Your local conservative team: Cllrs Mike Ryder, Rosemary Torrington and John Locker
Summer 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to the summer edition of our e-bulletin covering local news and information for residents. If you have any issues you would like to raise with us please let us know.
Thamesfield Councillors John Locker, Mike Ryder and Rosemary Torrington
Green Wall petition
As part of the Putney High Street improvement project we are looking at options to add ‘green walls’. These can be a great way of both visually enhancing the High Street and an effective means of improving air quality as the plantings take in pollution and provide oxygen.
The Council is currently in discussions with Odeon Cinemas as a potential green wall location which we think would be great. Odeon have asked us to show that this scheme would be popular with local residents and attract more people to this part of the High Street.
To help us convince Odeon please sign our petition online below
Pergola on the roof of The Exchange
Earlier this summer we supported residents in their concerns regarding the construction of an open air drinking outlet for 500 people on the roof top car park above The Exchange. Surrounding homes in Stratford Grove and Lifford Street situated in close proximity to the outlet were worried about late night noise, cooking smells, on street parking and overlooking. Whilst the Paddington Pergola is popular, it is located next to the busy elevated Westway motorway well away from residential homes. We were also concerned that the loss of spaces in the main town centre car park could have an impact on the availability of parking for residents and visitors to the wider High Street and town centre. The application was withdrawn.
Benches for Wandsworth Park playground
Two extra benches are being installed in the playground at Wandsworth Park, after a call for them by Councillor Mike Ryder. He said: “I often visit the playground with my grandson George and noticed there were only enough seats for about half a dozen parents or grandparents to sit down. Now a lot more of us will able to take the weight off our feet as we watch our youngsters on the swings and slides. Long-term I would also like to see the playground get some updated play equipment, and I will keep that on my radar.
Putney Plastics Pledge
Councillor Ryder joined Councillor Steffi Sutters and Positively Putney (the Putney Business Improvement District), alongside environmental charity Hubbub at a breakfast to launch an initiative to reduce plastics in our community.
People enjoying the River Thames in Putney are being reminded not to leave litter behind thanks to eye catching bins and posters. The posters are located in Putney Wharf where there is a large central bin plus a further large bin on the Embankment by Beverley Brook.
In partnership with Wandsworth Council, Positively Putney and Port of London Authority, Hubbub is bringing the For Fish’s Sake (#FFSLDN) campaign to Putney to help stem the flow of litter into the Thames which is harming marine life both in the river and out at sea.
Putney riverside is a beautiful part of London and at this time of year it’s enjoyed by hundreds of people every day, from dog walkers to workers taking a break, from rowing clubs to residents out for a stroll. Sadly though, many people leave litter behind without thinking about the consequences, for the river and further out into our oceans. #FFSLDN is highlighting the problem in our part of the capital and we hope that locals get behind the campaign to protect and preserve their stretch of the Thames. A further initiative is planned during the Positively Putney Party which coincides with the Great River Race on 8 September.
300 tonnes of rubbish are cleared from the Thames each year; that’s equivalent to the weight of 43 bottlenose whales (the type found in the Thames in 2006). #FFSLDN is calling on residents, workers and visitors to south west London to help stem the flow. Here’s what you can do:
• Use the bin – not the gutter, not the river, not the pavement
• If you see some litter and you’re near a bin – pick it up
• If the bin is full, find another one or take your litter home
Second station entrance for Putney station
For some time Thamesfield councillors have been lobbying the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail to get their support for a second entrance at Putney station.
Wandsworth Council already supports the proposal and has pledged £2 million of strategic Community Infrastructure Levy towards funding the second entrance. We are calling on the government and Network Rail for funding and support so we can go ahead with the second entrance proposal on Oxford Road. It will improve connectivity between East Putney tube station and Putney mainline station and also reduce congestion and journey times. Putney MP, Justine Greening has started a petition to show the level of local support for the campaign.
You can sign the petition below.
Closure of Hammersmith Bridge
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has warned local residents that Hammersmith Bridge will be closed to traffic for four days from Monday 20 August to Thursday 23 August, inclusive from 7am to 7pm, for urgent repairs.
Motorists will be diverted via Chiswick Bridge and Putney Bridge. However, footways will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, who must dismount to cross.
The following bus services will terminate before Hammersmith Bridge: 33, 209, 419, 485. Passengers can walk across the bridge to resume their journeys. Some 72 bus services will be diverted via Chiswick Bridge, the remainder will terminate before Hammersmith Bridge.
You can get the latest bus information from Transport for London here or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.
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March 2018 Newsletter
Putney High Street Improvement Project
Source: Wandsworth Council - Putney High Street Deliverables Plan (Paper No 18-65)
As an important town centre we have been keen for some time to actively improve Putney. Following consultation, a range of projects has been approved by the Council and is poised to start to improve the public realm and air quality in the High Street. The aim is to give pedestrians and cyclists greater priority over vehicles. Works will include:
- Reduction of speed on the High Street from 30mph to 20mph.
- Widening of pavements on the eastern side of the High Street by around 2m and the carriageway narrowed to give pedestrians greater comfort and priority.
- Copenhagen style crossing at the junction of the High Street with Lacy Road with raised levels and promotion of diagonal crossing to give pedestrians greater priority.
- Improved crossing at the junction.
- Where Putney Bridge Road meets the High Street including the removal of the cramped pedestrian refuge to create one single crossing across Putney Bridge Road.
- Guardrail removal to be replaced by planters and new trees on the eastern side of the High Street
- Improved cycle parking on the High Street.
- Relocation of the taxi rank outside the station to Upper Richmond Road and to a curb side space on the High Street south of Disraeli Road. Freeing up the rank in the middle of the High Street will help to reduce congestion and pollution by easing traffic flows.
- Architectural lighting and green walls where possible with cooperation of building owners.
- Contra-flow cycle lanes trial.
The above constitutes phase 1 and has been costed at £640,000. Much of the funding is in place from Neighbourhood CIL, the local implementation plan and Positively Putney (the Putney business group). The Council is seeking to replace the CIL funding we had hoped to secure from Levellers’ Court. We were disappointed that London Mayor rejected a joint bid from Wandsworth Council and Positively Putney to TfL and GLA to secure a portion of funding for some of the above works which were designed to improve High Street air quality but work is progressing on a further bid for later this year.
We will continue our campaign to secure further funding to realise the extended package. We appreciate the early funding commitment from Positively Putney and look forward to working with them and residents groups, the Putney Society and Wandsworth Living Streets to ensure that the improvements are the best they can be for everyone. We’ll continue to look carefully at development sites as they come up to ensure that opportunities to improve the public realm continue to be maximised. Further details can be found in the full report by clicking here.
Proposals for Levellers Court are Rejected by the January Planning Committee
At the January Planning committee meeting Rosemary Torrington made representations on behalf of residents. Whilst everyone is keen to see the regeneration of this site and much-needed investment in the High Street, there remained serious concerns about the application. The proposals failed to provide the important public square expected by the Council's policy document. Offering only a pocket courtyard at first floor level next to bedrooms it would not have been accessible 24/7 and failed to fulfil the aspirations of the policy, a point also made by the Design Review Panel. At ten storeys, the proposals would have been on the margins of acceptability particularly on a site forming part of an existing block of between three and four storeys on either side. This was a very different context from the stand-alone buildings of Putney Wharf Tower and Jubilee House. In this instance, we did not feel that the height could be justified by the public benefit on offer."
There were however, many positive features such as an improved street frontage with much-needed retail and office space as well as affordable housing, landscaping and CIL funding for improvement to the public realm in the High Street. We very much hope that the owners of this site and the adjoining site on the corner will now work together to develop an integrated scheme incorporating a public square at ground level. As councillors we will do all we can to support an improved scheme for this important town centre site.
Thamesfield Safer Neighbourhood Team
The local ward Police team and representatives of the Neighbourhood Watch Groups meet regularly and we are fortunate to have a very supportive group in Thamesfield. If there are particular concerns you would like to raise or if you’d like to know more about getting involved please let us know.
Since the last meeting we have been working with the local Police team to combat thefts from motor vehicles in the ward. A particular problem has been criminal gangs using mopeds to make their getaway. We have been trialling the use of temporary CCTV, fliers, and signs warning people not to leave valuables in parked cars.
If there are particular concerns you would like to raise or if you’d like to know more about getting involved click here.
485 Bus Route
Consultation runs from the 19th February until the 25th March on a rerouting of the 485 to link Wandsworth Riverside Quarter with transport hubs at East Putney tube and Putney mainline station. The bus will now run down the High Street and continue as before along Lower Richmond Road and over Hammersmith bridge to serve the many schools in that area. The route would increase from 2 to 4 buses per hour. As chairman of the Council’s Passenger Transport Liaison Group, Rosemary Torrington has been campaigning for years to improve this service for WRQ residents seeking to access transport hubs. When building work is completed in WRQ, the bus will run into and terminate in WRQ. You can review and respond to details of the consultation by clicking here.
The Wandsworth Wanderer Minibus Shuttle Service
Source: Wandsworth Council - News Article 14252
TfL have granted a licence to Ford to run its Chariot minibus shuttle service from Wandsworth Riverside Quarter to Clapham Junction station. The service will offer residents additional transport options and will run Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. Customers book and pay for the ride on a scheduled 15 seat vehicle along the route using the Chariot app. More information can be found by clicking here.
We are often approached by local parents who are keen for their child or a sibling to join Brandlehow which has been rated outstanding by Ofsted. The school was keen to increase its intake to offer two form entry to meet growing demand. The Council recently approved £3,000,000 in its capital programme and discussions are underway regarding works to provide two form entry. The full report can be found by clicking here.
Improving air quality and installation of electric charging points
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The ownership of electric vehicles in the borough has increased significantly. The challenge for most people who do not have off-street parking is how to charge an electric vehicle. So far there are 99 street charging points in the borough provided by Source London. In Thamesfield there are points in Waterman Street, Commondale and just over the boundary in Putney Leisure Centre. The Council recently approved a 6 month trial to allow viable lamp posts to be used as charging points. Subject to the trial, this would be rolled out across the borough. One of the trial areas is in Thamesfield in an area east of the High Street. The full report can be found by clicking here.
We want your views to improve our high street
After introducing a strategy paper last year on how we can improve Putney High Street, Thamesfield Conservatives want your ideas on what we should tackle first.
We’re committed to doing all we can to improve the town centre. In 2017, we introduced a strategy paper about the High Street. Now a town planner has prepared proposals to give pedestrians greater priority over traffic, create more pleasant public spaces, reconfigure busy road junctions, reduce traffic congestion with a view to reducing pollution from idling vehicles and improving air quality in general, and plans to provide more street planting of trees, shrubs and flowers. Do please let us know your views on these proposals
using the contact details in this newsletter. We’re also working with the business group Positively Putney to expand choice for shoppers and generally improve facilities in Putney, with a view to bringing in more visitors and providing a more attractive retail offer. One of our highest priorities is to find the best solution for the strategic gateway site on the corner of the High Street and Putney Bridge Road – again, your thoughts and suggestions are most welcome, so do please get in touch.
Bridge will be a beacon
We’ll make sure that the Council delivers on plans to install new lighting, so that the beautiful grade II listed Putney Bridge is illuminated at night. “This has the potential to turn the bridge into a real feature for Putney, attracting visitors and hopefully giving a boost to the night-time economy of Putney High Street and the riverside,” says Councillor John Locker (pictured right).
Investing in playgrounds
Looking after local children is a top priority for us. Councillor Mike Ryder has been pressing for improvements for the Wandsworth Park playground and has now been promised more benches for parents to sit on, and he has also been told that a complete refurbishment of the playground is planned. He says: “I have been taking my nine-year-old grandson George there for years, and he loves it. “Improvements like those planned for Wandsworth Park or recently completed in Leader’s Gardens are surely great news for all our younger residents!”
Relieving pier pressure
The new Thames Clippers boats provide increased capacity for river commuters to and from Putney Pier and Wandsworth Riverside Quarter (WRQ). Councillor Rosemary Torrington has been talking to the owner of WRQ pier, who has now submitted a planning application to extend the pier so the larger clippers can operate at all tide levels. We’re now campaigning for Thames Clippers to introduce off-peak and weekend services, so more people can enjoy travelling along the Thames.
Tackling moped crime spree
Following a spate of moped crimes in Felsham Road and the Wandsworth Riverside Quarter, we organised meetings with residents’ associations, police and our MP Justine Greening. Mobile CCTV has now been promised for known crime hotspots, plus new signage and pavement stencilling warning residents and visitors to beware. We’ve also worked with residents and Community Safety officers to establish a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Wandsworth Riverside.
Thamesfield Ward November 2017 Bulletin
Welcome to the November edition of our e-bulletin covering local news and information for residents. If you have any issues you would like to raise with us please let us know.
Thamesfield Councillors Mike Ryder, Rosemary Torrington and John Locker
Proposed ten storey tower block for 179 bed hotel
Plans have just been submitted for the major site on the corner of Putney Bridge Road and the High Street – currently occupied by Preto and Mascalzone.
Although we fully support the regeneration of the High Street, this gigantic ten storey scheme hemmed in on a tight corner site is out of keeping with adjoining small scale shops on the High Street. Situated on an already congested, polluted junction, this “gateway” to Putney is in the middle of the Putney Embankment and Oxford Road conservation areas together with 59 listed buildings nearby. No residential or affordable housing is included. If you share our misgivings, please submit a comment in response to the consultation via the link below.
We are keen to see proposals which bring vibrancy to the town centre and improve facilities for local people. What do you want to see here to enhance amenity for our local community? Let us know.
For a start, an integrated approach is essential with the two developers working together so that this corner site integrates with the neighbouring site - Levellers Court on Putney Bridge Road (Brewers to Preto). The Council’s Local Plan seeks a new public square here and specifies that new buildings be sensitively designed to make a positive contribution. Anything over 6 storeys is considered tall.
Don’t forget you can take our Putney High Street survey so we can ensure your views are included in any plans to improve Putney High Street https://www.thamesfield.com/putneyhighstreetsurvey/
New play areas for Leader’s Gardens for young families
A new natural play area for local children has been created in Leader’s Gardens.
John Locker talking to local Mums at the new children’s area in Leader’s Gardens
The “natural play garden” has been built into the landscape and features mounds, bridges, a dry river bed, a bug hotel, log stepping stones and a balance wall. Shrubs, grasses and scented plants divide the garden into different play areas. The scheme is designed to offer a more exciting and varied play area. There are areas for families to picnic and enjoy the outdoors all year round.
Still Time to Object to Heathrow Expansion
Documents released by the Department for Transport reveal for the first time evidence that the benefits from a second runway at Gatwick far exceed those of expanding Heathrow. The Government’s earlier consultation on airport expansion was judged to be inadequate because it excluded vital information on the UK Air Quality Plan and future aviation demands; it has now been forced to consult for a second time.
John Locker has welcomed the release of this new evidence and is calling on the Government to recognise the plain fact that its “all eggs in one basket” approach to airport expansion is wrong, expensive, more destructive of the environment and less beneficial to our economy. John says “it is time for the government to face the reality and abandon this foolish plan – Heathrow already blights lives in Putney. Further expansion would be just intolerable.”
The eight-week consultation runs until 19 December.
Extending the pier at Wandsworth Riverside Quarter to serve larger craft
Cllr Torrington has been lobbying to improve public transport, a big concern in WRQ, and this week plans have been submitted (application no 2017/5939) for the pier extension at WRQ to enable larger, new commuter boats with greater capacity to stop here at low tide. The pier, designed by expert marine engineer, Beckett Rankine, will stabilise the pontoon and prevent wash from disturbing house boats moored nearby. Do take a look at the plans and design and access statement and have your say.
Floodlighting Putney Bridge
£450,000 of Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) funding has been secured towards the up-lighting of Bazalgette’s Grade II, listed Putney Bridge.
The Council has commissioned a full topographical and electrical survey of the bridge and a design team is now developing design options for the bridge lighting. We look forward to reporting further on this project.
Revolution Bar (former Railway pub on the High Street opposite the station)
Councillor Ryder has gone into action to try to save historic memorabilia from the former Railway pub, built in 1886, now being converted into a cocktail bar by the Revolution group. He read that a local resident was upset because posters depicting Putney and famous people connected with it through the years had vanished from the pub’s walls during the refurbishment, and the resident had hoped they would have been given to the Putney Society or the local library to preserve them. Cllr Ryder contacted Revolution‘s head office in Ashton-under-Lyne, and their property director Godfrey Russell discovered that the posters had been removed but were then sold on to a firm in Scotland, and were now in a container there. Cllr Ryder has asked the concerned resident to give Revolution an idea of what to look for in the container, in the hope the posters can be restored to Putney.
Stained glass from the former Railway pub
STOP PRESS...two of the posters, one of Putney-born former PM Clement Attlee and one of The 1647 Putney Debates, have been found and will be returned to Putney.
View 94, Wandsworth Riverside Quarter
Many residents got in touch with us distressed about the arrival of a bar housed in a marquee which appeared without permission on the pontoon and was attracting unwanted crime and anti-social behaviour at night. Residents were kept awake by loud music in the middle of the night throughout the summer. We took this up on their behalf and can report that the structure has now been removed and is unlikely to receive planning permission. A noise abatement notice has resolved the remaining problem.
John Locker talking to a local resident in one of the new developments at Wandsworth Riverside Quarter.