Tony Colman MP for Putney writes

January has been another busy month both in Putney and in Westminster.


I have met with the Borough Police Commander and we discussed policing needs in Putney and in Wandsworth as a whole. Despite Wandsworth Police's excellent record I agree that we need more officers in the borough working on everyday policing. I am due to meet with the chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority this month to lobby for more police officers for Wandsworth.


I also met with the Managing Director of South West Trains to discuss the many issues of concern surrounding their services through Putney. I will continue to push for a better train service and for other transport links.

I have been happy to welcome in extra Transport for London investment in bus services in our area, with for example the new 493 bus route. I realise that there is some dissatisfaction with the new 485, particularly because the service bizarrely starts after rush hour. Any local transport users who wish to assist Transport for London in fine-tuning new bus services to actual needs should let either myself, or Transport for London, know. Transport for London can be contacted via their website:

Richmond Park

I am also due to meet with Tessa Jowell to discuss the future of Richmond Park. As many of you will appreciate I have been lobbying against the closure of Robin Hood Gate since the increased pressure of traffic in Roehampton would be awful for local residents. Thousands of South West Londoner's signed a petition objecting to the Royal Park's Agency's Traffic Management Proposals which was presented to the Minister by myself, and other Parliamentary colleagues - I hope this will be taken into account.

Brain Injury Services

In a recent debate in Parliament on Brain Injury I spoke about the excellent work being done at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney, both in terms of diagnosis and treatment. Clearly other hospitals can learn from the pioneering work being done there. For those interested in reading this and any other debate in the Palace of Westminster, the Official report (hansard) is available via
Elliot School

I also recently met with the new Head Teacher of Elliot School. May I also take this opportunity to congratulate his predecessor Victor Burgess for his appearance on the New Years Honours List, he is to receive a well deserved OBE.

Higher Education Funding

While I support the re-introduction of the maintenance grant I am sceptical about the introduction of top up fees; both because of possible divisions amongst higher education institutions and because the amount of debt that many graduates could be facing is far too daunting for most students from poorer backgrounds to consider. I have made this clear to the Minister, Margaret Hodge, and am now seeking a meeting on this issue.

On these and any other issues I am always keen to hear the views of Putney constituents. Please feel free to contact me via or by writing to me at the House of Commons.

3rd February 2003

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