Wandsworth gets its first bikehangar and it’s in Furzedown !

Almost 3.5 years after a petition requesting a bikehangar in Furzedown was first submitted to Wandsworth Council by your local Furzedown Labour team, this week Kettering Street finally got its bikehangar – the first in the borough! I am delighted that Furzedown now has its first bikehangar, but disappointed that residents had to wait so…

A request for volunteers from the Friends of Tooting Common

As we all know, Furzedown is fabulous in large part because of voluntary organisations that put in a huge amount of work behind the scenes that most of us don’t see. The Friends of Tooting Common is a perfect example of this. It organises regular bats walks, litter picks on the common (without which it…

Furzedown hits the New York Times!

Today the New York Times ran a long piece on Tooting; “The London of London’s Mayor”. You can read it here; it’s worth it! There’s lots to agree with: “Sure, Britain might be going to hell in a Brexit hand basket, but Londoners had elected the first Muslim mayor of any major Western city —…

A Furzedown diary of events

One of the very special things about the community in Furzedown is just how much it does! We have bat walks, dog shows, jazz concerts, a Christmas Fair, winter solstice celebrations, a pumpkin parade and, of course, The Big Day Out, to name just a few. I’ll be adding events here as I hear about…

Wandsworth Council declines request for playground for homeless shelter

Last week I attended the Housing Commitee at Wandsworth Council. As well as some really depressing updates on the ever-increasing number of homeless people in the borough, and updates on the ever-increasing short-fall in properties, there was a particularly sad item about a homeless shelter in Tooting. 70% of the 80 homeless families who live…

Fundraising for Refugees

Every day the stories I read in the press about the plight of refugees in Europe fill me with sadness. This year the winter has been especially severe in Central and Southern Europe making life almost unberable for refugees in poorly-heated camps in Greece. In one camp near Thessaloniki, which Alf Dubs recently visited, he…

How I uncovered a multi-million pound housing scandal in Furzedown

In late 2015, through constituency casework and as a result of volunteering at the local foodbank in Furzedown, I started to notice the name of the same landlord cropping up in relation to housing complaints. I visited some of the properties I was told about on Mitcham Lane and Eardley Road and was shocked at…

Cornered council finally comes clean about rubbish-strewn streets

Wandsworth Council recently voted to introduce litter wardens able to issue on the spot fines in an effort to stem the current rubbish crisis in the borough’s town centres. The initiative follows a long and successful campaign by Wandsworth Labour councillors to push the council to recognise that it must do more to tackle flytipping…

Standing up for the NHS

The NHS is facing its biggest financial squeeze in history. The impact of cuts are being felt across our GP surgeries, local hospitals and in the social care our parents and grandparents receive. Last month I and my colleague Cllr Jeremy Ambache, proposed a Motion to Wandsworth Council asking the Council to ensure care workers…

Good news to start the new year

It is always lovely to hear from constituents over Christmas but this year was particularly  lovely as I received the good news from one local Mum that she has finally been offered a flat after almost 4 years of “sofa surfing”. Her story was especially sad as she became homeless as a result of domestic…