A planning application which had recieved over 200 lodged objections from the local Battersea community has been given the green light to be built by the local authority. Builders Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) applied to build the tower block and also Harris Academy a new sports hall but there was an outcry of objections from local residents.It seems there were only three letters actually supporting the build. The main concerns seem to have been the height ( 14 storeys) and the increased lack of privacy from buildings being overlooked by the new build. It was also noted that the tower was not in keeping with the low-rise character of the area. Member of the Planning Applications Committee Councillor Jeremy Ambache said that there was a “good debate” about the application which ended with five for and two against. He said: “It’s not on party lines but the conservatives were convinced. I’m really disappointed because I wasn’t.” Cllr Ambache went on to say that residents were being “overshadowed and overlooked” as a result of the application approval. There were three letters of support for the proposal, all of which highlighted the benefits of the school gym. One resident said: “My brother attends Harris Academy and I feel the new gym would be a great addition to the school and their children. “The school has really improved over recent years and I feel this will help them to continue to their success.” The two others were parents of pupils at Harris Academy and thought the gym would encourage students to engage in more sports. Councillor Simon Hogg has described the decision as “the most one-sided major planning issue” he had seen in his ward. He said: "I'm very disappointed by this decision. More than 200 local people objected but their voices were ignored. I’ve not heard from one local person in favour of building this tower block." "There are currently 25 tower blocks of 12 storeys or higher being built in our borough. One is going to be 58 storeys tall! The council has stopped listening to local people." Residents who have sent objections have used words such as “outrageously high, out of proportion, intrusive, overbearing, unattractive, a monstrosity, a skyscraper” to describe the tower block. Some residents tweeted the leader of Wandsworth Labour to voice their displeasure with the decision.
Vanessa Redgrave is bringing her film about the refugee crisis to Battersea Arts Centre next week. Sea Sorrow, which highlights the plight and courage of refugees, is Vanessa Redgrave's directorial debut. Featuring Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes, it includes interviews and historical footage that sets the current refugee crisis in a meaningful historical context. The one-off screening will be followed by a Q and A session with Vanessa Redgrave and Lord Dubs, former MP for Battersea who himself arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied child refugee. Vanessa Redgrave said: “This film is a requiem for the thousands of refugees who have died through lack of support and protection. “I hope the film may be of some help to the agencies who do their utmost to support the refugees who have survived, most especially to their children”. The event will take place on December 18 and is being organised by the Wandsworth European Cultural Network (WECN). Cllr Candida Jones, a member of WECN, said: “As well as enabling us to understand more about the current refugee crisis, I hope the evening will provide us with the opportunity of examining how we might do more as individuals, as a community and as a borough to ease the suffering of refugees fleeing war. “Only one Syrian refugee family has been resettled in Wandsworth. “If just one offer of housing is made as a result of this film, it will have been a success”. Tickets cost £12.50 or £10 for concessions and all profits go to the UNHCR. You can get tickets here: Battersea Arts Center
Police in Wandsworth are appealing for the public’s assistance in finding a girl missing from Battersea. Nafisha Hemmuth-Fuller, 14, was last seen at approximately 11:30hrs on Tuesday, 6 December in Culvert Road, SW11. Nafisha is described as a light-skinned black girl of thin build, approximately 5ft 6ins tall. At the time of her last sighting she was wearing a black headscarf, black jacket, a black and red checked shirt and black trousers. She is known to frequent the Balham, Battersea and Tooting areas. Officers in Wandsworth are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare as it is out of character for her to go missing and to not make contact with her family. Anyone who has seen Nafisha or who knows of her whereabouts is urged to call Wandsworth CID on 07920205857; alternatively contact Missing People on 116000.
A group of chicago architects have been inspired by the famous Pink Floyd Animals album cover. The famous artwork,designed by Storm Thorgeson and Aubrey Powell, consists of a giant inflatable pig called Algie floating over Battersea power station. It has become one of the most iconic album covers of all time. Sick of seeing Donalds Trump's name everywhere, New world design Ltd. has released an idea for a proposal that partially covers the infamous Trump tower logo in Chicago with four giant inflatable gold pigs. The pigs would be tethered to buoys in the Chicago river and provide what the firm describes as "visual relief to the citizens of Chicago" Many of which they say, are sick of seeing the Trump brand emblazoned everywhere. Although we suspect the plan may never come to fruition, you never know. Pigs my fly as they say. Original article
Further to the bus stop robbery in Falcon road of an 11 year boy, it seems a 15 year old female has been arrested on suspicion of the robbery. The 11 year old boy and his friend were waiting at a bus stop.They were approached by two teenagers at a bus stop in Falcon road on September 28. They then proceeded to rob him of his money and then physically assaulted the boy. After the robbery he got on the 319 bus and sat downstairs. The suspects the went upstairs, at which point the boy left the bus and contacted the police. Wandsworth police released CCTV footage of two people they wanted to trace in connection with the robbery and the ongoing investigation has resulted in a 15-year-old girl being arrested in connection with She has been bailed until early January.
According to an article in the Wandsworth guardian,buying a home in Battersea and London in general now costs 14 times the national average earnings - the highest level on record - according to a new report published.This pushes Battersea house prices way out of reach of most young couples these days. A strong demand for housing in London combined with a lack of supply has increased house prices by 86 per cent since 2009, property analysts Hometrack said. According to Hometrack's figures, the average house price in London is £482,800 - more than 14 times the average annual wage at £33,720. That is more than double the house price-to-earnings ratio across the UK generally, where a buyer can expect to spend around 6.5 times their annual wage to purchase a home. you can read the original article here
Wandsworth has been ranked 54 in the new Vibrant Economy Index by respected accountants Grant Thornton. The index analysed 324 local authorities and ranked them on six categories .All the categories were thought to be vital to promoting a good economic environment for local residents and businesses. Richmond came out top of the London boroughs it seems, scoring very well in areas such as health,wellbeing and happiness. It also scored well in community, trust and belonging. Here are where some of the other local boroughs came in: Elmbridge 17 Wandsworth 54 Epsom and Ewell 58 Merton 71 Bromley 73 Kingston 86 Croydon 87 Dartford 126 Sutton 141 Greenwich 147 Bexley 151 Lewisham 196 According to Grant Thornton the index is a great way to provide businesses with an understanding of their local economy and the issues that will affect investment decisions both within the business and externally policy-makers and place-shapers with an overview of the strengths and opportunities, challenges and weaknesses of individual places as well as the dynamic between different areas citizens with an accessible insight into how their place is doing, so that they can contribute to shaping local discussions about what is important to them
Even though nationally property has had its lowest growth rate in over 20 months, it seems London house prices have still seen an increase of nearly 11 per cent. Londons annual price increase of 10.9 per cent takes the average property value to £487,649 on the whole. The news follows the leader of the borough of Kingston Kevin Davis describing affordable housing in London as a “myth”. Mr Davis said: “It’s a myth that we have been perpetuating that there is such a thing as affordable housing. “The reality is we are going to start pushing the young out of London.” Even though London is bucking the national trend, the speed of growth is slowing down. London house values have increased by just 0.9 per cent in the last quarter compared to the usual 3 per cent it has been in the last 3 years.
The wonderful Battersea Dogs Home has launched an appeal for blankets for its current residents. WIth the temperature dropping as winter approaches, even our furry friends need a little help to keep warm. “We do everything we can to keep our dogs warm as it gets colder, including dressing them in doggy jumpers, putting the heating up and giving particularly vulnerable dogs special, padded beds - but nothing helps to combat the winter chills quite like a warm, snuggly blanket. “So please, donate a blanket to Battersea this Christmas - you’ll make a rescue dog very happy.” Donations can be brought into the London centre. The home kindly asks not to bring sheets as they are too thin or duvets as they are too heavy.
Police are searching for information on a male suspect after a sexual assault on two women in Clapham at about 2am on Sunday, May 22. The Police’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse unit released the CCTV of a man they wish to speak to. You can see the video on the Wandsworth Guardian page here Watch Video A woman was sexually assaulted after a man followed her into a communal hallway in a residential building in Clapham Common South Side at about 2am on Sunday, May 22. The woman was able to fight off her attacker and ran away. Another woman was sexually assaulted by a man when he approached her from behind who pushed her into a communal area of a block of flats in Klea Avenue at 2am on Sunday, June 26. The 27-year-old was able to scratch her attacker close to his eyes with her key before he ran away. The suspect is described as being Asian, between 25 and 35 years of age, medium build, 5ft 5ins, with short black hair and he spoke with an English accent. CCTV released by the police show a man near where both assaults took place and police want to speak with him as part of the investigation. Detective Inspector Andrew Wadey from the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: "We are extremely keen to identify this man in connection with these incidents and appeal to anyone with any information to come forward as soon as possible. These incidents were terrifying ordeals for both victims.” Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8721 4251 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.