Borough-wide 20mph speed limit for Wandsworth

Borough-wide 20mph speed limit for Wandsworth

Council engineers are overseeing the introduction of new road markings and signage to inform drivers that they need to stick to the lower speed limit on all the borough’s residential streets.


The change, which was announced last year, followed a detailed public consultation lasting three months that saw widespread support for a 20mph limit.

Councillors from both parties represented on the council unanimously backed the change after it was announced that 59 per cent of residents who responded to the consultation supported lower speeds in quieter and less busy residential streets.

Limits will remain unchanged on Wandsworth’s busy main roads and on all Transport for London-controlled Red Routes. Results from the consultation showed that 64 per cent agreed the limit should not be reduced on main roads.

The council’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Having received a very clear result from the consultation we have now completed the necessary legal formalities and can now implement the wishes expressed by the majority of our residents.

“In my view this change will make our streets safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

“We hope that improving safety levels will encourage people to leave their cars at home and travel instead by bike or on foot.

“If we can reduce the number of vehicles on our roads then not only will our streets be quieter and safer but there should also be an improvement in local air quality levels.”


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Calling all ballet dancers, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is delighted to announce that it will host three Boys Ballet Masterclasses in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham from Sunday 2nd April 2017.

Each two-hour high-tempo class will be led by a male teacher, with live piano accompaniment in a fun boys-only environment.

Designed for boys aged 7+years with basic ballet technique upwards, each masterclass will aim to encourage confidence-building, sociability and creativity whilst developing ballet technique, choreography, core strength, musicality, coordination and presentation.

Former professional ballet dancer Joel Morris, who will be teaching in Edinburgh said: “These boys might often be the only boy in their dance class. Here, they get their own time. They’re not the add-on or the afterthought. It’s really good for them to mix with other boys who dance. Instead of being the minority, they’re with lots of other boys with the same interest. It builds a community.”

Iain Mackay, Principal Dancer at Birmingham Royal Ballet and RAD Male Dance Ambassador will be teaching the London Boys Ballet Masterclass. He said:“It’s so much harder for boys to come to ballet than girls, and it’s a lot easier for them to walk away from it again. But the benefits of fitness, confidence and imagination are just the same. The push is to bridge that gap through programming and teaching methods that draw on and support boys’ wider interests, relating them to ballet and encourages their dance training.”


  • LONDON: 02 APRIL: Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA

TIMES: 10.00am – 12.00pm:      Group A: Ages 7+, beginners to RAD Grade 3 or equivalent

12.45 – 2.45pm:             Group B: Ages 10+, RAD Grade 4 or equivalent and above


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For more information, please contact Zekra Rahman or Natalie Petrou at Midas Public Relations


Muddy Dog Challenge 2017

Muddy Dog Challenge 2017

This is the UK’s first obstacle course where you can compete in 2.5km and 5km obstacle runs with your dog. You can enter as a team of humans, as a dog-and-human duo or go solo if your pampered pooch wants to sit out.

This year there will be four Muddy Dog Challenges happening in Nottingham, Windsor, Essex and Kent.

Friends and family are welcome to cheer you on at the venue and take part in the fun activities, music and competitions on offer at the event village. You and your canine will have a chance to refuel with refreshments, and first aid and veterinary cover will be available on the day.

You don’t need to be able to run a marathon to take part, but you’ll need to be fit. Speed through each challenge or trot along the length of the course. No time clock here, just supportive hands and paws along every obstacle.

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More independent restaurants coming to Battersea Power Station

More independent restaurants coming to Battersea Power Station

Another five independent restaurants are coming to Battersea Power Station this summer when the development’s first phase – Circus Village West – opens its doors to the public.

The latest list of new businesses coming to Circus West Village include:

Mother: From Copenhagen’s cool meatpacking district, Kødbyen, Mother is an Italian pizza restaurant without all the nonsense. Mother’s menu aims to offer really good, simple soul food. Their signature organic sourdough pizzas made with seawater is what best represents the Mother spirit along with the manufacturing of their own products like the mozzarella, the wine or the beer. This is the first international outpost of what is regarded as the best pizza restaurant in Denmark.

Wright Brothers: A new riverside seafood restaurant from the renowned London oyster and shellfish specialists. Wright Brothers will offer a menu of great fresh seafood and shellfish sourced from their wholesale business in Borough market, ensuring that only the finest and freshest produce makes the menu.

Dodd’s Gin: Award winning organic gin from London’s flagship boutique distilling group, The London Distillery Company. Dodd’s is a super-premium spirits brand handcrafted in small batches alongside partnership products made for The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Fortnum & Mason. Dodd’s is building a dedicated gin distillery to create a world-class multi-sensory tour attraction focused on craftsmanship, cocktails and gin.

Ben’s Canteen: A neighbourhood hangout specialising in burgers, wine and brunch. Every night, grab amazing burgers, paired with exciting wines alongside snacks like duck nuggets and that Scotch egg. Come the weekend, they serve one of the best brunches in London, full of hangover curing indulgent treats, great coffee and epic Bloody Marys.

Duckroad: a sister restaurant to Soho’s Ducksoup and Rawduck in London Fields, it offers all-day dining from breakfast through to dinner. Its regularly changing menu is a celebration of seasonal, simple cooking.

Pedler Cru: An all-day neighbourhood eatery, with a daily changing menu, offering adventurous and quirky dishes from seasonal ingredients.

Vagabond: Award-winning, boutique wine shop and bar.

Flour Power City Bakery: Organic bakery and all day café serving delicious bread, pastries and cakes baked the artisan way.

The CoffeeWorks Project: Independent specialty coffee house showcasing the best coffees, tea and food.

The General Store: Diversely stocked general store and deli run by foodies passionate about the best in class produce and customer service.

No. 29, Power Station West: A relaxed neighbourhood bar and restaurant, serving great food all day, established by Darwin and Wallace.

Paul Edmonds: Hair and beauty salon by leading stylist to the stars Paul Edmonds.

The Village Hall (in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre): A dedicated space for events, arts, residents and visitors. A new venue for South West London which is programmed with performance, comedy and talks, with spaces available for both the residents and the local community to hire.

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New home for Royal Academy of Dance on its way in Battersea

New home for Royal Academy of Dance on its way in Battersea

An agreement between the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and property developers York Place Buildings has been reached to provide a brand new purpose built headquarters for this historic institution.

York Place Buildings has guaranteed a newly built state of the art home for the RAD in exchange for their current premises on Battersea Square.

The Battersea Square premises will be converted into 34 flats and 5 modern town houses designed by Assael Architects, and which has won Sunday Times British Homes Awards Housing Project of the Year.

The council has approved plans for the redevelopment of the Homebase warehouse and car park on York Road, making the RAD’s new home just a mile away from the original location. The project, designed by architects Patel Taylor, features seven studios, a flexible performance space with moveable seating, improved accessibility, modernised changing rooms and office space, two cafés and the opportunity to display the academy’s extensive archives in a new library.

There will also be more opportunity for the local community to hire space, watch or participate in dance activities and performances at the new building.

Luke Rittner, Chief Executive of the RAD, said: “As a world leader in dance education and training, our new home needs to reflect that status in every way. I believe that this new building will be a world-class headquarters that will not only make our members, staff and partners proud, it will also help us to fulfil our mission in support of dance and dance education internationally.”

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “I am delighted that the Royal Academy of Dance will remain in Wandsworth. Their new headquarters will represent a major new attraction and we will be working closely with the Academy in the coming months to help more local people get involved with their work.

“Battersea is changing and we understand the vital role that cultural institutions like the Royal Academy of Dance have to play in creating genuinely attractive, interesting places with real life and vitality. Local people have a lot to look forward to and we will continue to do everything we can to attract and retain more inspiring cultural venues in the years ahead.”

Pankaj Patel, Director of Patel Taylor, said: “London’s challenge, in place-making terms, is to create mixed-use buildings which genuinely make contributions at local and cultural levels. In response to London’s housing needs, we have created a design which houses the Royal Academy of Dance in the ground floor, contributing to the local community and animating the public realm, integrating it with an innovative housing solution, preserving the relationship of the Royal Academy of Dance and Wandsworth.”

York Place Buildings’ redevelopment of the Homebase site will also include 275 homes with communal landscaped gardens. The site is within the Greater London Authority’s Clapham Junction to Battersea Riverside Housing Zone, which ultimately intends to provide 5,000 new homes, commercial floor space and 1,300 jobs.

Omer Weinberger, Director of York Place Buildings, said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide a state of the art new home for the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance, and that it can remain in Wandsworth. We’re looking forward to starting on site later this year, providing spectacular river fronting apartments above the new RAD headquarters and, in due course, on our award-winning scheme on Battersea Square.”

Artwork courtesy of Fifth Capital London

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Battersea Boy’s Bridgade group set to meet HRH The Prince of Wales

Battersea Boy’s Bridgade group set to meet HRH The Prince of Wales

The 1st Battersea The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association are getting ready to meet HRH The Prince of Wales having been nominated for a Youth United Social Action Award.

The ten BB members aged eight to 10 were nominated for the award that recognises social action amongst uniformed youth groups, thanks to the time they volunteered at Charleston House Care Home for people with elderly care needs, dementia, learning disabilities, mental health conditions and physical disabilities.

The group spent time speaking with the residents, listened to some of their real life stories, served lunch and supported the residents in activities including music and gardening, all contributing to being nominated for the award.

Residents were also able to get a sense of the work done in their area by young people accessing youth work through the BB community and commented on how the visits helped reduce feelings of isolation often associated with living in a care home.

The 1st Battersea The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association will attend the awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace on January 31st where they will meet with HRH The Prince of Wales after the Awards ceremony.

Natalie Whipday, Director of The Boys’ Brigade England & Wales, said:

“Social action is massively important for all our communities and is something the BB have always found to be integral in building better communities. These awards are recognition for all the fantastic youth groups out there doing exceptional work week in week out.

“It is also a platform to highlight the importance of social action in society. Big congratulations to 1st Battersea.”

Following positive feedback from both care home staff and residents, the BB group have already arranged for future visits to continue their voluntary work to benefit the community.

Lindsay Levkoff Lynn, CEO of Youth United Foundation said:

“Youth United is incredibly proud to celebrate the thoughtful social action undertaken by 1st Battersea.  Supporting the elderly and preventing isolation is one of the many powerful ways young people make a positive difference in their communities, as seen by the smiles in pictures from the day.

“Like many other new uniformed youth groups, 1st Battersea were funded by our Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund (UYSAF), which came to a close in March 2016. This fund saw the creation of 27,000 new places for young people across the country, bringing the cumulative total of new places created with the support of the Foundation close to 42,000.

As well, thank you to the dedicated adult volunteers who generously give their time to support uniformed youth and serve as role models of active citizenship.”