Wandsworth Weekly News Roundup: 1st-7th October

Wandsworth Weekly News Roundup: 1st-7th October



At the end of every week, News Editor Chloe Desave will give you a quick read of some of the latest and biggest news happening in our wonderful borough.

1st – 7th October

4.20 min read


Wandsworth Council approved plans to allow it to use a borough-wide injunction on Thursday evening to bring unlawful land occupation in parks and open spaces to a swift halt. Other London local authorities already using these types of injunctions include Enfield, Sutton, Croydon, Barking & Dagenham and Waltham Forest. It’s feared that the plans would materially affect the traveller community from using the borough’s commons, parks or open spaces. 
Wandsworth Council faced criticism this week, after a controversial move renaming Black History Month to Diversity Month. Critics say the “shameful” re-branding further marginalizes and erases the voices of black residents in the borough. A council spokesman said the name change was made in 2014 and stated it wished to make the celebration “more reflective” of the borough’s diverse population.


Wandsworth has signed a pledge to do all it can to increase social mobility in the borough, and has vowed to build on work already done to improve the life chances of all its residents and staff. The pledge is being led by Justine Greening, who was the Secretary of State for Education until earlier this year and has been MP for Putney for the last 13 years.



A 34-year-old man from Wandsworth has been found guilty of tricking four men into engaging in sexual activity with him while pretending to be a woman called ‘Ana. Duarte Xavier of Hardwick Square was convicted at Kingston Crown Court on Friday after earlier pleading not guilty. He exchanged numbers with these men and sent them explicit photos and videos of the woman he was pretending to be. He even put on a feminine voice to speak to the victims over the phone.


Residents in parts of Earlsfield and Wandsworth Common are being asked their views on proposals for a lorry ban. The council’s highway engineers have drawn up plans that would see lorries weighing more than 7.5 tonnes barred from entering quiet residential streets in and around Magdalen Road estate. The consultation has begun following complaints from some local residents about the number of lorries trundling down their street.


The South West Borough Command Unit Commendation ceremony took place on Thursday where the Metropolitan Police celebrated all the work that police officers in Wandsworth are doing in our borough. Some of the awards were given to officers from Wandsworth and Lambeth who were deployed to the Grenfell Tower Fire, PS Tom Chamberlain who helped his colleague who was suffering from PTSD and London Fire officers were commended for their work on the au pair murder in Southfields after being the first on the scene.


Sally Benetar, the South West Borough Command Chief Superintendent opens the ceremony.


 The Christchurch CPrimary School in Battersea plans to build a “Dream Garden” site within their grounds. It will be an outdoor bespoke learning space that can be used by the school and local community. Plans include a learning garden, puppet shed theatre, trees and raised beds and a pond.



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October 7th, 2018

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