Lister on Putney

Praise for the local police, anger at the threat of more closures to local Post Offices, HACAN and planning refusals.


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It was good to see Borough Commander Martin Jauch highlighting the value of a partnership approach to the fight against crime.

We know that Wandsworth is still around 100 officers down on a few years ago and loses around 35 more under the formula used by Ken Livingstone's police authority to share out resources between boroughs.

That's why the support given to the police by local councils and
neighbourhood watch groups is so important.

Another month, and another matter-of-fact announcement by the Post Office that more local post offices are to close. In Putney we've already lost branches in both the Lower and Upper Richmond
Roads, Revelstoke Road and most recently in Tildesley Road. Now we learn that another in Montfort Place, Southfields is to go along with four more in Tooting.

The closing date for the latest 'consultation' is June 21. The council will be announcing details shortly of a public meeting which we hope will leave post office bosses in no doubt about the opposition to their plans.

All the effort seems to be going in to paying postmasters to pack up and leave. If as much thought was given to financial packages that encouraged people to stay and diversify their businesses we might at last begin to reverse this seemingly unstoppable trend which is causing such damage to local shopping parades.

Good to see HACAN beating the drum on the threat to runway alternation posed by the Government's airports white paper. We've learnt from bitter experience that in anything to do with airport planning the devil is always in the detail - and the industry always ends up
getting it way.

The change-over between north and south runways is the only respite we have in Putney from all-day noise. If the airlines can't get a third runway in the timescale they want they are sure to press for extra capacity in other ways.

HACAN's John Stewart will be sharing a platform with the council's chief executive Gerald Jones at the Putney Society's meeting on June 26. We will be bringing society members up to date with progress on our joint legal challenge to the white paper.

Finally I was relieved to see the plans for the former Dowell Lloyd auction rooms in Putney Bridge Road turned down by the planning committee. Councillors were right to take on board the concerns of local residents in Deodar Road and reject this over-development of the site.

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

Edward Lister

May 14, 2004

Previous Lister Diaries

Regeneration schemes in Roehampton, investment in SEN plus praise for Putney Leisure Centre & the Brewhouse Development.

Lister Blasts MP Over Council Tax Describes Tony Colman as 'an armchair pundit'

A new academy, runways and the Council Tax ......

the future of South Thames College , its site and frozen Council Tax ....

"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

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.

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