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Wandsworth Council has publically agreed to consult on their plans to remove 77 trees which line Chestnut Avenue on Tooting Common the day after Sadiq Khan MP launched a petition calling for consultation.

The removal of the trees is part of the Council’s bid proposal for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of aspects of the common.

The proposal to replace the trees on Chestnut Avenue with saplings is a controversial one, which local groups, such as the Friends of Tooting Common, and residents have argued should be subject to public consultation.

However, no public consultation has taken place and the paper in which the proposals appear and which was made public on February 12, makes no mention of consultation. By contrast, the paper says the Council will consult on another aspect of the grant bid, namely the closure of Dr Johnson Avenue.

The Friends of Tooting Common has confirmed that “the FOTC were informed of the proposals, but were asked not to comment publicly or inform our members”.

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting said: “It is very worrying that the Friends of Tooting Common and the Tooting Common Management Advisory Committee were asked by the Council not to reveal these proposals to the public or indeed to their members. It is great news, however, that the council has now committed to consulting the local community on the future of this beautiful local landmark”. 

 

 

letter from the Friends of Tooting Common revealing that the Council requested the organisation keep the plans to remove the trees "confidential". The letter confirms that the Friends of Tooting Common were "not consulted"

Council commits to consult community before removing 77 mature trees from Tooting Common

Wandsworth Council has publically agreed to consult on their plans to remove 77 trees which line Chestnut Avenue on Tooting Common the day after Sadiq Khan MP launched a petition... Read more

Wandsworth Council will soon be asking residents of the borough if they support a borough-wide 20mph limit on most residential streets in Wandsworth.

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “I have always been a strong supporter of the introduction of 20mph zones in areas where residents requested them. But as more and more wards voted in favour of 20mph zones, it has become clear that the borough is now a patchwork of different zones making enforcement difficult and sometimes leaving residents unsure of what speed they should be doing. So, I welcome the Council’s decision to back the idea, originally proposed by Labour Councillors, of implementing a borough-wide 20mph limit”.

If residents support the proposals, it would mean the implementation of a 20mph limit in most residential streets in the borough. The 20mph limit would not be imposed on main roads or on bus routes.  

Sadiq Khan said “slower speeds on our borough’s roads would reduce the risk of road casualties, reduce noise and positively impact air quality”. He added: “it would also send a clear message to all drivers, and indeed enforcement agencies, that in Wandsworth cars must slow down”.

 

Sadiq Khan MP urges residents to back borough-wide 20mph speed limit

Wandsworth Council will soon be asking residents of the borough if they support a borough-wide 20mph limit on most residential streets in Wandsworth. Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “I... Read more

The recent findings of Ofsted’s unscheduled inspection of Wandsworth children’s department, released on February 16, found the department to be “inadequate”. The report states that failures by senior managers have left “some children at risk of harm”.

Commenting on the report, Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said “Looking after vulnerable children is one of the most important jobs a local authority does. Ofsted’s inspection report of Wandsworth’s Children’s Services is nothing short of damning”. He added “Whilst social workers within the department are praised for many aspects of their work, the Council’s leadership, management and governance were judged to be inadequate, leaving some children at risk of harm, including from sexual exploitation and including cases where children have had unexplained injuries”.

The report reveals that some care leavers are placed in temporary accommodation for long periods of time. Sadiq Khan said: “I am distressed to learn that care leavers are currently placed in Bed and Breakfast accommodation, which is unsuitable and makes these young people even more vulnerable.”

The report also reveals that some children at risk of sexual exploitation were inadequately identified and protected including children at “immediate risk of significant harm”.  The report says “Practice relating to identifying and responding to young people at risk of child sexual exploitation is inconsistent and some young people have been left in potentially exploitative situations for too long”. 

Wandsworth’s Children’s Department “inadequate” says Ofsted

The recent findings of Ofsted’s unscheduled inspection of Wandsworth children’s department, released on February 16, found the department to be “inadequate”. The report states that failures by senior managers have... Read more

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