A busy diary updating us on the local hospitals, local events and finance and much more.

Ashburton Luncheon Club, Carslake Road

When a Wandsworth Council official appeared at the Ashburton Luncheon club last week, the 50 or so regular diners were appalled to hear that the Council had decided to close the club.

I was likewise shocked that this well attended and highly valuable service available to all pensioners in the area was not to receive continued financial support from the Council. The previous manager of the club had given the Council five months notice of her intention to retire, plenty of time to find a replacement. I contacted the council and there seemed to be some rather serious disagreement on their plans for the future of the club.

Having lobbied Council officials it now seems that Wandsworth Council will not be closing the Ashburton Luncheon club and I would like to reassure all those regular users that the service will now remain open. I would also like to thank all those who wrote to me to raise the issue.


I have also been to a number of meetings discussing the future of Putney Hospital and I am glad to say that the Putney Society meeting, in particular was well attended. It is clear that local residents agree that the site's link to health should be maintained. As well as GP practices I would support key worker (nurses') accommodation.

On Queen Mary's Hospital I am pleased that progress is finally being made and that we should see it in action by 2005. It is good news that it has now been agreed that a mental health section will be included.

Local Events

This time of year the religious calendar is busy. Last week, I was privileged enough to celebrate Chanukah at the Wimbledon Synagogue, this week I will celebrate the end of Ramadan at the London Mosque on Gressenhall Road. I also attended the Wandsworth Schools Carol Service last week and was very impressed with the lovely service.

Residents might want to note that the Rotary Club's Christmas float will hit our streets on the 12th, 17th and 19th of December, an event always worth seeing! On a more sombre note the Wimbledon Synagogue will be hosting a debate this Sunday at 6pm on the Un and Iraq. I will be attending along with experts on weapons of mass destruction from Kings College and Martin Wolf from the Financial Times.


The Local Government Financial Settlement was announced on the 5th of December and Wandsworth is to receive an extra £7.35 million from central government. I have already offered to lobby on behalf of the Council for a greater increase.

Pre-Budget Statement

At the national level - we have all seen the pre-budget statement, which gives a good indication of what to expect in the 2003 budget. Gordon Brown has not backed down on commitments made to our public services and has also proposed to increase our overseas aid budget to 0.4% of GNP, while at the same time ensuring the aid we do give is used more effectively and directed at those countries which need it most. I must commend the Chancellor on his commitment to both our public services, our international responsibilities and our national economic stability.

For more information about the pre-budget statement and what it is likely to mean for all of us have a look at the statement and report available at www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

The Aviation Consultation

Now that Gatwick is to be included in the Future of Aviation Consultation we can all push further the case against any further development of Heathrow. It is fair to say that South West London already bares its fair share of noise and I will continue to lobby the Department of Transport on this point.

For more information about what I've been doing and how to get in touch with me have a look at www.tonycolman.org.uk

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Tony Colman MP

5 December 2002

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