Lister is the Leader of Wandsworth
Council and a member for Putney's
creative heart is beating more strongly than ever this year
with more than 50 local artists exhibiting their work in this
year's Open Studios event.
Saturday May 31 to June 8 the exhibitors will be throwing
open their homes and studios at specific times to show off
their work. To
help locals get a flavour of what's on offer there's a special
showcase at the Putney School of Art and Design from Tuesday
so much talent in Putney - this is a terrific opportunity
to see just what some of our more artistic neighbours have
been up to over the last year.
Putney residents who find it difficult to get back to sleep
after the first flight of the day comes into land over their
heads will be waiting with bated breath for the news from
Strasbourg over the next few days. Campaigners
tell me a decision on the bid to get night flights declared
illegal is now imminent.
the European Court comes down on the side of those who want
a decent night's sleep there will be fresh calls for the UK
Government to finally phase out all early morning arrivals
a lot at stake because in its consultation on the proposed
third runway at Heathrow (which closes on June 30) the Government
is giving no guarantees that this won't mean more night flights.
The first of a series of walkabouts
by leading councillors on Roehampton's Alton Estate got
under way this week in Tunworth Crescent. It will be followed
by a neighbourhood meeting on May 20.
idea is to give residents the chance to have their say on
how the council has been doing since it took back responsibility
for the day-to-day running of the estate - and what they want
to see for the future. The
same pattern of walkabouts and meetings will be repeated across
the estate in the weeks ahead with residents getting full
details in advance of where and when these will take place.
Finally some heartening news on council tax from an independent
source. A study by the Halifax Bank shows that in the ten
years since council tax was introduced bills in Wandsworth
have gone up overall by just 30 per cent.
is the lowest rate of increase for any council in the country.
door in Richmond the picture is reversed. Bills have gone
up here by a whacking 134 per cent in this time - the biggest
of this should disguise the difficulties we have faced this
year in coping with the loss of Government grant. But it shows
that year-in year-out that there is no council in the country
that works harder to keep its costs down for residents.
relaunching Ashlone Wharf, extra cash for schools and closure
of sub post offices ....Cllr
of transport such as the new bus route and flight paths are
all in .....Cllr Lister's Diary
to keeping our bills as low as is sensibly possible"....Cllr
not a council in the country that looks after its residents'
money as carefully as Wandsworth........Cllr
school, new homes and a new-look park in 2003 ......Cllr
Lister's New Year Message
week of great achievements as both the Council and many of
Putney's schools exceed in their individual grading systems.
Whilst the failure of a resident management organisation (RMO)
gives the Council concern.......Cllr
Lister is not cheered by the Queens Speech nor the Chancellor's
Lister's Diary declares war on fly posters, and draws
our attention to Connexions investment in Roehampton.
runway meeting bonfires and planning alert system.........Cllr
Lister's Diary .
of Roehampton Rec, the completion of Ashlone Wharf plus taking
up the baton for a link between the Rail station & East
Putney Tube........Cllr Lister's
impact of government housing policy, crime and news on Richmond
Cllr Lister's Diary .
Surgeries - a new ways to meet your councillor plus the Leader
expresses his concerns over the news of gun crimes in Putney
..... Cllr Lister's Diary
celebrations, the 3 star service offered by Social Services
and name change for Lavatory Gardens ...Cllr
state of the NHS in Putney and the fight against night flights
....Cllr Lister's Diary
safety - especially around schools and Neighbourhood watch
.... Cllr Lister's 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 closing 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