Lister is the Leader of Wandsworth Council and a member
for Putney's Thamesfield ward.
who thought libraries were just places where you borrowed
books will be in for a shock when they look at the plans for
the remodelling of Roehampton Library. The
£400,000 refit will transform the Danebury Avenue premises
into a modern library and centre for learning.
young adults the focus will be on basic skills training. A
new generation of library user will be attracted by modern,
state of the art facilities including 15 computer terminals
with specialist guidance provided by a team of trained tutors.
too many young people a trip to the library can be a turn
off. But with youth unemployment on the estate at one of the
highest levels in the borough a library based in the heart
of the community is a vital learning resource that we need
to use to the full.
look at the plans put forward by developers for new homes
on the garden centre site in Dryburgh Road will be enough
for many people to judge that this scheme is just too big.
land was marketed on the basis of a planning consent for 10
apartments or five houses. The applicant wants to increase
this to 14 flats. Size
is just one issue. There will also be concerns about the quality
of the development and its relationship to surrounding properties
in the conservation area.
proposals come before the council's planning committee next
month. I shall be urging members to reject the scheme and
in so doing force the developer back to the drawing board.
cheers for environment minister Michael Meacher this week
with his promise to double fines for litter bugs and fly tippers
and at the same time allow councils (who employ the litter
wardens) to keep the income.
we now await is confirmation that the Government intends to
stiffen the law so that wardens have the power to require
an offender to give his or her name and address when challenged.
this change it will remain difficult for councils to issue
on the spot fines to people observed dropping litter on the
The council is certainly doing its bit already. The Times
newspaper reported last week that our street care team was
responsible for around three quarters of the fines issued
last year in the entire country! Let's
hope the minister's announcement encourages councils in other
parts of London to raise their game.
The furore over the planned closure of Richmond Park's Robin
Hood Gate (now thankfully postponed following the council's
intervention) and its impact on traffic in Roehampton has
masked the equally outrageous attempt to stop people driving
to the heart of the park.
off the Pen Ponds car park is a spiteful act that will put
this part of the park off limits to many elderly visitors
as well as mothers with young children who will have great
difficulty making this journey on foot.
who do the Royal Parks Agency think the park is for?
Leader of the Council
can contact Edward Lister at the Town Hall on 0208 871 6041
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal Service, Richmond Park and Council Tax changes are
all on Cllr Lister agenda.
Lister comments on the current planning furore, pigeon
mess, cctv and policing.
Lister writes on Pensioners Freedom Passes, good news
re Hotham School, development progress at Ashlone
Wharf and aircraft noise from Heathrow
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