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.
Police are searching for information after two teenagers robbed an 11 year old boy of his money and assaulted at a bus stop in Battersea. The boy was waiting at a bus stop near the Londis store in Falcon Road with a friend, when he was approached by another boy and girl .Then then robbed him. This was Wednesday September 28. He then went onto the 319 bus and sat downstairs and the two teens went to sit upstairs. Once he got off the bus the 11-year-old called the police. The girl was described as being black and wore a black quilted jacket, blue jeans and red and purple rucksack. If you have any information or recognise either of the two youths shown in the picture, please call the local police on 101.
Battersea power station – Pink Floyd - A brief history Pink Floyd have always been known nearly as much for the iconic artwork associated with their albums as their music. The cover of Animals being no exception. Released on 23rd January 1977 by harvest records in the UK and Columbia in the USA , it was the tenth album by Pink Floyd. The albums iconic cover consists of a picture of a pig floating between two of the chimneys at Battersea power station. It was designed by the bands long term artwork designer and friend Storm Thorgeson of Hipgnosis studios. Once the album had been finished, work began on its cover. Storm having been the designer of the band's previous album covers was called upon to come up with some ideas, He originally came up with a couple of ideas to show the band. One idea involved an idea of a small child looking into his parents' bedroom to find them having sex: "copulating, like animals!" None of these idea came to fruition and unusually the final design idea came from Roger Waters, the bands bassist and one of the main songwriters. He drove past the power station nearly every day as he lived nearby , so it was heavily engrained in his thoughts. The building was coming towards the end of its working life at this point and was in a state of general disrepair. A view of the building was chosen for the cover image, and the band commissioned German company Ballon Fabrik (who had previously constructed the famous Zeppelin airships) to build the inflatable pig with the help of Australian artist and designer Jeffery Shaw. It was over 30ft long and known affectionately as Algie. During the photo shoot for the album cover, Algie broke loose from its tethers on the second day and, much to the astonishment of the pilots of approaching passenger jets, it escaped into the flight path of Heathrow airport not far away. Police helicopters were called in to track its course, until it landed in a farm in Kent. The owner of the farm was apparently most annoyed that a giant Pig had frightened his cows ! Peter Watts is the author of “Up In Smoke” a book on Battersea Power Station> He is on record as saying he thinks possibly one of the main reasons the power station has such worldwide recognition is due to it having appeared on the cover of the album in 1977. To mark the re-issue of Pink Floyd's 14 studio albums by their record label EMI Music, another giant inflatable pink pig was flown above Battersea Power Station in London. This was September 26, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/Files
Last night (16th November) two trees were cut down in mindless acts of vandalism in Fred Wells Gardens, Battersea. Apparently the trees were approximately 60 and 40 years old. During the second cutting down it seems the vandals were forced to flee leaving the chainsaw stuck in the tree. The police are investigating, but if you have any information as to who might be responsible then please contact Wandsworth police on 101. original article
Watch Video Here Further to our previous post on Peter Dazeley's wonderful pictures of the Power Station, we have just discovered this video (although its actually quite old) of the inside from 2013. Sorry we are late to the game, but its a great video so worth sharing. The Telegraph newspaper visited Battersea Power Station before it changed forever - watch this film to get a rare look inside the Grade II listed building. In November 2013 The Telegraph was one of the final visitors to Battersea Power Station, gaining rare access to the building before its regeneration began.
If you cast your eyes skywards tonight, you will see the moon as it is it's closest distance to Earth in seventy years. Since 1948 in fact. At tonights perigee (Closest point in its orbit) it will appear up to a third brightr and about 14 % bigger than normal. It won't happen again until 2034, so go and take advantage of this rare and beautiful astronomical event. Moonrise is the best time to view the Moon, clouds and weather permitting, of course. At this time, illusion mixes with reality to make a low-hanging Moon that looks unnaturally large when compared to foreground objects.The the average distance from Earth is 237,700 miles but tonight it will only be 221,524 miles. So close you can almost touch it.
Five years from now this iconic Grade II-listed building will be the new office space to over 1,500 Apple workers and bear no resemblance to its current state. Before it's changed forever however, photographer Peter Dazeley has taken an amazing set of pictures showing the interior as is currently stands.Possibly the final glimpse of how it looks, it's well worth checking out the pictures of the interior and workings of what was once the first of its kind, producing over 400,000 kilowatts of electricity on the banks of the Thames in South West London. Original Article All photos credited to Peter Dazeley You can read more about his projects and work here: http://www.peterdazeley.com/