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Latest News (updated 14 April)
Our General Election Forum on 9 April saw a lively debate between Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP candidates (drawn from the Battersea, Putney and Tooting constituencies) that was much enjoyed by a large audience. If you missed it or would like to hear more from our local politicians, there are other local hustings meetings:
14 April, 6.30 for 7 (to 9): Battersea Question Time (hosted by the Battersea Society - see www.batterseasociety.org.uk - and the Katherine Low Settlement) at York Gardens Library, 34 Lavender Road, SW11 2UG.
20 April, 7.30: Hustings with Tooting parliamentary candidates at St Nicholas Church on Church Lane, SW17 9PP.
23 April, 7 for 7.30: General Election Hustings organised by the Putney Society (see www.putneysociety.org.uk) at St Mary's Church, Putney.
And, for a change from politics, you might, having voted, like to attend our next meeting - an 'arts' rather than 'local politics' event - on 7 May (General Election Day) - see our Events page. It forms part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival Fringe, 1 – 17 May (see www.wandsworthartsfestival.com).
Our April Newsletter is here.
Society news: At our AGM on 12 March, Philip Whyte stood down as the Society’s Chairman after three years of hard work in that role. David Kirk was elected Chairman, and Philip took his place as Vice-Chairman. Roger Bone and Harry Waddingham were elected as new members of the Executive Committee and existing members re-elected.
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.
Government announces outcome of consultation on ‘safeguarding’ route for Crossrail2: Following widespread local concerns, voiced by many local residents, this Society, the Council and others, Transport for London (TfL) will now consider alternative sites for ventilation and emergency access shafts to support the proposed new railway tunnel beneath Wandsworth Common. For more detail, see Current Concerns.
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. The Society’s earlier involvement with the project is described on our Current Concerns page. Following recent planning approvals, the tower block will now have 38 storeys (rather than the 36 earlier approved).
Battersea Arts Centre and Wandsworth Museum: a huge fire on Friday 13 February destroyed a large part of the BAC complex, but, thanks to prompt and impressive action by the London Fire Brigade, the front parts of the building were saved, no one was hurt and the BAC was quickly back in business (see www.bac.org.uk). The BAC and Wandsworth Museum had only recently announced that they would be uniting “to create a brand new home for culture and heritage in South West London”. Their joint press release is here. The shared vision and enthusiasm for bringing about that change have not burnt away. And, happily, much of this fine Grade ll* listed building – designed by local resident Edward William Mountford, and opened in 1893 as Battersea Town Hall – is saved.
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