Fixed penalty notices for breaching Wandsworth Common by-laws

Starting Monday May 20th 2019, the Parks and Events Police are authorised to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for breaches of the bylaws applying to local Parks and Commons. People who misbehave and commit anti-social behaviour in est open spaces face being handed on-the-spot fines.

The council is introducing changes to the way irresponsible and unreasonable behaviour (including the bye law prohibiting the mending of chairs!) is dealt with. This change is designed to free up the borough’s parks police officers to carry out additional patrols.

The Society was consulted about this proposal and agreed and welcomed the change.  

Music for Minds

The Society’s meeting for the Wandsworth Arts Fringe on 9 May saw some 60 people learning to sing together – in the way that Singing with Friends bring together people living with dementia. Anyone passing in the street outside would assume that we were at a choir rehearsal complete with a glorious descant! The meeting stared with an uplifting presentation on the way the music  engages dementia sufferers.

EU Election Hustings

Tuesday night this week saw well over 100 people in St Anne’s Church, Wandsworth, at hustings organised jointly by the Wandsworth Society and Putney Society. Representatives from six parties (ChangeUK, Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP) took to the platform for a 4 minute speech, followed by 10 minutes of questions.

The event was chaired by Jonathan Callaway of the Putney Society and organised by David Kirk of the Wandsworth Society. Considerable effort was made to secure the speakers at very short notice and our only regret was the absence of a speaker from the newly formed Brexit Party.

Debenhams in Southside to close

Today it was announced that the Wandsworth store is one of the 22 poor performing stores to close in 2020 (along with Wimbledon – Centre Court – but not Clapham Junction. This is something of a blow for Southside as Debenhams is the largest space user – and provides a useful cut through from Garratt Lane. In practice it has never drawn the custom from the south end of the centre (Waitrose end) end and it not really going to be missed. But a void will not be good for the north end of the centre. Watch this space.

Brady’s is closing

Many Society members were saddened to hear that Brady’s fish restaurant beside the river is closing its doors for the last time on 28th April. “Luke and Amelia Brady are retiring after 30 years of serving the finest fish to the good people of Wandsworth and beyond”. We will miss you!