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No. 8   October 2015
Our Wandle Futures workshop generated an enthusiastic response and identified a series of priorities for the future of the Wandle Valley. The top two are:
  1. support the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust
  2. amplify and link the voices of local groups and people
Other priorities include:
  • run a campaign to enlist all businesses along the river for funds and volunteering
  • complete the Wandle Trail
  • define the roles of the different Wandle organisations and integrate their activities
  • encourage meaningful commitment and joined up approach by the four local authorities - Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Croydon
Wandle Futures explored the recently opened Watermeads and heard about the National Trust's exciting plans to extend its role beyond the sites it owns in the Wandle Valley to share its knowledge, experience and resources more widely. The workshop also heard an inspiring call to have London recognised as a National Park City. This would help raise the profile and importance of the Wandle Valley and other corridors of nature and open space. 

The Wandle Futures report is now available along with a presentation by Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust and an introduction from Wandle Valley Forum. The results of the workshop will inform the Wandle Valley Forum’s prospectus due to be published in Spring 2016 following further engagement with Forum supporters and others. If you are a Wandle group and would like us to come and speak at one of your meetings then get in touch.
Wandle Trail map - A new map of the Wandle Trail has been published by Wandle Industrial Museum. It includes recent changes and improvements to the Trail and is available in a variety of different versions. You can obtain your copy here or purchase a hard copy for £1.50 from the Museum. 
Exciting times for Beddington Park Preparation of a Lottery funded Parks for People project to re-develop and restore Beddington Park is now well underway. This will be submitted next February and deliver nearly £3m investment from late 2016. There will be major benefits for the river; dredging the famous lake and improving the flow. Other benefits include new play facilities, improved access, enhanced wildlife habitats and a programme of community events.  The design plans will be on display in the Pavilion Café from 27th October for feedback and you can find out more in the latest edition of the project newsletter

GLA says Hackbridge school development "inappropriate" - The controversy over Sutton Council's plans to develop Metropolitan Open Land next to BedZED grows. Following our letter to Boris Johnson the GLA has written to Sutton Council saying the development is "inappropriate" and it has failed to demonstrate the "very special circumstances" required to justify development of this protected land. In particular, Sutton Council has failed to provide an analysis of alternative sites. Over 50 objections have been already received to the application and the Mayor still has the power to prevent Sutton Council giving permission to itself.  
Wandle Trail: closing the Earlsfield gap - Our campaign is gaining momentum with developers of the Haslemere Industrial Estate saying "we strongly support the extension of the Wandle Trail and completing the ‘missing link’."  Merton Council is also sending positive signals with Cabinet Member Andrew Judge responding that "improving the Wandle Trail is certainly a worthy objective and we will have to consider to what extent it could be enabled from this development." This follows our letter bringing together a unique coalition of charities, local organisations and politicians to seize this once in a generation opportunity to tackle the missing link in the Wandle Trail at Earlsfield.
27 floor tower block next to Wandle in Wandsworth - Revised plans have been submitted for a major residential block in Mapleton Crescent alongside the Wandle. They include some new riverside path. Further details here
Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust AGM - December 10th
The AGM of Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust has been set for the evening of Thursday December 10th. It will be held in BedZED's Pavilion and provides an important opportunity to contribute to the Regional Park's progress. A successful Regional Park depends on a secure and effective Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust and this was identified as a top priority by our recent Wandle Futures event. The evening will include announcement of the winners in the Wandle Valley Photographic Competition. Put the date in your diary and further information will be circulated shortly. 

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