The article on this site says the future of the High Street branch is 'uncertain'. It isn't. When the banks say they are considered closures it means they have already made their mind up.
With NatWest going last year this means there are far fewer places for people to do face to face banking. Older generations in particular do not want to do online banking because they hear so many horror stories of what can happen when things go wrong.
The loss of ATMs also means it is much harder now to get ready cash in the centre of Wandsworth which has to be more bad news for local businesses there.
We gave billions of pounds to support the banks during the financial crisis. Isn't it time they returned the favour by considering the community impact of their decisions not just the bottom line?
Carmel Cunningham ● 840d2 Comments ● 805d
Unfortunately this doesn't look as though it will bring about new investment in the Wandsworth Times.
David Parker ● 849d8 Comments ● 819d
Have you used the services of the above company? The owner is Domonic Boorman.
If so I would be interested in your feedback. Thank you.
Jean F Fernandez ● 828d0 Comments ● 828d
Dark Son - The Hunt For a Serial Killer will be shown nationally on B.B.C. 4 at 9.00 pm. on Tuesday 12 February. It can still be accessed on B.B.C.2 Wales Iplayer for the next 10 days. However more filming is anticipated in the near future regarding a possible Cold Case Review into the Hammersmith Nudes' Murders. (Copy and paste link below to search bar to see 4 short trailers.)
Neil Milkins ● 831d0 Comments ● 831d
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Ella Hopkins ● 838d0 Comments ● 838d
Dark Son - The Hunt For a Serial Killer B.B.C. iplayer has had 80000 downloads since last Saturday 12 January.
Neil Milkins ● 844d0 Comments ● 844d
The Wandsworth Times have done a FoI request to get information on fines issued by the Council and published the ten streets form which they raise the most money. Putney features quite prominently
David Parker ● 853d1 Comments ● 848d
Just a reminder for parents delivering their children to the Roche School in Frogmore SW18 (just off Putney Bridge Road) that the parking restrictions in Frogmore and Sudlow Road have changed since the end of last term.
Previously the restrictions applied only between 09:30 & 16:30 Mondays to Fridays but since 10th December they apply from 08:30 to 18:30 Mondays to Saturdays.
You will still be given the usual 5 minutes period of grace to deliver and collect your children but otherwise the charges apply.
Hugh Walton ● 860d2 Comments ● 848d
Went missing on New Year's Eve
2 years, 6 months old
Small jack Russell cross chihuahua. He is brown with a white stripe on his belly
Peter Higgins ● 856d0 Comments ● 856d
Please google Professor David Wilson for a startling post on Twitter and a trailer of Dark Son - The Hunt For a Serial Killer.
Neil Milkins ● 858d0 Comments ● 858d
B,B.C. 2 Wales at 9.00 pm on January 12. For viewers with Sky and Freeview it can also be seen on the same date and time. Otherwise for viewers throughout the U.K it can be viewed at 9.00pm pm on B.B.C.4 on January 22.
It is the biggest unsolved serial murder case in British criminal history - the so-called 'Jack the Stripper' murders took place in Swinging Sixties London.
Six women lost their lives to a killer who was never caught. Criminologist Professor David Wilson leads an investigation to unmask the killer, who claimed more victims than even his notorious Victorian namesake, Jack the Ripper.
Professor Wilson and his investigative team - which includes former detective Jackie Malton and forensic psychologist Professor Mike Berry - begin their hunt for the killer not in London, but 150 miles away in Abertillery, South Wales. In 1921, the Welsh mining town was devastated by the double murder of two schoolgirls when eight-year-old Freda Brunell and 11-year-old Florence Little were killed just weeks apart by a local boy 15-year-old Harold Jones, who the Abertillery residents still refer to as their 'Dark Son'.
Those murders - especially the sadistic nature of their deaths, and the treatment of the bodies afterwards - have eerie parallels with the 'Jack the Stripper' murders. Could Harold Jones the boy killer really have matured in later life into a serial killer?
To test this theory, the team revisit the scenes of the murders in west London. They use contemporary policing techniques such as geographical and offender profiling to see if the crimes of Jones the boy can be measured against those of Jack the Stripper. And from the outset, it becomes apparent there are many chilling similarities.
Neil Milkins ● 859d0 Comments ● 859d
Dark Son - The Hunt For a Serial Killer. B.B.C.2.Wales 9.00.pm 12 January. It is also being shown on B.B.C.4 at 9.00pm on 22 January. Anyone with Sky or Freeview can also watch it on 12 January.
The documentary deals with the unsolved murders of 8 women in the Hammersmith district of London between 1959 and 1965. (Google Harold Jones — Neil Milkins.
Neil Milkins ● 863d0 Comments ● 863d
Anyone with half an ounce of common sense could have told the police this right from the start. The amount of officers' time that has been wasted on following up this case is shocking. Add to that the anxiety of all the false stories being spread about a cat serial killer kidnapping pets for ritual slaughter.
Tony Church ● 965d8 Comments ● 875d
My experience is that 20 mph speed limits make a huge difference and I'm delighted to see them being implemented across Wandsworth. The difference between a car or lorry travelling at 30mph and 20mph is very significant and the measure is reducing noise and stress in the residential parts of urban areas.
What I would urge people to do is use the new limits to take back control of the roads. There is no way that you shouldn't have time to cross if a car is more than 100 yards away so do so even if you think it may be exceeding the speed limit. This always makes the driver slow down. I have started doing this even at distances of 50 yards which still give a fit and able bodied person ample time to cross and if I haven't it is because the driver is speeding but I won't rush to get out of their way.
Tony Church ● 931d4 Comments ● 883d
Artist, campaigner and Richmond resident Tasleem Mulhall, whose life story I am writing with her, is desperate to find the Southfields man who helped rescue her from a forced marriage in 1987, when she was 17 and living in Brentford. She knows little more than he was called Simon, managed the deli counter at Chiswick Sainsbury’s before moving on to a Hammersmith branch and lived with his brother near Southfields station. He later married a woman who had two sons. Finding Simon will be important for Tasleem’s story, which will also be told in a documentary. Does anyone know where he might be? Thank you very much. #FindingSimonSainsbury
Dominic Connolly ● 911d1 Comments ● 895d
Following the feverish coverage on the TV yesterday of the latest on Brexit it struck me that how rarely any of the commentators stood back from the focus on what individuals in parliament were or weren't going to do and gave a simple straightforward assessment of where we actually are now. The one thing that seems to unite both Leavers and Remainers is that the deal being proposed by Theresa May is unsatisfactory. There is zero chance of it passing the house. The EU have been quite clear that they are not willing to start the process of negotiation again, the UK government having signed off on this one. Is it not crystal clear now that we are left with only two options — No Deal or No Brexit and now a decision needs to be made which one we choose?
Barry Elms ● 908d2 Comments ● 901d
Isn't it Wandsworth Council which was criticised by the GMB for having considerable reserves in its bank account which were ring fenced for housing but unspent? Mr Govindia should look to his own record, I'm getting rather bored with his constant criticism of Sadiq Khan.
Jane Eades ● 924d2 Comments ● 923d
It is about 1/2 mile from the rubbish bin near my house to the Grant Road entrance to Clapham Junction Station. There is not a single rubbish bin in between. If WBC really want to reduce rubbish, then perhaps they could provide more rubbish bins. It took me 10 years to persuade them to provide the one near my house. It has resulted a marked reduction in the amount of rubbish. This leads me to believe that the answer is not increased fines, but increased numbers of litter bins.
Yet again Wandsworth Council announce something to make it sound as if they are doing something, whilst doing absolutely nothing. Who is going to be around to issue the fines? And will this apply equally around the borough or will only the posher areas benefit? Litter Louts Face £150 On The Spot Fines
Jane Eades ● 938d2 Comments ● 924d
Odd question but has anyone else in Armoury Way/Frogmore/Sudlow Road area noticed a considerable increase in vibration affecting their property? We used to notice it before when the heavy goods trains went past the end of the road but recently - particularly today - the house seems to be shaking a lot. It only seems to happen during the day and I'm wondering whether it's linked to the excavations for the Thames Tideway project which are quite close to us.
I'm thinking of reporting it to their Helpline* but would like to know if anyone has noticed it too. If it does come from there is it something that should be flagged up to insurers?
Hugh Walton ● 951d4 Comments ● 938d
All this talk of surveying drainage systems should be taken with a major pinch of salt. TfL are desperately short of money and redesigning road systems, even if the changes are hugely beneficial, doesn't bring them extra revenue. It is probably this scheme will never actually be completed.
David Parker ● 938d1 Comments ● 938d
Reading the article on the front page I was reminded about a conversation I had with a local restaurant owner who I have known for years and eaten regularly at his place. We had been gently teasing him about a 3 star rating he had received for food hygiene which wasn't wise as he had a bit of a sense of humour failure about it. He said he could absolutely guarantee that his kitchen was cleaner than dozens in the area because he oversaw things personally and everyone who worked in the restaurant was a family member or a person well known to them. He cared deeply about standards. In a chain restaurant a manager who would regularly change oversaw staff that were turned over at a high rate and who had no personal stake in the operation.
A chain restaurant will have a member of staff whose job it will be to ensure that they obtain top ratings for all their branches which they almost invariably do. They achieve this not by having scrupulously clean kitchens but knowing exactly how the system works and knowing which boxes to tick.
The owner of the restaurant we talked to said that when the inspectors came to him they gave the maximum score for food hygiene but marked him down for paper work and record keeping. Although he speaks English well it is his second language and he was only taught it at school for a few years. It is therefore far more difficult for him to wade through the mountain of regulations to work out what is required of his restaurant to get the highest rating.
A huge number of people from ethnic minority communities work in the restaurant trade many in businesses they set up themselves. They contribute to the diverse and high quality choice of meal that we have in Wandsworth. However, there seems little argument that the system structurally favours larger chain restaurants who generally provide menus drawn up by committee rather than an individual who loves their food. I don't know the circumstances of what happened at Ali Baba and wouldn't excuse what the chap is alleged to have done but I do know that there is a great deal of unhappiness at the way food businesses are inspected and when restaurant owners describe it as racist they have a point.
Barry Elms ● 970d3 Comments ● 943d
According to this article in the Guardian Wandsworth Council are getting rid of Black History Month. Instead we are going to have something called 'Diversity Month'. It seems to me unbelievably crass that they chose to do this in the year where so many of the Windrush generation found themselves subject to Theresa May's 'hostile environment'. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it and this is just Wandsworth pandering to the 'What About White History Month?' brigade. Black History month has put into the spotlight a huge amount of interesting scholarship that would be ignored and increased everybody's understanding of their country's history. To replace it with some wishy washy 'Diversity Month' with no real focus will render it useless.
Alan Harper ● 954d3 Comments ● 945d
Is anyone else have issues with student finance at the moment. Our son hasn't been able to get his tuition or maintenance funding for this term yet. We completed the supporting financial evidence some time ago but have been asked to resubmit because of technical problems. We can't submit online because the site always seems to be down and if we do so by post they say it will take a month to process. If you try speaking to them on the phone all their staff try to be helpful but clearly don't have a clue.
Gordon Southwell ● 950d1 Comments ● 945d
Many cyclists seem to believe that it is acceptable to break the law by: ignoring red lights, no cycling signs or pedestrian priority signs; cycling on pavements and footpaths; etc. My question to those cyclists is: which laws is it acceptable for me to breaka) as a pedestrian;b) as a car driver?Do cyclists (and motorcyclists) know that the round sign showing a bike is actually banning cyclists or motorcyclists? It would be helpful if, as with other signs, a diagonal red line were used but the sign without one is still a banning sign.
Jane Eades ● 1393d9 Comments ● 954d
The Today programme was looking at the policy Labour is proposing to increase worker shareholding in companies this morning. Basically all listed companies in the UK with over 250 employees would be required to give 10% of their shares over to a trust which would redistribute the dividends to workers in the company up to a maximum of £500 per worker with anything above that going to the government.
The aim of the policy seems worthy but it was cooly picked apart on the radio this morning by a representative of one of the business industry associations. The seemingly benign proposal is essentially an extra 10% on corporate tax that will actually deliver little extra to workers at the affected companies. The example of Shell was given. It would require them to pay £1.2billion (!) per annum to the government. Because most of their staff work overseas only a tiny proportion of that would be paid to workers at the company. If being listed in the UK means there is effectively a 10% tax on your global earnings there would be a massive rush to delist from the UK stock market or cut the number of your UK employees to below the threshold. Either way the impact on jobs and the economy would be catastrophic.
An A Level economics student could have told the Labour party that so it must be assumed that they know the policy is totally unimplementable and that therefore it is designed to appeal to the conference and their membership rather than their electorate.
Why then are Labour making it such a key part of their strategy to force an election when they are proposing policies that will make them unelectable? If there was an election the key factor in deciding which way to vote for me would be which party made Brexit less likely. This does still to be Labour but they seem to be going out of their way to make the choice a lot harder than it should be!
Gordon Southwell ● 959d2 Comments ● 958d
Can anyone please help me in regards to the 1st Wandsworth Sea Scouts - on the banks of the Wandle around about 1956,7 - what happened to them? - I live in Queensland Australia - and was member of that groupTrying to catch up with any old members. I will be visiting Wandsworth (after 50 years absence) this coming September
Patrick Barrs ● 1066d3 Comments ● 967d
My nephew who lives locally has just turned seven and is starting to show an interest in football. His father loves the game but doesn't follow any particular team but would probably prefer he didn't start supporting Chelsea mainly because of the cost but also because of a few bad experiences at their ground over the years. He thinks it would be best if his son supported the 'local team' but can't really work out what that would be for someone living in Wandsworth. Fulham is probably the closest but Wimbledon wouldn't be that far away. Trophies aren't important, but supporting a team with a local identity would be.
Carmel Cunningham ● 988d4 Comments ● 968d
Just in case you wondered it isn't a coincidence that the completion date for Crossrail, Spurs and Brentford's stadium have all been announced within a few days of each other. Whatever the official explanation is the real reason is shortage of skilled labour. There are a lot of projects going on but the situation has been made worse by economic factors and Brexit. The weakness of the pound has meant that many EU workers have been able to get better paid work elsewhere. Also Brexit has meant that many who assumed they would settle here have decided to leave because of the uncertainty over their future status. Remember this is before we find out what the terms would be leaving would be and they all still have the same rights as domestic workers currently. As soon as it is clear that is changing the exodus will accelerate. The Northern Line extension is last in the queue for these workers as it started later than the other projects so you can assume there will be an announcement about a delay very soon. The problem with the skill shortage is so bad you can't take it for granted any more than all of these projects will ever be finished.
Peter Higgins ● 980d3 Comments ● 970d
I've was getting pretty hacked off with the poor quality service on broadband from Virgin which I pay quite a lot for. When it works it is very fast but reliability has really gone downhill.
Would be interested to hear about potential alternative suppliers and if there is an adequate replacement for Tivo. I find that really good but I'm hoping there is a DVR out there that can replicate its functionality
Tony Church ● 990d3 Comments ● 971d
Sky are reporting that the Government have confirmed that roaming charges for UK phones in EU countries are likely to return when Brexit happens. I travel regularly to Ireland and the reduction in phone costs was a huge benefit. Also with the family in Spain this year it meant we could keep in touch with each other.
I know this change might seem trivial to anyone who is faced with a loss of their job due to this insane decision but it is just one more practical negative — there don't seem to be any actual positives to leaving the EU only wishes parcelled up as catchphrases.
Carmel Cunningham ● 973d1 Comments ● 972d
Tom Cox who was MP for Tooting for three decades and lived in the Southfields area has sadly passed away aged 90.
His funeral is being held at North Sheen Cemetery TW9 4LL on Friday 21 September at 1 p.m. All enquiries to Mears & Cotterill Funeral Directors. Tel: 020 8874 7698
Barry Elms ● 981d3 Comments ● 973d
The Boundary Commission deserve some congratulations on what appears to me a sensible and professional job in reorganising the Westminster constituency boundaries. The accusations of it all being a Tory plot to oust Corbyn is a Trump-like example of post-truth politics and the idea that we need maintain the number of MPs is complete nonsense.
At a local level, whilst everybody needs to accept some compromise, this seems like a sensible solution. Putney Town and Wandsworth Town are more or less merged into the same community linked by Wandsworth Park and the South Circular. The periphery to the east in places like Roehampton is more orientated to the parkland areas, in the east Battersea and Clapham have much more in common with each other.
Whilst theoretically Justine Greening will be even less safe in the new seat, lots of people voted against her last time because of Brexit which if the Fixed Term Parliament Act won't be the issue at the time of the next election. Not that we won't be dealing with the massive problems that leaving the EU will bring but it will be a done deal so there won't be an incentive for people who like Justine as a constituency MP but wanted to make a point about Brexit to vote against her.
Tony Church ● 974d2 Comments ● 973d
Did anyone else feel that the noise from the South West Four festival yesterday on Clapham Common was excessive? I don't live that close to it so it must have been nightmarish for people nearby and I hate to think what it was doing to the hearing of those attending. I'm definitely not against these festivals in principle and, as far as I am aware, the event stuck to the rules in terms of decibels allowed and hours of operation. The problem is that the allowable noise is too high for urban areas and the law needs to be change.
Barry Elms ● 989d1 Comments ● 978d
The danger here is thinking that Dawn Warwick is the problem and not that her case is indicative of a much bigger problem.
There has been a very significant rise in the salaries of people at the top level of local government so far this century. This was justified by the argument that the public sector needed to keep talented people and had to keep pace with executive salary rises in the private sector particularly in financial services.
The basis for this was a bit dubious at the time as there was little evidence that people were being poached from local government but the fiscal position generally was much better so there was money in the pot to pay for these rises.
Two important changes have happened since this time. Firstly the defined benefit pension has more or less disappeared from the private sector and most people under forty won't have one. The fact that half of Dawn Warwick's pay off related to her pension entitlement shows how important this is. The net present value of someone who has had a career in local government and been paid a six figure salary would be millions. We complain about bankers' bonuses all the time but ignore this far greater expense that comes directly out of the public purse. Secondly the state of government finances has deteriorated significantly requiring us to make painful cuts in spending on services. One area where cuts are unlikely to be made is in the salaries of senior public sector employees.
The public sector works very differently to the private sector. A personnel officer once told me that in the latter by 45 you are either firing people or getting fired as there is only room for a small number of people in any organisation who are older than that. Your pay is usually linked to the amount of revenue you bring in and if the people of your generation who were your clients are no longer there it will tend to fall if you keep your job at all.
In the public sector it is like the Hotel California in that you check in but can never leave. People rise to the top whose main talent is knowing how to play the system and therefore aren't really that employable in any job that isn't funded by the tax payer. Because their contracts make them so expensive to get rid of and because it is very much in their interest to hang on as long as possible most public sector organisations gradually accrue more and more senior people many of whom add no real value. It shouldn't escape your attention that Wandsworth's children's service cut a senior position at a time when it is under huge pressure to improve standards and there was no suggestion that the loss of the role would undermine this goal.
These taxpayer funded sinecures will but an even greater burden on public finances as time progresses. It is not just the cost of paying salaries but the pensions that will require other services to be cut. Wandsworth is relatively well off having reduced headcount at an early stage and the borough pension scheme is well funded at this point but that is not the case elsewhere. Schemes in other London boroughs have deficits of over half a billion and I was told of one example in which the number of potential pensioners from the Council scheme could eventually reach 7% of the population. This can't be funded at the local level so we will all have to contribute to the bill, a bill that in large part be paid by people who have no future entitlement to the generous pensions they are having to fund for previous generations.
David Parker ● 991d4 Comments ● 979d
Could someone explain what exactly is shameful about this decision in particular rather than the way housing is managed generally.These 'affordable' units that people are getting upset about are going to be sold or rented at a 40% discount to the market level. Given the average price and rent of flats in this development these units could only become the homes of people who earn well above average incomes. So we are currently effectively subsidising the accommodation of the relatively well off - isn't this the scandal here.The only sustainable way to stop London house prices and rents spiralling ever upwards is match supply and demand and that means building as many homes as possible. The 4,200 homes that will be created as a result of this development will do much to put a lid on the market but without them the property shortage would be more acute.Ultimately there is no such thing as an 'unaffordable' home because people will live in these properties. Although they will be for people on higher incomes many of the people moving in to them will be moving out of cheaper properties creating more availability and reducing pressure on prices and rents.As far as the borough is concerned these new homes will all be paying Council Tax and the revenue can be used by the Council on things like social care and be more effectively targeted at the needy.What seems to me shameful here is how every property development is politicised by both parties pretending that our system of 'affordable' housing in some way benefits the poor. It does not.
David Parker ● 1400d5 Comments ● 980d
Recently elected Wandsworth councillor Maurice Macleod has written a thoughtful and well-balanced article about fire safety in tower blocks which is well worth reading
Gordon Southwell ● 982d0 Comments ● 982d
Does anyone by any chance have a copy of the 1989 True Detective Winter Special? I am particularly interested in the content on page 35. Master Detective, part of the True Detective Group refuse to send me a scan of what is published on page 35 but they have forwarded me a scan of the front and inside page stating that a story on page 35 deals with former Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney child killer Harold Jones. They won't send me the scan because they have stolen photographs that I own copyright of and they have used them in the August 2018 edition of Master Detective. They have scanned about 12 of my photos directly from my book Every Mother's Nightmare - Abertillery in Mourning to use in the August edition. They state in an email to me that I should be grateful that they recommend my book.
Neil Milkins ● 1007d0 Comments ● 1007d
Hi everyone! Local theatre group Cygnet Players are set to perform the Sondheim classic 'Merrily We Roll Along' at Putney Arts Theatre from 4th-8th Sept. Shows are at 7:45pm nightly, with a 2:30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are £18 (£15 concessions). Discounts available for Tuesday night and the matinee. To book, please visit www.cygnetplayers.com/box-office, call 07941 448689, or email email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
Cygnet Players ● 1008d0 Comments ● 1008d
If Freddie Mills was not the killer of 8 women in London between 1959 and 1965 then who was? Will anything be given away tonight on B.B.C.4 at 9.00pm.Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills?A look at the life and untimely death of a British boxing hero, set in 1960s Soho.
Neil Milkins ● 1015d0 Comments ● 1015d