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No. 13   July 2016
The Wandle is looking wonderful this summer - has our green corridor ever looked more green? This Bulletin provides a reminder of the grants available from us for you to celebrate Wandle Fortnight and news of the Wandle Valley Forum Charter. There are more new developments causing concern along the river and we're asking for your ideas about what to include in a new Wandle map. We also have news about the Cycling Quietways and can report a success from our meeting with Crossrail 2. Finally, don't miss out on the Greater London National Park City extravaganza at the Royal Festival Hall in September.

Final call for Wandle Fortnight grants

We have small grants of between £20 and £200 available for you to put on events and activities to celebrate Wandle Fortnight between 10th and 25th September.

We've made the process as simple as we can. You can find more details on our website, including the simple Wandle Fortnight grant application form. It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. 

All applications need to be received by 16 July at the latest for decisions by early August.

Don't want a grant? Still tell us what you are doing

We're keen to support and promote events celebrating Wandle Fortnight even if you don't want to apply for funds. Please tell us about your events and activities by responding to the expression of interest available here so we can promote them.

Our thanks to the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund for the support that makes this programme possible.
The Wandle Valley Forum Charter was launched in April. The Charter:
  • describes the distinct role of Wandle Valley Forum vis a vis other Wandle organisations
  • sets out community priorities for the Wandle Valley
  • identifies the contribution to be made by Wandle Valley Forum in delivering on the priorities
It has been widely circulated and attracted good support. We would love to supply you with copies to circulate at your own events and you can view it here.
Development sites up and down the Wandle - For a protected river corridor in a Regional Park there's a remarkable number of development plans along the course of the Wandle. The largest is a humongous 19 storey proposal at the Riverside Quarter where the Wandle meets the Thames (top). This would overshadow the Wandle Delta and even move the Thames Path. Unsurprisingly it has attracted strong objections. Read our critique here. Redevelopment of the Ravensbury Estate in Merton will impact on the Wandle Trail and Ravensbury Park and occupy the site of the historic printing works (bottom left). We share many of the concerns of the Friends of Ravensbury Park and have asked for a full archaeological and wildlife survey and a change to the design to reduce the impact on the green corridor. Read our views here. Development proposals at 12a Ravensbury Terrace (bottom right) are at an earlier stage and might even offer opportunities to improve the Wandle Trail. The site is adjacent to the Haslemere Estate which is the focus of major redevelopment proposals that could trigger efforts to close the Earlsfield gap in the Wandle Trail.
Crossrail 2 - The new railway includes proposals for a major worksite and permanent facilities at Weir Road alongside the Wandle. We expressed strong concerns over the plans which showed the site cutting off the Wandle Trail and encroaching on the narrow green corridor along the river (above left). We met with Crossrail 2 and are pleased to report that the boundary has been amended to avoid the green space (above right). An interactive map of the route can be viewed here. Crossrail 2 has asked to meet again later this year following publication of the next set of proposals.
Cycling Quietways - Controversial plans to route one of the new cycling quietways along the Wandle Trail between Wandle Meadow and Trewint Street Bridge have emerged after consultation. Despite changes this will still involve over 60 4m lighting columns and over 50 illuminated bollards. It is promised that "no potential bat roost will be lit" and the route will be no more than 2.5m through Wandle Meadow where a replacement bridge will be provided. Details can be found here and feedback is required to Merton Council by 1 August. Our earlier views are here. Work will begin in January 2017.  
Wandle Map - We are working on a special layered map of the Wandle Valley. What would you like to see included on it? We are already considering the green spaces, public access, the Wandle Trail and places to visit like Wandle Industrial Museum and Honeywood Museum. There is so much more we could cover. What are your priorities? Do you have any information already gathered which we could include? Get in touch and let us know.
The London National Park City initiative goes from strength to strength. Following its presentation to our Wandle Futures event last year nearly 200 wards across London have given support. Find out if yours is one of them and gather more support here. A special evening of talks, performances and ideas on making London a National Park City is being organised for over 2000 people in the Royal Festival Hall on 21 September - book your tickets here.
Welcome to the new Independent Merton Green Spaces Forum, Tree Warden Group Merton, Merton Park Ward Residents Association and Wandsworth Tree Warden Network as new supporter groups. If you know a group that might be interested then please put them in touch. 

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.

This Bulletin is produced by Tony Burton, Wandle Valley Forum. We welcome feedback & please let us know of any errors

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