Lister on Putney

"frozen council tax, the future of South Thames College and the Putney site plus more ......

Wandsworth residents will again be paying the lowest council taxes in the country after the council announced a tax freeze for the coming year.

The new Band D figure of £597 compares with over £1,300 for a similar property just over the border in Richmond. In fact there are now only four boroughs in London where the tax is below £1,000.
This year the council's share of the tax bill will be the same as last year while the Mayor of London's charge will go up by 7.5 per cent.

Low taxes are good news for everyone - but especially the elderly and those on fixed incomes.

I have to correct some of the comments made by Tony Colman MP about Downshire House. The building in Roehampton Lane is set to become a new children's centre aimed at providing a host of services for families with children under five on the local estates.

South Thames College will occupy just under half of the space. They will focus on offering community and vocational courses which will be particularly relevant to local people. The Putney MP was wrong to say that the council acquired the building for nothing, wrong to say it was charging the college a full commercial rent and wrong to say it was 'disposing' of the rest of the building.

The college will pay a reasonable figure for their accommodation which will fall some way short of the 'commercial rent' quoted by Mr Colman and which reflects the college's own investment in improved access facilities.

The new children's centre at Downshire House is an exciting project which, like Putney School of Art, will I am sure prove a great asset for local people.

All the council ever wanted at Putney School of Art was for someone to run it properly so that it could realise its full potential as a local resource. Whatever your politics no one can deny that under the council's stewardship the revitalised art school has been a huge success.

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

Edward Lister

February 27, 2004

Previous Lister Diaries

"pay as you park", shopping trends, mock disasters & anti-social behaviour

Heathrow as "bad as it gets", Robin Hood gate & exams!

World Cup glory and South Thames College

CCTV, dealing with yobs and last orders at the Quill which is to be replaced by new housing

Barking dogs, aircraft noise, CCTV and 'twinning' Wandsworth and Islington Boroughs

Anti aircraft noise & a tribute to Mary Holben

St Cecilias, development at Whitelands site & the fate of Putney Hospital

Night flights , Putney Hospital, diseased trees & the new school

Cllr Lister pledges low taxes following re-election

Councillor walkabouts, artists in Putney & awaiting the decision on night flights

Recycling, relaunching Ashlone Wharf, extra cash for schools and closure of sub post offices

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"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.

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