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No. 12   April 2016
We have had a successful Annual Meeting and launched the long-awaited Wandle Valley Forum Charter setting out the Wandle community's priorities and our role. We are now asking you to make a donation to Wandle Valley Forum to support our work. The doors are open for you to send in what you are doing to celebrate Wandle Fortnight in September and we are congratulating the Wandle Trust on its success at the UK River Prize.  You can still join campaign to save the two Hackbridge footbridges and also see our comments on the Sutton Local Plan.  

This month we welcome Tree Warden Group Merton and the new Independent Merton Green Spaces Forum to our supporter groups.

The Wandle Valley Forum Charter was launched at our Annual Meeting on 25th April. This is an important moment in the evolution of the Wandle Valley stretching from Croydon, through Sutton and Merton to the Thames in Wandsworth. 

Wandle Valley Forum provides support and an independent voice for over 80 community groups & voluntary organisations and for everyone who shares a passion for the Wandle.  The Charter sets out their priorities.

The Wandle Valley Forum Charter is grounded in the views of community groups, voluntary organisations and local businesses that care for the Wandle. It reflects the outcomes of last year's Wandle Futures workshop and draws on the work already undertaken by other Wandle organisations.

The Charter does three things:

1.    It sets out 10 community priorities for the Wandle Valley - these range from closing the gaps in the Wandle Trail to support for a new Wandle Metropolitan Park between Beddington & Mitcham (an area three times the size of Hyde Park) and from supporting an annual Wandle celebration to the success of the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust 

2.    It identifies the contribution to be made by Wandle Valley Forum in delivering on the priorities

3.   It describes the distinct role of Wandle Valley Forum vis a vis other Wandle organisations

We expect to be guided by the Charter in our future plans and priorities but it cannot be delivered by Wandle Valley Forum alone. The Charter needs local authorities, businesses, voluntary organisations, statutory agencies, community groups and others to work together. We pledge to work with anyone who can help to meet the Charter's priorities.

Have a look at the Charter here or download a copy to print here. If you would like a supply of printed copies to circulate locally or take to a meeting then get in touch. The Charter was printed in a Wandle mill in Carshalton.

Annual Meeting - Over 40 people packed the Colour House Theatre for the Annual Meeting and enjoyed a good Wandle buzz in the Wheelhouse over supper. Your Committee is now Tony Burton (Chair), Melanie Nunzet (Vice Chair), Vicki Carroll (our new Treasurer), Angela Gorman, Bob Steel, Bruce St Julian Bown, Ivan Scott and Zigi Sinette with Gideon Reeve, John Hawks, Lysanne Horrox and Robert Walker also invited to meetings. We also agreed our new constitution and had an update from the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust. Thanks to all who attended. 
Wandle Valley Forum is run by volunteers. We depend entirely on your donations and fundraising activity. We are now asking everyone who supports our cause to make a donation (guideline £10 individuals & £20 groups). Please send cheques (payable to Wandle Valley Forum) to Tony Burton, 43 Bramcote Avenue, Mitcham CR4 4LW or donate by bank transfer to Wandle Valley Forum a/c 90939056 sort code 20 57 76. Thanks.
Hackbridge railway bridges - The threat to the two bridges over the railway north of Hackbridge remains. Network Rail has postponed the demolition this May while it undertakes surveys of roosting bats but no long term solution has yet been found. There are discussions between Network Rail, Sutton Council and Viridor (owner of the land east of the railway). Options under consideration include keeping both bridges and transferring responsibility, keeping one bridge or demolition and building a new bridge (funded by the community fund linked to the new incinerator - a new bridge would take up a large slice of this funding which might have other uses). It is vital to keep the pressure up so encourage people to sign the petition and push it over the 1000 threshold. Click the box below.
Click here to save the Hackbridge railway bridges from demolition
Wandle Fortnight - We have teamed up with Living Wandle Landscape Partnership to co-ordinate another Wandle celebration this September. For 2016 the focus is on the period between the Open House London weekend and World Rivers Day. If you have an event or activity you have arranged or are planning then let us know and it will be included in all the publicity. Use this form to tell us what you are doing. We have also applied for some funding to be able to provide Wandle groups with small grants (up to £300) to support events and activities during the fortnight. Contact us if you think you might be interested and we will be in touch if we are successful.
Sutton Local Plan - We have fed in views on Sutton Council's new draft Local Plan. This could do more to recognise and value the Wandle, control new development next to the river and improve links along the river. Read our comments here.
Urban Rivers Prize - The Carshalton arm of the Wandle has won the ‘Urban Project’ category of the 2016 UK River Prize. Congratulations to Wandle Trust. The next Wandle Trust clean up is on 8 May in Beddington Park from 11am to 3pm. More details here.

Wandle Valley Forum provides support and an independent voice for over 80 community groups, voluntary organisations, businesses 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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