Thamesfield Ward E-Bulletin February 2011

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Edward Lister, Jim Maddan and Rosemary Torrington Councillors, Thamesfield Ward, Putney, Wandsworth Borough Council.

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Welcome to this edition of our e-bulletin which we hope you find helpful and informative. We plan to continue to publish a regular ebulletin covering Council news and issues during 2011. Many constituents already receive this direct by email and we are happy to add new subscribers. Thamesfield residents can also contact us direct by email to raise any case work matters –;; Due to time pressures we cannot monitor local websites and or guarantee therefore to be familiar with issues raised in this way.

Thames Tideway Tunnel

The final date for submissions in connection with the first phase of the consultation by Thames Water on their proposals for a Thames Tideway Tunnel is now past but that does not mean that the issues have disappeared off our radar.

Your local councillors would like to say a big "Thank You" to the local residents of Thamesfield ward for their hard work and perseverance in bringing the matters to the fore and in conjunction with local amenity groups, the council and our Members of Parliament, Thames Water have been compelled to listen to local opinion.

There have been a number of public meetings which have been organised at various levels, marches and a show of strength which indicates the levels of public opposition to the proposals as they stand. Full details of the proposals can be found at

Councillors have attended meetings whenever other commitments allowed and have been impressed by the debate and commitment of the residents. We will continue to fight against the proposals as they stand. The council's official position is outlined in the attachments below.

On 8th December 2010, a motion to Council was unanimously approved condemning the proposals.
A report on the Thames Tunnel was approved at the council's Strategic Planning and Transportation OSC on 18th January 2011. These include representations concerning the Barn Elms site and Putney Foreshore amongst the seven sites in the borough
The Council‟s response to Thames Waters' consultation is set out below

Meetings are still taking place between leading councillors and Thames Water at the highest level and the Leader of the Council, together with his counterparts in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Richmond, is due to meet ministers from Defra within the next few weeks to press home some of our concerns.

Thames Water have taken away all the comments which have been made in the first phase consultation and will be analysing them. They will then return at the end of the summer with some specific proposals which will again be the subject of consultation. We will not be letting this matter drop and we will continue to feedback on relevant matters.

Thamesfield primary school news and results

Margaret Ryall, the head of Our Lady of Victories in Clarendon Drive for the past 21 years has been awarded the OBE for her services to education. OLOV is rated outstanding by national schools watchdog Ofsted.

Congratulations to Sara Grove, the Head Teacher at Brandlehow and all her team who achieved “outstanding” in all areas in their recent Ofsted report. Copy of the report below

Congralulations go to Thamesfield pupils and their teachers for their excellent results in the key stage 2 tests recently. Thamesfield primary schools have achieved top scores in these tests for English and Maths. St Mary's in Felsham Road was one of the best performing schools in the borough at which every single pupil achieved level four in both English and Maths. Every single pupil attending Brandlehow and Our Lady of Victories also achieved level four in Maths.

Putney Post Office
Cllr Jim Maddan and Justine Greening MP for Putney have had regular meetings with the Post Office to discuss the future of Putney Post Office. The current lease on the premises in Upper Richmond Road expires in November 2011 and negotiations are at an advanced stage to find an alternative site for a new post office in Putney. Assurances have been given that the existing site will remain open until a new site is found and made ready to open. Further news will be circulated when it becomes available

Doctors Surgeries
Work is well under way on the new doctor's surgery in the centre of Putney. The surgery which will replace the existing Putneymead practice, the Balmuir Gardens practice and the Disraeli Road practice will be based in Carlson House in Upper Richmond Road near the junction with Ravenna Road, and will incorporate a pharmacy and physiotherapy services. The new facility is due to open in May 2011 and will become the largest practice in London. Planning application No 2010/3094.

Putney library
To meet reductions in Government funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review, the Council has been left having to make difficult choices. The town centre libraries will all continue to operate. The Council is consulting its residents on various options. The main choice is either to close all or some of the neighbourhood libraries, or to reduce the opening hours at all libraries. Although no longer a statutory requirement, every household will still be within a one mile catchment of a library.

The current opening hours for Putney are 9am-8pm on Monday, Wednesday-Friday inclusive, 9am-6pm on Saturday and 1pm-5pm on Sunday. It is proposed to change the Friday opening hours to 9am-1pm and to close at 5pm instead of 6pm on Saturdays. Otherwise the hours will continue as before. As a town centre library there are no plans to close Putney library.
The full committee report about libraries can be found at
The consultation runs until February 6.
The survey form is available at
For a full list of what the library service has to offer please see
A self-service loans system is now operating at Putney library. Staff are on hand to introduce the new system.

Putney Bridge road surface
This remains an ongoing problem. It is believed to be coming from leaks from the pipes owned by Thames Water within the structure of the bridge. After a great deal of badgering by the Council Thames Water has finally started testing the water mains on the downstream (eastern) side of the bridge and confirmation of the results is awaited. Thames Water has been reminded them that they are required to test all the water mains and those on the upstream side should be done during February. The potholes in the road surface exacerbated by the leaks continue to be repaired by the Council and are usually responded to the same day. A broken gully was also repaired this week and the area had to be left coned off whilst the cement and concrete set. We will report with any further news.

Highways and transport matters

Local Implementation Plan: The Council is seeking the public's views on a new transport plan for the borough that could deliver multi-million pound improvements to the local travel network. The borough's Local Implementation Plan (LIP) sets out how the Council will help deliver the Mayor's transport strategy. The plan could lead to investment of around £10m in local transport facilities by 2014 in the borough including improvements to the road network and transport interchanges, road safety, cycle training, and support for car club membership.
To download a version go to or telephone 8871 6674 or visit Putney library. Consultation continues until 18 February.

Putney station: Consultation will shortly take place on plans to improve the area in front of Putney station. This will involve decluttering the footway, upgrading the streetscape, improving the layout of the traffic lanes, taxi rank and bus stops to improve traffic flow and improving accessibility at bus stops, and install additional cycle parking on Disraeli Road and a new disabled bay in Norroy Road.

TfL ticket office opening hours at tube stations

TfL has revised the opening hours of its ticket offices at tube stations following the implementation of Oyster.  As a result of passengers using ticket machines, automatic top-up or the internet to purchase their tickets, the use of ticket offices has significantly reduced.  Staff who formerly worked in the ticket offices will be redeployed to work in station areas to deal with customers and increase security. 

With effect from 6 February:  

                                    Mon-Fri                            Sat                                       Sun

                        Current      Proposed          Current   Proposed             Current             Proposed

East Putney      0615-2030  0700-1200     0800-2100    0915-1630             0830-2000         1000-1545

Putney Bridge  0630-2030  0715-1115     0800-2100    0915-1715             0930-1900         1000-1700

For further information

Works on Rocks Lane: From 24 January for approximately 8 weeks to 20 March the southbound carriageway of Rocks Lane is being undertaken on bus stops at Barnes station and works on the railway bridge. Cllr Torrington has been in touch with Council officers to organise a trial lifting of the Dryburgh Road barriers restrictions until the works at Barnes station have been completed – the completion date is currently 20th March.
There is signage specifically banning vehicles above 7.5 tonnes, (basically any lorries or large vans) using residential roads. The Dryburgh barrier is only currently in operation for a few hours in the morning and the road can be already used at all other times in any case.
Bus Routes affected by this closure will be diverted as follows:
Routes 33 and 72: from Rock Lane, via Mill Hill Road, ahead Lower Richmond Road, Putney Common, back into Lower Richmond Road and Queens Ride to the line of route at Upper Richmond Road / Roehampton Lane.
Route 265: from Lower Richmond Road via Queen's Ride to line of route at Upper Richmond Road / Roehampton Lane.

Putney station: South West Trains will not be running through Putney station on the weekend of 6-7th February due to Network Rail's works to replace rails with continuous welded rails to reduce noise. Replacement bus services will run between Clapham Junction and Kew Bridge, and also between Clapham Junction and Twickenham. This is advertised on the SWT website and at the affected stations, where staff are also on hand to give directions.

Abbotstone Rd: Following a petition from residents in Abbotstone Road the Council is consulting residents and businesses on the implementation of parking controls all day in Abbotstone Road instead of for one hour between 9.30 and 10.30am. All day parking controls from 9.30am to 4.30pm currently operate Monday to Saturday on all roads east of Abbotstone Road in the A5 zone. Committee report at

Salt bins: There are now two locations for rock salt bins in Thamesfield for use by the public to clear footways in their neighbourhood. One is on Fawe Park at the junction with Woodlands Way and the other is on Charlwood Rd at the junction with Norroy Road.
Further information on roadworks can be obtained from Don Ogunyemi on 8871 6712 or email

Putney riverbus:
Councillors approved a strategy for more proactive lobbying of TfL to secure investment in riverboats to offer a more regular and efficient commuter service by river. Details can be downloaded at
Ongoing discussions have been taking place with Thames Executive Charters which runs the riverbus from Putney Pier and Wandsworth Riverside Quarter to introduce Oyster pay-as-you-go and they have now agreed to do this by the end of the year. TEC have also been invited to attend the Passenger Transport Liaison Group in mid March to answer questions from councillors regarding investment, increased frequency and development of the service.
Please email with any points or questions you'd like raised on river transport.

Parks consultation
The Council wants to know what people think about the borough's parks to update its management strategy for the next ten years. As well as the development of parks, the park service looks after horticulture, biodiversity, park maintenance, outdoor sports bookings and allotments within parks. Issues it will consider include play facilities, walking, cycling, fishing, drinking fountains, toilets, dog control and barbecues. It is looking at ways of helping people grow food in public spaces and how local people can make a positive contribution to their communities.
The consultation continues until the end of February and the form can be downloaded at or email
Further information is available from the report dealing with the parks strategy 2011-2020 at
You can also telephone 8871 6347 or write to Strategy Consultation, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ or email

Leaders Gardens:
Wandsworth Park:

Tree wardens
– if you have ideas for projects to improve your local environment such as tree planting and would like to set up your own tree warden scheme for your area please contact the Council's tree section on 8871 6372 or Vandalism to trees can be reported at

Recent planning news
2 Putney High Street, vaults under the road (Application No 2010/3543 and 3584)
These premises overlook the river and Waterman's Green and are located beside Putney Bridge. Approval has been given to create a subterranean restaurant in vault spaces. The proposal involves refurbishing the long derelict building at 2 Putney High Street and extending the restaurant into hidden vaults which stretch north under Lower Richmond Road to the river wall. A new arched opening would be created in the river wall to provide access from the restaurant onto Waterman's Green on the Putney Embankment.
The site's owner intends to make a separate application to use part of the green as an outdoor seating area. Currently the space is poorly used by the public due to its isolated position up against the bridge wall. The 2 Putney High Street building is situated in a prominent position facing Putney Bridge. It has been vacant for at least twelve years.

Capsticks site, 77-83 Upper Richmond Road (Application No 2010/0054)
This scheme involves the demolition of all existing buildings and the erection of a new building comprising 3 blocks 12-13 storeys high (up to 41m), 4-9 storeys (up to 29m) and 1-2 storeys (up to 5.5m) to provide 104 residential units, office accommodation, retail, cafe/restaurant uses, together with a new public piazza, vehicular access, and basement car and cycle parking.
St James, the developers for the Capsticks site, will be holding public exhibitions at St Mary's Church to show their proposals. They take place on Wednesday 2 February from 5-8pm and on Saturday 5 February from 10-noon. Artist's impressions. The planning officer is Richard Evans on 8871 6644. The consultation continues until 9 February.

Putney Place, 84-88 Upper Richmond Road (Application No 2010/5483)
A public consultation newsletter is available at
The scheme involves the demolition of existing office buildings (class B1a) and redevelopment of the site to comprise of the erection of 3 buildings ranging in height from 15-storeys (up to 53m), 6-12 storeys (up to 45m) and 8-10 storeys (up to 38m) to provide a mixed-use scheme comprising 197 residential units; 2734sq.m offices (class B1a); 1216 sq m flexible retail/financial and professional services/restaurant/café/offices/non-residential institutions/assembly and leisure (A1/A2/A3/B1a/D1/D2); 134 basement car parking spaces; 3 car club spaces at ground floor; 236 cycle parking spaces; landscaping including a new pedestrian route from Woodlands Way to Upper Richmond Road; play area; allotments; communal gardens; ancillary plant and associated works.
The planning officers are Richard Evans (8871 6644) and Rosalynn Claxton (8871 8410). The consultation continues until 28 February.
Developer's visuals

Tileman House, Upper Richmond Road (2010/3019)
This application is for renewal of the original planning permission granted in September 2005. A new application has subsequently been received for this site (2010/4520).
The proposal is of a similar form to the scheme that was previously refused and dismissed on appeal (2009/1773). The application is for the demolition of the existing building and construction of new building between 6 and 12 storeys (refused scheme was 8-15 storeys) to provide 69 flats (refused scheme had 89 units), roof terraces and balconies. 780 sq.m. ground floor commercial floorspace flexible use for Class A1 (shops)/A2 (financial and professional services)/A3 (cafe/restaurant use) or B1 (office use); 1500 sq.m. office floorspace (Class B1) at first floor; basement car park of 73 spaces (2 at surface level for car club). The case officer is Elma Vreken 8871 841.

Police meetings and associated matters

In 1829 the creator of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Robert Peel said "the police are the people and the people are the police". As part of the Policing Pledge, safer neighbourhood teams agree to hold regular meetings with the community they serve.
The next meetings in Thamesfield Ward will be at
23rd February 2011 6pm Putney Library, Disraeli Road
26th February 2011 4pm Putney Exchange
8th March 2011 7pm St Mary's Church

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:
* Burglary
* Theft and handling stolen goods
*Theft and/or taking of pedal cycles

To contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team - 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 to enable police to return it to you if it is stolen.
There are currently 41 Neighbourhood watches in Thamesfield covering 2,340 homes.

Putney Town Centre

Malcolm John Fish and Grill will open in the former Cafe Rouge premises on Putney Bridge Road by end Feb/early March.
Sam Bonnie Design, a new kitchen showroom will open on Lower Richmond Rd also in late Feb/early March.
Bagel Bite, sandwich bar and internet café has opened at 37 Putney High Street.
Trinity Hospice Furniture Workshop and Showroom is opening in the former Sofa Workshop premises on Putney Bridge Rd (Putney Wharf).
Fego is now well-established in The Exchange opposite Waitrose.
The London McTimoney Chiropractic Clinic at "Back in Balance", a new complementary healthcare practice and shop is due to open at 256 Upper Richmond Road in early February.
We have successfully lobbied for the removal of two redundant BT phone boxes from outside Lloyds Bank. These were removed over the Christmas break and have been asphalted over to allow settlement prior to re-paving in the summer.
Odeon Cinema, 25 Putney High Street, SW15 1SN - Has made an application in conjunction with the refurbishment of cinema foyer to create a costa coffee café with seating and amended retail counter to include the sale of a restricted range of alcohol between 09.00 hours and 00.00 hours. (Currently the premises holds a licence for the provision of regulated entertainment between 09.00 hours and 00.00 hours Sunday, 09.00 hours and 02.30 hours Monday to Saturday and provision of late night refreshment until 00.00 hours Sunday, 02.30 hours Monday to Saturday.). Representations can be made until 18 February.
Hudsons, Unit 4 Milliners House, Riverside Quarter, Eastfields Avenue, Point Pleasant, SW18 1LP
The current conditions of the licence have failed to uphold the protection of children from harm licensing objective. A review has been initiated by Trading Standards. Representations can be made until 21 February.
You can report any concerns or complaints about a licensed premises via the following or email us direct if you have concerns.

Events, activities and exhibitions
Local events are published in the listings pages of Brightside which can be downloaded at Regular local events in Putney are given below.

* Brandlehow is one of the locations running a Holiday Playcentre from 21-25 February during half term week. The opening times at 9am to 5.15pm with an extended service, if required, for working parents from 8am to 6pm. Lots of fun activities are run to enable children to explore the world through play both indoors and outside. There are a range of arts, crafts, sports, drama etc. or call 8871 6348 for a brochure of half-term activities.
* Eddie Catz, above Halfords, has a good schedule of classes and activities for young children throughout the year with special events during half-terms and holidays plus mum's networking events.
* Putney School of Art and Design runs regular art courses, family learning classes and a certificate and diploma in art and design. Details can be found at
* Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra perform several times a year in St Mary's Church. Details of their programme at
* Fibonacci give regular lunch-time concerts in St Mary's Church. Programme details at
* Putney Theatre Company and Group 64 Youth Theatre at Ravenna Road have a regular schedule of performances. For details
* Putney Music Society meets at 8pm in Dryburgh Hall. Their programme of lectures is available at
* The Putney Society, the amenity society for Putney and Roehampton, organises speakers and debates on topics of local relevance to the environment. Forthcoming meetings at
* The Half Moon run a regular programme or music – to joint their mailing list go to 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 Duke's Head on Lower Richmond Road is offering stand-up comedy on Wednesdays. Doors open at 8pm, tickets £7 or £5 for concessions. There is a regular quiz night on Tuesdays at 8pm.
* The sommelier at the Star & Garter on Lower Richmond Road hosts regular wine tastings and other seasonal events.
* Cakes4Fun on Lower Richmond Road run regular cake-making courses, baking masterclasses, chocolate truffle-making and many other courses including evening classes.
* Parsons Nose (formerly Buckleys) on Lower Richmond Road run butchering courses (half a free range lamb or pig) and sausage making classes.
* Wills Art Warehouse on Putney Common, (Lower Richmond Rd) exhibits and sells affordable contemporary art.
* The Russell Gallery on Lower Richmond Rd, exhibits and sells modern British art.
* Regular daily guided tours and “feed the birds with the wardens” take place at the WWT London Wetlands Centre. Details from
* Putney Verse workshop takes place on Sundays at 4pm at The Cats Back pub on Point Pleasant. Information from Connaire Kensit 8788 8647. The topic on 27 February at 4pm is Love Poems.
The Putney Leisure Centre in Dryburgh Rd provides swimming and a full range of activities
* 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
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. or call Sarah Jackson on 8877 8946.
* The Putney Senior Social Group for over 60s meets every Monday at All Saints‟ Church, Putney Common between 10 and 11.30am. They offer tea and coffee and homemade cakes. If you know of friends or neighbours you think may be interested in joining call Jo Warren on 07970 280172.
* 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
* 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
* Felsham Road recycling bank you can now recycle cardboard, food and drink cans, mixed glass, plastic bottles, food & drink cartons and newspapers & magazines behind TK Maxx. Any residents, and particularly those who live in a flat with limited space to store orange sacks, can deposit the above items in the recycling facility throughout the week. As it is a residential area the recycling bank should be used ONLY BETWEEN 8AM AND 8PM.
Please don‟t dump your old clothes outside the charity shops in the High Street when they are closed or dispose of them in orange sacks – they can be recycled in Scope banks at Putney Leisure Centre, Leader‟s Gardens or Telegraph Road. All textiles including curtains, bedding, towels, handbags, cloths, rugs and mats can be recycled here.

Useful Numbers:

Details of the Minor Injuries Unit at Queen Mary’s Hospital can be found online

or call 020 8487 6499/6999. Evening smear test clinics now available for women who find it difficult to get to their doctor during the day held at the Minor Injuries Unit every Tuesday from 5.30-7.30pm. The clinics are by appointment only to women registered with a Wandsworth GP. To make an appointment call 0845 6026292.

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

Tel 020 8871 7479 for recycling hotline.

Graffiti removal

Tel 020 8871 7049 Email

Broken pavements, potholes etc

Tel 020 8871 6708 Email

Noise hotline Email

Tel 020 8871 6170 (during office hours)

Tel 020 8871 7869 (outside office hours)

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