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Developer who flouted planning rules must tear down unauthorised building

A property developer who’s flouted building rules and constructed an “ugly” block of flats in Earlsfield that bears no resemblance to the planning permission he was given has been told he must tear the whole thing down.

Aspirations programme: Roehampton footballer signs with Championship team, inspires local young people

A promising young striker from the Alton estate who signed with Championship team Cardiff City returned to Roehampton this week to encourage the next generation of footballers.

Huge crane lifts Northern Line Extension tunnelling giants 20 metres below ground

A major milestone in the construction of the Northern Line Extension was reached this week with the lowering of two giant tunnel boring machines 20 metres below ground in Battersea, ahead of tunnelling starting in March.

Dedicated squad starts work cracking down on litter

A dedicated six-person enforcement team wearing body cameras will be cracking down on litter, as a major pilot scheme gets underway.

Book your place on special needs employment fair

There's still time to sign up for the Get Set GO 2! event on February 27 to help young people with special educational needs get into education, employment or training.

Ark Putney Academy was considered for prestigious Civic Trust Award

The £30m refurbishment of Putney’s Ark Academy has narrowly missed out on a coveted Civic Trust award which recognises outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment.

Heathrow expansion: help challenge Government on reduced noise respite

A proposal to halve the length of aircraft noise respite periods for more than a million homes under Heathrow’s flightpaths is among the key concerns councillors have raised with the Government’s third runway plan.

Design team begins work on Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge commission

A world class Design Team led by Denmark’s Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering is now starting a programme of exploratory works for a new car-free bridge across the Thames in central London.

More independent restaurants coming to Battersea Power Station

Another five independent restaurants are coming to Battersea Power Station this summer when the development’s first phase – Circus Village West – opens its doors to the public.

Mayor digs in as tree planting continues

The Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Richard Field has been helping to spruce up the borough by planting more trees.

Call for magistrates to impose deterrent sentences in flytip cases

The council’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook has called on local magistrates to treat flytip cases more seriously and impose effective deterrent sentences after a builder was given only “a slap on the wrist” for dumping a huge pile of waste in a local park.

Wandsworth Digitech helps tech sector thrive

The council has set up a new business support programme to help the borough’s digital and technology sector thrive.

Mayor urged to 'get a grip' as another Tube strike looms

Wandsworth Council’s transport spokesman Jonathan Cook has called on the Mayor of London to regain control over the capital’s transport network after the RMT union announced plans for another Tube strike next week.

Students shown the path to good mental health

A major new project is helping to improve the mental health of Wandsworth’s school pupils.

Still time to have your say on plans for a Neighbourhood Forum in Tooting

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People living in Tooting have just under a fortnight left to take part in the public consultation on plans to establish a neighbourhood forum that would help shape decisions on planning issues within their area.

Orchard blooms in the middle of Wandsworth

Residents of the Wendelsworth Estate have planted a new orchard in the heart of Wandsworth.

Be a quitter this No Smoking Day

March 8 is No Smoking Day, and Wandsworth smokers are being urged to make it the day they take the first step in giving up tobacco.

Reminder that Hammersmith Bridge will be closed next week

Motorists are being reminded that traffic congestion is likely to be heavier in parts of south west and west London next week following the announcement that Hammersmith Bridge is to be closed to all vehicle traffic for nine days.

New national drive to get more homes built welcomed

Government proposals to boost housebuilding have been welcomed, including encouraging housing built for private rent, with longer tenancies, and modular homes assembled off-site.

Find out more about plans for a new Northcote Library at drop-in sessions

Residents living in and around Northcote Road in Battersea can find out more about plans for a new improved local library and community hall at a series of drop-in sessions starting this week.

Topping out at landmark Battersea development

Major construction work is complete at a landmark building in Battersea which is providing shared ownership homes, a new stretch of the Thames Path, and the foundations of a new bridge.

Wandsworth residents build their careers at Nine Elms jobs fair

Last Friday more than 150 local people came to Nine Elms to find out about careers and training opportunities in the regeneration area’s thriving construction, engineering and placemaking industries.

Thames riverbank at Battersea Power Station opens to the public

A new section of the Thames riverside has opened to the public for the first time in decades as part of the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station in Nine Elms.

Free help to grow your business at enterprise week

Top business people will be giving advice to local entrepreneurs at the fourth annual Wandsworth Enterprise Week next month.

Milestone reached in new homes and health centre plan for Garratt Lane

The regeneration of a key stretch of Garratt Lane in Earlsfield has taken another step forward with the appointment of a developer tasked with providing new housing on council owned “brownfield” sites along with a brand new, modern community health centre.

Local projects share £143k council funding

Local projects, including help for local families, arts programmes and support for children with dyslexia, ADHD and hearing disabilities have been recommended to share more than £143,000 from the Wandsworth Grant Fund.

Government puts off the inevitable as Heathrow legal challenge delayed

The Government has delayed facing a legal challenge against its decision to back Heathrow expansion.

Free business advice clinics to help local businesses succeed

Local businesspeople are encouraged to sign up for a series of free business advice clinics, offering specialist, personalised advice to help them get ahead.

Cheaper heating and hot water bills for 2,000 council properties

People living in 2,000 properties on housing estates across Wandsworth will see their heating and hot water bills reduced by ten per cent in April.

Keep warm and safe this winter

As winter tightens its grip, the council is preparing for cold weather, and has issued advice to local people on how to keep warm and safe.

Libbie and Kevwe triumph in school pollution quest

Libbie Turnbull from St Mary’s CE Primary has claimed first prize in the council’s anti-pollution poster competition, winning £100 for her school to spend on new air quality improvement projects.

Royal Marine reservists given Freedom of the Borough

Members of the Southfields-based Royal Marines Reserve unit paraded Wandsworth town centre on Saturday (Jan 28) as part of the celebrations to mark being awarded the Freedom of the Borough.

Social care users discuss dignity

Around 200 people were invited to share their ideas about how dignity can be at the heart of the care given to the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

Roehampton: Get Out Get Active!

Local people of all ages are being asked to take part in a new sport and physical activities initiative in Roehampton.

New homes for shared ownership at Clapham Junction

Seven new homes are now available to purchase in Battersea on a part-buy, part-rent basis, with Wandsworth residents and those who work in the borough prioritised over other buyers.

Golden Ticket recycling prize draw winner announced

A resident from West Hill in Wandsworth has won the first round of this year’s Golden Ticket recycling prize draw.

Two 650-tonne tunnel boring machines arrive in Nine Elms

Council leader Ravi Govindia was in Nine Elms to inspect two recently delivered tunnelling boring machines which will soon start digging the Northern Line Extension.

Tree planting ceremony marks formal opening of new Putney primary school

The borough’s newest primary school - Oasis Putney Academy - has been officially declared open by the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening.

Council tops inner London league table for reducing bed blocking

Social workers in Wandsworth are pulling out all the stops to make sure that local people have good care packages in place so they can be discharged from hospital without suffering delays.

New home for Royal Academy of Dance on its way in Battersea

An agreement between the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and property developers York Place Buildings has been reached to provide a brand new purpose built headquarters for this historic institution.

People reminded to join local NHS ‘conversation’

The council is urging borough residents to have their say on future healthcare in south west London.

Go electric in 2017

As the council prepares to install up to 125 new electric car charging points, more residents can now consider making the switch to zero-emission electric motoring.