On 10 November Phil Evison, a local historian, gave an interesting talk to the Society on the present and past pubs of Wandsorth and the historic links with the Ram Brewery. To view the talk please follow the link
On the 13 October Bruce St.Julian-Bown made a presentation to Society members on the relatively recently formed Green Group, marking the Group’s first public step in developing it’s role.
The attached review of the talk gives an outline of the issues – and includes some compelling statistics.
On 8 September Tom Spurrier made a very topical and clear presentation to the Society giving us the clear messages on how energy performance of buildings needs to change. Tom outlined the complexity of this issue as carbon emissions are predominantly embedded in the construction of the buildings rather than the issues of occupancy.
To see a recording of the talk follow this link:
One of the largest open spaces in our part of South West London is under threat.
The AELTC’s planning application, to develop the golf course, continues. A year on, they have added 60 new documents, but the core principles are unchanged.
On Capability Brown’s Grade II* historic Metropolitan Open Land they still plan an 8,000-seat stadium, 38 courts, 10 other buildings and 9kms of roads and paths. The new AELTC park would still be “permissive” rather than “public” and still contains a 30,000sqft maintenance building. All this would still break the 1993 covenants demanded by Merton to protect the golf course and agreed by AELTC on their purchase.
For full details see Home | Save Wimbledon Park where you will find access to a petition.
On 9 June, as our joint contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festival, the Wandsworth Society and Putney Societies were addressed by Phil Evison onthe history of rowing on the Thames. To see a recording of the meeting click the link below.