Putney in the Christmas Season

The festive spirit has really hit Putney. I have been to a number of very impressive and heart warming carol concerts. Southfields Grid Residents' Association put on an excellent performance at Southfields Tube station. The Rotary Club's float has toured our streets and shops are brimming with eager Christmas shoppers.

·In this, the season of good will, I was appalled to hear that the All Saint's Junior Choir were not permitted to occupy their usual spot at the Putney Exchange, where carol singling last year raised over £500 for charity. This year, the authorities at the Putney Exchange have instead let the area out to American Express, and shunted the young singers to another area, where they have been unable to raise the same sort of money. The choir's conductor has complained, I have complained, countless parents have complained. As far as I know the Putney Exchange has still not backed down. It is unfortunate that the commercialisation of Christmas should have to go this far.

Alton Park RMO

Unfortunately, Alton Park RMO has come into financial difficulties and has been taken over by the Council. Putting aside the complex issues surrounding this development, I am very keen to ensure that residents know who to go to over the Christmas period for repairs and complaints. Residents can contact the Housing Department at the Council, but if you experience problems there, feel free to contact me and I can push the Council on your behalf.


Parliament rose for the Christmas break on the 19th. On the previous day, at Prime Minister's Question Time, a very important point was raised, which I feel I must draw to the attention of pensioners in Putney. A number of people wrote to me worried about reports in the media that the Government were considering scrapping pensioners' bus passes. As I said to those of you that wrote to me - this is not being considered. I know how integral concessionary travel is to pensioners, as do my Ministerial colleagues. The Prime Minister has stated that the Government has no intention of scrapping concessions.

· Gordon Brown and Clare Short have also congratulated faith groups and NGOs in our area for their support of international debt reduction campaigns. Thanks to the hard work of civil society in pressing this issue, the UK now leads on reducing debt of the world's poorest countries.

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Tony Colman MP

20 December 2002

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