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U-Turn on Formula E in Battersea Park ‘testimony to people power’


Wandsworth Labour councillors are delighted that this year’s race in the historic Battersea Park will be the last, after Formula E agreed to withdraw the event in the face of strong public opposition.

Simon Hogg, Wandsworth Labour Leader and long-term opponent of the race, said: “The Council was wrong to steamroller through this event against very strong local opposition. The withdrawal of this event from a Grade II listed park is testimony to what can be achieved by people power and I applaud those who campaigned against it”.

The announcement that this year’s race will be the last in Battersea Park came the day before  legal action against Wandsworth Council by Battersea resident, James Jackson, was due to be heard in the High Court. Read More…

Statement from councillor Rex Osborn

Rex Osborn

Councillor Rex Osborn has told the Wandsworth Labour Councillors that he will not be standing for re-election as Leader of the Labour Group on Wandsworth Council.

Cllr Osborn said: “I am proud to have led Wandsworth’s Opposition for five years. They are a dedicated and talented team of Labour Councillors and they have more than doubled in number since I first joined them.

“It is time now for me to concentrate on some new projects that I have been putting aside for some while. I shall continue my wholehearted support for Labour and its Wandsworth leadership as an active backbench councillor.”

Children’s Centre changes could mean the end of free services for Earlsfield’s parents

Wandsworth Council is currently consulting residents on their plans to “de-designate” the Garratt Park Children’s Centre in Earlsfield.
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “We know how important free early years support is both for children’s development and in terms of the support it provides to parents, so I am very concerned that the Council is considering leaving Earlsfield without any free provision for children under three”.
Currently, the Garratt Park site is home to a nursery group in the morning and in the afternoon it offers parents free stay and play facilities for babies and young children. The Centre also offers free outreach to families needing extra support on the Henry Prince Estate.
The Council’s current proposals are to continue with the nursery provision in the morning but to consider the introduction of a charge for the stay and play facilities in the afternoon and to scrap the targeted services currently available to eligible families.
Sadiq Khan said: “The Garratt Park Centre provides a vital free service to the families on the Henry Prince Estate, where I grew up. If they remove this support, the Council would effectively be obliging parents to pay for a service they currently receive for free or travel some distance, with young children, to find an alternative. To make matters worse, the alternatives, at Smallwood School or West Hill, are already oversubscribed.”

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Residents oppose “pig’s ear” Tooting Common road closure proposal


120 residents came to a public meeting in Balham this week to discuss Wandsworth Council’s proposal to close Dr Johnson Avenue, which cuts across Tooting Common, and limit access to nearby Elmbourne Road.

A straw poll at the meeting on March 22 showed almost unanimous opposition to the proposal, which Wandsworth council is currently consulting on.

Residents at the meeting were strongly critical of the council’s consultation which has not involved residents in Lambeth who fear they will be impacted by the proposed road changes.

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Dr Johnson Avenue & Elmbourne Road: Where will the traffic go?


The right turn into Elmbourne Road from Tooting Bec Road

Public meeting on proposed road closures affecting Tooting Common

In response to serious concerns expressed by residents at proposals to close or restrict roads on and around Tooting Common, the Labour councillors in two affected wards; Bedford and Furzedown, have called a public meeting.

The Council’s current plan is to close Dr Johnson Avenue, which crosses Tooting Common, and restrict entry into Elmbourne Road, which borders the Common. The meeting is on March 22 at Balham Seventh Day Adventist Church, 83 Elmfield Road, SW17 8AD from 7-8pm. 

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said “Residents are right to be concerned that they have not been properly consulted up to now and that the traffic implications of these proposals have not been properly thought through. Residents are worried that quiet residential roads will become rat runs and already congested roads will become even more congested”. Read More…

Balham or Tooting? Crossrail 2 update from Sadiq Khan

FullSizeRender(1)Crossrail 2: Balham still preferred option but “stronger development case for Tooting” is out next month

Balham or Tooting?

Until November last year TfL’s preferred option for a Crossrail 2 station was Tooting. This changed in November last year as a result of preliminary geological surveys carried out by TfL. In January, TfL announced the results of a massive consultation exercise which asked residents which station – Balham or Tooting – they would prefer for Crossrail 2.

Some 20,000 responses were received, a majority of whom preferred Tooting. However, TfL’s preferred option remained Balham, due to the geological conditions found at both locations which would make Tooting more complicated and more expensive. Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, called on TfL not to exclude Tooting despite the cost and urged TfL to carry out an economic assessment of the impact of bringing Crossrail 2 to Tooting.

TfL has now confirmed that this economic impact assessment is underway and will be available next month. TfL has also confirmed that further, scheduled geological surveys, involving drilling for samples, are underway at Balham and will start in Tooting in six to eight weeks’ time.

Sadiq Khan MP said: “Currently, the position is that Balham remains TfL’s preferred option. However, TfL concedes that Tooting has a stronger development case than Balham. Once the results of the economic assessment are known next month, TfL has agreed to share those with me and I will be sure to scrutinise them closely”. Read More…

Cllr Rachael Stokes gets answers on Earlsfield station overcrowding & safety

A number of residents have recently raised concerns with me about ongoing problems with platform / train overcrowding and related concerns about health and safety. Please see below for the latest response from South West Trains (Tim Shoveller, Managing Director).

If you have specific questions, suggestions or issues you would like me to raise with the station manager, please get in touch: I will report back 

On extending train carriages/ platforms…

“You will be aware of the additional rolling stock being introduced across our network. However, to clarify the position, the project to increase capacity on our suburban network has a number of different stages. Initially the 10 car trains are being introduced on the lines from Waterloo and Weybridge via Richmond and Hounslow. The lines between Raynes Park and Waterloo are already operating at maximum capacity in the peak hours. The limitations of the current infrastructure simply do not allow the operation of any additional trains, hence the project to increase the capacity by the provision of longer trains (10). The 10 car railway project includes both the extension of platforms to accommodate 10 car trains and the acquisition of additional carriages to our train fleet. Read More…


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