As usual when I attend the Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership (business associations) meeting, I give a quick feedback on some specific points that were discussed.
Employment Brokerage: there is a new body supporting people into job (and helping local business to recruit): Wandsworth Work Match, located 207 Lavender Hill (back of Winkworth). This is a free service run and funded by local authorities (Economic Development). Official launch in September.
Contact: Andrew Harland
Access to Employment Officer
Economic Development Office
Wandsworth Borough Council
Tel: 020 8871 5199
The Battersea Art Center is continuing its major renovation. The bar is going to be refurbished and the place has many facilities for hire.
We had a major plea from the Lavender Hill business association representative regarding 3 major issues that are currently putting down businesses in the area:
- Issue with the no-right turn in many streets along Lavender Hill that is making the place incredibly difficult to access (some businesses have lost 20% of their activity!)
- Quality of parking (some places are monitored, some others completely forbidden… etc)
- With signage, lamp posts every few meters (they could remove half of them!) , bins… the amount of “metal” in the street is excessive and unreasonable.
The Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership board has decided to support the complaint to Wandsworth Council.
The state of new paving on St Johns Road has been discussed: Wandsworth Council has cleaned with water pressure all the area and the officer in charge provided photos before/after. However he also confirmed that this was a one-off decision taken by Wandsworth Council. They are currently trying to assess how often this process of water pressure cleaning needs to be applied and they are building a case to get funding from Transport for London, as TfL funded the new paving for the town centre. More news to come…
Other news without any order: The Battersea Mosque is organising a street party on September the 1st, Debenhams has got a new manager and they will refurbish their café facility.