West Hill

West Hill May Newsletter

We’re Conservatives, campaigning to improve West Hill ward in Putney – find out about forthcoming events, and for opportunities to meet Justine Greening MP, by contacting us at:

heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

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New nursery on Inner Park Road

Imagination Preschool has opened, and tours are now available if you want to see the new facilities for yourself.

Owners Nicole Blyth and Claudia Bernard, who together have more than 20 years’ experience running nurseries in Wandsworth and in Merton, including in special educational needs, invited us to see the premises and talk about their project.

Thirty hours of government-funded childcare is also being offered to help allow parents to return to work.

In their experience, most people using the nursery will be from the local area and will walk to and from the premises so shouldn’t add to traffic. To find out more, get in touch on info@imaginationpreschool.co.uk

 

 

 

 

New bus stop is finally on the way

Construction is now under way on a new 493 and 39 bus stop for Wimbledon Park Road, by Bathgate Road and Victoria Drive.

The Mayor of London-chaired TfL delayed the process by claiming it didn’t have £2,000 to pay for a bus stop ‘flag’.

Thankfully, Wandsworth Council stepped in to make up the shortfall and finally get works started.

We’d like to thank all those who signed our petition to TfL for the new bus stop.

 

6 June event: Defeating Daesh – the UK government’s strategy and the threats we now face

Alicia Kearns is an expert in counter-terrorism, counter-disinformation and hybrid warfare, and has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office leading Government interventions in Syria and Iraq.

She has advised more than 70 governments around the world on how to defeat the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS) and other insurgent groups, as well as countering malign state disinformation. 

Alicia currently works as an independent consultant supporting vulnerable communities in hostile environments.

Tickets are £20, with two drinks included – click here to book tickets.

 

Inner Park Road Post Office

We want to keep our Post Office service on Inner Park Road.

Despite it being billed as a temporary closure, alternative facilities nearly a mile away are hardly ideal for those with mobility issues.

Putney’s MP Justine Greening is in discussions with head office, and the good news is the Post Office has told her that they do not want to lose provision of the services locally. There are some options being explored to potentially relocate the facility and keep it in the immediate vicinity.

In the meantime you can lend your voice to the cause by signing our petition.

 

Use your phone to fill in potholes

This pothole was spotted in Victoria Drive. By using Wandsworth Council’s Report It app, the local authority’s road engineers were alerted to the problem and repaired it.

It also works for graffiti, fly-tipping and other environmental issues - find out more about the council’s Report It app.

Get funding for your idea on how to improve the local area

The next round of the Wandsworth Local Fund opened for applications from residents and community groups on 1 May.

It’s a charge on developers that the council makes, for local people to make use of and benefit where they live. 

Find out more

 

Want to know more, or get involved? Contact us at:

heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

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West Hill April Newsletter

We’re Conservatives, campaigning to improve West Hill ward in Putney – find out about forthcoming events, and for opportunities to meet Justine Greening MP, by contacting us at:

heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

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twitter.com/westhilltories

 

Saving a local Post Office

Putney’s MP, Justine Greening, has backed a campaign by West Hill Conservatives to keep open a Post Office service on Inner Park Road, despite the premises closing soon.

Justine is currently in talks with the Post Office and an update is expected soon. In the meantime nearly 200 people have signed a petition to guarantee the continuation of the Post Office service. Sign the petition here.

 

 

See it, Report it, Fix it

This pothole was spotted by Salvatore Murtas in Windlesham Grove. By using Wandsworth Council’s Report It app, Salvatore reported the pothole and then made sure the road surface was repaired.

The app also works for reporting graffiti, fly-tipping and other environmental issues - find out more about the council’s Report It app.

Pothole on Windlesham Grove before it was reported

Pothole repaired by Wandsworth Council after it being reported on the app

Making London Safer – An Event with the Policing Minister and local Police Commander

Come along on Thursday 9th May to St Mary’s Church, Putney, at 7.30pm toMaking London Safer, an evening of discussion featuring Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and Minister for London; Commander Simon Rose, Metropolitan Police Head of Crime; and Shaun Bailey, Conservative candidate for London Mayor.

It will be chaired by Putney’s MP Justine Greening – find out more.

International Women’s Day at Ahmadiyya mosque

The Gressenhall Road-based mosque opened its doors last month for an event to help celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March).

Local resident Caroline de La Soujeole attended and spoke about the local community campaigns we are running to introduce a new lollipop lady at Albemarle Primary School and the traffic reduction measures we are campaigning for on Sutherland Grove and Girdwood Road.

The event was organised by women from the Ahmadiyya community, and welcomed people from the local area.

Roadwork

The following roadworks are starting in and around the West Hill area this week:

Augustus Road: closed westbound only from junction with Wimbledon Park Road to junction with Beaumont Road for SGN utility works. Contact: SGN on 01372 847 278.

Granville Road: multi-way temporary traffic signals at junction with Wimbledon Park Road for Thames Water utility works. Contact: Thames Water 0800 009 3961.

Wimbledon Park Road: multi-way temporary traffic signals at junction with Southdean Gardens for Thames Water utility works. Contact: Thames Water 0800 009 3961.

Appeal for new Wimbledon and Putney Commons wildlife garden

The Conservators are inviting contributions for the creation of a wildlife garden near the information centre. It will provide somewhere for those less able to get around to sit, and for younger visitors to learn about wildlife, plants and flowers. Find out more.

Want to know more, or get involved? Contact us at:

heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

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Kind Regards,

Alison Rodwell and Salvatore Murtas

 

West Hill Spring Newsletter

Welcome to our Spring email Bulletin giving an update on some of the campaigns we are working on. 

We’re Conservatives, campaigning to improve West Hill ward in Putney – find out about forthcoming events, and for opportunities to meet Justine Greening MP, by contacting us at: heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

facebook.com/westhillcons

twitter.com/westhilltories

 Council bails out cash-strapped TfL for bus stop

Work may soon get under way on a new 493 and 39 bus stop for Wimbledon Park Road, by Bathgate Road and Victoria Drive, thanks to Wandsworth Council offering to fund it instead of waiting for Transport for London (TfL).

The Mayor of London-chaired transport authority was holding up installation because it hadn’t yet found the £2,000 it costs for a bus stop ‘flag’, despite taking millions from Londoners in Council Tax and travel fares.

Wandsworth Council has now offered to pay for the flag instead, but must now wait for TfL to approve this before works can start. We understand that the new bus stop shall be installed by the end of April.

 

Private sector tenants’ champion

 

If you rent your home from a private landlord or housing association, there’s a new free local service for you from Wandsworth Council - the Tenants’ Champion.

Advice can be provided on issues such as unfair agency fees or charges, deposits, tenancies, responsibility for repairs and maintenance. For more information, visit the Tenants’ Champion page on the council website.   

 

 

Free event on 12 March: Trees And A Changing Landscape 

With Spring well on its way, the popular annual Wimbledon And Putney Commons Winter Talk will take place on Tuesday, 12 March, on the theme of trees and their importance for biodiversity.

This year’s speakers at the free event will be two tree and conservation officials for the City of London Corporation and Hampstead Heath, from 7pm at the London Scottish Golf Club, Windmill Enclosure SW19 5NQ – find out more.  

21 March free advice session for EU nationals

Due to high demand, another information evening for EU nationals living in the borough takes place on Thursday, 21 March, at Wandsworth Town Hall, 6.30-8pm. A similar event in February proved very well attended. 

 

 

West Hill Winter Newsletter

We’re Conservatives, campaigning to improve West Hill ward in Putney – find out about forthcoming events, and for opportunities to meet Justine Greening MP, by contacting us at:

heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

facebook.com/westhillcons

twitter.com/westhilltories

 

Safer access for Albemarle Primary pupils  

Meet Miriam, the new Road Crossing Patrol officer at Albemarle Primary School.

A successful campaign by Headteacher Theresa Moses and Business Manager Jackie Nolan, supported by West Hill Conservatives, to recruit a new staff member for busy drop-off and pick-up times has brought a New Year surprise for local parents.

Thanks to Wandsworth Council the recruitment process continued during the Christmas period to make sure Miriam could start as soon as term resumed in January.

Staff, parents and pupils have welcomed Miriam. Huge thanks to all involved!

 

TfL, where’s our bus stop?

Work is waiting to start on a new 493 and 39 bus stop for Wimbledon Park Road, by Bathgate Road and Victoria Drive, but Transport for London (TfL) are holding things up.

Why? Because they haven’t yet found the £2,000 it costs for a bus stop ‘flag’despite taking six million pounds from Council taxpayers last year, in addition to fares.

We’d like to thank all the local residents who signed our petition calling on TfL to install the new bus stop, which they had finally agreed to do.

We will keep up the pressure on TfL to make sure the work starts soon.

 

12 February free advice session for EU nationals

An information evening for EU nationals living in the borough takes place on Tuesday, 12th February, at Wandsworth Town Hall, between 6.30-8pm.

It’s being hosted by Wandsworth Council and Citizens Advice Wandsworth – click this link to find out more.

 

How’s the new roundabout working out?

It’s been a few months since the Council finished the new additions to the junction of Sutherland Grove, Girdwood Road and Granville Road.

We know traffic can be busy there; has the mini roundabout made you feel safer crossing the road?

Let us know through this online survey

 

 

Coffee morning at St Paul’s Community Centre, Inner Park Road

We’d like to thank everyone who came along to the coffee morning with Justine Greening MP on Friday, 18th January. There was plenty of discussion about issues affecting local residents and the area, and if you’d like to come along to similar forthcoming events, please get in touch.

Peace event with Ahmadiyya Women’s Association

Gressenhall Road near West Hill ward is home to the Fazl or London Mosque. On 24th January local campaigner Alison Rodwell joined members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association to attend the 10th National Peace Symposium, themed on the role of women as nation builders, along with Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Jane Cooper.

 

Council housing estates set for £450million refurbishment works

A borough-wide programme of improvements agreed by Conservative councillors includes new windows for council housing blocks on Augustus Road, and new heating and hot water boilers for the Southmead Estate – click here to find out more.

 

Want to know more, or get involved? Contact us at:

heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

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Kind Regards,

Alison Rodwell and Salvatore Murtas

West Hill Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to our Autumn email Bulletin giving an update on some of the campaigns we are working on. 

Please pass this on to anyone in your household or your neighbours who might be interested and if they want to be on the distribution list please email heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

Additionally, we are active on social media so if you would like to follow us for community news and other interesting info:

Facebook: West Hill Conservatives @westhillcons 

Twitter:@WestHillTories

Sutherland Grove, Girdwood Road, Granville Road Roundabout Update

We have been campaigning on road safety at the Junction of Sutherland Grove, Girdwood Road and Granville Road so are delighted to see that work has just been completed on a mini roundabout with two pedestrian crossing points protected by traffic islands.

We are pleased that the Conservative Council listened to local residents and taken action at this busy junction. If you have any road safety concerns you would like to raise please do get in contact. We are here to help.

6 Month Trial to Stop Rat Running Approved

We have campaigned to reduce rat running which has been a long-standing issue as have residents in the neighbouring ward of East Putney.  The Council has carried out a study into the rat running in the area and this week the Council approved changes for a trial period of six months to curtail rat running and help keep more cars on the A3.  As residents know much of the traffic is just cutting through Wandsworth on its way elsewhere.

The changes will include an access ban from Withycombe Road/Princes Way from Wimbledon Park Side during the peak hours of 7am-10am, which will be supplemented by a one-way arrangement at the west end of Windlesham Grove to prevent this being used as an alternative route. There will be an exemption for buses and cycles.  The map shows the proposed changes in more detail.

The study suggests the changes will cut traffic using Keevil Drive the top of Skeena Hill and Girdwood Road by some 40% during the morning rush. The study has modelled how drivers will respond to the changes and the trial will now assess how it will work in practice. The trial period has been set for six months, and is expected to start Easter 2019. The Council will monitor the situation carefully at the start for any unforeseen adverse impacts and can respond quickly if needed. After the six month trial the Council will undertake a review to see how successful the changes have been in reducing rat running.   

For those who would like to read the papers which were presented to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which give more details of the findings please follow the link here:

We know that many agree that the Council needs to take steps to reduce rat running, but are keen to hear residents views so please do let us know your views.

 

Bus Stop Petition on Wimbledon Park Road Update

Thank you so much to the many residents who signed our petition earlier this year calling upon Transport for London (TfL) to install a new bus stop on Wimbledon Park Road near the junction of Bathgate Road and Victoria Drive, in the direction of Southfields to serve the bus routes 493 and 39.  We are delighted that residents concerns have been listened to and the new bus stop will not only serve the 493, but also the 39.

The good news is that Wandsworth Council are ready to start their work but unfortunately Transport for London, having agreed to the bus stop, are still seeking funding for the bus stop flags (£2,000 each) which is holding up the start of the works.   We are continuing to press for the works to start as soon as possible.

NatWest Cash Machine

After the branch closure there was some concern that Natwest were going to also remove the cash machine, particularly as it was out of order for some time during the summer.  Natwest have now indicated that they intend to keep the machine which is good news for Southfields.

Southfields Post Office Update

Working together with Justine Greening and our Conservative Councillors in Southfields, we are delighted that our efforts to find another post office site to serve local residents have borne fruit and the Post Office has been successfully relocated to Food and Wine located at 10-12 Replingham Road

Sainsburys Update

Sainsburys has at last started work on the development of the former petrol station site in Wimbledon Park Road, which had been derelict for a number of years. When completed, the new Sainsburys store on this site will make a big improvement to the traffic situation outside the existing Sainsburys store where lorries deliver on road. This results in traffic disruption close to the traffic lights and the crossroads in the centre of Southfields. It also makes it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians crossing the road, which is potentially dangerous.

Following representations from local residents, Sainsburys agreed to incorporate an off road loading and unloading facility in the new store to resolve these traffic issues and this formed part of the planning permission obtained by Sainsburys in March 2016. Since that time, your local Conservative team have been in frequent contact with Sainsburys asking for updates and pressing Sainsburys to get on and start work. In October last year we arranged a public meeting so that Sainsburys could give residents an update on progress. We are pleased therefore that 10 months after the public meeting and after further representations from your local Conservative team and Justine Greening, who has been closely involved, work has now started.

We have asked Sainsburys to provide an estimated completion date and suggested they hold another public meeting shortly to give residents an idea of the likely timetable to completion and the nature and hours of the works with details of possible disruptions etc. We will keep you informed on this. 

We hope you find this information helpful and are always here to help. If you would like to hear about any other news please do let us know.

Kind Regards

Robert Hughes        Salvatore Murtas       Alison Rodwell           

West Hill Ward Conservatives Action Team

West Hill Ward- Summer Newsletter

Welcome to our Summer email bulletin: giving an update on some of the campaigns we are working on and events going on within the ward. 

Please pass this on to anyone in your household or your neighbours who might be interested. If they want to be on the distribution list please email heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com.

Additionally, we are active on social media so if you would like to follow us we are on the following platforms to share community news and things we think you will find interesting:

Facebook: West Hill Conservatives @westhillcons

Twitter:@robert82hughes

           @smurtastola

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Local Election Result and Thank You!

We are sure you were aware from the endless leaflets and knocks on the door that there was an election back in May for West Hill Ward’s Councillors and control of Wandsworth Council.

Being selected to represent your local community is one of the greatest honours you can have so congratulations to Malcolm Grimston on his re-election and your two newly elected Labour Councillors Angela Ireland and Peter Carpenter.

Overall the Conservatives retained control of Wandsworth Council with 33 seats, Labour on 26 and 1 Independent.

As your local Conservative Action Team we remain fully committed to improving the area and continuing to work hard for residents so please do get in touch if you have any thoughts or ideas or would like to help support our campaigns.

 

Wimbledon Park War Memorial  

As your local Conservative team in West Hill, we wanted to let you know about the Appeal to restore this WW1 Memorial, which stands in the memorial gardens outside St Paul’s Church on Inner Park Road. The Memorial which is listed Grade II by Historic England was built in 1919 to honour 35 local men who died in the Great War and was funded by donations from residents of the area.

After almost 100 years, the Memorial needs restoration especially because the carved inscriptions of the names of the fallen are now difficult to read. The aim is to complete the restoration in time for the Centenary celebrations of Armistice Day on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 when a special service and Act of Remembrance will be held for all local residents. Some new words will be added on the Memorial to commemorate those from the local area who fell in WW 2 and later conflicts. 

Restoring historic monuments is not cheap and the total cost is estimated at £10,000. Grants have been applied for, but the balance needs to be raised by local donations in the same way as 100 years ago.

We believe this to be a truly worthwhile cause and as West Hill Conservatives, we will be doing whatever we can to support it.

If you would like to honour those who gave all they had in WW1 and WW2 for future generations by donating, you can discover the ways you can do this by clicking on www.stpaulsparkside.org.uk/wordpress/can-you-help-restore-this-wwi-memorial/

Schools to get budget increases

As parents we were very glad to see that the Government has committed to increasing the funding to schools in Wandsworth by £5.4 million. That’s an increase of 3.15% which means our schools will be getting a higher than inflation funding boost., which equates to £74 extra per pupil. This is extra money from the Government to our schools.

In addition to the extra money from central government, Wandsworth Council is creating a new grant fund to help our schools’ capital projects like repairs, training, playground equipment and expanding schools and nurseries. This will provide a further £17 million.

We acknowledge that funding has still been a challenge for some of our schools and that’s why the council is doing its bit to ensure that we maintain the excellent standards in Wandsworth schools, 98% of which are rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.

 

Keeping Our Streets Clean- Fly tipping

Residents are rightly proud of West Hill and that’s why we are committed to ensuring our streets are as clean as possible. We are delighted we have been able to work with local residents to combat fly tipping on Augustus Road by putting up a new sign.

If you know of any areas where fly tipping is a problem do let us know.

 

Bus Stop Petition on Wimbledon Park Road Success

Thank you so much to the many residents who signed our petition calling upon Transport for London (TfL) to install a new bus stop on Wimbledon Park Road near the junction of Bathgate Road and Victoria Drive in the direction of Southfields to serve the bus routes 493 and 39.

We are delighted that residents concerns have been listened to and the new bus stop will not only serve the 493, but also the 39. This will make it more convenient for residents to have the choice of two buses from the same bus stop so they can take whichever comes first.   

We have been keeping up the pressure to make sure TFL actually deliver on their promises. We are pleased to report Wandsworth Council is currently arranging a Traffic Management Order (TMO) which is necessary to amend the parking layout and introduce the bus stop outside Osborne House, 416 Wimbledon Park Road.

 

Beaumont Road development

Residents will know that there has been frustratingly slow progress on Beaumont Road site at the junction with Keevil Drive as various plans for development have not come to fruition.  We are pleased to report that the Council is in advanced dialogue with a new developer and plans are being drawn up for a private development. This also includes units under the flats, which we know from speaking to local residents are much needed by the community. 

 

New Independent Cafes

We are pleased to see three new independent cafes have recently opened locally.  The first two are in Southfields on Wimbledon Park Road, a coffee shop called DropShot Coffee opened by Putney born owner and barista, Ed Savitt. And DeRosier Chocolate offering fine hand made chocolates, cakes and coffee. We also have the Fuel Café in Montfort Place recently opened by Shafiq.

Please do support local businesses, as we believe both will benefit the community offering an alternative to the standard high street chain shops.

 

We hope you find this information helpful and are always here to help. If you would like to hear about any other news please do let us know.

 Kind Regards,

Robert Hughes        Salvatore Murtas       Alison Rodwell           

West Hill Ward Conservatives Action Team

 

Your local conservative team: Robert Hughes, Salvatore Murtas and Alison Rodwell

We are delighted that we have been selected as the Conservative Local Council Candidates for the Council Elections in May 2018 and are keen to meet and speak to as many residents as possible. We are passionate about helping people and we would like to hear from you any concerns, local problems or ideas you have. We are always pleased to help and support all our residents across the ward.

West Hill Ward- February Newsletter

Welcome to our February email bulletin giving an update on some of the campaigns we are working on and events going on within the ward. 

Please pass this on to anyone in your household or your neighbours who might be interested and if they want to be on the distribution list please email heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

Additionally, we are active on social media so if you would like to follow us we are on the following platforms for community and other interesting stuff:

 

Facebook: West Hill Conservatives @westhillcons

Twitter:@robert82hughes

           @smurtastola

           @alisondrodwell

Litter bins and street cleaning

Speaking to local residents on the doorstep one of the major issues identified was the provision of litter bins particularly in areas with a high volume of foot traffic such as Southfields tube stop. Together with the councillors in Southfields, we have been petitioning the council to install additional bins at Southfields tube stop as well as number of high volume areas on a trial basis. At the same time, we have asked for additional cleaning on several roads that have a particular litter issue. We are meeting with the Cabinet member responsible and hope to provide an update shortly. 

Southfields Town Centre Public Realm Improvement

A design has now been produced concerning proposals for Southfields station and village centre public realm improvements. A report is due to be submitted to the Council committee this month for approval to advertise Traffic Management Orders, create detailed designs and prepare for construction. 

If you have any specific questions or queries regarding the project, email SouthfieldsLBW@wandsworth.gov.uk with your contact details and preference for email or phone response.

Click here for more information on the plans

NatWest Branch Closure and Post Office Update

As reported in our January email bulletin NatWest has announced a number of branch closures nationally, including in Southfields. A number of residents and local businesses are concerned over how they will do their personal and business banking and the amount of time it will take for them to travel to another branch.

We conveyed these concerns to Justine Greening MP, who met with representatives from NatWest to discuss these concerns about the loss of banking facilities locally. NatWest have confirmed that to mitigate resident concerns plan to put in place a community banker who can meet with residents to help them with their personal banking needs. For more information on community bankers see link below:

For local businesses, it is critical they continue to have local banking facilities to pass over cash and cheques from their businesses so NatWest will provide a designated Business Community Banking person to work with local businesses.

We will continue working with our MP to make sure the services our residents and local businesses receive today continue and this ties into our work with Justine to ensure we have a local Post Office that will be able to play a role in providing local banking facilities. We remain committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that local post office services remain in the area and want to ensure that we can find a solution that keeps these vital services in the area. We will keep you up to date on this issue.

Information about Bank Closures

Next speed monitoring session

Please don’t forget there is another session, which has been arranged for Kingsmere Road on 27 February at 3pm. Please do attend as the session provide an opportunity for residents on the road to see how the introduction of 20mph zones is working and arrange enforcement as required.

If anyone would like a session on their road please do let us know. 

 

Building homes for Wandsworth People

Construction is under way in Putney as part of the council’s 1,000-home building programme, with more than 60% as council and shared ownership homes and the rest for sale to help pay for development. The Building Homes for Wandsworth People housebuilding initiative also has the support of the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Cllr Clare Salier, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “While Wandsworth has a strong record on delivering new homes, we’re committed to doing much more to meet the aspirations of people living and working in the borough – this is why we’ve already started work on one of the biggest council housebuilding programmes in the country.”

Last year 90% of shared ownership homes in Wandsworth were bought by people living or working in the borough, and the council is one of only a few local authorities to prioritise in this way.

Register with the council to get local priority: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/sharedownership  

Email: housesales@wandsworth.gov.uk 

Tel: (020) 8871 6161. 

Register for local priority Housing

Wandsworth Council is to receive a payment of nearly £13million after seeing one of the highest numbers of new homes built in London

The New Homes Bonus payment from the government is the second highest in England, and comes after more than 2,000 newly built and formerly empty properties came into use in the borough in the year up to October 2017. The money is set to be spent on frontline services for residents and helping keep Council Tax low. 

During the 12-month period 88 empty homes were brought back into use, while 326 for low cost rent and shared ownership were also built.

 

 

Expansion of Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) - consultation runs until 28th February

The London Mayor's, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, plan to expand the capital's Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ, which could result in daily charges for residents who need to cross the borough depending on the vehicle they drive.

The current planned boundary of the ULEZ will operate round the clock seven days a week within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone and comes into force in April 2019.

However, Mayor Sadiq Khan is also planning to extend the scheme to cover the South Circular (A205), which would cut Wandsworth in half and would mean that any residents or businesses that driving inside the zone would be required to meet the latest exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge of £12.50.

If this comes into effect in 2021 it would affect anyone driving a car, van or motorcycle within a zone whose southernmost boundary would be marked by the Upper Richmond Road, Wandsworth High Street, East Hill, Wandsworth Common Northside, Battersea Rise, The Avenue Clapham Common West Side and Clapham Common Southside.

Anyone driving north of these roads would need to comply with the new ULEZ regulations. The northern boundary of the ULEZ would be the North Circular Road.

We do urge you to haveyour say on the the plans to expand the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) to the South Circular.

To take part in the online consultation people are being urged to visit the TfL website

The closing date for comments is February 28.

The council’s environment and transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook says

“We are broadly supportive of expanding the ULEZ zone as it is clear that London’s air quality needs to improve which is why we ourselves have done so much to help address this issue locally, with a wide range of local initiatives.

However we are concerned about how local communities living close to the ULEZ border will be affected and we need to see concrete ideas from the Mayor on how their interests will be protected. Our residents and businesses need to see clear mitigation plans to stop rat running and also be told how the money raised through the new tariffs will be used to support them adapt their transport habits. We want assurances this money will be used to prevent hardship caused by these new rules, not prop up other mayoral funding priorities”.

 

Take part in the consultation

We want to hear from you take our survey

We hope you find this information helpful and are always here to help. If you would like to hear about any other news please do let us know.

 Kind Regards

 

Robert Hughes        Salvatore Murtas       Alison Rodwell           

 

West Hill Ward Conservatives 2018 Local Council Candidates Team

 

West Hill Ward - January Newsletter

Council Leader’s New Year message to Wandsworth

Cllr Ravi Govindia, the leader of the Council, looks at the opportunities opening up for local people in his New Year message including: more homes; better schools and libraries; jobs and the regeneration of, and investment in, Nine Elms.

To watch the video of his New Year message please click here ,

Closure of NatWest bank in Southfields

As many residents are aware NatWest Bank is due to close on the 11 th June. The reason NatWest has given is that more and more people are choosing to do their banking online; branch usage is down by 40% since 2014 whilst mobile transactions are up by 73% since 2014.

The nearest NatWest bank will be 1.6 miles away at 153 Putney High Street and this has, understandably, caused concern for many residents who use the branch. We have discussed this with our MP Justine Greening, who has written to NatWest to review their decision.

For more information on the closure click here to see an attached fact sheet.

Next speed monitoring session

There were a number of speed monitoring sessions in December, where we joined the police to monitor driving speeds with a speed gun. Another session has been arranged for Kingsmere Road on the 27 th February at 3pm. Please do attend as the session provides an opportunity for residents on the road to see how the introduction of 20mph zones is working and arrange enforcement as required.

If anyone would like to request a session on their road please do let us know.

A new SmartWater offer for neighbourhood watch groups

For a limited time only, SmartWater are offering home security products at their lowest ever price to neighbourhood watch groups of 20 members or more. Groups can purchase SmartWater Home Security Packs for just £8.95 per unit (including delivery, VAT and a five year registration) provided that they are able to order a minimum quantity of 20 units. Do note, the purchase must be made in bulk by one representative.

The product is then simply redeemed, by each individual, via an online redemption code on SmartWater’s online shop. The product contains: enough solution to protect around 25-30 items; 12 Property Labels and 2 Window Labels - alongside full application instructions.

How does this all work?

1. Simply contact SmartWater via nhwenquiry@smartwater.com quoting reference NHW2018 and provide the number of packs that you require. SmartWater will then invoice you and issue you with a number of single-use redemption codes upon receipt of the payment.

2. You then simply issue one redemption code to each member and they, in turn, enter this code on the SmartWater web shop where prompted. Once entered, the special product will appear, and they simply add this to their basket, in the usual manner.

3. They will be asked to provide both their registration information and delivery address (no payment information is taken, as the pack has already been paid for).

4. The product will be shipped directly to them – no need to complete any physical registration paperwork.

If you are interested in this fantastic promotion, please get in contact with SmartWater via nhwenquiry@smartwater.com quoting reference NHW2018 .

Please note that this offer is live until the 7th March 2018 .

 

West Hill Ward- December Newsletter

Welcome to our December email bulletin giving an update on some of the campaigns we are working on and events going on within the ward.

Please pass this on to anyone in your household or your neighbours who might be interested and if they want to be on the distribution list please email heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

Additionally, we are active on “social media” so if you would like to follow us we are on the following platforms for community and other interesting stuff:

Facebook: West Hill Conservatives @westhillcons

Twitter: @robert82hughes @smurtastola @alisondrodwell

Supporting Small business Saturday 02 December

We have a proud history of supporting small businesses within our Borough and really enjoyed supporting Small Business Saturday. We encourage all residents to support their independent shops and business by shopping local.

Locally we have seen Wandsworth has been recognised as the “Best Borough for Small Businesses” at the Federation for Small Business Awards and secured investment for improvements to the shopping area around Replingham Road - please see the latest plans at http://bit.ly/2A9mlW5

However, we are always keen to do more, so please let us know your ideas and thoughts by completing the survey below:

Complete Our Survey

 

Conservative controlled Wandsworth Council urges Government to provide sprinkler funding post-Grenfell for leaseholders

We welcome the decision by Wandsworth Council's leader to write to Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond to provide the borough's leaseholders financial support for installing sprinklers in their homes.

We agree that the Council has taken the correct steps in setting aside £30 million of council resources to pay for vital safety measures such as replacing cladding and installing sprinklers following the Grenfell Tower fire.

However, from speaking and listening to residents we understand the financial concern of leaseholders and their ability to afford these costs, which we have powerfully conveyed to the Council.

We are pleased that the Council have requested Government support to cover the costs for leaseholders to help ease their financial burden.

Brexit breakthrough on EU residents rights and new advice service for EU residents living in Wandsworth

The leader of Wandsworth Council has met with representatives from The3Million (the 3 million non- British EU citizens living in the UK) to discuss how the council can support the borough's residents who are EU citizens during Brexit uncertainty.

We welcome the Brexit breakthrough on EU residents’ rights as the council leader has continually lobbied Government for their rights to be protected. For more information see link:

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/14276/council_leader_welcomes_brexit_breakthrough_on_eu_citizens_rights

On top of this good news a new advice service has been set up for EU Nationals living in Wandsworth who are still concerned about Brexit. The telephone, email and drop-in service is being provided by Citizens Advice Wandsworth on behalf of the council. Kasia Zagrodniczek will be advising worried Wandsworth residents about their rights.

Kasia is based at Citizens Advice Wandsworth in Battersea library. Get in touch with her by emailing euadviceservice@cawandsworth.org. You can also find out more at https://cawandsworth.org/advice-eu-citizens-wandsworth/. If you speak an EU language and would like to volunteer, email volunteering@cawandsworth.org. New volunteers will start their training in January.

The new service is the latest in a range of measures the council has taken to protect the rights of EU Nationals living in the borough.

West Hill Neighbourhood Police Page

Every Wandsworth Neighbourhood Police Team have their own ward page. You can see who your local officers are and top reported crimes for the area, and vote in “Voice Your Concerns Poll”. We strongly urge you to vote in the poll as the results go into deciding local ward priorities. Please see link to page for more info:

https://www.met.police.uk/your-area/wandsworth/west-hill/

More Speed Monitoring Sessions

There were three speed monitoring sessions in early December. We joined the police to monitor driving speeds with a speed gun in Beaumont Road, Wimbledon Park Road and Sutherland Grove. All three sessions provided an opportunity for residents on the road to see how the introduction of 20mph zones is working and arrange enforcement as required.

If anyone would like a session on their road please do let us know.

Let us know what you think

We have been knocking on doors and speaking to many residents over the last few months and are keen to listen to the views of residents and receive feedback on the workings of the Council. Please take a couple of minutes to complete our short survey and let us know what you think:

Take Our Survey

Southfields Christmas Lights

We thoroughly enjoyed attending the Southfields Christmas Lights switch-on ceremony held on Wednesday 06 December.

The event, which was organised by the Southfields Business Forum and sponsored by the Wimbledon Foundation, was well attended and was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth. There were a number of activities to enjoy such as live jazz and market stalls, with the big switch-on taking place at 5pm. Particular highlights included partaking in mince pies and mulled wine whilst listening to the Sing Swell Choir. If you did not attend this year we would thoroughly recommend attending next year.

Merry Christmas

Finally we would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. If we haven’t spoken to you yet we hope to meet you in the New Year in 2018!

Kind Regards

Robert Hughes Salvatore Murtas Alison Rodwell

West Hill Ward Conservatives 2018 Local Council Candidates Team

West Hill Ward- November 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to our December email bulletin giving an update on some of the campaigns we are working on and events going on within the ward.

If you would like to be on our distribution list please email heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

Additionally, we are active on social media so if you would like to follow us for information on all things West Hill you can find us below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westhillcons

Twitter

  • @robert82hughes
  • @smurtastola
  • @alisondrodwell

Sainsbury's Update on Derelict Petrol Station Site at 262 Wimbledon Park Road

In March 2016, Sainsbury's obtained planning permission to redevelop the site and to build a new, larger Sainsbury's Local store on the site together with six residential flats above.

At the meeting we facilitated in October Sainsbury's updated residents and confirmed the derelict petrol station site would be brought into productive use as a new store would be around twice the size of the existing store, the traffic and safety problems associated with deliveries to Sainsbury's current store at 256 Wimbledon Park Road would be eliminated; lorries delivering to the new store will unload off road which will avoid the traffic problems at the existing store where lorries continually have to unload on the road, and 25 new extra local jobs will be created and housing provided above the new store.

Sainsbury's advise us they have now exchanged contracts with their landlord so are able to progress with the project and begin remediating the site. The new building will sit level will sit level with Wimbledon Park Court and the brickwork will match the traditional look of surrounding properties.

We are keen to work with Sainsbury's and local residents to ensure the best outcome for the area by bring the derelict petrol site into use as soon as possible, keep local residents informed of progress and when work starts ensure the impact to local residents of construction work is kept to a minimum.

Wimbledon Park Road

Speaking to residents on Wimbledon Park ground-borne vibrations caused by passing traffic continue to be a major concern. We have spoken to the Council on behalf of residents and have been reassured by the Council that a series of measures are being explored and implemented to achieve improvements along this road.

In summary the Council have already delivered the majority of the agreed set of measures that were signed off at Overview and Scrutiny Committee in November last year and have delivered on a number of additional items. In that time the Council have:

  • repaired/improved the impacts of the sunken/damaged manhole covers,
  • introduced the 20mph speed limit,
  • put in speed indicator devices,
  • spoken to the bus companies on their driver behaviour,
  • run a number of community speed gun exercises with the local community
  • commissioned an area wide traffic study reviewing the area from the A3 across Wimbledon Park Road.

From speaking to residents we understand many people feel there has been no difference and that ground-borne vibrations are still impacting houses. We have strongly conveyed this view to the Council.

It is important to note the Council must wait a six month period before surveys can be conducted to evaluate the effects of the new measures and they will then use these results to feed into the A3 Traffic Study. We have proposed to the Council that they consider a residents’ suggestion to implement chicanes and have got a commitment that they are willing to look at this again if there are grounds to support this and is evidence led.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce, in the first half of 2018, the Council will replace the existing precast concrete speed cushions with cushions formed in asphalt, which are more rounded and will reduce the effect of vibrations

We hope you agree with the approach we are taking in addressing speeding and road safety and we will keep pressing the Council to find a solution to the traffic problems on Wimbledon Park Road.

Residents offered free grit to use if cold snap hits

As temperatures start to over the winter months the Council is offering residents up to 50 kilos of grit free of charge to help clear frozen paths. Last year 20 tonnes of grit was given to residents. Residents who wish to take advantage of the offer should visit the Council depot in Dormay Street, SW18 1EY between 9am and midday on Saturday 18 November and Saturday 25 November. Please note you will need to bring proof of address.

There is nearly 230 miles of road surface and 450 miles of pavement so it’s a huge task when snow fall to grit the roads and pavements. There are a number of grit bins in the area. To find the location of your nearest grit bins please see link: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/snow

Remembrance Sunday

It is incredible to think that many people went to war, suffered enormously and often lost their lives for our freedom. We strongly support the Royal British Legion campaign to wear a poppy and recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community past and present.

There were a number of Remembrance Sunday services in the ward and we were humbled to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at Saint Michael’s Church, Southfields to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and serviceman and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

We hope you find this information helpful and are always here to help. If you would like to hear about any other news please do let us know.

Kind Regards

Robert Hughes Salvatore Murtas Alison Rodwell

West Hill Ward Conservatives 2018 Local Council Candidates Team

News

HEATHROW seeking to become even more noisy 

Noise from an expanded Heathrow will inflict more misery in all parts of the borough with many areas set to experience significant annoyance from aircraft for the first time.  This will be most acute for communities in West Hill, Wimbledon Parkside, Southfields, Earlsfield and Tooting.