After over a month of world class football (well maybe not from England!), the World Cup Final is finally here, and my Team Khan sweepstake, Argentina, are in the final! Although, after the way Germany trounced Brazil…… I am not that confident. Who are you supporting? With a busy weekend ahead, filled with school fayres at Sellincourt Primary and Nightingale School, as well as other events, I’ll be taking a couple of hours to watch the match at home with the family. Where will you be watching?
Fighting to save The Romany
The Romany, on Lyford Road, near Wandsworth Common is owned by Magdalen Tennis Club, and last week it emerged that the club’s committee are planning to sell the whole site to a developer, who wants to build a private nursery on the land. Plans which would change The Romany as we know it. And so last Thursday, the community came together to urge the tennis club to consider alternative options that would keep the site as it is. I spoke at the meeting, as a member of the panel, and was pleased to see that local people were there to show their support for The Romany in their hundreds. You can find out more about this here.
I also joined scouts, cubs, local residents and other campaigners outside the tennis club on Sunday morning to lobby members to support our campaign. After all, the club are a community organisation themselves, the tennis club should be working with the local community, not against it. You can see some photos from the lobby here.
The Romany is really treasured by local residents, and this brilliant community-led campaign has shown just how much. I was really touched when I read this open letter from David Mason, an Assistant Scout Leader for the Wandsworth 1st Scouts, on what The Romany has done for him. This is just one example of what the site means to people and why I’ll be fighting tooth and nail to save it. If you’ve not yet signed the petition to save The Romany, please do so here. I will be sure to keep you updated on any developments.
Common sense prevails!
You may remember, and even taken part in the council consultation on introducing a number of road closures in the Fishponds Road area. Whilst it is clear that traffic in the area is a problem, local residents were very clear that they did not think that road closures were the answer. I worked with local councillors to encourage residents to have their say – and I’m pleased to report that common sense prevailed and the proposals were scrapped. Now it is important the council go back to the drawing board, and develop realistic solutions for addressing traffic concerns in the area. You can read more about this here.
Until next time.
P.S. In need of advice on disputes with your insurance company, pension or mortgage? Next Thursday I’ve invited the Financial Ombudsman to Tooting, along with the Citizens Advice Bureau and South West London Law Centre. If you’re around Tooting Broadway on the 17th, please do come by and see if we can help. More information here.
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