One of the few positives from the Pandemic has been how many people have taken up cycling to get fit, stay safe and protect the environment.
Locally we are incredibly fortunate that our area has so much green space.
During the lockdown it has been a godsend, and it is one of the many characteristics that makes Southfields such a special place to live.
Sadly, what we don’t have in Southfields are any cycle hire schemes.
Because the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has a policy which means the official cycle hire scheme doesn’t come to Southfields. Depriving local residents of better transport options.
The nearest TfL docking stations are over by the Southside shopping centre or East Putney tube station.
We think that is wrong.
A small cycle hire scheme at or close to Southfields tube station would enable many more local residents to enjoy the opportunities that cycling offers. Sign the petition today!
As we come out of lockdown, we have to look at a smarter way of doing things.
Just a small shift in residents using a bike for the odd journey can make a real difference.
A reduction in traffic, cleaner air and better health to name a few.
With your support we can ask the Mayor of London (who has responsibility for the scheme) to extend the cycle hire scheme locally.
It is a small but practical step which could make a real difference.
And make our area a better place to live.
Have your say by signing our petition today, asking the Mayor to extend the cycle hire scheme in Southfields.
West Hill Conservatives Action Team
Many businesses are facing an uncertain future in the wake of COVID-19 and helping support local businesses is a major part of the Council’s Smart Growth recovery plan.
Our local shopping spaces are incredibly important to us here in West Hill.
Please do support Cllr Louise Calland's Shop Local campaign, by shopping locally and sharing local shopping experiences on Cllr Louise Calland's #ShopLocal campaign Facebook Group.
Wandsworth Council and the Metropolitan Police Service are inviting residents to sign up to a new crime and community safety information system called OWL.
The OWL messaging service is a crime and community information system that will help Wandsworth residents stay safe.
By signing up to OWL, residents will receive news about local issues, e.g burglaries, rogue traders and other incidents direct to their inbox.
Residents who sign up will also receive crime prevention advice from police partners, and emails will be relevant as they will be sent on a road-by-road basis.
Local traffic off Parkside
Wandsworth Council’s transport committee backed our petition to put measures in place to stop ‘dangerous rat run’ traffic blamed for causing noise and air pollution.
The plans, voted through by Conservative Councillors will introduce a new trial that involves a ban on left turns into the southern section of Inner Park Road from Wimbledon Park Side.
The trial will last for 12 months and will operate on the same terms as the other nearby measures meaning an AM peak only (07:00 to 9:00) Monday to Friday left turn ban (except buses and cycles) into the southern section of Inner Park Road from Wimbledon Park Side.
“A step in the right direction but more needs to be done.”
Local Inner Park Road Resident Daniel Ghossain commented:
“This is a step in the right direction but more needs to be done. The proposals to allow local residents to be able to turn into their own streets without being penalised is clearly the next step. Hopefully all local politicians can support that.”
Smart Growth Plan Launched
Wandsworth Council is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by launching a ‘Smart Growth’ plan, which sets out the Council’s aims to put in place a fair and even-handed recovery package, building on Wandsworth’s excellent track record of sustainable, ambitious growth and regeneration.
The Council will use technology and new innovative ways of working to work smarter, use our data more effectively and deliver even better services to residents and businesses.
The plan also builds on the Wandsworth pledge to be carbon neutral and the greenest inner-London borough by 2030, accelerating this work and creating an environment which plays its part in tackling climate change.
As well as setting important long-term objectives the plan also looks at developing immediate packages of work over the coming months such as tutoring and volunteer mentoring programmes, targeted employment and business support.
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.
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