Edward Lister pledges low taxes following his re-election.

Council leader Edward Lister who was re-elected to his position at last night's annual council meeting has said that Wandsworth will remain a low tax authority with a reputation for excellent services.

The meeting confirmed the re-appointment of seven cabinet members to serve on the executive:
Cllr Maurice Heaster - deputy leader and cabinet member for corporate resources
Cllr Vanessa Graham - cabinet member for care services
Cllr Malcolm Grimston - cabinet member for education
Cllr Martin D Johnson - cabinet member for housing
Cllr Kathy Tracey - cabinet member for regeneration and transport
Cllr Guy Senior- cabinet member for environment and public services
Cllr Ian Hart - cabinet member for co-ordination

Cllr Lister has announced a series of changes to the key overview and scrutiny committees.

Five of the six committees will now have a new chairman. The full list comprises:

Cllr Roger Bird (Corporate Resources OSC); Cllr Tessa Strickland (Education OSC); Cllr Leslie McDonnell (Environment and Public Services OSC); Cllr John Ellis (Health and Social Services OSC); Cllr Angela Graham (Housing OSC); Cllr John Hallmark (Regeneration and Transport OSC).

The chairmanship of four other regulatory committees remains unchanged:

Cllr Maurice Heaster (General Purposes); Cllr Stewart Finn (Licensing); Cllr Ravi Govindia (Planning Applications); Cllr Diana Whittingham (Standards).

Cllr Lister said he had a team that would drive forward the council's excellence agenda:

"We are committed to delivering the top quality services that Wandsworth residents have come to expect. We will ensure at the same time that local people continue to enjoy council tax levels that are among the lowest in the country - and substantially below the rest of London. None of this will be easy because the Government has made no secret of its policy of shifting resources away from the capital.

"Wandsworth has a 20 year record of setting the lowest average local tax bills in the UK.

"We know that local residents, particularly the elderly and those on fixed incomes, look to the council to protect them. This will remain our number one commitment."

29th May 2003

Catch up with Cllr Lister with his fortnightly diary:

recycling, relaunching Ashlone Wharf, extra cash for schools and closure of sub post offices ....Cllr Lister's Diary.

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


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.

Cllr Lister writes on Pensioners Freedom Passes, good news re Hotham School, development progress at Ashlone Wharf and aircraft noise from Heathrow Airport.

Recent visit to the Leisure Centre was less than enjoyable - see forum.

Cllr Lister writes on the new school for the area, housing development and Heathrow.

Cllr Lister writes on developments at the Putney School of Art & Design, The Leisure Centre and the excellent league results for local schools.

Tony Colman MP for Putney speaks about current local issues