An area of the river in front of Battersea Power Station will be opened for public access today for the first time since station was built last century in the 1930's. The area that will be opened had been the site of a coal storage area and a warehouse.The area served the power station and was not open for any form of public access. It will be accessible through a new entrance in a former railway arch called Grosvenor Bridge Arch, near Chelsea Bridge and Battersea Park. Residents are expected to start moving into the first phase of the Malaysian-backed scheme, called Circus West, by the end of this month. Restaurants, bars and shops are to open in the summer. The space will eventually form part of the six-acre Power Station Park, which will run in front of and to either side of Europe’s largest brick building. This will open up the entire stretch of the Thames riverbank in front of it by 2020. Londoners will then be able to walk on the south side of the river from Chelsea Bridge all the way to Tower Bridge for the first time. Northern Line extension: Tunnelling work on £1.2bn extension to Battersea to begin in MarchRob Tincknell, chief executive of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “We are delighted that we are able to open new public spaces for London and are starting to bring the power station and its surrounds back into London life. This new stretch of the Thames that is opening has always been off limits. “When Circus West village’s exciting mix of independent retailers, restaurants and cafes begin to trade this summer, the riverbank will be brought alive and become a new riverfront neighbourhood for London.” You can read the orinal article from the evening standard here: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/stretch-of-riverside-next-to-battersea-power-station-opens-to-public-for-first-time-since-1930s-a3455296.html Picture Ashton Keiditsch
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A man in his 70s has died after being hit by, and then trapped underneath a lorry in Battersea. Paramedics were quickly to the scene and fought to save the pedestrian, but unfortunately he was pronounced dead at the scene yesterday morning (Thursday 27th January) Police were called to the junction of Battersea Park Road with Falcon Road at 10.27am following reports of a serious road traffic collision. The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and was assisting officers in their enquiries this morning. No arrests have been made.
A man who does not have his medication and is vunerable could possibly be in the Battersea area. Joseph Waterworth, 35, was last seen at about midday on Friday, January 6 in Redhill town centre where he is thought to have got a taxi to Wandsworth Bridge. He is described as black, about 6ft 2ins tall, with curly short brown hair, brown eyes and speaks with a Jamaican accent. He was last seen wearing black trousers, a white jumper with white trainers and a black and grey backpack. Police are growing increasingly concerned for Mr Waterworth, as he is not thought to have taken his medication with him and without it could become very unwell. If you see him please contact the Police with his location.
Southern rail has said it will restore a full and normal train service from next Tuesday after drivers' union ASLEF agreed to suspend its strike. ASLEF members agreed to call off next week's planned industrial action, and the drivers' overtime ban, ahead of talks with the rail line. Southern rail drivers had been due to walk out on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday next week in the ongoing dispute. A normal timetable will resume on Tuesday.
Londonist.com has just put up an interesting podcast on the latest developments at the Battersea Power Station. Entitiled What's going on at Battersea Station? They talk to Peter Watts ,the author of Up In Smoke, about the current development and whats going on in. He talks about the history of the Power Station — including the time Margaret Thatcher fired the largest laser gun in Europe at it — and gives an insight into what the rarely-seen inside looks like. Did you know that there were once plans to put a restaurant inside one of the chimneys ? We didn't . You can hear the podcast here http://londonist.com/london/best-of-london/londonist-out-loud-battersea-power-station
A new sexual health service was launched yesterday (January 9) in Tooting, and Roehampton. Wandsworth Integrated Sexual Health Service (WISH) which is run by St George’s University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust, aims to provide longer opening hours to residents and a less fragmented service. WISH will provide a range of services such as testing and managing sexually transmitted infections, emergency and ongoing contraception, rapid HIV testing, referral for termination of pregnancy C-card registration and HIV post sexual exposure treatment (PEP). The clinics will also offer specialist services such as long-acting contraception, young people’s and gay men’s clinics, psychosexual therapy and a dedicated service for people with learning disabilities. There are WISH clinics in the following locations: The Courtyard Clinic, St George’s Hospital, Tooting. This clinic offers a comprehensive sexual health and contraception service and manages complex sexual health issues. Roehampton Clinic in Queen Mary’s Hospital and the Doddington Health Centre in Battersea. These clinics offer a routine sexual health and contraception service and are led by a nursing team.
So much for the saying "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas" The first abandoned dogs of 2017 have been handed in and are being looked after Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. A partially-sighted pooch was the first dog abandoned in 2017, found wandering the streets of Croydon on New Year's Day. Roger was found cold and alone by a kind-hearted passer-by, who dropped him off at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The Rottweiler, found soon after Christmas, appears to have been abandoned. Tugz was found in Tooting CREDIT: BATTERSEA DOGS AND CATS HOME He is microchipped, but the rescue centre, which anticipates many more dogs will be abandoned by their owners this month, has been unable to contact his owners. This means it is unlikely he will be reunited with his family. If Battersea is unable to locate the owners, Roger will be looking for a new home this year. Also abandoned at the very start of the year, on the 2nd January, was Tugz, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The elderly dog was brought in after being found in Tooting by a worried resident. Thanks as always to to Battersea Dogs and Cats home for the wonderful work they do.
It looks like the threatened London Underground strike will go ahead on Sunday evening as talks have broken down this afternoon. We would strongly advice not travelling Monday by tube if at all possible. Massive disruption is expected with some stations completely closed and no service at all on some lines. Workers from the RMT and Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) will begin their strike at 6pm on Sunday, January 8, and end it at 6pm on Monday, January 9.