Help shape your neighbourhood

Published: Friday 31st January 14

The council is asking local people how money raised from a charge on developers should be spent.

The Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF) is a charge the council makes mainly on new homes to pay for the infrastructure needed to support the development, such as new schools, safer roads or improvements to parks.

Wandsworth wants to know what local residents think the money should be spent on in their neighbourhood over the next three years.

The WLF is the neighbourhood element of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). CIL is mostly spent on borough-wide, ‘strategic’ projects, but 15 per cent is earmarked for projects which take into account the views of people living in the neighbourhood where new development has been built.

Neighbourhood projects it could be used to fund include:

Improving roads, pavements and parks, including installing safety improvements like new lighting.

  • New secure cycle parking
  • Better public transport.
  • New bus shelters and countdown information.
  • Building new schools or expanding existing ones

But it cannot be used for projects which require on-going spending.  

The amount available will vary between different neighbourhoods depending on the amount of development taking place.

Council leader Ravi Govindia said:

“Wandsworth is going through a boom time, and we want to ensure the WLF money we receive from developers brings significant and tangible benefits to local communities. But we realise that the people who know an area the best are the people that live there, so we want to ensure the neighbourhood element of the WLF is spent on projects local people want.”

The council is consulting local residents, neighbourhood groups and associations, school pupils and students, local businesses and those who work in the local area.

Once the results are in they will be shared with ward councillors, local voluntary and community organisations, council departments, Transport for London and other agencies. They will be invited to help shape proposals that would meet your priorities.

These proposals will then be assessed for cost and feasibility and late this year local people will be asked which of the proposals they would like the WLF to support.

You have until the end of March 2014 to tell us your views. 

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Recent comments

What has happened to ALL the comments previously posted! Why is Wandsworth selling off schools playing fields and building none affordable housing and throughout the whole of Putney destroying people's lives and the beautiful green environment including wildlife such as badgers and bats! Natural green spaces replaced by awful Lego habitation
Nina

20 February 2014

What has happened to ALL the comments previously posted! Why is Wandsworth selling off schools playing fields and building none affordable housing and throughout the whole of Putney destroying people's lives and the beautiful green environment including wildlife such as badgers and bats! Natural green spaces replaced by awful Lego habitation
Nina

20 February 2014

What happened to all the comments formerly posted on this thread? They have all disappeared - didn't the council like them or something? So I am going to restate mine - the money should be (should have been) spent on refurbishing Elliott School properly rather than selling off half the playing fields for development. The council should spend the money on really improving its residents' facilities, particularly its future generation, not on allowing an eyesore that nobody wants to be built in return for getting a large backhander from its mates in the building industry. I would also prefer an increase in council tax to stop things like this happening, than yet another cynical freeze to gain votes for the incumbent party in an election year.
Caroline

20 February 2014

Money should be spent on improving the look of Mitcham Lane. The paving, lighting and shop fronts have suffered years of neglect. The arrival of sainsburys should be taken as an opportunity to improve the look of the road and help attract more shoppers.
Julia

8 February 2014

Use the WLF to: (1) help fund the new entrance to Putney Station from Oxford Road. (2) Fund further pothole repairs. (3) Youth Club activities
gerard Strahan

4 February 2014

My vote would be for new bus shelters bad countdown information.
Jane turner

4 February 2014

I am horrified at the way Putney is looking now with the number of ugly blocks of flats bring built in swift succession. These are being bought up by 'overseas investors' to let at extortionate rents or leave unoccupied. How about some social or truly affordable housing for the local young people? MJM
Mary Myles

3 February 2014

This money should be spent on refurbishing Elliott School, where 41% of the playing fields have been sold off to Barratt Homes in order to fund the repairs. The Council, with around £200m in reserves, failed to demonstrate the statutory required last in the sale of a playing field. The land is not "surplus" but part of a valuable educational site, left in Trust to Elliott School, which may be needed in future years, when projected birth rates will require more secondary school places. WBC have sold off every available space to Far-Eastern buy-to-let landlords, and are now desperately trying to win votes by "consulting" local residents. Hundreds objected to this proposal, not a single support comment. Too little, too late.
Chantal Blake-Milton

2 February 2014

I thought the justification for all the foreign-owned ghost towers was that we were so desperate to update our infrastructure we have to prostitute ourselves around the world for money. Now it seems Wandsworth is "booming" so much it doesn't know what to do with the cash! How about just building the more modest, sustainable developments that I think you'll find almost every local resident wants.
annp

31 January 2014

Stop selling off Putney and assisting in developing ridiculous poor quality rabbit hutches to make more money for itself. The charm of Putney is its quasi rural quality and Wandsworth is making it into an urban nightmare!
Nina

31 January 2014

How about spending it on refurbishing Elliott school properly without selling off the playing fields to a developer who doesn't care one jot about how its dense and overbearing development is going to destroy the quality of life for those who will have to live next to it?
Caroline

31 January 2014