First of all I would like say a huge well done to all the students in Wandsworth, who have worked incredibly hard to achieve impressive GCSE results this week. It doesn’t seem two minutes since I was collecting my results from Ernest Bevin College, (although they were O’Levels back then!) These results are a credit to your hard work, and the valuable support provided by our fantastic schools in the area.
Whether you decide to study for A Levels at one of the local sixth form colleges, or learn important skills through a vocational course or apprenticeship with a great local business or college, I wish you all the best on whatever path you choose to take. Please feel free to share with me how you or a family member got on! If you didn't get the results you wanted, please do not be too disheartened. There are still lots of options available to you and if you have any concerns you can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000.
Tooting misses out on Government’s flagship scheme
It is becoming increasingly difficult for young people to get on the property ladder in Tooting, especially since the average property price hit half a million pounds. The ‘Help to Buy’ scheme was introduced by the Government to help reduce the barriers faced by first time buyers, such as unaffordable deposits and even bigger mortgages. However, I have recently uncovered statistics which reveal that not one single resident in Tooting has been helped by the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. I’ve called for answers from the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP, and you can find out more about this here.
The Wheatsheaf still needs your help!
You may have heard about the planning application which has been submitted by Wheatsheaf owners, Enterprise Inns, to convert the upstairs of the pub in to nine residential flats. I have opposed the application outright (click here to read my objection) - there are real concerns that the application is being used by the owners to close The Wheatsheaf ‘through the back door’. Save The Wheatsheaf campaigners are concerned that any noise complaints made to Wandsworth Council by the residents could lead to the pub losing its licence, and ultimately a supermarket chain being brought in instead. This has happened elsewhere, and we do not want it to happen to The Wheatsheaf.
That’s why we need your help in opposing it. All you have to do is email your objection, with the reference 2014/3954, to firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to use the wording of my objection too. The application is open for comment until this Monday!
Until next time.
P.S. Have you seen my shiny new column in the Wandsworth Guardian this week? You can read a copy of it here, and make sure to look out for the next one in a couple of weeks’ time…