Edward Lister is the Leader of Wandsworth Council and a member for Putney's Thamesfield ward.

The streets of Putney were unusually quiet last Saturday morning as our
rugby heroes fought their way so thrillingly to World Cup glory.
The whole nation was gripped by the team's achievement and heartened by the conduct of the players both on and off the pitch.

Let's hope the squad's success rubs off on our local club Rosslyn Park -
and that more of our young people are encouraged to take up sport and
stay with it after they leave school or college.

The vast concrete expanse of South Thames College that dominates Putney
Hill could soon make way for new housing under plans for the institution
to shift its activities to an expanded site in Wandsworth town centre.
The move clearly makes financial and operational sense for the college while the present Putney building is certainly a jarring presence on the street scene which few will be sorry to lose.

Local residents will, I know, be looking to the council's planning committee to ensure that any replacement buildings are a much better fit with the character of the area and are of the right scale and size.

After Saturday's early morning lull many of the borough's main roads ground to a halt on Sunday morning following the scare at the Battersea gas holder. With trains, buses, case and even flights affected it was a chilling reminder of how our ability to move around freely can be so
rapidly curtailed.

The warning siren was clearly heard throughout Putney and not surprisingly in these times caused a fair degree of anxiety amongst residents. The reported leak was a false alarm - triggered by the weekend's incessant rain getting into the alarm mechanism - but it was a genuine test for the council's emergency services team who had to be ready to evacuate hundreds of local residents.

With all the current terrorist alerts councils are having to pay more and more attention to their emergency planning. Our experience goes right back to the Manor Fields gas blast of almost 20 years ago but Sunday's scare will have taught us new lessons about our preparedness
for coping with the unexpected.

Edward Lister

November 28, 2003

CCTV, dealing with yobs and last orders at the Quill which is to be replaced by new housing Cllr Lister's Diary.

barking dogs, aircraft noise, CCTV and 'twinning' Wandsworth and Islington Boroughs Cllr Lister's Diary.

Anti aircraft noise & a tribute to Mary Holben. Cllr Lister's Diary.

St Cecilias, development at Whitelands site & the fate of Putney Hospital. Cllr Lister's Diary.

Night flights , Putney Hospital, diseased trees & the new school. Cllr Lister's Diary.

Cllr Lister pledges low taxes following re-election 30.05.2003

Councillor walkabouts, artists in Putney & awaiting the decision on night flights ........Cllr Lister's Diary.

recycling, relaunching Ashlone Wharf, extra cash for schools and closure of sub post offices ....Cllr Lister's Diary.

Modes of transport such as the new bus route and flight paths are all in .....Cllr Lister's Diary

"committed to keeping our bills as low as is sensibly possible"....Cllr Lister's Diary

There's not a council in the country that looks after its residents' money as carefully as Wandsworth........Cllr Lister's Diary

New school, new homes and a new-look park in 2003 ......Cllr Lister's New Year Message

A 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's Diary

Cllr Lister is not cheered by the Queens Speech nor the Chancellor's pre-budget statement..........Cllr Lister's Diary

Cllr Lister's Diary declares war on fly posters, and draws our attention to Connexions investment in Roehampton.

anti-third runway meeting bonfires and planning alert system.........Cllr Lister's Diary

Busy October 2002..........Cllr Lister's Diary .

Redevelopment 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 Diary .

Local impact of government housing policy, crime and news on Richmond Park...... Cllr Lister's Diary .

New 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

Jubilee celebrations, the 3 star service offered by Social Services and name change for Lavatory Gardens ...Cllr Lister's Diary.

The state of the NHS in Putney and the fight against night flights ....Cllr Lister's Diary

Pedestrian safety - especially around schools and Neighbourhood watch .... Cllr Lister's diary


Church cheer, wharf worries and Richmond Park relief - Cllr Lister's diary.

Cllr Lister speaks against the Dryburgh Rd plans, the threat of closing Pen Ponds to traffic and litter.

The Postal Service, Richmond Park and Council Tax changes are all on Cllr Lister agenda.

Cllr Lister comments on the current planning furore, pigeon mess, cctv and policing.

Cllr Lister writes on Pensioners Freedom Passes, good news re Hotham School, development progress at Ashlone Wharf and aircraft noise from Heathrow Airport.

Recent visit to the Leisure Centre was less than enjoyable - see forum.

Cllr Lister writes on the new school for the area, housing development and Heathrow.

Cllr Lister writes on developments at the Putney School of Art & Design, The Leisure Centre and the excellent league results for local schools.

Tony Colman MP for Putney speaks about current local issues