Thamesfield Ward E-Bulletin Spring Edition

An update from your local ward Councillors

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im Maddan, Mike Ryder and Rosemary Torrington Councillors, Thamesfield Ward, Putney, Wandsworth Borough Council.

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Meet your Thamesfield Councillors
Jim Maddan, Mike Ryder and Rosemary Torrington Councillors, Thamesfield Ward, Putney, Wandsworth Borough Council. We are holding a Let’s Talk report back session and look forward to seeing as many Thamesfield residents as possible. The meeting which is being held on Tuesday, 20 March at 7.30pm will give you the opportunity to raise issues of concern about services ranging from street cleaning, recycling and parking to policing, public transport and the NHS. The aim of these feedback sessions is to ensure that town hall politicians and managers understand local people's priorities for their communities.

The event will be chaired by council leader Ravi Govindia. He will be joined by your three Thamesfield ward locally elected councillors. Senior managers from all the town hall services will also be on hand to answer questions from the audience and address local concerns.

People who are unable to attend on the night can email questions in advance to A summary of the issues raised by residents will be posted on the council's website after the meeting.
The meeting is being held at Our Lady of Victories School, at the junction of Clarendon Drive and Charlwood Road. People with a disability who require support or assistance to attend should call Gareth Jones on (020) 8871 7520 or email

Air Quality in Putney
We have been campaigning with Dick Tracey, our London Assembly member and the Putney Society to improve the air quality in Putney High Street. The main problem is the amount of nitrogen dioxide which is emitted from vehicles. The problem is compounded by the canyon effect of the narrow High Street, the congestion of traffic which is both dense and moves slowly, the large number of buses and the fact that the high street is the main conduit for traffic heading towards the A3 and south circular routes.

A two year air quality study by Wandsworth Council has identified high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NOx) on Putney High Street which frequently exceed EU limits and could be harmful.

In October 2011 the Council commissioned a further study by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to determine the level of nitrogen oxides pollution - which includes NOx - caused by each type of vehicle using the road. The TRL report shows that buses account for more than two thirds of the emissions of nitrogen oxides in Putney High Street, despite making up only ten per cent of vehicle flow.

We and the Putney Society say the finding of this research must put Putney to the very top of the priority list when it comes to the introduction of cleaner, greener London buses.

Residents can show their support for the campaign by signing up to a new online petition -

TfL has recently awarded a new contract to London General at Putney Garage based on 22 new Euro V buses of which ten will be hybrid. These buses, which are due in October 2012, will be allocated to routes 14, 22 and 74. As part of the Government's recent announcement of more Green Bus Funding TfL will be exploring whether more of the 22 new buses could be hybrids and what other routes and buses could be improved. Another 30 buses will be retro-fitted with new exhausts. We feel that whilst an encouraging start, more action will be needed to cover all the High Street bus routes to make a significant difference to emissions of nitrogen oxides and improve air quality.

These are some of the other issues that have been discussed.
Can the Council put pressure on bus operators to improve their working practices so buses don't stand with engines running especially when crews are being changed?
The Council’s Transport Planning team has raised this with London Buses many times. Our view is that crew changes should occur at the Chelverton Road Garage and Putney Heath bus terminus, not on Putney High Street. TfL has recently launched an initiative aimed at reducing vehicle idling time. Officers continue to bring to their attention the need to ensure they do as they preach.

Officers have obtained delegated powers to be able use regulations to prevent vehicle idling. Drivers of vehicles who leave their engines running unnecessarily are asked to turn them off, and if they fail to do so, will be issued with a fixed penalty notice. Environmental Services have and will continue to carry out visits to areas in Putney High Street where idling occurs:
(a) outside the train station when driver changes take place;
(b) in the vicinity of the Bus Garage, Chelverton Road; and
(c) at bus stops in the high street.

If you witness idling, please email times, places and bus registration number to us or email direct to to investigate.

Can delivery times to shops be managed and can shops be pressured to use smaller, less polluting vehicles, less likely to block the street? What about cash in transit drivers?
We understand that surveys show the vast majority of loading/unloading takes place outside peaks hours (when it should) for less than 20 minutes. The Council tries to balance the legitimate needs of all road users, pedestrians, businesses, strategic traffic and bus passengers. Congestion is the result of the collective demands of these users sometimes exceeding the capacity of the highway. We are aware that cash in transit vehicles are a problem during working hours and this is being addressed.

The Olympic Delivery Authority, TfL and London Councils are considering potential relaxation of the night-time and weekend lorry ban during the Olympics which, if there are no problems, could be extended. Servicing at night is better in transport and emissions terms, but the need to protect residential amenity is paramount.

Can urgent priority be given to air pollution levels near schools?

There is already signage outside all primary schools asking individuals to turn off their engines when stationary. Drivers are asked to switch off their engines and if they refuse they can be issued with a fixed penalty notice. The Council works with schools to develop travel plans to reduce their impact on local air quality. Out of 113 schools in the borough, 98 (87%) had approved travel plans by the end of 2011. This includes independent schools. 30 schools took part in Walk to School Week in May 2011 and 38 schools took part in Walk to School Month in October 2011. 22 schools are taking part in the WoW (Walk Once a Week) campaign.

Would a Green Wall on the High Street help?
Enquiries have been made regarding TfL’s green wall at Edgware Road which was installed to help to reduce PM10 concentrations. The green wall increases surface area so that more fine particles can adhere to it. The main concern in Putney High Street is elevated nitrogen dioxide concentrations and research does not show that green vegetation reduces NOx.

What about getting rid of the bus garage which attracts high bus numbers, a key source of air pollution using heavy diesel exacerbated when stationary or when queuing to get into the garage.

We would be delighted for TfL to garage and maintain their buses elsewhere although we do not expect TfL to support this unless alternative land is found at a cost-effective price. The introduction of hybrid and retro-fitted buses should decrease the existing pollution.

For more information on the council's air quality initiatives visit
For more information on the different ways the council is helping people reduce car use visit

A new free school on the former Putney Hospital site
The sale of the former Putney Hospital has been completed. The council can now push ahead with proposals to build a new primary school on the site. The building will be demolished in the near future and the council has also entered into an agreement with the Putney and Wimbledon Commons Conservators to allow access across the common, and for common land to be used during demolition and construction work. A piece of land in Stag Lane will be sold to the conservators to make up for it.

The school will be an academy, which means that it will be independent of local authority control. It will provide 420 primary places from 2015 for children living in the west of the borough. The scheme also includes 24 flats at the northern end of the site for which planning permission was obtained in July 2010. Proceeds from the sale of the flats will help pay for the school.

People will be able to view details of the school scheme at an exhibition at All Saints Church, Putney Common on Monday, March 19 from 3pm to 7pm. Representatives of the council and the architect will be on hand to answer questions.

Thames Tunnel update
The second consultation is now over and we are awaiting confirmation that the Save Barn Elms campaign has been successful. We have campaigned with Justine Greening to ensure that the construction traffic to and from the proposed Putney Embankment worksite travels by river to reduce the burden on local roads.

We have also pressed hard to ensure that work at Barn Elms, close to the Horne Way estate, will not be too disruptive. We have also urged Thames Water to protect the interests of residents in Kenilworth Court, by the foreshore, and have stressed that every precaution must be taken to ensure there is no adverse impact from tunneling work to St Mary’s Church, Putney Wharf and the river walls behind properties in Deodar Road.

Thank you to all residents who responded to phase 2 of the consultation in February.

The Government has stepped in to override Hammersmith and Fulham Council over plans for the Carnwath Road site which is Thames Water's preferred location for a main drive shaft. A Government official, representing the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), wrote to H&F to say: "Without specific authorisation from DCLG, your authority cannot grant planning permission, or enter into any agreement or other arrangements, or pass any resolution, in connection with the possible grant of planning permission". Thames Water will publish its final plans for all the sites including those at Barn Elms and Putney Foreshore this summer. These will form the basis of TW’s application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission. The Council will then prepare its Environmental Impact Assessment covering hours of working, transport plans etc.

Police meetings and associated matters

The Metropolitan Police’s Thamesfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, which is specifically dedicated to patrolling this ward and cutting crime, should have a sergeant, two PCs and four Police Community Support Officers. In practice, Thamesfield has had six PCSOs because it has the highest number of total notifiable offences in the entire borough. The shocking news is that Kevin Gardner, the Inspector in Putney, is only providing one sergeant, one PC and one PCSO. We are appalled by this. If you are also concerned please email the Borough Commander, Dave Chinchen at and Richard Tracey, our London Assembly Member at; demanding that the SNT should be brought up to its proper strength, to protect residents. We are campaigning for this as well.

The next meetings in Thamesfield Ward can be found at
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:

 Residential burglary
 Motor vehicle crime
 Status dogs

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 presently 41 Neighbourhood watches in Thamesfield covering 2,340 homes.

Putney station – A fairer deal for Putney commuters

Thamesfield and East Putney councillors have launched a campaign for a second station entrance for Putney station. Last year saw some improvements to public transport with an extra five morning rush hour trains on the District Line but a lot more needs to be done. We recognise that improvements to Putney mainline station are also key. According to figures provided by the Office of the Rail Regulator there where almost 9 million journeys either beginning or ending in Putney last year making it one of the country’s 30 busiest stations.

That figure is up from just over 6 million in 2002-3. We fear that Putney is being used as a cash cow for less profitable franchises.

The renewal of tired old office blocks on the Upper Richmond Road is important for the vitality of our town centre but it will also mean extra commuters. We are working hard to ensure that developers contribute to improvements to the local public realm and transport in particular.

As Thamesfield councillors we have been working to have South West Trains open an additional entrance to the station via Oxford Road. We believe that this will not just help those who live on the roads east of the High Street but also assist in tackling overcrowding, particularly at peak times.

We have personally delivered over 4,000 surveys to Thamesfield residents in TFD and TFC districts asking for views to help us to demonstrate to South West Trains that there is local backing for the idea of a second station entrance. We will continue to work with Justine Greening MP, our London Assembly member Richard Tracey, Network Rail and others to deliver longer trains and the increased capacity that local commuters badly need.

Platforms 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Putney station are being extended to take 10 car trains and longer trains are due to start running in 2013.

BA flight pattern trials
The first of two flight pattern trials at Heathrow finished on 29 February. During this four month experiment airport operator BAA has been allowed more flexibility over when it can bring planes in to land over central London. Under the established rules Heathrow is only allowed to use one runway for arrivals and one for departures. Their use is switched every day at 3pm so communities living under the flight paths get a regular break from aircraft noise.

During the trial Heathrow has been allowed to use both runways for landings and in practice this has meant dozens of planes landing during the respite periods on some days. So far, the council has received more than 600 complaints from local people who feel noise from planes has increased. BAA will be running a second trial from July 1 to September 30. Cllr Mike Ryder organised a public meeting with BAA so residents could put their views about the trials. If you are disturbed by aircraft noise you can call Wandsworth Council’s aircraft noise line on 0208 871 5337, or email and the council will collate complaints and take up the issue with Heathrow. Please ensure your message includes the time of the nuisance flight and your location when the flight passed overhead. For more information on the flight trial including the respite period timetable visit

Changes to the refuse and recyling service start on 1 April 2012
A new five-day refuse collection service will see fewer lorries on the roads, a return of free garden waste collections and produce savings to local council taxpayers of nearly £1m a year.

From April 1, Wandsworth's refuse service will see an end to scheduled Saturday dustbin/sack pick-ups - meaning residents in Thamesfield will no longer be woken up around 7am by refuse trucks. From 1 April onwards refuse and recycling will happen in Putney on TUESDAY. There will be no nightly collections for town centre properties. Once a year you will receive three rolls of orange recycling sacks (30).
Further information at

Residents will see the introduction of split-back collection vehicles which can carry general rubbish in one compartment and mixed recycling in the other - cutting down the number of lorries on roads and easing traffic as a result. It will also make it easier for the main street cleansing operation to clear any spillages promptly as it follows on behind waste collection resulting in cleaner streets.

Under the changes, residents will be allowed to leave out garden waste for collection with their rubbish, with all of it being sent to a facility at Belvedere that converts waste into electricity for the National Grid.

For more information about Wandsworth's waste and recycling services should call 020 8871 8558 or email

Planning matters
There are a number of controversial applications in process. Please email us with your views.

Richmond Mansions (2011/5348) -
The proposal is to erect an additional floor on roof to provide a 2 bedroom flat with front and rear roof terraces. Cllr Maddan has met with residents in Richmond Mansions and we have all objected to this application on the grounds that it will adversely impact on the conservation area. Cllr Ryder will be attending the panning meeting on 15 March to speak on behalf of residents. Please email him your comments at

Spencer Arms tables situated on Putney Common, (2012/0327) -

The proposal is to use the land adjacent to The Spencer Arms forming part of Putney Common for setting out of tables and chairs for the consumption of food and drink between April - October annually.

We have received representations from Thamesfield residents who are in favour of this proposal as well as those objecting to the scheme. The views are almost equally distributed. Cllr Torrington has asked for specific conditions regarding the number of tables and the regular clearance of litter. We have raised concerns about the risks presented by the use of glass outdoors.

We have been given assurances that any approval will be for a trial period so it can be reassessed. The main contention raised is a legal one and this is whether or not the tables should be permitted on the common land. Those concerned about this should make representation to the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators who control the land and have granted the right for this is happen. John Horrocks and Diana De Coverly Veale currently represent the interest of Putney residents. Andrew Simon, a Wimbledon resident, is the chairman. The Conservators’ board meeting is on Monday 12 March. Thamesfield residents pay an additional levy to the WPCCs. The level or rent being paid by Spencer’s Arms for the use of the Common seems low in consideration for the commercial use proposed. WPCC details available at

Development of Putney Exchange (2011/5639) -
The proposal is for the demolition of existing buildings at 96-98 Putney High Street (Thomas Cook and Millets) and erection of two storey building with roof level parking as extension to existing shopping centre to provide 372sqm of additional retail floorspace with roof top plant room and 45 parking spaces; alterations to shopping centre including replacement front elevation to main entrance and reconfiguration of part of first floor to provide for additional retail floorspace and enlarged toilet facilities.

As a result of receiving representations from residents concerning Alan Younger’s stained glass over the current entrance in the High Street we intervened and have received confirmation that it will be preserved within the new development. Alan Younger’s work includes major installations in Durham Cathedral, the great rose window in St Albans Cathedral, and the great window in the Henry VII Chapel in Westminster Abbey. He also did all the stained glass in St Mary's Church, Putney during the restoration after the fire in 1973.

As a town centre site we welcome investment at a time when neighbouring town centres are benefiting from investment and threaten to become more appealing destinations with better facilities. The opportunity to develop floor space fit for purpose or suitable for a department store will benefit Putney and increase the range and choice of goods, encourage footfall, support the viability of the High Street and enable residents and employees to shop locally. It is in keeping with planning policies for a town centre.

Fulham Football Ground (in Bishop’s Park in Fulham) -
The proposal is for the partial demolition of the Riverside stand and the western ends of the Putney and Hammersmith stands, and the removal of two floodlight masts; and the expansion of the riverside stand and development of a new upper tier to provide additional seats with new accommodation including lounges, suites, concession units, toilets and circulation, and minor works to the riverside ends of the Hammersmith and Putney stands including the installation of new seats to create a 30,000 seat capacity stadium; a new extended section of riverside walkway; leisure/retail provision including up to 1,000sqm use classes A1, A3 and A4 (A1 not to exceed 100sqm) and use for up to 30 days per calendar year of 525sqm of the lower concourse for use class A1, A3, A5, D1; four residential units; a new roof; a new river wall; a temporary construction platform, and associated landscaping, lighting (including floodlights) and ground works.

We met with the architect during the public exhibition and secured his agreement to include the Putney sailing clubs in any discussions with their wind experts. We have also made representations to ensure that Thamesfield residents’ parking bays are protected during matches on Sundays and evenings when our parking controls are not in force.

The Mission Hall, Walkers Place (2012/0583) -
The proposal is for the demolition of existing building and erection of a terrace of four, four-storey houses and one office building (at northern end) with accommodation at roof level and office building having accommodation at roof and basement levels; rear roof terraces at first floor level.

Council Tax for 2012/13

Wandsworth's council tax has been frozen for the fifth successive year. It means the cost for the average Band D property will be £684. The council is thanking residents for their part in driving down costs - for example by increasing recycling rates which has helped save £700,000 a year. Wandsworth no longer sends any waste to landfill, instead sending non recyclable waste to the Belvedere Energy to Waste plant which generates electricity. More people are also using online services, saving £500,000 a year.

Wandsworth recently launched an 'Open Council' section of its website where residents can easily see how the council performs on issues ranging from the progress of pupils in maths and English to roads maintenance. The information is available at

Recycling – the future is orange!

Keep using your orange bags for recycling…it helps keep down your council tax and helps the environment too! The recycling plant at Smugglers Way in Wandsworth, next to the civic amenity tip, handles 300 tonnes of recycling a day from four London boroughs: Wandsworth, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Kensington and Chelsea. That adds up to 84,000 tonnes a year. You can recycle newspapers and magazines, card and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, tins and plastic containers and bottles (but take the tops off bottles, otherwise they can fly off when bottles are crushed), and empty aerosols. But please DON’T put in plastic bags (they clog up the conveyor belts) and definitely DON’T put in food. That contaminates the recyclable material which cannot then be used.

The plant has a facility to handle unwanted furniture and electrical appliances. They will be checked over by apprentices, repaired if necessary, and then sent to charity shops. Full details about this scheme can be found at

On the shopping front…

The Government commissioned the “shopping queen” Mary Portas to look at Britain’s high streets to see how they could be improved. Her recommendations include setting up “town teams” to develop future strategies for high streets to keep them prosperous and attractive. Wandsworth Council has put forward Putney to be one of the pilots to test the Portas ideas and we await a decision. The Putney Town Centre Partnership Board is already a “town team” and Cllr Torrington has organised a focus group on the Portas Review for all Putney businesses to get their feedback and aims to continually engage a greater number of shops, restaurants and businesses in the Putney “town team”. The committee reports are published at

The PTCPB marketing group is developing plans for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant on 3 June and the Olympic Cycle Race on 28 and 29 July this year and we will report further in our next ebulletin. Other events include the Christmas Market, Putney Music Festival and Arts Festival.

Events, activities and exhibitions

The Putney Odeon is now relaying some live performances from the National Theatre, and the Royal Opera House. So far audiences have been sparse and we suspect not many people are yet aware. If we want these to continue it is likely to depend on an audience turning up. Forthcoming performances include Madam Butterfly from ROH on 11 March at 14.00, Romeo and Juliet from ROH on 22 March at 19.15, She Stoops to Conquer from NT on 29 March at 18.45 and Rigoletto from ROH on 17 April at 19.15.

Local events are published in the listings pages of Brightside which can be downloaded at

Regular local events in Putney are given below.
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
performs 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 master classes, 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

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 support 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

Recycling Centres

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.
There are recycling banks for Scope 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.
If you suffer from asthma or heart or breathing difficulties, you can sign up for the free airTEXT service to alert you to high pollution levels –
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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March 7, 2012