Funding for neighbourhood schemes

Published: 3 August 2018

The next round of the Wandsworth Local Fund is now open for applications from residents and community groups.

The Wandsworth Local Fund is a charge the council makes on developers which is then used to benefit the local area, such as improvements to roads and parks.

In order to make sure work is done based on what local people want, residents are encouraged to bring ideas for neighbourhood improvements to their ward councillors to submit schemes to be considered for funding. The amount available will vary between different neighbourhoods depending on the amount of development taking place.

Recent regeneration and building schemes in the borough have raised millions of pounds for work, with a string of project either done, or in the pipeline.

Completed projects include Christmas lights in the town centres, new LED street lights, a major road and pavement resurfacing programme, improvements to Lavender Hill, repainting and pigeon-proofing Earlsfield Station railway bridge, refurbishing Putney Vale Cemetery and the Quest project providing intensive support to get young people into work.

And several playgrounds have been, or will be, revamped, including Garratt Park, Upper Tooting Park, Godley Gardens, Swaby Gardens and Leader’s Gardens and playgrounds in King George’s Park, Wandsworth Common and Battersea Park. On Wandsworth Common the ball pen has been refurbished and upgraded and the sports pitches are being drained to prevent persistent flooding.

Schemes due to start over the coming months include: 

  • Public realm and road safety improvements in Bedford Hill
  • Improvements to Bellevue Road
  • An upgrade of the Southfields shopping area
  • The redevelopment of St Michael’s Community Centre
  • Improvements to the Dover House Parade in Putney
  • Floodlighting Putney and Wandsworth Bridges
  • Improvements to Putney High Street
  • A new Earlsfield traffic management plan
  • An upgrade to Furzedown Rec
  • The refurbishment of Fred Wells Gardens in Battersea
  • An upgrade of Putney Park Lane

The council’s finance spokesman Cllr Guy Senior said:

“Millions of pounds are being invested in our borough and it’s important that local people tell us how it can benefit local communities. If you have a good idea for a scheme that could improve your neighbourhood, get in touch with your local ward councillor.”

The deadline for applications for round six of the Wandsworth Local Fund is September 28. Find out more at