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Our November newsletter is here.
Latest news and events (updated 9 November)
Our Events page has been updated. Note particularly the details there about three November events:
- The woods cry out – a commemoration of World War 1 in words and music at 7.30 on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 at the Civic Suite, Wandsworth Town Hall. Performers include Wendy Gifford, Clive Merrison and Timothy West. Book tickets on 020 833 4457.
- Following our September Newsletter article (see Archive page), there is an opportunity to hear the World Heart Beat Academy – the 51st State Band – at the Putney Arts Theatre on Friday 13 November (performances at 7 and 8.30). Book tickets at www.worldheartbeat.org
- Our monthly meeting on Thursday 19 November (7.45 for 8, West Side Church) – Municipal Dreams, an illustrated talk by John Boughton.
Another tall tower for Wandsworth Town centre*
... may now get taller and offer a lower proportion of ‘affordable’ housing. See the Society’s response here to the developer’s revised planning application.
Further public consultation on Crossrail 2 has begun and the Society is now considering what is proposed. It could be that, despite the current opposition of the Council, a new station will now be developed at Balham rather than Tooting Broadway, with implications for the line’s route and the emergency access/ ventilation shaft(s) required.
*For background information, see our Current Concerns page.
An eyesore approved: Despite the opposition of many local residents and the Wandsworth Society, the Council’s Planning Applications Committee approved on 21 May the Council’s plan to erect an 11.5 metre high illuminated advertising hoarding on the north-east corner of East Hill, at the junction with Trinity Road. You can read the Society’s objections to planning application 2015/0507 here. Our Chairman wrote recently to the Wandsworth Guardian, expressing the Society’s concern over the development. Further correspondence followed. We understand that the Council is now considering the need for a Council policy statement on such advertising hoardings, as the Society and others have sought.
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 set 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