Don’t panic: swine flu and Wandsworth

The council recently issued ‘advice’ on swine flu.  More accurately, it did a  cut and paste of some advice already issued by the Health Protection Agency and featured it on the council website.  And this has caused some mockery and criticism – why are we issuing it when there are only five cases in the […]

How do you get rid of foxes?

I’ve had a couple of complaints about foxes recently, perhaps brought on by increased activity caused by a clement spring and new cubs.  It’s a tricky issue, because the council is very limited in the action it can take.  Indeed, no London council offers a control service for foxes. The city dwellers’ view of foxes […]

More recession workshops

The council are running two more ‘recession workshops’ for local businesses. The first is tonight (Wednesday 29 April) for businesses based in Wandsworth, Earlsfield and Southfields.  It is being held at Blend, 111-113 Wandsworth High Street at 7pm.  Attendees will be lucky enough to hear me speak on the council’s reponse. The second is tomorrow […]

I can’t help it, I still feel sorry for Gordon

I’m sure he wouldn’t want my sympathy, if he even knew he’d got it, after all he looked very happy in his recent YouTube video.  But I can’t help myself, my opinions remain the same as the beginning of the year. To add to his woes someone has set up a petition calling on him […]

Crime briefing, 16 – 23 April

It’s Monday so it must be crime mapping! If you have any information on any of these crimes you can get in touch with the local police on 020 7350 1122 or via Crimestoppers (anonymously, if you wish) on 0800 555 111. The map is hosted by Google, who seem to provide a fairly unreliable […]

Tweets for week ending 2009-04-26

Having some fascinating conversations on & off Twitter following my blog post but sadly have to go and get a haircut… # What do you think about Wandsworth’s news? Feel free to say you want to hear more about me! (via @wandbc) # At the BATCA Open Forum, do they look friendly? […]

Dog control in Wandsworth

I’m going to resist using lines like “taking the next step in the dog mess issue” and instead be fairly dull and straight-forward about this one. The council are currently consulting on introducing dog control orders to various parts of Wandsworth.  These orders will add further conditions and controls on dog ownership in the borough […]

How politics are done: Lesson 1 – Taking Credit

After Tuesday night’s BATCA Open Forum I was pointed in the direction of Sadiq Khan’s website, and, specifically, his coverage of the news that Tooting town centre is to get its own police team. Obviously I’m glad that he also welcomes the team. But I was drawn to the comment that “Labour Councillors and Sadiq […]

Happy St George’s Day

It’s not a commonly celebrated day, perhaps because it isn’t generally associated with drinking copious amounts of alcohol, but it’s St George’s Day today. And finally London is doing something to mark it. If you can make it, Boris Johnson will be at an event to mark the day in Leadenhall Market (Gracechurch Street, EC3V) […]

Last night’s BATCA Open Forum

Last night’s Open Forum organised by the Balham and Tooting Community Association was an interesting and, I think, useful event.  It was fairly well attending (I’m hopeless at judging numbers, but I’m guessing at least 50 or 60 people) and there were some good questions and useful points made. Perhaps unsurprisingly a lot of the […]