Lister on Putney
The Open Studios event, the new Piazza at Putney Wharf, crime fighters awards plus the fight against closure of local Post Offices
If you are new to Putney and interested in local art then there's a special week of activities coming up which will introduce you to the work of some the most talented and creative people in our community.
The annual Putney Open Studios event will this year showcase the work of more than 40 local artists. The 'open house' format means there are set times when you can turn up at an artist's home or studio to view his or her work - most of which is available to buy.
The week-long programme runs from June 19 to 27. To check times for exhibitors call Putney School of Art and Design on 020 8788 9145 or better still pop into their excellent premises in Oxford Road.
I'm also looking forward on Wednesday to my visit to the new piazza at Putney Wharf. I was delighted to accept the invitation from the developers
By opening up this previously impenetrable and built up stretch of the riverside the developers have created a wonderfully vibrant and informal meeting place for local people. Let's hope there are many more warm summer evenings in the weeks ahead when we can all enjoy this new riverside haunt.
I was struck by the success of Putney groups in last week's crime prevention panel awards run by the council. It was particularly encouraging to see Mark Dransfield from The Fox collect the pub watch of the year award on behalf of the town centre scheme. Three-quarters of pubs in the scheme have now installed CCTV on their premises. It's good to see local pubs getting together in such a responsible way.
Finally the anger of local people over post office closures shows no sign of cooling. Infuriatingly, it is hard to find a government minister willing to accept responsibility for this systematic dismantling of the branch network on which so many elderly people depend.
In our part of the borough we have already lost sub post offices in Lower Richmond Road, Upper Richmond Road, and Tildesley Road as well as Revelstoke Road in Southfields.
In the latest round of closures another Southfields branch - in Montfort Place - is also facing the chop. To find out how you can protest against the closures visit the council's new website at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/postoffices
Edward Lister is the Leader of Wandsworth Council and a member for Putney's Thamesfield ward.
June 11, 2004
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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
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Church cheer, wharf worries and Richmond Park relief - Cllr Lister's diary.
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