Third Heathrow runway thrown in to doubt

Following the case brought by environmental groups, councils (including Wandsworth) and the GLA, the court of appeal has ruled that the government’s decision to allow the expansion of Heathrow was unlawful because it did not take climate commitments into account. The judges said that in future, a third runway could go ahead, as long as it fits with the UK’s climate policy.

The airport owners have said that they will appeal against the decision.

Garratt Lane Environmental Improvements

Councillors have given their backing to a proposal reduce vehicle speeds, encourage cycling and improve conditions for pedestrians in Earlsfield.

The proposals, which will now be the subject of further detailed investigation, could lead to an investment of up to £5m in local transport infrastructure.

As well as new cycle lanes, more trees and the introduction of ‘parklets’ and other small green parcels at various locations, the blueprint calls for a 20mph zone along the whole length of Garratt Lane, plus the creation of four Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

Society Meeting – The Huguenots in Wandsworth

Thursday saw a massive turnout – probably due to an article and unsolicited publicity in a recent Brightside – to hear Tim Kidd give an interesting talk on the history of the Huguenots and their fascinating impact on the industrialised past of Wandsworth. Many apologies to those for whom it was “standing room only”.

We will be holding a walk around the area – including Mount Nod when it becomes a public open space – in the early Summer; this will be publicised to Society members through the Society Newsletter and monthly flyers but open to all, so watch this website for details.

Tours around the Ram Brewery

Brewery and Stable Tours are now being offered around the former Youngs Brewery, now the Ram Quarter. There is an the opportunity to dig deeper into the heritage of the iconic buildings on a guided tour led by John Hatch, brewer and raconteur extraordinaire.

Visitors will be taken behind the scenes for a journey through the London landmark, including the old stables where the Shire horses used to be kept and the nanobrewery itself.

Brewery tours will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays starting at 2.30pm and lasting just under an hour. Cost is £15 adults; £5 children. To book Book online here:

Consultation on North Wandsworth Masterplan

The council is preparing a masterplan for a large area of industrial land north of Armoury Way and along the Wandle Delta.

The masterplan will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document to produce a guide to future development and investment. In order to better understand the wishes and priorities of locals the council are holding two information and feedback sessions. These sessions will be at:Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street, February 20, 5.30pm – 8.30pm ans in Southside Shopping Centre, next to Waitrose entrance, February 22, 10am -2pm.