Council launches disorder review

Published: Friday 2nd September 11

The council has launched an independent review into the disorder at Clapham Junction.

It has appointed an independent commissioner, Neil Kinghan, to review the events in Clapham Junction, and in Balham and Tooting, what caused them and their impact on local residents and businesses

He will look at what happened, meet people directly and indirectly affected by the disorder, talk to the police and make recommendations of what action the council and others should reduce the risk of future trouble.

Mr Kinghan wants to meet residents, business people and other members of the community at a series of meetings in September to get their perceptions of what happened and why. People will also be able to contact him online, via social networking or by email or post.

His report will be published in October. It will list the names of the people he has spoken to, but not what they said. People can opt not to be named if they wish.

Neil Kinghan has had top roles in local and central government, including Director General for Local and Regional Governance at the Department for Communities and Local Government and Director of the Local Government Association. He has led two previous local authority commissions

He said:

"I am carrying out this review for Wandsworth Council but I am independent of them and I will produce an independent report.

"I lived in Wandsworth from 1986 to 2010, so I know the area and I hope that my review can help the council and others learn lessons from what happened and take action that will reduce the risk of what happened in August from happening again. I will be very grateful for the public's help."

Council leader Ravi Govindia said:

"This is a time for us to ask some hard questions. We need to take a clear look at what happened and use that information to further strengthen our connection with the local community."

The public can have their say in the following ways: 

  • Drop-in sessions - this will be a chance to speak to Neil Kinghan on a one-to-one basis. No appointment is necessary: Sessions will be held on September 12 and 13 at Battersea Library, 265 Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
  • Public meetings -  three public meetings will be held across the borough. Just turn up.

September 12 - Battersea Arts Centre, 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

September 13 - Samaj Hall, 26b Tooting High Street, 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

September 19 - Wandsworth Civic Suite. 7pm - 9pm.

  • Online - visit www.wandsworthmatters.co.uk/uc/disorder_review
  • Twitter - @wandbc. Use the hashtag #commission.
  • Post -  write to Neil Kinghan, Room 148, Wandsworth Town Hall, London SW18 2PU.

The deadline for comments is September 19. Comments submitted after that date will not be included.  

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