Thamesfield Ward E-Bulletin -September 2010
Thamesfield Councillors keep residents up to date on all things in the ward
Health services in Putney
An application has been made by the JS Partnership for change of use of ground to third floors of Carlson House to primary care health unit (class D1 use) together with a single-storey rear extension. The planning officer is Neil Shaw on 8871 6632.
We understand that the Putneymead medical centre, Balmuir Gardens surgery and the late Dr Aaron’s surgery will be located in these new premises. Carlson House is a central location well served by public transport and within close vicinity to patients attending the existing surgeries. Community services will be provided for all three surgeries out of the Eileen Lecky clinic. We will report with further news regarding the former hospital site on Putney Lower Common.
Replacement of gas mains on Upper Richmond Road
We have lobbied to try and get the work done faster than the scheduled deadline but understand that different teams of men have the expertise needed resulting in the four month scheduled time frame.
We understand that Southern Gas Network (SGN) need to carry out the mains laying in reasonably long stretches. The works near the side-road junctions involve large diameter connections which require large excavations and need to remain open for longer periods (whilst the mains are prepared for connection - in a live gas environment). There is a need to store materials, for safety zones, safety equipment and vehicles. Upper Richmond Road is part of the Transport for London Road Network and therefore the works and traffic management on this road fall under the control of TFL. The Council has been in close discussion with SGN, TFL, the Met Police, London Buses and others.
As the works progresses (from Charlwood Road working west towards Dryburgh Road) the side roads will be left open as long as possible, but many will require short term closures when the connections onto adjoining mains are being made. There will be small local diversions put in place.
Eastbound traffic on Upper Richmond Road is one-way from the junction of Dryburgh Road travelling towards Putney High Street. Local traffic can gain access westbound to Ravenna and Burston Road from Putney High Street. All non-local traffic is diverted via Tibbets Corner onto the A3 Kingston Bypass and finally turning right into Roehampton Lane (A306).
The works can be carried out 7 days a week as follows:
The Putney Partnership which promotes the interests of local businesses has been concerned about the shops along this stretch of Upper Richmond Road and the drop of custom which could result in closure of some of these businesses. We therefore organised for signs to be displayed to remind people that the Upper Richmond remains open for business and have organised additional promotion for them on the putneysw15.com site ( www.putneysw15.com). PLEASE SUPPORT THESE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. A full list can be found via the above link.
Further information on the roadworks can be obtained from Don Ogunyemi on 8871 6712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Southern Gas can be contacted via their engineers, Morrisons on 020 8687 3510. The TfL contact is Hayley James, 020 3054 2390
The third phase will take place after Christmas to undertake the final section from Keswick Road to West Hill and will involve similar traffic management issues.
Bus routes serving Putney
The performance of each route can be found at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/businessandpartners/buses/boroughreports
Another concern has been air pollution generated by buses on Putney High Street. The stop outside the station is used for the change over of drivers. When this happens the engine should not be left idling. The outgoing driver should switch off the engine and it should only be switched on again when the new driver is due to set off. Please let us know if you are aware of buses idling for extended periods as a result of a driver change over.
The refuelling and bus washing area are both located at the entrance to the bus garage on Chelverton Road. During periods of high activity such as at 11pm onwards when some routes terminate and return to the garage this can generate queues backing up onto the High Street. It should only take 4-5 minutes to refuel a bus. Again, let us know of any problems. The internal areas in the bus garage are situated well away from the entrance behind the houses at the far end of Chelverton Road so these are used as a parking area for the early returning buses overnight and aren’t suitable for other uses.
It’s worth being aware that many buses have TfL CCTV cameras on board to monitor bus lane use. Internal CCTV is monitored by the bus operator and does much to reduce crime on board. The cash-free Oyster system has also reduced crime. Bus drivers themselves are monitored to establish how well they are driving. The name of any driver who regularly brakes sharply or drives at speed appears on a weekly list and he/she is offered help to improve his or her driving skills.
Seven routes are operated by Putney bus garage: 14, 22, 74, 424, 430, N22 and N74. The garage also controls routes 39 and 485 although the buses are based at Merton. The garage supplies the afternoon school run bus to Jean Paul II school – route 670. Over time we would like to see the bus garage site developed in the same way as the Exchange although a suitable alternative garage site would need to be found nearby for the buses.
TfL is working to develop technology to allow passengers to obtain information about services by text message or the internet. In the meantime, count-down provides this data although the technology is becoming increasingly outdated.
Air monitoring units in Putney
Recycling facility in Felsham Road (opposite the side of TKMaxx)
Batteries can be recycled in the Library and some High Street shops, light bulbs can be recycled at Ryness in the High Street and several shoe shops recycle shoes and opticians recycle spectacles. Charity shops on the High Street take books, CDs, DVD, bric-a-brac etc. Mobile phones and inkjet cartridges can be sent free of charge to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for recycling and this helps them to raise funds - http://www.eachonecounts.co.uk/page/charity/6. Other items such as electrical appliances, can be recycled at Smugglers Way or Cringle Street – further details www.wrwa.gov.uk.
The Felsham Road facility is in addition to those in Leaders’ Gardens and Dryburgh Leisure Centre.
Putney High Street paving
Gas mains replacement work continues in Oxford Road until 10 September.
We have been lobbying for AirTrack, the new Heathrow service, to have a Putney stop. The service would run from Waterloo via Clapham Junction, Richmond and Staines to Heathrow.
Three evening services return to Putney and WRQ leaving Blackfriars at 17.20pm, 18.25pm and 19.10pm. For further details and service updates see www.thamesexecutivecharters.com/rivertaxi.html
The Council has been continuing to press Thames Water Utilities (TWU) about the leaks which are undermining the road surface and need to be remedied before resurfacing the bridge. TWU have given assurances that they will undertake full testing of all the six water mains that run across the bridge to locate any leaks which will need to be repaired. We continue to press the urgency of this problem with TWU.
The consultations drafts can be downloaded:
Putney Embankment - http://tinyurl.com/36w532j
Tileman House, Upper Richmond Road (2010/3019)
8 Lower Common South. (2010/3251)
A Planning Enforcement Officer has undertaken an extensive photographic survey of the site and has established that the vast majority of the bricks and other architectural features have been retained, cleaned and stored and these will be used in a replacement house on the site. The Conservation area character statement (p20 covers Putney Lower Common) is available at http://tinyurl.com/37w5ggt
Licensing policy statement
There have been no recent applications in Thamesfield. You can r eport any concerns or complaints about a licensed premises via the following
Dog Control orders – now in force
In Thamesfield “poop scoop” and “dogs on lead” regulations apply on Putney Lower Common Cemetery and St Mary’s Church. Dogs are banned in specific areas of Leader’s Gardens and Wandsworth Park. These include the playgrounds and tennis courts. There is also a ban throughout Putney Leisure Centre and on Waterman’s Green. Dogs need to be on leads in the seating area in front of the Culture Café in Wandsworth Park. Dogs need NOT be on leads on the Riverside Walk or elsewhere in Wandsworth Park or in Leaders Gardens although these areas are “poop scoop” areas throughout. For more information please see www.wandsworth.gov.uk/dogs
Police meetings in September
The Thamesfield Ward SNT Panel sets the priorities for the policing team to follow in addition to the standard police force priorities of robbery and burglary. The panel have recently changed the priorities to reflect the high level of criminal behaviour in the town centre:
The levels of burglary in Thamesfield ward are worryingly high and residents are urged to help themselves by making sure that all their doors and windows are secure. If you want advice on domestic home security please contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team (details below)
There has been a marked increase in thefts of mobile phones and handbags from pubs and bars. The majority of victims seemed surprised that you can’t leave valuable items unattended on a table while going to the bar without running the risk of having them stolen. PLEASE KEEP VALUABLE ITEMS WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES
It still happens that people spend more than £1000 on a new bike and less than a fiver on a tatty padlock and chain. If you have an expensive bike then the security is equally important.
To contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team - email@example.com. 020 8721 2434 or on 07920 233924. In an emergency always dial 999. For all other calls to the Metropolitan police please dial 0300 123 1212.
Register bikes and other valuables on www.immobilise.com to enable police to return it to you if it is stolen.
Events and activities
London Open House takes place on the weekend of 18/19 September http://www.londonopenhouse.org. Several Wandsworth properties as well as those in Fulham and Richmond adjoining Thamesfield will be open. In Thamesfield Brandlehow School and All Saints’ Church will be part of Open House. http://tinyurl.com/2wkdpgq
The Annual Putney Gala Ball 2010 takes place on Saturday 25th September at St Mary’s Church. This is a community-wide event aimed at raising funds for the Putney parish, local and international charities. The evening includes a three course meal, live band and celebrity hosted auction. Tickets cost £40 online at www.justgiving.com/putneyball
For The Half Moon’s September programme - www.halfmoon.co.uk. Now producing food, there is jazz every Sunday lunchtime from 1pm and families are welcome. Every Tuesday you can join the Half Moon pub quiz in the main bar with six people per team.
The sommelier at The Star & Garter has organised two wine tastings on 8 September – cheese and wine matching and on 22 September – step by step analysing wine. http://www.thestarandgarter.com/events.asp
Cakes4Fun on Lower Richmond Road are running courses throughout September. http://www.cakes4funshop.co.uk/courses-september-courses.irc
Eddie Catz above Halfords has a number of classes and activities for young children starting this September - http://www.eddiecatz.com/putney/
Wills Art Warehouse on Lower Richmond Road has an exhibition of art inspired by urban life opening 11 September. Further details http://www.wills-art.com/
Putney Theatre Company at Ravenna Road, SW15 will be performing The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman from 14 to 18 September. The Cygnet Players present Rent by Jonathan Larson from 22-25 September. Further details 8788 6943, 8944 0023 or 8286 0229 www.putneyartstheatre.org.uk
Putney Music Society meets on 20 September at 8pm in Dryburgh Hall. The speaker will be the composer, Carl Davis. www.putneymusic.org.uk
Regular daily guided tours and “feed the birds with the wardens” take place at the WWT London Wetlands Centre. September features a new rain garden and bat walks. Details from http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit-us/london/events. 8409 4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details about the Putney Sculpture Trail located along the river from Leaders Gardens to Wandsworth Riverside Quarter can be found via the link below together with places to eat and drink en route http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200097/town_centre_management/398/putney/4
If you would like to do some gardening but lack a garden consider the Garden Partners scheme run by the Council in conjunction with Age Concern. Volunteers enter into partnership with a homeowner of 60 or more to cultivate their garden and share the produce with them. http://www.acwandsworth.org.uk/index.cfm?id=4705 or call Sarah Jackson on 8877 8946.
The Putney Senior Social Group meets every Monday at All Saints’ Church, Putney Common between 10 and 11.30am. They offer tea and coffee and homemade cakes for the over 60s. The group started with four members a year ago and now regularly has up to 16 people in attendance. To join the group call Jo Warren on 07970 280172 for more details.
Regenerate-RISE provides lunches, activities, outings and spport for the over 60s, particularly those who are isolated. It operates from The Platt Christian Centre in Felsham Road. They also have a hairdresser open three days a week to anyone over the age of 60 at very reasonable prices. They hold a cafe once a month on a Saturday open to anyone. For more information please email Mo Smith, Chair of Trustees, Regenerate-RISE at email@example.com
There is a permanent exhibition about The Putney Debates 1647 in St Mary’s Church by Putney Bridge open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm www.putneydebates.com.
Putney Town Centre
Favourite Chicken Ribs is now operating at 52 Lower Richmond Road.
Guillochon Gallery , a temporary art gallery, has opened in the Exchange.
Preto, a Brazilian restaurant, is due to open at the end of August in the former Real Greek on the High Street.
My Way, a sandwich shop is due to open in early September in the premises formerly occupied by ID Hair on the High Street.
Lloyds Pharmacy is being refurbished and will open in the premises formerly occupied by Joy.
Christmas Market – plans are underway for this year’s Christmas market which takes place on Friday, 3 December. Retailers and food/drink outlets in Putney interested in having a stall should contact the Town Centre manager for information firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8785 0374.
The Putney Exchange is generously sponsoring 20 hanging baskets for the lamp posts in the Town Centre. The Exchange is a member of the Putney Partnership, a group actively seeking to improve the environment in the Town Centre, encourage residents to “shop locally” and to attract increased footfall and spend from visitors to Putney. The hanging baskets do much to enhance the hard surfaces in the High Street. In these challenging financial times and budget cuts we particularly value financial support from the Exchange as Putney’s single most important group of retailers in the High Street.
Markets: There are weekly Friday (11am – 8pm) and Saturday (9am-4pm) market stalls in Church Square hosted by Portland Scallops selling fresh wet fish and shell fish now joined by a specialist cheese stall and a stall selling fresh flowers.
Do help us keep Thamesfield ward in good shape by reporting instances of fly tipping and graffiti as well as broken pavements and pot holes.
Waste services – including fly tipping, street cleansing, missed collections, recycling.
Tel 020 8871 8558 Email email@example.com
Tel 020 8871 7479 for recycling hotline.
Tel 020 8871 7049 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Broken pavements, pot holes etc
Tel 020 8871 6708 Email email@example.com
Noise hotline Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel 020 8871 6170 (during office hours)
Tel 020 8871 7869 (outside office hours)
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