Firstly, after thousands flocked to our parks over the Mother’s Day weekend, the takeaway refreshment services in the park cafes closed on Monday 23rd March. And then came the PM on the same evening, perhaps influenced the pictures of crowds on the commons and parks of South West London, restricting walking in groups and outdoor meetings. The latest position in Wandsworth is that although parks are still open playgrounds, outdoor gyms, toilets and other facilities are shut.
Although a day later there are lots of genuine exercisers including walkers, runners, cyclists, roller skaters, family ball game players and tai chi practitioners others read the single daily outing for “exercise” to mean sitting on a park bench enjoying the sunshine. But there is also some very foolish behaviour on display, like pairs of joggers coming from behind and squeezing between two walkers who have left a gap 3 metres apart and vigorous football played by a group of lads who are unlikely to all come from the same household.
It will be interesting to see whether we are to be asked to increase our vigilance over the coming weeks.
As a result of Coronavirus the elections planned for 7 May have been postponed until 2021. The Society, together with the Putney Society, was just finalising hustings and thse will now be schduled for April 2021.
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.
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.
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: https://bit.ly/2DUg4h4