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No. 4   August 2015
Welcome to the latest eBulletin from Wandle Valley Forum. Look out for news of Wandle Futures on October 17th - our first major workshop for two years - and get involved in the consultation on new cycling "quietways" which will impact on the Wandle Trail.  We've an exciting update on plans at the Wandle's mouth and are looking forward to Wandle month in September.  We are keen to spread the Wandle word far and wide and it would be very helpful if you could forward or provide a link to this Bulletin for your networks and let us have any feedback.   
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17th - Hold the date for our workshop on the future of the Wandle. The programme will include a guided tour of Watermeads, presentations on London National Park City and National Trust's plans for the Wandle, updates from Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust and an opportunity to shape a new vision for the future of the Wandle. Programme will run from around 1pm to 6pm. More details soon. 
"Cycle Quietway" proposed on Wandle Trail - Views are being sought on potentially controversial plans for a "Cycle Quietway" which will include a stretch of the Wandle Trail from Trewint Street to Wandle Meadow. This is part of a route proposed between Clapham Common and Wimbledon funded by Transport for London.
 
In order to satisfy the Quietway criteria it is essential for all sections of the route to be lit and a suitable surface provided. This requires a significant number of "interventions" on which feedback is being invited by 28 August. These include introducing 37 lighting columns - spaced every 36m - along much of the route. Most of these will be activated by movement and those at each end will be permanently lit. Existing lighting will be "improved" and sections of the Trail widened.

Look at the details here and send your views to Paul.Miles@merton.gov.uk by 28 August. Do copy us in.
Wandsworth's small parks - have your say - Wandsworth Council is asking everyone with an interest in its small parks to get involved in a baseline survey and let it know what's working well and what needs attention. Have your say here before the 1 September deadline.
Progress at Feathers Wharf - A recent meeting of Wandle Valley Forum and others with the owners of Feather's Wharf (where the Wandle meets the Thames) heralds a possible breakthrough in this missing link in both the Wandle Trail and Thames Path. After years of deadlock Western Riverside Waste Authority seems keen to respond to demands for opening up access along the east side of the Wandle and to the high level gantry path along the Thames. This is linked to a planned re-organisation of facilities on the site. The proposals could come as quickly as 2017 although there is still no sign yet of the much wanted open space being provided at the Wandle mouth.
Wandle Month - Community events up and down the Wandle will be being celebrated and promoted in September as Wandle Month unfolds. This is being co-ordinated by Living Wandle. Look out for the leaflet and let Living Wandle know what you are up to via livingwandle@wandsworth.gov.uk

Greater London National Park - Wandle Valley Forum attended the launch of exciting plans for London to be declared a National Park City in early July. An astonishing 47% of the capital is physically green. Look out for the special newspaper which is being circulated widely and find out more on how to declare you support from the website. London Councils and a growing number of London boroughs have already supported the initiative, including Sutton. The plan is to secure support from two thirds of London's wards and you are asked to contact your ward councillors and ask them to declare their support to hello@nationalparkcity.org. You can find out who your councillors are via writetothem.com. The founder of the initiative - Dan Raven-Ellison - will be speaking at Wandle Futures.

Earlsfield Missing Link - We are asking the developers of the Haslemere Road Industrial estate and Merton Council to secure a new access along the Wandle as part of the redevelopment plans.  This would help remove the missing link in the Wandle Trail at Earlsfield and also provide better access to Durnsford Road Recreation Ground and the Capital Ring.  Drop us an email if you want to be sent a copy of our submission.
Hackbridge Ecology Park - The dream of a major visitor focus for the Regional Park has been occupying the minds of the newly formed Hackbridge Ecology Park Group. It has recently completed a feasibility study of a site north of BedZed which concludes "the potential of this major piece of green infrastructure is staggering, with the possibility to connect thousands of people to nature and create significant social and economic opportunities for the local community." It is a complex location with Sutton Council proposing a new school and plans for a solar farm. There are also questions as to whether a new body is needed to deliver the plans when we already have Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust with a Wandle-wide view. The Group is pictured and you can find out more here
Wandle Valley Forum is 10 years old and we are celebrating with a 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 Trust website.  Find out more at the special www.wandlephoto.com website and please spread the word
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