Lister is the Leader of Wandsworth
Council and a member for Putney's
the time for elderly residents in Putney to get down to the
library in Disraeli Road to collect their new travel passes.
The freedom card is funded by London's councils and provides
free off-peak travel on buses, tubes and trains in the capital.
reckoned to be the biggest free travel scheme of its kind
in the country with all 33 London boroughs taking part. Take-up
in our borough is one of the highest in London with around
32,500 current card-holders including people with disabilities.
Whoever called it the 'freedom' pass knew the value of the
scheme to Londoners. It's a great way of helping people to
move around their city using public transport.
There's a buzz of excitement at Putney's Hotham School at
the moment following a truly inspirational report from inspectors
who visited the school in December. The OFSTED team were so
taken with the school's sheer energy and vibrancy that they
felt moved to refer to its 'buzz' in their formal report.
adjectives like 'lively' and 'exciting' used to describe lessons
it's a terrific boost for the school's highly talented and
motivated staff and all the reassurance that any parent would
want that their child was attending a school of exceptional
quality. We are without doubt blessed with some wonderful
schools in Putney. Well done Hotham - you really wowed the
are exciting times too for the young sea cadets who
use the council's Ashlone Wharf boathouse on Putney
Embankment. This prominent local landmark - once a corporation
depot - is home to a youth river club, a sea cadets
group and the Chas Newens boatyard.
is now under way on a £300,000 revamp, which will
pay for extensive structural works as well as new and
improved amenities which will benefit all the current
users. The new-look premises should be ready by July
Not such good news on aircraft noise with the emergence of
leaked plans for a third runway at Heathrow. Coming so soon
after Stephen Byers announced he would be challenging the
historic European Court of Human Rights ruling on night flights
it looks like the council and anti-noise campaigners could
be battling on two fronts.
council's position is totally clear. We are not anti-airline.
We know Heathrow is a big job creator and we know millions
of people enjoy the benefits of air travel. It just seems
poor planning to concentrate so many flights into one already
overcrowded part of the capital. Both on noise and safety
grounds it must be time for a serious look at the ambitious
proposal for a 24-hour airport in the Thames estuary which
would avoid aircraft flying over central London.
can contact Edward Lister at
the Town Hall on 0208 871 6041
or by email at email@example.com
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