All the local schools are now closed and the sun is shining – that can only mean one thing, summer is officially here! Whether you are going on holiday or staying in London, I hope you have time to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
As a parent myself, I know what a challenge it can be keeping the children busy for the next six weeks – and that’s why I’ve put together my Family Summer Newsletter again this year. It’s full of ideas of activities to do in Wandsworth and across London. Click here to check it out and for a copy you can print out and highlight. Why not let me know which activities you try out? I’m on twitter @SadiqKhan.
A great week locally for good news!
Over the last couple of months I have been keeping you updated on a number of campaigns, and I am pleased to report we’ve had a run of campaign successes. Last week the Wheatsheaf was saved, and this week it looks as though The Romany may be safe too. The site, just next to Wandsworth Common, is home to Wandsworth 1st Scouts, the Playhouse Playgroup, Wandsworth’s only twins group and children’s parties every weekend. For the last two months I have joined the local community to urge the owners of the site not to sell the land to a developer to build a private nursery on the site and change the Romany as we know it. You can read more about the campaign here.
This week, following a wave of public opposition, the developer announced that he is no longer looking to build a nursery on the site, and will instead support the transfer of the Romany to the community. This is welcome news and shows the real strength of people power. So now the negotiations begin, as local residents and users of the site look to put together a bid to buy the Romany. I will carry on working closely with local campaigners to support the sale and help preserve the Romany for years to come.
There was yet more relief when I learned that Wandsworth Council were going to finally reopen the Triangle Children’s Centre on Tooting Common. The centre closed in November for refurbishment, and was due to reopen in April. Much to the frustration of local parents, the date was pushed back a number of times, leaving local families to travel much further afield to access much-needed facilities.
I have continuously called on the council to reopen the centre without delay, and I am glad to say that this Tuesday the doors of the Triangle finally reopened! I was there to celebrate with local parents and ward councillor Rosena Allin-Khan. Click here to find out more.
Like me, many of you will be horrified by the continued loss of life and suffering in Gaza, as the Israel authorities continue their military offensive in one of the most densely populated areas in the world. The UN’s humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos has expressed extreme concern at the situation, stating that the conflict has meant 44% of Gaza is a no-go area for Palestinians, and that residents are running out of food. There needs to be a ceasefire NOW. You can click here to find out more.
For those of us observing Ramadan, there are just a couple of days left until the fasting ends. It has certainly been a challenging month – with the hot weather and long days, but for me it has also been a rewarding month too. It has been great to see our community come together, people of all faiths and those who do not follow a particular faith, have come together to break fasts and to share our Ramadan experiences.
I would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating next week.
Until next time.