a feature article on the Wandsworth Society at pages 19-21. You can see the piece, including an interview with the Chairman, and photographs by Society members, here.
Wandsworth Town: Despite the strong objections of the Society and many local residents, the Council’s major re-development project that includes the building of a 26-storey tower on the South Thames College site, overlooking (overshadowing) the Old Burial Ground, is now expected to go ahead. For more, see Current Concerns.
Initial building work has begun on the Ram Brewery site – now described as the ‘Ram Quarter’. See www.ram-brewery.co.uk, where you can find details of the first building phase (and of the neighbourhood construction liaison meetings that some Society members have been attending). Enabling works are being undertaken by Keir Construction. The first phase of building involves the restoration of heritage buildings within the brewery complex and the construction of 338 apartments, the basement for the development, an energy centre and links to Southside shopping centre. This phase is due for completion in early 2017.
The Society’s earlier involvement with the project is described on our Current Concerns page. Following recent planning approvals, the planned tall tower block (Phase 2) will now reach 38 storeys..
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 welcome new developments;
- 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 -
Civic Voice, www.civicvoice.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