The COVID-19 Lockdown has been a strange and difficult time for us all. As we come out of the lockdown and start to plan to return to normal life, we wish you all well.
Don’t forget that your Tooting Conservatives Action Team are here to help with any Council issue or query.
In the meantime we have been busy standing up for our residents via individual casework and in larger campaigns. Some of which you can read more about below.
In terms of local news, berries are ripe for foraging on the Wandle Trail, delicious mangoes are on sale on Tooting High Street, the Sun is shining in the beer gardens and St George's continues to be the light at the end of the tunnel.
Make sure that you take advantage of the Chancellor's Eat Out to Help Out scheme to support our great restaurants and pubs.
We are proud to support our local businesses in Tooting. You can show your support too by shopping locally and sharing your local shopping experiences on Cllr Louise Calland's #ShopLocal campaign Facebook Group.
In terms of green developments, Fishponds Playing Fields have reopened and the Council has approved upgrades to Tooting Common.
There are other planned developments, on which you can provide your feedback by clicking on the links below:
If you would like to get more involved with the local party please click here to e-mail us.
Tooting Conservatives Action Team
'Stop Trashing Tooting & Wandsworth Commons'
The Nightingale councillors (Cllr Ian Hart, Cllr Sarah McDermott and Cllr Richard Field) have been instrumental in a very well supported campaign to prevent litter and anti-social behaviour on Tooting and Wandsworth Commons.
Cllr Sarah McDermott handed in a petition on this to the Council meeting in July.
The Mayor of London's changes to Tooting High Street
We support the Mayor’s emphasis on more walking and cycling in the wake of COVID-19.
However, we are concerned that he is imposing significant changes to vehicle movements into and out of Tooting side roads without sufficient consultation.
Cllr Ian Hart submitted a petition to the July Council meeting expressing residents’ serious concerns that these changes will be to the detriment of their daily lives and livelihoods.
Our Road To Recovery
Living in Wandsworth I know that the past few months have been really difficult for our community.
We have all made huge sacrifices to protect our NHS and protect our loved ones from this horrific virus.
Now that restrictions are being eased, our way of life is beginning to return to a sense of normality.
You can read my article on our Road to Recovery in Merton & Wandsworth by clicking the button below.
Wishing you all the best
Cllr Louise Calland
GLA Candidate for Merton & Wandsworth
COVID-19: Our Response
COVID-19 has been a difficult time for many residents in Wandsworth.
Wandsworth Council have taken action throughout the lockdown to help those most in need in our Wandsworth Community.
Over the past few months to support our community during COVID-19 our Council has:
1. Set up the successful Wandsworth Community Hub which has helped over 6000 residents during COVID-19.
2. Kept our parks open during lockdown allowing Wandsworth residents to exercise safely during lockdown.
3. Processed £119m of assistance to local businesses helping them stay afloat during COVID-19.
4. Continued rubbish and recycling collection throughout lockdown with over 1600 tons of additional refuse and recycling collected in the first 2 weeks of April, May and June than the previous year.
5. Developed a London Leading 9 point Back to School plan to get children back to school safely in Wandsworth which got one of the highest numbers of schools re-opening in the country on day one, with every single mainstream primary and secondary school open within a week with significantly above national average attendance. All special schools are now open too.
6. Set up the 'Power to Connect' scheme with Battersea Power Station which, together with the government and Dons, has delivered 1181 laptops so far plus dongles and data vouchers to children in digital poverty.
7. Provided over 60 bikes for NHS workers with more on the way to help those who care for us get to work safely.
8. Communicated the latest COVID-19 updates in Wandsworth during lockdown reaching almost 200 thousand residents who received emails and/or letters from the Council.
9. Delivered a unique package of support for local businesses in preparation for them re-opening.
10. Introduced measures to aid social distancing such as widening pavements in Putney High Street.
And as we begin to look ahead towards a post lockdown world Wandsworth Council will continue to support those in need in our community.
If you need support