Lister is the Leader of Wandsworth Council and a member
for Putney's Thamesfield ward.
can be few areas of the capital which are worse off for hospital
services than Putney.
Queen Mary's saga is by now well documented. Closed by the
present health secretary Alan Milburn in 1998 it stands forelorn
on Roehampton Lane as a reminder of broken promises.
there is a minor injuries unit on site - although its hours
have recently been cut back from the original 7am-11pm to
8am-8pm - but remember this was once a full-scale general
hospital with 24 hour accident and emergency services.
new slim-line hospital is, we are repeatedly told, on the
way. Work should have started two years ago. But after all
the wrangles with the controversial PFI scheme and the need
for a face-saving deal with the unions it is now looking more
and more certain that no new facility can open its doors before
2006 at the earliest.
the long-derelict Putney Hospital is, we learn this week,
costing the NHS £320,000 a year in security costs alone.
What all these delays and broken promises show us is just
how unaccountable our health service really is to the people
it is meant to serve.
Those Putney residents who generously contributed last year
to the legal costs of the night flights case brought by eight
west London residents against the UK Government will soon
be asked to dip into their pockets for one last time.
the European Court eventually ruled that night flights did
violate human rights ministers are now seeking to have the
landmark judgment overturned.
council, which also provided funding for the challenge - and
co-ordinated contributions from other boroughs under the flight
path - will be backing the fresh appeal which will be heard
in Strasbourg in the autumn.
think we have an excellent chance of winning again. But you
can be sure that we will face a fresh onslaught from both
the government and the aviation industry who will be hiring
the best legal representation money can buy.
council and campaign group HACAN expect to announce details
of the fund raising plans in the next few days. You can keep
track of our progress on the council's special aircraft noise
website which was featured recently in the Evening Standard.
You can find us on www.wandsworth.gov.uk/aviation.
Leader of the Council
can contact Edward Lister at the Town Hall on 0208 871 6041
or by email at email@example.com
saftey - especially around schools and Neighbourhood watch
.... Cllr Listers diary
TAX DODGERS DRYBURGH RD DEVELOPMENT ROBIN HOOD GATE AND NIGHT
cheer, wharf worries and Richmond Park relief - Cllr
Lister speaks against the Dryburgh Rd plans, the threat
of clsing Pen Ponds to traffic and litter.
Postal Service, Richmond Park and Council Tax changes are
all on Cllr Lister agenda.
Lister comments on the current planning furore, pigeon
mess, cctv and policing.
Lister writes on Pensioners Freedom Passes, good news
re Hotham School, development progress at Ashlone
Wharf and aircraft noise from Heathrow
visit to the Leisure Centre was less than enjoyable - see
Lister writes on the new school for the area, housing development
Lister writes on developments at the Putney School of Art
& Design, The Leisure Centre and the excellent league
results for local schools.
Colman MP for Putney speaks about current local issues