Shaftesbury

Your local conservative team: Cllr. Jonathan Cook, Cllr. Guy Senior and Dr Hugh Byrne

January Newsletter

Northern Line extension well ahead of schedule

Tunnelling for the Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station has completed ahead of schedule. It will  bring the Underground to Battersea for the first time. “This has been paid for by the proceeds of local property development. Nothing has been paid for by residents – it’s a Tube line for free,” says Councillor Guy Senior of Shaftesbury Conservatives.

Working for Shaftesbury

1) Delivering quality services

Whether it’s our beautiful parks, fixing 7,000 potholes a year, or ensuring high standards in schools (97% rated Good or Outstanding), we aim to offer the best services in London. 

2) Creating jobs and homes for everyone

Attracting £15 billion investment to Wandsworth that will see 25,000 new jobs including those at Apple’s new HQ. Investing £100 million to regenerate our housing estates and building new Council Homes to rent.

3) Keeping our Council Tax low

Saving money by being innovative and efficient, protecting front-line services such as libraries and weekly rubbish collections.

Lighting the way ahead 

We’re doing our bit to keep Wandsworth green. LED streetlights have been installed throughout Shaftesbury. They provide clearer, more directed light, last 25 years and use 50% less energy - paying for themselves in just 5 years and saving Wandsworth around £11m over their lifetime. We are also rolling out new charging points for electric vehicles, starting on Pountney  Road and later in Jedburgh Street so drivers can charge electric vehicles more easily. Lots of new street trees will be planted in the next few months to replace some that have died and also add to the street trees we already have – in fact we are planting around 1,000 trees across the Borough. 

Lavender Hill job complete

By the time you receive this newsletter, Lavender Hill’s resurfacing should be complete, including new pavements, new drainage and a resurfaced road. “A lot of this has been paid for by local developers through the Community Infrastructure Levy, so local council tax payers are not paying for these improvements, which include road resurfacing and new pavements,” Councillor Jonathan Cook points out. Next year, the area around Battersea Arts Centre will also receive treatment.

SMEs’ business rates relief

Shaftesbury is full of independent  businesses, not just shops but all sorts of other enterprises too. That’s why we welcome the changes and reliefs to business rates. “Business rates can be a major expense for a small business,” says Hugh Byrne of Shaftesbury Conservatives. “That’s why we welcome the Chancellor’s recent decision to phase in increases and to exempt many businesses entirely. If the Council has written to you recently about these reliefs, please reply soon.”