Lines have now reopened after someone on the track at Battersea caused large delays and train cancellations on the line between Clapham Junction and Waterloo. South West trains tweeted shortly before 10am to warn travellers that all trains in the Clapham Junction area were at a standstill because of a 'trespass incident'. A spokesman from the British Transport Police said they were called before 10am to "a person on the tracks" at Queenstown Road, Battersea. He added: "We attended alongside the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service. "A person was located nearby and has been taken to a place of safety." An earlier statement from South West trains said all trains had to be stopped until the trespasser could be removed from the tracks and taken into custody.
It has just been announced that at the end of the year, the Queen will no longer be the patron of Battersea Dogs and Cats home. She has been patron of Battersea since 1956 and visited the charity’s Old Windsor centre in 1986. Buckingham Palcee issued a statement that said the decision followed the example set by the Duke of Edinburgh, who resigned from a number of his patronages when he turned 90 back in 2011. The Queen is currently royal patron of more than 600 organisations and she will now hand over responsibility for bodies including the Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association to other members of the Royal Family. A spokesman for the palace said: “At the end of The Queen’s 90th birthday year, Her Majesty will step down as patron from a number of national organisations. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home will announce its new patron in 2017.
Photo credit : @Phill_potts Traffic is still congested after a serious crash on Putney Bridge this morning.So we advise to avoid the area if at all possible. Police were called to the scene of the crash at approximately 7 am this morning. A man was taken to hospital with what are considered to be serious but non life threatening injuries. Witness Syle Haradinovic, 34, from Putney, described the vehicles as being “crumpled together”. He told the Evening Standard: “I arrived at Putney Bridge at about 7.15am. There were about three fire trucks, two ambulance cars and police. “All the vehicles involved were crumpled together. “The van in the middle was very badly damaged. It was very bad.” A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We sent two ambulance crews to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in under five minutes. “We treated a patient at the scene and took them to a hospital in west London.” TfL have confirmed that buses are now running as normal.
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