Lister on Putney
News on our neighbour Wandsworth Town Centre, the fight against noise pollution from aircraft and congratulations to the award winning Putney & Wandsworth Crime Prevention Panel....
Wandsworth town centre had an early taste of Olympic fever on Saturday when a team of top sportsmen and women carried the celebrated torch through the borough.
The cross-London relay started from the All England Club in Wimbledon and headed for the British Olympic Association's offices in Wandsworth Plain on its way across the capital. The event took place in the middle of Wimbledon Tennis fortnight which of course is bringing its usual weight of traffic onto our busy streets.
A long term strategy for removing much of the through traffic from the High Street will be top of the agenda for the newly formed Wandsworth Partnership Board. The group comprises local authority, business and community interests. It is a new body which will aim to build on the success of the Wandsworth Challenge Town Centre Partnership which bowed out in March after nine highly successful years.
Transport for London, who will be the key players in any new plans for the one-way system, were present at the first meeting and will, I am sure, be put under the spotlight by members in the months ahead.
The subject of aircraft noise from planes coming in to land at Heathrow has long been a hot topic among residents in the west of the borough. Increasingly these concerns are expressed by people in central Wandsworth - especially in the summer months when windows are left open and the noise nuisance becomes more intrusive.
The council has been campaigning for many years for greater protection for local people from the insatiable demand for growth at Heathrow. Later this year the council will be in the High Court bidding to overturn the Government's airports white paper which proposes a third runway by 2015.
But the danger is closer at hand because long before them ministers want to allow more aircraft to use the existing runways by ending the current practice of runway alternation. This would mean more landings overhead for longer periods throughout the day - and less respite from noise. Because none of this was foreshadowed in the consultation which led up to the white paper, the council believes the process has been unfair.
Our challenge is backed by other local councils and anti-noise campaigners HACAN. If we succeed the Government could be forced to run the whole process again - this time spelling out clearly the implications of allowing planes to land on both runways in parallel.
Finally, congratulation to the Putney and Wandsworth Crime Prevention Panel which won £2,375 at the recent borough crime prevention awards. The funds will be used to provide printed guidance notes for teachers on the Anti Social Behaviour project, and can also be used to purchase fireproof letterboxes for victims of domestic violence who may be at risk of arson attacks.
Edward Lister is the Leader of Wandsworth Council and a member for Putney's Thamesfield ward.
June 28, 2004
Previous Lister Diaries
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
CAR TAX DODGERS DRYBURGH RD DEVELOPMENT ROBIN HOOD GATE AND NIGHT FLIGHTS..............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.