Our priorities

Cleaner, greener and safer neighbourhoods

Our priorities

  • Working with our community to keep your streets clean and safe.
  • Improving our parks and open spaces. 
  • Championing Wandsworth as an environmentally friendly borough, great for cycling and with good access to public transport. 

Did you know? 

  • Wandsworth is the safest inner London borough.
  • We clean our streets 7 days a week, up to 5 times a day in our busiest town centres.
  • We make 15 million bin collections every year. 
  • 87% of people are satisfied with council services.
  • 9 out of 10 people say their area is a good place to live.

How we are working to ensure that you benefit

  • Working with our communities to keep our streets clean and stamp out fly-tipping
  • Tackling air pollution
  • Investing in our parks and open spaces
  • Working with the police to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour

How we are doing it

Making Wandsworth cleaner

We work as a team with our community to keep Wandsworth’s streets as clean as possible. As well cleaning busy town centres every day seven days a week, we take a pro-active approach on enforcement by handing out fines to the small minority of people who litter.

In just one month alone we issued 377 £80 fines and tracked down seven fly-tippers, each receiving a £400 penalty.

Of course in an ideal world we wouldn’t fine anybody which is why we carry out a borough-wide programme of raising awareness, including working with schools.  We also work with different community groups who play their own part in keeping the borough clean, with council funding available to deliver new projects. 

Find out about a day in the life of one of our enforcement officers and street cleaners.

Watch the work of Wandsworth's enforcement team: 

Collecting waste and recycling

You can help us by recycling as much as possible in your clear sacks. Most bottles, jars, tins and cartons can be recycled. Find out what recycling we collect.

If you need to dispose of a bulky item we can also help, with charges starting at £17.50 for individual items. 

Improving our roads

We are spending £5million resurfacing 44 roads in the next 12 months and repairing or replacing 33 footpaths. 

Find out more

Replacing street lights

We are replacing 18,000 street lights with LED bulbs which are much more energy efficient – saving taxpayers £400,000 a year. 

Making our roads safer

Wandsworth is officially now a 20mph borough. The lower limit now applies in all of Wandsworth’s quieter residential backstreets and neighbourhoods and is designed to make local roads safer and also encourage other forms of sustainable transport like cycling and walking.

Accidents involving collisions between pedestrians and vehicles are three times less likely to be fatal if the speed of the impact is 20mph compared to 30mph.

Working with police to keep Wandsworth safe

We work closely with the police to keep Wandsworth one of the safest inner London boroughs.  Our work ranges from helping engage communities to determine local priorities and supporting Neighbourhood Watch, through to diverting young people away from gangs. Visit our community safety pages for more information.

Delivering an excellent library service

We loan out nearly 1.5 million books each year across our 11 libraries. Although these days you don’t always have to physically go to a library to borrow a book. Once you are a member you can download e-books and music online. 

You can also reserve books and time on one of our computers, while searching the catalogue for other items such as films and maps. If you struggle to get to a library, you can also request a home delivery service.

Find your nearest library

Improving parks

We pride ourselves on the quality of parks in Wandsworth. In total there are 32 parks that are available all year round, many of which offer free facilities such as outdoor gyms and games areas for basketball, netball, football and tennis. Many parks provide extensive areas for dogs to run around, although we ask people to be responsible by always cleaning up after their pet.

Over the past 18 months we have made £900,000 worth of improvements to Battersea Park, which includes gym and studio refurbishment, tennis court resurfacing, new park benches, redecoration of the main gates and upgrades to CCTV.

Visit our parks pages to find out more about where our parks are and what free and paid-for facilities are provided.

Tackling air pollution

We have set up a task force to reduce air pollution. Our measures include lobbying the Mayor for an outright ban on diesel buses in Putney High Street, helping schools to develop School Travel Plans to reduce vehicles on the road and working with developers to manage construction safely and enhance street cleaning around development sites. We are championing car clubs and provide a free airTEXT messaging service warns residents when high pollution levels are forecast. We are also making the borough more pedestrian friendly including projects in Clapham Junction, Southfields, Putney and Earlsfield. 

Find out more about air quality.

Opposing Heathrow expansion

We continue to strongly oppose the expansion of Heathrow Airport, believing that expansion would be detrimental to the quality of life in our borough.

Together with other local authorities, including Hillingdon, Richmond and Windsor and Maidenhead, we believe that the Government’s consultation was flawed and failed to accurately portray the impact of expansion when it comes to increasing air pollution and noise. We think that the expansion at Gatwick Airport would offer the same economic benefits for a fraction of the cost and with reduced environmental impacts.

Encouraging car clubs

There are more car club members in Wandsworth than any other part of London, with 14,000 people signed up. We think they are important because they help to relieve congestion on our roads.

Car club members tend to drive only when they really need to – much less than car owners – so having a club in the borough can help cut car use overall. Clubs include Co-wheels (pictured), Enterprise, Matcha and Zipcar.

Shared transport charity Carplus estimates that for every vehicle used in a car-sharing club, 10 privately-owned vehicles are taken off the road. 

Find out more about car clubs.

Encouraging cycling

Did you know that Wandsworth has seen the highest increase in cycling usage in the whole of England and Wales?  

We want Wandsworth to be a cycling-friendly borough which is why we brought the Santander Cycle Hire scheme here, with docking stations available across Battersea, Wandsworth Town and Putney.

We have worked with TfL to connect Wandsworth to major cycling routes while we are also proposing a network of cycling routes in quieter roads known as Quietways

Making it easier to own an electronic car 

The number of electric charging points are being expanded across the borough with the aim of having at least at least one charging point in every residential street.

Wandsworth currently has 35 charging points in 11 locations across the borough – and there are existing plans to install another 50 in 20 further locations by the turn of the year.

And taking it a step further, town hall officials will also be tasked with exploring the cost and logistics involved in providing an electric vehicle charging plug in every lamppost in residential streets.

The plan is designed to make owning and running an electric car a much more attractive and viable option for many Wandsworth residents.

Find out more about electric charging points in the borough

A business-friendly borough

Wandsworth has been recognised as the best small business friendly borough in London – we are proud to be a place of creators, makers and innovators stretching from Putney all the way through to London’s newest neighbourhood at Nine Elms.

We are doing everything we can to make Wandsworth a great place to invest, which ranges from our support for town centres through to holding Wandsworth Enterprise Week which is annual programme of help and advice. Our  ‘Your Business, Your Growth’ business support programme supported over 500 existing businesses and helped 67 new businesses to start. The programme included networking opportunities, one-to-one advice sessions as well as  specialist support for businesses that are in the food, hospitality and digital sector.

Protecting pubs

We are protecting our favourite pubs from redevelopment by setting out planning guidance which recognises the historic, architectural and community value of pubs.

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