Category Archives: OFF THE GRID

Proposed changes to Wandsworth Town Centre

Following last year’s consultation, TFL are now seeking further comments on proposals to make major changes to the town centre of Wandsworth.  This is to reduce traffic along the high street and return the surrounding road network to a two-way system.  The consultation is open for comments until Sunday 17 2016.

Visit the Council website for maps and information on how the proposals could affect your journey through Wandsworth Town Centre.


Drop-in sessions are being held where you will have the opportunity to find out more about these proposals.  The sessions will take place at:

  • Friday 4 December 2015: 11:00 – 16:00 at

Wandsworth Town Library, 11 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4AQ

  • Wednesday 9 December: 18:00- 20:00 at

Civic Centre Robing Room, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU

  • Saturday 12 December: 11:00 – 15:00 at

         Wandsworth Town Library, 11 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4AQ


Southfields Improvement Scheme – from WBC website

Southfields consultation

Changes to the local centre

Southfields is a largely residential area with an active “village” centre based around Replingham Road and Wimbledon Park Road, near the London Underground Station. It is characterised by a number of independent shops, businesses and high street supermarkets. It also serves a large number of commuters heading to/from the station and local bus stops.

We are proposing a scheme that aims to create a greater sense of place where local people want to spend more time while still allowing vehicles to move around efficiently. In order to achieve this aim it is important that the views of all those who live and work in the area are heard.This consultation provides you with details of the scheme and gives you an opportunity to directly take part in the decision process.

To assist you in completing this survey the following documentation is available for you:

The Council is running this consultation on proposed changes to Southfields until 15 January 2016.

You can state your views and preferences by completing our online survey


If you do not have online access, you can still give us your comments by calling 020 8871 6790 to request a paper copy of the survey.







In addition to Margaret’s earlier posting flagging up the above I feel it it is important that Grid residents are reminded of this and other major consultation deadlines that are looming regarding issues that may impact upon Grid Residents.  There is also the Plough Lane/Stadium development and Wandsworth Town Traffic.

In a recent letterbox flyer, our MP, Justine Greening, reminded us that the Airports Commission Public Consultation on the Heathrow Expansion runs until Tuesday 3rd February 2015.

There is still time to make your views known on the three basic options:
1. Expanding the airport capacity in the Southeast
2. Expansion at Heathrow including an extra runway
3. An option to expand Gatwick Airport.

Whatever the final decision, it will result in more noise and traffic for those people living in all the airport’s vicinities.    As a Grid resident for some time, I still recall Concorde flying over as it prepared  to land at Heathrow. It was an incredible aircraft, wonderful to watch, but the noise it generated when flying over the Grid was horrendous – usually on a Friday evening around 9pm.  My sympathies are with those living near airports wherever they are.

If the Heathrow expansion option is adopted there may well be a significant increase in the number of flights over the Grid and over London in general as aircraft circle and queue for a landing slot resulting in greater noise pollution and I assume if it the practice is still allowed, fuel dumping over the Capital.

My personal view and preference is, as is Ms Greening’s, for the Gatwick expansion option. It is extremely easy and fast to get to Gatwick by train – just one stop from Earlsfield Station to Clapham Junction, change platforms easily via the lifts to catch one of the many trains an hour to Gatwick and alight approximately 35 minutes later in the heart of the airport itself.  Quicker and easier than to Heathrow with its many terminals.  Ms Greening’s flyer says that the Gatwick option is also much cheaper, involves less disruption to the road network and, in terms of aircraft noise, affects a significantly smaller percentage of people.

The first consultation question is about what views people have on the three options. To respond you can email your concerns directly to the Airports Commission at: 

You can also find details of the consultation on the website at:
or telephone them direct on
0800 023 8128.

Copies of the consultation are also available at local Wandsworth Libraries



An ‘Off the Grid’ posting

Tooting Leisure Centre Crèche saved!

Tooting Leisure Centre Crèche saved!

In the proposed plan for the refurbishment of Tooting Leisure Centre [TLC], Greaves Place, the Grids’ local swim and Leisure Centre, the ground floor crèche was to be axed and replaced by a new ‘office and customer service area.’ Needless to say, this decision was not popular with all the mothers who drop their children off at the crèche while they attend an exercise class, have a swim or workout in the gym!

Following complaints and representations to the local Tooting Ward Councillors, last September a meeting was held between several early-morning swimmers, the Council, the Places for People (P4P) Centre Management and Earlsfield Councillor, Rachel Stokes [Lab] and the Council Contracts Officer Apart from the issue of the much-valued crèche, numerous complaints were raised about the poor levels of cleaning and maintenance,

At another recent meeting, Tooting Ward Councillor, Annamarie Pritchard [Lab] and P4P management announced that the crèche will not now be axed – great news.

I am also pleased to say that following September’s meeting, P4P management took positive action and the Centre is now much cleaner. Repairs and maintenance are being carried out more quickly and notice taken of users’ comments and suggestions.

The Centre refurbishment is well underway. The gym has been completed and work is currently being carried out to the ‘dry-side’ changing areas. Work on the ‘wet-side area’ is due to start at the beginning of March and be completed at the beginning of June. During this time, every effort will be made to keep the pool open, but swimmers will have to use the small pool or dry-side changing areas and there may be restricted public use of the pool while it is being used by schools. Full refurbishment details can be found on the Places for People website at:

Another meeting is planned for April and the P4P management stated that once the refurbishment is complete, they plan to hold regular customer ‘forums’ at roughly three monthly intervals.

Thanks go to Councillor Annamarie Pritchard [Lab], Dave Jolliffe (P4P Area Manager), Paul Fussell (TLC Manager) and Huw Davies, (Wandsworth Council).

An ‘Off the Grid’ posting
26th January 2015

Wandsworth announces Leisure Centres £3.5m investment programme but Crèche to be axed in new plan at Tooting Leisure Centre

Southfields Grid swimmers and Tooting Leisure Centre users will be pleased to hear that Wandsworth Council is to fund the refurbishment of five of its Leisure Centres.  (Please see the article below from the Council’s website.)

A plan of the proposals for Tooting Leisure Centre [TLC] is on display in their Greaves Place Reception.  However, Southfield’s parents should be aware that it shows that the ground floor Crèche will be axed to make way for a new office and customer service area.

Along with other GRID residents, I am an almost daily swimmer at the TLC pool and the refurbishment plans are very welcome.  A couple of weeks ago, I attended a meeting between the early morning swimmers, the Council and Centre Management (Places for People) and Earlsfield Councillor, Rachel Stokes [Lab]. The meeting was convened following numerous complaints about the dissatisfaction at the poor level of cleaning and maintenance.

The points raised were quite damming and focused on the filthy state of the pool changing rooms, lockers, toilets and the pool itself. As a result, the Centre Management has since addressed many of the swimmers’ complaints.

Southfields Councillor, Kim Caddy [Con], has previously taken a keen interest in complaints made about TLC and told me she hopes to attend any follow up meeting. A timetable and full details of the refurbishment are yet to be published. PforP Manager said that Putney may close for a while but Tooting Leisure Centre should remain open during the works.

Although ‘Off the Grid’, it is our local Leisure Centre and used by many Grid Resident. I feel it is worth reporting any issues that may affect the Southfields Grid. The following is a copy of the refurbishment details published on the Wandsworth Council website:



Wandsworth Leisure Centres to benefit from £3.5m investment programme

Wandsworth Council announced on Wednesday 6th August 2014 that five of Wandsworth’s leisure centres are to benefit from a multi-million pound programme of investment, it has been announced.

The council will be funding £3.5m worth of improvements and refurbishments at the Balham, Latchmere, Putney, Tooting and Wandle leisure and recreation centres as part of a new seven-year management contract.

The news comes shortly after £710,000 invested in new and improved facilities at the much-loved Tooting Common Lido was announced – including new space for workout and exercise classes plus new toilets and a first aid room.

As part of the new contract arrangements Balham leisure centre will benefit from an improved reception area, a bigger dance studio, new poolside sauna and steam rooms, full refurbishment of the wet changing village plus improvements to the weights room and the men’s and women’s changing rooms.

At Battersea’s Latchmere centre the fitness suite will be extended, the reception area will be upgraded and the dry changing rooms will be fully refurbished.

At Putney the village change area will be modernised and a new sauna will be installed in the health suite.

Tooting Leisure Centre will see its village changing area fully refurbished, with improved lockers and changing cubicles, improvements to the health suite including the sauna and steam rooms, full refurbishment of the dry changing rooms and upgrades to the fitness suite and “spin studio”.

And the Wandle will see remodelled and upgraded male and female changing rooms.

Under the seven year contract, which was won after a full and open tendering process by Places for People Leisure Management Limited, formerly known as DC Leisure, the council will receive an income of £22m.

Leisure spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This is a great deal for the people who use our leisure centres and for the wider community.

“These five leisure centres, plus the Tooting Bec Lido will benefit from investment worth at least £4.2m in new and improved facilities in the years ahead.

“In return for this capital investment, the council will receive guaranteed income of £22m over seven years, which will help fund local services and help keep council tax bills low.”

Tim Hewett, Business Development Director for PfP Leisure says:

“We were delighted that we have been awarded this contract with Wandsworth Council. This is the third time we have been successful in winning the tender firstly in 2000, then 2006 and now in 2014.

“We are very proud to have had such a long standing relationship with the Council and our success is a testimony to the efforts made by our staff in producing a high quality service assisted greatly by the significant capital investment the Council and PfPL has put into the facilities over the years.  

“We look forward to working with the Council over the next seven years and seeing the benefits of the latest capital investment programme.”


WW1 Centenary – A talk by Stephen Cooper on his book “The Final Whistle”

Stephen Cooper – “The Final Whistle”

Although ‘Off the Grid’ Southfields Grid Residents and others who have been following the ongoing research into the WWI War Memorial at St. Barnabas Church may be interested in a ‘Free’ talk being given in the Civic Suite, next to Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 on Tuesday 16 September 2014

The illustrated talk by author Stephen Cooper on his award-winning book, The Final Whistle tells the story of fifteen men killed in the Great War. All played rugby for one London club; none lived to hear the final whistle.

Rugby brought them together; rugby led the rush to war. They came from Britain and the Empire to fight in every theatre and service, among them a poet, playwright and perfumer.

Some were decorated and died heroically; others fought and fell quietly. Together their stories paint a portrait in miniature of the entire War.

The Rugby Club, founded in 1879, when British soldiers fought in Afghanistan as they do today, Rosslyn Park has no Great War memorial. An old press cutting gave numbers, 350 served, 72 died, but no names. So began a quest to rediscover these men and capture their lives, from their vanished Edwardian youth and vigour, to the war they fought and how they died. This is their story.

Doors open at 6.30pm; talk begins at 6.45pm till 7:45 There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the talk. Paul McCue, a Wandsworth Council Director and author of the Wandsworth and Battersea Battalions of the Great War will be present  

The talk is free but donations welcome to the Rosslyn Park Injury Trust Fund.