NORTHCOTE WARD E-bulletin September 2009 by ni883r


									NORTHCOTE WARD E-bulletin September
Welcome back after the summer. Our September bulletin has
details of forthcoming events and activities in Northcote and
elsewhere in Wandsworth; the latest from the Heathrow
campaign; information about secondary schools admissions;
details of a further tax threat to local businesses and a couple
of current planning applications.
Please forward the bulletin to friends and neighbours.
Philip Beddows
Peter Dawson
Martin Johnson
Councillors, Northcote Ward, Battersea.
Wandsworth Borough Council


Councils win legal hearing on Heathrow
Wandsworth is one of a group of councils that is challenging the
Government’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow. The
High Court hearing is likely to be later this autumn when the councils
will argue that ministers used flawed and erroneous evidence in
support of their decision to approve the third runway.
See Councils win legal hearing on Heathrow
For information about the campaign group, visit

Litter fines at Clapham Junction
The Council's anti-litter squad, working with the local police, handed
out 25 on-the-spot fines one August morning to people who were
caught dropping litter on the pavement outside Clapham Junction
See Clapham Junction litterbugs fined

Secondary Schools - Admissions 2010
Information meetings about the admissions process for 2010 are
being held on Tuesday September 8th and Wednesday September 9th
(between 7pm and 8.15pm) at the Civic Suite, Town Hall, Wandsworth
High Street SW18. See Secondary school transfer meetings .
Applications for entry in September 2010 need to be submitted by
23rd October 2009 see online at
Between 17th September and 21st October Wandsworth’s secondary
schools have organised a series of open days / evenings for
prospective pupils and parents. Details are given in Choose a
Wandsworth Secondary School, the guide for admissions to
Wandsworth secondary schools in 2010 that is available at your
child’s primary school; online (see link above) or from Pupil Services,
Wandsworth Council (Tel 020 8871 7316 or email ).
For 2009 GCSE results see Record year for GCSE students

7th – 30th September Battersea’s SW11 Literary Festival
Copies of the programme for the 2009 SW11 Festival are available
from Northcote and Battersea libraries and Jamie Oliver’s Recipease
and Waterstones in St John’s Road. See Literary feast begins
There are a series of talks and discussions at Waterstones; workshops
at Northcote Library and guest appearances at a variety of other
Battersea locations including Chris Patten at St Mary’s Church (14th
September); Melvyn Bragg at St Mary’s Church (10th September); Alan
Davies at the Battersea Arts Centre (11th September) and Alan
Titchmarsh at Battersea Power Station (23rd September).
“My Nan’s Recipes” – the SW11 Cook Book Competition – enter your
favourite family recipe and the best 24 will be published before
Christmas. Entries must be received by 20th September.
Battersea Poems competition – text in your poem about the people
who live, work and visit Battersea. Competition closes 31st October.
For more information about all events and the competitions visit and see the Festival Programme online.

photoWandsworth09 - DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 9th
There is still time to send in your entries for the 2009 Wandsworth
amateur photo competition - photoWANDSWORTH09.
The deadline for entries is September 9 and there is a special Young
Person’s Prize. See Still time to snap for cash

Wednesday September 9th (7pm) Northcote Ward Safer
Neighbourhood Police Team (SNT) – Open Meeting.
The SNT’s next Open meeting is at St Michael’s Church, Cobham
Close, off Bolingbroke Grove on September 9th at 7pm
Every 2 months the SNT organises an open public meeting to which all
residents and businesses in Northcote are invited. Do come along to
meet the SNT team, raise matters that concern you and hear the latest
from the Police about their activities in the ward.
To receive the Northcote SNT bulletins contact the team at 020 8247
8602 or email

Sunday 13th September the St John's Hill Festival
The first St John’s Hill Festival will take place between 11am and 5pm
on Sunday 13th September along St John’s Hill from Plough Road to the
St John’s health centre. Funds will be raised for the LARA community
centre which will be hosting an open day with lots of children's
activities. Come along and support the local shops and businesses.

19th – 20th September Open House London Weekend
Northcote Ward – Thomas’s School open Saturday am 19th
September Locally Thomas’s School, Broomwood Road, Battersea is
opening its new classroom block to the public between 10am and
1pm on the Saturday.
Also in Wandsworth the new National Tennis Centre in Roehampton
will be open to the public as are Emmanuel School and the Royal
Victoria Patriotic Building. See Wandsworth set for Open House
Full details across London at

YOUNG Performer 2009 – Final Sunday 29th November
Open to youngsters between 11 and 19 years who live or go to a
school or youth club in Wandsworth. Organised by Wandsworth
Council’s Arts Team and supported by Battersea Arts Centre and the
Royal Academy of Dance. Auditions in October including FREE
performance master classes during the October half term. See Search
for young talent
To register complete the form online at
or call (020) 8871 8711 or email

We Love Northcote Road
Date for the diary – Thursday 3rd December (4.30pm to 6.30pm)
Christmas Lights switch on with the Northcote children’s choir.
Support our local shops and businesses

Local Businesses Face New Tax Threat
The Government is planning a 10% hike in London business rates over
the next five years. Jane Ellison, Conservative Parliamentary
spokesman ( ), argues that this could be
disastrous for many local businesses and has responded to the
Government’s consultation on behalf of local Conservatives. Under the
proposals most other regions in the UK can look forward to
reductions. Some transitional relief arrangements are proposed but
we saw how flawed this approach was this spring, when many local
shops and businesses were pushed to the edge of bankruptcy by
business rate rises. Jane adds “The whole approach to business rates
really needs an overhaul”. Have your say before 23rd September.

Northcote Library
Pick up the September programme of events at the library for
information about Reading Groups; the Craft Group for adults;
Computer Courses as well as regular Rhyme and Story Times for
Also the Library’s toilets have been designated as Community Toilet
facilities that are available to everyone not just Library users.

76-80 Chatham Road SW11 (HiQ Garage)
The Council has received a planning application to demolish the
existing garage and build 9 residential units and a retail unit. There
are details on the Planning Website ref 2009/2518 Search the
applications database.
Copies of the plans are displayed currently at the garage or can be
viewed at the Town Hall (telephone 020 8871 8412 to arrange an
If you have any comments about the proposed development send
them to with copies to the
Northcote ward councillors
Philip Beddows - ;
Peter Dawson – and
Martin Johnson –

94 Northcote Road SW11 (formerly the Pitcher & Piano)
The Council has received a planning application from The Draft House
to refurbish these premises including extending the forecourt and
outside seating area; replacing the glass screens in Salcott Road with
timber screens; modification of the shopfront to allow a section to
open; the removal of the low level brick wall in Northcote Road and
the erection of a canvass awning. There are details on the Planning
Website ref 2009/2797 Search the applications database and copies
of the plans can be viewed at the Town Hall (telephone 020 8871
8412 to arrange an appointment). If you have any comments about
the proposals send them to
with copies to the Northcote ward councillors
Philip Beddows - ;
Peter Dawson – and
Martin Johnson –

Office move for Adult Social Services
From 1st September the new address for Wandsworth’s Adult Social
Services is 90 Putney Bridge Road, SW18 1HR. Tel 020 8871 7707.

St George’s want to sell Grade II Listed Bolingbroke
St George’s Hospital Trust remains determined to sell the Bolingbroke
despite English Heritage designating it a Grade II Listed Building. The
Trust will seek detailed planning approval to redevelop the site before
offering it for sale probably later next year. Though St George’s plans
will include a health centre for Wandsworth Primary Care Trust the
proposals for the rest of the site are likely to be largely residential.
The Bolingbroke Friends secured a great victory in gaining Grade II
listed building status and we must continue our efforts to ensure its
future use meets the needs and aspirations of local people.

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