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February 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Happy new year 2010

Authors: Cyril Richert, Kate Williams, Julia Matcham

Dear reader,

On behalf of the Clapham Junction Action Group, we wish you a very happy new year 2010.

We have come a long way since our first battle over the proposed 42 storey towers at Clapham Junction. We have succeeded in stopping that development as well as a proposed 16 storey hotel nearby. As a result, the Council have become more focussed about what residents of our borough truly want, and hopefully their Core Strategy reference document will be amended to reflect this new thinking.

We didn’t set out to become involved in adventures further afield, but in retrospect, there was some inevitability about this happening. What is permitted in the way of ‘tall buildings’ or skyscrapers in any of the borough’s five centres becomes a precedent for developers throughout the borough. It is a virus that spreads.

We realised fairly quickly that ideally we should be pro-active about these matters and not wait to be accused of only being obstructive and against ‘regeneration’ (a word too frequently used by developers when they want to knock something down!). We should have some idea of what we want as well as what we don’t want.

We are planning to arrange a meeting of those who would be willing to join in a discussion of how we might develop as an organisation. That doesn’t mean promising your time on a regular basis …none of us are in a position to do that… but it would be good to know how people think, and if they have any areas of expertise which could be helpful.

Suggested date is

Tuesday January 19th (evening)

Let us know if you are interested (contact form here) and we’ll send you the venue and exact time a few days before.

We would like to make it clear that CJAG is not a political organisation. We try to represent the views of local residents only. It might occur that we disagree with the Council, but expressing different views, even strongly, does not mean systematic opposition.

January 1, 2010 at 10:43 am 5 comments

Neighbours’ Street Party

This Sunday (19th July), there will be a co-ordinated effort around the country to get neighbours together for a party.

The Big Lunch  is part of the 2012 Olympics Team Green Britain initiative and has a website offering advice on everything from getting permission to close your road, to what food to serve. You can also use the site to find the nearest street party to your house.

While the local council is in support of the party it couldn’t help with funding, but local businesses have stepped up to the challenge.

Restaurants Chez Manny (French), Galapagos (Mediterranean) and Royal Nepalese (Indian) are joining forces to lay on a £5-a-head barbecue, while ­Sambrook’s, a local brewery, will be sorting the beers.

Mental health charity Sound Minds is taking care of the tunes, with reggae and rock bands as well as DJs set to play.

Other locals will run stalls on the day, including a man selling his home-made apple juice and a book stall by local author Isabel Losada, author of The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment.

The street party is planned for the afternoon but the organisers are already planning the after party and have a ­licence until midnight.


July 18, 2009 at 9:57 am

European election Thu 4 June 2009

Author: Cyril Richert

Nothing to do with Clapham Junction and towers (so far) but I would like to take to opportunity of the audience of this website to join LoveClapham and remind you about the European election in a few days.

There are 72 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) representing the UK to elect. The UK is divided into 12 regions for the vote, with anywhere between three and 10 MEPs representing each region.

The MEPs will be elected for a period of five years. You will only need to put one X on your ballot paper when you vote, selecting which political party or independent candidate you favour out of those on offer. The winners will be selected by a system of proportional representation.

Lists for London can be found here.

You will find information about the role of a MEP here.

All the 736 MEP will be elected between June the 4th and the 7th in the 27 countries of the European Union.

If you want to see how your MEPs vote and represent you in the European Parliament, it is here: (an independent monitoring website of EU politics). It provides detailed information about parliamentarians’ voting records and formal political activities – from committee work to parliamentary reports – and includes easy-to-access information on the political coalitions that are formed around policy issues.

All citizens of the EU who have registered in the EU country they live in can vote.

And in case you wonder what Europe has ever done for us and why you need to vote, just look here.

May 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Recycling and Waste Minimisation – Public Meeting organised by the Battersea Society

The Battersea Society is organising a Public Meeting on Recycling and Waste Minimisation

Date: Thursday 19 March 2009
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Venue: Dimson Hall in Battersea Church Road (which is opposite to St. Mary’s the Parish Church of Battersea . It is fairly close to Battersea Bridge. Buses 49, 345 , 319 all from Clapham Junction).

A Waste of Time and Energy??

The Battersea Society believes that it is timely to look at the issue of recycling in the light of some adverse press reports, and the likely effects of the depression/recession with the fall in waste materials prices. Does the advance in incineration technology make this a more viable use of our waste.

At the same time recycling levels in Wandsworth are set to be only 26% in 2008/2009 with only modest target increases thereinafter. How can we expect people to cooperate to achieve an increase if they are beginning to question the rationale.

The obvious way to produce a significant improvement is to reduce the waste we generate in the first place with an increased emphasis on waste minimisation yet where are the incentives in the system to encourage this?

These and many more questions will arise during the course of the evening.

The meeting will do this by taking a local (Wandsworth) view of what is currently happening in a London wide context.

To do this, there will be highly qualified speakers to present the current picture and answer your questions.

  • Matthew Thompson, Chief Executive of the London Community Recycling Network,
  • Michael Singham the Senior Waste Policy Officer Wandsworth Council

March 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

Happy new year 2009

Author: Cyril Richert

Dear reader,

On behalf of the Clapham Junction Action Group, I wish you a very happy new year 2009.

I also remind everyone about the public meeting, organised with the help of the Battersea Society:
Wednesday 28th January, 2009

Public meeting on the Clapham Junction planning proposal

With a range of speakers, including Martin Linton MP, Kate Williams (Clapham Junction Action Group) and the Battersea Society.

All residents are welcome, please come along
Venue: Wessex House, 1a St Johns Hill SW11 1TN (Night club in front of Clapham Junction station)
Time: between 7pm and 9pm

Cyril Richert

January 1, 2009 at 12:00 am

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