Your local conservative team: Cllr. Peter Dawson, Cllr Louise Calland and Cllr Aled Richards-Jones

Dear Friends, 

Please find below an update from us as your local Conservative Councillors. As always, please let us know any queries you have, or if you would like to raise any other issues. We are always very keen to hear from you. 

First, an enormous thank you to Northcote residents for the trust they have placed in us by electing us to serve as their ward councillors. It was a delight to meet and chat with so many of you during the campaign and our apologies where we disturbed babies, dogs or your supper – there is never a “good time” to knock on doors!

At the Council’s Annual Meeting in May we were appointed to various committees including:

Aled – Planning committee, General Purposes committee (Deputy Chair), Finance & Corporate Resources committee, Licensing committee, Joint Pensions committee and the Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership.

Louise – Community Services committee (Deputy Chair), Housing committee and the Licensing committee.

Peter – Education & Children’s Services committee (Chair), Children’s Social Care Group (Chair), Education Standards Group and Finance & Corporate Resources committee.

Cllrs at the Councils AGM

Latest update on Northcote Road Library and Community Hall proposals

Following consultation with the local community last year, significant changes were made to the initial proposals for a new Northcote Road library and community centre, and these were endorsed by councillors last autumn. 

These proposals, now just passed by councillors unanimously at the Finance & Corporate Resources committee on 28 June, offer an exciting opportunity for Northcote Ward - delivering a new library and community hall with more floor space and better facilities, and securing these for the next generation. 

The next step for the scheme will be to get Planning approval. This application will be subject to public consultation, and we will keep you informed when this occurs.

As reassurance, Northcote councillors have:

  • Ensured that there will be continuity of library provision and a temporary, workable solution for Alphabet nursery
  • Supported a Council led development rather than one by a private developer
  • Championed the inclusion of some affordable shared equity units if the scheme finances allow.

We will also ensure there are opportunities for residents, schools and local community groups to be involved in developing the library and community services being provided in the new buildings. 

Policing in Northcote Ward Panel Meeting – 4th October at 6pm

Hopefully some of you were able to attend our local ward Police’s first revamped Northcote Ward Panel Meeting last Wednesday 4 th July at St Michael’s Church. The Panel Meeting is an open forum for concerned residents to participate in debate on the local crime and policing issue face-to-face with our Local Policing Team and to influence our focus on crime around Northcote.

The Panel currently has vacancies for three positions open to interested members of the public: (1) Ward Panel Chair - Someone who can dedicate a couple of hours every three months to arrange a public meeting at a community hub (church hall, school hall, etc) (2) Minute-taker - Someone who is a whizz with a pen and paper or typing and can keep track of the points raised. (3) Attendees - Anyone who lives locally and would like to raise a concern or ask a question to our Local Policing Team.

The next meeting is at 6pm on the 4th October 2018. The venue will be confirmed closer to the date, and we will keep you updated 

...And other ways to meet or get in touch with our local police...

The regular “Cuppa with a Copper” sessions continue on

  • Open public meeting Wednesday 11th July, 6.30pm – 8pm, ar the Peabody Community Centre, entrance off St John’s Hill
  • Friday 13th July, 4.30 – 5.30pm at Pret, 80/82 St John’s Road SW11 1PX
  • Saturday 21st July, 10-11am at 2 Love Tea & Coffee House, 89 St John’s Road SW11 1QY
  • Saturday 28th July, 11am – 12 noon at Biscuiteers Café, 13 Northcote Road, SW11 1NG

These are great, informal sessions where residents can ask police about their work locally and raise any concerns. The team are friendly and happy to answer any questions.

Also, you can follow Northcote police on twitter @MPSNorthcote and @MPSWandsworth or email the team at

Northcote Road Summer Fete – Sunday July 15th (11am – 6pm)




One of our favourite dates in the Northcote diary is back this year.

Northcote’s hugely popular summer fete features 170 market stalls, street food, live music, fun activities for children and the Men’s Wimbledon Final. A really big thank you goes to the Northcote Business Network that organises the fete supported by local business sponsors, Wandsworth Council and the Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership. A real community effort that this year included a crowd funding appeal which raised almost £4,000.

More details at NORTHCOTE FETE — The website of Northcote Road shops, bars

Support our wonderful local businesses and let’s all enjoy the day and this great Northcote tradition.

Wandsworth Grant Fund is now open for applications

The next round of applications to the Wandsworth Grant Fund – a council fund which provides cash grants of £500 to £10,000 for community schemes - is now open with a deadline of Monday 20 August to submit your proposals.

As applications require the endorsement of ward councillors, please do get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Recently Northcote’s Conservative Councillors successfully sponsored an IT project for the Abyssinia Residents Association . The money will be used to buy a laptop and television to help residents of the sheltered housing scheme get online and to run a regular communal film night.

In earlier rounds successful applications locally included the Wandsworth Mediation Service; Infuse Youth Club and track cycling & fencing activities organised by parents at the Bolingbroke Academy.

Council officers run support events to provide applicants with information and advice about applying to the Fund visit the booking site to register your interest.

There will be a further round this year with applications closing on Monday 17th December.

Full details of the Fund are available at , and you can email any queries to (to contact your ward councillors) or to contact the grant administrator


Thank You to Martin Johnson and Jane Dodd

At the recent Council elections neither Martin Johnson nor Jane Dodd sought re-election and we would like to thank them both for their tireless work for Northcote and Wandsworth. Jane served for one term and in particular helped many residents with planning issues. Martin was first elected to represent Northcote Ward in 1974 and over the years he served twice as Mayor, championed the Brighter Borough and launched the “hidden homes” initiative to provide more social housing for Wandsworth residents. – you can spot his name on various plaques around Wandsworth! An inspirational record of service.

In Memoriam – Gordon Passmore

Earlier this year, we were saddened by the passing away of Gordon Passmore, a remarkable man who served as a Northcote Councillor from 1974 until 2006 as well as having a distinguished military record. You can read more about his life of service to our country and community here:….

That’s all for now – if you’d like to know more, or get in touch for any reason, please use the contact details below.

Best wishes,

Cllr Louise Calland

Cllr Peter Dawson

Cllr Aled Richards-Jones


Twitter @NorthcoteTories


Dear Friends,

It’s been a busy few months in Northcote! Below you’ll find an update from your local Councillors and Conservative action team about some of the things we’ve been doing. As always if you’ve got any questions or other issues to raise, we are keen to hear from you. 


Improving our play spaces


Work on the ball games area at Chivalry Road start after the Easter school holidays and will last about 5 weeks. Improvements will include a new polymeric sports surface marked out for football, netball and basketball, as well as new fencing, gates and better lighting.

In response to your feedback, the council is also drawing up plans to upgrade the Chivalry Road Playground and St Mark’s Play Space on Boutflower Road. Options will be put to public consultation this summer so that work can begin soon after – watch out for further emails where we’ll let you know how you can take part in the consultations.

We’re proud that these important improvements to children’s play facilities have been supported by over £350,000 secured by your Northcote Councillors from the Wandsworth Local Fund.


Next Steps: Northcote Road Library and Community Hall

The financial review of proposals for the new Northcote Road library and community centre is expected to be considered by councillors this summer. If approved, the next step will be to put the planning application to public consultation.

In the meantime, Alphabet Nursery will continue to operate from Chatham Hall. If the proposals are approved, arrangements are being made to relocate the nursery to the current Northcote library during construction.


“Cuppa with a Copper!” 



Northcote’s Police team run regular “cuppa with a copper” sessions held at local cafes where residents can raise concerns and learn about the police’s work in the community.


Cllr Peter Dawson and local campaigner Aled Richards-Jones joined the recent session at Biscuiteers on Northcote Road, where they discussed police visibility in our area and raised some residents’ concerns including car thefts and moped related crimes, anti-social behaviour, and policing of our local night time economy. They also met Adrian, an experienced PCSO who’s joined the Northcote team, and learnt about the latest crime-busting App which will be made available to retail premises.


Future “cuppa with a copper” sessions are being held on the following dates – although these dates and times are provisional and subject to operational requirements so please check police twitter accounts @MPSWandsworth and @MPSNorthcote for up to date times.

• Thursday 29th March, 4.30pm -5.30pm at Deli Boutique, Webbs Road.

• Saturday 7th April, 10am – 11am at Café Nero, 20 St John’s Hill.

• Friday 13th April, 2pm-3pm at Tea & Coffee House, 89 St John’s Road.

• Future sessions are planned at Bertie & Boo and Gail’s Bakery.


Citizens advice Wandsworth- Support for EU Citizens

We’re pleased that the two information evenings for EU citizens have been really well attended. These meetings are run by the Council funded advisory service run by Citizens Advice Wandsworth (CAW) offering EU citizens practical advice and support with understanding their residency status. More sessions are being planned – if you’d like to know more, just

You can also see the presentation from the meetings here: EU Nationals – understand your post-Brexit status


Do you need funding for a community project?


The next round of applications to the Wandsworth Grant Fund is open with a deadline of 23rd April for proposals. The grant fund was set up by Wandsworth Council to provide small grants (£500 - £10,000) for community and voluntary sector organisations in the borough. Full details of the Fund are available


Applications have to be supported by ward councillors so please do get in touch with us as soon as possible and preferably by 16th April so that we are able to help. Northcote’s Conservative Councillors have successfully sponsored applications by various local organisations including the Wandsworth Mediation Fund, Infuse Youth Club, the Residents Association at Abyssinia sheltered housing, and track, cycling and fencing activities organised by parents at the Bolingbroke Academy.

The Council runs support events to give applicants advice about applying to the Fund – a 'Meet the Funder' event which is a general open meeting, and 'Application Surgeries' which are an opportunity for a one-to-one with an assessing officer. Register your interest here


Fed up with inconsiderate builders?


Fellow Conservative Councillor Will Sweet, who chairs Wandsworth’s Planning Committee, is campaigning for the Council to have proper powers to deal with problems caused by inconsiderate builders. Read more here:

Council urges minister to grant stronger powers to tackle inconsiderate developers and building contractors


Governors at High View Primary School propose joining Ark schools

Parents at High View Primary School have been consulted about a proposal that the school should join the Ark network of Primary Schools, one of the top performing school groups in the country, in September 2018. In a statement the governors said: “We fully believe that joining a high performing academy trust such as Ark will enable us to make rapid improvements and offer transformational opportunities for our pupils – giving our children the best opportunities to succeed in life.”


High View would continue as one of the five feeder schools to the Bolingbroke Ark Academy, which is also part of the Ark group. 


That’s all for now – if you’d like to know more, or get in touch for any reason, please use the contact details below.


Best wishes,


Cllr Peter Dawson

Louise Nathanson

Aled Richards-Jones


Twitter @NorthcoteTories


We’re passionate about Northcote and we’ve a strong track record of campaigning for you.

January Newsletter

Funding secured for playground upgrades

Working for Northcote

1) Funding secured for playground upgrades

Chivalry Road and Boutflower Road playgrounds are set for refurbishment with £239,000 from Wandsworth Local Fund. A further £130,000 funding has been secured to improve the ball games area on Wandsworth Common near Chivalry Road.

2) Housing schemes deliver for residents

Shared ownership and social rented housing are being delivered at the Peabody St John’s estate and across Battersea, including regeneration of the Winstanley and York Road estates.

3) Trees for Northcote

This year’s tree planting programme in Wandsworth will increase the number of street trees to nearly 17,000 with a further 60,000 in open spaces, bringing more trees here in Northcote. Interested in volunteering to monitor the well-being of local trees as a “tree warden”? Let us know at    

Discussing the new service

Council help for EU citizens

Wandsworth Council has taken the lead in providing practical support and advice to EU citizens living in the UK throughout the Brexit process. The council has provided dedicated funding for a special Citizens Advice service for EU citizens living in Wandsworth, offering free guidance and support. Full details of the service can found by clicking here.



Dear Friends, 


Please find below an update from your local Cllrs and Conservative action team about what we’ve been up to over the last few months. Please let us know any queries you have, or if you would like to raise any other issues. We are always very keen to hear from you. 

Playground Upgrades 

Thank you to everyone who came and spoke to us at our street stalls about what they would like to see as part of the playground upgrades. Both Chivalry Road and Boutflower Road playgrounds are set for refurbishment after local Cllrs sponsored their grant bids from the Wandsworth Local Fund. A total of £239,000 will enable these much-loved and much-used play areas to be spruced up and an additional £130,000 had gone to the ball games area on Wandsworth Common near Chivalry Road.


Plans for how these are improved are still being drawn up, so please let us know if you think of any more bright ideas - although we can't promise the 10ft swirly slide requested from one small resident!


Have your say – Sadiq Khan's Proposed Clapham Junction major redevelopment

The new draft London Plan from the Mayor has designated Clapham Junction an 'opportunity area.' For context these are areas in London that have been identified as a major source of brownfield land with significant capacity for development.


In other areas that have been given this status, such as Vauxhall and Nine Elms, this has seen higher density, taller buildings go up, and for   the Clapham Junction area there is a real risk that opportunity area status will bring with it a scale of development not previously contemplated for this town centre.



This plan is currently out for consultation so we would very much encourage you to have your say on the future of our area. The consultation closes on 2nd March, so do write in and help shape the future of our area. Comments can be given via the  consultation tool, where you can comment and search the plan, you can also save and edit your comments too.


How to comment online:

1.      Register   - you'll receive a confirmation email

2.      Login   and select  Draft New London Plan   at the top

3.      Find the section you'd like to comment on

4.     Click the Comment button on the right and add your comments

5.     Your comments will automatically submit at  5pm on Friday 2 March 2018


The relevant section of the local plan can be found para 2.11.26 of the draft Plan –  Clapham Junction OA. 


You can also let us know what you think about the proposals – email us at


20MPH Zone


Hopefully you will have seen us out and about collecting signatures for our 20mph petition, to ensure that Northcote Road itself is 20mph just as the surrounding roads are, and people can’t speed along at 30mph. The petition has now been submitted to the Council which will be considered as part of initial Borough-wide review later in 2018. 


While out talking to you on this, we also heard from you that you are concerned about implementation of the 20mph speed limit on other roads. We have listened: as a continuation of this campaign, we want to start looking at better speed signage / flashing speed lights on the key offending roads in the area. Look out for something more on this soon.


Citizens advice Wandsworth- Support for EU Citizens

Citizens Advice Wandsworth  is holding a free event for EU nationals living in Wandsworth to provide information and advice about their post-Brexit status, and how to apply for permanent residence and British nationality.

Date:  13 February  2018

Location: Room 140, Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street

Time: 18:15 - 20:00

Cost: Free

This is a brilliant collaboration between Citizens Advice and Wandsworth Council, and we hope our EU citizens will find its specialist advice useful.

Citizens Advice are also looking for volunteers to help with their service – so if you speak an EU language, please consider getting involved.


To book a place  at this free event or to volunteer at the service, please email -



Local Battersea Councillor addresses Conservative Party Conference

At the recent Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, local Battersea Councillor, Louise Calland had the opportunity to brief delegates on the importance of local government and Wandsworth's unrivalled record of delivery for local residents.