Wandsworth childrens services have been upgraded by the Department of education. It has gone from 'inadequate' to ' making solid progress' in the lastest report. Ofsted published its latest report on April 6th and found that social work practises had become stronger whichmeant an all round better experience and leads to 'better outcomes for most children' Councillor Jeremy Ambache, the Labour lead for education and children’s services said: "Since the Ofsted judgement Labour councillors have played a positive role in developing and implementing the agreed Improvement Plan" "An important part of the 'improvement journey' has been that councillors take responsibility for their leadership and scrutiny roles in relation to children’s services. "Labour councillors will continue to champion the need for further improvements in Wandsworth’s children’s service. "We all owe it to our children to make sure they are safeguarded from abuse. "Young people who are in the care of the council (and those receiving aftercare support when they leave care) should be given the best possible start in life."
The new devlopment is now well under way at the Battersea Power Station. One of these developments, Battersea Roof Gardens will have a 1200 ft long 'forest in the sky ', a fitness deck, a rooftop swimming pool and has been designed to have plants that wont blow away in high winds. Designing a garden in the sky created unique challenges for James Corner — including having to strap plants down so they won’t blow away in high winds. James Corner, the landscape architect behind New York’s High Line linear park and the spectacular Olympic Park planting in 2012, is responsible for designing the rooftop space which gives the name to Battersea Roof Gardens, the new Norman Foster built proper development right beside Battersea Power Station. “The fact it is raised up so high means you get some extraordinary views of the Thames, and really unusual close-up views of Battersea Power plant,” says Corner, founding partner and chief executive of James Corner Field Operations, based in New York. “And it is a linear site, which immediately suggests some sort of journey or pathway.” The garden is almost 1,200ft long, so residents will be able to wander from viewing point to private seating area, stopping off at the “fitness deck” for an exercise class, or pausing to enjoy the “forest in the sky” — a copse of young maple, birch and aspen trees, some with hammocks strung into their branches. Trees and larger shrubs are at particular risk of uprooting in high winds, so Corner’s team anchored their root balls to the roof using nylon straps. There is also a lawn for sunbathing, and a rooftop pool. Individual plants have been chosen for their year-round colour, from jolly spring daffodils to the red berries of holly bushes in winter. The whole garden is encircled by a hedge, while plenty of ferns and grasses will give the space a lush, textured effect.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that the young Prince George will attend the private Battersea school St Thomas's in September. The school is relatively close to the family home at Kensington Palace. The duke and duchess said they were "delighted" to have found a school for their son - the third in line to the throne .Prince George who four in July. The school's headmaster, Ben Thomas, said he was "honoured" to welcome the prince as a pupil. He said: "We greatly look forward to welcoming him and all of our new pupils to the school in September."
Not relevant to Battersea specifically at all, but we just thought everyone should be reminded of this. AFter recent events in Westminster this reminder came through that sometimes you may need to alert the emergency services that there is a real issue, but you might not be able to talk. Usually when you dial 999 the operator asks which emergency service you require before rerouting the call to either the police, ambulance service or fire brigade.If a 999 caller doesn’t talk, the operators are trained to then ask them to cough or make another audible sound so they know there is someone there.There are certain situations however when it may not be safe to make a noise – for example it could alert a potential attacker to your hiding place. If you dont react to this request the operator will have no choice but to hang up as its usually a pocket dial. There is a way to let them know you need help though. Dial 55. This has actually been in place for about ten years, but not many people know about it. We didn't ! It's called the ‘55’ Silent Solution protocol and worth remembering.
TFL have just released a new walking map designed to improve information for people on the outskirts of the city. The map, which previously existed had now been extended to include both Zone 3 and also National Rail Stations. The map was released at Transport for Londons first major walking conference. The conference was set up to encourage making the city easy for pedestrians and try to reduce cars to make the city a more pleasant environment to live. YOu can access the map here: London Tube Walking Map
A teenage boy has been missing for a fortnight from Morden it has been revealved. Police are appealing for help to find Alban Visha.He has been missing from Morden since Friday, February 24. Anyone who sees Alban, or has any information about his whereabouts, is asked to call Merton police on 101. It's not impossible he's in the Battersea area, so please keep an eye out.
The Daily Mail has just published as article releasing a computer generated image that reveals what the London Skyline may look like if all the currently planned buildings and skyscrapers are built. South London , especially property being built in Battersea and Greenwich means a dramatic change to the landscape if all the planning applications go through, the mock-up shows. Dozens of skyscrapers are set to be built around Blackfriars Bridge while large-scale construction work will also take place along the South Bank, obscuring the views of many of the buildings already there. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3442773/Skyscraper-city-New-pictures-London-
It seems that in the current economic climate, the developers on the new Battersea Power Station are rethinking the initial design after the slump in demand for luxury properties. They are planning to replace the current design for apartments with up to one million square feet of office space. It seems the property market pinch is having a huge impact on the desire for such expensive Battersea property. The consortium of three Malaysian groups who are developing the site had planned more than 3,800 homes for the site on the 1930s London landmark.It mainly consists of luxury apartments, but since the plans were set out, the Battersea property prices at the high-end have taken a down turn.Scaring of many investors looking for a profit. Developers have, in turn, reviewed plans for phases of the £9bn scheme, a process that is still under way. One million square feet of extra office floor space would be roughly twice that of the Gherkin tower in the City of London. “I could easily see us adding another million square feet [of offices],” said Rob Tincknell, chief executive of the Battersea Power Station Development Company. “The great thing about a long-term scheme like this is we can adjust with the markets. If there’s no residential market and a very strong office market then we will build offices.” Apple is set to open its UK headquarters in 2021 in 500,000 sq ft of space within the Battersea power station building, a former coal-fired plant whose four chimneys make it an instantly recognisable part of the London skyline. You can see the original article here: Battersea Power Station Property
The Government is now at the stage of having open consultation with regards to the new Heathrow expansion. Residents of Wandsworth , including Battersea , have until May 25,2017 to voice an opinion and have their say. The Government sent a consultation leaflet outling the plans and asking for opinion to around 1.5 million homes around the airport including every address in Wandsworth. It lists potential economic benefits, but does not include information on increasing aircraft noise levels, pollution impacts, health impacts, taxpayer costs, traffic increases or the loss of noise respite periods. For more information, you can read the Wandworth council page here: Heathrow Expansion Consultation
Not far from the new Battersea Power station development yesterday, a massive crane lowerd two drilling machines into the ground for the first time.Helen and Amy as they have been named were lowered to begin tunnelling the new Northern line extension to Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station. The extension has been funded mostly by the private sector at a cool 1.2 billion pounds. This will bring two completely new underground stations to an area that has been crying out for extra transport links, and especially underground links for years.The machines weighing 650 tonnes and the length of a football pitch will tunnel into life in March this year. Helen and Amy, as they were named by local school children, will work tirelessly 20m underground in an effort to get the line open in 2020. It's the first Tube line extension since the Jubilee extension in the 1990's. The new extension will open in 2020 and is thought to be creating up to 25,000 new jobs in the area. It's estimated they will remove over 350,000 tonnes of earth during the project. The earth will be loaded onto Thames barges and floated down to East Tilbury to be spread on farmland. Of the cost, £1 billion in funding will be provided by the private sector.