‘We must make our voices heard to stop these cuts in education’

Monica Kitchlew-Wilson, the head of Furzedown Primary School, hopes parents and teachers will speak up and oppose the Government’s so-called “Fairer Funding Formula”, which will see schools in Wandsworth lose over £18m by 2020. “We must make our voices heard to stop these cuts in education”, she said: “if the Government doesn’t think we’ll oppose […]…

Funding Crisis To Hit Graveney Schools

Local schools face a double whammy with cuts from the Government’s so called Fairer Funding Formula and a massive funding gap opening up as the result of a ‘flat-cash’ freeze while costs rise dramatically. Figures produced by the National Audit Office show that schools nationally will lose £3 billion pounds of funding by 2020. Schools in Wandsworth…

Tooting Sea Cadets awarded Council grant

Tooting and Balham Sea Cadets have successfully bid for funding to buy new tents and equipment for their camping trips. Cllr. Andy Gibbons, who backed the bid said: ‘The Sea Cadets are an established group and popular group in the local community, giving young people opportunities to experience outdoor activities. This bid will help young people…

We should not allow President Trump to divide people with fear

Originally posted on Wandsworth Labour:
Speech to Wandsworth council by Aydin Dikerdem, February 1 2017 Councillors, the recent actions of President Trump to ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries is an obscene racist act, that has taken place on the global stage. It has no real purpose other than to divide people up through fear, and…

Council Turns Down ‘Beds In Sheds’ Application

Wandsworth Council has turned down an application to put five houses on a small site in Brightwell Crescent, describing the planned  properties as giving an ‘overbearing sense of enclosure to the future occupiers, to the detriment of their living conditions.’ Graveney Councillor Alaina MacDonald. Labour’s local housing speaker said: ‘It is our view that this…

Council Consults on Public Space Protection Order

Wandsworth Council is proposing a Public Space Protection Order to cover all of Graveney Ward and neighbouring Tooting Ward. There are five things the police would deal with: 1. Drinking alcohol or consuming intoxicating substances after having been required to stop by an authorised person. 2. No person shall fail to surrender unsealed containers of alcohol within…

Graveney schools face big funding cuts

Schools in Graveney Ward face massive cuts if the Government goes ahead with its so-called ‘Fairer Funding’ formula. Figures produced by the NUT and the ATL show increased costs and a policy of moving money away from London schools will see a loss of £941,176 across Graveney Ward’s four schools by 2020. This means that there…

Do you know a local community hero?

Do you know someone who works for a community group, or helps people in their local area or community, or goes above and beyond in work locally? Now is your chance to celebrate them! Nominations for the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BACTA) community heroes awards are open until November 8th. Please use the online…

Pedestrian Safety Measures For Tooting Broadway

Transport for London is planning a £5m makeover for Tooting Broadway to improve safety and revitalise the streetscape. There will be a major junction scheme at the Mitcham Road and Garratt Lane intersection, with new with straight-across crossings and more space for pedestrians. Other measures include eight new signalised pedestrian crossings and central reservations in Mitcham Road, Tooting…

Tooting Constitutional Club – Chance For Community Bid

Graveney Labour Councillors campaigned hard to save the Constitutional Club in Tooting. And we successfully prevented the owner from gaining planning permission to build a car wash, and then a 7 storey block of flats. We also got the property listed as an Asset of Community Value. Now the current owner has decided to sell again, and being…