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No. 5   September 2015
Welcome to our most exciting Wandle eBulletin yet! It launches our first website and opens registration for Wandle Futures - the "must attend" workshop on October 17th for all those with an interest in the Wandle. Please spread the word, encourage others to attend and let us have your feedback.   
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17th - Registration now open
Wandle Futures will bring together people with a passion for the Wandle Valley to debate and discuss its future. There will be presentations from London National Park City founder Dan Raven-Ellison and the National Trust's Ed Ikin on its new plans for the Wandle Valley.
Sue Morgan, CEO of Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust will provide an update and everyone will be invited to share their priorities and aspirations for the Wandle Valley and shape the Wandle Valley Forum's prospectus and vision.  The free workshop runs from 2.30pm - 6pm in Mitcham's historic Vestry Hall and will be preceded by an optional guided walk around the National Trust's Watermeads.

Please spread the word about Wandle Futures and encourage people in your networks to attend. Registration is free using the button below.

 
Free registration for Wandle Futures - click here
We have a website!
Have a look at our lovely new website (www.wandlevalleyforum.org.uk) and tell us what you think. It includes details of our supporting organisations and links to them all. We would love it if you linked back. You will find our latest news, back issues of Wandle News and Wandle Bulletin and details of our views on planning and other issues.
Sutton Council school plan conflicts with its own planning policy - Sutton Council has attracted strong criticism for planning a new school on Metropolitan Open Land in Hackbridge. This would set a damaging precedent and could compromise longstanding proposals for opening up the large area of open land at Hackbridge and Beddington for the benefit of the Wandle Valley Regional Park as a whole. The planning application is here and read Wandle Valley Forum's response here. This may be an application which gets referred to the Mayor of London because of the conflict with planning policy and the fact that Sutton Council is both developer and decision maker. 
"Cycle Quietway" our verdict - Plans for a "Cycle Quietway" including a stretch of the Wandle Trail have prompted significant objections. A widened cycleway through a local nature reserve combined with the construction of 37 lighting columns won't reflect the special landscape and wildlife value of the Wandle and will leave non-cyclists worse off. The plans from Merton Council can be viewed here and Wandle Valley Forum's response is here. Let us know what you think and watch out for what happens next.

 
September is Wandle Month - Living Wandle is publicising a huge variety of community events across the Wandle Valley in September. From orienteering in Beddington Park to Mitcham Heritage Day and a Wandle Trail walk from Wandsworth you won't be short of reasons to get out and enjoy the Wandle. Download more information in the special leaflet.

Save our Parks - The threat to the management and maintenance of public parks and green spaces is a growing concern, especially as local authorities focus their diminishing resources on statutory responsibilities. Yet, the value of green spaces on our doorstep to everyone's health and well being is well documented and it is ever more important in the face of a changing climate. The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces has organised a UK-wide petition to raise the profile of open spaces - find out more and sign up here. Nearly 4,000 people have already given their backing.

You have just over a month to get your entries in to the Wandle Valley Forum 10th anniversary photographic competition.  There's a £600 digital camera voucher to win as well as the top photos featuring on the new Wandle Valley Regional Park website. Find out more at the special website and please spread the word.
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Wandle Valley Forum provides support and an independent voice for the community groups, voluntary organisations and people who share a passion for the Wandle.  Support us by offering your time or a donation.  You can find out more on our website, contact us by email or get involved on twitter or Facebook using the links above.

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