Council leader’s New Year message to Wandsworth

Published: Friday 28th December 18

In his New Year message to the people of Wandsworth, the Leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia, looks at how the borough is building on its past to deliver a bright future in 2019.

He talks about the regeneration of Wandsworth Town Centre, including the new homes and shops at the Ram Brewery development: “This is at the heart of the regeneration of Wandsworth Town Centre, which is going apace. It will see a new library as well as a new open space.

“But also important is the reconfiguration of the one-way system. Wandsworth has put money towards delivering that outcome, and we are now lobbying the mayor and TfL to do their bit.”

Two Wandsworth-managed tower blocks are currently being reclad. The leader said: “Following the disastrous fire at Grenfell we took an early decision that none of our residents were exposed to the kind of risks that were faced elsewhere. This programme is now in its final stages.”

Cllr Govindia talks about protecting the borough’s pubs and investing in parks and libraries, and explains plans to regenerate estates, build new homes and help local people into work: “Building on Wandsworth’s brewing tradition, the council took early steps to ensure it had a robust policy to protect its pubs. Planning rules now make it mandatory that all pubs wanting to chase from pubs to supermarkets or flats need permission.

“One of the very special things about Wandsworth is its open spaces and parks. We have some of the highest number of parks and open spaces, making this an incredibly green borough. We are investing money in our parks and our other assets like libraries and schools – making sure they are what people want and need.

“We have exciting plans investing in our council estates at the York Road and Winstanley Estates and we will soon break ground to deliver much needed new housing of all types. They’ll be homes for people to rent as well as buy, ensuring that people who live and work in the borough have a good opportunity to become residents and homeowners.

“The council-operated Work Match programme works hand in hand with the regeneration team to ensure that regeneration offers skilling opportunities as well as job opportunities for young people in the borough.

“Apart from the York Road and Winstanley estates regeneration and a similar project at Roehampton, the council intends to build a thousand new homes of which 60 per cent – 600 homes – will be affordable and again targeted at people who live and work in the borough

“On behalf of everyone at Wandsworth Council I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and a prosperous new year.”

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Recent comments

What, exactly is meant by regeneration? To me it means getting rid of the working class who have lived here forever and importing the rich. Protecting pubs when you have sold off the brewery doesn’t make sense.council houses should never be sold.
Jacqueline Latif

6 January 2019

Cycleways - Can we have a guarantee wit the new road developments that you will improve the cycleways and actually make sure they are user friendly. Recycling - Wandsworth has nearly the worst recycling rate in the country. 345th out of 350 councils. Air quality - need to make provisions to get drivers out of the cars and have car free days. Climate change - can we get Wandsworth council to dis-invest your pension fund from fossil fuels. Renewable energy - make all pubic building 100% renewable. Homelessness - spend more resources on helping and preventing homeless people Care for the Elderly - more support is required Crime - work with youth leaders and better local policing policies
Fergal McEntee

31 December 2018

Why was the cladding not replaced earlier ? It was mid Summer 2017 when R Govindia & wandsworth council knew that this cladding was endangering lives in Wandsworth (Grenfell fire happened in June 17 and it was very obvious straight away that the cheap choice of councils' to put in that cladding was at fault). He talks of acting straight away & early .. this is very misleading to say the least. Plus - R Govindia talks of making sure young & old local people have access to recreational facilities & exercise etc .. and yet he is protecting disgraced builders Taylor Wimpey's destructive plans on York Gardens SW11 - destroying about 50 mature trees and many others & our community exercise area - not replacing green for many many years - Why ?
rob kettlewell

31 December 2018

Why was the cladding not replaced earlier ? It was mid Summer 2017 when R Govindia & wandsworth council knew that this cladding was endangering lives in Wandsworth (Grenfell fire happened in June 17 and it was very obvious straight away that the cheap choice of councils' to put in that cladding was at fault). He talks of acting straight away & early .. this is very misleading to say the least. Plus - R Govindia talks of making sure young & old local people have access to recreational facilities & exercise etc .. and yet he is protecting disgraced builders Taylor Wimpey's destructive plans on York Gardens SW11 - destroying about 50 mature trees and many others & our community exercise area - not replacing green for many many years - Why ?
rob kettlewell

31 December 2018

Why don't you concentrate on getting rid of the rats WHICH have infested the tower blocks above Southside. Its all very good recladding them but they are teaming with vermin amd wandsworth does nothing about it
Natasha love

30 December 2018

Very good and I appreciate your ideas for 2019. I suggest older people should be considered council flat first before the young people.
James Osei

29 December 2018

Very good and inforamtive message by the council leader. Thx
Andrew

28 December 2018

So what price is a affordable home
Antony arthur

28 December 2018

Given all residential developments, what is being done about road planning away from the streets around the town hall? Trinity/Burntwood lane crossroad is and has been a disaster for years!
Sw18

28 December 2018

Where will the new library be please
Carol Yeomanson

28 December 2018