Campaigns

 

 

Falcon Park November Update

The Falcon Park pitch application to put a pay to play astro-turfed football pitch in the park will come before the next planning committee meeting, on 16 November. The Council have recently rewritten their planning statement to state that they believe the new astroturf pitch is needed even though Battersea Sports Centre can now stay open for the time being.  Apparently the new leisure centre within the York Road and Winstanley Regeneration Project which will eventually replace it has no space for outdoor pitches, even though it is to be built next to a new park.
 
As well as taking up almost a quatar of the park for a facility that only those who can afford it will be able to use, the plan will require the removal of turf and the felling of eight mature trees. 
 
Hopefully Councillors will take note of the 200 or so formal objections that have been made to the application, not to mention the 871 signatures on the 'Save Falcon Park  e-petition. 

 

What you can do:-

Please sign the Save Falcon Park petition now 

Make an objection to the Falcon Park development plans to your councillor (find your councillor here) 

Join the Save Falcon Park facebook page here

 Aerial view of the proposed Astro turf in Falcon Park

 

We are fighting to have this development blocked and to achieve a  protected status for the park similar to Royal Parks & Commons.

 

Save Chestnut Avenue on Tooting Common

 

Chestnut Avenue, Tooting Common

 

A number of the 77 Horse Chestnut trees on Chestnut Avenue, Tooting Common have succumbed to ‘Bleeding Canker’. In spite of 3 surveys commissioned by the Council all saying that with good management many of these trees can survive, the Council is planning to remove all trees on the avenue, healthy and infected, and replant with saplings of a different, single species.

 

A consultation took place over the summer but with questionable process & results as is often the case with Wandsworth consultations. Most locals want the council to keep the avenue and replant only where trees pose a threat of falling.

 

We are supporting Friends of Tooting Common and Save Chestnut Avenue campaigners to pursuade the council to change their mind.   Please help us save the trees!

 

 

A victory for People Power in Battersea Park

 

After three years hard campaigning local residents have succeeded in saving this Grade II listed Victorian park from being turned into a race track every summer. Both Formula E and Wandsworth Borough Council have confirmed that the 2016 Formula E race will be the last in Battersea Park.

 

A crucial factor leading to this success was a legal challenge which set out the main reasons in law why the Council has acted beyond statute in imposing the construction of a Formula E car racing circuit within the park.  This was backed up by a campaign of e-mails and letters to sponsors and to the FIA,the governing body of motor sport of which Formula E is a part.

 

 

It is sobering that big money seems to be more responsive to citizens' concerns than the elected politicians who are supposed to represent them.  During the campaign our council showed a stunning disregard for due process in consultation and for the views of the local community. Nightingale Cllr. Ian Hart accused Battersea Park Action Group of faking the petition signatures; Cllr. Torrington, a resident of Putney, declared that parks were a luxury and Cllr. Cook made insulting remarks in the press, implying that people living on the edge of the park were only ‘nimbies’. 

 

Wandsworth Greens would like to thank Battersea Park Action Group for their fantastic lead in this campaign!

 

Boy on scooter heading towards fork lift truck

  

Wandsworth Green Party Response to Formula E

 

 

 

Other campaigns we are linked to in Wandsworth:-

South West London Keep Our NHS Public

 
Wandsworth Greens regularly attend our local 'Keep Our NHS Public' meetings which take place on the second Tuesday in the month, 7.30pm, at  Colliers Wood Community Centre, Colliers Wood High St,  3 minutes from Colliers Wood tube. All welcome Contact: Mike Squires  drmikesquires@gmail.com.  For More Information about the campaign group see here.

 

Wandsworth Living Streets

We have been long been campaigning with Living Streets for 20mph speed limits across the borough. Recently the council agreed to hold a borough wide consultation and we worked hard distributing leaflets encouraging residents to respond.  In the end 3, 382 residents responded; 59% said Yes, they wanted 20mph on all residential roads. 40% said No.  

 

As for the A and B bigger roads, 37% wanted some or all of these to be 20mph too.

 

 

 

On Tuesday, 5 July, the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee met and agreed to proceed in the light of this result with making all residential roads 20mph. 

 

 

 

London Cycling Campaign

Green Parties across London have endorsed the six key policies of the London Cycling Campaign:-

1. Safe routes to School
2. Streets without through motor traffic
3. Dedicated space on main roads
4. Greenways
5. 20mph limits
6. Liveable town centres.
 
For more information on London Cycling Campaign see here.