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Following opposition to the proposed closure of several rail station ticket offices, the rail companies concerned have pledged that they will address the issues raised by the local MP and users. 

The rail operators announced in February that they had launched a consultation into the closure of the ticket offices at stations including Tooting, Balham and Wandsworth Common and their replacement with “station hosts.” The consultation closed on 10 March. 

When the consultation was launched, MP for Tooting, Sadiq Khan, wrote to the rail operators raising his concerns, which included the need for clarity on how travellers would buy complex tickets such as half termly travel cards for children commuting to school or annual and monthly passes.

Sadiq Khan said: “I was also concerned that some customers had been told that the best way for them to purchase their tickets once these changes came in would be online, which would leave those customers without access to the internet with restricted options.”

A spokesman for Govia Th​ameslink Railway assured Sadiq Khan that the rail operators were listening to the concerns he and others had raised and will take “actions to address them”. 

Sadiq Khan said: “I am glad that rail operators have pledged to address my concerns and those of customers. However, before a final decision is made, it is vital that the public is reassured that the consultation process was fair, thorough and comprehensive, so I have written again to the rail operators to request details of the number of passengers who responded and what they said. If it turns out that this consultation was inadequate, I will be pushing for a second round of consultation in order to ensure passengers are heard”. 

Rail Companies pledge to address concerns before closing ticket offices

Following opposition to the proposed closure of several rail station ticket offices, the rail companies concerned have pledged that they will address the issues raised by the local MP and...

The Council is currently consulting residents on their plans to “de-designate” the Garratt Park Children’s Centre in Earlsfield.

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “We know how important free early years support is both for children’s development and in terms of the support it provides to parents, so I am very concerned that the Council is considering leaving Earlsfield without any free provision for children under three”.

Currently, the Garratt Park site is home to a nursery group in the morning and in the afternoon it offers parents free stay and play facilities for babies and young children. The Centre also offers free outreach to families needing extra support on the Henry Prince Estate.

The Council’s current proposals are to continue with the nursery provision in the morning but to consider the introduction of a charge for the stay and play facilities in the afternoon and to scrap the targeted services currently available to eligible families.

Sadiq Khan said: “The Garratt Park Centre provides a vital free service to the families on the Henry Prince Estate, where I grew up. If they remove this support, the Council would effectively be obliging parents to pay for a service they currently receive for free or travel some distance, with young children, to find an alternative. To make matters worse, the alternatives, at Smallwood School or West Hill, are already oversubscribed.”

Parents enjoying stay and play at Garratt Park

Proposed changes to Children’s Centre could be the end of free services for Earlsfield’s pre-school children

The Council is currently consulting residents on their plans to “de-designate” the Garratt Park Children’s Centre in Earlsfield. Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “We know how important free early... Read more

As part of World Autism Awareness Month, a group of local parents are launching Tooting’s first Autism Fayre, at Tooting Leisure Centre, in April.  

The fayre will offer workshops, sensory products, professional advice and stalls for children and young adults with autism and other conditions and their parents.

A new extended WAND+ card will also be launched at the fayre for young adults aged 18-25.

The card can be carried by people with autism, special needs, disabilities and other conditions and allows users discounts at a range of shops and facilities. 

According to Issop Koheeallee, one of the parents involved in the autism fayre: “The card also enables people with autism, which is often an invisible condition, to discreetly let others know about the challenges they are facing”.

Several local shops and cafes offer discounts to people carrying the WAND+ card, parking at St Mary’s and St George’s is free, as are leisure activities for card carriers and their carers at Tooting Leisure Centre. 

 

 

Parents launch first autism awareness event in Tooting

As part of World Autism Awareness Month, a group of local parents are launching Tooting’s first Autism Fayre, at Tooting Leisure Centre, in April.   The fayre will offer workshops,... Read more

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